Words of the Week

Stubbornness Can Be Rebellion

Pants were meant to be worn with a belt around the waist because the design of the pants shows this to be true. Yet, we see many young men walking around with their pants belted on their butts and showing underwear. To those who wear pants that way. Please pull your pants up and buckle them, no one wants to see your underwear! This is equal to a person putting gloves halfway on his hands or wearing a hat on the side of the head.

Thing is, both examples would be out of step with the original intent. Yet all of this is a reflection of where the minds of some people are (Proverbs 23:7). Their thoughts are in rebellion and bent on being different and which leads them to strange behavior. In the Bible, the prophet Samuel rebuked King Saul, telling him that his rebellion was stubbornness, and it was as bad as witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:22-23). We must not be rebels if the correct way is shown to us (Acts 26:19). If one cannot produce a superior way, don’t taint the right way by demonstrating something bizarre (1 Sam. 21:11-15).

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The Heart Is Dangerous, Not the Weapon

The Lord by the teaching of His word, has been telling man for a very long time that only by repentance can peaceful security be obtain on earth (Proverbs 1:20-33, 8:32-36).

A car being driven into crowds isn’t the danger. A butcher knife stabbed into the bodies of train passengers isn’t the danger. A gun firing bullets into the bodies of moviegoers isn’t the danger. Cars, guns, and knives can vanish from the earth, but without repentance the killing will go on because men will find other weapons. We must understand that it is the heart that is the danger (Mark 7:21; Matthew 9:4). Acid has a place on earth, but no evil person should walk around looking for someone to throw it on. “Thou shall not kill” means just that, but repentance means stop killing stop throwing acid and stop listening to them who demand that others be killed because they don’t share religious beliefs, etc. (Romans 13:9). Jesus said man will perish without repentance and we are (Luke 13:3). The word of God demands that we repent or face hell (Psalms 9:17).

I ask you to reflect upon the word repent, to consider how different things would be if mankind changed his evil ways. The Texas church shooter didn’t repent of his sins.

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Go Home To Your Spouse

The lust for sex is so strong in the minds of some people that they will daily stalk and press others for intimate relations. The Bible has the case of Joseph, a young good looking man who on a daily basis was sexually harassed by the wife of his boss (Genesis 39:1-12).

This woman was relentless and had no concern for right or wrong. Joseph did a great job, explaining why he couldn’t be involved with her, but she wasn’t having it and conviction cost Joseph his job and freedom (Gen. 39:13-23). Such evil is still done today by those with positions of power which they will use to torment others.

Sexual harassment is the result of ungodly minds, hearts that haven’t accepted the word of God and repented of their sins (Luke 13:3). These people are hell bound because they fail to see that sexual harassment is the work of the devil (John 8:44; Galatians 5:19-21).

The only way sexual harassment will end is for people to realize it is sinful threatening their souls and they must abandon it (1 Corinthians 6:18). Sexual predators must realize that God gave mankind the gift of sex, and His law commands that sex be only between man and wife (Gen. 3:16; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8). So, leave that co-worker alone! Leave that neighbor alone! Leave everyone alone! Go home to your spouse and have no desire for anyone else (Proverbs 5:15-20). Repent today! (Jonah 3:8).

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Special Invitation to Hear God's Word

You’ve shown interest in physical things; so how about interest in spiritual things?

This is your invitation to hear Murray Wade of the Oakridge TN, church of Christ, speak from the word of God. On November 5th, times are 10:15 am and 11:15 am. So, come on out, get some knowledge from the word of the Lord.

Be sure to bring your Bibles or if you don’t have one, one will be provided for you.

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Resist The Devil

Say what one will about guns, knives, cars, trucks, bomb making material, etc. That stuff can be banned from the Earth. But unless men repent, give up their evil thoughts, give up listening to false teachers telling them to kill everyone who doesn’t submit to a certain religion, etc., there will still be evil among us!

The problem is the heart and if that doesn’t change, the evil doers will still find a way to commit horrible acts (Matthew 15:18-20). Repentance must be personal, beginning with people looking at their lives to see if the way they live compares to the values of the word of God (Matt. 7:12). So to the person thinking about going on a murderous rampage. Don’t! That is Satan trying to convince you to do a damnable act. Resist him. Change your life, quit the evil thoughts and seek God.

