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Birthmarks of the Infant Church -- Part 3: The Breaking of Bread

2010 September 06

The importance of the communion table

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Birthmarks of the Infant Church -- Part 2: The Fellowship of the Saints

2010 September 06

Fellowship was an integral part of the New Testament Church in its very awakening

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A New Year's Promise

2007 March 05

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus"- Philippians 4:19 The Philippian church was special to the apostle Paul. In this epistle he refers to them as "my brethren dearly beloved and long for, my joy and crown." One of the reasons he loved them so much was because of their care for him. When he was in prison they sent to his needs, a gift at the hand of Epaphroditus that he referred to as "an odour of a ...

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TULIP: PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS

2007 February 26

"TULIP" Through the centuries, some of the doctrines of God's grace have been set forth by the acronym "TULIP", which stands for Total Depravity Unconditional Election Limited Atonement Irresistible Grace Perseverance of the Saints "PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS"

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WHICH WAS THE GREATEST MIRACLE?

2006 March 12

"Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk." On this notable occasion we have two worshippers, apostles of Jesus Christ, entering the temple to pray. Peter and John, friends in the faith, were doing what they had always done at the ninth hour of the day, three p.m. our time: they were going to worship. There was no television cameras planted. There was no music director to move the emotions of people. There was no program to follow. There were not even any seats for spectators to admire what they were ...

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THE SECURITY OF THE SAINTS

2006 January 29

While reading about the persecution of Christians in a bygone era, we came across a gruesome account of one of the most atrocious and hateful crimes committed against them. According to the writer, the enemies of the Christian Church would torture their victims with such painful methods that they would, with their tongues, deny their faith and the Lord who bought them. This was their enemy's method of, supposedly, sending them, forever, to hell. The Apostle Paul was familiar with some of these methods. Prior to his regeneration and conversion he committed essentially the same torments to Chris ...

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July 2005

2005 July 08

JULY, 2005 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope our letter finds you rejoicing in the Lord and thankful for His abundant grace. I appreciate the love that has been shown by our church towards the victims of the recent hurricanes. When we learned of the evacuees that were sheltered at the Recreation Center in Arkadelphia, our church responded in a very loving way. They got together and prepared a meal for the victims. We were expecting to be responsible for one meal every week, but the crowd diminished and the hospital and other faciliti ...

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July 2005

2005 July 01

JULY, 2005 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we see the turmoil in the world in which we live, let us rejoice in the fact that every day brings us only closer to the coming or our great King. What a sacred haven the Church provides for us as we turn aside from the cares and distractions of life and gather with the Saints of God around the throne of the Lamb. What a blessing indeed, to have such a great God to call upon when we are in need. So, here are some thought on "THE GOD TO WHOM WE PRAY" As Christians, we have many reasons t ...

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April 2005

2005 April 01

APRIL, 2005 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the last newsletter we talked about New Year's Resolutions. Mine was to take a special interest in the young people of our church. I have personally met with them three times and felt each meeting to be a special blessing for us all. I gave them the opportunity to write down any questions they might have concerning God and His word. Their subjects varied, from creation to baptism. The most requested subject was, How do I know I am saved and what to do about it? I appreciate the parents suppor ...

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THE HELMET OF SALVATION

2005 January 29

"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God"-Ephesians 6:17 The knowledge of salvation, how we are saved, that we are included in the redemptive work of Christ upon the cross and the hope that one day we will be with Jesus is one of the greatest pieces of armor the Christian can wear! To have the blessed hope and assurance of the scriptures that one day we will dwell in a better place, where sorrow, cares and sin can not reach us and that we will never have to say good bye to a loved one gives strength in the hottest battle, during the greatest dis ...

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January 2005

2005 January 01

JANUARY, 2005 From the pastor The coming of a New Year affords us all the opportunity to approach 2005 with great hope and anticipation. I have asked every member to make at least one New Year's resolution concerning their walk with Jesus Christ. Whether it is to be more faithful to God's house, to sing louder, to pray more consistently or to be faithful to God's word, it is certainly an endeavor worthy of our attention. I have heard it said that sharing our resolutions with family and friends helps us to be faithful to them. I announced to our church that my New Year' ...

