Without Grumbling or Disputing

by Matthew W. Bassford The military theorist Carl von Clausewitz once said, “Everything is very simple in war, but the simplest thing is difficult.” The same is true of Christianity. Most of the time, we don’t struggle with the knowing, but with the doing. Philippians 2:14 is a prime example of this unpleasant truth. “Do…

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Masks, Vaccines, and the Bible

by Matthew W. Bassford The following restates the biblical principles that should govern our speech and behavior when it comes to masks, vaccines, and discussion of the same. In areas where we are given liberty by man and God, we must respect the liberty of others. We must not judge or show contempt toward those…

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A Social Media Warning from the Psalms

by Edwin Crozier I am not trying to establish a legalistic rule here. Rather, I want to caution you to think a little more deeply and thoroughly before you post. “If I had said, ‘I will speak thus,’ I would have betrayed the generation of your children” -Asaph, Psalm 73:15. Asaph recognizes the dangers of…

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Pining for the Past

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 that…

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My wife is always complaining. How can I help her?

Question: Hello! I am coming here with a question in regards to my marriage. My wife and I are newlyweds, just a few months into our marriage. However, at the moment things seem to be flipping upside down! My wife is a severely depressed person, and, as a result, we are fighting a lot. I…

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My problem is that I grumble too much at work. What should I do?

Question: Sir, I have been looking through the previous answers on public sin. But I could not find anything that was quite like my question. This is the best website I have found and I think it has helped me a ton. I think my biggest problem is when at work, usually, I will talk…

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I just can’t take it anymore

Question: My husband and I are both in the church of Christ.  I have been emotionally and financially abused for almost thirty years.  My two sisters gave up on trying to be there for me, although when I could I was there for them in every way no matter how long it took.  I have…

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Let me give you a real story of the problems I see

Question: Three members of a church of Christ have been shunning two others for two years for reasons unknown. One member spreads unfounded gossip about another woman using vile language. She later asked for forgiveness but never apologized. Some members lack the courtesy to say, “Good morning,” nine out of ten times. The minister, a…

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