Grace for problem people?

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 633 • April 23, 2021

PROBLEMS THE CHURCH SHOULD TALK ABOUT – 9
GRACE FOR PROBLEM PEOPLE?

QUESTION: Maybe people who cause problems do not deserve grace, but people who have problems need more grace and should receive it. Maybe we are too quick to just ignore them or refuse to accept them. Isn’t grace a gift for everybody, according to God? We will be saved by grace, according to Ephesians 2:5-9. Not by discipline and punishment. Continue reading

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Not God, but a King

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

As far as I am concerned, far be it from me to sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you! I will instruct you in the way that is good and upright. 1 Samuel 12.23

The Israelites had a difficult time remaining faithful to God. They turned aside so often to worship the idols of the nations around them. They even asked for a king to be as the other nations, rejecting God as their king.

God gave them a king, Saul the Benjaminite. However, it was still necessary for the people and the king to continue to obey God to have his blessing. God sent thunder and rain during the wheat harvest to show his disapproval of the request the people had made for a king.

Samuel assured the people that he would continue to pray for them and to teach them. However, he warned them of the dangers of doing evil.

As the people of God, it is just as necessary today, to remain faithful to Him rejecting anything that could serve as an idol and remove Him from the throne of our hearts. Knowledge of the Scriptures is of utmost importance!

#risingjoy #devotional

Christians unaware of worldly attitudes

“He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female …?’” Matthew 19:4.

So, just how much of your attitude does the culture control? The culture has really weaponized this Kreeft quote, “Control the language and you control thought; control thought and you control action; control action and you control the world.”

Like the frog that boils as it tolerates each increasing degree, Christians are unaware of how worldly their attitudes have become. In its dogma of ‘man is man’s own savior,’ the false religion of humanism holds government as society’s god and identity politics as its commandments. Our Lord and Savior tells us, however, that we are to “read” to get our doctrine, that it was God who “created” people “male and female,” and that we are able to trust all that the sovereign God wrote “from the beginning.”

This means that topics of which the humanists say “the science is decided” to enforce your adherence, such as marriage, gender, homosexuality, fornication, etc., are really the ones that are controversial. What is decided is everything that God has written about in His inspired Word “from the beginning.”

Who controls your attitude?

Doug Kashorek

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Hugh’s News & Views (Random Thoughts…)

RANDOM THOUGHTS AND OBSERVATIONS

Gooch, the newly hired traveling salesman, wrote his first sales report to the home office. It stunned the brass in the sales department because it was obvious that the new salesman was ignorant!

Here’s what he wrote: “I seen this outfit which they ain’t never bot a dime’s worth of nothing from us and I sole them some goods. I am now going to Chawgo.” Continue reading

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Questions about the Lord’s Supper

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS

Number 632 • April 21, 2021

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LORD’S SUPPER

QUESTION: In 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 what is the Lord’s supper and why is it called communion? What is the purpose for it, and who is allowed to do it? How do we discern the Lord’s body when we take the supper? Why did Paul seem to disapprove the way it was being done in the Corinthians church? Was he really implying that God would not be pleased with it and might reject it? Are we commanded to eat it every Sunday or is it optional? Is it a sin if we fail to observe the Lord’s supper every Sunday? Should you do it even if you aren’t worthy or don’t feel worthy because that means you are condemned if you try to do it? Should those who are not Christians be allowed to eat the Lord’s supper? Continue reading

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Accept or reject

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

Do not treat prophecies with contempt. 1 Thessalonians 5.20

People react differently to the teachings that they hear. Some will accept what is being taught simply because of who is doing the teaching. Others will deny that same teaching for the same reason.

One has a responsibility to examine all teachings and compare them with the Bible. The Bereans were considered more noble than the Thessalonians because they would search the Scriptures to see if the things Paul was teaching were true, Acts 17.11. As a result, many of them believed Paul’s message.

The Scriptures are the guide to know who God is and what he wants of man, 2 Timothy 3.16. They are a light to illumine your path, Psalm 119.105. Paul told the Thessalonians to hold fast to what was good. At the same time, he warned to stay away from every form of evil, 1 Thessalonians 5.21-22. Do not accept something because of who is saying it unless it agrees with the Scriptures.

#risingjoy #devotional

Hearts swell with joy

And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. (John 17:3 ESV)

Сия же есть жизнь вечная, да знают Тебя, единого истинного Бога, и посланного Тобою Иисуса Христа. (От Иоанна 17:3)

O LORD our God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for bringing us to another new day that arrives with spectacular blessings that cause our hearts to swell with joy, as we anticipate how we fit into your eternal plan to save humanity from the destruction we have brought upon ourselves. Open the minds of all seekers of life that is indeed life, by spending more time meditating upon the Spirit inspired truth that instructs us to have a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. In his precious name we pray, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Recipe for building a better church

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 631 • April 18, 2021

RECIPE FOR A BUILDING A BETTER CHURCH

“Join the church of your choice.” The determinative word there is not join or choice. It is your. Not something someone else chooses for you or imposes upon you (such as communism, which is not really ‘government of the people, by the people, and for the people” as in democracy). As Adolf Hitler mandated a Volkswagen (literally “people’s car”) so certain countries have mandated a “state religion” (such as Islamic, Christian, Catholic, Buddhist, etc) or a “national church” (such as Church of England, Church of Sweden, etc). There’s a world-wide phenomenon in nominal Christianity: the creation and proliferation of churches to meet the requirements and desires of the people who will be members in the so-called “purpose-driven” churches where members determine what the church will be and do – these could be called “churches of the people, for the people, and by the people.” What are the premises, purposes, and promises of such a “people’s church?” Continue reading

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Preconceived ideas

Rising Joy by Vicki Matheny

The disciples were greatly astonished when they heard this and said, “Then who can be saved?” Matthew 19.25

A young man had approached Jesus with a question. He had asked what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus had told him to keep the commandments. The young man responded by asking which ones. It seems that he was trying to pin down exactly what he needed to do. Jesus responded with some of the ten commandments to which the young man affirmed that he had obeyed those laws wholeheartedly. What else did he need to do? In Mark 10.21, it is written than Jesus felt love for him and proceeded to tell him to sell all his possessions, give it to the poor, and come follow him.

