A Year After the Start of the Pandemic – Some Lessons (03.18.21)

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Last week was the one year anniversary of the official start of the pandemic. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the Covid-19 outbreak a pandemic. This has impacted all of us over the past year. As we look back on what has transpired and consider all of it in light of the Scriptures, there are some lessons we need to learn.

STORY – The Covid-19 Pandemic Is Now One Year Old

This has been a difficult year for all of us – whether we have been directly affected by the virus or not. As bad as the virus might be and the number of deaths have been attributed to it, that’s not even the whole picture. We have faced economic shutdowns, businesses being closed, many people out of work, schools have been closed, many churches stopped meeting, mental health is declining, relationships have been strained, and people are isolated from others. It’s been a difficult year.

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What Are Our Priorities? (Sermon #45)

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What Are Our Priorities? (Sermon #45)

We’re taking a break this month from our regular episodes. During this break, we’ll be posting audio sermons instead. The sermon for today is titled, What Are Our Priorities?, and was preached on December 29, 2019 at the Eastside church of Christ in Morgantown, KY.

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Commit Your Works to the Lord (Season 11, Episode 12)

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Commit Your Works to the Lord (Season 11, Episode 12)

In this season, we’re discussing some lessons from the book of Proverbs.

In Proverbs 16:1-7, the wise man talked about the need for us to “commit [our] works to the Lord.” We have the ability to make plans as to what we will do, but we need to be sure we are obeying the Lord rather than following after sin. If we follow after wickedness, we will be punished. If we fear the Lord and obey Him, we will be established.

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  • My Son, Hear My Words: Notes on Proverbs – This is a “topical commentary” I wrote on the book of Proverbs. Follow the link for more information. If you decide to pick up a copy, use coupon code Proverbs5 at checkout to receive $5 off and free shipping.
  • Plain Bible Study Guides – These are designed to help Christians engage in profitable studies of the Scriptures. The study guides include a straightforward explanation of the text and questions at the end of each lesson, making them useful for both individual and group Bible studies.

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Let Us Show Gratitude

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Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28).

In this passage that talks about the Lord’s kingdom and the need to serve God with “reverence and godly fear” (KJV), there is one key point that connects these ideas together – the importance of gratitude.Continue Reading

What Are Our Priorities?

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Our lives are shaped by our priorities. The time, energy, and resources we have are limited. Therefore, we will inevitably spend them on what is important to us. To make significant changes in our lives requires us to change our priorities.

What should be most important to us? The Bible shows us what our highest priorities should be. We need to see what the Scriptures teach and examine our lives and priorities to see if we are what we ought to be. So in this article, let us notice what the Bible has to say about our highest priorities.Continue Reading

Great Days in History (Part 6): The Day of Judgment

Great Days in History

Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31).

In this sixth lesson, we will be discussing the day of judgment. Like the second lesson, this may seem like a bit of a jump to go all the way from the day of Pentecost to here. However, we are not skipping so much as we are going to be summarizing the time between these two days.Continue Reading

Why Would Christians Follow Diotrephes?

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I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say. For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not receive the brethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and puts them out of the church” (3 John 9-10).

In John’s third epistle, he warned about a man named Diotrephes. We often talk about this man and his desire for preeminence, his rule over the church, and the trouble he caused. However, we usually do not talk about his followers. In this article, we will consider the followers of Diotrephes and why they would follow him.Continue Reading