Did you ever wonder how bats are able…

. Did you ever wonder how bats are able to fly through a pitch-black cave in the middle of the night & never collide with the walls of the cave or any other obstacle? Scientists did, & after research, they determined that bats have a built-in radar system. As the bat flies, he sings a shrill high note, too high for the human ear to detect. Vibrations are bounced back to the bat’s ears which locate the object in the way. Thus he is able to swerve and avoid the collision.
Your life is like that also. Jesus said life is governed by the radar principle. “The measure you give is the measure you get,” Jesus said (Mt 7:2). If you are mean & ugly to people, likely they will be mean and ugly to you. If you are considerate & thoughtful, you will receive like measure. This is Just-a-Minute.

#just-a-minute, #principle

Dr J B Chapman once said it…

Dr. J. B. Chapman once said, “it is better to build a fence around the top of a cliff than a hospital at the bottom.” We’ve all heard the same truth a thousand times expressed in an American proverb – “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Nevertheless, it seems that what we do in practice, falls far short of what we say in principle. While our prisons are overcrowded we see to it a New Testament is provided to every inmate on death row, but it is illegal to hand them out to elementary school children. Does that make any sense to you? It doesn’t to me. America is stumbling about in a spiritual fog and moral twilight. Traditional religious and moral values that have provided safeguards and prevention for generations have been shredded and tossed to the four winds. The result is we are reaping the rotten fruit of trees gone bad – AID’s, pedophilia, divorce, teen pregnancy, crowded prisons, pornography, drugs, abandoned children and much more. It is the direct result of saying one thing and doing another. Fence in the cliff and after awhile you can shut down the hospital. This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

#just-a-minute, #prevention, #principle

Name An Item Or Habit

From a spiritual perspective, the following are some of my observations regarding items or habits no longer in use today (comparatively speaking) as they were three to four generations ago:

1) The Bible is no longer habitually read, studied and used by members of the Lord’s church like it was in the 1940’s and 1950’s (we used to be called “walking Bibles” by those outside the church – http://cedarparkchurchofchrist.org/cpcofc/index.php?n=Articles.2010DailyBibleStudy).

2) Looking at all of the immorality in our society today, we can plainly see that Interest in spiritual values and principles are no longer “in vogue.” If they were, children would be taught these values at home and our society today would be less immoral as a result.

3) Hell fire and damnation sermons are today rarely heard from the pulpit (I grew up hearing these type of sermons on a regular basis back in the 1940’s). And guess what? The Lord’s church grew dramatically.

4) Home Bible studies with others are virtually non-existent today (no time to study, folks say).

5) Personal bible study at home is virtually non-existent today. Too many worldly influences (too many digital “toys”), thus, no time to study.

6) In the 1940’s and 50’s, folks habitually assembled to worship the Lord – so much so, that two to three week gospel meetings were not uncommon (I attended some of them). Today, they are unheard of. If we can get members to come to a three-day gospel meeting, we count ourselves successful.

7) Pews are not being filled today as they were three to four generations ago. The testimony of the “empty pew” is a testimony to our lack of focus on spiritual things (Colossians 3:1-2): http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2008/08/09/lessons-from-an-empty-pew/

I could go on and on and on (like the energizer battery bunny), but the above are enough samples to let folks see the fact that spirituality has greatly waned in our country and in the Lord’s church.

What’s the solution to all of the above? Open the Book! (read it and do what it says do – James 1:22-25): http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2008/01/08/lets-open-the-book/

#bible, #children, #church, #habit, #home, #meeting, #member, #principle, #read, #society, #spiritual, #study, #value, #vogue, #worship

An Action And A Reaction

When I think of an action and a reaction, I immediately think of Galations 6:7-8 (NKJV), where Paul states:

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

If we engage [sow] in the immoral vices of this world, i.e., “the flesh” (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galations 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 Timothy 1:9-10), we will not inherit the blessings of eternity (1 Corinthians 6:10; Galations 5:21; Ephesians 5:5). But, if we choose to follow [sow to ourselves] the teachings of the Bible that the Holy Spirit has provided for us, i.e., “the Spirit,” we will reap or inherit those eternal blessings that God has promised all of those who love Him (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Note the action of sowing and the reaction of reaping in this principle.

To go along with Galations 6:7-8, Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV) regarding our giving:

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

The same principle of sowing and reaping (action and reaction) holds true in our giving. If we sow sparingly, we will reap sparingly. If we sow bountifully, we will reap bountifully (cf. 2 Corinthians 8).

God’s principle of sowing and reaping (action and reaction) is simple. It’s putting the principle into practice that is difficult for many folks, including those in the Lord’s church.

#blessing, #corruption, #deceive, #eternal, #flesh, #giving, #inherit, #mock, #principle, #promise, #reap, #sow, #spirit, #true

Favorite Verse From 1st and 2nd Corinthians

1) Today’s Nudge: “From 1-2 Corinthians, choose a favorite verse or short passage and explain why it’s special to you”:

My favorite verse in 1-2 Corinthians is 2 Corinthians 10:5:

“casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

This verse provides us the key to living a successful Christian life. We must be willing to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” Paul obviously employed this principle in his life, for he stated in Galations 2:20:

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

2) “Name a commentary or book on some part or the whole of these two letters that you find especially helpful”:

I’ve used the Bible as its own best commentary in this article http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2006/01/09/the-6-8-10-principles/, emphasizing the “6-8-10” principles found in 1st Corinthians Chapters 6, 8, and 10.

#argument, #captivity, #cast, #commentary, #crucified, #exalt, #faith, #favorite, #god, #knowledge, #obedience, #passage, #principle, #thought, #verse

Another Possible Government Takeover

Christian Post columnist, Dr. Tony Beam, reports that “the Federal Government sees business in America as a target rich environment ripe for takeover.”

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20101006/the-govt-goes-after-private-higher-education/

If it succeeds, the State could stop the preaching of the gospel and force private church-run schools to abandon Christian principles in hiring, plus change the way these schools hold students accountable to Scriptural principles.

Brethren, if this happens, our freedom of religion, i.e., to worship as the New Testament directs, will be in grave danger.

#accountable, #business, #columnist, #danger, #environment, #freedom, #gospel, #government, #grave, #hiring, #preaching, #principle, #report, #ripe, #target

An Example Of Ecclesiological Hypertrophy?

Acts 2:41 and Acts 4:4 would be good examples of ecclesiological hypertrophy.

As Ron pointed out in his post, the principle for spiritual growth in the body of Christ is found in Ephesians 4:11-16. The key verses being vs. 15 & 16. We can only “grow up” into Christ when we “speak the truth in love” (vs. 15) and by the “effective working by which every part does its share” (vs. 16 – NKJV). The key word is the word “work” (vs. 12) and “working” (vs. 16). Note Nehemiah 4:6.

Bottom line: No work, no growth.

#ecclesiological, #effective, #growth, #hypertrophy, #part, #principle, #share, #spiritual, #working