Precept Upon Precept, Line Upon Line

by Jeffrey Wilkes “The Bible is so difficult to understand,” an acquaintance recently asked. “Why is it written this way?” The Holy Spirit through Peter acknowledges that some things in Paul’s letters are hard to understand: “As also in all his [Paul’s] epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard…

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How to Misunderstand the Bible

I.         Yet another book appears on the bookshelves claiming to help the casual reader to better understand the teachings found in the Bible.             A.        “The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart” by Peter J. Gomes.             B.        The author claims that contents of the best selling book in the world is mostly unknown and misunderstood.             C.        In…

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The Constitution and the Bible

by Terry Wane Benton The debate over the Constitution illustrates some of the same problems in agreeing over the Bible. The problem does not come from these documents. It comes from the agenda of those who approach either one. Some are intent on making laws to fit their own will and so they are not interested…

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Things a Blind Man Saw

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ThingsABlindManSaw.mp3 by Raymond Warfel

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Disbelief in the Coming of Jesus

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/DisbeliefInTheComingOfJesus.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: II Peter 3:1-15   I.         Many false doctrines are rooted in a simple belief that word or phrase that has a particular meaning in one context has the same meaning in all other contexts.             A.        For example, the Greek word presbuteros in Acts 2:17 means someone advanced in age                         1.         So does…

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You May be Surprised to Learn …

by Doy Moyer Have you ever taken for granted certain things and believed them, just because that is what you have been told? Perhaps you find yourself in that situation now, believing and doing things because that is what you were told. Religious people sometimes believe and practice something because a preacher said it, or…

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I’m Not a Scholar, But …

by Doy Moyer It’s interesting to me how we sometimes couch our arguments with disclaimers that may end up casting doubt upon the very arguments we are trying to make. I tend to get a little suspicious of the argument when someone starts that way (including my own). Now that doesn’t necessarily mean that the…

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Why the Jews Did Not Believe

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/WhyTheJewsDidNotBelieve.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: John 12:27-43   I.         It is a curious thing, the Son of God lived among men (John 1:14) yet He was rejected             A.        John 1:9-11 – Even among those who were expecting Him, those who had claimed to be God’s children, did not accept him.             B.        How can this be? II.        Because they…

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Logic in the Bible

by Terry W. Benton While some modern brethren have declared that the logic of “necessary inference” has been made up in recent years by “church of Christ preachers”, the Bible shows that this kind of logic goes back to communication from God and man from the beginning. If anyone should be credited with the origin…

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Moments that Test Us

by Mike Thomas Persecution reveals the quality of our faith in the same way fire reveals the nature of metal (I Peter 1:7). But persecution is not the only moment that reveals our character. There are other scenes in life that are just as effective in exposing our inner man: Being Alone Photo by Warren…

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