SHAMELESSNESS IN PRAYER Words like “importunity” have never rolled easily off my tongue. As a boy I used to read the little summary at the top of each chapter in the King James Version or the American Standard Version, and when I came across one mentioning “the importunate widow,” I didn’t know what that long…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” (Please read Galatians 6:14) August 24 Our songbook index lists 27 titles under the word “Cross.” One of the more famous ones Is “The Old Rugged Cross,” but it doesn’t seem as popular as it once was….

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“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 So Much for So Little March 10 Have you ever thought about how much time you spend in attending church services? If not, perhaps these figures will interest you. If you go to a place of worship every Sunday morning during the year, and…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Snake in the Grass (Please read Revelation 12:7-9) March 9 Have you ever almost stepped on a snake as you walked unsuspectingly through some tall grass? It’s a startling experience, to say the least. Even if the snake is small and quickly disappears, one…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Ten Thousand Deliverances” (Please read Hebrews 1:13-14) March 8 “To suit the spirit of the age, the Evil One, the grand and original liar and murderer, has, in his deep and malignant counsels and policies, endeavored to annihilate the fear of his devices and…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Devil’s “Opportune Time” (Please read Luke 4:1-13) March 7 At the very beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry, the devil came to tempt him but could not succeed in his malicious effort to make the Son of God a sinner. Satan, though, wasn’t through;…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Glimpses of Heaven (Please read 2 Corinthians 12:2-4) March 6 Lots of people would like to know more about heaven, but many look in the wrong places for their ideas about it. So-called “near death” experiences, by people who were thought to be dead…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Made in God’s Image March 5 “You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat” (Romans 14:10). If you live in a city or work at a…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Love is Perfect March 4 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Consider the Lilies of the Field (Please read Mathew 6:28-30) March 3 How many times have you felt out of sync with the world? Out of step with life? Feeling this way can leave you anxious and with feelings of depression. A good way…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 God Created March 2 Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth! You mean to tell me our beautiful sky that can turn from blue to black to grey, to tones of red and more was not made by…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Rejoice and Be Glad! (Please read Matthew 5:10-13) February 28 These words of Christ, in the Sermon on the Mount, followed his reference to some unpleasant things, including persecution and insults. It’s true that he began those sentences with the word “Blessed,” but it…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “From the First of Your Dough You Shall Give to the Lord” (Please read 2 Corinthians 8:1-5) February 27 Did you know the title quotation is in the Bible? It’s in the New American Standard Version (Numbers 15:20). Makes you do a double-take, doesn’t…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Long-Tempered (Please read James 5:7-11) February 26 Patience is discussed often in the Bible. In Galatians 5:22, where it is listed as part of the fruit of the Spirit, the word translated “patience” means long suffering. Other original words translated as some form of…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Letting the Future Control the Present (Please read Hebrews 11:13-16) February 25 Today let’s try a little experiment. Keep a mental count of the things you do today and review them this evening to see how much of your day was spent not in…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 For Heaven’s Sake (Please read Hebrews 11:13-16) February 24 Can you remember ever hearing a sermon without the word “heaven” in it? Probably not, and with good reason. Heaven is the ultimate reward, the end result of the lives of those who love and…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 God’s Feathers (Please read Psalm 91:1-4) February 23 Is it a little jarring for you to speak of God having feathers? Apparently some translators think so, since they translate the word in Verse 4 of our text as “pinions” — but the meaning is…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Presidents’ Day (Please read Romans 12:1-7) February 22 It was on this date in 1732 that George Washington was born, in Virginia. He had an illustrious career as a businessman, soldier and statesman and is still honored as the first President of the United…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “The Inmost Temple of Religion” (Please read Philippians 4:4-7) February 20 A great preacher and Bible scholar of yesteryear, Alexander Campbell, once wrote that prayer “is the sanctum sanctorum, the holy of holies, the inmost temple of religion.” Later he added, “Wherever there is…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Eyes of the Lord (Please read Hebrews 4:12-13) February 19 A lot of information about ordinary citizens is available in electronic form these days, so much that many people worry that it may be accessible by identity thieves — or even misused by…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Gracious Speech (Please read Colossians 4:5-6) February 18 In view of the amount of talking all of us do every day, it’s obvious that we have many opportunities to say the wrong thing, to trip over our own tongues. So the Bible cautions us…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Christian Leavening (Please read Matthew 13:33) February 17 “Leaven” is an old word for yeast. A little leavening placed in a large batch of dough will cause the dough to “rise” and become “light” bread — which would taste very good this morning! Jesus…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Unwavering Christian Service (Please read 1 Corinthians 15:54-58) February 16 Imagine a business where the workers can come and go at will and may take weeks or months off without asking permission. Anyone would agree that that business would soon be out of business….

