Posts with the tag “russ-earl”

A Pattern To Be Followed - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
What is a pattern? “Something designed or used as a model for making things” (Merriam-Webster). In the Bible we find words like pattern, form, and example. What does this mean? Is there a pattern, form, or example that we are to follow? Let’s see what the Bible says.IS THERE A PATTERN IN THE BIBLE?We find examples of patterns in the Old Testament: 1) Noah did according to all that God had commande...  Read More
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Where I Stand #6 - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that marrieth her when she is put away committeth adultery. (Matthew 19:9, ASV)The verse mentioned previously has been a source of heartache, tension and church uproar for many. Preachers have been hired and fired for what they preach concerning the words of Christ in...  Read More
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Where I Stand #5 - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
There are various events that take place throughout the religious world. The Christian no doubt receives notices and invitations of such events. This raises the question, is it permissible to participate in joint activities with any of the denominations? I think it’s important to define what makes a denomination.A denomination is a religious group that abides by traditions, creeds and doctrines of...  Read More
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Finding Your Place - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
Everyone at some point in their lives try to “find their place in the world”. This is a common phrase and idea that many use when deciding what they “want to do”. Those who are still in junior high, high school and college try to decide not only who their friends should be but how they should spend their time and, for those that are old enough, what job they should hold.            What does the w...  Read More
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Where I Stand #3 - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
People have debated the topic of mechanical instruments for many, many years. Our topic today is can a Christian use mechanical instruments in worship and, be pleasing to God while doing so?    It is key to keep in mind that anyone who wants to be pleasing to God must follow the standard of authority that God has revealed in the New Testament. Before considering any topic the individual must decid...  Read More
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Where I Stand #4 - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
When discussing the Holy Spirit, a person will come to find that there are many different ideas and viewpoints on the Holy Spirit. The purpose of this writing is to examine the work of the Holy Spirit in Salvation.            Let’s first consider together how one gains salvation. Some today teach that one receives salvation when the Holy Spirit comes upon them. Statements such as “I felt led to re...  Read More
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Is There An Alternative? - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
The Lord’s church has been blessed with great lectureships, gospel meetings, summer series lessons, and the like. These activities take place throughout the country. Brethren come from near and far to attend these events and enjoy the great fellowship and Bible lessons. These events provide an opportunity for the lost to hear the gospel as well the faithful to be encouraged.When planning for any e...  Read More
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Humble Yourselves In the Sight of The Lord - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
The attribute of humility is one that every Christian should possess. We read over and over again how the “haughty” and “stiff necked” are contrary to God (2 Chro 30:8, Ps 18:27).    Being humble leads us to selflessness. The humble person doesn’t exalt themselves but, because of their good works, others, including God exalt them (Jam 4:10). A person who is puffed up only desires to be exalted so ...  Read More
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Where I Stand #2 - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
A question that is asked frequently and deserves an answer is “Can a person be a Christian and not be a member of the Church of Christ?” What we must always keep in mind is that such questions require a Bible answer. Answers based on the standards or the traditions of men are not equal to the word of God. We must always look for what God has said and not what man thinks.            In Matthew 16:1...  Read More
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Where I Stand #1 - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
It is important to realize that the Christian must stand upon the word of God. This must be our guide and standard in all of life for the Christian. “For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name's sake, Lead me and guide me.” Psalms 31:3 There are many today who stand for truth and have proven that fact by standing faithfully on God’s Word.However, there are also those who do not....  Read More
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What's The Difference - R.Massey
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
What’s the difference in an atheist that does not pray and a Christian that does not pray? Are they not doing the exact same thing—ignoring God?What’s the difference in an unconverted sinner that does not teach his children the Bible and a Christian that does not teach his children the Bible? The outcome is the same—no food for the soul?What is the difference in a drunken sailor that uses curse wo...  Read More
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How Rude! - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
It is not uncommon, sadly, that some brethren (brothers & sisters) have developed a bad habit of talking to others in a rude & hurtful way. While this may not be intentional, if it is a continual action, it causes the hearer to begin to wonder does it not? Notice the definition of the word rude, “offensively impolite or ill-mannered” (bing.com). Not only are some rude today, some “talk down” to ot...  Read More
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Give No Place To Wrath - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
