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Why I Am A Member Of The church Of Christ

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

“Why I Am A Member Of The church Of Christ”

A.C. Grider (1912-1990)

 I didn’t join the church of Christ. I didn’t select the church of Christ as “my choice” from among many churches. It never occurred to me that I had a choice nor that I desired to make a choice of churches.

I started thinking about my spiritual condition down in Tennessee some years ago — several years ago and made up my mind that I should do something about it. I began to consider what the Lord wanted me to do. I started to study my Bible.

I found that I was a sinner and that Christ was THE savior. I found that if I were ever saved it would only be by Christ. I considered His word relative to what to do to be saved. He said I should repent, Luke 13:3, I did. He said I should confess Him, Matthew 10:32. I did. He said I should be baptized, Mark 16:16. I did. He said if I would do these things I would BE SAVED. I was. But the BIBLE taught that when I was saved the Lord added me to the church, Acts 2:47. He did.

Now, WHICH CHURCH did he add me to? HIS, Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28; Romans 16:16. Thus I am a member of the church of Christ because I had NO CHOICE and wanted none. I just wanted to be saved. And I was!

Faith And Works In Hebrews 11

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Some people wish to teach us that faith and works are mutually exclusive. Not so! Faith and works are joined together, as we see in the book of Hebrews 11. Please read this chart below and see the connection between faith and works. -- Jarrod

 

                         Faith                                                          Works

Abel (v. 4)

Offered a more excellent sacrifice

Enoch (v. 5)

Pleased God

Noah (v. 7)

Moved with fear … Prepared An Ark

Abraham (v. 8-9)

Obeyed … Sojourned

Sarah (v. 11)

Conceived … delivered a child

Abraham (v. 17)

Offered up Isaac

Isaac (v. 20)

Blessed Jacob and Esau

Jacob (v. 21)

Blessed his sons … worshiped

Joseph (v. 22)

Gave commandment concerning his bones

Moses’ parents (v. 23)

Hid Moses as an infant … were not afraid of the king’s commandment

Moses (v. 24-28)

Refused Egypt … Choosing to suffer … Forsook Egypt … Kept the Passover

Israelite nation (v. 29-30)

Crossed the Red Sea … Compassed the walls of Jericho

Rahab (v. 31)

Received the spies

Numerous faith heroes (v. 32-38)

Subdued kingdoms … obtained promises … escaped the edge of the sword … many died for their faith!

This Country's Founders/Leaders Knew God ...

Monday, February 02, 2015

The Founders And Early Leaders Of This Country Knew God ....
 

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  • “He who shall introduce into public affairs the principles of primitive Christianity will change the face of the world.”
  • “God governs in the affairs of men; and if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, neither can a kingdom rise without his aid.” (See: Daniel 4:32, 5:21; Matt. 10:29, JJ)
  • “If your riches are yours, why don’t you take them with you to the other world?” (See: Matt. 6:19-21, JJ)

George Washington (1732-1799)

  • “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” (See: I Cor. 15:33, JJ)
  • “It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible.”
     

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

  • “Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.”

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  • “All things desirable to men are contained in the Bible.”
  • “I am not concerned whether God is on my side or not, but I am concerned whether I am on God’s side.”

 

.... Our Country’s Leaders Need To Know Him Today!

Jesus Christ - The Most Misunderstood Person In History

Friday, January 30, 2015

            When reading the Bible, we understand that the coming of Christ and our redemption from sin is the theme of the book. Yet, it never ceases to amaze me to see how this simple theme and a coming Savior can be so misunderstood by people not only in “Bible days,” but also today! Take note of the following.

In The First Century:

  • Some expected Christ to be a military leader to overthrow Rome and rule in Jerusalem (Matt. 20:21; Jn. 6:15; Lk. 24:21; Acts 1:6).

  • Some looked upon Christ as merely another prophet from God (Matt. 16:13-14; Jn. 4:19).

  • Still others saw Christ as an imposter and rebellious to Abraham and the law of Moses (Jn. 5:45-47, 8:38-40, 53-58; Matt. 27:63).

  • There were a few, though, who understood He is the Christ. (Jn. 3:2, 4:25-29, 42, 9:33-38)

Today:

  • Christ is looked upon as merely a prophet by the Jews and Muslims.

  • The millenialists still expect Christ to be an earthly ruler with a military campaign to defeat Satan and rule in Jerusalem.

  • Others see Christ as their personal “genie,” granting wishes and providing earthly treasures. Such is the “gospel of health-and-wealth” taught by many today.

  • There are also those who look upon Christ as the author and sustainer of the many varied and conflicting churches we see in the world.

            How many see Christ as He really is? He is our Savior (Lk. 19:10), and redeemer (Titus 2:14). He built only one church (Matt. 16:18; Rom. 16:16). He has only one plan of salvation (Acts 2:38) which produces Christians only (Acts 11:26). He is a spiritual king concerned with our spiritual welfare. He wants us in Heaven with Him one day (II Pet. 3:9; Rom. 2:7-11).

What Will You Leave Behind At Death?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

            Every day we are aware of people who have died. Truly, our life on this earth is brief at its longest (Jas. 4:14). Have you considered what you will leave behind at death? Some perhaps will leave behind life insurance policies and similar things for their survivors. But, are these things the true measure of a man? No. What will we leave behind at death?

            First, your influence, good or bad, will be felt by those who are left at your passing. Concerning the death of the saints, Christ said, “Their works do follow them” (Rev. 14:13; I Tim. 5:24). If we are unsure as to whether or not our influence is felt after our death, take note of how many people are named “Jezebel” or “Judas” these days. Yet, many are named “Paul, “Hannah,” “James,” and “Sarah.” Why do people cringe at the names of Adolph Hitler, or Mussolini? Our influence is felt even after our death! Therefore, while we live, let us make sure our influence is godly. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works, and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).

            All our intentions will be left behind at death. The obituaries are filled with people who planned on a “tomorrow” that never came. Once this earth-life is over, there is no coming back. Job said that “a man lies down, and rises not again” (Job 14:7-12). Solomon said, “The dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it” (Ecc. 12:7). Therefore, let us get our priorities in order. Those who die in their sins, have wasted their lives. Make the right decision and remember “now is the favorable time ... now is the day of salvation” (II Cor. 6:2). If we don’t take advantage of this day, and our opportunities, we may not get another chance.

            Are you a friend of God, or Satan? (Matt. 12:30) Remember, friendship with God depends upon whether or not you are a Christian (Acts 22:16; Mk. 16:16). When the end of your life comes, you will leave much behind!

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