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Bible Literacy (Please read Psalm 119:105-112) February 15 A lot is said and written these days about how to improve the education systems in this country. Many people are alarmed at the number of folks who cannot read or write and are trying to…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Love, So Great (Please read 1 Corinthians 13) February 14 Today much will be said about love and lovers. Husbands and wives, and sweethearts, will exchange gifts and pledges of love. Let us hope that the pledges will be honored in the years ahead,…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Sing and Be Happy” (Please read Psalm 100) February 13 No, our title is not a quotation from Psalm 100. Instead, it is the title of a lively song in our hymnbook. But there are many passages in the Bible exhorting God’s people to…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “My Grace is Sufficient for You” (Please read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10) February 12 We all have highs and lows in life, but don’t you sometimes feel that the lows are much more frequent and last longer than the highs? Apparently Paul had some of…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Telling the Story by Doing (Please read Romans 12:1-2) February 11 As Christians we generally understand that we should be telling the story of Jesus to other people, but it is easy to assume that we are doing our part by helping support a…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Humility — An Old-Fashioned Suit (Please read 1 Peter 5:5-7) February 10 American culture puts much emphasis these days on having high self-esteem and on winning. In the current infatuation with sports and sports figures, we see many exhibitions of pride, greed and other…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Do All in the Name of the Lord Jesus” (Please read Colossians 3:17) February 9 We who call ourselves “Christians” are thus wearing the name of Christ, and we should be deeply impressed with the honor — and responsibility — that this name carries….

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “A Manner Worthy of the Gospel” (Please read Philippians 1:27) February 8 Our text was addressed to people who were Roman citizens and knew how to conduct themselves as such. Paul used his Roman citizenship to advantage when he was arrested in Jerusalem (see…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Pressing on Toward the Goal (Please read Philippians 3:10-14) February 7 Human beings are all subject to mistakes and occasional stumbling in our Christian walk. Paul knew this and knew he would have to continue his efforts if he wished to win the prize…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Unnecessary Famine (Please read Amos 8:11) February 6 It was with full knowledge of the devastating effect of food famines, no doubt, that a lowly shepherd from Tekoa, prophesying against Israel, spoke the Lord’s words regarding a different kind of deprivation that was going…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Faith Is the Victory (Please read 1 John 5:4) February 5 We might expect the second word of our text to be “whoever” instead of “whatever,” but apparently John was speaking of the new birth itself rather than of individuals who are reborn. The…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Imperishable Inheritance (Please read 1 Peter 1:3-5) February 4 Squabbles over inheritances can be ugly. Some families never get over them. A man once was so concerned over his inheritance that he asked Jesus to intervene and see that he got his share…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Glimpses of Eternity (Please read 1 Corinthians 15:13-17, 44, 53-57) February 3 People in Judea had seen or heard of Jesus bringing dead people to life. Some had witnessed the funeral procession at Nain, when the widow’s dead son sat up, at Jesus’ command,…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Holding Forth the Word of Life” (Please read Philippians 2:15-16) February 2 There are differences among versions as to the translation of the phrase the King James Version renders “holding forth,” with some saying “holding fast” or “holding out” the word. But it seems…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 A Plague and a Blight (Please read Luke 12:13-21) February 1 During the Great Depression an anecdote made the rounds about a man who took a $20 bill into a store and got it changed into smaller bills, then went to the next store…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Buying from the Lord (Please read Revelation 3:14-19) January 31 Perhaps the city of Laodicea had been on an economic boom. Even the church members had money, and they allowed it to blind them so thoroughly that they thought they needed nothing else. But…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 When Jesus Confesses (Please read Matthew 10:32-33) January 30 In everyday usage, the word “confess” usually refers to what a criminal does when he admits to having committed a crime. It is with that same general meaning in mind that preachers invite their listeners…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “The Golden Chain” (Please read Psalm 133 and Colossians 3:12-14) January 29 Whether you’re altogether happy or a bit out of sorts, we know a song that will make you feel better. It is packed with good sentiments wrapped in memorable phrases, including the…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 An Enlightening Evening (Please read 1 John 2:9-11) January 28 Several members of our congregation were studying 1 John 2 one Wednesday night. We had quite a bit to say about the verses in our text, above, and the Bible concept of spiritual light…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Ready to Give an Answer (Please read 1 Peter 3:15-16) January 27 Why do Christians act the way we do? Why do we go to church? Why do we give a portion of our hard-earned cash to the church? Why do we try to…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Seekers’ Reception (Please read Hebrews 13:2 and 1 Peter 3:15-16) January 26 If you’re an American adult, chances are that some time in your life, you or members of your family have gone car shopping. And if you visited more than one dealership, you…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Uncertainty of Tomorrow (Please read James 4:13-15) January 25 Our text presents an interesting outline of plans like those we make every day. We presume that tomorrow we will still be alive and our expectations will come to pass without difficulty. If we…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Diotrephes — Long Name, Big Head (Please read 3 John 9-10) January 23 Diotrephes is mentioned nowhere else in the Bible, but we can get well enough acquainted with him from John’s brief description. It’s clear that Diotrephes’ proud and arrogant attitude was disturbing…

