A MAN lost in his
work has really found himself.
Without faith and love what
we do has no true spiritual significance (Hebrews 11:6; I Corinthians 13:1-3).
If God doesn’t have first
place in your life, God is not in your life.
Peace comes not so much from
the absence of trouble in our lives as from the presence of God.
Not the least of the benefits
of honest labor is sleep that is sound and sweet.
The man who practices what
he would preach has already preached the best sermon he will ever preach.
It is best to not talk
unless you have something to say.
A heart warmed by the gospel
of Christ will not be cold and indifferent toward others.
We need true religion,
not only to make us godly people, but to keep us from being animals.
Christianity sanctifies all
legitimate human bonds and makes them even stronger (if those in the said
bonds are truly bound together in Christ).
(VOL. 34, NO. 4, 1996)
nothing unless they count.
doesn't do much good to put your best foot forward if you drag the other
people are people with problems.
Christ being both priest and sacrifice our sin problem is well taken care
we do God's will, good will and goodwill will prevail.
written in the context of the Old Testament bears the image and flavor
of the Old Testament even when it has reference to coming things in the
always reap what we sow, only in greater proportions.
to run away from our problems when we are part of the problem will not
solve our problems but only prolong them.
have to learn how to walk before you can run.
but profound--that should characterize good gospel preaching.
34, NO. 3, 1996)
PRAYERFUL Christian is a powerful Christian.
will become more alike, and our differences will vanish, when we become
energy is uselessly spent unless it is spent on that which is useful.
real Christian experiences that sense of well-being which the world artificially
seeks through drugs and drink but finds illusive.
the sight of God, a little is a lot when that's all you've got (Luke 21:1-4).
if you will discipline yourself to read the Word of God regularly and prayerfully,
then you will find power to discipline yourself to live the Christian life.
your life seems empty, try putting something into it.
you know what you stand for, and where you stand, you will still be standing
there when all others have gone.
you have a good heart, you will not have a bad mouth (Luke 6:45).
who live it up have a hard time living it down.
35, NO. 2, 1997)
with a Point
IF YOU TRIM yourself to fit everybody, there soon
will not be much of you left.
A fool’s anger is soon known.
Unless we believe that our message is unique we will not
be different from the world, nor will we evangelize.
The "self-made" man many times worships his maker.
If you put an exclamation mark after everything that you
say, how will people know when you really want to make a point?
Stumbling blocks are not good material with which to build
Homosexuals do not produce their kind by act of reproduction,
for God only made male and female; they produce their kind by act of molestation.
Modern man needs to realize that speed is meaningless
The Word of God is the seed of the kingdom and does not produce
denominational tares and hybrids; consequently Jesus said, "Every plant,
which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up" (Matthew
When you get where you are going, where will you be when
you get there?
Some of the most sectarian people in the world religiously
are those who are sectarian with that which they dogmatically, arrogantly
and self-righteously believe to be the truth.
The waters of baptism cannot put out the flames of hell
if we have never repented.
We never cease to be amazed at how fast churches can compromise
and fall away from the simple New Testament position when, even for a short
time, the Word of God is not preached in its fullness.
Some people all wrapped up in clothes, when they follow
the style, have a very small wrap.
(VOL. 34, NO. 4, 1996)
with a Point
CLOSED MINDS can become awfully
Right is always right if no one
is right, and wrong is still wrong if everyone is wrong.
Those whose hearts are aflame with
the gospel of Christ may at times seem inflammatory to the world.
The way that we dress shows our
respect, or lack of it, for people and the occasion (Matt. 22:12).
Some present a church-centered message,
whereas the New Testament presents a Christ-centered message; the church
is the by-product of accepting the Christ-centered one.
Religious leaders are supposed to
lead the flock, not follow and accommodate the crowd.
To think and speak in terms of being
a part of a religious movement (whatever it is called) instead of simply
being the Lord's church (and that alone) would be like the children of
Israel being in the wildernesss and then not going on into the Promised
Many who think that they are "cool"
really aren't all that "hot."
It is hard to build a functional church
with dysfunctional families (but that is largely the situation in our society
The person who has never failed,
probably has never tried to do anything (and still is a failure).
It is really a sad commentary upon
"Christianity" when so-called "Christian" nations have no scruples about
going to war and killing those of another so-called "Christian" nation,
whereas Moslems have a strong aversion to bearing arms against fellow Moslems
of another country.
If you handle truth as mere opinion,
you will lose hold of it, and it will slip through your fingers.
If some people were as concerned about
counting the cost (Luke 14:25-33) as they are in counting the numbers,
we would have a better church.
It is too bad that the message of
some preachers when they get old becomes like their bodies, weak.
When church problems and personal problems
in our lives are not faced up to and dealt with, they become the source
of greater problems (and spill over into the lives of others causing them
People on mind-altering drugs must
go through some mind-altering to get their lives straightened out.
Marriage is a good, honorable, and
holy institution set up by a holy, righteous, and benevolent God; people
who do not respect or honor it, as evidenced in widespread divorce and
immorality today, are dishonorable sinners and will have to face an angry
God in judgment.
The sin that tempts us with an alluring
smile, when once committed, laughs in mockery behind our backs.
(VOL. 35, NO. 2, 1997)