Archive for November, 2020

Recipe On How To “Keep Thyself Pure” (I Tim 5:22) by Willis Logan

November 26, 2020

THINK ON THINGS. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8, KJV)

PRAY DAILY. “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18, KJV)

BE STRONG. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:10-11, KJV)

ASSOCIATE ONLY WITH PEOPLE WITH GOOD MORALS. “Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good morals.” \ (1 Corinthians 15:33, ASV)

STUDY GOD’S WORD DAILY. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”(Psalm 119:11, KJV)

REMEMBER BE FAITHFUL IN WORSHIP IT WILL GIVE YOU SPIRITUAL STRENGTH “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25, KJV)

Reasons Why The Church Assembled

November 19, 2020

Following are reasons why congregations assembled in the New Testament:

Acts 2:42 Worship

Acts 11:26 Preaching

Acts 14:27 Evangelism Report

Acts 15:1-4 Doctrinal Problems

Acts 6:1-6 Arranging Benevolence

Acts 4:31 Prayer

I Cor 5:4-5 Discipline

The congregation only assembled (as the church) for spiritual purposes, not for tic-tac-toe, correct?

Where is the approved record of a church ever meeting for a social meal?

Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones But Words Will Never Hurt Me

November 12, 2020

Proverbs 7 illustrates well the truth found in the old saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” The context shows a seductress with her words (and other) will tempt a man to commit adultery (21). Her words can do damage, but only if her intended victim lets the words do damage (25ff), that is, if he succumbs to her temptation (James 1:14-15). The old saying under consideration is making the point that we can’t avoid being hurt if someone physically strikes us with a stick or stone, but if someone strikes us with words (perhaps with an unjustified insult), we can have the mental fortitude (constitution) to not let that hurt us. Having that type of constitution (I Cor 16:13b) will help us regularly accomplish what Rom 12:17-21 enjoins – returning/overcoming evil with good. No we should never use the old saying as a justification for being ugly to others with our words. That is missing the point of the adage entirely. We certainly will hurt someone with such approach. The point of the proverb is that when others are ugly to us, we have a choice about whether or not to let their words hurt us. My parents wisely taught me this old saying in my youth when kids were being mean to me verbally, and I did the same with my kids. We all need to remember its lesson (even as adults) whenever we are being verbally abused.

There Is A Difference in Congregational and Individual Activity

November 5, 2020

Gary Grizzell is quoting Dan Jenkins (both are “institutional” preachers) following: … God has limited the area in which the church can work … It is time that we clearly focus on two divine institutions, the home & the church … There is nothing wrong with Christians being involved in youth camps, sports activity, banquets, etc. There is nothing wrong with them using their money to accomplish anything that is not sinful. However, when money is given to the church it becomes special, for then its use is limited to the areas in which the church is authorized to work! Consider Acts 5 and the money of Ananias and Sapphira. Peter said to them, “Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not in thine own power?” The answer is obvious. Before it was given to the church it was under the … authority of those who had it. But after it was given it was under the authority of the church! There is individual activity … and there is church activity. (CFTF, 10-93)

There is more Bible for this distinction:

· two or three individual Christians aren’t the same as the church – Matt 18:15-17

· the individual was told to do something so the church wouldn’t have to – I Tim 5:16 – “If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.”

It’s not good enough to find authority for the individual for our church practice; we must find authority for the church (Col 3:17).