‘But I Don’t Want to Do It!’

I read about a chef that was fired. He was a good chef. Trained at the best cooking school. Had a flair for bringing out the best taste in food. His work ethic was beyond reproach. So, why was he fired? Because he wouldn’t wash his hands. Customers had noticed in the restaurant’s restroom and com-plained. Many had walked out. When asked why he didn’t wash his hands, his answer was truthful – “I don’t want to do it.” Moses “didn’t want to do it.” No, it had nothing to do with proper hygiene. He couldn’t imagine himself being God’s...

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The Source Matters

How much would you pay for a baseball? Not a baseball made of gold—one made of leather with red stitching just like any other baseball. You can get a whole bag of baseballs from a place like Wal-Mart for about $20. So what is the maximum you would pay for a baseball? What if I told you the ball had been used in a Major League Baseball game? What if I told you the ball had been hit for a home run? What if I told you the ball was Mark McGwire’s 70th home run from the 1998 season? Well,...

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God’s Minorities

During the time NOAH was building an ark, he was very much in the minority – but he won in the end. When JOSEPH was sold into Egypt by his brothers, he was a decided minority – but he won in the end. When GIDEON and his 300 followers, with their broken pitchers and lamps, put the Midianites to flight, they were an insignificant minority – but they won in the end. When DAVID, ridiculed by his brothers, went out to meet Goliath, in size he was a conspicuous minority – but he won in the end. When ELIJAH prayed...

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Stoke the Folk!

Have you ever just sat around a fire? It is incredibly therapeutic. A fire seems to bring out wonderful moments of reflection and conversation. Fires are beneficial in many ways with the heat, light, and mood it produces. God’s word is compared to a fire in Jeremiah 23:39. Like a fire it enlightens and penetrates. I believe that the gospel also a fire, and the church needs to be on fire to spread it properly. I also believe that the church that is on fire for the Lord shines brightly in many ways and glorifies Him (cf. Matthew 5:16; Ephesians...

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Watch and Pray

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak” (Mark 14:38). In the midst of His own storm, our Savior prayed in the preparation He had made for Himself.  He had brought three of his followers farther into the garden for the fellowship and company we all who are in the flesh crave.  It is not good, after all, for man to be alone.  But, that watchfulness was not to be a comfort to Him as the men fell asleep and had not spiritually prepared themselves, despite repeated warnings,...

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At Your House

Will priorities be established in your children when… • You are early for their ballgame, but late for worship? • You check on their homework regularly, but never check on their Bible class lessons? • You won’t let them miss school even though they don’t want to go, but let them miss church worship services? • You won’t let them stay up late on school nights, but let them stay up late on Saturday night. • You will serve as room mother at their school or volunteer at school, but will not help with classes, activities, programs which involve spiritual...

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A Direct Influence

If from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, and one can be known by the quality of the fruit produced, then it is reasonable to conclude that both the words spoken and the deeds done are indicative of the person’s heart. People are able to see this and judge. People of maturity can understand this, but people full of sin (or self) are quick to point out that one—especially one guilty of sinful behavior. It is interesting that these are the same people who look upon the Lord and faithfully proclaim they would NEVER deny Him, but their...

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Funny Jokes for Church Bulletin

On the Lighter Side (September 2016)

Method of Identification Wally and Dallas, each bought a horse and they rode them together for the summer. When winter came, they didn’t want to pay to have them stabled for the winter. Instead, they decided to release them in a pasture and get them in the spring. Wally asked, “How’re we going to know which horse is which when we pick them up?” Dallas answered, “l know! We’ll cut the mane off of my horse and we’ll cut the tail off of yours. That way, we’ll know which horse belongs to you and which belongs to me.” That seemed...

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Ring Your Bell

There sure is a lot of noise in the world today. These noises demand our attention. “Hey! Pay attention to the election!” “No! Pay attention to the Olympics!” “What about these riots?” “No, listen to these headlines!” In the world we live in there are constant distractions. That is no news, but are we as Christians making noise to demand similar attention? “Keep ringing your bell. Eventually people pay attention.” This is one of my favorite quotes. Conan O’Brien said this in reference to becoming a comedic voice and talk show host. I think the same thing can be said...

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Send the Fire Truck!

In a small eastern Kentucky town, the local police chief also served as part of the Volunteer Fire Department. His job was to answer the phone and in the event of a fire was to ring the fire bell to summon all the volunteer firemen in the county. One Saturday morning, the phone rang and the chief answered, “Fire department.” Out of the ear phone came the terrified voice of a woman yelling, “Hurry, send the fire truck!”, but immediately hung up the phone.The chief sat there stunned. “Send it where?” In a very few minutes, the phone rang again,...

