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  • Eugene Adkins 7:24 am on 2014-03-26 Permalink | Reply
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    More on the sinfulness of the sinner’s prayer 

    The sinner’s prayer most often finds its advocates in the corner of those who espouse the grace only and faith only doctrines.

    These particular doctrines basically say that an individual can personally do nothing to “earn” his or her salvation, hence the need for repentance, confession, baptism and even faithfulness becomes a “fruit” of salvation rather than “seeds” which lead to it.

    But isn’t it funny how those who teach that there is “nothing that a person can do to earn their salvation” also teach that the same person “must” say a prayer to be saved?

    Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.” (Romans 6:16-17)

  • Eugene Adkins 7:15 am on 2014-03-25 Permalink | Reply
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    It’s a sin to teach someone to pray the sinner’s prayer 

    Other than inserts written inside the front or back page cover of a Bible, the “sinner’s prayer” is completely foreign to the gospel of Christ.

    Can you find sinner’s praying in the pages of the New Testament? Sure you can, but you won’t find the “sinner’s prayer” being said. Not one time can a person be found who is told to “pray this prayer” much less any prayer to be saved.

    You will find people being told to believe (John 8:24), people being told to repent (Acts 2:38), people being told to confess (Romans 10:10), people being told to get baptized (Acts 22:16) and people being told to live faithfully even if it cost them his or her life (Revelation 2:10), but you can’t find someone being told to pray to be saved!

    Is there anything wrong with saying a prayer before or after responding to the gospel call of Christ? You’d be hard pressed to convince me so – but the scriptures themselves have convinced me that it is wrong to tell someone to pray to be saved when they respond to the message of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (Mark 16:15-16).

    The sinner’s prayer is a dangerous stumbling block that can prevent a person with a genuine heart and genuine intentions from coming to the faith that has been once and for all delivered into the world for the saints of God (Jude 3). It clouds the heart. It confuses the mind. It strengthens ignorance.

    To those who are teaching that the sinner’s prayer opens the door to the salvation provided by Jesus – stop! You have no right, no authority and no honest reason to be teaching others to the contrary.

    To those who have been taught that you were saved by saying one version of a hundred different prayers, take it from someone who was once told to say the same thing as you – read through the book of Acts and through the New Testament epistles and see if anyone ever “prayed” themselves unto salvation.

    If faith comes by hearing the word of God, and it does (Romans 10:17), and the word of God says nothing about the sinner’s prayer, then how can the “sinner’s prayer” be anything but a sin that’s being taught by those who do not know or obey the truth of the gospel?

    If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:11)

    #christianity, #denominational-errors, #false-teaching, #salvation, #sinners-prayer

    • Richard 7:29 am on 2014-03-25 Permalink | Reply

      Amen brother!!!

      • Eugene Adkins 5:32 pm on 2014-03-25 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Richard. What preacher doesn’t like to hear an amen every now and then.

    • Eliza 1:23 am on 2014-03-26 Permalink | Reply

      Unless God is at work in the sinner’s heart through the preaching of the gospel no amount of prayer will save the lost soul. Salvation is that sovereign act initiated and completed by God, whereby the sinner is reconciled with our holy God through believing what God’s Word says about Jesus Christ’s efficacious work on the cross on the sinner’s behalf, and in response the sinner repents and believes. There is a real transaction between the sinner and our sovereign God through God’s loving interaction with the sinner by His Holy Spirit. The sinner, for his part, agrees with God about his lost sinful condition and believes that Jesus Christ’s death has satisfied the holy wrath of God that stood against him when he was God’s enemy. The sinner is wonderfully reconciled to God, translated from the kingdom of Satan to the kingdom of Christ and has a new nature, which prompts new desires, desires to please God and live for His glory. If God doesn’t save the sinner then how else can a rebellious sinner become a beloved child of God rejoicing in the assurance of his salvation and growing in the grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ. From sinner to saint, from an object of God’s wrath to a beloved child who shares in Christ’s inheritance and glory, this is the transforming power of God’s wondrous grace in the life of His enemy. We have to meet the Savior and be saved by Him! What amazing grace!

      He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:10-13

      As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: Rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
      Colossians 2:6-15
      God bless you:)

      • Eugene Adkins 6:53 am on 2014-03-26 Permalink | Reply

        I’d say the Colossians 2 reference is fitting considering the point that’s made and the topic at hand.

