Words of the Week

Make the Effort Salvage Your Soul

Would you like to get away from useless people? If so, consider these Bible verses.

• Proverbs 23:20: Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh.

• Proverbs 28:7: But he that is a companion of riotous men shames his father.

• 1 Corinthians 15:33: Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

• 2 Corinthians 6:17: Wherefore come out from among them, and be separated, said the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

• 1 Timothy 5:22: Neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

• 2 Timothy 2:22: Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, and them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart

Get control of your life by dumping dead beats and your next step should be going toward the Lord. If you want to get your life right, and if you are willing to let the word of God guide you, we want to hear from you. Make the effort to salvage your life and soul (Acts 2:40).

Hope to hear from you or see you at the services.

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Learn How to Use Your Bible

We have heard it many times before, a house burns down and people suffer injury or death. But then we hear a fireman saying “there were no working smoke detectors in the house.”

Those words cause us to lament the lost of life or health, because no one took the time to do what was needed in order to protect themselves. Well, let me use that example in another way. The Bible, which is the word of God, is our smoke detector. Do you have one? And as for batteries, are you doing what His word commands you? You see, it is one thing to have a Bible in your house, but a totally different thing to be doing what it teaches (Luke 6:46; John 15:14, 8:31-32).

If we can be of help to you in learning God’s will for your life, let us help you with a Bible study (Acts 8:26-40, 16:11-15, 17:11).

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Are You Going the Wrong Way?

 A friend shared a story from China about a man who rode a bike for 30 days in the wrong direction. He was trying to go home, but ended up much farther away before he was stopped by some policemen. When they figured out where he was trying to go, they chipped in to buy him a ticket home. Can you imagine the frustration he must have felt when he realized he had traveled all that time going the wrong way? He said he had been given bad directions.

Spiritually speaking, how many people think they are traveling home, but are headed the wrong way? Fairly often I hear people say or post things that are not consistent with what the Bible teaches. Many have been given bad directions and appear to be traveling down the wrong path. But I confess it is very difficult for me to know how to point this out. Surely we would desire to be like the police officers who helped the man get to his destination, but that wouldn’t have been possible without first convincing him that he was going in the wrong way. When it comes to spiritual matters, the general reaction seems to be, “who are you to say I’m going the wrong way?” Or “it doesn’t matter, any path will do.” Even if it were true that “all roads lead to Rome.” One must be traveling in the right direction.

I want to be on the right path. If I’m traveling the wrong way, I hope someone will be kind enough to tell me. Also, I love helping others find the right way. If anyone would like to discuss spiritual matters, I’ll make myself available any way that I can. “There is a way that seems right to a man, But the end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12).

Written by Eric Reynolds

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Have You Been Offended?

Have you ever been offended? Hurts doesn’t it? But at some point you get over it and move on with your life until the next offense comes your way. Yes, we have breaks from being hurt and for that we are thankful.

But imagine what it would be like if you didn’t have breaks from being offended? What a horror it would be to have someone causing us regret 24 hours a day? No break from the misery and no end in sight of it going away? Wouldn’t that drive you crazy? Well, God is suffering just like that. He gets no rest from being offended. Sin offends God, and man is sinning every minute somewhere before His eyes (Proverbs 15:3; Genesis 6:5-6; Psalm 14:2-3, 7:11, 106:1-48).

Let us stop tormenting God. Repent, stop sinning. Seek His ways and obey. If we don’t, God will have the last laugh, and He will get His comfort and revenge on Judgement Day because He will cast men into hell (Psalm 9:17; Jude 14-15).

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Teach the Truth, Not What's Popular

The church of the Lord preaches the Bible and not what is popular (Galatians 1:10). The world is always inventing new things and beliefs, but the church of the Lord pays no attention to that and just keeps on doing what is supposed to be done (2 Timothy 4:1-5).

When a question is asked, a Bible answer will be given and not what is politically correct or what some celebrity believes (Luke 10:25-26). God has protected the Bible and given it into the hands of men so it can be read (John 5:39). The Bible provides the way to save men from sin and help man to heaven—for it is all sufficient to do so (James 1:21. 2 Tim. 3:14-17).

What kind of information can a non-believer offer that isn’t promoted by the word of God? The unbeliever might try, but he will end up copying his answer from something the word of God has said because nothing can beat what the scriptures teach (John 6:66-69). The Bible consists of the Old Testament and the New Testament, with the Old Testament being only for the Jews under Moses, and the New Testament being for people of today (2 Corinthians 3:6). The New Testament describes the church of Christ, and how men can be saved (Romans 16:16). Study the Old Testament to know the history of God dealings with Israel (Rom. 15:4). Study the New Testament to be able to recognize the Lord’s church from man churches (John 8:31-32; Matthew 7:15-20).

