A Pattern of Peace

by Doy Moyer John 20:18-21 shows an important pattern. Jesus was raised up from the grave and first appeared to Mary Magdalene then to the disciples (sans Thomas). Notice the pattern: Mary to the disciples: “I have seen the Lord” (John 20:18). The disciples to Thomas: “We have seen the Lord” (John 20:25). Jesus offers…

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Peace, Perfect Peace

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Peace-Perfect-Peace.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: James 3:13-18   I.         Peace is a commodity much desired and rarely found             A.        As Christians we are told to live in peace – II Corinthians 13:11             B.        God is a God of peace – Philippians 4:7             C.        So we expect that those following His teachings find peace – Galatians 5:22-23             D.        The problem…

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What I Would Say To My Children

by Jefferson David Tant Raising children is, I believe, one of the greatest responsibilities God has given us. By God’s design, a man and a woman have created something which will never cease to exist — a spirit that has been made in the image of God. Can you imagine the awesome feeling of responsibility…

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Don’t Live in Fear

by Terry Wane Benton Fear of the virus, Fear of the vaccine, Fear of getting the virus, Fear of spreading the virus, Fear of side effects of the unknown, All are legitimate issues that we must grapple with and approach with caution and discernment. But each person must also be cautious about unreasonable fear and…

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Acts 2 and 3 and the Gift of the Holy Spirit

by Doy Moyer When you layout Acts 2 and 3, there are some great comparisons. Both begin in the same basic way (Men of Judea, Men of Israel) and contain at least these similarities: They start by clearing up misunderstandings and reference a direct act of God’s power (Acts 2:15-20; 3:16-18). They show how the…

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The Christian’s Duty to His Brethren

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/ChristiansDutyToHisBrethren.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Thessalonians 5:8-15   I.         Each of us come from diverse backgrounds.             A.        We come together to worship             B.        We come together for fellowship             C.        Yet that coming together is not always smooth.                         1.         Just as a family experiences times of irritation, so it happens among brethren.                         2.         Paul’s desire was for the Corinthians to…

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Jehoshaphat’s Peace

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/JehoshaphatsPeace.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: II Kings 9:16-26   I.         King Jehoshaphat, in general, was a good king – I Kings 22:42-43a             A.        To be said by God that he did right is a high complement             B.        But, like most men, Jehoshaphat had some character flaws – I Kings 22:43b                         1.         His father, Asa, had removed many of…

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Perfected in Unity

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/PerfectedInUnity.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: John 17:13-26   I.         In Jesus’ final prayer to the Father before his arrest, Jesus expressed his desire that his followers be united, just as he and the Father were one – John 17:22-23             A.        That “one” is not numerical, but a unity in purpose and action. II.        Through this unity we…

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What do I do to feel peace?

Question: I am a drunken adulteress. God has come to me to be reborn again, and I’m failing. Please help me. What do I do to feel peace? I hate the daytime and awake through the night with nightmares of my sins. Help me. Answer: “The things which you learned and received and heard and…

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Calm Under Pressure

by Dennis Stackhouse How can a person remain calm even when he or she is under pressure, sometimes immense pressure?  Perhaps we should ask if it’s even possible to remain calm in this pressure-cooker world we live in?  When we view this from the spiritual perspective we can say that it not only is possible,…

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