by William J. Stewart

Did you make some new year’s resolutions for 2017? Perhaps you’d like to improve your health, or your financial position, or a relationship, or some other thing. I hope as you take stock of where your life is and the direction it should go in for the coming year that you focused not only on the physical, but the spiritual. Continue reading

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Keeping the Christ in Christianity

by William J. Stewart

A common maxim postulated by some this time of year is the need to keep the Christ in Christmas. Such vehemently affirm Jesus was born on December 25; and He is the reason for the season. I’ll simply reference a text for folks to carefully consider (Luke 2:8), and move on to a more important topic.

There is a much bigger issue facing those who claim to be Christians than whether Jesus was born on December 25 or not. As indicated by the title, this more critical matter is whether Jesus is welcome in our lives and assemblies. Sadly, there are some who identify as Christians who neither know the Christ nor are known by Him. Continue reading

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The Lord’s Day

by Sean P. Cavender | The Bald Knob Builder

The New Testament church has had the long-standing practice of meeting and assembling for worship on the first day of the week since the church began. In keeping with the practice and example of the first century church, we continue to meet on Sundays even today. “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight” (Acts 20:7). Continue reading

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What David Didn’t Say

by Greg Gwin | via ‘The Beacon’ at Collegevue Church of Christ

One of the most famous episodes in the Bible is that of David’s sin with Bathsheba and Nathan’s subsequent confrontation with the king. It has often been pointed out that David’s confession stands as a model of what confession ought to be. We are awed by his simple, humble acknowledgment, “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Samuel 12:13). The level of his remorse, so beautifully expressed in Psalm 51, is amazing.

In this current “me” centered, “it’s not my fault” age, there are some important lessons to learn. While many folks today would have tried hard to prove themselves the “victim” in this sad situation, observe David. He did NOT say… Continue reading

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The Idols of Today

by Wayne Goff

In studying Colossians 1, we see a very specific description of the greatness and completeness of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am afraid that many Christians today would find that description rather boring and uninteresting. So why did Paul, by inspiration, teach these things about Jesus? Because in the first century there were many, varied ideas about God. The Greeks and Romans had their gods which we call “mythological” today. But they were very real to them! Others worshiped the State of Rome and called Caesar “god”! Superstition and philosophy molded the gods of others. So it was important both then and now to have a true understanding of Jesus as God. Continue reading

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Lessons From Jesus’ Prayer At Gethsemane

by Jim Mickells

The apostle Paul said, “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). If there was ever a person who exemplified this in his life it certainly would be our Lord. He taught His disciples how to pray (Luke 11:1-4). Parables were spoken by Him to encourage His followers to petition God (Luke 18:1-8). Prayer was offered by Him so that all believers would be united in serving His Father (John 17:20-21). Often we read in the Scriptures of Him approaching His Father’s throne in prayer. On one occasion He arose long before daylight, going to a solitary place, to pray (Mark 1:35). Luke tells us of an instance when He prayed all night to God (Luke 6:12). Take the time to read Matthew 26:36-44. Our Lord is in the garden of Gethsemane pouring His heart out to Jehovah just prior to His crucifixion. There are some valuable lessons here for us. Continue reading

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Here I Raise My Ebenezer

by Sean P. Cavender

We often sing the hymn, “O Thou Fount Of Every Blessing” as a tribute to the goodness of God. We recognize the help Jehovah provides in times of great difficulty. We easily see the grace of God and the benefit we receive from it through the salvation that He freely offers us. There is an interesting lyric in that particular hymn that is worthy of our consideration. Perhaps we have zealously sung the phrase without fully realizing its meaning. In the second verse, “Here I raise my Ebenezer: hither by Thy help I’ve come.” You might wonder to yourself who or what is an Ebenezer? How does Ebenezer help us? Continue reading

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Does The Holy Spirit Jump In & Out Of The Christian?

by William J. Stewart

The Scriptures talk about the Holy Spirit dwelling in the child of God (Romans 8:9, 11; etc.). The apostle John identifies that as part of the confidence we can have in the Lord (1 John 3:24). However, what if we commit sin? What if we have done wrong, but not yet repented? Is the Spirit of God jumping in and out of the believer in step with each occasion of sin and subsequent repentance? Continue reading

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Right and Wrong / Truth and Error

screenshot-159by William J. Stewart

A friend on Facebook posted this image a few days ago. It is a common thought in today’s “everyone is OK” world. Sure, everyone is coming from varying backgrounds, we all have different baggage that we bring to situations in life. And there is certainly an element of truth in the “until you’ve walked a mile” clichés, however, that doesn’t mean everyone is right and no one is wrong. Truth is not fluid concept that change from person to person. It is absolute. It is consistent. Continue reading

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Do the nations belong to Satan or God?

by William J. Stewart

In Matthew 4:8-9, we read:

…the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.’

Does this mean that Satan owns the world and the nations that are in it? Continue reading

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