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Has the Holy Spirit Spoken to You?

Jesus said: 'However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth' (John 16:13) If promised for everyone. then there was no further need to write the New Testament, for the Holy Spirit would directly guide everyone "into all truth." But, if to the Apostles, then their written Scriptures are the Holy Spirit’s words for all! Jesus prayed over the 11 Apostles, “I do not p…

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Lend Me Your Ears: Mini Article Available

In William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” Act 3, Scene 2, Mark Antony says: “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.” Why pay attention to this fictional invitation, but neglect to hear God’s appeal: “Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth” (Psalm 78:1); OR to the appeal of Solomon: “My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to …

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QA: Why Is Everyone Branded a "Racist"?

From Questions Answered: February 16, 2020: 

QUESTION: Why does it seem everyone is branded a "racist"?

ANSWER: "Racial discrimination" is racist, nothing else. “Discrimination” is the quality or power of finely distinguishing,” or making, judgments. Making moral judgments based upon what God says, is exactly what God wants us to do. Solomon asked God, “For who is able to judge thi…

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Only Follow Your Heart: Mini Article

Children are raised with the encouragement to: “Follow your heart.”  But this advice ignores the warning: “O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).  God rejected people who “walked in the imagination of his evil heart " (Jeremiah 11:8).  After punishing them, God said: "they shall walk no more after t…

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The Valley of Opinion

“For I hear the slander of many; Fear is on every side; While they take counsel together against me, They scheme to take away my life” (Psalm 31:13). Media values “news” which is more “opinion” than real facts and truth. In point of fact, “opinion polls” consume a great deal of time and space these days. The New Testament commands: “Do not be wise in your own opinion” (Roman…

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Generation Abandoned: Mini Article Available

In predicting what signs would precede the destruction of Jerusalem (which occurred in A.D. 70), Jesus told His disciples, “You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name's sake” (Luke 21:16-17).  The sad realization is that, today, families are just as shredded. Parents, especially fath…

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Nations that Forget God: Mini Article

Before Israelites entered the Promised Land, Moses warned they "will do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands" (Deuteronomy 31:29).  How bad would they get?  “The LORD will strike you with consumption, with fever, with inflammation, with severe burning fever, with the sword, with scorching, and with mildew; they shall pursue you until you perish” (…

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When Tornadoes [or Hurricanes!] Happen

On God’s earth, things happen to all alike, both good and  evil. There are blessings, as Jesus said: "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven: for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). There will be death: “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). There is destruction:…

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Beware of What You Start - Mini Article Available

People devise things that eventually come back to, as we often say, haunt them, bite them, or backfire on them. “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him” (Proverbs 26:27). David said the wicked, “made a pit and dug it out, And has fallen into the ditch which he made. His trouble shall return upon his own head, And his violent dealing shall c…

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Street Crime Mini Article Available

David prayed, “Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men; Preserve me from violent men” (Psalm 140:1).  Solomon gave a reason for that, “A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good” (Proverbs 16:29).  Destructive violence in a land of laws is not the way of “Justice.”  “The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice” (…

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We Are NOT In Despair: Mini Article 8/3/2020

"But as a mountain falls and crumbles away, And as a rock is moved from its place; As water wears away stones, And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth; So You destroy the hope of man” (Job 14:18-19). Job voiced the danger of being surrounded by downers! By the time we read the headlines, see network TV News, watch destructive TV shows or dismal movies, or listen to our dreary “friends,” …

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Diversity is One-Sided

“Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the LORD. (Proverbs 20:10).

 

“Diverse” means having two weights, one with which to sell and one with which to buy. People who advocate “diversity” usually are using a double-standard, that is, one for other people, and one for themselves. They generally mean someone else needs to accept them, while they stubbor…

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Keep the Sword

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God… For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil… But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God's minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil” (Romans 13:1-4).

God gave …

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Have Confidence and Patience in the LORD

To be sure, there is a great deal that is changing about our immediate world. A Christian will come out better than before, though. I'm immediately thinking of the biblical words

"confidence" and "patience."

 

"Confidence" is based upon trust and reliance, and a Christian's "confidence" in God is dependent upon Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:4; Ephesians 3:11-13). The Bible rightly says, …

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Keep Calm and Carry On Studying God’s Word

Keep Calm and Carry On Studying God’s Word ACCORD WITH GOVERNOR BILL LEE'S EXECUTIVE ORDER #17, FROM MARCH 23-APRIL 6, THERE ARE NO SCHEDULED SERVICES AT THE BUILDING OF THE ONEIDA CHURCH OF CHRIST. 

 

PLEASE KEEP THESE FOLLOWING CONSIDERATIONS IN MIND, HOWEVER: 

 

1. Systematically read the Bible, and not just randomly search. Don't lose sight of the planned organization God has…

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Church Gathers for Worship in a Demonstration of a Common Love for God

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has activated Executive Order #17 which began at 12:01AM March 23 and lasts until midnight April 6 and forbids "social gatherings of 10 or more." (https://www.tn.gov/governor/news/2020/3/22/gov--bill-lee-signs-executive-order-mandating-alternative-business-models-for-restaurants-and-gyms--lifts-alcohol-regulations.html
I am ready to accede that the church of Chris…

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Abilities, Motivation, Attitude.

Abilities, Motivation, Attitude.

These three words play a vital role in the development of leadership, especially with regards to spiritual leadership.

Lou Holtz expressed it this way: "Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."

The thought raises several questions: (1) What are we capable of doing? (2) What are we …

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Why is there so much to fear?

Question: Why Is there so much to fear?

Answer: 

ANSWER: Because the wicked are in charge of the media which promotes it! 

Proverbs 10:24-25: “The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted. When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.”

Wicked people have more reason to live in fe…

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Should we believe in a God different from everyone else’s god?

QUESTION: “Should we believe in a God different from everyone else’s god?” 

 

ANSWER: The Bible is the gradual unfolding of the revelation of God, and therefore, it is His verbally inspired “Christian Evidence Textbook.”

1) The beginning of all rational thought is “God.” “Fear of the LORD” is the beginning of: Knowledge, Proverbs 1:7; Morality, Proverbs 3:7-“depart fro…

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What Can Christians do when Storm Destruction Occurs?

Question: “What can Christians do when storm destruction ocurs?”

Reply: The church of Christ began on the Pentecost after Jesus was raised from the dead (Acts 2:22-47). In a short time, Stephen was stoned to death (Acts 6-7), and “At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except …

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