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Gospel Can Eliminate Evil

The murders in Chicago aren’t the fault of the government nor failure of the police. The murders in Chicago exist because people have made the decision to kill. A guy can plot to rob a bank and kill all the employees and customers. An abusive husband can shoot his wife and children dead. Two young men arguing in the streets can pull out guns and open fire on each other. A robber can open fire upon a fleeing victim killing him or sending a bullet into the park striking a child. Gangs and drug dealers can declare war on rivals filling the streets with blood, etc, etc. All this evil begins in the minds of the person or persons carrying out the deeds.

Such evil cannot be eliminated until people cease their works of sin (Genesis 6:5-13; Jonah 3:6-10; Ezekiel 33:11).

That is why the gospel of Jesus Christ is very important to the lives of men (1 Timothy 1:9-17). We need the word of the Lord to teach us to refuse evil and embrace good, to control ourselves and to get along with others (Proverbs 2:1-22). The church of the Lord is attempting to reach men right now. The church would like to help men understand that God has a better way to live, but man must be willing to accept what the scriptures teach (John 1:12; James 1:20-21).

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Cursing Costs More Than You Can Afford

Thomas asked Scott why he doesn’t use profane language. To which Scott replied; “it costs more than I can afford.” Now maybe you are puzzled by all of this, so allow me to explain what Scott meant.

Scott had some knowledge of the word of God and he knew that words aren’t free. Like a credit card, man’s use of them will have to be paid one day.

Jesus Christ said, “I say unto you, that every idle word men shall speak, they shall give account on the day of judgment, For by words thou shalt be justified, and by your words thou shalt be condemned (Matthew 12:36-37).

Scott doesn’t use profanity because he doesn’t want to answer to the Lord on Judgment Day and have those words condemn his soul to a burning Hell.

Next time you hear someone use obscenity, be sure to remember what you have learned today. Can that person afford what they just said?

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Rejoice in the Lord

Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice!”

That’s the way it going to be with the person who is obeying the word of God. He has an anchor to keep grounded as the daily storms of life exist around him. The faithful are not spared a lot of the problems of life—they face them too. But the difference is the faithful have God’s help while the other people don’t (Psalm 34:1-22).

It’s like having or not having insurance. All need it, all aren’t spared problems, but it is good to have when problems come. And those with car crashes and health problems, face serious conseqences by not having insurance.

A faithful person is happy because when life ends a greater reward awaits. Those without God go though life miserable, die, and face damnation.

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Don't Spray Gas on a Fire

One who is standing before a blazing fire shouldn’t spray gasoline in its presence. Water should be used to put the fire out, and if it cannot be put out, one must flee. It will do no good for a wife to further incite a blazing husband who is screaming. If she does, she will make the matter worse. And of course any man who cared about his family wouldn’t behave in such a way (Ephesians 5:25-29).

A soft response should be used before wrath because the word of God teaches it will change the situation (Proverbs 15:1,18, 30:33). However, not all men have faith (2 Thessalonians 3:1-3). Rather than contributing to wrath, one should flee.

No wife will have a good ending when going toe to toe with an enraged husband. Neither are two men arguing in the streets because bullets will fly. Jesus Christ was threatened by an angry mob, and He left them (John 7:1). The Apostle Paul was threatened by angry people, and he left them (Acts 19:29-31). Walk away, run away, never go back that way, do something to get yourself away from a person full of wrath. Do it quickly!

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Learn from Others Mistakes

When a bottle of liquid has a skull and crossbones on it, one should be smart enough not to drink it. If one notices the sign “slippery when wet,” one should be smart enough not to speed that way. If the shark tank has “no hands allowed,” one should be smart enough not to put a hand in there. The point of all this is, we wish that people would learn without having to suffer the consequences of being hard headed. A man may know the risk of picking up hookers, but not learn his lesson until he is arrested, or is a victim of a sexually-transmitted disease (Proverbs 5:11-13). If the word is out, “Don’t send text messages while driving,” man should learn from those words, and not from having an accident.

In Luke 15:11-32, we read of a young man who demanded his inheritance and wasted it after moving far away. This young guy didn’t listen to anything until he was broke, alone, and sitting among the pigs, desiring the slop they ate. Likewise the word of the Lord warns men, but are we listening? (Proverbs 1:20-33, 22:3).

Hope to hear from you or see you at the services.

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