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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…

Purpose

The word purpose is a very simple word.  It means “To intend or resolve; determination; aim; what one strives for.”  From this word we can have a good Bible study. Solomon said in I Kings 5:5, “I purpose to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God.”  In the New Testament the house of God is His church (I Timothy 3:14, 15).  Can we all say that our purpose is to build the Lord’s church? David said…

Priorities

The preacher and the father of the bride were standing together talking shortly before the father was to give his daughter away to be married.  It was a very serious moment for the father, and he wasn’t paying much attention to what the preacher was saying.  Suddenly, he said out loud, “I wonder when the last time was that I held her.  If I had known, it was going to be the last time I would have held her longer.”…

Persistence

A city man spent his vacation on a cattle ranch and learned some interesting lessons. He rode with the cowboys on a roundup. There was one wild steer that didn’t want to be driven to the corral. He wouldn’t drive. Neither would he be pulled. When roped, he would lie down and twist and roll. He was the wildest, meanest thing that ever walked on four hoofs. He charged everyone who came near. This steer meant he was not going…

Neglect

A few days ago, I passed an old farm that had suffered the ravages of neglect. The pastures were covered with weeds and briers as tall as my head. The tin on the old barn was missing and the wood was rotten. The old house was falling apart with weeds and bushes growing up around it. This farm once housed a happy family and was productive with crops and livestock. This scene reminded me how it is with so many…

More Beyond

In Valladolid, Spain, where Christopher Columbus died in 1506, stands a monument commemorating the great discoverer.  Perhaps the most interesting feature of the memorial is a statue of a lion destroying one of the Latin words that had been part of Spain’s motto for centuries.  Before Columbus made his voyages, the Spaniards thought they had reached the outer limits of earth.  Thus, their motto was “Ne Plus Ultra,” which means “No More Beyond.” The word being torn away by the…

Making Baptism Sure (Vance Hutton)

There is one baptism commanded of all accountable people (Ephesians 4:5).  That is the correct, true baptism of the New Testament to last until the end of time (Matthew 28:18-20).  Peter wrote of making one’s calling and election sure, and we certainly want to make baptism sure.  The matter is too important to be otherwise.  One cannot afford to be wrong about it.  This baptism puts one into Christ (Galatians 3:27), puts one in contact with the blood of Christ…

They Were Shocked

The treasurer of a local congregation was disgusted and resigned. The church asked another person to take the position. He managed a local grain elevator. He agreed to take the position on two conditions. One, that no report from the treasurer be given for a whole year, and two, that no one ask him any questions concerning the finances of the church during that time. The church members gulped, but finally agreed, since he was a very trustworthy man in…
Male holding the Holy Bible and preaching it with a lot of enthusiasm

The Power of One Flavil Nichols

During the war between the states, a young woman learned the truth and obeyed the gospel.  Her sweetheart, J. H. Halbrook, was a confederate soldier.  He was captured by the union army and kept a prisoner in Michigan until the war was over.  He was given a ticket to Nashville, Tennessee and $2.50.  From there, he returned to Centerville and found what was left of his home and family.  He found his girlfriend and they were married.  His wife studied…