The young man went away sorrowful, for he was very rich. His riches were more important to him than following Jesus and that was a problem. Jesus then went on to teach his disciples of the difficulty the rich would have to enter the kingdom. It would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle! Then who could be saved?

It was a preconceived idea of the time that the rich would go to heaven because they obviously had been blessed. Jesus did not agree with that idea. He taught that God was the one that made salvation possible, not your riches. That truth continues until today! You have to put things in the right order with God and his kingdom as priority!

People have many preconceived ideas about God. Many of them, if not most, are false. Spending time reading and studying God’s word is the only path that will prove whether your preconceived ideas are true. Or false. Will you go away sorrowful?

#risingjoy #devotional

Problem people

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS

Number 630 • April 15, 2021

PROBLEMS THE CHURCH NEEDS TO TALK ABOUT – 8

ATTITUDES TOWARD PROBLEM PEOPLE, THOSE WHO NEED TO BE “FIXED”

Dislike and prejudice can cause distrust and discrimination and other serious problems in human relationships. Even though they are taught to love and trust and develop fellowship among themselves Christians rarely escape the problem – even congregations and churches are not exempt from prejudice and preference for and against each other. How should the church deal with problem people in its membership? Continue reading

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Fresh blessings

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:10-11 ESV)

Если заповеди Мои соблюдете, пребудете в любви Моей, как и Я соблюл заповеди Отца Моего и пребываю в Его любви. Сие сказал Я вам, да радость Моя в вас пребудет и радость ваша будет совершенна. (Иоанна 15:10-11 Russian)

O LORD our God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for your fresh blessings that greet all people on this new day. Grant all followers of your beloved Son to live joyfully in such a manner that our faith in Christ as Lord will be evident to anyone who observes our way of life. Restore a sense of loving obedience in the hearts of all members of churches of Christ. We pray fervently in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Was Jesus a racist, a Jewish supremacist?

GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 629 • April 14, 2021

A PREJUDICED, RACIST JESUS?

QUESTION: Was Jesus a racist, a Jewish supremacist? He called a Canaanite woman a dog and said we shouldn’t give holy things to the dogs. But he accepted all Jews as the chosen people of God even if they were sinners and didn’t accept him as Messiah. Continue reading

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Blessed as beneficiaries

And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. (Numbers 21:5-6)

и говорил народ против Бога и против Моисея: зачем вывели вы нас из Египта, чтоб умереть *нам* в пустыне, ибо *здесь* нет ни хлеба, ни воды, и душе нашей опротивела эта негодная пища. И послал Господь на народ ядовитых змеев, которые жалили народ, и умерло множество народа из *сынов* Израилевых. (Числа 21:5-6 Russian)

O LORD my God ~ thank you dear Heavenly Father for this new day on which we remember how blessed we are to be the beneficiaries of your amazing grace and mercy that even comes to the worst of us sinners. Help us to never tire of looking upon Jesus on the cross as the only remedy for our sins that deserve the death penalty. We love you Lord for granting us the gift of eternal life as we trust and obey your beloved Son. Remove from our fellowships any who attempt to trivialize the power of the cross. We ardently pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional

Hugh’s News & Views (The)

THE

Preachers sometimes preach what are known as “all scripture sermons” – sermons in which no human comment of any kind is made, but in which a number of scriptures are arranged in such an order as to tell a single story, present a particular truth, or teach an especially important lesson.

In this week’s “News & Views” we are presenting without comment a number of important biblical texts in which “the” is used to emphasize something of particular significance. According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, “the” is a definite article functioning as an adjective. It is used to specify persons or things, and is restrictive and limiting in nature. We would be wise to note a number of biblical texts in which it is used and the person or thing to which it is applied. Please give attention to the following. (All quotations are from the New King James Version). Continue reading

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Never crouch in doubt or fear

Isaiah said these things because he saw his glory and spoke of him. Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. (John 12:41-43 ESV)

Con todo eso, aun de los príncipes, muchos creyeron en él; mas por causa de los Fariseos no lo confesaban, por no ser echados de la sinagoga. Porque amaban más la gloria de los hombres que la gloria de Dios. (Juan 12:42-43 Spanish RVA)

O Lord God, our God who lives and reigns forever and ever! Hear the prayers of all people who cry out to you with sincere praise and petitions for your mercy. Open the minds of all Christians so that we will never crouch in doubt or fear of any enemies of the Cross of Christ. Restore a great sense of confidence in the inspired Scriptures, especially in the minds and public confessions of faith of those who lead local churches and those who publicly proclaim the blessed gospel of our Lord. Humble those who only serve the Lord for personal glory while refusing to follow Christ for eternal life. We pray in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

http://www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com/

#davidbinkley #devotional