You Encourage Me

by Russ Bowman I am thinking this morning of all those who go unnoticed in their faithful service to God — at least unnoticed by other people. So, here’s a nod of appreciation… …to all of the husbands and wives who work hard at their marriage and honor their vows, even when it’s difficult. …to…

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Be a Barnabas

by Jefferson David Tant We are familiar with Paul’s companion in some of his travels. He is first mentioned in Acts 4:36: “Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means Son of Encouragement).” What a great description of Paul’s brother and companion. He is next…

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Mary’s House

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Acts 12:12-17   I.         In Acts 12 we learn that the persecution of the church intensified in Judea.             A.        Herod had the apostle James killed – Acts 12:1-2             B.        It was a popular act, and so he planned to repeat it by having Peter killed – Acts 12:3-4             C.        But Peter did not remain…

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Being a Conversationalist

Text: Romans 12:10-18   I.         A young lady wrote and asked, “How can you be a good conversationalist? I’m so boring. I don’t know how to strike up an interesting conversation.”             A.        It is a good question because talking to people is something we just take for granted. II.        Start by listening – really listening             A.        The biggest mistake…

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Barnabas – The Encourager

by Ross Ward Text: Acts 4:31-37 Barnabas’ work in Acts Acts 4:31-37 – gave of himself Acts 9:26-30 – advocated for Saul in Jerusalem Acts 11:19-24 – qualities as a servant Acts 11:25-26 – advocates for Saul Acts 15:35-41 – advocates for John Mark Being a Barnabas Barnabas sacrificed himself Giving of his property for…

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The Words We Speak

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ephesians 4:17-24   I.         There is a Proverb that stands out in my mind – Proverbs 26:18-19             A.        You cannot cover up lies with a claim that you were making a joke.             B.        We are judged by what we say, even the casual things said without much thought – Matthew 12:35-37                         1.         Why?                         2.         Words…

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How do I get others to see the necessity of attending?

Question: Hey brother Hamilton, I have a concern I know you will be able to help me address. I am a teacher at a local church of Christ. I have been doing my best teaching the congregation starting about a year ago. I am also a teenager who will be graduating this year. My concern…

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We Thank God for You

by Ethan Longhenry via Biblical Insights, August 2014 We live in a time of extremes when it comes to self-esteem and affirmation. Some people are constantly criticized, derided, and put down, even by family members, and feel as if they are worthless and can never be good enough. Other people receive nothing but praise and affirmations…

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Converting a Soul

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Colossians 2:1-7   I.         When dealing with people, it should not surprise anyone that there will be disagreements.             A.        Being people, each individual has his own mix of ideas and desires.             B.        The true difficulty comes in getting others to do what needs to be done when they aren’t inclined to do it.…

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