When you think of wrath what comes to your mind? We may think of someone who is red in the face. Someone who is yelling & screaming foul language. You may also picture someone who has lost their temper. What is wrath? Merriam-Webster defines wrath as “strong vengeful anger or indignation”. It’s interesting that wrath includes the idea of vengeance. It’s much more than just losing one’s temper, tho...  Read More
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Sin Is Dark - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
Throughout history we see repeatedly that man can be and often is, a slow learner. We sometimes take a long time to grasp what the answer is, I am not talking about a math problem. Man, sometimes must try things, experience things. This is not the best course of action. Though this is often what takes place before he decides, if he ever does, that some experiences are not just overrated, they are ...  Read More
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Who Are You Promoting? - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
Blogs, such as this one, are common. In fact, perhaps thousands of blogs by brethren of the Lord’s church exist today. Numerous writers contribute and write on various subjects. Thus, over time authors gain “followers” who subscribe and “follow” them.  No doubt there are many bloggers in the brotherhood who provide sound and encouraging material week after week. However, there are those who are fo...  Read More
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Then And Now - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
When one considers the state of which the church is in today, we have both reason to boast and reason to be concerned. It is common for some to mention the “good ole days” of the church. However, bragging about the “good ole days” is not the answer.            When one talks of the “good ole days” it seems that they are convinced that those days are over. Some will boast of the great debates, the ...  Read More
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Where Does The Bible Say That? Mechanical Instruments of Music - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
As we continue to answer the question: “Where does the Bible say that?” We come to the next topic of study: Mechanical Instruments of Music. “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” Eph 5:19 (NKJV). In this verse the New Testament tells how we are to give praise to God and by omission how we are not to praise Him.      S...  Read More
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Have We Forgotten? - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me” Matthew 10:37.    The Bible clearly tells us that because of Biblical truth families may be divided. The Bible also tells us that when it comes to spiritual truth or following our families and friends, we must be careful which we choose. Have we forgotten about the nu...  Read More
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Where Does The Bible Say That? - Original Sin - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
As we continue to answer the question: “Where does the Bible say that?” We come to the next topic of study: Original Sin. The definition of Original Sin is a person who is born in sin. We want to see if the Bible does or does not teach such a doctrine.     The most common verse used in an attempt to prove when a person is born, they are sinful is Psalms 51:5 which says “Behold, I was brought forth...  Read More
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Where Does The Bible Say That? - The Lord's Supper - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
By inspiration Paul wrote concerning the Lord’s Supper in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. We also learn from the gospel accounts concerning the institution of the Lord’s Supper what Christ was teaching was and is very important.   Christ says the unleavened bread involved in this memorial represents His body (1 Cor 11:24, Matt 26:26). Though none of Christ’s bones where broken on the cross His body or fle...  Read More
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Such A Person Is Warped - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
 In Titus 3:10-11 we have these words recorded there for us: "Reject a divisive man afterthe first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, beingself-condemned." What do these words mean to us? Do we know individuals who are divisive?Do we know a person who seems as if they are not happy unless they are stirring up trouble?Sadly, there are some who feel that it's ne...  Read More
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Where Does the Bible Say That? #1 - The Sinners Prayer - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
In congregations throughout the world we sometimes find ideas that are taught as doctrine but cannot be found anywhere in the Bible (Matt 15:9). We should always strive to do as the Bible says. One important area which has been clouded by false teaching is salvation (Acts 2:37-38).     The first idea I want to investigate with you is referred to as “The Sinner’s Prayer.” The sinner’s prayer origin...  Read More
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What If God Treated You Like You Treated Him - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophet (Mt 7:12 NKJV). How would you feel if God only treated you, like you treat Him? The Silent Treatment The silent treatment is simple. You do not talk to someone and try to avoid them. Do you do this to God? Answer these questions honestly. Do you pray? How often do you pray? Do you pray only in certa...  Read More
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What If You Really Love God? - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
“What if you really loved God? “‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment” (Mark 12:30 NKJV). You probably have read the previous verse thousands of times. Yet, do you really understand what it means to love God? Sure, many say they love God, believe they love God, or have convinced ...  Read More
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What If? - R.Earl
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
This a familiar question.  It can pose a lot of different scenarios. A person or a congregation will often ask this question in many forms before making a decision on any matter. Let's consider this question as it relates to us. As we take a deeper look one may ask a thousand different questions. We will begin by looking at how this question can affect us individually. The same as you… What if som...  Read More
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