June 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Philippians Chapter 1)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • A Harmonious Congregation (Kevin W. Rhodes)
  • I Thank My God Upon Every Remembrance… (Cody Westbrook)
  • Let Love Abound (Mike Vestal)
  • Christ Is Preached, So I Rejoice! (Stephen Wiggins)
  • To Live is Christ and to Die is Gain (Randy Robinson)
  • Paul’s Plea (Dave Rogers)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

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Moving and speaking: Saul’s first trip back to Jerusalem after conversion

old-jerusalemAfter Saul is converted in the city of Damascus, Barnabas opens the doors for him into the fellowship of the Jerusalem church.

The disciples were wary of him, apparently not believing his conversion was genuine, but rather a ruse in order to find and arrest them.

And he was with them, moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord,” Ac 9.28 NASB.

Here are some disparate thoughts on this verse.

What does Luke mean by the phrase, “moving about freely in Jerusalem”? Among the brethren? Or that he was already going to the Jews to preach the gospel? Continue reading

#acts, #apostle-paul, #jerusalem

Riddle me this Can you make a complete…

Riddle me this: Can you make a complete list of all the words that Jesus speaks to Paul and words of his cited by Paul? You’ll probably leave out at least one.

#apostle-paul, #words-of-jesus

The Fallacy of Rejecting “Paul’s Words”

For various reasons of self-interest and faulty theology there are those in the religious world who believe and teach that the “word’s of Paul” should be rejected.

If one were to reject the “words of Paul” then they by default have to reject basically every other letter that makes up the New Testament.

Don’t like “Paul’s words” huh? Well I guess you can’t like Peter’s words either since he endorsed what Paul taught and considered him to be a brother in Christ (2 Peter 3:15-16).

Don’t like “Paul’s word’s” huh? Well I guess you can’t like Mark’s words either since history/tradition teaches that Mark wrote through the guidance of Peter who, again, endorsed the “words of Paul” and due to the fact that Mark was very familiar with Paul and considered him a brother in Christ who taught the truth (2 Timothy 4:11).

Don’t like “Paul’s words” huh? Well I guess you can’t like Luke’s words either since Luke greatly supported Paul and due to the fact that they labored together on missionary trips teaching the same thing to others who were coming to Jesus through their preaching (Colossians 4:4, 2 Timothy 4:11, Acts 21:1-19…notice how many times “we” and “us” are used).

So I guess that leaves a person with the words of John and James and Jude…except for the fact that both John and James endorsed Paul’s preaching (Acts 15:6-29) and Jude is just too judgmental!

So you still want to reject the “words of Paul” huh? I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds a whole lot like, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)

Failing to listen to “Paul’s words” is a failure to listen to the word of God.

If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 14:37)

#apostle-paul, #christianity, #false-doctrine, #false-teachers, #new-testament, #new-testament-canon, #rejecting-pauls-words, #religion, #theology, #unbelief

The Amazing Enduring Perseverance of the Apostle Paul

Just think about this for a second:

in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness—besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.” (2 Corinthians 11:27-28 – NKJV)

If you’re familiar with this section of scripture then you’ll know that this is only a snippet of the turmoil’s that Paul experienced while spreading the word of God. It was a daily battle that could be summed up with the old saying, “there’s no rest for the weary.” Physically, mentally and spiritually, Paul was a target of the lion who was roaming about (1 Peter 5:8). But he hung in there! But how?

The success of Paul’s enduring perseverance can easily be seen in his willingness to keep his eye’s on Jesus and his hope in the grace of God found in the gospel of Christ (Hebrews 12:1-3, Romans 8:23-25). Paul encouraged people to follow him as he followed Jesus knowing full well that the path to eternal life was only found by following the steps of the Savior (1 Corinthians 11:1, Philippians 3:20-21; Hebrews 2:9-10). He loved the word of God, the gospel that it contained, the church that it produced and the people whose names filled the Lamb’s Book of Life, and even those who had not yet been added.

An enduring perseverance like Paul’s doesn’t happen accidentally and it doesn’t happen overnight and it doesn’t happen by sitting on the sidelines. An enduring perseverance comes by trials, by bearing fruit, by faithfulness and by holding strong to the words and love of Jesus that won’t allow our burdens to become too heavy to keep us from following Him (Matthew 7:24-29, 11:28-30).

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” (Hebrews 11:13)

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:6-8)

#apostle-paul, #christian-living, #christianity, #endurance, #following-jesus, #perseverance

Simple Question for the Day

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)

Will we be able to put our “I” where Paul put His?

#apostle-paul, #bible-application, #faithfulness

Never Doubt the Kind of Influence You Can Have

When Paul was on the ship on the way to Rome in Acts 27 he had to sail through rough waters to say the least. Being packed in with 275 passengers on one boat that had  no plumbing facilities, facing a “Northeaster”and having very little food to survive on would be extreme enough, but one grave danger still lay ahead in the journey.

Just before reaching the shore the soldiers decided it was best (for them) to kill the prisoners instead of taking any chance that they might escape after hitting the beach. Kill the prisoners? But that would include Paul!!! That’s right. What would Paul do? The truth is, Paul couldn’t do anything but what he had already done in the past with his influence. Since boarding that boat Paul managed to get in the “good graces” of the centurion who was in charge.

In the beginning of the chapter Paul warned the crew not to sail, but the centurion listened to the those who were more concerned with meeting a dead line and making a buck or two instead of listening to this warning of grave danger. Who can hardly blame him though. This wouldn’t have been the first time this centurion would have heard some kind of plea! But toward the end of the chapter things changed dramatically. Before it was all said and done, Paul had gained more than a guard in charge of his chains – he gained a body-guard personally bent on protecting him!

Who says the way we live, worship, talk and care for others doesn’t have an effect? It sure had one on a gruff and tough soldier, and it still can today. I don’t know if Julius the centurion ever became a Christian, but I bet he never forgot about the one that he was in charge of on that boat!

Remember that your influence can put you in the “good graces” of others, and hopefully lead them to the most wonder grace ever imagined – Jesus!

And the soldiers’ plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any of them should swim away and escape. But the centurion, wanting to save Paul, kept them from their purpose,…” (Acts 27:42-43 – NKJV)

#apostle-paul, #book-of-acts, #faith, #influence