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The Establishment of the Church

(Many of you have heard lessons about the establishment of the church, and many of those lessons follow the same detail as found in this one. While this is a composite of several of these it is based primarily upon a lesson by N.B. Hardeman. I hope you might find it useful.) Most of the mighty works of the Son of God were done around the Sea of Galilee, but since he was human as well as divine, the time…

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Some Things Said… (Oct 05) (3)

As Will Rogers said: "It aint ignorance that hurts us as much as the things we know that aint so." It requires courage to cast the accumulated myths of a lifetime to the wind. Our natural desire for simplicity, certitude, and the approval of others occasionally causes us to defend even our most flawed worldviews as if our very lives depended on them. Dead belief systems are difficult to bury, for in doing so we enter a world we do…

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Stephen’s Defense (1)

Just prior to when the prophet and deacon Stephen was carried out of the council of the Jews, outside of the city walls of Jerusalem to be killed, he offered up his defense for the charges levied against him. For those familiar with it, it is not much of a defense, but is rather a recitation of accounts of revolt by the Hebrews, Israelites, and Jews who had been following in the well-worn steps of a perpetual pattern of rebellion…

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Some Things Said… (Oct 05) (2)

Islamic Radicalism 'Doomed To Fail,' Bush Says Evoking President Ronald Reagan's leadership of America's resolve in confronting communism during his two terms in office, President Bush said today that Islamic radicalism is doomed to fail as communism did. Bush spoke at the Ronald Reagan Library, in Simi Valley, Calif., for the dedication of the new Air Force One Pavilion at the museum, featuring the 707 jet used by Reagan during his presidency. America prevailed in the 20th-century contest of wills…

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What is a Church? (10)

In the previous section the apostle had condemned factions within the church at Corinth and closed with a long admonition to follow his example in avoiding such things. He had stated, "Let no one glory in men," ( 3: 21 ) "And you are Christs and Christ is Gods" ( 3: 23 ), and also, "For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you…

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The Lord’s Day

Occasionally the question of when should Christians meet comes up in religious discussions. It is a question that rightly deserves an answer from scripture, and though that is true, many of those who pose the question believe that no clear answer can be found in Gods writ. The question is of importance not only to us who seek to correctly follow the word of God, but it is also important in our teaching of those round about us as concerns…

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Some Things Said… (Oct 05)

A great deception Recently there have been a few articles on creationism and Darwinism in the press. Some of these have been listed or mentioned in part in the columns that regularly appear here. A casual remark made by President Bush seems to have ignited the keyboards, excited the output meters and an interest from the podiums frequented both by intellectuals and scientists as well as by members of the press, those who support both the theories of spontaneous generation…

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What Must I Do To Be Saved?

"Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, 'These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.' And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, 'I command you in the name…

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Some More Essentials and Non-essentials

"For Moses truly said to the fathers, "The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people." (Acts 3: 22 , 23) "Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven…

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Some Things Said… (Sept 05) (2)

The continuing saga of "one nation under God" On Wednesday of this week U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled that recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in government schools constitutes a "coercive requirement to affirm God." That, of course, is factually inaccurate (AKA "a lie"). Students may refrain, on their own or at their parents' discretion, from repeating any or all words in the Pledge. Karlton said he was bound by precedent of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, though…

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