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Make America Great Again

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Pro. 14:34). Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign slogan is, “Make America Great Again.” His ideas and proposed policies to make America great again include the construction of walls along our southern border, corporate tax cuts, bans on certain governmental regulations, stronger military, etc. I am certain that some of these policies would be advantageous, but they are not things that will make America great again. Allow me to share with you what will make America great again. 1. A deeper knowledge of God’s word (cf. Hos. 4:6;...

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Behind the Scenes

When you’re watching a movie at home or at the theater, when do you typically stop watching? Do you press “stop” when the camera pans out to a wide angle and the closing music begins playing? Do you exit when the lights come up? Or do you do the unthinkable and actually watch the credits? Have you ever thought about the number of people that it takes to produce a movie? From boom microphone operators and location scouts to those mysterious workers known only as ”key grips,” there are an incredible number of individuals besides the director and actors that...

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Not Just Another God

Many times in recent years, I have heard statements such as, “all religions are the same” or “there is no ‘right’ religion.” Coupled with the modern trend of the “Coexist” bumper stickers and a post-modern mindset, Christians of today have faced and will continue to face persecution for our beliefs. We are told that our God is no different than the Muslim god or any other god, but we must remember that this just simply is not true. There are key differences which distinguish the living God whom we serve and other, false gods. The first, our God is trustworthy....

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The Names for God’s Church Define Its Work and Purpose

The NT church is unique in that her name depicts the intended purpose of its members. The Bible teaches God intended to save those who are added to the church (Acts 2:47). When God adds the saved to the church they make a commitment to do God’s work on the earth. Let us see how the Bible describes God’s church. It is the CHURCH. Notice Mt 16:18 Jesus said “I will build my church.” Church is the called out, the assembly of God people. Called out of the world into God’s church. The church is also the KINGDOM. Note again...

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When Change Doesn’t Last

A Confederate soldier was captured and sent to a Maryland prison in 1865. While there he decided to write about his experiences as a soldier in the Civil War. As he described “the vices of army life,” he revealed an old familiar side of human nature. Gambling was a favorite pastime of many soldiers. Some were so addicted to it that they would bet half of their food rations in a card game. Any soldier who tried to live right was ridiculed, and a soldier seen reading his Bible was mocked. A funny thing happened, though, when battle began: “When...

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Look Back And You Lose!

I didn’t run many races when I was a kid. I was too fat for that. In fact, if I ever actually participated with the skinny folk, there was no doubt l would lose. That is, unless I was racing my friend Darrell. He was a bit chunky in the midsection, and had an affinity for Doritos and Dr. Pepper, like myself. So, from time to time, when all of our skinny friends went home, or were busy, we would occasionally, for kicks, race each other. It was the only time I stood a chance. Not much of one, mind...

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Are You the Potter or the Clay?

In view of what God’s word states, this seems to be a silly question. Would we say, “Why did you make me like this?” (Rom. 9:20). Would we deny this principle? “Or does not the potter (God) have a right over the clay (us) to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?” (Rom. 9:21). Of course we understand the principle of the potter and the clay. But we often resist the potter (God) who wants to mold us a certain way, and we don’t want to go there. We must submit to...

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How Much Must I Know to Become a Christian?

How many lessons does it take to become a Christian? Let’s look briefly at some biblical examples: 3000 on Pentecost heard one sermon—Acts 2. The Ethiopian Eunuch got one Bible lesson—Acts 8. Cornelius and his family and friends heard one lesson—Acts 10. The Philippian jailor and his family heard one lesson—Acts 16. What do I have to learn about? Acts 8:35 reads, “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.” What specifically about Him? “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which...

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Soma Tonga

In India, if you’re walking through rural roads, you’ll occasionally come across a post with a sturdy shelf about shoulder height. It is called “Soma Tonga,” which means “resting place.” When people are traveling with a heavy load, they place their heavy load on the shelf for relief. Once rested, they continue their journey. What do you think Christians in India call Jesus? “My Soma Tonga.” “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Findlay church of Christ Sparta, TN...

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The Simplicity of the Gospel

Salvation is in Christ, and only in Christ. God sent His Son into the world to seek and save the lost, which is all of us. The good news (gospel) is that Jesus gave His life on the cross to redeem us from our sins. He died, was buried, but arose again, all to purchase us with His precious blood (1 Cor. 15:3,4; Acts 20:28). Jesus’  resurrection is our assurance that one day we too will arise from the grave to be judged according to the deeds we have done in this life (Romans 2:6). God’s inspired word says that...