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“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Thought-Bites to Live By (Please read Luke 4:18-21) January 22 Sometimes we may feel intimidated by various Bible passages that seem difficult to understand. So it’s refreshing to come across passages that seem to wrap up a whole concept in a few words. One…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Words and Action (Please read John 6:63-68) January 20 Parents quote it to their kids. Politicians use it to taunt their opponents. Athletes use it to challenge competitors. It’s the adage: “Actions speak louder than words.” And it’s true. But words still speak pretty…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Ordained of God” (Please read Romans 13:1-7) January 19 In the early days of the church, Christians had many run-ins with the government, in Judea and other places. Later clashes with civil government led the Pilgrims to come to the New World, looking for…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Excuse-O-Meter (Please read James 4:17) January 18 The Bible includes about five “definitions” of sin —passages that include the phrases “sin is” or “is sin.” But one in particular brings many of us more insight than comfort. It’s the verse in our text: Therefore,…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Do — or Die (Please read Psalm 92:12-15) January 17 “Do or die.” That old expression usually refers to a last-ditch effort to accomplish a difficult task or win an athletic contest. Now it can well be applied to the prospects of many retirees…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Christian Supremacists? (Please read 1 Corinthians 15:58 and Philippians 4:8) January 16 A few years ago a network television show featuring a lesbian “wedding” was refused by some local stations, arousing the ire of a radio talk-show host in one city. He scathingly criticized…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 An Ego Trip and a Prayer (Please read Luke 18:9-14) January 14 You may feel almost as if you’ve known the first guy — the Pharisee who was so full of himself that he took time out to remind God of what a good…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Weeping Savior (Please read Luke 19:35-44 and John 11:35) January 13 It was a Sunday and Jerusalem was crowded with Passover visitors and abuzz with talk about Jesus. He was on his way to the city, and many expected him to declare himself…

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“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 A King Could Die? (Please read Matthew 16:21-28) January 12 Devout Israelites were looking for the Messiah centuries before he came, and generations were taught that the Messianic kingdom would be a physical, political one. That was the only kind of kingship they could…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Sunshine in My Soul” (Please read Psalm 100) January 11 Our title identifies an old song still found in many hymnals. Most books today probably show the first line, “There is sunshine in my soul today,” as the title, but the author’s tombstone mentions…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Crumbs from the Table (Please read Matthew 15:21-28) January 10 This text is one of those that make us wish the printed text would reveal the speakers’ tones of voice and the expression on their faces, since some of the words on the printed…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Demons, Pigs and People (Please read Mark 5:1-20) January 9 As you read our text today, try to visualize the scene as about 2000 squealing pigs ran helter-skelter into the lake. Now notice the attitudes of the people about that hectic event. The formerly…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “A Manner Worthy of the Gospel” (Please read Philippians 1:27) February 8 Our text was addressed to people who were Roman citizens and knew how to conduct themselves as such. Paul used his Roman citizenship to advantage when he was arrested in Jerusalem (see…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Seed Growing Secretly (Please read Mark 4:26-29) January 7 We hate to call ourselves impatient, but most of us will admit to being “eager” for results from all our efforts for good. When we present the good news of Christ to others, we naturally…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Hearers or Doers (Please read Matthew 7:24-27) January 6 One of our members has set our text to music, and the song ends loudly and dramatically on the last word as the singers shout (instead of singing) the word “crash!” (NIV). That discordant ending…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Christian’s Two Families (Please read Matthew 12:46-50) January 5 You were born into a physical family. If it was a Christian family, you are fortunate, but in any case you probably had people who took care of you. So you are able to…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Pigs and Pearls (Please read Matthew 7:1-6) January 4 On another day we meditated on the distinction between judgment and discernment, beginning with this text. Now let’s go a little further, looking at the last verse cited above: “Do not give dogs what is…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Being Seen but Not to be Seen (Please read Matthew 5:14-16) January 3 Part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount included the wonderful closing sentence in our text: “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 City on a Hill (Please read Matthew 5:14-16) January 2 In speaking of his followers being the light of the world, Jesus used a great illustration to show the need for our lights to be seen, when he talked about a city set on…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Let Your Light Shine (Please read Matthew 5:14-16) January 1 On this New Year’s Day, it seems appropriate to think about letting our lights shine — and shine — and shine throughout the new year. And our text is a good place to learn…

