What Does The Term “Worship” Really Mean?

by William J. Stewart

A myriad of writers through the years have penned much literature on the topic of worship. If one were to compile all the “worship is” statements obtainable, an exhaustive volume would no doubt be the result. And so we might inquire, “Why, after all the effort put forth by men and women through the years do we yet again embark on a discussion about the meaning of worship?” Quite simply, it is good to be reminded of the things which we already know, and perhaps to be made aware of some things we have not known.. The more we study and learn about the worship which our God is due, the greater our appreciation and more devoted our service will be. Continue reading

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Are You Ashamed of the Gospel?

by Sean P. Cavender

One of the greatest statements in all of the Bible is found in Romans 1:16 where Paul stated, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” When you pause to consider what Paul was saying, it is very impressive. He was stating he was not afraid of the gospel. He was not afraid of being associated as a preacher and apostle of the gospel. He was not afraid of being associated with Christ. He was not ashamed of the salvation that is availed to everyone. He was not afraid to tell others about his confidence in the gospel. This is an impressive list because too many times we find ourselves acting ashamed of many of these things. I know many of us will quote this verse and say that we are not ashamed of the gospel. However, do we show this by our actions? That is an entirely different question. Continue reading

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Worshiping with a Renewed Spirit

by William J. Stewart

A midday break while walking from Judea to Galilee resulted in a significant conversation. So weighty were the matters discussed, that the Holy Spirit had John record it for all future would-be worshipers. “The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24) Continue reading

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Are Things In This World Inherently Sinful?

by William J. Stewart

It is important for us to walk in God’s way, to be in the world and not of the world. We do not want to practice or accept what is contrary to God’s will. Some, in their zeal for such, have subscribed to asceticism, defined by m-w.com as “practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal and especially spiritual discipline.” The extreme forms of asceticism often involve flagellation and other forms of harm to the body. Less severe, but still strict, are those who refuse the use of modern technology (cars, electricity, telephones, etc.). Still on the asceticism spectrum, some oppose reading, watching or listening to any entertainment of this world and consider it a sin for a Christian to do so. Continue reading

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Could You Repeat That?

by Rusty Taylor | via bridgeviewchurch.com

We know well the importance of certain sayings that the biblical authors saw fit to state not once but twice. Paul says in Galatians 1:8-9, “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: if anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” Similarly, Jesus repeats himself word-for-word in Luke 13:3, 5, “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

The Book of Proverbs is full of repetitions like these. In this article, we will give attention to some wise sayings that are worth repeating. Continue reading

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I Don’t Want To Grow Up

by Jim Mickells | via The Hickory Heights Messenger

Sylvia and I were watching America’s Funniest Home Videos on night a few years ago, when a teacher asked some of their students a question. There were two young boys, about five or six years old, who were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up. One of the little boys thought for a few seconds and then said, ‘I don’t want to grow up.’ This was a very cute and funny video that made us laugh. Yet the more I thought about it the more it made we realize this is an attitude displayed by many Christians. They would not articulate such with words. Yet their actions or lack of is a clear indication it is their desire whether they admit it or not. They do not want to grow up spiritually. Continue reading

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How to Form a Good Character

by Dee Bowman | via The Hickory Heights Messenger

Character is the accumulation of qualities that distinguish one person from another. Character is not just one single trait, but the accumulation of all a person is, the sum total of all his traits.

Someone has suggested that reputation is what others think us to be, character is what God knows us to be.

How does a person develop and maintain a good character? Continue reading

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What About the Thief on the Cross?

by Keith Sharp

When faced with a Bible passage that plainly teaches the necessity of water baptism for salvation, many of our friends protest, “But what about the thief on the cross? He was saved forty feet above the high water mark! He never got his big toe wet! I want to be saved just like the thief on the cross!” Surely this unnamed malefactor must be the most popular criminal who ever lived! Continue reading

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God Only Needs One Stone

by William J. Stewart

Goliath, the Philistine giant, challenged Israel to produce a champion to fight him one on one. The loser’s people would serve the victor’s nation (1 Samuel 17:8-10). Israel did not send out a man, rather they “were dismayed and greatly afraid” (1 Samuel 17:11). Continue reading

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Is Your House In Order?

by William J. Stewart

I’m not asking if your dishes are done, if the floor is swept, the carpets are vacuumed, the light fixtures are dusted, etc.. Our title refers to 2 Kings 20, where the prophet Isaiah was sent to an ailing king Hezekiah. He had a very short but vital message for the king, “Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live” (20:1). Continue reading

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