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October 2004

2004 October 01

October, 2004 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Since the time of our last newsletter, we have enjoyed the fellowship of our South Arkansas Association. The meeting was held at Sardis Primitive Baptist Church and the brethren did a wonderful job in hosting the meeting. The singing was beautiful and the preaching was very spiritual and uplifting. I was able to attend most of the meeting and was very encouraged, not only by the able preaching that we were blessed to hear, but also by the variety of messages: the whole counsel of God was expo ...

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July 2004

2004 July 01

JULY, 2004 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have been greatly encouraged by the attendance over the last few months. Some of our members have come in and lost their seats! We thank the Lord for this increase and I encourage each one to continue to invite and bring others to God's house. What is happening at DONALDSON Since the time of our last newsletter we have added a Sunday night service. I have been greatly encouraged by the interest our church has shown towards these services. Each meeting has been well attended. E ...

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AS DEAR CHILDREN

2004 May 20

"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children"-Ephesians 5:1 In his letter to the Ephesian Church, we find some of the apostles most endearing pleas for Christian living. The order of the epistle is significant. The first three chapters are primarily doctrinal. Concerning these chapters, one scholar called them "The profoundest thing ever written. He sounds the heights and depths of truth." The last three chapters are practical, dealing with the Christian's behavior. The significance of this is noteworthy. First, Paul reminds them of the blessings they have received by God ...

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A MATTER OF PRIORITY

2004 May 13

33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 Among the many things that Jesus taught in His sermon on the mount, He taught His disciples that His kingdom must have priority in their lives. From our earliest existence, many of us have heard similar words from parents and peers, "you need to go to church". Until we understand these words of Christ, the reasons for such counsel have seemed vague ...

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April 2004

2004 April 01

HARMONY NEWSLETTER April 2004 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Harmony Chu ...

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January 2004

2004 January 08

JANUARY, 2004 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we approach the New Year, let us be thankful for the Lord's blessings this past year and pray for His guidance in the days to come. We have been greatly blessed at Harmony Church. I have been encouraged by the good attendance we have seen over the past few months, as well as the increase in the number of families that are staying for lunch. We read in Acts 2:46 where the first Christians continued, "daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their ...

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July 2003

2003 July 01

July, 2003 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Since our last newsletter, the war against Iraq has ended and many of our troops have come home. Let us remember to thank our Lord for this blessing, by ending this war quickly with few casualties. On Wednesday, June 18th, an article appeared in the paper which is worthy of notice. It seems that the plaintiff in the historical Roe vs. Wade abortion case filed for a motion to overturn the landmark verdict which passed in 1973. Norma McCorvey publicly identified herself as Jane Roe in 198 ...

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January 2003

2003 January 01

January, 2003 From the pastor Greetings in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ. Another year has come and gone and as we approach 2003, it is a blessing to know that our Lord will be with us in the new year. There is a song in our book which begins with these words, "Thus far the Lord has led me on, thus far his power prolongs my day." As we approach the new year, I find these words to be of great comfort for if our eyes are open, we know it is by the Lord's mercy and grace that we have made it "thus far". It is g ...

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October 2002

2002 October 01

OCTOBER, 2002 From the Pastor Greetings in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ. On September 1, Harmony Church rejoiced to receive Darren Burroughs by confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. His baptism was on that day. We are thankful for the Lord adding to His Church at Donaldson. I encourage our whole membership to pray that the Lord will send others among us who will rejoice in a risen Lord. What is happening at DONALDSON Presently, we are continuing our study in the book of 1 Corinthians. I appreciate the opportunity to study this book and ...

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#158 HOW LONG

2002 July 02

"How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?-Psalm ...

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July 2002

2002 July 01

JULY, 2002 From the pastor Greetings in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ. We are thankful for the good attendance we are experiencing at Harmony Church as well as the many visitors that the Lord has sent our way. I appreciate the hospitality our membership has shown our guests. When I talk to our visitors, they always tell me how warm and friendly our people are to them. I believe that the testimony of the local Church is greatly impacted by the kindness the membership shows to its guests. As Paul wrote, "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have e ...

