(by Heath Rogers)

    Christians are not saved to sit. We are not to put our spiritual lives on "autopilot" and expect any favorable results. The Bible contains repeated admonitions for us to be diligent in our efforts to grow spiritually and to serve the Lord. 

    We often learn best with the reinforcement of a good example. If we need an example of diligence, we need look no further than our Lord. 

    Jesus showed diligence in His youth. The Lord's family traveled to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover…

  • Bulletin April 30, 2023

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  • There is Nothing for Me to Do
    I am amazed at the number of people in the church who complain that there is nothing for them to do. By this they generally mean that the elders have not given them a specific assignment. Does this excuse them from not being active in the greatest cause on earth? No!

    Every member must realize that the Lord has already assigned them specific duties like helping to restore brothers who have been caught in any trespass (Gal. 6:l) and bearing one another's burdens (Gal. 6:2).

    Each one of us is under the commission we call great (Mk. 16:15,…

  • Worship or Entertainment?
    In our entertainment-oriented culture, many churches find themselves trying to 'out do' themselves with more and more elaborate additions to worship. What began as special music by a choir becomes a full orchestra with professional soloists. A dramatic reading necessitates a full Broadway stage production. And as long as those who come to worship enjoy what is offered, anything goes. The expectation is that sermons will be shorter, wittier, and more uplifting. Anything in worship that cannot be 'jazzed up' must be abandoned as boring — and there is nothing worse than being boring, we are led to believe.

  • Attendance
    Attendance at worship services and Bible study times has always been a problem. Faithful brethren have constantly agonized over those who didn't attend. It has been that way in every generation, including among the very first Christians. The Hebrew writer was compelled to pen these famous words:

    “Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

    Notice the reasons why you should attend every…

  • How Much Can You Lift?

    While working out I was pressing more weight than I should have. In my mind I am still in my twenties. I started my third set … 5… 6 … halfway through the last rep my arms decided enough was enough. I was abruptly reminded that the half-century is in my rear-view mirror by several years. Seeing no other option, I shifted a little to the right, dropped the weight and fell off the bench. Now if this had occurred at home, that would have been the end of the story. However, I was blessed to enjoy this…

  • Bulletin April 23, 2023

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  • What does God want?
  • Men and Women of Israel

    (Jacob Hudgins)

    As the Israelites approach the land of Canaan, they "became impatient on the way" (Num. 21:4). They begin to criticize God and Moses: "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food"(Num 21:5). Fed up with their complaining, Jehovah sends "fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died"(Num 21:6).

    This has an immediate impact. The disposition of the…

  • Bulletin April 16, 2023

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  • What God Says About You

        Satan wants you to worry as he calls your sins to mind. In John 8:44, we are told that he is the father of lies. Let God’s Word give you peace as you read what He says about you:

    1. You are His most valuable creation and prized possession. “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created” (James 1:18). The God who shaped heaven and earth, speaking them into existence and forming them with His hands, regards you as His best work. Your soul is that…
  • Idolatry

        James 1:18 affirms, “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created.” You are God’s most valuable creation, His prized possession. Why, then, do we, as Christians, wrestle with idolatry? Our occupational callings, past time hobbies, or anything we give importance to more than Jesus Christ is an idol. In the account of the rich man in Luke 18:23, upon being told to sell everything he had and follow Jesus, we are told, “he became very sad, because he was very wealthy.” When you have…

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