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Opportunities and Connections

As a family will sit around a dinner table, they will grab hands to say the prayer for the meal. A connection is made in that brief moment that brings them closer together. Each holding a hand, grasped in union with each other and with God—the Father, Son, and Spirit. As a family, they know this will not always be, because kids grow up and leave home. But for this brief moment it is an awesome opportunity. On a Sunday at a nearby hospital, a visit is made with someone who is sick or in extreme pain. Say the person...

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A New Perspective for an Old Problem

One morning this summer, I arose early to go to the farm and spray weeds. It was about an hour and a half before sunrise. After putting on my work clothes and shoes, I grabbed my glasses and headed out the door. I took off driving and immediately I was confronted by near blindness. I had to get within about 30 feet of a road sign to read it—and you all know how big those things are. My first thought was, “Wow, somehow my eyesight deteriorated overnight. Is this what it is like to go blind?” When I stopped at...

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Live for Today

There are two days in every week about which we should never worry or fear. One of these days is yesterday with its mistakes and faults and its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. We can not bring it back. The other day we should not worry about is tomorrow with its burdens and disappointments. This leaves only one day—today. Any man can fight the battles of just one day. It’s not the problems of just one day that push us over the edge. It’s when we add to today’s problems all the remorse of the...

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The Lord Knows

Many times when we think about the Lord knowing our minds we think about the evil that people do. We must understand the Lord knows our needs, our plans, our headaches, and even the thoughts our hearts. Always include the Lord in every aspect of your life. He loves you even more than you love yourself. He knows you. Vernon Curry Poplar Bluff, MO...

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This Will Make You Sad!

I grew up watching “Father Knows Best,” and “Life With Father.” These shows revealed a father that cared for his family, loved his wife and children, and was looked upon as wise. Contrast that with so-called family shows on TV today. The family is revealed as similar to a cage full of monkeys. The father has no control or real relationship with his family, the mother is revealed as some kind of nut, and the children are so very wise. Does that sound like the home you grew up in? Not me! If TV is truly revealing the kind of...

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Measuring Growth

We measure the growth of children with a yardstick. We measure the growth of knowledge by testing students in school. But how do you measure spiritual growth? Second Peter gives us the measuring stick. We must “add to our faith” (2 Pet. 1:5-8). Our children grow to be six feet tall, but they do it an inch at a time. Rocket scientists started out learning how to add and subtract. And mature Christians begin as “babes” who desired “the sincere milk of the word” and “grew” by it (1 Peter 2:2). Physical growth comes naturally. Mental growth requires teaching and...

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A Message from the Devil

Dear Members and Friends of the Church, I secretly visited your Bible classes recently and was overjoyed to see that so many of you had not come. I heard some lessons that were not very well prepared and others teachers said no visits had been made during the week. I was simply delighted! It thrilled me to see some leave the worship service right after the Lord’s Supper was over, indicating that they were not going to let the proclamation of God’s Word come near to them. I saw some others come just in time for the worship to sit...

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A Petite But Potent Word

Some writers consider “no” to be the hardest word to say. Of course, whether or not this is true depends on the context. For example, most parents don’t have a problem dropping this word if their children get out of line. You can picture it, can’t you? A tiny hand is reaching for a hot stove. ”No!” you yell, “It’s hot!” If I had a penny for every time I’ve said “no” to my children, I would probably have like $50. So, there are occasions when saying “no” is not all that difficult. Nevertheless, we struggle saying this word in...

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The Way to Heaven

Most people when asked will say and honestly believe that they are going to heaven, but it is important to be absolutely sure! There is a way that seems to be right but is not: There is a way that seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death (Proverbs 16:25). The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto the counsel is wise (Proverbs 12:15). All the Ways of a man are clean in his own eyes, but the Lord weigheth the spirits (Proverbs 16:2). I verily...

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Enjoy Your Hot Chocolate!

The old preacher brought out a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of glass, crystal, and plain looking cheap cups. When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in their hands, the preacher said: “Notice that all the nice looking expensive cups were taken, but not the plain and cheap ones. What you really wanted was the chocolate, not the cup, but you subconsciously went for the best cups.” Consider this: Life is the hot chocolate; your job, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life. Sometimes, by...

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Vegetarians

Paul Harvey, much beloved radio personality, once quipped, “Vegetarian is an old Indian word for ‘doesn’t hunt well.’” I like vegetables, but I am no vegetarian; I like meat – all kinds. I like beef, pork, chicken, fish, and squirrel. You didn’t expect the last one, did you? Did you forget that I grew up in rural Alabama? l’m convinced that there are many Bible vegetarians today. There is no meat in their diet because they don’t hunt well. They do not search or hunt through the Scriptures as they should. Jesus declared: “Search the scriptures; for in them ye...

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