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#165 REMEMBERING JESUS

2002 May 21

"Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me" We have all heard stories of people who have been rescued from burning buildings or snatched from twisted and burning heaps of wreckage along the interstate by some brave and caring individual. It seems that the hearts and souls of those who were rescued were knit to their savior, as Jonathan's soul was knit to David's, when he slew Israel's giant enemy. In many cases, some sense of appreciation or gratitude for life seems to move the wo ...

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April 2002

2002 April 01

APRIL, 2002 From the pastor Greetings in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ. We come to you with a thankful heart for God's blessings upon us. We have several new members and the Lord's presence is felt among us. I encourage each member to pray that the Lord will continue to add to our little flock and enable us to minister to their needs. These blessings followed our messages on ministering to one another as we learned that every member is a minister. I believe the Lord is well pleased when He observes members becoming more like Jesus Christ as they minister to one anot ...

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COME THOU WITH US, AND WE WILL DO THEE GOOD

2002 March 19

One of the greatest joys in life is sharing the things most dear to our hearts with people we love. To the Christian, it is the Lord, His house and the fellowship of the saints. Grateful, thankful, excited about God's presence among his people, full of love for the Lord, Moses wanted to share his experience with others. To his brother in law, Hobab, he would say, "We are journeying unto the place of which the LORD said, I will give it ...

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January 2002

2002 January 01

January, 2002 From the pastor Greetings in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ. Since the time of our last newsletter we have had some wonderful services at Harmony Church. We have been blessed, not only with faithful attendance by our membership, but also with many visitors over the last few months. We are thankful for the many new faces that God has sent our way and we hope we will minister to their needs by both word and deed. I am thankful for the love that is manifested at our church. Surely, it is a reflection of Christ. I personally encourage each member to ...

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October 2001

2001 October 01

October, 2001 From the pastor Greetings in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing this newsletter from our new study!!!! It is a beautiful addition to our facility and looks as though it was always a part of the building. A lot of work went into this project and I want to thank everyone who contributed their time, labor and expenses to further this project along. As the church and friends began to give, we discovered we not only had the funds to complete the project, but to furnish it as well with desk, chairs, book cases and a copy machine. I have en ...

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July 2001

2001 July 01

HARMONY NEWSLETTER July 2001 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our great Lord Jesus Christ. We have much to be thankful for. Our annual meeting was very blessed. I have received several letters and phone calls from ministers and visitors expressing the blessing they received at the meeting. We enjoyed visitors from our sister churches, friends and family in the immediate area, as well as brothers and sisters from several states. Every sermon seemed to be blessed. During the meeting I observed children asking preachers questions, I saw people ...

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#136 GOOD MEDICINE

2001 June 11

As you enter the door of my study at Harmony Church, you will find a plaque that displays the wise words of Solomon:"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones"-Proverbs 17:22. This is one of my favorite scriptures because it reminds me of an attitude, a posture that should be displayed in the house of God, and among God's people in general. It reminds me of what people around me need, even when I do not feel merry myself and that this medicine needs to be dispensed in abundance because it is good for God's people. Consider with me "Good Medicine". ...

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April 2001

2001 April 01

APRIL 2001 From the pastor We have enjoyed good attendance by our membership during the winter months. Even though the weather has been bad, our people have shown a faithful commitment to God's house. I am also thankful for the many visitors we are having. I appreciate the evangelistic efforts of our membership as they have invited friends and relatives to worship with us. It was Andrew, Peter's brother, who brought Peter, the man who would preach the great sermon at Pentecost, to see Jesus. He said, "We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. A ...

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#124 WHEN I WAS IN DISTRESS

2001 March 19

"Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer"-Psalm 4:1 Distress can come in many ways. The last part of that word is stress. Pressure, worries, fears, disappointments, heartaches sickness and fear have always been the soul hunters of God's people throughout the ages. Some come from our ow ...

