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.

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Out of the mouth of babes

Not too long ago my four-year-old child (with absolutely no prodding whatsoever) was watching cartoons when she asked, “Dad, why are we alive?”

I responded in a testing sort of way by saying, “Because we’re not dead.”

Well, to that semi-sarcastic answer she replied, with a serious tone, Continue reading

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Neat Reverse Paragraph Article

You may have seen this before, but it was new to me and I thought it was worth passing along.

I read it in the email bulletin sent out by the Wise church of Christ.


I will live my life according to these beliefs

God does not exist.

It is just foolish to think

That there is a God with a cosmic plan

That an all-powerful God brings redemption and healing to the pain and suffering in the world

Is a comforting thought,



Is only wishful thinking.

People can do as they please without eternal consequences.

The idea that

I am deserving of Hell

Because of sin

Is a lie meant to make me a slave to those in power

“The more you have, the happier you will be.”

Our existence has no grand meaning or purpose

In a world with no God

There is freedom to be who I want to be

But with God

Everything is fine.

It is ridiculous to think

I am lost and in need of saving


(reread from bottom to top)


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Illustration: Purpose in Life

Josh McDowell told this great story:

An executive hirer, a “headhunter” who goes out and hires corporation executives for other firms, once told me, “When I get an executive that I’m trying to hire for someone else, I like to disarm him. I offer him a drink, take my coat off, then my vest, undo my tie, throw up my feet and talk about baseball, football, family, whatever, until he’s all relaxed. Then, when I think I’ve got him relaxed, I lean over, look him square in the eye and say, “What’s your purpose in life?” It’s amazing how top executives fall apart at that question.

“Well, I was interviewing this fellow the other day, had him all disarmed, with my feet up on his desk, talking about football. Then I leaned up and said, ‘What’s your purpose in life, Bob?’ And he said, without blinking an eye, ‘To go to heaven and take as many people with me as I can.’ For the first time in my career I was speechless.”

What a great answer! Clearly, this was something Bob often thought about and actually lived. Put yourself in this interview for a minute. What would you have said to this executive headhunter? Would you have an answer or would you fumble around trying to think about the right thing to say?

Many times we as Christians have been told about the purpose of life. The problem is, we don’t take it literally. We may know the right answer, t we don’t actually think it and live it. Can something really be our purpose in life if we rarely think about it and don’t live it? Certainly not.

Bob had it right. Our purpose in this life is to get to heaven (Ecclesiastes 12:13; Matthew 7:21-27; 1 Peter 3:21), and take as many with us as we can (Matthew 28:19-20). Let’s not just know, but actually LIVE the purpose of this life, “To go to heaven and take as many people with me as I can.”

by Brett Petrillo, via “The Daily Bread” e-devotional, Bear Valley Church of Christ (Denver, CO), 4/3/2012

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