That’s Disgusting!

[317 words] Stephen doesn’t feel disgust. Ever. After years of attempting to find a reason for his lack of ability to feel emotions, Stephen’s doctors finally diagnosed him with a little-known condition called alexithymia. People who fit into this category are unable to feel excitement, shame, disgust, anticipation, or even love. One might think that having this condition would be a benefit, but for Stephen, it has been nothing but a curse. He’s experienced two failed marriages due to his inability to feel and share various emotions with his spouse (Mosaicscience.com, May 28, 2018).  Almost all humans have the God-given...

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Why Do You Go to Worship?

[300 words] Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation” (Psalm 111:1). We gather and worship on a different day than those spoke of in the passage above. Yet, God’s people have always been commanded to worship Him in a prescribed manner. The New Testament gives examples of what, when, why, and how to worship. Most Christians understand these things, yet, often many brethren go to worship out of a sense of “got to.” Think about our giving and the prescribed attitude we are to have...

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Godliness is Greater

[348 words] Devotion in action. Seeking to be like God for God’s sake. With phrases such as this we attempt to convey what we mean when we speak of living a godly life. In a world that is searching for the right way to live and the best way to experience fulfillment, it is godliness that is greater than any alternative. Jesus Christ (in word and deed, message and example) trains us to renounce ungodliness and to live godly lives in the present evil age (cf. Titus 2:12). He demonstrated that godliness is greater than any material or worldly comfort....

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Forgiveness

[428 words] “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Eph. 4:32). The character of the Christian includes “bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you” (Col. 3:13). What has God said about this beautiful gift that we can (and must) extend to each other? Specifically, what roles do repentance and restitution play in the interchange between the offender and the offended? Must repentance happen before forgiveness can be granted? These will be the...

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The Patience of the Father

[151 words] We are told that children learn many life lessons from their fathers. I am delighted to hear that more and more fathers are seeing the importance of their role in the upbringing of their children. A recent survey showed that nearly half of all fathers spend more time with  their children than their own dads did, and they think that is still not enough.  As a father, I have learned many things from my own children. For instance, I learned the meaning of patience. But have you ever considered how patient the Heavenly Father is to us? The Lord...

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The Sixth Command

[603 words] You shall not kill. The Hebrew word for “kill” is a word modern translations render “murder.” The Hebrew word can be used in contexts where one is killed intentionally or unintentionally. In Matthew 5:21-26, Jesus develops what we are to understand. The command “thou shalt not kill” is a moral failing that begins in the heart before it shows itself in criminal activity. Consider some numbing information: some in Western society are supportive of the moral failing associated with euthanasia, otherwise known “mercy” killings. If the outcry surrounding abortion is any indication, the current outcry surrounding “mercy” killings...

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Getting the Word Out About Eating Right

[182 words] What would happen if you consumed meals that consisted only of candy? While it might be very tasty, it would not be nutritious at all. And while you might make it fine for a while, eventually your body would fail you because it did not receive the sustenance needed for a healthy life. Many people have turned the gospel of Christ into spiritual candy – picking and choosing Bible verses, misapplying Scripture, and/or watering down passages from the Word of God. But this is robbing them of the nutrients needed for salvation and spiritual growth. Paul warned Timothy...

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Are You An Active Member?

[110 words] Are you an active member,The kind that would be missed?Or are you just contentedThat your name is on the list? Do you attend the meetingsAnd mingle with the flock,Or do you stay at homeAnd criticize and knock? Do you ever go and visitA member that is sickOr leave the work for just a fewAnd talk about the clique? Do you make an effortTo get the Good News out?Or rather say it’s not your jobYielding to fears and doubt? Think this over, Christian,You do know right from wrong;Are you an active member,Or do you just belong? via Broadway church...

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Winning Souls for Christ

[391 words] Proverbs 11:30 states, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise.” The New Testament continues to emphasize the winning of souls by teaching us to make disciples in Matthew 28:19 and Mark 16:15-16. Once one has been won to Christ, we are to continue being taught. In Acts 2:42 it tells us to be devoted to the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer. Acts 8:39 tells us to continue to rejoice in our salvation. In 1 Corinthians 1:17 it tells us to keep preaching the gospel. When each Christian makes disciples, teaching the gospel, fellowshipping, praying, rejoicing and...

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But I Was There!

[106 words] For many, a person’s faithfulness is synonymous with attendance. A person is faithful to the Lord if they are at the services with regularity. While assembling together is vital for a Christian (Hebrews 10:25), we have more than just services to attend, we have to attend to service. Christian duty does not begin and end at the doors of the building. A person can never miss an assembly and still be unfaithful in regards to seeking the lost, loving one another, or doing good works. Attendance shouldn’t be the end of our commitment to Christ but rather the...