        Thanks for commenting.

    • Bernard Barton 5:40 am on 2014-03-26 Permalink | Reply

      Once I assisted a denominational preacher in a funeral-I knew the lady that we we burying-He didn’t
      But he said that she was saved because he gave her the sinners pray at her death bed-i did every thing I could to not jump up say he was wrong but I kept my mouth shut since I was assisting-I’ve dealt with the sinners pray in the past and it is not Biblical at all but denominational preachers use it frequently in funerals

      • Eugene Adkins 6:51 am on 2014-03-26 Permalink | Reply

        I can understand the feeling. I haven’t had that particular experience myself while helping out at a funeral service, but I have seen it played out a couple of times in the lives/deaths of my family and friends.

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  • TFRStaff 6:52 am on 2014-03-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Power and significance in outcomes is not always associated with large numbers. God brought some great victories for Israel with just a few. Remember the victory He brought through Gideon with only 300 men. (Judges 7:7-8) Also, prior to entering the promised land, Israel was reminded of what had been done because God had been with them, in that one had been able to chase a thousand and two to have put ten thousand to flight. (Deuteronomy 32:30) This was to be a reminder that with God it mattered not what the count looked like; whether it be few or many.

    Let us also remember all it would have taken was the presence of ten righteous souls to have spared the cities of Sodom, Gomorrah, and the surrounding cities. (Genesis 18:32) What if Abraham had asked if God would have spared for the sake of four: Lot, his wife, and their two daughters?

    Now, consider a focus during the days of the prophet Jeremiah where we read. . .

    “(1) Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, look and take note! Search her squares to SEE IF YOU CAN FIND A MAN, ONE WHO DOES JUSTICE AND SEEKS TRUTH, THAT I MAY PARDON HER.” (Jeremiah 5:1 ESV)

    The New Living Translation reads, “”Run up and down every street in Jerusalem,” says the LORD. “Look high and low; search throughout the city! IF YOU CAN FIND EVEN ONE JUST AND HONEST PERSON, I WILL NOT DESTROY THE CITY.”” (NLT) Find JUST ONE? Only ONE would have made the difference? How sad that at this time Jerusalem refused to repent and a period of captivity followed.

    Consider the significance of OUR OWN LIFE in connection with our trust in God. Regardless of what the world around us might be doing, let us never underestimate the significance of our continued living by God’s standard. Though God has made clear there is a day coming for His judgment (1 Peter 3:10), perhaps — in His patience (2 Peter 3:9) — He is presently sparing the world because He wants our godliness to have more OPPORTUNITY TO INFLUENCE a few more souls around us.

    Let us not give up living according to what God has revealed to be right. Those around us need to come to grips with that! With our life lived for Him, His work of sparing souls can still take place. To Him be the glory!

    Have a great day BEING ONE FOUND TO BE HONEST AND JUST! – Carl Hanson

    “teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. http://www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org

  • TFRStaff 9:29 am on 2014-03-17 Permalink | Reply
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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.” (More …)

    • Will 9:38 am on 2014-03-17 Permalink | Reply

      There are always going to be folks in the church who don’t practice what Christ taught… However, I’d rather encourage those who ARE TRYING TO DO RIGHT, than to give recognition to those who are acting like the “one talent man”… Why discourage people who are honestly trying to do right, and are struggling to overcome the evil one? There is a problem, I admit, with people who are only “name only” Christians, but there have always been those since recorded New Testament Christianity. I wonder if this post is only reaching those who are already trying to do right, and follow Christ, and not reaching those who are suffering from unfaithfulness? Perhaps the best way for all of us to help with this problem is covered in what Paul said in Galatians 6, verses 1-5.

    • arkie55 10:20 am on 2014-03-17 Permalink | Reply

      The solution is transformation – Christ in you, the hope of glory…

    • Chester Callan 3:22 pm on 2014-03-17 Permalink | Reply

      The people who need to see this, probably never will. It should be a reminder to us, however that we need to be working with those that have fallen away and bring them back to Christ Remember, we must first cast the sin out of our lives and let our light shine. We should attempt to restore such people in a loving forgiving way, we need to show them that we care about them.

