Posts with the tag “toney-smith”

Tell Me The Story of Jesus - T.Smith
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
One of our most beloved gospel songs is Tell Me the Story of Jesus. The song speaks of the life and works of Jesus Christ. As the song says, it is “the story most precious, Sweetest that ever was heard.” It is precious and sweet because it tells of Jesus and His sacrifice for our salvation.Chapter one reveals Jesus (pre-incarnate) before He became flesh. There has never been a time when He was not...  Read More
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What Does Repentance Require? - T.Smith
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
 In Acts 3:19 we read, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…” We notice that “sins being blotted out” are conditional, based upon repentance. Without repentance our sins will not be blotted out. God has always desired that men repent (2 Peter 3:9), for without repentance we can never be forgiven. The word repent means, “to change one’s mind for better, heartily...  Read More
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The God We Serve
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
God has revealed Himself in so many ways. It is truly sad that men often overlook or take for granted this beautiful revelation. He is revealed in His created universe, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Psalm 19:1; Psalm 97:6). Add to that; He has clearly revealed Himself in His word, the revelation given by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). This revel...  Read More
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Be Different - T.Smith
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
Being “different” or “being an oddball” does not sound too enticing, does it? Most folks do not want to be identified as odd or different. Yet, that is just what a Christian is supposed to be! In Titus 2:14 we read, “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”  The word for “peculiar” is a compound word made...  Read More
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Giving Thanks To God - T.Smith
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
How often have we heard a parent tell a child to say “thank you” for something that was received? We seem to be living in a time when good manners are a thing of the past. Many never seem to acknowledge any of the blessings they enjoy. The words “thank you” are all to often left out of the modern day vocabulary. Sadly, this trend has spilled over into man’s relationship with God. Not only do some ...  Read More
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Who Will Follow Jesus? - T.Smith
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” (1 Peter 2:21). Jesus commanded that men follow Him (Matthew 4:19; 8:22; 9:9; Mark 10:21; John 1:43; 21:22; 12:26). Clearly, He is to be our example in all that we say and do..            It is amazing and inspiring to study His life and observe how He handled the temptat...  Read More
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To Canaan's Land - T.Smith
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
Hebrews 11:16 “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”I love to sing To Canaan’s Land I’m on my Way. Each time the song is sung I can picture a beautiful, peaceful journey to a land where there will be “no sad farewells, no tear dimmed eyes, where all is peace and joy and love and the so...  Read More
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What Doth The Lord Require? - T.Smith
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
Micah 6:8 “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”I like to believe that all of us would like to know just what the Lord requires of us. The Old Testament prophet Micha, by inspiration, gives an answer to this most important question.God requires more than action (Micah 6:6-7). Proper s...  Read More
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Things That Keep Us Faithful - T.Smith
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
We often speak of what one must do to be saved. However, we often forget what we must do to remain saved. The Bible teaches that we can fall from grace and be eternally lost (Galatians 5:4; Revelation 2:5). Satan desires that we become unfaithful and step away from God (1 Peter 5:8; Luke 22:31). How can we avoid falling prey to Satan’s desire for us?STUDY the Bible daily. The Psalmist tells us jus...  Read More
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But I Think - T.Smith
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
How many times have we heard someone say, “I know what the verse says, but I think?” It may be they have not considered the implications found in that statement. They are in essence saying their thoughts, ideas or conclusions are better than that which is found in God’s word! That is thinking too highly of one’s own intellect. How can we have the idea that our thoughts are above the thoughts of Go...  Read More
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Don't Judge Me - T.Smith
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
How many times have we heard the words, “Don’t judge me” or maybe the phrase, “The Bible teaches that we must not judge others?” Most in the world today dislikes doctrine with its restrictive principles. It craves liberty and compromise.  It loudly advocates the “let me alone to do as I please” philosophy. This present world dislikes anyone who will bring it face to face with responsibilities and ...  Read More
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What about Grace? - T.Smith
by Russ Earl on January 29th, 2019
By Toney SmithWe often sing songs which speak of God's grace to mankind. Just where would we be without Biblical grace? Grace was one of the keywords used as Paul penned the letters to the church in the first century (Romans 1:5; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:3; etc.). He very often began his letters to the congregations by stating, "GRACE BE TO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD THE FATHE...  Read More
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