Monthly Archives: December 2007

"Should God Continue to Bless America?"

Don’t get me wrong, I’m as patriotic as they come. I’m an ex-Marine (if there is such a thing), and served a tour of duty in Vietnam. And, having traveled the world, I believe the United States of America is the greatest country in the world. Unquestionably, this nation became great because it was built on Biblical principles. Therefore, God has greatly blessed it.
A political leader recently ended his speech with the usual, “…and may God continue to bless America.” I’m wondering why God would want to do that. This nation has become the world leader in violent crime, divorce, teenage pregnancy, voluntary abortion, illegal drug use, and we even lead the Western World in illiteracy!
This nation has murdered nearly 30 million babies since the passage of Roe vs. Wade. We are legalizing homosexuality to the point of marriage and even adoption. 52% of Americans think premarital sex is a morally gray issue. And, we’ve outlawed the public teaching of Creationism, while promoting Evolution! Denominationalism has ripped to shreds Jesus’ prayer for unity among His believers (John 17:20-21). Jesus did not build a denomination, He built His church (Matthew 16:18). And in the midst of all these things, we still have the nerve to ask God to “continue to bless America.”
Is there a cure? Oh yes! “Seek ye the old paths wherein ye shall find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16). Let’s put on the brakes. Let’s go back to the Bible and Bible only (1Peter 4:11).

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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"Have you ever wondered why…?

Why is it that Christianity is “taking it on the chin,” and not other religions? Why do retail outlets like Best Buy refuse using “Merry Christmas” in their stores and advertisements, saying that it is disrespectful? Why must we take the Ten Commandments out of our schools, yet build foot baths for the Moslems at taxpayers expense? Why is it that teaching the historicity of Jesus Christ gives people a bellyache, but they say nothing of teaching about Mohammed? Why does the ACLU cry and pout when our local State Senator uses the name of Jesus Christ in public prayer? Why is the Bible under constant attack, but not the book of Islam? What scares people about the teaching of Creationism? Why do atheists spend their lives striving to disprove something they claim doesn’t even exist?!

I’ll tell you why, because the Book won’t let them alone! It haunts them at every turn and they cannot get away from it. They are afraid of the Bible!

The Truth has always been persecuted, and always will be. Jesus said, “If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you” (John 15:18 & 20). Paul writes, “all who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution … and these things will grow worse and worse” (2Timothy 3:12-13). What we are seeing in the continuing persecution of the TRUTH, whether it be in liberal churches, or organizations like the ACLU, is prophecy being fulfilled. We are understanding more and more what Jesus meant when He said only a few would find the narrow way that leads to eternal life (Matthew 7:14). Let’s keep in mind the encouragement of the Apostle Paul, “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong” (1Corinthians 16:13). — Toby Miller

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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"WHERE ARE THE NINE? Luke 17:11-19

Jesus asked the above question in Luke 17:11-19 after healing ten lepers, with only one of them returning to say “thanks.” It exposes a sin so prevalent in our society — ingratitude.

Though Jesus did not specifically command any of the ten to return and give thanks, still, He did expect it from each one.

In verse 19, Jesus said, “Thy faith hath made thee whole.” This statement was made to the one who returned to say “thanks,” and did not include the others. That is, out of the ten that received Jesus’ blessing, only one was saved.

There are those who recognize their need for healing, but once they receive it, they go their own way. They are ready, willing, and anxious to receive a blessing, but only about 10% return to give thanks and praise to the Giver of the blessing.

Are you thankful for the cleansing of your deadly disease of sin? Sure you are! But if “attitude only” is enough, why did Jesus ask, “Where are the nine?” That is, Jesus expects more.

Our actions reveal not only our faith, but also our gratitude. Our actions reveal our gratitude just like obedience reveals our faith and love for God (1John 5:3).

By leaving the demonstration of true gratitude up to the individual, Jesus easily exposes the reality of one’s heart. When it comes time for the next worship assembly, will you be with the “nine,” or with those “whose faith has made them whole?”

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Bible baptism is by immersion only (“burial,” Rom. 6:4), and once it is done, heaven puts that person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3). After proper baptism a person has their sins forgiven (Acts 2:38).

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Jesus will return as a thief in the night!

Have you ever wondered about the “end of the world”? Will the world end because of nuclear war? Will it end because of “global warming”? Does the Bible say anything about the end of the world?

God’s word not only says much about the end of the world, it actually illustrates the point with different images. For instance, in 1 Thess 5:2-3 the scripture says, “For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 When they are saying, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall in no wise escape.”

Jesus will return as a “thief in the night.” To appreciate this thought we simply need to ask what thieves are like. Thieves often plan their robberies and Jesus’ second and final coming will be planned. Thieves usually want something important, and Jesus will be coming after something important: all people who have ever lived. He will gather everyone together for a final day of judgment (2 Cor. 5:10). Thieves generally come “in-person,” and the New Testament says Jesus will also come personally. Thieves count on people being unprepared; Jesus does not want that, but He warned (Mt. 7) that most will be unprepared to meet Him.
Jesus is coming as a thief in the night. Are you prepared to meet Him?

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Proper baptism in water puts a person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3) and results in the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).

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Material possessions and success

In Joshua 1:7, we learn that after the death of Moses, the new leader of Israel was instructed by the Lord’s angel about how to lead the people. After telling Joshua what he was to do, the angel said, “Then you shall have good success.” That is, God wanted Joshua to be successful. He told him so! However, like everything else, Satan has perverted God’s definition of success by making money and material possessions the standard by which our society measures success.