    • ubcky4 6:01 pm on 2014-03-17 Permalink | Reply

      The church is actually suffering as a result of unpracticed Christianity. we preach the word but how far do we put it into practice? Among us, we are divide along the boundaries of tribe, Language, color, material possessions, education and more. We have leaders who are self-seeking, who do not want the truth to prevail in certain circumstances but there own desires, we have followers who do not see Christ real in their lives and so, go to commune with mundane things and gods of wood, silver , and gold. our impact in most communities that we exist has no gospel with it but holier than though attitude. As long as I appreciate the fact that some are working towards the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, I pray that those who have shot the doors of learning and growing should have a rethink.

  • Joshua Gulley 9:45 pm on 2014-03-14 Permalink | Reply
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    rocky mountain low 

    According to the Huffington Post, Colorado is now filled with a puffing host! The article gives the full statistics for the first month of recreational marijuana sales in the Centennial State, along with projected uses of tax revenue from the product. Ironically enough, the first $40 million in taxes is promised away for school construction–now that’s what you call a “higher” education. The Holy Spirit through Paul outlined what is surely a more effective educational strategy:

    For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14)

    • Eugene Adkins 8:29 am on 2014-03-15 Permalink | Reply

      Somehow endorsed sinful behavior always ends up being licensed in one way or the other “for the children.”

  • Eugene Adkins 7:27 am on 2014-03-11 Permalink | Reply
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    What must I do to be…a member of the Baptist Church? 

    Is it “easier” to get into heaven or into the Baptist Church? Well, according to a book-marker sized tract that I have the Baptist Church is a little more particular than heaven when it comes to what a person must do to enjoy membership with them!

    The book-marker tells its reader “How to Join” the particular “First Baptist Church” that the tract came from. And even though it’s not the gospel there’s good news for those who are interested because there are four ways that this can be done: 1) Profession of Faith and Baptism which says “I have accepted Christ and would like to join ________ and be baptized by immersion.” 2) Baptism from Another Denomination which says, “I am a Christian but have never been baptized by immersion. I would like to join and be baptized by immersion.” 3) Transfer of Letter which says, “I am a member of a Southern Baptist church and would like to transfer my membership to ______.” and 4) Statement of Faith which says , “I am a Christian and have been baptized by immersion. I would like to join ______.

    That’s some interesting stuff to me for several reasons, but the primary one is that apparently it’s easier (fewer restrictions/requirements) to get saved and become a member of the kingdom of God than it is to become a member at that particular Baptist Church! For according to them Heaven doesn’t require a person to be immersed to enjoy salvation but immersion is required to enjoy their fellowship.

    The truth of the matter, when it comes to salvation and faith and baptism, is that if one desires to become a child of God and be added to his church then one does not have to worry with meeting the guidelines or requirements of man; all one has to do is listen to the instructions that a Holy Spirit inspired preacher gave so long ago when he told a salvation seeking people, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38)

    According to the scriptures of God a person is not saved and then baptized – they are baptized and then they are saved! Acts 2:41,42 goes on to proclaim, “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” This is in complete harmony with Mark 16:16. And that is completely contrary to what the Baptist Church teaches.

    So although, according to their own teaching, it may be easier to become a Christian than to become a member of the Baptist Church, the real question should be, “Do I want to be added to a man-made church by their rules and regulations, or do I want to be added to God’s church by the Lord?” Because the answer that one receives to the latter will not be the same answer that one receives to the former. Let heaven declare the particulars and the way to salvation will be revealed by the word of the Lord.

    “…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47)

  • Joshua Gulley 9:00 pm on 2014-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Israel’s land survey 

    I purchased a house last year, and the seller split his larger property into two lots, selling me the smaller of the two. To make this happen, the property had to be surveyed, and a description had to be drawn up specifying the exact locations of the borders. I could describe the borders in one sentence, but the surveyors have to be much more precise. The document they created describes in very technical language the latitude, longitude, angles, curves, etc. from corner to corner of the property, and is quite lengthy. The precision is a result not only of the desire to establish a clear understanding between buyer and seller, but to prevent future disagreements about the exact locations of the border.

