All Dressed Up

Do you like to get all dressed up sometimes? Now, I like my jeans and sweatshirts as well as the next person, but there are times when I do like to shine the shoes and put a little starch in the shirt. It just feels good to get dressed up sometimes. Young folks these days entering the job market soon learn that the way you dress is an important part of the way you present yourself. Those blue jeans with the holes in them may not be the best apparel for a job interview. We have all learned that the best thing is to dress in the way that is appropriate for the job we are called upon to do.

COMMON TO MAN

We are familiar with 1 Corinthians 10:13: There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. One amazing thing about the Bible is that rereading familiar passages often brings new insights to light.

Be Thankful

Paul told the Christians at Ephesus that they should be " giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (5:20 NKJV). Thanksgiving must never be limited to a day or season, nor can it be limited to being thankful for material blessings. Always means always and all things means all things.

Be Careful, Little Ears

I am thankful for the songs we sing with the children. They are and well should be freighted with significant teaching. One of them has parts that go "Be careful little ears, what you hear" and "Be careful, little eyes, what you see." It is often the case that adults could be edified by the same admonitions.

The Rubber Ruler

The most effective tools of evil are bad ideas (2 Corinthians 2:11). A specific bad idea is that there is no absolute truth. "There is a way that seems right to a man, but the ends thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12). Modern man likes to have truth be a malleable thing, to be modified to fit the circumstance of the moment. Many today prefer a rubber ruler.

Why a Gospel Meeting?

For as long as I have been in the preaching business I have seen articles written by fellows encouraging the congregations where they preach to attend and support gospel meetings. A number of them have proceeded along the line of the question above, "Why a Gospel Meeting?" I have answered this question a few times myself. Let me know what you think of this answer .

Are You Scared?

Our Fall Gospel Meeting is coming up November 12-15. David Barker will preach for us Sunday through Wednesday. David has been preaching for the fine Midway Church of Christ in Lawrence County since 2001. He is married to Kelli (Faircloth) and they have two girls, Kayla Beth who is ten years old and Anna Kate, who is five.

The Carnal Mind

Paul wrote, "For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither can be" (Romans 8:6-7). Those who follow, even at a distance, the doctrines of Mr. Calvin, take these verses as proof that man, totally depraved from birth, cannot think a spiritual thought unless acted on personally by the Holy Spirit. This is a neatly drawn doctrine, having as its primary disadvantage the fact that it is not true.

The Moment Called Now

I am sure that you've had someone ask you right out of the blue, "Hey, what time do you have?" This question generally comes from a person who does not carry or wear a timepiece of any sort. I, being totally nuts about knowing what time it is, all the time, cannot imagine such a thing. Nonetheless, when asked such a question, we simply respond by telling the clueless one the time of day.

Wars and Rumors of Wars

Folks my age remember the sixties. That was a tumultuous epoch in the life of this country. The baby-boomers, my generation, had been born into and grown up through the unprecedented era of prosperity that followed World War II. Those were the days of the Cold War, which had been hot in Korea and was then hot in Vietnam. We were concerned about which way that war was going to go. Many things have been said about that war, but I am convinced that the verdict of history will be that the conflict in Vietnam was an important part of humanity's heroic struggle for individual freedom.