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For Everything God Created is Good

“For everything God created is good,” 1 Timothy 4:4 begins.  Really?  What about mosquitoes?  Well, yes.  As much as many of us have wished that Noah had squashed those two on the ark, even mosquitoes have their place in God’s… Continue Reading →

But If It Loses its Saltiness

Most lessons on salt from the Bible have to do with its unique ability to flavor, preserve, and create thirst–all qualities Christians should possess for the world around them.  But what does salt have to do with the cost of… Continue Reading →

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

As a teacher, I am amazed at how Jesus was a master teacher.  Without any training or degree from a university to know how to do so, He employed so many techniques to bring about the greatest retention of essential… Continue Reading →

Seasoned with Salt

Benevolence springs from who we are in Christ.  Edification is the building up of and teaching truth to everyone around us so that we can get to our third main value as Christians: evangelism.  We can not, however, share the… Continue Reading →

Do This and You Will Live

A man studies hard for an interview, gets the job, but continually hits the snooze alarm instead of going to work.  How long would he be employed?  Yet, how often Christians have such joy in obeying the gospel but hit… Continue Reading →

What You Have Seen & Heard

Pastafarians, worshipers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, created their religion to mock Christians, declaring that there’s as much evidence for faith in the FLM as there is for our faith in God.  But that simply is not true.  There’s much… Continue Reading →

Lord of the Sabbath

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath’” Luke 6:5.  Do we exist to obey laws or do laws exist to benefit us? One of the Ten Commandments for the Israelites was to keep… Continue Reading →

Israel and Judah’s Fall

They Turned Away in Apostasy: Jeremiah 8:4-5 They Turned Away from God’s Word: Jeremiah 8:9 They Turned to Greed and Gain: Jeremiah 8:10 They Turned to Deceit: Jeremiah 8:10-12 —John Henson, Dibrell Church of Christ, McMinnville, TN

‘Christian’ means persecution

1 Pet 4.12-19 Introduction This passage is the third and final time that the word “Christian” appears in the New Testament. The first in Acts 11.26 focused on Christians as Christ’s people. The second in Acts 26.28 focused on persuasion for becoming… Continue Reading →

The aim of instruction

1 Tim 1.3-7 The need for love: false doctrine leads away from love. The aim at love: we want to get here for God is love. The nature of love: rational “instruction” that can be taught.

The progress of faith

Matthew 16 shows people from unbelief to faithfulness in following the Lord.

Lessons behind Ezra’s decision

A popular verse for sermons reveals even more.

The death of Christ as an act of God’s love

A full sermon outline on John 3.16.

‘Jesus is Lord.’ But of what?

What does it mean when we say that Jesus is Lord?

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