Hugh’s News & Views (How To Live)

HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS

HOW TO LIVE UNTIL YOU DIE

(The following is the synopsis of a sermon delivered at the Mitchellville Church of Christ, Portland, Tennessee, on Sunday morning, June 8, 2014. Not all sermons have to be textual, expository, or “heavy on doctrine,” though the church in many places today is experiencing a famine of doctrinal preaching, resulting in a lack of biblical convictions. [And yes, doctrine is teaching; sound doctrine is healthful teaching and all sermons should provide spiritually healthful teaching.] Sermons also need to be encouraging and uplifting and may be of a topical nature. No originality is claimed for the major points of the sermon and in the interest of time not every point was used in the sermon. Hopefully, the readers of “News & Views” will benefit from the thoughts.) Continue reading

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Understanding is not difficult. The doing is hard.

Walking in the WayUnderstanding God’s plan of salvation is not difficult. Following the Way, however, does present great challenges. The doing, not the knowing, is hard.

For when the follower of Christ puts his foot forward and takes his first step, Satan throws everything he has against him. The evil one brings to bear upon that single soul the fullness of his fury.

But a greater power than his works for the saint, the power of God’s Spirit. The hand of the Lord upholds the man of God so that he may continue to the end. Continue reading

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‘The church is plagued with unpracticed Christianity,’ says Charles Box

failure-to-practice-jesus-wordsby Charles Box, Greenville AL

The church of Christ as found in the scriptures was a living body made up of souls who had been converted to Jesus. Those who made up the first cen­tury church were redeemed from sin by being washed in the blood of the Lamb.  God was real to these early Christians. Jesus Christ was literally their life. Paul wrote,

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

These early Christians practiced Christianity. Today the church of Christ is plagued with “unpracticed Christian­ity.” Continue reading

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Hugh’s News & Views (It’s For You)

HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS

“IT’S FOR YOU TOO, HUGH”

All people need a time and a place to think. One such place for me is on my lawnmower cutting the grass and while doing other yard projects on God’s and my little acre.

Actually, it is His acre; He has just allowed me to be the steward (caretaker) of it for a little while. It has been here ever since the third day of Genesis 1. Through the ages its topography has undergone various changes and it has passed through innumerable hands and been occupied by many different people, including North American Indians and a host of others. In fairly recent times (compared to its overall age) it has been carved out of a large piece of farmland and sold off in smaller chunks for people to buy and build houses on, to plant grass and shrubs and flowers on, to live on, to raise their families on, and to take care of. It has been the site of Jan’s and my retirement home for a little over thirteen years now. We love this little plot of ground that we call ours, but we know that one day we will leave it, it will pass into the hands of others, and continue its inexorable march down the corridors of time until the final conflagration of this earth and all things therein (II Peter 3:10-13).

Now to the point of this essay.

A few weeks ago while mowing my grass I was reviewing in my mind my upcoming sermon for the following Sunday. I try to decide early in the week what I am going to preach the following Lord’s Day, then begin getting the scripture text(s) and the points I am going to make in my mind.

This particular sermon dealt with “Spiritual Survival Skills,” something we all need to develop and use. As I went over the sermon in my mind—Pow! All of a sudden it hit me! I needed that particular point myself! The thought came to me, “It’s for you too, Hugh. You need to apply that point to your own life.” Indeed, I did!

The fact is that everything I preach to others I need to preach to myself! All preachers, if they preach the truth of God’s word, need to practice what they preach. Paul the apostle wrote,

“You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? You who say a man should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through the breaking of the law?” (Romans 2:21-23).

To Timothy, a young minister of the gospel, Paul said, “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you” (I Timothy 4:16). Continue reading

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