Many people are concerned about what life is all about and what they should do with it. We would do well to be concerned about such things – what we do in life determines where we will be eternally. The good news is that Jesus, the King of kings, gives us the answer. Jesus teaches that you should live.. Continue reading The Life Jesus Teaches You To Live – 8/27/17
“Don’t look at it!” You have probably heard that warning the past several weeks in connection with not looking directly at the sun during the eclipse with the naked eye. If you do, you may well suffer solar maculopathy (solar blindness).
There is obviously danger found Continue reading Don’t Look At It – 8/20/17
“How to” books abound – you can find out how to do just about anything and everything. We often speak of “how to” be saved. Today, consider the Scriptural teaching on “how to” be lost. Continue reading How To Be Lost – 8/13/17
Some individuals seek to justify their religious practices using the Law that God delivered to Moses. In so doing, they are seeking to follow that which was not intended for them today. The apostle Paul declared, “For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh” (Rom. 8:3). Note some things Continue reading What The Law Could Not Do – 8/6/17
Who cares? Maybe you have found yourself in a difficult situation and asked yourself that question. Have you ever felt as if no one cares? Perhaps most of have felt this lonely way at some time or another. We have felt as if no one cares what we are going through, how we are suffering, or about the tears we cry in secret. King David of old felt this way. He said, “Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one Continue reading Who Cares? – 7/30/17
There are some who are “disqualified for every good work” because of their defiled minds and abominable actions (Titus 1:16). Yet, as God’s people, we are to practice good works – in fact, that is what we have been created anew to do (Eph. 2:10). Further, when we “do good…God is well pleased” (Heb. 13:16). In writing to the Continue reading Good Works In Titus – 7/23/17
Another year of the Preacher Training Program here at Samaria has concluded. What a wonderful week it was! We had 22 students who came from seven different states (TN, FL, WV, OH, NC, WA, and IN) to take part in the classes. They studied hard throughout the week as they were being taught how to do “the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim. 4:5). Additionally, they did an excellent job presenting a sermon on Wednesday Continue reading Reflections On Preacher Training – 7/16/17
“I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves Continue reading Preacher Training – 7/9/17
We must bear the “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22-23). However, there are many things that can be barriers to bearing fruit. What are some barriers to bearing fruit?
Not Walking In The Spirit: When we fail to walk in the Spirit (i.e. walking in the precepts the Spirit has revealed in the word), we cannot bear the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:16). Those who do not walk in the Spirit will be found walking “according to the dictates Continue reading Barriers To Fruit Bearing – 7/2/12
Paul asked, “What does the Scripture say?” (Rom. 4:3). You’ll often hear talk about needing book, chapter, and verse for things taught and practiced. Why ask, “What does the Scripture say?”
Because This Was Jesus’ Appeal: Jesus often cited Scripture (cf. Lk. 4:21; Jn. 7:38). He also told people to “search the Scriptures” (Jn. 5:39). Jesus expected others to be concerned about Scripture, asking, “Have you not even read this Scripture” (Mk. 12:10). Continue reading What Does The Scripture Say? – 6/25/17