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  • J. Randal Matheny 4:09 am on 2017-01-22 Permalink | Reply
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    This Day, the First 

    On this day, the first, when Jesus rose
    Alive, and set aside his burial clothes,
    His faithful followers come together and meet,
    To sing his praise, around his table they eat,
    And in his Name they pray for peace
    And courage to speak, that he increase,
    His grace be given, his saving truth be spread,
    Because they know he lives who once was dead.
    Their God is Father, they in Christ immersed,
    This day they glory in him whom God raised first.


  • Ron Thomas 10:00 am on 2014-09-20 Permalink | Reply
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    The first article on women in Corinthians is here.

    Later in this epistle, Paul plainly state that in the assembly the women are not to speak, but they are to keep silent (14:34-35). This has caused no small controversy in today’s environment. In fact, there are many men and women who reject outright what the Holy Spirit said through the apostle Paul.

    What are we to understand in the context?

    First, starting in v. 26, Paul speaks with regard to them “coming together.” This is an occasion for the church in Corinth to assemble. Second, there is something relative to this assembly that allows the exercise of the supernatural gifts of God to be utilized (14:26-31). Third, the gifts of God can be controlled by the one (or the ones) who have them (14:32). Fourth, that which is done is to be done decently and in order (14:32-33). Fifth, in this context, the women are to keep silent, that is, they are not authorized by the Holy Spirit to teach. The next verse (14:35) is difficult, but I think the idea is along this line: since the assembly is gathered together, and there is teaching done, it might be that the wife/woman does not understand what is being said/taught. In this context, rather than disrupting the assembly (how this would be done is unstated), she is to speak with her husband about it at home.

    • docmgphillips 11:12 am on 2014-09-20 Permalink | Reply

      Are the women “preachers” who violate this any more to blame than the men who allow it?

      • Ron Thomas 12:01 pm on 2014-09-20 Permalink | Reply

        Amen! On Sep 20, 2014 11:12 AM, “The Fellowship Room” wrote:


  • Joshua Gulley 11:54 pm on 2013-12-20 Permalink | Reply
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    I was recently afforded the opportunity to perform in the Murfreesboro Symphony Chorus at a concert with the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra. I had been to orchestral performances many times before, and while they can be very exciting, they can also be a bit tiresome during some passages. If you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself waking up to the applause of the audience at the end of a piece. This one, however–almost every moment of it–was different.

    Perhaps it was the acoustics–the reverberation in the venue; perhaps it was the one or two thousand faces focused in on the stage; perhaps it was being able to see the conductor’s face for once instead of his back; perhaps it was getting to be part of a group of incredible singers to which I felt inferior; perhaps it was the beauty of the music, much of which was written by one of the best-known composers of our time. As I sang with the choir, or simply sat and listened as the orchestra played alone, excitement flowed through me like electricity during almost the entire concert. Every solo, every climax, every quiet passage, every pause created a sensation I could feel, not only in my mind and heart, but in my body. Here was a group of some of the best musicians (and me) performing excellent music by one of the most well-regarded modern composers on some of the finest instruments in a superb venue, led by one of the most talented conductors in our region. Every person there (on stage and in the audience) was focused on one thing–the music. Being in the midst of the ensemble provided for one of the most intense musical experiences I’ve ever had.

    Revelation 14, 15, and 19 have descriptions of multitudes of people and angels singing praise to God. I’m afraid sometimes we think of that image and liken it to our local congregational singing, which–like any other thing we do on a regular basis–can often seem less than thrilling. (More …)

  • Ed Boggess 8:35 am on 2010-11-10 Permalink | Reply
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    “Church” – because not only is it not translated but an entirely different word is substituted in place of the original that the Holy Spirit inspired. “Church” is the anglicized “kuriokos” (a Greek word meaning “belonging to the Lord”, found twice in scriptural but never referring to the assembly of saints). But that is not the word in the Greek text for what Jesus built! That Greek word is “ekklesia”, which when translated means “assembly” or a synonym of the same. In view of this Romans 16:16 should read “the assemblies of Christ salute you.” Instead we find the anglicized substitute. Then someone contends it is the only true and acceptable name, unaware that it isn’t even scriptural, but a made-up distortion of God’s revelation.