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Ignore The Insults

The word of the Lord is ancient, everlasting, and untouchable by any foe (Isaiah 55:8-11; Jeremiah 36:22-32). Because the Lord is God, He knows all and the word which He gives needs no upgrade to make it compatible with the times. For God’s word is fitted to last though every generation and will judge man at the end (John 12:48; Matthew 24:35; 1 Peter 1:23-25). In our progressive times men seek changes; they want to change ancient landmarks which the word of God has established to last forever (Matt. 19:4-6).

But that will not be the case because it is man not God who must change (Malachi 3:6). God’s word will outlast the liberal thinking people of today, and the word which they called “outdated,” will judge them on the last day (Revelation 20:12). People also say they don’t want to be dinosaurs. To which we say; “if you stay with the word of God, you won’t be a dinosaur; for they are extinct. People who follow the word of God don’t become extinct, they last forever (1 John 2:15-17). So pay no attention to the dinosaur label, for such is an attempt by progressives as they drift farther away from the word which God has ordain (Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Psalms 9:17; 2 John 8).

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Resist Satan

When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he took off his royal robe, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. He said “Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence” Jonah 3:1-10.

Say what one will about guns, knives, car’s, trucks, bomb making material, etc. That stuff can be banned from the earth. But unless men repent, give up their evil thoughts, give up listening to false teachers telling them to kill everyone who doesn’t submit to a certain religion. etc There will still be evil among us! The problem is the heart and if that doesn’t change; the evil doers will still find a way to commit horrible acts (Matthew 15:18-20). Repentance must be personal, beginning with people looking at their lives to see if the way they live compares to the values of the word of God (Matt. 7:12).

So to the person thinking about going on a murderous rampage. Don’t do it! That is Satan trying to convince you to do a damnable act. Resist him. Change your life, quit the evil thoughts and seek to learn the ways of the Lord!

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Just Be Correct

Don’t aspire to be politically correct—just be correct because there is a difference. Political correction originated in the mind of men, as they attempt to please every fiber of thought in existence. They will say, “Don’t do this or you will offend the ?????” “Or don’t say such because, ??? doesn’t like it.” etc. etc.

Obeying the word of God, demands that we speak as our Creator speaks and to define things as He does (Matthew 15:1-21). God’s ways aren’t man’s and He will never yield to what man has dreamed up (Acts 17:30; Isaiah 55:8-9). God teaches us, and I mean all who wish to see him in peace after death (2 Corinthians 5:10; Matt. 25:31-46).

To teach the truth as He has given it, and all that doesn’t conform with truth is indeed erroneous. And men will remain in error until they come to their senses and understand that they must obey the word of God in the manner which He gave it (2 Kings 5:1-14).

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End of the World Will Be Unexpected

When is man going to quit teaching false doctrine about knowing when the world will come to an end? (1 Peter 2:1-3).

The word of God has made it perfectly clear that the end will come in the same way that a robber burglarizes a house. It will be unexpected! The day and hour is known by no one! (Matthew 24:35-51; Mark 13:31-37; Luke 21:33-36; 2 Pet. 3:7-12; Luke 12:35-48; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-9).

Preachers cannot calculate or talk about clues leading up to the end because there aren’t any! The scriptures taken out of context by preachers are Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. These three chapters are speaking of an invasion which was to come on Jerusalem and lay it waste (Luke 19:41-44). According to secular history that did occur around A.D. 70, and the signs leading up to that invasion are what the Lord was talking about. These preachers today, take those verses out of the context of a past war and paste it into things happening today and claim that such is the prophesying of current events. But, that is wrong. And it is more wrong to claim that world is ending as we saw last week, and I’m sure we will hear this again.

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Don't Do The Crime

When the courts don’t do what they are supposed to with criminals, the evil acts will continue because of the lack of suitable punishment (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

Why should a thug quit robbing and killing when he knows that he won’t get much jail time or be put to death for his murders? So rather than fear the law, criminals will become bold by the lack spine from the courts. It shouldn’t be that way! The justice system is ordained by God and placed on earth to protect the law-abiding and punish the evil doers (Romans 13:1-5; 1 Peter 2:13-14).

Man needs to get back to having things the way God has taught. The law must start being the law and quit being soft with criminals. If men want crime to cease, the law must show wicked men that there is a penalty for violations (Galatians 6:7).

So if one doesn’t want to feel the wrath of the law, don’t do the crime (Proverbs 26:3).

You can know that it is bad when a murderer can slaughter people, then argue in court that he shouldn’t be executed in a certain way or even at all because of the pain he will suffer (Proverbs 26:27, 13:15, 11:6; Genesis 9:5-6; Acts 25:11).

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