FUTURE RECOGNITION By Frank G. Allen “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part; but when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child; now that…

PAUL’S EXPERIENCE IN PARADISE BY Frank G. Allen “I must needs glory, though it is not expedient; but I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I know not; or whether out of the body, I know not; God knoweth,…

THE STATE OF THE RIGHTEOUS DEAD By Frank G. Allen “Since then the children are sharers in flesh and blood, he also himself in like manner partook of the same; that through death he might bring to naught him that had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might deliver all them who…

Most believers assume that Jesus was crucified on Friday afternoon and resurrected on Sunday morning. This is the idea behind “Good Friday” and possibly other events on the Roman Catholic calendar. There are several problems with this view, beginning with the fact that Jesus himself prophesied that his body would be in the tomb three…

Sandra Anita Simmons was born September 1, 1953, in Denver. She was the first of three children born to William and Merlee Simmons. Sandra was raised in the Church of Christ, and was baptized at the age of 14. She was introduced to Michael Dorsey by a neighbor, who just happened to be his grandmother….

Eugene Henry Manning was born to Jesse and Naomi Rose Manning on June 2, 1939, and passed away January 4. He obtained his primary and secondary education in the Indianapolis Public School system, graduating from Crispus Attucks High School in 1956. Eugene entered the Air Force in September 1957 as an instrumentalist and served eight…

Marie was born in Coke County, Texas, near the small town of Robert Lee. She attended the Robert Lee schools, except for a few months when the family unsuccessfully tried farming near Portales, New Mexico. Marie’s dad, Calvin Wallace, often worked at two jobs to make ends meet during those Depression years, and the family…

A Powerful PrayerActs 4:1-31 Preaching Christ’s Name – Acts 4:1-12 – Jesus is the name by which we are saved. This preaching disturbed the Jewish leaders. Some of them did not believe in the resurrection. The preaching about the good news is the heart of the church. The sacrifice and resurrection are the hope of…

Seasons of RefreshingActs 3:12-26 We want to grow in our understanding of The Holy Spirit of God. We want to be impacted by the Spirit in our lives in todayGod Glorified Jesus – Acts 3:13-14Peter preached that the lame man was healed by his faith in Jesus. These people were the ones who physically crucified…

Listening to God’s Story by David Langford The Bible is an amazing book, actually a collection of 66 books written over about 1500 years by over 40 different authors on three different continents (Asia, Africa, Europe) in three different languages originally (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek). Complex? Yes, but these books have been compiled together because…

Being Watchful Watch and PrayToday is the anniversary of the sinking of the great ship Titanic. Some have speculated that the crew didn’t have the binoculars they needed to watch for icebergs. Some spiritual lessons can be learned from this.Matthew 26:41 – Jesus says that we should watch and pray so we don’t fall into…

Jesus Christ, Our Lifeboat It was a hundred years ago today that the great ship Titanic sank after hitting an ice berg. This disaster can provide us lessons about our spiritual lives today. Warnings of DestructionMatt. 24:1-14. – Jesus describes what is coming for his believers. These people were shocked by what Jesus is saying…

The Abundant Spiritual Life God’s AbundanceJohn 10:10 – God wants us to be spiritually fullRomans 5:17 – God gives grace abundantly through Jesus Christ. God wants us to have a full life.2 Peter 1:10-11- God supplies the entrance to his kingdom. New Life in ChristRomans 6:1-4 – We were raised from baptism to live a…