  • Mike Riley 9:46 pm on 2010-04-25 Permalink | Reply
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    A Question About The Sunday Evening Assembly 

    There have been several churches of Christ here in the El Paso area who have discontinued their Sunday evening assembly. I’m wondering if this is a trend among churches of Christ nation-wide, or is this mindset confined to just our area? Will appreciate your input.

    • Laura 10:50 pm on 2010-04-25 Permalink | Reply

      Haven’t seen that here. We used to not have evening service because we had nowhere to meet. That got remedied. Granted, it is not a Biblical requirement to meet twice on Sundays, but when you’ve been doing it and stop, it gives the impression that you don’t want to worship God as much. My guess is that they are doing it because no one is showing up.

      • Mike Riley 12:56 am on 2010-04-26 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the reply, Laura. I don’t think it’s because no one is showing up, because all three of the largest churches of Christ in El Paso are discontinuing their evening services. One would think the smaller congregations might be discontinuing their evening service, but not the larger congregations. For whatever reason, it’s a disturbing trend to say the least.

        • Laura 1:00 am on 2010-04-26 Permalink | Reply

          The largest one near us had house church on Sunday night instead of an assembly. But they’ve done that for many years.

          My husband pointed out that the trend to not have evening service is actually prevalent in denominations. There’s a huge Baptist church across the street from us. They are never there except for Sunday mornings, as far as we can tell. We pass a few others on the way to our building. No one is there either. The Catholics down the street from us have taken to having Sat. night services.

    • Glenda Williams 2:18 am on 2010-04-26 Permalink | Reply

      Mike, churches in our area in South Alabama are still meeting on Sunday evening. Some in the Montgomery area are meeting in homes. What you are referring to has been going on for years in different places. I still like to see the church building lighted and the doors unlocked on Sunday evening and members gathered to worship God.

      • Mike Riley 2:59 am on 2010-04-26 Permalink | Reply

        Glenda, the home church concept must be what some congregations are going to. Don’t guess there’s anything wrong in doing that – they met in homes in the 1st century. However, I’m like you – I still like to see members gather to worship God on Sunday evening at the church building. It all has to do with our spiritual influence in the community – what kind of message are we sending the community we live in if we don’t assemble as the Lord’s people?

        • Laura 10:18 am on 2010-04-26 Permalink | Reply

          Mike, did they meet simultaneously in different houses, dividing the congregation for worship, or did they meet in different houses to share food and fellowship of each others’ company? The congregation I mentioned up here does the former. Besides being questionable, there is a big danger to the practice of splintering the congregation for worship: how can elders watch over the whole flock if they are not together? It also forms clicks.

        • Mike Riley 12:39 pm on 2010-04-26 Permalink | Reply

          Laura, I don’t know what they do in their houses. This is what I want to find out. However, I totally agree that there is a danger of splintering the congregation for worship.

        • Laura 1:42 pm on 2010-04-26 Permalink | Reply

          Sorry I wasn’t clear. My question was regarding the Christians in the first century. Did they splinter into sub-groups and meet separately for worship?

        • Mike Riley 3:17 pm on 2010-04-26 Permalink | Reply

          Laura, I’m afraid you’ll have to ask some of the knowledgeable preachers here about that – I don’t really know the secular history of what they did in the first century apart from the Scriptures. From Acts 2:46 and Acts 20:20, we do know the meeting was from “house to house.”

    • Ron 9:47 am on 2010-04-26 Permalink | Reply

      In east central Illinois, most that I am aware of still meet at the building on Sunday evening. A church in Champaign, and then one in Springfield meet in “small groups,” but apart from that, we all have regular meetings.

      • Mike Riley 12:35 pm on 2010-04-26 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your input, Ron. I’m glad to hear that the church hasn’t discontinued meeting on Sunday evening.

    • Don Ruhl 8:45 am on 2010-04-27 Permalink | Reply

      Mike, there is a “non-institutional” congregation here in Grants Pass that does not meet for evening services. I know of some congregations that have another service after lunch and then they are done for the day.

  • Richard Mansel 10:11 pm on 2010-01-20 Permalink | Reply
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    “Love for the brethren simply cannot be shown while forsaking the assembly. Christians cannot isolate themselves from one another and at the same time fulfill this sacred obligation” Tom Wacaster, Studies in Hebrews, page 407.
    • Mike Riley 12:57 am on 2010-01-21 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, you are indeed correct! Isolating ourselves, is not in God’s game plan (Romans 14:7).

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