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Silly excuses aren’t so silly!

Kids! They know how to make excuses, don’t they! Whew! When they don’t want to do something, they can come up with “the best reasons” to explain their inactivity. “My foot hurts.” “I need to go to the bathroom.” “I’m tired.” As adults, we can see right through their excuses to just how pitiful their efforts to avoid action really are. It makes me wonder. If we can see right…

True love gives

We use terminology like “falling in love” or “falling out of love,” but what is “love”? We use that word in a variety of ways today, but the Bible explains it very clearly. Do you “love” someone? Here’s how it will be known. In Ephesians 5, Paul tells Christians to “walk in love” (Eph. 5:2). What a way to say that! Make your way of life, how…

No fancy titles

There are some highfalutin names that folks use for men who publicly proclaim the Bible today. Some are called “Father So-And-So” or “Pastor So-And-So” or even “Reverend So-And-So.” When you read through the New Testament, did you ever read anything like that? Can you imagine Paul addressing a letter to “Reverend Timothy”? Timothy’s name is found about 24 times in the New Testament. This man, who…

Praying for one another made easy

Don’t you like it when things are made easy for you? We love meals that are “made easy” or tax filings that are “made easy” or online purchases that are “made easy.” What about when activities in a Christian’s life are made easy? A present tense (signifying ongoing activity) imperative verb (indicating a command of God) is recorded in James 5:16 – “Pray for…

What is both tender and firm?

Usually, we would not think that something could be both “tender” and “firm.” We might think of a piece of meat and want it either tender or firm, but not both. If something was both tender and firm, we might consider it to be deformed or undesirable. Is it possible that something could be enhanced and superior because it was both tender and firm? In…

If you give online…do you FELLOWSHIP?

Please think very seriously about this. The worship assembly of the church has a “worship God” (vertically-focused) emphasis to it (John 4:24). That’s obvious. But, the worship assembly of the church also has a “come together…for edification” (horizontally-focused) emphasis to it (1 Cor. 14:26). This involves EVERY avenue of worship in which we engage, including our giving. The Greek word that is translated as “contribution” in…

If you give online…do you WORSHIP?

The command to give on “every first day of the week” (1 Cor. 16:1-2) is truly a blessing from God! We need (for our own good) to give to Him! One of the great advances in technology that has been beneficial to Christians and to congregations alike is the ability to give online. BUT, if you give online, do you worship when you do? Giving…

Caution: Church

The yellow road sign that has only the word “CHURCH” on it always amuses me. Yellow road signs are “Caution Signs.” So, motorists are being cautioned about a “CHURCH”? I always wonder, “What’s the caution all about?” Are they being cautioned about an extremely active and zealous “church” that has lots of people there, coming and going, all the time, with great excitement for what…