The Mistakes of Peter

by Jim Mickells | Hickory Heights Messenger

What do people remember most about the apostle Peter? Would it be his great impetuousness? No doubt he acted quickly on occasion without adequate thought. I have certainly been guilty of such one more than one occasion myself. Certainly one of the things he is remembered for is his denying the Lord three times. We must never forget though this lead to tears of sorrow and repentance by this great man. There are some valuable lessons that you and I can learn from this man’s failure. Continue reading

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Super Christians

by Chad Brewer | via Facebook

Please take a few minutes to consider the role of the preacher, and the status he is often given. He is a teacher, an equipper, a watchman, a man.

For several reasons he is often elevated as if he is a super Christian. This shows itself when people hold him and his family to a higher standard than they hold themselves. In example, the clothes they wear, their attendance and promptness, how well their kids sit during services, how they spend their money, and so any more areas. Continue reading

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Courage: Stand Up, Speak Up

by Wayne Greeson | via Connersville Church of Christ

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

While this quote is often falsely attributed to Winston Churchill, its actual author is anonymous. Regardless, it still resonates with truth. It takes great courage to stand up and finish the work of the Lord. “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD” (1 Chronicles 28:20). Continue reading

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The Early And Latter Rain

by John Welch | via The Way (highschoolroadchurch.com)

A great source of frustration to Christians is the seeming lack of reward for their obedience. Many weak brethren who live on the bubble of prosperity, good health, and the best wishes of faithful friends are unable to cope with a situation changed for the worse. They cannot understand the apparently unrequited misfortune and rejection which is the lot of the Lord’s servants (Matthew 10:22). Continue reading

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Satan Left The Wife And Friends

by William J. Stewart

Adversity can bring out the best, and unfortunately, sometimes the worst in people. When times get tough, then it truly becomes evident who is on your side and who is not. Consider the case of the prodigal son, who found himself destitute after famine struck the far country where he had gone. We read the sad and lonely words, “…and no one gave him anything” (Luke 15:16). He found himself alone. Any friends he had made in this foreign land left when the money ran out. He was left to face his troubles on his own.

We find the man Job in a similar predicament. Continue reading

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Water baptism, final

by William J. Stewart

Mr. Melton mentions 1 Peter 3:21, and just as quickly as he refers to it, he discounts it and moves on. He says of baptism, “…it is a figure, not a doctrine.” It is a doctrine. Doctrine simply means teaching, and the New Testament teaches about baptism a lot. And 1 Peter 3:21 doesn’t merely say baptism is a figure, it says it is “the like figure.” The Greek word here is antitupos, from which the English antitype has been transliterated. It means “after a true likeness” (Robertson’s NT Word Pictures) or “corresponding (antitype), ie. a representative, counterpart” (Strong’s). The concept of type and antitype is used frequently between the Old and New Testament. Continue reading

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Water Baptism, Acts 22:16

by William J. Stewart

Acts 22:16 reads, “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

After quoting the text, Mr. Melton immediately states: “Revelation 1:5 plainly tells us that it is the BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST that washes away sin, not water baptism, so there is obviously more to Acts 22:16 than the Church of Christ teaches.” Continue reading

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Water Baptism, Acts 2:38

by William J. Stewart

Acts 2:38 reads, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Those who teach salvation by faith only say the word “for” in Acts 2:38 means “because of.” Mr. Melton cites a Delton Haun tract which states “for” is rendered “in order to” or “unto” in some translations. Melton very quickly notes “…how the Church of Christ must refer to OTHER TRANSLATIONS in order to find support for their false teachings!” Melton, a staunch KJV only advocate, affirms, “We will stick with the Book that God uses, the King James Bible.” Continue reading

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Water Baptism, Mark 16:16

by William J. Stewart

Melton points his readers to what he calls “proof texts” used by the Church of Christ and seeks to demonstrate they do not say baptism is essential for salvation. The first text he addresses is Mark 16:16, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” His charge? We are “taking verses out of context and IGNORING the rest of the Bible.” How have we taken Mark 16:16 out of context? Apparently because we don’t “…cast out demons … speak with new tongues … take up serpents … drink anything deadly … lay hands on the sick…” (verses 17-18). First, whether we are doing the things listed in verses 17-18 or not doesn’t change what Jesus said in verse 16. Jesus still said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.” How exactly is the truth of the statement modified by verses 17-18 to mean something other than what it says? Continue reading

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Water Baptism And Salvation

by William J. Stewart

Mr. Melton rejects the necessity of baptism for one to be saved, and in fact identifies it as an “ancient pagan belief.” How sad that he not only discounts the truth, but he calls what is specifically commanded in the Bible pagan.

The thief on the cross is the common battle cry of those who oppose the necessity of baptism. Melton is no different. Continue reading

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