Twelve men housed in the Geneva County Jail, Geneva, AL were baptized into Christ this morning. Today’s group makes 19 baptisms this year resulting from a weekly Thursday evening Bible study effort by men of the church, as well as participation in Bible correspondence courses offered by the church. To God goes the glory.
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Terry Gardner and Tom Childers have been posting well-known preachers’ births on the Facebook group, “Friends of the Restoration.” Here’s today’s post.
Preachers born this day (August 31st) include: A. Alsup (1843-1907, one of Ligon’s men); William Franklin Ledlow (1877-1932); Clem Z. Pool (1893-1975); Thomas Howard Sherrill (1899-1980); and Ira Lutts North (1922-1984). Not a preacher, but an important person who is still with us is the remarkable Helen [nee Mattox] Young.
Perhaps you might know of other worthy saints born on this day, well known or not? Feel free to mention them in the comments section.
Lord, please keep travelers safe from any hurt, harm and danger this Labor Day weekend, in Jesus' name.—
United Prayer (@unitedprayer) August 31, 2012
Success doesn't always appear publicly. It often stays in the shadows, holding up the hands of others, bearing their burdens.—
Your Day to Shine (@yourdaytoshine) August 31, 2012
Here’s another road sign I saw on my travels:
A Christian life without good deeds is like a garden full of weeds.
It’s one that Christine (Tina) Berglund would probably appreciate, and it goes very well with Titus 3:8 – “This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.”
- Job declares that he seeks an audience before God, for then he would reason with God, making his case. Job’s use of the personal pronoun “I” in this chapter is significant (nearly 20 times); it suggests a different temperament than we have read previously. Job notes the injustices rendered to people every day, and that the Lord does not charge them with wrong (24:1-17). In fact, justice should come to those who are wicked much quicker than it does – but it does not (24:18-21). As for those who are righteous (innocent), those who are wicked live old and/or die young – just like it can be said for those who live righteously (24:22-24). “Job had now attacked their main position, and had appealed to facts in defense of what he held. He maintained that, as a matter of fact, the wicked were prospered, that they often lived to old age, and that they then died a peaceful death, without any direct demonstration of the divine displeasure. He boldly appeals, now, to anyone to deny this, or to prove the contrary” (Barnes on 24:25).
- Application. It is so often asked “Why do evil people prosper?” It was a question for Job in his day and it is the same question in our day. The question has been answered, however. They don’t prosper; in fact, what they think they have built for themselves is seen one day and then they are gone the next (24:24). It is a challenge to us to trust the Lord to tend to things as He thinks is best. If He thought our thinking was the right course of action it is like that He would have asked us for our opinion. Has He asked any one of us?
Another Bonhoeffer quote, which one might quibble with a bit in its expression, but the sentiment certainly demands an amen.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). Thus the law of Christ is a law of forbearance. Forbearance means enduring and suffering. The other person is a burden to the Christian, in fact for the Christian most of all. The other person never becomes a burden at all for the pagans. They simply stay clear of every burden the other person may create for them. However, Christians must bear the burden of one another. Only as a burden is the other really a brother or sister and not just an object to be controlled.
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Is it because Thursdays have been a day off of sorts that the mind today doesn’t want to get into gear for writing? After several attempts, I turned to other concerns, like eating some zucchini-nut bread and drinking some hot tea. No special concentration needed for those.
• Our home Bible reading group was not large last night, but Titus 3 seemed to have good effect on us all. We five adults, three of whom are disciples, were impressed by the call to live, not as pagans, but as the people of God, thanks to his mercy. Amazing little letter, Titus.
• Some Christian friends are coming either tomorrow or Saturday to spend a few days with us. This out-of-state couple are recent empty-nesters, like ourselves, and long-time friends. After so many years, it’s an easy friendship, no special effort needed to keep up conversation or to entertain. (I’ll not be online as much during their stay.)
• For my birthday last week, a friend gave me a book on writing style in the Portuguese language. He knows how much I write, and how much I like writing. He made a big disclaimer that he was giving me the book, not because he thought I wrote badly, but because he knew I always wanted to improve and grow in the craft. But I confess that I picked up the Brad Thor thriller that his wife gave me before the writing book.
