Church Blog (Page 2)

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Big Lessons From a Little Book

Of all the minor prophets Obadiah might be the most minor of them all. Keep in mind that this designation is neither about rank nor importance. The term “minor prophet” is simply a nickname earned by the sheer volume and length of these books. Of the 12, Obadiah is the shortest. This one chapter, 21-verse book is not only shorter than the other 11 Minor Prophet books,it’s the shortest book in all the Old Testament. There are a few other…

The Fallout of Evangelism

By definition, “fallout” can refer to the bad results of poor decisions or the adverse side effects of an unfortunate situation. According to Merriam-Webster, the first definition is the “radioactive particles falling through the atmosphere as a result of a nuclear explosion.” Wow! That definition makes the title of this week’s post a tad bit dramatic and sensational. We only use the term in this sense –there is always a ripple effect when the Gospel is believed and obeyed. 2…

I Was Today Years Old…

I am not sure if the saying was around before the days of Twitter and Pinterest, but “I was today years old” has become a fixture in online conversation and discovery. It simply points to any moment in time when you realize something that you had never realized before –something that now seems clear and obvious. We just can’t believe we had never noticed it before the moment we finally did. For example, did you know that the “L” in…

In Times Like These…

If you are like me, your responses to our current social, political, and even religious climate have been varied. Again, if you are like me, you haven’t always conveyed the right words or spirit in discussing and reacting to events of the past several months. I believe that brother Scott Elliot, preacher for the LaGrange Church of Christ, recently shared something that was powerful and convicting. I hope you will benefit from it like I did. He began with a…

Putting the Preacher in his Place

I probably shouldn’t ask. In fact, I am sure that I know the answer. Here it goes anyway: Have you ever wanted to put your preacher in his place? Have you ever disagreed with his message, his methods, or his manners and just wanted to tell him what you thought? It is likely that most of us who preach the Gospel needs a dose of kind correction now and then. In 1 Thessalonians 2:1-3,Paul puts preachers in their place (actually…

“Remember Who Your Father Is”

Recently I have begun a personal study of the book of Zephaniah. Zephaniah is not a popular book in many circles mainly due to the fact that the book is 99% pure judgment. Judah had been wicked, so the LORD sent Zephaniah to prophesy against Judah and tell them of their wickedness and that the Day of the LORD was at hand. In beginning this study, what caught my eye from the opening verse was Zephaniah’s ancestry. Zephaniah 1:1 says,…

Jethro’s Advice

In the midst of the Exodus narrative, we are given an account of something that is often forgotten in the book. In Exodus 18, a character who had not been mentioned since chapter 4 comes back on the scene. Moses, father in law, Jethro, had heard of all that the LORD their God had done through Moses in leading them out of Egypt (18:1). So, he decides to take Moses’ wife, Zipporah, their children and takes a trip out to…

The Sacrifice of Fools

If you need a passage that will help you focus on the Lord’s day, I would suggest reading the opening section of Ecclesiastes chapter and give some heed to the phrase “the sacrifice of fools.” Let’s begin with this understanding – there are many things that we might want to be called when we come into the presence of God; saint, servant, son or daughter, humble, empty, holy, worthless, tired, hungry, or joyous. However, we would never want to be…

Finishing Well

Never has there been a story that started with such promise but ended so tragically. Its details are rehearsed in Bible classes and pulpits every Sunday. It began with 60,000 men (plus women and children) marching by tribe carrying their deceased (Exodus 13:19) and riches from their former lives (Exodus 12:36). They were protected, guided, and fed, by God and they even sang a song of thanksgiving and praise (Exodus 15:1-21). However, their story ended in ruin, failure, and defeat.…

Destructive Dogs and Anxious Hearts

Some of you may have met our dog, Presley. If you have met him, I will just say that I’m sorry. He loves all people but sometimes shows his love in very painful ways. He’s just about the picture-perfect mutt and we only know of him having German Shepherd and Husky in him. As it turns out, however, both of those breeds of dogs are known for having what you would call “separation anxiety.” Meaning that when their owners are…
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Parking Lot Lights & A Public Concern

Last Wednesday evening I was privileged to speak at the Lake Country congregation in Marble Falls, TX. The invitation was refreshing, and the visit was encouraging because it was the first like it, this summer. There have been no camps, no mission trips, and no summer series (until last Wednesday anyway). In a time of the year when we are usually the busiest, in many respects, life as normal has come to a halt. Then we drove home pulling into…
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Our High Priest

In Hebrews 8:1, the writer there says, “Now this is the main point of the things that we are saying…” This is a strangely convenient sentence when dealing with what the main subject matter of the book of Hebrews is that you do not often get in the books of the New Testament. He then proceeds to tell us what that main point is. He continues, saying, “…we have such a High Priest who is seated at the right hand…