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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The Rest Of The Story

by William J. Stewart

In last week’s article, we considered Peter’s fall from discipleship to despondency. We noted the overconfidence that kept him from acknowledging the real danger which the Lord warned him of. However, we would be negligent to leave Peter in despondency, for the Scriptures do not. Peter did not remain hopeless and desperate.

As well known radio personality, Paul Harvey would say, “…and now, the rest of the story…”

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From Discipleship To Despondency

by William J. Stewart

I have always enjoyed discussing the apostle Peter. I believe he is a man that many today can relate to. His fervent desire to do the Lord’s will and to stand for the Lord is admirable. His faith in Jesus, and acknowledgment that there is none other to whom we should go is a pattern for us. And yet, with all the good we are witness to in the life of Simon Peter, a sober reminder of the possibility of straying from the Lord is present.

Let us consider Peter’s life during the Lord’s trial to help us understand the possibility of falling away from the Lord.

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Jesus Christ, Our Good Samaritan

by William J. Stewart

As we consider this parable spoken by our Lord, there are many lessons which one might come away with. Certainly the parable of the Good Samaritan teaches us of the goodness of compassion and hospitality. We are reminded of the evils of prejudice and of the fact that we should love all men, even our enemies. Jesus gave a complete response to the question which prompted the parable in the first place, “Who is my neighbor?” However, let us look today at the ‘good Samaritan’ as a type of Christ.

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A Full Bowl Full

by William J. Stewart

A few years back, there was a TV commercial advertising a certain brand of breakfast cereal. I can’t recall what cereal it was, but remember the advertiser using the phrase “a full bowl full.” Apparently their cereal was so good, that you would want your bowl to be full.

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Lessons From The Life Of Nathan

by William J. Stewart

When we focus on great people in the Bible, we often look at Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Peter, Paul, etc., and rightly so, for these are wonderful people of faith. And yet there are countless “minor” characters who are equally worth our attention and consideration. Let’s look at what the Bible reveals about Nathan.

ADMIT WHEN YOU’RE WRONG

Have you ever spoken hastily, and then discovered afterward that what you said was wrong? Perhaps it was a misstated fact, or worse yet, given someone licence to act when it was not in your authority to do. That is exactly what happened between Nathan and David in 1 Chronicles 17. David sought to build a house for the LORD, and Nathan gave him the go ahead (v 1-2). Nathan was corrected by the LORD (v 3-4). To keep both himself and the king from doing contrary to the will of God, Nathan needed to admit his error—he had spoken without authority.

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The Man Who Wouldn’t Be King

by William J. Stewart

When unexpected circumstances come, it can turn our lives upside-down. Jonathan, Saul’s son, was heir to the throne of Israel, until his father’s sin removed the monarchy from the family (1 Samuel 13:7-14; 15:24-28). This loss could have destroyed him, but he did not allow it. Instead we see a man of godly character, living a life worthy of imitation. Let’s consider Jonathan, the son of Saul.

BOLDNESS (1 Samuel 14:1-14)

1 Samuel 13 describes the army of Israel as a group of men who were distressed, hiding, walking away and trembling (1 Samuel 13:6-7). There was no confidence in the camp that they could be victorious over the Philistines. Though his father was caught up in this lack of faith, Jonathan wasn’t. He and the young man who bore his armor went out against a Philistine garrison—by themselves! Hear the faith of the then future king of Israel:

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Teaching In Song

by William J. Stewart

Humans are creatures of rhythm and rhyme. Our lives are surrounded by sound and poetry; from the time we rise in the morning (alarm clock, perhaps a radio alarm) to the time we lay our head down at night (for young children, perhaps with a lullaby). Consider the radio at the doctor’s office, the mellow tune in the elevator, the birds chirping in the park, the familiar rhymes at nursery schools, the chiming bells from the clock in town square, the musical instruments of street entertainers. Everywhere around us, we find a beat or a time, and at times, some verse, lyrics or rhyme associated with it.

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