Faith Moves

[271 words] J.W. McGarvey said, “If our faith is to save us, our faith in Christ, it will be by causing us to act in harmony with that faith” (emp. added, rek). McGarvey continued, “If He is Christ, the Son of the living God, ruling over heaven and earth, and we believe that, and act in harmony with it, we immediately surrender our souls and bodies and all that we have and are, to His divine guidance and control” (Sermons, p. 93). Faith always moves. Faith must move in the direction of Christ. We are “looking unto Jesus, the author...

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Can You Name Just One

[185 words] Can you name just one fault of Jesus of Galilee? Can you name a person He mistreated? Can you name a soul to whom He was unjust? Can you name one teaching of Jesus that is immoral? Can you name one practice of His life that was out of balance with His teachings? It has been said that many wish to repent of sin on their deathbed, but do any Christians on their deathbed repent of following Christ? Ronald Reagan once said, “Can you name one problem that would not be solved if we had simply followed the...

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Some Church ‘Involvement’ Issues

[86 words] • People who’d like to get involved, but aren’t sure how. • People who are involved, but aren’t sure how to involve others, or are reluctant to do so. • People who are responsible for involving others, but have little success finding dependable people. These issues are like the proverbial “elephant in the room” for the church. Some need to speak up. Some need to step up. Some need to pick others up. Some need to ante up. What do you need to do to help keep everyone involved? Rick Kelley via Prestonburg church of Christ Prestonburg, KY...

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‘The Bible Means Exactly What It Says,’ Sort Of

  [243 words] You might hear the above phrase from time to time, and it is a fair phrase. But we must be cautious; sometimes, the Bible doesn’t mean exactly what it says. Sometimes, God says one thing, but means something else. For example, Jesus said, “If thy hand offend thee [causes you to sin, ESV], cut it off…if thy foot offend thee, cut it off…if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out” (Mark 9:43,44,45). Does the Bible mean exactly what it says here? Of course not. Jesus used figurative language — language that doesn’t mean exactly what it says....

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Are You A Buzzard?

“Both the hummingbird and the vulture fly ove r our nation’s deserts. All vultures see is rotting meat, because that is what they look for. They thrive on that diet. But hummingbirds ignore the smelly flesh of dead animals. Instead, they look for the colorful blossoms of desert plants. The vultures live on what was. They live on the past. They fill themselves with what is dead and gone. But hummingbirds live on what is. They seek new life. They fill themselves with freshness and life. Each bird finds what it is looking for. We all do.” (Reader’s Digest, May...

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