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THE TRUTH ABOVE THE TRUTH

The word ‘truth’ is misleading sometimes. For instance, when I believe something is the ‘truth,’ I become intense in support of it, and I push it to others. In spite of my good intention, pushing the ‘truth’ to others does more harm than good. I am like the North Wind of the Aesop’s Fable, who competed in vain with the Sun to unclothe the man. This is a big fallacy in the concept of Truth. Many will be surprised to…
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Spiritual Maintenance

Towards the beginning parts of last week, our office staff suffered a major blow to morale. The refrigerator had unknowingly taken a casualty. A perfectly fine, full, and delicious can of Coca-Cola had exploded inside. The sweet elixir covered the entire inside of the refrigerator. The culprit completely saturated all the other waters, cans, shelves, and walls within. How could this have happened?! What could we have possibly done differently to avoid such calamity? It just so happens that with…
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The Righteous Shall Live By Faith

  The word of God is alive and powerful. We need that power now more than any other time. Habakkuk 2:4 includes this popular saying, “The righteous shall live by his faith.” This is a word of God that gives power to us as we are going through an unprecedented difficulty during the pandemic. What does this verse mean, and how does it give us power? This verse is God’s answer to Habakkuk’s appeal in chapter one. Habakkuk was asking…

The Truth Under The Pandemic

The current pandemic makes many things different than what we thought normal. As a sister rightly said, “we had no time when we missed the routines more than now.” The life of a Christian is not an exception. Worship and Bible class are through the internet, the contribution is through Paypal or mail, and Skype and FaceTime replace face-to-face fellowship. These abrupt changes invite us to think about what has to remain unchanged regardless of the situation. I’d like to…

Imbalanced Worship?

In John 4:24, Jesus said, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” In context, Jesus was not preaching a “sermon” about worship; instead, He was having a personal and intentional conversation with a Samaritan woman about her spiritual condition.   In other words, He wanted to talk about something else. When the woman realized that the conversation was getting a little TOO personal, she changed the subject – like so many people still…

DEVOTED TO THE LORD’S SUPPER

In Acts 2:42-47 we are given a glimpse into the life of the first century church, and this section begins with the simple phrase “they devoted themselves to.” And as the church’s story unfolds throughout the book of Acts it becomes apparent that their measurement of growth was not based on numbers but on one’s level of devotion to God. So, in this series of articles, we are exploring what the first century church devoted itself to so that we…

THE WHY SERIES – WHY DOES THE CHURCH OF CHRIST LACK MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN THEIR WORSHIP SERVICES?

One of the most distinctive characteristics of the Churches of Christ is the absence of musical instruments in their worship service. Since the New Testament nowhere explicitly condemns the use of musical instruments in the worship assembly then why do these congregations refrain from using them? The issue of whether or not musical instruments should be used in the worship assembly of the church ultimately is an authority issue. In other words, we must ask, “Did God authorize the use…

LOOPHOLE HUNTERS – Episode One

Last week, we came face-to-face with the unfortunate truth that we, as God’s people, are often guilty of reducing His Word into mere “external observances.” We were forced to admit that we are often best known for turning the Bible into some kind of “checklist,” denying its real power (2 Tim. 3:5). We have an undeniably long history of taking God’s teachings, robbing them of their rich depth, and limiting their potential to change our lives from the inside out.…