Who Is The Lord That I Should Obey His Voice?

by William J. Stewart

…Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.’ And Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go.’  (Exodus 5:1-2)

Ignorant of the power of the God of Israel, and bound up in his own arrogance, Pharaoh refused to release the children of Israel. He was the king of Egypt, considered by all to be the god of the land. He was Pharaoh (phe’ rah—the sun). He owned all the land of Egypt, all the flocks and herds of Egypt, all the people of Egypt. Why he heed the feeble God of an enslaved people?

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The Necessity Of Attendance

by William J. Stewart

Attendance is one of those awkward topics to preach on. It is not that the Bible is unclean, nor that it is a difficult topic to speak on, but often, those who are needing to hear such a lesson are not in attendance. Let us consider today some things regarding the need to attend the assembly.

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Watch And Pray

by William J. Stewart

After sharing the Passover with His disciples (Luke 22:15) in which He instituted the Lord’s Supper, a memorial of His impending death at Calvary (Luke 22:19-20), Jesus and His disciples departed the upper room in Jerusalem and made their way to the Mount of Olives. On this short hike from the city to the garden (compare Matthew 26:30; Luke 22:39) Jesus revealed to the eleven, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night” (Mark 14:27). This had to be a difficult thing to hear since they had left all to walk with Jesus. In fact, just before saying this, He acknowledged, “…you are those who have continued with Me in My trials” (Luke 22:28). But soon their devotion would fail.

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The Molded Calf

by William J. Stewart

Three months after leaving Egypt, the Hebrews came to Mount Sinai, where God would give His Law to them. He spoke to all the people from the top of Mount Sinai, revealing His covenant with Israel. Then He called Moses to come up the mount so He might give him the tablets of stone on which the Law would be written (Exodus 24:12). The next several chapters reveal details of the Law of Moses.

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I See Four Men

by William J. Stewart

Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had a huge gold statue of himself. Throughout the land, a proclamation was made, that all people should fall down and worship the image when they heard the symphony of music. The warning was given,

…whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace (Daniel 3:6).

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What Is Truth?

William J. Stewart

After He was betrayed by Judas and arrested by the Jewish authorities, the Lord was ridiculed and tortured throughout the night. When the morning came, they took Him to Pilate, expecting the governor to put Jesus to death. Pilate was not as accommodating as the Jewish leaders expected; in fact, he declared, “I find no fault in Him” (John 18:38; 19:4, 6).

Pilate asked His accusers what He had done but they would not respond. They simply said:

If He were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him up to you. (John 18:30)

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Was The Sabbath From Creation?

William J. Stewart

A visitor to our web site asked:

The Sabbath was given at creation Genesis 2:2-3 before God gave Moses the 10 commandments so why don’t the church keep the Sabbath?

Was the Sabbath really given at creation? Notice:

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The Health And Wealth Gospel

by William J. Stewart

Joel Osteen assures his readers and followers:

God wants us to prosper financially, to have plenty of money, to fulfill the destiny He has laid out for us.

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The Lost Bible

by William J. Stewart

During the reign of Josiah, king of Judah, Shaphan the scribe was sent to the house of the LORD, where he was to inquire about the money available for repairs to the temple. It appears the temple was not the only thing in Judah that was run down—their faith also must have been depleted. At the temple, Hilkiah the high priest handed a book to Shaphan, saying, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD” (2 Kings 22:8).

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An Apostolic Guide To The Assembly

by William J. Stewart

Since the Bible is our guide “…given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine…” to the end “…that the man of God may be complete…” (2 Timothy 3:16-17), we should expect to find in its pages how a public worship service ought to be conducted. I believe firmly that as we look into God’s word, we see an apostolic guide to the assembly. By apostolic guide, we simply mean that the practices engaged in by the New Testament church were either commanded by or given approval to in some way by the apostles of Christ. If we are to faithfully worship the Lord, we will pilot our actions by God’s revelation to man.

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