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Do you know anyone like Julie?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:04:24 +0000

The following was a letter I sent to a young lady who made a serious mistake several years ago. Just in case any readers ever make mistakes, perhaps you could consider this a letter to you, too. Let’s call this young lady Julie. “Dear ‘Julie,’ ‘I know the last couple of months have not been […]



A Proverb for the Day (19:19)

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:21:53 +0000

“A man of great anger will bear the penalty, for if you rescue him, you will only have to do it again” (Proverbs 19:19 NASB). Sometimes you have to stand back and watch a person you love commit mistakes and fail, then be there to help them learn and put their life back together. A […]



Being a Christian is more than just wearing a name

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:02:55 +0000

Christianity is really under attack at this time in our world, it is seems especially in our country. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. If you set back and be nothing, or do nothing, have no opinions or thoughts that differ from those which are deemed “politically correct,” then you will be left alone. If […]



THESE AREN’T MY BOOTS

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:51:56 +0000

It was the usual muddy day in the country.  The first grade teacher, Miss Brown, had just finished putting the 36th boot on the 18th pair of little feet and was anxious to finish the last pair so she could go to lunch. The last pair of boots was for little Johnny Smith, a quiet […]



ARE YOU A FAN OR A FOLLOWER?

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:58:56 +0000

     By definition a fan is one who is an enthusiastic admirer.  Fans (especially Buffalo Bill fans ) will dress in special colors, and buy all sorts of paraphernalia to decorate their cars, walls, desks, that let everyone know what team they support. They do not care about the elements, such as SNOW! Fans […]



Even in the Bible, it seems, goats get a bad rap.

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:03:58 +0000

I read recently that a trade union is upset because a college campus has purchased twenty goats to clear up an overgrown portion of the college campus. The union objects that by using the goats the University of Western Michigan has taken jobs away from union workers. Apparently the reason the university employed the four-footed […]



The Lord’s Prayer (updated)

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:02:44 +0000

Now I sit me down in school Where praying is against the rule For this great nation under God Finds mention of Him very odd. If scripture now the class recites, It violates the Bill of Rights. And anytime my head I bow Becomes a Federal matter now. Our hair can be purple, orange or […]



I JUST SPENT $43.87 at the dollar store…

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:09:08 +0000

How could I spend so much money at a place where things cost only one dollar?  I went in to buy paper cups and craft sticks for a church project, along with Spanish moss, if they had any pretty gift bags. Turns out the store had all of these things — and much more.  Like […]



God Knows Us Intimately

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:45:46 +0000

          One night recently, I laid awake listening to Rachel’s breathing – soft, rhythmical. For those of you who know her, Rachel has a strong personality. That is, she thinks independently; she’s active; she has lots of ideas; she doesn’t mind sharing her opinion. After sixteen years of marriage, I know […]



REKINDLING THE FLAME

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 08:16:48 +0000

An old lady had been married for many years when suddenly her husband died. This is what she put on his tombstone: THE LIGHT OF MY LIFE HAS GONE OUT Not long afterward she met, fell in love with and married another man. After thinking at some length about it, she went to the monument […]



Common sense in evangelism

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:53:23 +0000

THEY PUT THEMSELVES in a position to win souls (Acts 18.26)… Apollos was speaking in the synagogue.  Where were Aquila and Priscilla?  Where are good prospects to be found? Anywhere!  But there are some places where they might be more likely found: visiting our assemblies, attending community Bible studies, and volunteering for charitable organizations. They […]



Poverty Is Not Always Depressing

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 08:40:58 +0000

“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls – yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will […]



Put A Pebble In Their Shoe

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 08:25:02 +0000

“Have a personal Bible study with somebody? Sorry, not for me! That’s just asking for a never ending argument.” If that’s your view of personal evangelism and Bible study, maybe you need to rethink how you’ve gone about it in the past. Inevitably, during a Bible study, the time will come when you reach a […]



O God, Why?

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:26:58 +0000

‘O why was I born’ Is not a request For knowledge and truth. But more a protest Against all the hurt, Unfairness of life That causes conflict, Confusion and strife. Why must I be here, A part of it all? And why doesn’t God Reply when I call? O where is my God When I […]



SUPERFICIAL CHRISTIANITY OR SACRIFICIAL FAITH

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:00:51 +0000

Webster defines “superficial” as “(1) being on the surface; not penetrating the substance of a thing; as a superficial color; a superficial covering; (2) hallow; contrived to cover something; and (3) not deep or profound; reaching or comprehending only what is obvious or apparent; as a superficial scholar; superficial knowledge.” Superficial Christianity looks good on […]



You were drunk last night, weren’t you!

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:55:22 +0000

I heard a story about a husband who came home drunk late one night and snuck up the stairs quietly to avoid waking his wife.  He looked in the bathroom mirror and bandaged the bumps and bruises he’d received in a fight earlier that night.  He then proceeded to climb into bed, smiling at the […]



Evangelism with a Roman Catholic

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:29:46 +0000

I was recently watching my grand-nephew playing a soccer grand-final and got talking to another spectator who turned out to be a highly educated and articulate Catholic High School teacher – a Mr Ptolemy. (That’s correct, Ptolemy. He was impressed that I knew about the Ptolemies in Egypt arising from the break-up of the Greek […]



How Committed are You to Jesus?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:26:01 +0000

          Sam Houston was a good friend of President Andrew Jackson. They shared the same desire of Texas independence and admission into the union of the United States. President Jackson looked on Houston as a son and Houston returned the affection. On one occasion, Houston wrote a letter to President Jackson […]



How sad to come to the end of your life and others not have anything good to say about you!

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:03:22 +0000

THE REASON WE REMEMBER GREAT PEOPLE These are reported to be actual epitaphs on tombstones: Here lies Johnny Yeast Pardon me For not rising.   (Ruidoso, New Mexico)   Here lays Butch, We planted him raw. He was quick on the trigger, But slow on the draw.   (Silver City, Nevada)   Anna Wallace The children of […]



Have you ever heard of Quartus?

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 08:07:49 +0000

We appreciate your interest in these studies.  Please wait for us to return on 9/19. It seems we are always wanting more. No matter the subject, and no matter how much we already have, we seem to always want more. But when is enough, enough? Can we be content with “enough.” Is it enough to […]