Freedom on the other side of the water

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”” (Exodus 14:13-14 NKJV)

The context of these verses are dramatic to say the least!

Free from Egypt, or so the children of Israel thought … at least that’s what they thought until Pharaoh decided to change his mind … again.

But freedom was in sight. Little did they know, right? But it was.

God’s grace would win the fight for them. Freedom was on the other side of the water. Not where they stood, but where God wanted them to stand. They only needed to go down into that water and come up on the other side by faith.

They didn’t argue did they? Why would you argue? And yet, people today want to do that very thing when it comes to the freedom God offers, by faith, on the other side of the water.

Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,” (1 Corinthians 10:1-2 NKJV)

Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.” (Romans 6:3-7)

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A commentary that eerily sounds like Genesis 3:4

Someone recently gave me a copy of “The Ryrie Study Bible” published by Moody Press (last copyrighted in 1978). Based on the New American Standard translation (last copyrighted in 1977), this study Bible contains a “Gospel Harmony” section, a topical index, multiple maps, multiple time-lines, numerous chain-reference scriptures, a table for weights, measure and coins, a breakdown of Jesus’ parables, a schedule to read the Bible in a year, ample space for marginal notes and a footnote commentary provided by Charles Caldwell Ryrie, Th.D., Ph.D..

Despite all of the “extras” that came with this copy of the Bible, I took the book for one specific reason – I did not have a hard-copy of a NAS Bible. So I took the book and started reading.

Now, whenever I check out a translation for the first time, I have a few “go-to” scriptures in the Old and New Testament that I read in order to get a basic understanding of the original translator’s goal, namely: were they attempting to make a beneficial word-for-word translation for the reader, or were they inserting their own theological point-of-view by making a word-for-thought translation to influence the reader. Continue reading

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Public Discussion on Water Baptism – May 27 & 28, 2016

This advertisement is via an email announcement being made by the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, TX:

On Friday and Saturday night, Jack Honeycutt of the Willette church of Christ will be discussing the essentiality of baptism for the remission of sins with Michael Brawner, a Missionary Baptist Preacher. Jack will affirm the proposition, “The Scriptures teach, ‘a person must be baptized in water as a requirement for salvation.'” Michael Brawner will affirm the proposition, “The Scriptures teach, ‘a person’s last requirement for soul salvation is faith only in Jesus Christ, coming from the heart.'”

GBN will broadcast the event live, with pre-event coverage beginning at 5:30pm CDT each evening. Mike Hixson and Bart Warren will host GBN’s coverage of the event. The event can be viewed on our GBN cable stations, as well as on our website.

Recently, Jack Honeycutt was in the studio and talked about some of the events leading up to the public discussion.The recording of this interview is available also by clicking here.

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August 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (Foundational Principles)

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

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Jesus, Our Saviour (Cody Westbrook)
  • Hear Sam (Willcut)
  • Believe (Mike Vestal)
  • Repent (Mike Bonner)
  • Confession of Faith (Jerrod “Boogie” Doss)
  • Baptism (Robert Jefferies)
  • Living a Faithful, Growing, Godly Life (Rob L. Whitacre)

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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