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Preaching With Patience

What makes a preacher? Is it his clever outlines? Is it his “preacher” voice? Is it his intimidating presence in the pulpit? Is it his vast library or his years of experience? Most of us would agree that the previous questions are somewhat superficial and that these things do not truly identify what makes a preacher a preacher. However, the idea expressed in our title (no matter how Biblical it is), is not usually considered the measure of a preacher…

God’s Expectations of Humanity

The topic of pride and humility is often drawn out in just about every book of the Bible. Theses adjectives are typically associated with certain individuals. Depending on the character, this characteristic may be the only trait that some people know them for. One thing that can be noted concerning these two attributes is that they can either lead to someone’s demise or success. They are contrasting characteristics. With that being said, Saul and David are two examples of these…

Blue Bell or Broccoli?

That’s not a tough choice for me. It’s Blue Bell every time. Spinach? Carrots? Artichokes? Get real— who would choose either of them over a bowl of Mocha Almond Fudge? Don’t tell me “they’re good for you,” because I want what I want, and it sure isn’t broccoli! To be perfectly honest, the previous remarks are very close to my true feelings, and that may be obvious to all. While I still may not eat everything I should, I learned…

Headline: Apostasy a Thing of the Past

Just a quick internet search will yield any number of results linking net travelers to articles expressing the same amazement at or offering medical reasons for the drastic decrease in flu cases. Healthline.com shared an article entitled “Why the Flu Almost Disappeared This Year.” Another study provided by Harvard Health Care addressed the issue in an article titled, “Amid COVID-19, a Stunning Reversal in Flu Seasons Around the World.” On the CDC’s official website, you can also find an article…

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…