• Some Facts About Instrumental Music

    We are sometimes asked, “Why don’t you use instrumental music in your worship?”  This is a good question and deserves an answer.  The reason is not that instrumental music is considered sinful per se.  We do not use instruments to accompany our singing in worship to God because of the following:

    • It is not authorized in the New Testament, by either command or approved apostolic example.  In every instance in which worship to God involving music is mentioned in the New Testament, vocal music (singing) is specified.
    • History records that it was not used by the early church for hundreds…


    In 1 Peter 1:19, the inspired apostle Peter informed that the blood of Christ is precious (i.e. of great value or high price). So, with that thought in mind, let’s take a look at why the blood of Christ is precious. Starting with, the blood of Christ is precious because...

    It Redeems.
    To “redeem” means, “to gain or regain possession of something in exchange for payment.” A “redeemer” is, “one who rescues another from bondage, or liberates another from any condition wherein one is held.” My friend,…

  • Bulletin October 9, 2022

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  • Q&A: What does unequally yoked mean?
  • The Resurrection of the Son of God
  • Who is your shepherd?

    Most people have at least heard of Dungeons & Dragons.  It began in 1974 and was a popular role-playing game throughout the 1980’s, which my mom tells me also became a Saturday morning cartoon series for a short time. (I had no idea!) In recent years, the game has made a come-back, and there is even a movie in the works for next year. My dad got me interested in the game a couple of years ago, and I have several guidebooks, that I like to read.

    A quote from one of the guidebooks recently caught my attention:

    “Devils look…

  • Bulletin October 1, 2022

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  • "Essential" Church Members
    In every healthy congregation you will find certain people that comprise the essential "heart and soul" of the church. Note …
    • They are always present at the assemblies. They make it a point to never miss any of the services. If it is necessary to make changes, adjust schedules, suffer inconvenience or simply miss out on other activities, they will do so because they are committed to being present every time the doors are open.
    • These folks actually look for opportunities to serve. If there is work to be done, Bible classes to be taught, weak members to be…
  • God-Centered Virtue
  • 2 Views of the Cross
  • Singing With Emotion and Intellect

    The Bible makes it clear that the songs we sing originate in our heart. If you’re like me and are melodically-challenged, it’s reassuring to know that God is happy when the melody in our songs come from the heart. 

    Ephesians 5:19 – Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.

    But it’s not just the melody that originates in our hearts; it’s the actual words and emotions that we express that originate there, too.

    Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one…

  • Being "On Time" For Worship
    Have you ever thought about how scrupulous people can be in the matter of punctuality in their being on time for their various commitments? If a concert is set to begin at 8:00 P.M., — they arrive in plenty of time to take their seats before that very first number begins. If they are to be dinner guests at a 6:00 P.M. affair, it is almost certain that they will leave home in ample time to make it. They would not want to insult the hostess. If employed by a company which requires them to report for work at 7:30…
  • Fewer See The Bible As The Word Of God
    The Gallup organization reported in July 2022 that a new high of 29% of Americans say the Bible is a collection of “fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man”. In 1980, 10% of Americans felt this way. As you might imagine, the results fell broadly in line with American’s religious affiliation. For instance, 16% of people who identify as “Christian” believed that the Bible was mythical and produced man, while 65% of Americans who had no religious affiliation felt this way. The bottom line is belief in the Bible is declining, part of a general pattern of declining…
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