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Chosen or Frozen?

There is no doubt that the people of God are the called out, the elect, the special people, the royal priesthood, the holy nation, and the chosen people of Earth. In fact, the Apostle Peter would blatantly point that fact out in the beginning of 1 Peter 2:9. It would be no surprise for many to open that passage up and think, “Oh yeah, I have heard this verse all my life.” Countless sermons and lessons have been extended and…
Path To Glory

THE PATH TO GLORY – PART THREE

In our study of Philippians 1:9-11, we have observed the first two “steps” towards bringing glory to God in our lives: Step #1: Abound in love Step #2: Use knowledge and discernment In our text, these first two steps seem to serve as a “prerequisite” for what comes next… STEP #3: APPROVE WHAT IS EXCELLENT Paul says in verses 9-10, “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that…
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HOW TO MAKE PEACE

In Romans 12:18, Paul said, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” In issuing this statement, Paul established an expectation that as Christians we would be peacemakers. While peacemaking is a quality valued in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:9), it is not a quality valued in the kingdoms of men, and, as a result, knowing how to make peace is a skill many people lack. Thankfully, God did not establish an expectation of…
Pluto

JUST LIKE PLUTO

Recently, the debate about Pluto was reignited with several astronomers contending for its planetary status to be reinstated.[1] You may remember that the International Astronomical Union (IAU), an “association of professional astronomers” that operates “as the internationally recognized authority for assigning designations and names to celestial bodies” downgraded Pluto from the status of a planet to a dwarf planet back in 2006 based on their newly refined definition of a planet.[2] The demotion of Pluto to the status of a dwarf planet…
Path To Glory

THE PATH TO GLORY – PART TWO

Last week, we began a study of Philippians 1:9-11 as a “blueprint” for how we, as Christians, can bring glory to God. This “Path to Glory,” as it is presented in this particular section of Scripture, is a 5-step process. Step #1, as Paul states in verse 9, is “that your love may abound more and more.” In other words, an active, growing, and overflowing love for God, for each other, and for others is the first step in bringing…
Path To Glory

THE PATH TO GLORY – PART ONE

“To God be the glory, great things He hath done. So loved He the world that He gave us His Son, who yielded His life an atonement for sin, and opened the life gate that all may go in.” – from “To God Be the Glory,”by Fanny Jane Crosby and William Howard Doane We sing about giving glory to God; we pray about giving glory to God; we talk about giving glory to God; but how does this actually work?…
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WHEN STORMS ARISE

Off the Atlantic coast there is a storm which is producing maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hour and recorded waves on the open ocean up to 83 feet in height, as of reports released on Thursday, September 13. Her name is Hurricane Florence, and she is forecasted to make landfall as a strong category 2 Hurricane this weekend. Don’t let the lowering category number fool you. Hurricane Florence is still big. Her hurricane force wind field is nearly…
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A CHRISTIAN HOME

I once heard the story about a little boy who was inconsolably crying in the car after leaving worship services one Sunday. His father asked him three times what was wrong, and, finally, the boy replied, “The preacher said he wanted me to be brought up in a Christian home, but I want to stay with you guys!” Ideally, all homes would be Christian homes because Christian homes are homes that have surrendered to the will and the reign of…

For Those in Need of a Physician

What do the words ‘Gospel Meeting’ mean to you? What do you think about when you see these two words? For me, it has always meant good food, good speakers, good topics, good sermons, and good times spent with Christian brothers and sisters. Growing up, I always looked forward to the yearly Gospel Meeting because I knew we were going to have a great week of fellowship and spiritual growth. To me, it was one of the highlights of my…
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GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD

In one of, if not the most popular passages of Scripture, we are told “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). What specifically do we learn about God’s love from John 3:16? First, we learn WHO God loves. John 3:16 says, “God so loved THE WORLD.” It is worth noting that John 3:16 does not say that God so loved Christians, God…
Euodia and Syntyche

PROBLEM SOLVER

If you’re looking for baby names, how about these two beauties: Euodiaand Syntyche. I know what you’re probably thinking: “I knew a Euodia in high school, and she was a total jerk.” But wouldn’t those names look absolutely fantastic on a monogrammed diaper bag or a Christmas stocking? You know they would. Seriously though, would you like to have been either Euodia or Syntyche when the letter to the Philippians was read out loudto the entire congregation for the first time?…

Intentional Launch

“To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:10). Throughout the churches of Christ in the past few years, there has been a buzz word that has frequently risen in sermons, articles, bulletins, and pretty much every other different outlet or avenue… INTENTIONAL. Many of you reading this might have had an opportunity to hear this word from the pulpit or see it written…