In the Midst of Evil

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/In-The-Midst-Of-Evil.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Peter 1:3-9   I.         Abraham was told that his descendants would be strangers and slaves in a land before being brought back out 400 years later – Genesis 15:13             A.        That nation, Egypt, was one of the more wicked places on earth, totally given over to idolatry                         1.         It became one…

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My Own Worst Enemy

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/My-Own-Worse-Enemy.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Esther 7   I.         There is a phrase popular in our culture, “I have become my own worst enemy.”             A.        It is the realization that in our struggles against what we perceive as evil or wrong, we end up realizing that we are the source of our greatest problems.             B.        I have…

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Extremes

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Extremes.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ecclesiastes 7:11-22   I.         In March, 2000, Mona Charen wrote an article that appeared in the Omaha World Herald under the title “Nation With No Sin”             A.        In it she made the point that while the nation for the most part believes in God and believes religion is important, at the…

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Twisted up by Evil People

by Matthew W. Bassford When we read the Bible, we learn about some people we simply have to feel sorry for. Hosea has to marry a prostitute. Jeremiah has to faithfully proclaim God’s message to a wicked nation that doesn’t want to hear it and will kill him for saying it. And so on. On…

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The Path of the Righteous

by Matthew W. Bassford “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know over what they stumble” (Proverbs 4:18-19). Look with me at Proverbs 4:18-19. These are two short verses, but…

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Should sinners be called “beloved?”

Question: Hi Brother Jeffrey, I was considering a post I read on Facebook. It said Kamala Harris is beloved and Joe Biden was worth dying for. This made me think about the idea that Jesus called Pharisees a brood of vipers. There is something troubling to me about calling evil men beloved and worth dying…

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Things the Wicked Despise

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Things-the-Wicked-Despise.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Leviticus 26:14-32   I.         This might come as shock, but have you noticed? The world is full of wicked people who are not nice.             A.        Why do the wicked behave as they do? II.        The wicked only care about themselves             A.        They despise their fellow man – Proverbs 14:21             B.        They only care about…

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The Weapon of Fear

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/The-Weapon-of-Fear.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Psalms 49   I.         Have you ever wondered why cowardice is the first sin list in Revelation 21:8?             A.        Being afraid is such a common thing that it seems it would be a minor concern             B.        But a major weapon in Satan’s arsenal is fear II.        Fear of the wrong thing can lead…

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Why do some people think Christianity is a problem?

Question: Why do people think that the concept of religion and God is a problem? I understand that many evil examples by apparently religious persons have turned people away. Still, I don’t fully understand why they think it’s something that needs to be eliminated. Answer: “He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, but he…

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Perceptions of God’s Word

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Perceptions-of-Gods-Word.mp3 Text: Malachi 3:16-4:3   I.         The prophet Malachi declared there would be a distinction between the wicked and righteous             A.        The rising day would burn the wicked like chaff, but serve as healing balm for the righteous.             B.        The same event produces two dramatically different results.             C.        The result did not depend on the event but on the…

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