Minister Articles (Page 34)

Practical Atheist

I first heard this term several years ago. Since that time I have observed many instances of the term exhibited in the lives of various individuals. An atheist is one who says they know God does not exist. They believe that God is nothing more than an idea born from the imagination of humans. A…

That’s Not Fair!

[quote name=”Ephesians 2:4-5″]But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions– it is by grace you have been saved.[/quote] If you have an older brother or sister then these words probably came out of your mouth at one point oranother. If you…

Two Commandments

[quote name=”Matthew 22:36-40 “]”Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment. “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’”On these…

Signs of Quitting

[quote name=”2 Corinthians 4:1″]Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we faint not[/quote] Recently I was reading about ‘the signs of quitting’; why people quit their jobs, why people quit their church, why people quit something they loved doing, but now it doesn’t hold the love it once had. So I…

Living Stones

[quote name=”Isaiah 28:16″]Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.[/quote] From this Old Testament prophecy, Peter refers to Jesus as a living stone. Peter describes our Living Stone as “rejected by men, but choice and…

1 Samuel 15:22

[quote name=”1 Samuel 15:22″] And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.[/quote] As we walk this week with the Lord, let’s remember these words from Samuel. God…

Bait or No Bait

I like to fish sometimes, I haven’t done it lately, but it is something I will pick up as soon as warm weather starts again. I remember the first time I went fishing in the Tennessee River in Florence, Alabama. I love eating fish, but I’m not a fan of how to catch them. I…

In the Midst of Persecution

The church of Christ was born in troublesome times. The bold and uncompromising preaching that was characteristic of those early disciples soon plunged them into grievous persecutions. Peter and John were imprisoned and whipped (Acts 4, 5). Shortly thereafter Stephen became the first martyr (Acts 7:60). Apparently his death triggered  the “great persecution” (Acts 8:1), which…

Food and Water

In the west foyer of our building, we have four potted plants which make no effort to disguise their needs. When they are fed and watered they stand tall, look nice and seem to be happy. When they are not watered they droop to the floor and look unhappy. It is the same with us. An interesting…

Saying and Doing

How do we make sure that we are among the few who are saved and not among the many who are lost (Matthew 7:13-14)? Jesus says in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many…