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A Christian Father Will …

Put the kingdom of God first in his life and teach the same to his family (Matthew 6:33). Teach his sons and daughters to love, respect, and obey their parents. Be a loving and considerate father and husband. Not only provide the physical things, but the spiritual things as well for his family. Be honest in all of his dealings with others. Set aside the first day of the week for his family to worship (Hebrews 10:25). Be big enough…

Are there several different baptisms discussed in the New Testament?

Throughout the New Testament, six baptisms are mentioned. (1) John’s baptism (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:4); (2) Baptism of suffering in leadership (Matthew 20:22,23); (3) Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:5); (4) Baptism with fire (Matthew 3:11); (5) Israel’s baptism in the cloud and in the sea (I Corinthians 10:1,2); (6) Baptism in water for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).  When Paul wrote the Ephesian letter in 62 A.D., he proclaimed that there was only one baptism…

Is “Assembling with the Saints” Outdated or Life Sustaining?

In the church today there is a growing trend of thought that assembling with the congregation, especially on Sunday night or Wednesday night, is “not important.”  There are a growing number of members who choose not to attend those periods of worship. They think it more beneficial for them to stay home and rest or engage in some worldly activity to take the place of their attendance.  I cannot fathom why this would be. We read in Hebrews 10:25, “Not…

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence…

Are you a Christian?

Being a Christian is more than making a claim.  Some have claimed to be doctors but were later exposed as frauds and accused of practicing without a license.  One is not a Christian unless God calls him one.  The term “Christian” in the New Testament is associated with a saved person.  Jesus told His disciples to “make disciples” (or followers) by baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20).  In Acts 2:38, Peter proclaimed…

Mother’s Beatitudes

Often, we find it hard to express our love for mother.  Perhaps the words of a six-year-old would be helpful.  Struggling with the mysteries of mathematics, he expressed his affection for his mother this way: “Mommy, I love you as many times as God can count.” Perhaps the following Mother’s Beatitudes might be helpful to our mothers, busy rearing their families and doing all that is involved in the function of their high office: “Blessed is the mother who understands…

How Do Children Learn the Bible?

One of the most marvelous passages of Scripture on child rearing is given in Deuteronomy 6:3-9.  “Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.  Hear, O Israel:  The Lord our God is one Lord:  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and…

Barely Time for Me

I haven’t time to teach right now, I’m busy, can’t you see! You’ll have to look for someone else – I’ve barely time for me. I’d like to help and fix that pie, The family is bereaved; But you’ll have to talk to someone else – I’ve barely time for me. Our meeting was a real disgrace, No one came, you see; I would have come myself, but then I’ve barely time for me. There’s so much good I need…

A Better Church

In I Corinthians 12, the body of Christ is likened to the physical body.  From the physical standpoint we understand the importance of each member of our body.  In the same way, and even to a far greater extent, each member of the body of Christ is of great importance.  In verses 25 and 26, Paul tells us how each member of the body of Christ is to feel about one another.  Listen, “. . .there should be no schism…

SALVATION — Build Your Hopes on Things Eternal

In the latter part of the fourth century B.C., Alexander the Great led the Greeks on a world conquest.  He was very successful, extending the influence, culture, and language of Greece widely.  But now, centuries later, only remnant pieces remain to tell us of the grandeur that once was. And preceding the Greeks were a number of others, such as Egypt under the Pharaohs.  What enormous wealth was theirs!  And the splendor of their kingdom was of great renown.  But…

You and Worship

One day the famous orator Henry Ward Beecher had to be absent from the Plymouth church where he usually preached.  His brother was invited to speak for him.  The auditorium was crowded, but when it became evident that the eloquent Henry Ward Beecher was not going to appear, many started to leave the building.  The brother of Beecher was not disturbed.  He stood up before the murmuring crowd, called for silence and said, “All who came this morning to worship…

Heaven

One of the great blessings of heaven is that it is a place of rest (Hebrews 4:11).  Heaven is a place of rest from certain things.  Consider this rest very carefully.  (1) Rest from troubles.  Paul told the persecuted brethren at Thessalonica, “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels (II Thessalonians 1:7).  When Jesus comes and takes you to heaven there will be no more…