• Speaking of writing, in an undiscovered corner of the Internet, I posted day before yesterday what I thought was one of my best pieces of poetry. Like sermons and Bible classes, it’s often the case that what the writer or speaker considers the best is not always the readers’ or listeners’ favorite. And, vice versa, the items one might wish to fall away into history forgotten can become among the most admired or preferred. Who’s to judge who’s right?
- Eliphaz speaks for the third time. He begins by acknowledging that Job regards his actions before the Lord innocent of particular wrongs, and then asked if that is something the Lord should consider profitable to him (22:1-3). He then turns around and denounces Job and particularizes his faults (22:4-11). “Job challenged to rethink his position” (22:12-20, Hailey). God will even redeem one not innocent if that one turns to the Lord (22:21-30).
- Application. Don Shackelford has some useful points to consider when dealing with false accusation (Commentary on Job, Resource Publications, pp. 264-265). First, do not return evil for evil. This is much easier said than done, but paramount if we are to bring glory to the Lord, and not have to deal with a conscience of guilt. Second, continue to live righteously. Didn’t Paul say this (Romans 12:17)? Surely he did, and he even gave reasons why we should pursue this course (Romans 12:18-21). Third, attempt to set the record straight. The importance of this is easily understood, but it will be the manner and the substance connected with the manner of delivery that will get noticed. Fourth, not only does one want to live righteously (#2), but even more important, entrust your soul to the living God. This is what Jesus did (1 Peter 2:21-25).
Never has the devil been so successful than he is in this modern age. Man is convinced that he has progressed beyond the Rock of Ages and has thrown the inspired principles of morality to the flames of political correctness. The Ten Commandments are not even recommendations today and things formerly holy are trampled underfoot as profane. Marriage is no longer the sacred union of a man and woman; but is redefined to accommodate the corrupt and perverse. But the Almighty once declared to Job that there are boundaries and limits. God said, “Thus far you shall come and no further.” The sun is setting on these times and judgment peers from around the corner. Let it be shouted to a unhearing throngs, the fierceness of God’s wrath is not weakened or abated, but stands ready to strike. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
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I see lots of church “road signs.” Some are alright. Some are worthless. Some are worthwhile. The other day I probably saw the best one I’ve ever seen as far as the point goes. I don’t know if this is a quote or what, but it made an excellent statement in a quick way.
Jesus is the Bread of Life, not the cake for special occasions!
It would make an excellent study title for John 6. Something to think about.
One might bicker if it is indeed the first duty toward one’s Christian family, but the point is well worth passing on from Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
The first service one owes to others in the community involves listening to them. Just as our love for God begins with listening to God’s Word, the beginning of love for other Christians is learning to listen to them. … We do God’s work for our brothers and sisters when we learn to listen to them. So often Christians, especially preachers, think that their only service is always to have to “offer” something when they are together with other people. They forget that listening can be a greater service than speaking. Many people seek a sympathetic ear and do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking even when they should be listening. But Christians who can no longer listen to one another will soon no longer be listening to God either; they will always be talking even in the presence of God.
- Job replies to all his friends, not just Zophar’s last speech. He calls upon them to listen to him while he dismantles their prejudices toward those who suffer (21:1-21). The wicked will meet their doom when they face God; for Job, this knowledge is comforting (21:22-34).
- Application. Job brings to the forefront of these series of arguments between him and his friends why their predispositions are wrong. If God brings judgment against the wicked, then why do they prosper and live a full life. Life’s experiences teach Job – and it should teach his friends as well – that their theological underpinning is built on a foundation of sand. It is not unlikely that many people in the world have the same theological underpinning; isn’t it sad when the underpinning stays in place when evidence to the contrary is so….well, evident?
Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed in a moment. Scientists are convinced that the destruction resulted from an asteroid hitting July 29th, 3123 BC. When the ruins of Ninevah were excavated in the 19th century a library of cuneiform clay tablets were discovered. Only recently has the writing one of those tablets been translated. Mark Hempsell, researcher from Bristol University, managed to crack the code and provide the tablet’s meaning. In 2008 Fox News announced that it contained an eyewitness account of, quote, “a white stone bowl from heaven approaching, vigorously swept along” and the destructive path would have passed along the site of Sodom and Gomorrah. However, God chose to destroy those cities on the plain, one thing is certain, when a people becomes so full of iniquity that wickedness not only prevails but is reveled in, judgment is sure to come. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
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I don’t often post links to my writings here, but once in a while I figure your patience can endure my self-promotion.
by Hugh Fulford
There was a time when all preachers in the church of Christ were known as “book, chapter and verse” preachers. By this it was meant that they endeavored to “speak as the oracles of God” (I Peter 4:11), and to prove every point they made by the Scriptures.They shunned the religious doctrines and commandments of men, they refused to preach their own opinions, and endeavored instead to set forth the will of God about any and every matter of which they spoke. I am thankful that we still have many such preachers, men who wish to be known simply as gospel preachers, men who can back up what they proclaim by a “thus saith the Lord.”
Unfortunately, “book, chapter and verse” preaching has sometimes been wrongly characterized as “proof texting.”Proof texting is an abuse and misuse of scripture.It ignores the larger context of a verse and uses the verse to “prove” a preconceived notion or point of doctrine. As someone has observed, a text taken out of context is a pretext. Every passage of scripture must be understood in the light of its larger context, including the total teaching of the Scriptures on a particular subject. For example, all the verses ascribing salvation to faith in Christ must be understood in the light of all that the New Testament teaches with respect to what one does in response to the saving grace of God. (More …)
- Zophar speaks for the second time. His words are a continuation of those which Bildad spoke. He takes exception to Job’s words (20-1-3). The triumph of the wicked is short (20:4-11). The wicked will not even enjoy the blessings of savored food; it will but come up and out violently (20:12-19). Those who are wicked have nothing to look forward to (20:20-29).
- Application. The essence of Zophar’s speech is that one can be sure that sin, though hidden, will manifest itself (cf. Numbers 32:23). This is a truth that thoughtful people clearly understand (cf. Galatians 6:7). When a man sows discord toward others, it is a bit naïve to think it will not be sown toward him. People can’t possibly keep all the tracks that that lain down covered up for others not to follow. Though Zophar’s word are true (in hyperbolic form), they were wrongly applied to Job. We can learn (and should learn) that when we sow discord in our heart we separate ourselves from the Lord by secret sins – and those things are not hidden from Him who sees all.
Here is an actual “news” headline from 8-17-12 – “Texas School District Eases Up On Dress Code, Allows Male Earrings, Visible Tattoos”
The headline reveals how this nation’s school system is letting us down! It reveals how the average school has a social hub mindset for children on the forefront while education concerns are actually on the back-burner. Although the story didn’t say it, I have no doubt that complaining parents was one of the reasons that the ”dress code” was eased up on. Tattoos? These are children!!! Reading, Ritting and Rithmatic have obviously been exchanged for Revealing, Regressing and Rotting leadership both from parents and school districts.
As I’m sure most of you have heard, Neil Armstrong is dead at the age of 82.
The man who made it all the way to the moon wasn’t able to get away from death. No matter where we go, death finds us all. One thing that I can say that I appreciated about Mr. Armstrong is that he was willing to mention mankind’s Creator. While I can’t say I know much about his personal beliefs, I can say that just about the only thing I hear coming from NASA’s mouth today is all about searching for the origins of life – i.e. evolution garbage. Again, I don’t know what Mr. Armstrong’s true position was, but I think it would be great if a man in his position would acknowledge the awe of outer space in a way that points to its Creator.
Here’s a portion of my sermon yesterday about having a passion for our salvation. I thought some of you might be able to use it for a sermon idea:
There’s no such thing as a person who’s saved that wasn’t lost beforehand! Problem is from time to time some people forget who they need to be in Christ, while some of us forget who we used to be before Christ. Every one of us has a B.C. time in our life that we need to remember.