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#114 THE 3 O'S OF GOD

2001 January 08

Everyone knows that the fundamentals of our secular education involve three basic subjects: reading, writing and arithmetic. A basic understanding of these principles provides a solid platform for most every other subject. Concerning God, there are three fundamental attributes of His divine person from which we may build a solid platform for our doctrine and practice. These are: Omnipresence, Omnipotence, and Omniscience. OMNIPRESENCE Omnipresence means that God is everywhere present and nowhere absent. It means that God not only exists eternally, it also means th ...

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January 2001

2001 January 01

JANUARY 2001 From the pastor Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. For quite some time I have wanted to communicate with our church, visitors and friends by way of a pastoral letter. I hope it will serve as an encouragement to you all as well as a catalyst to keep us all of one heart and mind as we serve the Lord. A new year, as well as a new millennium is upon us. It seemed a fitting time to remember past blessings as well as a time to consider some new years resolutions. The first Sunday of this year, I began a series of messages entitled, "New Yea ...

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#104 Seeking God's Face (Part 3)

2000 September 09

"When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee,Thy face,Lord, will I seek"-Psalms 27-8 Seeking God's face is a most rewarding experience. According to the writer of Hebrews, "he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him"-11:6. Diligence is the key. That means that there is a craving for God's presence which sets the soul to searching. In every pursuit, diligence has its rewards. Athletes who are diligent in their tra ...

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#92 Come Apart as Rest a While

2000 June 17

"And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat"-Mark 6:31 Tuesday was a beautiful day. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and there was a crispness in the air which reminded me of fall. A couple of the brethren and myself had met that morning to enjoy a time of fellowship and get a little R & R around the golf course. We ha ...

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#90 THE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS (part 4)

2000 June 03

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report"-Hebrews 11:1,2 Not only did Abraham's great faith enable him to obey God as he walked away from all that he knew, it altered the way he looked at life. After his conversation with God, Abraham could no longer call earth his home. He resided as a stranger, "By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange countr ...

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#81 THE NECESSITY OF PREPARATION

2000 April 01

"And five of them were wise, and five were foolish"- Matthew 25:2 The parable of the ten virgins presents a noble occasion, a wonderful opportunity. The Bridegroom is paying a special visit to His bride and her attendants. Five of them were wise: they prepared for His visit. Five of them were foolish: they had not prepared. That was their foolishness. The parable is to the bride of Christ, the church in every age. Let ...

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#80 THE LITTLE FOXES, THAT SPOIL THE VINES

2000 March 25

"Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes"-Song of Solomon 2:15 The church of Christ is a noble vine. It is the place where noble fruit is born, the tender grapes of God's spirit: "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance". Since this is a love song, we should know that the fruit the vine bears is in proportion to the love they have for their great husbandman, Chri ...

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#79 SALVATION

2000 March 18

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved"-Acts 4:12 When we speak of salvation, we speak of Christ, for in Him we find salvation in every form and fashion. The very name, Jesus, means Saviour: one who delivers; one who saves. Whether we look for salvation from the evils of this present life, or salvation from the eternal consequences of sin, Jesus should be sought very dil ...

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#75 How we are born again

2000 February 19

"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit"-John 3:8 Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, has come to Jesus by night making his confession, "We know that thou art a teacher come from God." He came at night, fearing his privileged position among his Jewish brethren. He preferred his seat in the synagogue above fellowship with Christ. But a confused teacher we find him to be concerning how we ar ...

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#69 NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS (Part 2)

2000 January 08

"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil"- I Thessalonians 5:16-22 With his "Quench not the Spirit", the apostle here warns us of a fault that must be common among God's people. To quench the influence of the Holy Spirit is something that we are all prone to do. The thought is very suggestive. It pres ...

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#19 Knowledge and the Church

2000 January 05

"And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs"- Eccles. 12:9 Ecclesiastes, the book from which our passage is found, means "one who calls people out; a gatherer of the people". The purpose of the calling out, or gathering together, was to impart knowledge, Godly knowledge. This is a church scene. That is why Solomon refers to himself as "the preacher". He taught the people knowledge. The whole book o ...

