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“I Heard the Bible Has Mistakes. Is that true?”

One said, “If I were Satan, I would put as many barriers around the Bible as I could. I would plant thorns and hedges...

In Pursuit of Hope

An S-4 submarine crew became trapped after they were rammed off the coast of Massachusetts. The sub sank immediately. Rescue efforts failed. Near the...

The Audacious Claims of Jesus

Around ad 30, a rabbi named Jesus came to a Galilean village He had never visited before. Imagine the shock when, in the course...

Who Has the ‘Good Life?’

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are...

I’m Giving Up on Organized Religion

Scandal. Abuse. Confusion. Greed. Lies. Argument. Conflict. Hypocrisy. We get it. Why would someone want to be affiliated with organized religion? If it is of...

Victory Where There Was Once Defeat

As one year closes and another opens to us, it is a good time to pause and take spiritual inventory as we consider personal...

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Principles of Interpretation

We should use the same principles to interpret the Bible as a judge would use to interpret the U.S. Constitution or a historian would...

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

I admit a curiosity for bumper stickers. On occasion, one succinctly states a great truth or at least provokes reasonable thought. Once I stopped at...

“I Heard the Bible Has Mistakes. Is that true?”

One said, “If I were Satan, I would put as many barriers around the Bible as I could. I would plant thorns and hedges...

Seven Ages of Man

R. M. Cornelius identifies “Seven Ages of Man”:  6 weeks—all systems go  6 years—all systems “No!”  16 years—all systems know  26 years—all systems glow  ...

Have You Oiled Your Bible?

Fred W. Cropp, President of the American Bible Society, once received a letter asking, “What do you recommend for keeping the leather of Bibles...

First-Century Christianity

Is it possible for people living today simply to be New Testament Christians? Can we be first-century Christians in the twenty-first century? So much...

The Most Difficult Command

On July 2, 1893, the celebrated Restoration leader J. W. McGarvey delivered an address in Louisville, Kentucky. It was simply titled “Repentance.”  If God were...

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

I admit a curiosity for bumper stickers. On occasion, one succinctly states a great truth or at least provokes reasonable thought. Once I stopped at...

Gratitude

Gratitude Years ago, a woman living on a farm in Germany brought to her minister about $10, which was a lot at the time. She explained,...

Bounce Back

What is the difference between people who thrive and people who decline over a long period of time?  It is not that they do not...

The Anchor of the Soul

No one who knows what can happen at sea would go to sea in a vessel that carried no anchor, even if it were...

Five Bible Pictures of Hope

The Bible uses five pictures to help us understand hope. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then five pictures are worth a...

How to Live a Happy Life

Serve others (Galatians 5:13). Throw out nonessential numbers. These include age, weight, and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why...

Have You Oiled Your Bible?

Fred W. Cropp, President of the American Bible Society, once received a letter asking, “What do you recommend for keeping the leather of Bibles...

Have You Read the Book That Shaped America?

America’s earliest settlers came in search of religious freedom, to escape religious persecution—which has again become an issue in modern times.  A new arrival who...

Love Numbers

Of honeymooning couples last year, 9% had this in common. What? Answer: They brought their kids along. On their first date, 15% of married people say...

What’s Her Name?

At church one morning, my friend Gwen was about to start her 4-year-olds’ Sunday school class when a little boy showed up without any...

A Week of Good Thoughts

Suppose we start this very day To live our lives in a different way;  Suppose we vowed and constantly tried To help those in trouble on life’s...

Founded on Purity

Jacob and Rachel “dated” for seven years without behaving immorally (Genesis 29:20–21).  How different this is from today when many seem unable to go on...

Family Pointers

Decide to Be Better Each of us should form a resolution right now. Husbands, promise yourself that your wife is going to have a more caring...

On a Hill Far Away

Few songs have words of such intensity as these written by George Bennard: “On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, the...

The Best Sermon

Many years ago, a farmer had an unusually fine crop of grain. Just a few days before it was ready to harvest, a terrible...

Ten Things Students Will Not Learn in School

Life is not fair. Get used to it. If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss.  The real...

Try a Little Tenderness

As a parent, do you ever feel like all you do is say “no” to your children? Do you feel guilty for seeming to...

I’m Giving Up on Organized Religion

Scandal. Abuse. Confusion. Greed. Lies. Argument. Conflict. Hypocrisy. We get it. Why would someone want to be affiliated with organized religion? If it is of...

Facts About the New Testament Church

Founder: Christ (Matthew 16:18) Place: Jerusalem Isaiah 2:1–3; Acts 2:5 Time: ad 33 (Daniel 2:44; Acts 2) Head: Christ (Ephesians 1:22) Organization:  Christ as the head (Ephesians 5:23) ...

Things about the Church of Christ That Surprise People: Communion

Communion is a part of worship every Sunday. Those who are unfamiliar with the church of Christ, after a few visits with a congregation,...

Things About the church of Christ that Surprise People

Due to a strict emphasis on following only the Bible (rather than a mixture of Scripture and tradition), the church of Christ differs from...

I Quit Church After a Bad Experience. Why Should I Go...

Lately, the church’s back door has been busier than its front door. Many have left, saying, “I don’t go anymore. I just got too...

If People Knew What I’d Done, They’d Never Let Me in...

“Church is for good people, and I won’t really fit in.” “Church is for believers, and I have some doubts.” “Church is for families, and I’m...

The Most Difficult Command

On July 2, 1893, the celebrated Restoration leader J. W. McGarvey delivered an address in Louisville, Kentucky. It was simply titled “Repentance.”  If God were...

In Pursuit of Hope

An S-4 submarine crew became trapped after they were rammed off the coast of Massachusetts. The sub sank immediately. Rescue efforts failed. Near the...

What Must I Do to be Saved?

We can ask no more important question than “What must I do to be saved?”  Each of us will one day stand before the judgment...

There Is Coming a Day

Believing in the reality of the judgment is motivation: “Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (2 Corinthians 5:11). If informed...

I Quit Church After a Bad Experience. Why Should I Go...

Lately, the church’s back door has been busier than its front door. Many have left, saying, “I don’t go anymore. I just got too...

What Does it Mean to Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ?

Paul gave God’s greatest answer to man’s greatest question by relating Christ’s greatest news. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be...

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