    When the children of Israel conquered the land of Canaan, there were twelve tribes. The conquered land had to be divvied up between them. I used to read Joshua 13-21 with dread, trudging through the city names and border descriptions with only the purpose of getting through it. Not so anymore. As I struggle to pronounce dozens and dozens (if not hundreds) of city and village names, I think of the towns, cities, suburbs, metropolises, counties, and states in my own country and the different climates, accents, histories, cultures, landscapes, laws, traditions, products, arts, disciplines, stereotypes, etc. peculiar to each one. I imagine what conversations may have sounded like in ancient Israel. Did the young Issacharians in Tabor ever complain about how there was nothing to do in their town? Did they long for the day when their parents considered them big enough to go with big brother and his friends to Shahazumah where they could fish or swim in the Jordan River (I may be misrepresenting the geography here). Which one of the cities on the Great Sea did people vacation to the most (think of Myrtle Beach or Gulf Shores)? Were Manassehites arrogant like Texans because of the size of their inheritance? Was there trash talk among the tribes about whose land was, as we sometimes say, “God’s country”?

    These 9 chapters are a testimony of the Israelites’ desire for accuracy, understanding, and peace between the tribes. We are given the bare details, but they open up speculation about what life was like as they settled into their new territories. God’s current people have not yet crossed their Jordan. We, too, will settle a new territory one day, but I don’t think we’ll be as concerned about borderlines as they were.

    • Eugene Adkins 7:04 pm on 2014-03-07 Permalink | Reply

      Going in the bulletin! Great way of bringing those “outdated” texts into the A.D. timeline brother.

  • TFRStaff 4:21 am on 2014-03-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Purpose) 



    The first issue of “Hugh’s News & Views” was sent out on Thursday, November 11, 2010. The next issue was mailed on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. Since that time “News & Views” has gone out every Tuesday (and frequently an early mailing to some recipients on Monday) except for those weeks when I have been out of town. As of this date, 166 issues have gone forth.

    In that initial issue I said, “These occasional mailings will go out to family, friends, neighbors, fellow members of the church of Christ, as well as those who are not members of the church of Christ. I will use these ‘send-outs’ as a means of staying in touch, as well as a way of letting others know my thinking about the matters that I choose to discuss. I will talk about Biblical texts and my understanding of what they teach, things that are happening in the churches of Christ, things that are transpiring in the larger religious world, political and social issues, moral issues, local, state, national, and international news items, sports items, personal and family matters (where deemed appropriate), as well as any thing else that might tend to cross my mind when I sit down to write.”

    I went on to say, (More …)

  • Joshua Gulley 10:45 pm on 2014-03-03 Permalink | Reply
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    spiritual rash 

    If you’ve ever had a rash, your experience may have gone something like this: you notice yourself scratching at the irritated part of your skin and it dawns on you that it’s been itching a lot. You realize the rash is there. You put cream of some kind on it to treat it and make a conscious effort not to scratch it. Your concentration on not scratching it makes it itch more. You hold yourself back, but your self control eventually breaks down and you scratch feverishly until it attains that raw, hot, yet strangely soothing painful sensation that you know deep down means it’s going to be twice as bad tomorrow. You’re relieved for a moment, yet you know that you’ve done the worst thing you could have done to it.

    Sin is sort of like that.

    Each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. (James 1:14-15)

    For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want…. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:19,24-25)

    Lord, give us the self control to let Your Spirit dictate our actions when we are in the throes of temptation.

  • Joshua Gulley 10:48 pm on 2014-02-13 Permalink | Reply
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    the whole counsel of God 

    Joshua 8 records the battle the children of Israel fought against the people of Ai. It is an interesting study in military strategy, but more importantly, the end of the chapter provides a lesson for us regarding our spiritual lives. After the victory, Joshua built an altar, wrote a new copy of the law of Moses, and the nation held a ceremony in which the law was read to the people. According to the last verse of the chapter, “There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded which Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel with the women and the little ones and the strangers who were living among them.” It was not enough to know some of the law. The people needed to know ALL of the law. As the Lord told Moses, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Deuteronomy 8:3).

    Lord, make us hungry to glean everything we can from the pages of Scripture, for we do not live by some of Your words, but by all of them.