We sing the 1st stanza of Amazing Grace, but do we really believe it? Did God’s grace save an angel, or did it save a wretch? If we expect to be passionate about who we are we’ll have to remember who we were! We were sinners, lost, enemies of God, deserving punishment and bound for Hell.
Some may want to deny this, but we do so at our own peril! Jesus said He came to seek and save the lost – not the found (Luke 19:10). Fact that some of us may want to deny this explains why we might have no passion about our salvation!!!
How can we expect to be passionate about something if we don’t realize how bad we needed it? If we can’t realize how bad we needed it, then one day we will, but it might too late. Remember what Paul said about himself – 1 Timothy 1:15. Too many Christians look at their past like they were the least of sinners instead of the chief.
Forgetting who we were causes us to be someone who doesn’t care about others. It leads to spiritual snobbery! It leads to hypocrisy, hard heartedness and even hatred of others! It leads to self-righteousness, self-justification and self-condemnation! It leads us and others almost anywhere expect to Jesus.
“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32 - NKJV)
- As Hailey said, Job did not address Bildad’s words, but expresses his grief at his current situation in a way that it is probably the lowest point of Job’s expressed words. God had afflicted me and my friends (who came to comfort) have also wronged me (19:1-6, 21-22). God had hedged Job in, and though he wants to pass he can’t; thus, those intimate relationships he has are now gone (19:7-20). Job suddenly takes a more positive view; his grief was at seriously low ebb, now his words change direction and speak of great hope (19:23-29).
- Application. The words of a despondent man can surely bring others down. Job’s friends continued with their pounding: Job was suffering because of his own sin that he refused to address and, much more, confess to God! While Job’s friends were terribly misguided in their thinking, it appears that their thinking was not exclusive to them. Why would others leave Job’s company when he needed them most, but that they had the same sort of thinking (19:13-19)? With Job we learn the value of being sure our thinking is firmly placed on something greater that one’s own thinking. The bedrock of a solid foundation is crucial to security and assurance (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:11). False thinking and the expressing of those words can send a person spiraling downward.
“Experience is a teacher, not the best one, and the tuition is high.”
Many people will agree with the experience is the best teacher quote without knowing the entire phrase. The Norwegian Proverb actually says, “Experience is the best teacher, but the tuition is high.” I agree, the tuition is high but experience is not the best teacher. For instance, as a child, I learned not to lie by lying. That lie cost me a very sore bottom. I learned obedience by being disobedient and again it cost me a sore backside; as you can see I needed lots of instruction. But God doesn’t intend for His children to learn through experience.
The Bible is a book of prevention; if one is willing to listen. God told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit so they would not die (Gen. 2:15-17). Galatians 5:19-21 says, “Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,envy, murders,drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Here, God tells us plainly that we cannot go to Heaven engaging in these acts.
God affords us unlimited opportunities to repent and come back to Him but sometimes the consequences of our actions prevent us from utilizing those chances. Nadab and Abihu were priests and sons of Aaron. They’d seen the proper ways to offer sacrifices and work in the tabernacle many times, but in Lev. 20 they took matters into their own hands. They offered profane fire to the Lord, fire which He did not authorize. They didn’t get another chance to correct their actions because God sent fire to devour them. For these young priests experience taught them a fatal lesson.
While God won’t send fire to destroy us today when we sin, we need to learn His word so that we can save ourselves the extremely high costs of learning from experience. The costs could be anything from shame, disease, a marred reputation or even death. Experience is not the best teacher, God’s word is and if we’d trust that He knows what’s best for us we could save ourselves a lot of heartache and stick around to make use of those innumerable chances He offers. What lesson can God’s word help you learn in order to avoid experience’s costs?
In Christ, Steve Preston
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For the past couple of weeks, I have been reading, “The Witness of Preaching,” by Thomas Long for a homiletics class at Heritage Christian University. I’ve two questions that may interest the preachers on this blog. In Long’s book, he characterizes preachers in three ways: herald, pastor and storyteller/poet. Which kind of preacher are you? Do you believe a preacher could be all three in some way?
