Archive for March 21st, 2016

The Word

Matthew 5. 19 -20

“Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

“For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

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“Going to need your birth certificate (born again)

Going to need your death certificate (holiness) [to make heaven].”

– Tom Sproles, message, 5/4/99

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Good News

Be aware of secular news but not “hooked” on it. Be more aware of the Good News.

Worldly news can be depressing (perhaps that is purposely done). God’s Word can/will be up-lifting.

Choose the latter and Everlasting Good News.

– eab, 3/4/16

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Every week the Lord has given,

A Day to remember, “His is risen!”

Christians rejoice, not just once a year,

(Sinners don’t do that, I sadly fear.)

That Christ came and lived our life,

Knew sweat, thirst, saw our strife,

Was rejected by those He called His own,

Sold by a disciple He had known,

Tried – what a “trial” it must have seemed,

Who knew Justice before Adam’s sun beamed,

He was nailed to wood, placed between two thieves,

(One dies in sin – One believes.)

Christ died as dead as any mortal man,

The Perfect Sacrifice, the Perfect Plan.

Was that all – He lived like us and died?

Had earthly lambs dying, all grief satisfied?

Death was the end for wooly little sheep;

Not for Christ – He had a promise to keep.

And keep it He did – He left that new grave.

He arose victorious, He arose man to save.

He triumphed over our last enemy, death.

His victory gives the soul spiritual breath.

Birth was necessary to have life,

Life was necessary to face dying strife,

Death was necessary to Resurrect,

Resurrect He did – Romans and Jews could detect

An empty grave, a tomb now unneeded,

A stone rolled, Rome’s seal unheeded.

Oh, the victory, Oh the glory, Oh the might.

Gone, for God’s men – forever gone is the night!     

– eab, Mar. ‘08

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Some churches have too much emphasis

on parties, men’s cookouts, ladies nights etc. Other groups provide nothing affording fellowship except the occasional wedding or meal after a funeral. A balance is often best in areas which are not sinful/questionable. A Sunday School class might arrange to have a “quarterly class gathering” for three or four of the year’s seasons. Then choose a month of spring, winter, fall or summer which is best for everyone’s schedule. (Things planned tend to happen; events unplanned do not.) Some classes will work best with the 1st Tuesday nights of September, December, March or June. Other groups the 1st Thursday and still others may want the 1st Saturday morning of October, January, April or July, etc. If possible, rotate the gathering from one member’s house to another, or if all events are at the same location, members can be rotated providing the meal and/or activities. Some men may prefer to meet at a local restaurant all the time and have no activity except visiting before, during, and after the meal. Once a month gatherings may become “old hat,” too expensive for some, or loose interest, so the idea of a “quarterly class gathering” is being suggested. These seasonal events may or may not include a speaker, and/or a brief Bible study but can always include prayer in addition to the blessing of the food. Sharing quality time with Christian brothers/sisters is profitable!

– eab, 3/19/16

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