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Category Archives: Priorities
What Would That Look Like?
I once had a conversation with a member about her commitment to Christ and her involvement in the local church. I was asked: What would proper involvement look like? This is an excellent question to ask. Let’s try to answer … Continue reading
Posted in christian growth, Dedication, evangelism, Love, Priorities Tagged assemble with saints, bear fruit, bear fruit with patience, benevolence, bible study, book mere Christianity, busy bee, c.s. lewis, Christ like, church attendance, concern for others, disciple, edification, evangelism, following Christ, genuine love, imitate Christ, little Christ, love, maintain good works, marshall keeble, more than baptism is needed, patience, priorities, thayer, true Christianity, vine's, zealous for good works Leave a comment
When I Survey…
Isaac Watts (1674-1748), from a young age, had a way with words. He once frustrated his father by his continual rhyming. When his father scolded him, he quickly replied, “Oh, father, do some pity take, and I will no more … Continue reading
Posted in Cross, Dedication, Humility, Jesus, Love, pride, Priorities, Singing Tagged 1 Corinthians 15:10, 1 John 3:16, 1674, 1748, alas and did my savior bleed, at the cross, charles wesley, encyclopedia.com, focus on cross, Galatians 2:21, Galatians 6:14, humble, hymns by isaac watts, I sing the Might Power of God, isaac watts, joy to the world, love, Micah 6:8, our God our help in ages past, Philippians 3:7-8, Philippians 3:9, pride, priorities, Romans 12:1-2, song when I survey the wondrous cross, songsandhymns.org, the cross, Titus 2:14, vain things, we're marching to zion, what we owe Leave a comment
Drink Ye All of It and Other Reflections
It has been over three years since Covid-19 was first reported in the U.S.A. January 20, 2020 was the date of the first lab-confirmed case in the United States, according to the CDC (CDC Museum Covid-19 Timeline, cdc.gov). Here are … Continue reading
Posted in Fellowship, Lord's Supper, Love, Priorities, Textual study, worship Tagged 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, 1 Corinthians 13, 1 Corinthians 14, 2 Timothy 2:15, Acts 20:7, care in study, cdc.gov, center of disease control, corona virus, covid, covid 19, drink ye all of it, edification, Ephesians 4:1-3, Ephesians 5:17-20, esv, focus in worship assembly, good ground, Hebrews 10:25-26, it is easy to forget why we come together, it is easy to let weeds grow, it is easy to misunderstand others, it is easy to misunderstand scripture, January 20 2020, John 4:24, kjv, lavistachurchofchrist.org, longsuffering, love, Luke 8, Matthew 26:27, nasb, niv, nkjv, opinions, parable of four soils, parable of sower, patience, remembering Jesus death, weeds, worship Leave a comment
Six Woes (Isaiah 5)
The house of Israel (Judah) was the LORD’s vineyard (Isaiah 5:1-7). The nation was to bring forth good grapes, but instead it brought forth wild grapes (Isaiah 5:2). It is in this context, six woes are pronounced. Let’s notice… 1. … Continue reading
Posted in Ethics, pride, Priorities, prophets, Textual study Tagged 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, 2 Peter 3:3-4, 2 Peter 3:9, 2 Timothy 3:4, Acts 10:38, Amos 5:12, bitter for sweet, book principles and perils of leadership, bribes, challenging God, cords of falsehood, cords of vanity, Dennis Prager, disregard for God's law, distinctions of God, entertainment, esv study bible, franklin camp, geed, Hebrews 5:14, hedonism, heroes, homer hailey, Hosea 4:6, how we treat one another, idolatry, Isaiah 5, Isaiah 5:11-17, Isaiah 5:13, Isaiah 5:18-19, Isaiah 5:19, Isaiah 5:20, Isaiah 5:21, Isaiah 5:22-25, Isaiah 5:8-10, Jeremiah 7:15, justice, lack of knowledge, Let him make speed, light for darkness, living for pleasure, Luke 12:15, materialism, Matthew 25, Matthew 7:12, Micah 2:2, Micah 3:2, mighty at wine, mixed up priorities, mixed up values, music, niv study bible, pervert justice, Romans 12:1-2, six woes, the fear of the lord, true wisdom, vineyard of the Lord, wine, woe to those who call evil good and evil, woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity, woe to those who follow intoxicating drink, woe to those who join house to house, woe to those wise in their own eyes 2 Comments
“Where Two or Three Are Gathered Together…”
I love to travel. I love to view God’s creation. The Canadian Rockies, the autumn leaves of New England, the Great Smoky Mountains, Monument Valley, Big Bend, the Amazon Rainforest – it is all so amazing. “When we behold the … Continue reading
Posted in Chruch, Fellowship, Priorities, Textual study Tagged 1 Peter 2:17, a. w. dicus, Acts 20:6-7, Acts 21:3-5, amazon rainforest, assembling with the saints, autumn leaves, big bend, canadian rockies, church attendance, church discipline, facebook, george strait, hebrews 10:24, here two or three are gathered together, king charles iii, love the brotherhood, Matthew 18:15-20, Matthew 18:20, Matthew 6:33, michael jordan, monument valley, new england, nolan ryan, Paul takes time to meet with church, priorities, song Lord I believe, stats, the great smoky mountains, tiger woods, travel, travel and attendance, tv, walmart 1 Comment
The Weeping Prophet
“Oh, that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughters of my people!” (Jeremiah 9:1). Jeremiah has been dubbed “the weeping prophet.” Here he … Continue reading
Posted in Dedication, Preachers, Preaching, Priorities, prophets, Textual study, worship Tagged chicken little, church house religion, concern for soul, den of theives, devotion, evangelism, fearmonger, jeremiah, jeremiah 13:15-17, Jeremiah 6:14, Jeremiah 6:15, Jeremiah 6:17, Jeremiah 7:14, Jeremiah 7:3-4, Jeremiah 7:8-11, jeremiah 9:1, Jeremiah 9:11, listen to false prophets, negative preaching, no longer ashamed of sin, no longer blush, oblivious to true condition, peace peace when there is no peace, priorities, refuse to listen, school and sports, seeing true condition, steps to destruction, the temple of the Lord the temple of the Lord are these, the weeping prophet, trust in church building, trust in temple, trust in worship, we will not listen Leave a comment
Roe v. Wade Overturned, Now What?
A great legal victory occurred on June 24, 2022. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade after more than 49 years (Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization). The issue of abortion is returned to the states. Now what? … Continue reading
Posted in Abortion, Ethics, Family, Forgiveness, Homosexuality, Marriage, Priorities, stewardship Tagged all have sinned, amy coney barrett, anti-abortion, anti-same sex marriage, brett kavanaugh, changing hearts and minds, clarence thomas, Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization, donald trump, elder son, Forgiveness, forgiving, Grace, in the news, john roberts, June 24 2022, June 26 2015, legislating morality, legislating sin, light of world, mercy, neil gorsuch, Obergefell v Hodges, politics, pro-family, pro-life, prohibition, Roe v Wade, roe v. wade, salt of earth, salvation more important than politics, samuel alito, stewardship, the gospel's power to change hearts and minds, voting 1 Comment
The Testing of One’s Faith
Make no mistake about it. One’s faith will be tested, and tested again, in this life. James writes of “the testing of your faith” (James 1:3). These tests are common to man (1 Corinthians 10:13). We should not be surprised … Continue reading
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