Good Works

As I write this article, it is the third day of full camp on the shores of Lake Guntersville. By the time most folks read it, camp will be history for 2007. As is his practice, Rusty will give us a report on Sunday. I am certain that we can look forward to hearing good things from Limestone Bible Camp.

The Ever-Present Tension

The Christian life is not a walk in the park. It is a blessed life and a rewarding life, but it is also a life characterized by an ever-present tension. Advertising mavens, medical personnel and even television gurus tell us that tension is a bad thing. In many circumstances tension can be a negative, but tension in life is as necessary as breathing.

Thinking and Drinking

"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5). The mind of Christ is the spiritual mind of Romans 8 and the "affection" or mind of Colossians 3. A Christian is encouraged in these passages to allow the principles of Christ to order and direct his thinking. This puts a little different twist on our answer to the question, "What do you think?" on all subjects, including drinking.

Who Is My Neighbor?

In our recent VBS study of the Good Samaritan we considered the question "Who is my neighbor?" The context of Luke 10:25-37 is of a certain lawyer testing Jesus. He asked the Lord what he is to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responded by asking the lawyer (who was certainly supposed to know) what he read in the Law of Moses on the subject. The lawyer responded correctly with a quotation of Deuteronomy 6:5 followed by a quotation of Leviticus 19:18, which says "But you shall love your neighbor as yourself."

How Do We Know God's Will?

The answer to this most important question varies, depending on whom you ask. Most people in the world, if they think about it at all, think God's will is a matter of emotion. Whatever feels right to them is God's will for them. This is subjectivism and it is a plague on mankind.

Herbert Chittam

We lost a valuable solider of Christ and dear friend Wednesday, May 16, 2007. Brother Hollis Herbert Chittam began serving as an elder for the West Hobbs Street Church of Christ December 8, 1968. He was on staff here beginning March 4, 1974 until his recent retirement. He taught classes regularly, visited frequently and managed the business of the church for the elders. One of the blessings of my life was to work side by side with such a good friend.

Peter Spoke To Us V

At the close of 2 Peter 2 we have three remarkable lines. Read them in the old translation: For if after they have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have know the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it has happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire (2 Peter 2:20-22 KJV).

Peter Spoke To Us IV

We have been thinking about the second chapter of 2 Peter wherein the apostle warned us about people that are bad actors. He spoke to us about the category of men known as false teachers. Most of us are a bit uncomfortable with the subject of false teaching. This is so because as nice folks we don't want to say any thing bad about anybody. Also, we know if we say that somebody is wrong about a spiritual matter we will be considered judgmental and narrow minded. In the modern age, we are taught that differences in matters of faith are inconsequential. Peter did not think so.

Peter Spoke To Us III

Peter spoke to us concerning certain principles Christians must embrace. He also spoke in 2 Peter chapter two about certain people Christians must understand. Remember, Peter wrote these words as he contemplated the end of his life here on earth. His inspired advice is important.

Peter Spoke To Us

The shorter letters of the New Testament are sometimes thought of as easier to digest. So a relatively brief letter like 2 Peter might be likened to a sandwich while Romans or Hebrews would be a big family dinner. A careful study of the content of 2 Peter shows that though it may take just a few minutes to read, it is substantial and important as a statement of Christian teaching.