April 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Why Should We Study the Old Testament? – Part 2)

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

Here are the topics you will find:

  • The Character of God in the Old Testament (Clay Bond)
  • Practical Wisdom in the Old Testament (Cody Westbrook)
  • What is Your Life? (Steve Lloyd)
  • The Messiah’s Relationship to the Law (Don Walker)
  • Preaching From the Old Testament (Richard D. Melson)

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

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2017 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

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11-30-2016 God Never Fails

“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him” (Psalm 18:30 NKJV).  God’s Word has been proven true every time He has spoken.  The written Word of God, correctly understood, has never been wrong.  “The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6 NKJV). People who think God has let them down or broken His Word, need to re-study the Bible.  “Thus says the LORD: ‘Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD’” (Jeremiah 17:5 NKJV).  People may repeatedly let us down, but God never has, and never will; and yet we’ll continue to vote for and trust those same people, and disbelieve in the God of Truth!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#character-of-god, #god, #trusting-god

November 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (Difficult Old Testament Passages)

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

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Can God Repent? (Billy Bland)
  • God and Man’s Free Will (Cody Westbrook)
  • Job 19:25 —Job’s Redeemer (Daniel F. Cates)
  • Isaiah 11:6-9—The Wolf and the Lamb (Kerry Clark)
  • Proverbs 31:4-7 —To Drink or Not to Drink (Richard D. Melson)
  • Malachi 1:2-3 —Jacob Have I loved and Esau Have I Hated (Troy Spradlin)

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

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2016 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#bible-difficulties, #book-of-job, #character-of-god, #christian-worker, #drinking, #esau, #free-will, #jacob, #old-testament-lessons, #premillennialism

God’s kindness is one of a kind

God’s kindness in one of a kind in that: Continue reading

#bare-bones-outline, #character-of-god, #kindness

The Bible declares—twice—that God is ‘deceptive’

We teach our children the prayer, “God is good, God is great.”  How about we include in that prayer, “God is deceptive”? The Bible declares it not once, but twice. Continue reading

#character-of-god, #faithfulness-of-god, #god, #psalms, #reward

Is God Racist?

A certain segment of the American population has succeeded in perpetrating the notion of “political correctness” (PC) across a broad base of society. This ideology has infiltrated politics, education, and religion. While touted as a manifestation of “compassion” and “respect” for those with whom one disagrees, the fact is that PC seeks to silence any expression of disagreement that is not in line with its covert agenda.     Read >>

#agendas, #apologetics-press, #character-of-god, #opinion, #political-correctness, #truth

God Is Faithful

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Cor. 1:9).

No less than 10 times in the New Testament is God referred to as faithful. The word translated faithful means to be trustworthy, sure, true.

Our God is trustworthy. He will do exactly what He says He will do. God has always been faithful. He cannot be any other way.

In order for us to fully live for God we need to believe He will do for us what He said He would do. Sarah, the wife of Abraham, gave us a great example by receiving “strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11).

God promises eternal life to all who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9). Do you believe it? You should because our God is faithful.

In Christ, Steve Preston

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#character-of-god, #faithfulness, #god

Why does hell exist?

Note: We do not know the author, Heath Rogers, personally, but since this article was just published in the Iuka MS church bulletin, we believe him to be a faithful brother. We’re always interested in reading about the person of God.

Some find the Bible’s teaching of hell to be inconsistent with their understanding of God. In their minds, they can not reconcile the idea of an all-loving, all-powerful God casting people into a lake of fire to burn for all of eternity. This difficulty has led some to pervert or deny the Bible’s teaching on hell and has led others to deny the existence of God. While it may be a difficult idea for our minds to grasp, there are reasons that an eternal hell exists.

Those who struggle with the idea of God sending men to eternal torment have an unbalanced and unbiblical view of God. While God is a God of love (1Jo 4:7-8), he is also capable of anger, wrath and punishment.

  • “There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy” (Ja 4:12).
  • “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God” (Rm 11:22).

It is within God’s character to both reward and punish. Paul said that God

“will render to each one according to his deeds: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness – indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil” (Rm 2:6-9).

God is being consistent with his nature when he grants both eternal rewards and eternal punishment. Heaven is the final outworking of God’s love, while hell is the final outworking of his righteousness.

From the very beginning, God said that sin would be punished. “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen 2:17). God is a God of love, but he is also righteous and holy. God’s holiness will not allow him to ignore sin. He responds to sin with wrath and punishment.

Hell was created as a place of punishment for sin. “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels’” (Mt 25:41).

All sin is rebellion against God. Those who follow the devil in rebellion against God will suffer the same fate. Sin has a wage (Rm 6:23). Those who sin are deserving of punishment. However, those who have rejected the sacrifice of God’s Son are even more deserving of this punishment.

“Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? … It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hb 10:29, 31).

God is holy. God’s holiness cannot allow sin to come into his presence. Thus, one of the consequences of sin is that it separates man from God (Isa 59:1-2). If one dies while in this alienated condition, he will spend eternity separated from God in hell.

Speaking of heaven, John said, “But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” (Rv 21:27).

Those who are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire (Rv 20:15), which is an eternal separation from God.

Hell is real, but no one has to be sent to that place of eternal torment. Through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, God has made a way for us to be forgiven, thus escaping the eternal punishment for our sins. If we will obey the gospel, heaven can be our eternal home.

#character-of-god, #god, #hell, #nature-of-god

This is Just A Minute The great apostle…

This is Just-A-Minute. The great apostle Paul wrote “that every mouth may be stopped and all the world be found guilty before God.” I have an idea that there will plenty who object on the Day of Judgment. They will declare “that’s not fair!” Ann Landers once said that teenagers use the phrase 86 times a day. A web-search yielded a staggering 97.2 million hits to “life is not fair.” But what is fair? Is it fair that God created man to do good and instead we plunge headlong into evil? Is it fair that God’s infinite goodness provided his own Son to pay for our sins by dying on the cross, and we pass by Calvary with indifference or a sneer of defiance and a shake of the fist. The Lord declares “there is none that do good, no, not one.”

#character-of-god, #fair, #just-a-minute, #justice-of-god

Three thoughts about God

Several items from diverse sources. First, Romans 11:22 keeps tumbling in my heart:

“Consider, then, the kindness and severity of God: his severity toward those who fell, but God’s kindness toward you—if you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you too will be cut off” (NET).

When we don’t hold to both, we tend to bounce from one to the other. People who have been taught his severity often go to the extreme to speak only of his kindness. The whole grace-and-law discussion needs to drop back to the kindness and severity of the character of God.

Second, a little paragraph posted to my blog yesterday, on recent experience between the two of us:

When God acts, he often has to ask, “Why did you doubt, O you of little faith?” Why, indeed. Has he not promised to use his power for his people? Has he yet failed to come through?

Third, a clip from the 14th-Century poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the words of Gawain to the servant guide, about the green knight:

However wild
He may be,
God can see,
God can save.

#character-of-god, #nature-of-god, #theology

Daily Nudge: God thoughts — and news

Share a thought, a phrase, a verse, a quote, a meditation, about the person of God. Who he is, how he works, an aspect of his character, something about Him.

We often, very often, see articles and studies about, say, church-going (nobody believes in Heb. 10:25 more than I) or, maybe, baptism (yes, absolutely necessary for salvation, as per 1 Pet. 3:21), but, if my impression is right, far fewer on the person of God. He seems a far more immense object of study, if we may call him that, than any other subject, don’t you think?

Fellows, remember to reply in separate posts. Visitors and readers are free to reply to this post below.

News is always good when we hear about the saints.

#character-of-god, #nature-of-god, #nudge