Resurrected with Christ Are You Alive today? Why is this an important question? What does the story of Jesus mean for us? Christ Gives LifeJohn 3:14-17 – , (Numbers 21:4-9) – Jesus was lifted up so that we can have faith and be saved for eternity. John 5:21, 24-29 – The son gives life for…

Walking in Truth When we walk we need to be supported or we will fall. We also need to be spiritually supported. Knowing the TruthJohn 1:14, 17 – Jesus is the foundation of truth we can base our lives on.John 8:31-34 – We must abide in God’s word. Jesus is the truth. Sin is anything…

The Spirit of Truth God’s PromisesJoshua 2:1-14 – Rahab had a promise, Matt.1:5, Heb. 11:31, James 2:25 – Rahab is an example of faith in God2 Sam. 7:18-29 – A prayer of David. David believed that God’s words were trueExodus 34:6 – God describes himself as truthJohn 3:33, John 7:18, 28; 1 Thess. 1:9, Rev…

The Spirit of Truth God’s PromisesJoshua 2:1-14 – Rahab had a promise, Matt.1:5, Heb. 11:31, James 2:25 – Rahab is an example of faith in God2 Sam. 7:18-29 – A prayer of David. David believed that God’s words were trueExodus 34:6 – God describes himself as truthJohn 3:33, John 7:18, 28; 1 Thess. 1:9, Rev…

Proclaiming by Partaking We have gathered here this morning to proclaim the gospel, according to 1 Corinthians 11:26, the Lord’s Supper is a proclamation of the gospel: “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” Every time we eat the Lord’s Supper we…

Purpose of the Lord’s Supper The Lord’s Supper is to be a time of “remembering the Lord,” and as such it is a time of worship. While certain spiritual activities are appropriate at other times, they are not fitting as we gather to remember the Lord. We do not gather here to perform, or to…

Giving Motivated by Love God loves all that is good, that is, all that is aligned with his own nature. He is by nature the ultimate giver, and his giving is motivated by love. The most famous verse in the Bible begins, “God so loved the world that he gave…” And he continues to give,…

Eating and Drinking Unworthily  “Wherefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily. . .” [Notice the word is unworthily, not “unworthy.”  It is an adverb which modifies the act, i.e. the verb, not the actor] “. . . shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord”…

The Holy Spirit as Teacher What if we came together with the expectation that God was the teacher?Taught by GodPsalm 25:8-9, 12-14. – (Jer.31:33-34, 32:38-40, Ezek. 11:19-20, 36:25-27) – God is a teacher – He communicates what is good. Students can learn if they have a willing heart.Isaiah 54:13 – The Lord will teach and…

The Presence of God The Holy TrinityJesus’ Promise to be PresentMatt. 28:20b – Jesus says I will be with you alwaysJohn 14:2b – Jesus says I am goingHow do we reconcile these verses? The apostles were puzzled.John 14:16-23 – God sent a counselor and the Spirit of truth. Jesus was confident that the Holy Spirit…

Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit God promises all through the Bible the coming of the Spirit. In Matt., Mark and Luke there aren’t many passages about the Holy Spirit. Matt. 12 tells about Jesus healing on the Sabbath. He is criticized by the leaders and they accuse him of working by the power of the…

A Look at Three Baptisms Matt. 3:1-12 – John came to pave the way for Jesus. John baptized for repentance and the forgiveness of sins. Repentance is at the heart of getting people ready for Jesus. John said that Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. Baptism with Water for Repentance – Acts…

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December 2005 Calendar ArticleOur Theme for 2005:Living for Jesus Progressive Living for Jesus —By Travis Allen No one of us is supernaturally inspired to live the Christian life. We’re human beings, subject to mistakes and occasional stumbling in our Christian walk. Paul knew this and knew he would have to continue his efforts if he…

November 2005 Calendar ArticleOur Theme for 2005:Living for Jesus Living Joyfully for Jesus —By Tinea L. Watkins What does “living joyfully for Jesus” mean? I believe that Maya Angelou summed it up quite well: “A joyful spirit is evidence of a grateful heart.” When our desire on a daily basis is to be thankful no…

October 2005 Calendar ArticleOur Theme for 2005:Living for Jesus Living for Jesus Sacrificially —By Chuck Huffine “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of…

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