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Summertime News and Notes

by Matthew

New Adult Classes begin next Sunday. We’ve just wrapped up a study of the book of Acts, taught by Jerry Hall, Mike Chandler, and Randy Fuqua. Downstairs, John Gabriel, Kenneth Caldwell and I are wrapping up “Digging Deeper” – a study using Everett Ferguson’s book The Church of Christ. Next week our adults in the […]

Left, Right, or Center

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I don’t know who he stole it from, but James Hinkle likes to say that “labels are usually libels.” It has been popular to label congregations as “conservative” or “liberal” for quite some time. For a group of people who try to call Bible things by Bible names, I’ve always though it’s interesting that we […]

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

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Do school students still spend the first week back to school in August writing essays about how they spent their summer vacations? I remember that some years, I had lots of exciting things to write about. We had family vacations and adventures. We spent time with the grandparents and played games and went to the […]

One Hand Clapping

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “Beware the sound of one hand clapping”? The idea is that if you only hear one side of something, you haven’t heard anything at all. Proverbs 18:17 agrees: “The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.” We should also beware of “one-verse […]

What does it take to get your attention?

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When we are criticized, most of us react immediately by getting defensive. We deflect the criticism or conjure up a reason why the critic doesn’t have the right or authority to speak about us. We figure out something that they’re doing that’s wrong so that we don’t have to listen to them. For most of […]

A Hymn for Your Job

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In our Wednesday night study of the Bible in a Year, we’ve been spending a lot of time in the Psalms. I thought these hymn suggestions might make you smile. The Dentist’s Hymn: Crown Him with Many Crowns The Weatherman’s Hymn: There Shall Be Showers of Blessings The Contractor’s Hymn: The Church’s One Foundation The […]

What are you thinking about?

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I cannot imagine the bravery of “a few good men” like Alan Shepard and the others who pioneered spaceflight for America. So much was unknown! So many things could go wrong! He was going boldly, where no man had gone before. A reporter asked Shepard what he was thinking when he was strapped into his […]

Who gets to decide?

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The news is always full of debates. Should gay marriage be legalized? How should our tax system works? What civil liberties are rights? Which ones are preferences? When Noah Webster compiled the first Webster’s dictionary in the 1780s, he did something very American. Rather than attempting to create rules of usage, pronunciation, and spelling in […]

When Was the Last Time You Were Wrong?

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Humility is such an elusive virtue. Once you think you’ve found it, pride tends to sneak in the backdoor. Our adversary knows that one of the ways he can render us ineffective is by seducing us towards pride. We can be so proud of what God has done in our lives that we forget the […]

How to Succeed as a Church Member

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James Hinkle likes to say that if you ever find a perfect church, don’t join up—because you’ll ruin it! Here are some suggestions for making the most out of being a part of this church family. Investigate and invest in your relationship with God. No one can do for you what you must do for […]