Let us walk in the light of the Lord!

Let us walk in the light of the Lord! A text and audio lesson by this title has been added to the Old Paths Archive in English and Dutch.



May the Lord bless you.
Roy Davison

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Hugh’s News & Views (Walking)



A few months ago my wife and I joined our local (Hendersonville, TN) YMCA. We enjoy going there four or five days a week and walking and working out. I walk a couple of miles on the track on the upper level of the Y and lift a few hand weights to build arm strength. Jan walks on a state-of-the-art treadmill and works out on various other machines. It is an enjoyable experience for both of us.

When I began at the Y I walked only a mile (12 laps around the track), with the idea of eventually building up to two miles. I understand that my old friend and retired professor from Freed-Hardeman University, J. Walker Whittle (now in his 90s), walks two miles every day, regardless of the weather. (J. Walker is a walker but he is not a jaywalker. J) I am told that Bill Humble, Bible scholar and church historian, well up in his 80s, walks a mile and a half several days a week.

I figure that at 75 I ought to walk two miles four or five days a week. When I began it took me about 24 minutes to walk a mile. I now can do a mile in 20 minutes and sometimes a few seconds under. In the middle of my two-mile walk, I take about a five minute break, drink a few sips of water, and lift a few hand weights. At the end of my walk I do another set of “reps” with the weights, then “reward” myself with a complimentary cup of French Vanilla coffee, heavy on the non-dairy creamer with a pack of Sweet ‘n Low, one of the “perks” of membership in the Y.

It is fun to join others on the track. Men and women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and colors are there. Many of them are “regulars.” Others are only there from time to time. Old ones leave, but new ones are always coming on board. Some are in no hurry but more or less just saunter around the track. Others “really get with it.” Some jog and others run.

Having always been a “people watcher,” it is interesting to observe the gait and walking style of those in front of me. Continue reading

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How the story ends

Two fellas were watching an old cowboy movie and it came to the part when the cowboy – on his horse, at full gallop – headed right towards a cliff.

One of the guys said to the other, “Hey, I’ll bet you 10 bucks he rides over the cliff.” The other said, “You’re on!” Well, the cowboy and the horse went right over the cliff. The fella that lost the bet paid up.

A while later, the guy who won said, “Hey, I’m feeling a little guilty about our bet and need to make a confession – I had already seen the movie.” The other fella replied, “Well, I also saw the movie before – but I didn’t think he’d do it again!”

It’s a funny story but, sad to say, many of us do the same thing when it comes to our own lives.

Although God’s Word tells us the ending, too many of us live our lives as though we have no idea something else may happen.

Maybe I haven’t seen the movie before, but I have read the Book.

One day we will be judged and we have sinned and fallen short. We would be without hope if it was not for Jesus. If we choose to live through him, we will live with Him forever.

So, the question for us is, are we living as ones who know how the story ends? Have we chosen to live with Jesus?

Luke Bower, Baker Heights church bulletin, Abilene, TX

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The Christian’s bread and butter

By the phrase “bread and butter” is meant the essential elements or mainstay of the Christian life. The latter term, “mainstay,” is defined as “a central cohesive source of support and stability.” Those are good thoughts for this list.

These are the beginnings of a sermon series. It might work also for a new convert study. The focus, as can be seen from a glance, is God and what he offers the disciple of Christ. They’re in no certain order.

  1. To do the will of God.
  2. To edify the church of God.
  3. To obey the Word of God.
  4. To proclaim the gospel of God.
  5. To glorify the name of God.
  6. To ask the blessing of God.
  7. To depend upon the grace of God.

Might I have overlooked something? What could be added?

#christian-life, #essential-christian-elements, #new-convert-study, #sermon-outlines

Generic Christian?

Yesterday my husband was studying with someone who said he considered himself  a “generic Christian.” He can worship anywhere, it doesn’t matter, yet he hates denominations because they cause division. He can worship with instrumental music, or without, it doesn’t matter to him. He can take the Lord’s Supper each Sunday, quarterly, yearly. It doesn’t matter to him. He thinks the New Testament is not a blueprint for us to follow. Just as the Ten Commandments were not ten suggestions, the New Testament is not a list of suggestions, but rather a pattern for us to follow.