In Luke 16:19-31, we learn of a rich man who had great material possessions, and a poor man who had almost nothing. The rich man died, was buried, and was immediately in tormenting flames so severe that he begged for the relief that one drop of water would provide. All his riches and material possessions were gone.

The poor man died, but the Bible doesn’t say he was buried, it just says he “was carried by the angels” to Abraham’s side where he was comforted.

For the rich man, all his riches were gone. For the poor man, all his miseries were gone. Now who was the most successful?!

The reason Jesus gives us the account of these two men is so we can learn that genuine success in this life does not reside in the wealth one has, or doesn’t have. It resides in one’s relationship to God.

We will spend four years in college preparing to be successful in this life for about 50 years. But how much time are we spending in preparation to be successful in eternity?

Under the NT Law, we would interpret Joshua 1:7, “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the Law of Christ; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have success wherever you go.” –Toby Miller

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Proper baptism in water puts a person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3) and results in the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).

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Parable of the sower: a sermon and Bible study on the parable of the sower

We are sowers:

1. Jesus spoke about a “sower” going forth to “sow.”
2. 54 times in the New Testament we find the word translated “sow” in this parable.
3. The first time sow occurs in the Bible is Mt. 6:26.
4. Birds to not “gather into barns.” Neither do they “sow.” God takes care of their food needs.
5. It is man that has been given the responsibility to sow.
6. The second time “sow” occurs in the New Testament is Mt. 13:3.
7. He had the “sower” went forth to “sow” (he pictured a farmer planting seeds).
8. Jesus knew some of the seeds that farmers so do not produce a crop die (Mt. 13:4).
9. In verses 18-23 of Mt. 13 Jesus used the word “sow” many times.
10. He showed that His people are to be “sowers.”
11. Instead of planting seeds that will yield physical food, the seed Christians plant is for spiritual fruit.
12. God wants His people to plant the seeds of evangelism in every place they can.
13. There will be times when God’s people sow seed on the “wayside” (Mt. 13:19).
14. Other seed we sow will fall on “rocky places” (Mt. 13:20).
15. We will plant seed in places that have thorns (verse 22).
16. Once again, the seed will take root, but it will not last.
17. Other seed will be sown in “good ground.”
18. An especially strong incentive to do that is found in Mt. 13.
19. If on the average 75% of the seed dies, we need to plant a lot of it.
20. Imagine an employer saying we would not get paid for 75% of the work we do.
21. What would we think of an appliance that would work only 75% of the time?
22. In our day and time we have method upon method available to us to be a sower.
23. We need to accept God’s invitation to be sowers because someone else is working the field.
24. After the sower parable Jesus gave another parable in verses 24-25 of Mt. 13.
25. Here is another place where we find the word “sower.”
26. Satan and His helpers are sowing seed.
27. Satan is the “god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4), but he is not content to sit on his hands.
28. He wants to sow error and lies. Our job is to sow the truth.
29. Many may not listen to what we have to say. People may take what we offer and toss it in the trash can.
30. We are not responsible for the germination of the seed.
31. Our job is to sow. We need to put down the seed of the gospel at every opportunity.
32. Someone may say, “I can’t believe that sowing the seed will make that much difference.”
33. Verses 31-32 – our word for “sower” occurs again – READ
34. Jesus said this is the “least” of all seeds (verse 32).
35. Yet, when this seed grows, it is the “greatest among herbs.” It “becomes a tree.”
36. The seed of the gospel can bring some very significant results.
37. A similar thing is true of the seed; we plant it and when it takes root in a person’s life it offers refuge.
38. People find spiritual refuge from sin.
39. Mt. 13:37 – READ The one who “sows the good seed” is the “Son of Man.”
40. We know the devil is the one who sows error and falsehood (verse 39).
41. The seed we sow is very, very important. Verse 39 says – a time will come when the seeds of the gospel are harvested.
42. Our job is to sow and God will sort things out at the end of time.
43. We have a big field—the entire world.
44. We have plenty of seed. Will we take it to those who need it each and everyday?
45. We need to be sowers, but we cannot sower before we the word has been sown in our heart.

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Proper baptism in water puts a person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3) and results in the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).

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The popularity of the Bible

Is the Bible very popular? It is, and its popularity is well proven by the Internet.

A very interesting web site is http://www.findlawyer-1.com/BIBLE.htm. At the top of this page is this simple message: “Domains with the word BIBLE in them.” Then comes this short but powerful statement: “Next 5,000” (readers can go to another page that lists more domain names containing the word “Bible.”

Men have criticized the Bible and tried to destroy it. In spite of great opposition, the Bible lives on, even to the point where thousands of people have created web domains with BIBLE somewhere in the name. Not only are there literally thousands of web sites that have “Bible” as part of their address, millions of other web pages contain information about the Bible.

No other book is like the Bible. It is literally “God’s power to salvation” (Rom. 1:16).

If you do not own a copy, please get one. If you have a copy but rarely read it, please make that a priority in 2008. If you have a copy, know what it says but are not abiding by it, there is no better time to start than now. If you know the book, are following it, try to communicate the value of its contents to others.

May 2008 be a time when all draw closer to the word of God.

Find the truth about God and become a New Testament Christian. Find out more about New Testament Christianity by running some Internet searches for “church of Christ” and “churches of Christ.” You may also want to visit http://www.abiblecommentary.com for Bible study information.

Remember, in order to be saved and enjoy all God’s blessings (not the least of which is salvation), a person must have faith (Jn. 8:24), be willing to repent (Lk. 13:3), and after confessing Christ as Lord, the final step is water baptism (Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 12:13; 1 Pet. 3:20-21). Proper baptism in water puts a person “into Christ” (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3) and results in the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).

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