Alexander Campbell had completed a tour of eastern Virginia. In the May 1856 issue of the Millennial Harbinger he delivered a report of his tour. In the course of the report, he made an important statement which should serve as a reminder to us, including myself, when we pursue various works under the theme of “Systematic Theology”:
I also added, that I was led by parental authority to memorize much of the Christian Scriptures, and especially the Epistles of Paul; and pre-eminently, that to the Romans and that to the Hebrews. These were my systematic theology, or, rather, my doctrinal Christology, to which I owed more than to all my memorizing of the creeds and catechisms of the present Scotch orthodoxy. To this faith I pertinaciously adhered, and on it alone I founded all my future prospects, in time and eternity.
– Alexander Campbell, Millennial Harbinger, Volume 6, Number 5, May 1856
I found this short outline the other day while cleaning out my work truck. I honestly don’t know if I heard this somewhere or if it’s one I made from scratch because I often find old idea ”scratchings” that I’ve written down on little pieces of paper all over the place. It’s only a very short and rough outline but I think you should be able to apply the verses and the needed information to make it a full sermon or class outline.
The “Fall” in the Garden:
Adam and Eve Fell for it (The Lie)
Adam and Eve Fell in it (The Snare)
Adam and Eve Fell from it (The Relationship)
- Bildad speaks for the second time. Once again the accusation is now leveled at Job and the contempt he (Job) has for his friends as they seek to help (18:1-4). A short treatise on the experiences of those who are wicked (18:5-21).
- Application. What does one say that has not been said when communication is not taking place. On the other hand, communication is very much taking place between the two parties; it’s just that both parties are rejecting what the other is saying. On this side of history we know well that Job is right, but Job’s friends were not convinced of that. They were convinced that the foundation from which they were speaking was on bedrock; it is unshakable. Job knew better, but they rejected Job’s knowledge. **** Is the bedrock of our principles based upon the traditions passed down? Are they based upon the word of God? What are they based on? Perhaps there is a combination of both. In such circumstances let us be sure that when we think and speak of eternal matters that our bedrock of principles are “foundationed” on Him who transcends all.
Henry Ford’s Model T changed the world. He would produce 15 million of them from 1908 to 1927, eventually for a cost of less than $300 (in 1925), making modern transportation available to the common man. The engine had 20 horsepower. It could reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour. And it was started by a hand crank.
But one thing about the Model T: if you wanted one— if you wanted to join the revolution—you had to be willing to go backward! Uphill anyway. The gas tank was located under the front seat, and because it fed gas to the engine only by gravity (and because the reverse gear was more powerful), the Model T frequently had to be driven up steep hills backward. It was the price you paid to own the “Tin Lizzie.”
Sometimes, to make progress, we have to be willing to go backward; that is, we have to be willing to humble ourselves.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6
Taken from Billy Ray’s Illustrations
“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock
- Job replies and remarks that his friends are of no value to him at all (16:1-5). Job ascribes the work of his friends in his direction (16:6-17), and that work is one that is ungodly and destructive; in fact, it is the Lord’s doing that all this is being experienced as his friends converse with him. Job makes an appeal that his cry is always heard (16:18-22). Again, Job’s speaks of the lack of wisdom among his friends (17:1-5). Though Job is physically worn out he will still hold to his righteousness (17:6-9). Since Job’s friends have no wisdom to help him understand he resigns himself to the inevitability of death and hopelessness (17:10-16).
- Application. Comforting another person does not come easily for some. Job valued his friends, at this point, as miserable comforters; they were of no value to him. Sometimes we find ourselves in a spot where we don’t know what to do, what to say, or how to reply when one says something. Sometimes it is best to say nothing at all. We have learned, by now, that one thing that ought not to be done is for one to take a predisposition and apply that to another’s circumstance. One’s comforting ability is fraught with failure.
Found on Facebook. From times gone by, from the looks of it, but truths eternal.
I was told that if I didn’t like homosexuality, then I hated homosexuals and wanted them to die.
So, I went to a restaurant with a buffet and selected the foods I liked and put my plate back at my table.
I went back to the buffet and screamed, “I hate you! I hope you die!” at all the foods I didn’t like. The owners quickly called the police.
I guess I don’t understand the entire hatred concept after all.