Why did Peter follow Jesus?

Question: Why did Peter follow Jesus? Answer: Peter followed Jesus first because his brother, Andrew, told him that he and John, Peter’s fellow fisherman, had found the Messiah (John 1:41-42), so initially, he went out of curiosity. When he met Jesus, he was given a nickname, which indicated what kind of man he would become.…

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What Is Important in a Church?

What is Important to a Church? – Part 1What is Important to a Church? – Part 2 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Romans 14:1-12   I.         I remember visiting a large congregation many years ago. They had asked me to do some web site work for them.             A.        While I was amazed at the size of the…

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Following the Lord Fully

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/FollowingTheLordFully.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Joshua 14:6-14   I.         God describes for us the character of various men by referring to them by certain phrases             A.        Abraham was called a friend of God – James 2:23                         1.         Because that is how God referred to him – II Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8                         2.         Perhaps that gives greater weight to…

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Take Up Your Cross

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/TakeUpYourCross.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Luke 14:25-32   I.         Many people see religion as something done out of convenience.             A.        They attend when there isn’t something important going on             B.        They select a church to attend because it is close, or because of the events going on, or if there are kids for my kid to play…

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Truly Great Commitment

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018Spring8TrulyGreatCommitment.mp3 by Raymond Warfel, Jr. 2018 Spring Meeting

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Pining for the Past

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/PiningForThePast.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Numbers 13:32-14:4   I.         People are known for their selective memories             A.        Some wrap themselves up in the horrors of their youth, blaming every misfortune on what had happened to them in the past.             B.        More common though are the people who remember the good things that happen and suppress the bad…

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The Impact of Our Choices

by Dennis Stackhouse Just prior to his physical death, Joshua tried to encourage the people of Israel with these familiar words: “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods…

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My relationship with God has always been a roller coaster

Question: Hello and thank you for reading, I am a 25-year-old man. I was born in a Christian family, my father being a pastor. My relationship with God has always been a roller coaster. There have been times when my faith has been strong and my will was aligned with God’s. I would even speak…

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