I Am Resolved … Are You?

New Year's ResolutionsWilliam J. Stewart

As we enter 2015, many will be making resolutions for the New Year. Here are some things I hope all members of the local church will resolve to do throughout the coming year.

Resolve is defined by Merriam-Webster as “…to reach a firm decision about…” (m-w.com). Each year at this time, people resolve to lose weight, to pay off debts, to save money, to read more, too spend more time with family, etc.. There is nothing wrong with any of these goals, but may I suggest some spiritual things to focus on in 2015. Continue reading

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Saul’s Sons – ATA

COMPLAINT:
Did all of Saul’s sons die with him (1 Chronicles 10:6; 1 Samuel 31:2, 6) or not (2 Samuel 2:7-9)? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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Christian Women

Mike Thomas | via Meditate On These Things, April 2014

I have a profound respect for Christian women who remain faithful to the Lord, even when they must do so on their own. These are the real heroes of life. If they have children at home, they bring them faithfully to every service. They are exhausted and tired, but they press on anyway because of their love for God and His will. These women have value and beauty that are beyond this world. Continue reading

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The Church of the New Testament

Chizuru Lowell Odoemelam | via Meditate On These Things, April 2014

Origin

The church of the New Testament differs a great deal from the church of the Old Testament. The Church of the Old Testament was called the church in the wilderness (Acts 7:38). It was a national church. It had its beginning from Mount Sinai, and it is sometimes referred to as Judaism. But the church of the New Testament has identifying features from the Scriptures. Continue reading

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Not Too Far From Judas

Tanner Campbell | via Meditate On These Things, April 2014

One of the most astounding accounts to read in the bible is the betrayal of the Christ. Not just the betrayal, but the events which lead up to it never fail to boggle my mind. However, the text is not just an historical account, but a far more personal event for everyone who is a disciple of Jesus. On many occasions, I’d say, we may not be too far from Judas. Continue reading

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Saul’s Death – ATA

COMPLAINT:
Did Saul kill himself (1 Samuel 31:3-4), or was he killed by an Amalekite (2 Samuel 1:6-10), or by the Philistines (2 Samuel 21:12), or by the LORD (1 Chronicles 10:13-14)? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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The Rapture

Keith Sharp | via christistheway.com

THE ULTIMATE TRIP … those who are alive to tell the story of ’Project Disappearance’ will try in vain to describe the happening which will verify the oldest secrets of God’s word… ’There I was, driving down the freeway and all of a sudden the place went crazy … cars going in all directions … and not one of them had a driver. I mean it was wild! I think, we’ve got an invasion from outer space!’ (Lindsey. 124-125)

This is Hal Lindsey’s description of ‘The Rapture,’ a concept extremely popular with fundamentalists in Christiandom. Does the Bible teach the doctrine of ‘The Rapture’? Continue reading

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Amalekites Destroyed – ATA

COMPLAINT:
The Amalekites were completely destroyed, 5 times (Genesis 14:1, 7, 12; 1 Samuel 15:7-8, 20, 32-33; 27:8-9; 30:1, 17; 1 Chronicles 4:43) or were they (Esther 3:1)? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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Make Sunday Special

Dee Bowman | via The Hickory Heights Messenger (Lewisburg, TN)

Sunday is special. It’s the day of His resurrection. It’s the day of devotion to God, a day for spiritual service and rejoicing. It’s the day God ordained for worship and service. It’s the day when we keep the memorial of Jesus’ death, the Lord’s Supper. It’s a day for singing and praying and being together. It’s a day for spiritual feasting.

Sometimes I think we take the Lord’s Day for granted. We become so familiar with it that we fail to give it the thought and emphasis it deserves. If we’re not careful, it can become plain, ordinary. Continue reading

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Inquire of the Lord – ATA

COMPLAINT:
Did Saul inquire of the Lord (1 Samuel 28:6) or not (1 Chronicles 10:13-14)? Is there a contradiction? Continue reading

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