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Getting God On Our Side

[178 words] In his inaugural speech John F. Kennedy said, “With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”   That last line has always been one that has struck me as very important. Many times we make plans on our own and then ask God to bless them. That’s a backwards approach. In any planning we do, we should begin by asking ourselves,...

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Guess Your Future?

[139 words] There are those that claim they can see the future. From the side room psychics to wannabe Nostradamus; their claims are nothing but vague guesswork and fuzzy images. With some imagination, you can bend their prophecy into something that maybe resembles the facts of the future.  But the prophecy of God is different. For example, in Psalm 22, in describing the fate of the Christ it says of those that mock him “All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head.” This event occurs hundreds of years later, exactly as foretold....

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Let God Send You

[442 words] When we think of the great apostle Paul, we think of a rugged warrior for Christ – a courageous, daring, fearless man who laughed in the face of danger. After all, he was the man who got up and walked back into the town where folks had stoned him, drug him out of the city, and left him for dead (Acts 14:19-20). Paul was the guy who was whipped, beaten, shipwrecked, mugged, thrown in prison, and endured many great perils with his faith intact (2 Cor. 6:4-10; 11:24-28). In 2 Cor. 7, we see Paul continuing this life...

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Are We Being Consistent with Sin?

[404 words] My son is in school at Bear Valley Bible Institute. He told me of a student that went to the president of the school with an idea that might be too controversial. The president okayed it because it raised a tremendous point. This student was to bring a lesson in one of his classes. Students are assigned to make new sermons and often deliver them in class for grades. This young man wanted to present a “new” way to sing and with a guitar. The class got terribly quiet. He said that he and one other student would...

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Lessons From The Lost Coin

[309 words] Luke 15:1-2 sets up the three parables Jesus is using to teach His lessons. The “tax collectors and sinners” were drawn to the uplifting message of Jesus! These groups wanted an alternative to the ugliness found in their lives while having no sense of hope and direction. Luke 15:8-10 says, “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ’Rejoice with me for I have found...

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The Fear of the Lord

[192 words] Fear is normal! It is part of human nature to fear what we cannot control (or, at least, what we perceive as what we cannot control).  Any thing that results in situations that we cannot control produce fear. We can actually fear our God in this way. Remember how the apostles feared Jesus as he walked on water and they thought they were seeing a ghost (Mark 4:35-41). But the “Fear of the Lord” is not like this. In Deuteronomy 5:29, God exclaims: “O that their hearts would be inclined to fear Me and keep all my commandments.”...

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Are You a Watchman?

[126 words] Without satellite imagery or drone aircraft, ancient cities were guarded by “watchmen.” These brave men would stand guard in towers and constantly scan the horizon for potential danger. In addition, because they had no spotlights or night-vision goggles, watchmen dreaded the dark. It was their most vulnerable time. So they longed for morning’s light. Drawing on this cultural phenomenon, the psalmist wrote, “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning” (Psalm 130:6). Just as those ancient soldiers yearned for the dawning of a new day, so should we....

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Another Reason for Joy

[104 words] “Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me” (Philippians 2:17-18). Today if you are called upon to sacrifice something of yourself – perhaps time, money, or energy – in the service of your own faith or the faith of others, consider that sacrifice as an opportunity for joy. And if our willingness to make such sacrifices will result in additional happiness at the coming of Christ, they will be...

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Remember Who We Are

[291 words] At the beginning, the church’s foremost focus was upon God, not man (Acts 5:29; Galatians 1:10); upon heaven, not earth (Colossians 3:1,2); upon the spirit, not the flesh. (Romans 8:6; 1 Timothy 4:8.) And in spite of severe persecution and constant privations, the church thrived, turning the ancient world “upside down” with the powerful message of the cross. (Acts 14:6.) But times are changing. Many congregations today have more in common with AT&T than with the church of the New Testament. The church in many places seems more concerned with money than with morals, with elders serving more...

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Funny Jokes for Church Bulletin

On the Lighter Side (March 2019)

[258 words] Too Many CatsTeacher: “If I gave you 2 cats and another 2 cats and another 2, how many would you have?”Johnny: “Seven.”Teacher: “No, listen carefully… If I gave you two cats, and another two cats and another two, how many would you have?”Johnny: “Seven.”Teacher: “Let me put it to you differently. If I gave you two apples, and another two apples and another two, how many would you have?”Johnny: “Six.”Teacher: “Good. Now if I gave you two cats, and another two cats and another two, how many would you have?”Johnny: “Seven!”Teacher: “Johnny, where in the heck do you...

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March 2019 Graphics

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