  • Eugene Adkins 7:05 am on 2014-01-29 Permalink | Reply
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    A mindset that will cost many their souls 

    With a title given for an article like the one above there are sure to be some who would immediately write me off as being too judgmental, a legalist, or even a heretic. But what if I were to say that the title above is based on a plainly written piece of the scriptures? Would it cause you to stop and think and read and think some more? Let’s find out.

    There are many people in Christendom (I’ve heard it myself) who believe that the love of God is all that matters when it comes to one’s doctrine, practice, profession and salvation. And while saying that the love of God does not play the largest role in these items is furthest thing from my point, my major point is that there’s more to sound doctrine, an active practice, a holy profession and eternal salvation than the love of God for us. What I’m saying is that a mindset that says, “The love of God is all that matters” can and will cost many people their soul.

    So where do I get the audacity to say such a thing? Well, to be perfectly honest it’s not my audacity that’s saying it. It’s not Matthew’s, Mark’s, Luke’s, Paul’s, James’, Jude’s, Peter’s or John’s audacity either. Neither is it an audacious “Old Testament” commandment! The warning comes straight from the mouth of Jesus:

    Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will go into the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the pleasure of my Father in heaven. A great number will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, were we not prophets in your name, and did we not by your name send out evil spirits, and by your name do works of power? And then will I say to them, I never had knowledge of you: go from me, you workers of evil.” (Matthew 7:21-23 – BBE)

    Is the love of God all that matters according to Jesus’ admonition? Or does our love for God and doing His will actually play a much more serious role than what some present? Am I still being too judgmental, or a legalist, or am I still a heretic now? If you believe so then I would earnestly encourage you lay aside the costly lessons of men and women and take a seat with the rest of Jesus’ disciples at the foot of the mountain (Matthew 5-7) because it’s there that you’ll find that our mindset towards God can cost us as much as God is willing to pay for us.

    Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” (John 14:23-24)

    • Bernard Barton 8:35 am on 2014-01-29 Permalink | Reply

      Amen brother. we hear this all the time from denominational preachers-they say we don’t have to do anything to obey the gospel to be saved-they say believe & the the Lord will come into you-the Bible
      says there is more-than just believe-

    • shepherdguardian 9:01 am on 2014-01-29 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on The Shepherd/Guardian.

  • TFRStaff 8:20 am on 2014-01-12 Permalink | Reply
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    One evening, as I was leaving our seasonal Winter Shelter, one of the guests asked me of my perspective on religion as compared to certain practices he had observed. Part of my response to him was that religion — as it is expressed in the Scriptures — is not merely ritual, but is practical. It relates to accepting God’s authority for life, good living and helping to meet the needs of others. The questioner then responded, “You are doing that.”

    Someone has said, “A person’s most useful asset is not a head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love, an ear ready to listen and a hand willing to help others.” [original source unknown]

    The fact that living a life pleasing to God is more than ritualistic observance is made clear through various passages of Scripture. For example, in response to a questioner seeking to justify himself (Luke 10:29), Jesus told the parable of the good Samaritan. (Luke 10:30-35) The priest and the Levite appear to have been too focused on their ceremonial cleanness to help one who had A REAL NEED. To press the point we read. . .

    “(36) Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” (37) He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “YOU GO, AND DO LIKEWISE.”” (Luke 10:36-37 ESV)

    On another occasion, when Jesus’ disciples were accused of plucking heads of grain while walking through a grainfield on the Sabbath, Jesus reminded the
    faultfinders of David and his men having eaten the bread that was only lawful for the priests to eat. That bread was there was to MEET THE NEED at the time. (Mark 2:23-26) By the time of Jesus’ walk on earth, the “doctrines” of work on the Sabbath had been meticulously defined by the teachers of the law. However, in addressing the practicality, Jesus went on to state. . .

    “(27) And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”” (Mark 2:27 ESV)

    There are a number of other places Jesus addressed what was done on the Sabbath when He Himself was accused of healing on the Sabbath. In those cases Jesus drew attention to what His accusers were willing to do when it came to their own personal property (i.e. Matthew 12:11-12), exposing more interest in themselves than in being willing to reach out to meet the REAL NEEDS around them.

    Perhaps one of the most concise and clearest statements comes from James where we read. . .


