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.

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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.

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November 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (The Messiah in Prophecy)

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

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • The Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy (Don Walker)
  • Genesis 3:15 (Cody Westbrook)
  • Isaiah 7:14 (Wayne Jackson)
  • Micah 5:2 (Carl McCann)
  • Isaiah 53 (Clay Bond)
  • Daniel 7:13-14 (Kevin Rhodes)

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 © 2015 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

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SIGNIFICANT DELIVERANCE! (part 1 of 3)

As we read through the Old Testament, a common reminder is that of the deliverance from Egyptian bondage. God’s people had been there for 400 years. They were in need of deliverance and the Living God provided it. When the time came, God raised up His servant Moses to lead Israel from bondage to journey toward the promised land. That deliverance became a marker of the past to remind the nation of God’s power to deliver. The LORD of such deliverance was their LORD; a truth to encourage them as they continued to serve Him. As God’s power had worked to bring the deliverance from Egypt, His power would work on their behalf, so long as they remained in their covenant relationship with Him. The deliverance from Egypt was an event; a monumental part of Israel’s history to be remembered. There is no question as to the significance of that deliverance in how God’s power and sovereignty were displayed in so many ways.

During the time of the prophet Jeremiah, the following declaration was made through him.

 (14) “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when it shall no longer be said, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ (15) but ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers.”” (Jeremiah 16:14-15 ESV)

Certain events in history and the great milestones associated with one’s own personal heritage remain supremely significant until something of more significance occurs. There are times when a significant marker of the past is replaced by another to be kept in mind to encourage. Jeremiah declared such a change.

Being heirs of the promise of Abraham we could say that the deliverance from bondage in Egypt is a part of our history too. However, is that the deliverance we celebrate? Is that the MARKER OF THE PAST that stands out with powerful personal significance to us? How about the deliverance Jeremiah spoke of that was to be of such significance that it would supersede that of the deliverance from bondage in Egypt? Or is it some othermarker of the past? When we speak of our God and His power for life today, how would we continue the expression, “As the LORD lives who brought. . . . ”?

Lord willing we will note this further tomorrow. For now, meditate on the fact that the same God who was Israel’s Deliverer from bondage in Egypt (and whatever deliverance He spoke of through His prophet, Jeremiah) is the same God we serve today. Delivering His people is still a part of His great plan.

Have a great day ENCOURAGED BY GOD’S PROVISIONS OF THE PAST!

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. www.porttownsendchurchofchrist.org

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One grew stronger while the Other grew weaker

2 Samuel 3:1 is an interesting verse to me. It says, “Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.” To say that the war was over between the two houses after the death of Saul would have been wishful thinking. The king had been taken off the board, but the deadly game continued. There were still violent battles that would be fought and acts of treachery that would take place between the two camps for quite some time to come. And despite the length of the skirmishes it soon became a war of attrition, and with one party on the in and the other on the out, the conflicts only delayed the inevitable.

The house of David no doubt grew in confidence. On the run for so many years but now sitting in the seat of power. They were no longer pursued; they were the pursuers!   Each subsequent battle would seal the entire political, and nearly the entire physical fate of Saul’s progenitors.

The house of David no doubt grew in number of followers. What had been a relatively small number of men who fought for the cause of David had now swollen to the giant majority. In the past they had lacked food and force, but now with the changing tide of influence the ones who once had to resort to eating the showbread of the Tabernacle now had a multitude of tables at their disposal. Soon all of Israel would serve David.

The house of David obviously grew in descendants according to 2 Samuel 3:2-5. David had multiplied wives while in Hebron and therefore he had several sons. A reading of 2 Samuel 5:14-16 also reveals the names of those born to him in Jerusalem as well. A person with knowledge of David’s future would notice the name of Solomon in 2 Samuel 5, and with that knowledge they would know that David’s bad habit of multiplying the women in his life would lead to the sad and painful loss of several of his sons. The mighty house of David would suffer great loss, but its promise of lasting strength rested upon a descendant that David could only see through the Spirit (Acts 2:22-36).

The history that makes up the rift between the houses of Saul and David is powerful, intriguing, suspenseful and but for the grace of God it would be an altogether tragedy in every sense of the word. It highlights the deceptiveness of sin, the dangers of politics, the consequences of quenching the Spirit of God and the awe-inspiring providential will of God. It reveals how a righteous God works with and even in spite of the intentions of man. And in the end it shows what happens to every house (people, places, and nations) who resists the will of God.

And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

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