May 2014 Issue of Christian Worker

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

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Why Some Men Must Be Marked (Fred House)
  • Balaam (Sam Willcut)
  • Is Dancing Sinful? (Johnie Scaggs, Jr)
  • Am I Saved or Lost? (Guy N. Woods)
  • Modesty Is for Men Also! (Carl B. Garner)
  • Excuses (Lynn Blair)
  • Sin Is Still Sin! (M. Floyd Bailey, Jr)
  • This We Must Accomplish (John W. Moore)
  • Only in Jesus (Wayne Jones)
  • Comfort for Troubled Hearts (Mike Vestal)

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

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Balaam’s “Confession”

Throughout the history of man, the individual man has had to contend with authority. He submits to his own authority or to someone else’s. This struggle for man’s mind (heart) is the great battle ground between the forces of evil (Satan) and the Lord God. This is very well illustrated (described) for us in Job, chapters 1 and 2. Who will win?

Balaam confessed, and he confessed the same problem that plagues people today. “I have sinned, for I did not know that you stood in the road against me” (22:34). Exactly the problem today – all because of: 1) there is no knowledge of the Lord, 2) even if there is knowledge, one’s desire to gain something is strong enough that the Lord’s way if set to the side. In this struggle over one’s desire to love and serve the Lord with the wealth of this world, spiritual blindness and powerlessness is exposed.

The battle ground between two opposite forces is our heart. It is a struggle that each person has to engage in – there is no choice. To determine one’s loyalty a decision has to be made. Will that loyalty be to the Lord or to what attracts the eyes and ears of a person? It is as simple as that.

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I did not know

Are we smarter than a donkey? Balaam was not. As he goes to meet with the king, he learns that the beast upon which he was riding was smarter than him. So angered by what he did not know he lashed out at the beast of burden (and was not Balaam a burden!). when the Lord, in His mercy, had shown the “wise” man what he did not know, he replies humbly, “I did not know you stood in the way against me” (Numbers 22:34, NKJV).

Is that not the way it is many times? We think we know more than we do and when one seeks to correct out path – especially one who does not know what I (we) know – we lash out. How often has the Lord stood in our way and we were ready to lash out?

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