    Living a “religious” life before God and man is both practical and holy. Purity of life is an issue to be taken very seriously. However, our interaction with others and willingness to MEET REAL NEEDS is also of extreme importance. Are we not glad we have a Heavenly Father aware of and willing to provide for both our spiritual and physical needs? May we be mindful of that with regard to others as we live through each day God provides.


    (“teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area. http://www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org)

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  • Joshua Gulley 11:10 am on 2014-01-07 Permalink | Reply
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    in the presence of God 

    Exodus 32 chronicles the building of the golden calf made by Aaron when the Israelites began to miss Moses. Their leader seemed to have disappeared, and his second-in-command either did not know the law or did not have the spine to stand up to the people in their error. He made the idol, and according to verse 6, the people “sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.”

    Fast forward to chapter 33. The people have been rebuked for their sin, and many were executed. God has withdrawn His presence from the people because He does not want to destroy them. A tradition begins of Moses meeting with God in his tent outside the camp.

    And it came about, whenever Moses went out to the tent, that all the people would arise and stand, each at the entrance of his tent, and gaze after Moses until he entered the tent. Whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; and the Lord would speak with Moses. When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would arise and worship, each at the entrance of his tent. (verses 8-10)

    Here is an interesting contrast: in the presence of the idol, the people ate, drank, and rose to play. In the presence of Jehovah, the people rose to worship. The point? What is our demeanor when we assemble for worship, and what does that say about our understanding of what is taking place? If we feel no sense of awe at the presence of God, and therefore demonstrate a lack of reverence in the assembly, then perhaps there is some kind of idol inhibiting our communion with the Creator.

    Lord, open our eyes in the assembly; remind us that You are in our midst during worship, for only then can we begin to show the reverence You demand.

    • Gede Prama 3:19 am on 2014-01-20 Permalink | Reply

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  • Joshua Gulley 2:05 pm on 2013-12-30 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bible phrases, Book of Ezekiel, Christianity, , , Psalm 83   

    then you shall know 

    A phrase that occurs over and over again through the Scriptures is “then you will know that I am the Lord.” There are variations on it, but it can be found throughout the Old Testament, and the concept is present in the New. Sometimes the telltale event is a good thing; sometimes it is bad. What is constant is that God is repeatedly trying to show His people that He is in control, and He will be glorified. The next time you read through Ezekiel, count the times this phrase is used. I am fairly certain it occurs more than fifty times in that one book. It occurred in two of the chapters of my Bible reading today:

    Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever, and let them be humiliated and perish, that they may know that You alone, whose name is the Lord, are the most high over all the earth. (Psalm 83:17-18)

    I will be among the sons of Israel and will be their God. They shall know that I am the Lord their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt, that I might dwell among them; I am the Lord their God. (Exodus 29:46)

    Lord, cause us to open our eyes and see all the things You’ve made and all the things You’ve done; and may the way we live reveal this to others: You are the Lord our God.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:54 am on 2013-12-30 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Christianity, , , ,   

    It’s True – There’s Such a Thing as False Teachers and False Doctrine 

    To some in the religious world it’s not a popular topic; but it’s not a topic that the Bible shies away from talking about. As a matter of fact, there’s not a single writer in the New Testament who didn’t warn about false teachers or false doctrine in one way or another.

    Matthew, Mark, Luke, Paul, James, Peter, John and Jude all speak up, and they speak the same thing! Watch out for liars:

    Coincidental warnings? I think not!

    In a “Christendom” so full of confusion and conflicting stories and beliefs that have no basis in the scriptures the focus must be put on what Jesus and his apostles and prophets said through the light of God’s word. For therein is the safe path for our spiritual feet, and therein is the safe way to identify those who speak by any other spirit than God’s (Psalm 119:105, 2 Peter 1:19-21). It’s true – there’s such a thing as false teachers and false doctrine, and it’s the truth of God’s word that reveals it.

    Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,” (1 Timothy 4:1-2)

    • Scott Shifferd Jr. 8:02 am on 2013-12-30 Permalink | Reply

      I find it sadly ironic how many skeptics do not believe, other religions do not convert, and believers do not seek out the Church because there is so much division and confusion. Yet, Christ and His Apostles and prophets warned about such false teachers from the beginning. They bring the division and confusion. There is much more to these excuses. May God bless us to see the fruit of the false teachers.

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