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#63 THE PERSECUTED ARE HAPPY

1999 November 15

"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven"-Matthew 5:10 In His final Beatitude, Jesus describes the highest level of Christian maturity: when one is willing to be "persecuted for righteousness sake". As a General would prepare his soldiers for battle, Jesus forewarns His disciples what to expect as they followed Him. When the miracles were performed and the multitudes were fed, there were many who f ...

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#58 THE MEEK ARE HAPPY

1999 October 08

THE MEEK ARE HAPPY "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth"-Matthew 5:5 The third of our "Beatitudes" is very suggestive. Here, our Lord is teaching His disciples the change that should be observed in a true disciple. He first made them poor, by showing them their sin which was followed by a mourning over them. Some may never grow beyond the first "Beatitude", choosing rather to justify sin with friends and the world. But if ...

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#53 THAT GOOD PART

1999 September 01

" ... .Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her"-Luke 10:42
Today, our thoughts are centered around a special visit our Lord made to the home of some of His friends. It was the home of Mary and Martha. These were the two sisters of Lazarus, that same Lazarus that Jesus called forth from the tomb. It was Mary that washed His feet with her tears, w ...

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$48 THE BLESSINGS OF CONTINUING

1999 July 22

"And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers"-Acts 2:42 To begin something is one thing, but to be faithful to continue in it is another matter. While Baptism and a confession of our faith in Jesus Christ is a great act of faith, we know that this is just the beginning. We would not discourage those whose hearts have been stirred to follow Christ. But those who have enlisted in His army ...

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#40 A Closer Walk with the Lord

1999 May 22

"How many are mine iniquities and sins? make me to know my transgression and my sin"-Job 13:23 Even in the midst of his great trial, Job would seek a closer walk with God. If his suffering was due to sin, Job was honest about it, he wanted to know. And here we learn from a faithful brother as to how we, too, might walk closer to the Lord. We must approach One who knows our own hearts better than we do and ask, "How many are mine iniquities and sins? make ...

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#23 The Importance of Hope

1999 January 15

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen"-Hebrews 11:1. God has supplied his children with many beautiful graces. One of the most important of these is "Hope". While the world has its definition for hope, the hope that God promises is far better. The hope of the world is based upon conjecture. "Perhaps" or "maybe" are terms that describe the way most people use the word hope today. But the "hope" that God supplies ...

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Continuing in Prayers

1996 May 01

MAY 1996 CONTINUING IN PRAYERS "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers" -Acts 2:42
As we have studied this verse of scripture, we have noticed some notable birthmarks of the infant church. We have noticed that they were a people who believed a particular doctrine and a ...

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The Bread of Life

1996 April 01

APRIL 1996
THE BREAD OF LIFE In our last two issues of the pastoral letter we observed two distinguishing birthmarks of the New Testament church in its very awakening. We considered the "Apostles' Doctrine" and "The Fellowship of the Saints". But in this verse of scripture we find another identifying mar ...

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The Fellowship of the Saints

1996 March 01

MARCH 1995 The Fellowship of the Saints "And they continued stedfastly in th ...

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The Apostles' Doctrine

1996 February 01

FEBRUARY 1995
The Apostles' Doctrine "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers" -Acts 2:42
In just one verse of scripture, the Holy Ghost has moved Luke to record four identifying marks of the New Testament church in its infancy. All four of these marks identify fundamental areas of practice ...

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Lord, Teach Us to Pray

1994 April 01

APRIL 1994 LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY "And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." ...

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The Active and Passive Inheritance of God's Children

1994 February 01

PASTOR FEBRUARY 1994 "THE ACTIVE AND PASSIVE INHERITANCE OF GOD'S CHILDREN" Over the centuries, divines have enjoyed preaching and teaching the Biblical subject of inheritance to God's people. As we read the many scriptural passages that deal with the subject of inheritance there seems to be areas in which the scriptures disagree or do not compliment one another. One reason is because some scriptures deal with that part of our inheritance which lies beyond this life while there are other scrip ...

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Salvation (Part 1)

1993 June 01

SALVATION (Part 1) "For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I mi ...

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Stay at the Alter, The Promise Will Come

1993 May 01

STAY AT THE ALTER, THE PROMISE WILL COME It had been ...

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