Webster defines generic as “general, not specific.” Generic medicine is usually less expensive than regular, or name brand medicine. It is a substitute for the original medicine. Generic food is no brand name food. Generic churches are no name churches. Their signs are no name brand signs. The Community churches, the Crossroad churches, the Meeting Places, etc., without further identification, are  generic names. You see their name and ask, “What kind of church is that?” You can’t find by their name what they teach and what they believe. They are generic churches.

Generics quality are questioned as being as good as the original. They are less expensive. Those who support generics will say they are just as good, but they are missing some qualities of the original product.

Is that what we are coming to with all the changes taking place in the church? Are we becoming generic Christians? Just so we love each other, accept Jesus Christ, don’t stick to a set of rigid rules, have no disagreements, anything goes as long as it attracts people. What is taught or practiced does not matter. Is the Bible no longer our authority for a thus saith the Lord? What is our standard? Where and on what do we stand? Are love and belief in Jesus enough?

Are we a Christian, or a substitute Christian? Are we the real thing or generic? Joshua said in the long ago, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). To me that means following after the pattern in the New Testament, not adding to nor taking from it. That is the pattern by which we will be judged (John 12:48). That is not generic.

#christian-life, #faith, #obedience, #teaching, #worship

I started a new Cookie Ministry

Last week I did something new. I began a cookie ministry. Let me explain.

“Old-Timey Tea Cakes” was the recipe that caught my attention and I made a batch. With two cups of flour, one and a third cups of sugar, two sticks of butter and a few more ingredients, in a little over an hour I had 96  tea cakes that didn’t need to stay in our house. I decided out the door they would go as we delivered them to people we visited. Continue reading

#christian-life, #nudge

God Wants You

The well-known figure “Uncle Sam” is a popular personification of the United States government. Sam’s rise to fame traces back to a recruitment poster used during World War I and World War II. The image, created by J.M. Flagg, shows Sam pointing his finger at the viewer and saying, “I Want You.” Uncle Sam needs a few good recruits, then again so does God. Like Uncle Sam, God Wants You! What does he want?” (Read more at The Proclaimer..)

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Lemons or Lemonade

Christianity is like the axiom, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This proverb means that when life gives you something sour, turn it sweet. Life’s lemons are abundant, but what counts is what you do with them. (Continue reading at The Proclaimer…)

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Four Emotional Reactions to Church

Often churches do not grow because those who lead them are raised with the teachings of the church. These people never went through the common cycle of the emotional reactions to the church. These emotional reactions must be dealt with or the person will become discontent and drift off into unfaithfulness. As a person progresses from a non-Christian to a faithful Christian, there are four emotional reactions that a person will have towards the church. These reactions progress from church is pointless, church is perfect, church is problematic, and church is purposeful. This article will provide the information for leaders within the congregation to spot and deal with these potential faith destroyers. (Click here to read more at The Proclaimer)

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Vanity of Vanities

Several times in the book of Ecclesiastes, the writer refers to various activities as being “Vanity of vanities” (cf. 1:2). Everything is vain ultimately, he concludes, except serving God (12:13-14). Let us consider several things mentioned in the New Testament that are described as being vain. (Click here to read more)

#christian-life, #reflection, #the-proclaimer

Counting the Cost

We might call them “impulsive”; while others may call them “impetuous.” Regardless to which of these adjectives you may use to describe them, one thing is for sure; they don’t consider what they are saying or getting themselves into! (Follow this link to read more…)

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No Comparison Chart Sermon

Here is a chart I painted many years ago for Charles Box, preacher at the Greenville church of Christ, Greenville, AL. It was originally painted on a bed sheet. He has given me permission to share it with you, and said “use it.”


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Seven Deadly Practices

Those who profess faith in Christ are in one of two categories. Either they are living out the message or they are merely listening to it (James 1:22). In order to know where we stand, we must peer into the perfect law of liberty and fix our attention there (1:25). (Read more by following this link…)

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Lessons From Martha and Mary

David W. Hester offers 4 practical lessons from Luke 10:38-42 in his article, “Lessons From Martha and Mary.” I am confident that it would make a good sermon starter.

#christian-life, #luke, #the-proclaimer

Can You Hear Him Speaking?

Here is my sermon outline from yesterday. Maybe it’s something that you might be interested in using. Or perhaps you could take it and make a real sermon out of it. 🙂

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