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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With so many ways being taught, who am I supposed to follow?

Question: Christ liberated us from legalism. I’m confused about determining what is wrong in our culture. I’ve always been brought up with a tough view on things that aren’t customary. My question is: if we’re called to preach the gospel to the world, how do we do it? Are we to be with the world…

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You Just Don’t Understand

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalms 119:97-104   I.         Some people are confident that no other person can possibly understand what they are going through.             A.        “You’ve never struggled with addiction”             B.        “You have more money, so you can’t understand my difficulties.”             C.        “You grew up in the church, I didn’t.”             D.        “You’ve never experienced prejudice.”             E.        Do you have to…

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Reasoning from Scripture

by Doy Moyer No reasoning takes place without drawing conclusions from implications. Just try it. Statements and examples often come with the expectation that we draw further conclusions. The point of reasoning and discerning is that we are capable of taking what is explicitly given, then reasoning to conclusions that are, in fact, necessary. For…

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Three Roads to Learning

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton I.            There are three roads to learning, whether we talk about school work or Bible study               A.          Prov. 2:6 – The Lord gives wisdom, knowledge, and understanding               B.          Prov. 24:3-4 – Compared to a house                             1.           Knowledge is the comprehension of facts. It fills our minds with pleasant and useful things                             2.           Understanding is the reasoning…

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Can a non-Christian truly understand forgiveness?

Question: I understand that it is impossible for a non-Christian to understand the concept of true forgiveness toward another person. Is that correct? Answer: Most spiritual concepts are difficult for non-believers to grasp. Not because the concepts are hard, but because it requires looking at the world from a framework that makes non-believers uncomfortable. “These…

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Is the natural man unable to choose anything that is spiritual?

Question: I had someone quote to me I Corinthians 2:14. Does this mean that the natural man will not choose anything that is of a spiritual nature?  I believe that we have a free will to choose what we so desire, but if we were all in times past a natural man, would we desire…

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Sing with Understanding

Text: I Corinthians 14:15-20   I.         Singing is an expression of joy – James 5:13             A.        It is form of worship and a way of teaching – Ephesians 5:18-20; Colossians 3:16-17             B.        Of course, people sing things all the time without thinking about what they are saying – just ask kids today what are the lyrics to some…

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