L. F. Bittle: Lions and Skunks

L. F. Bittle: Lions and Skunks

L. F. Bittle (1833-1905) worked for about twenty years with Daniel Sommer in producing the Apostolic Review. Sommer described him as “the best educated and the most modest man I ever knew” (Daniel Sommer: A Biography, p. 153). On one occasion when he was challenged for a debate, Bittle gave the following response:

“We can imagine a man brave enough to go forth into the forest to hunt lions, but on his return that same man would step aside when he would be confronted by a skunk” (Daniel Sommer: A Biography, p. 158).

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David’s Mighty Men (Sermon #39)

David’s Mighty Men (Sermon #39)

 
 
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David's Mighty Men (Sermon #39)

We’re in between season 12 and season 13. During the break we’re posting audio sermons each week instead of the regular episodes. The sermon for this week was preached on November 11, 2018 at the Eastside church of Christ in Morgantown, KY.

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The Preacher’s Work

Man with Bible Standing on the Train Tracks

When Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, one of the matters he addressed was the support of preachers (1 Corinthians 9:3-14). He explained that although he did not take wages from them (1 Corinthians 9:15; cf. 2 Corinthians 11:8), he had a right to receive such support. To show that a man has a right to receive support for his work as a preacher, Paul cited three other types of work for which men may receive compensation.

Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock?” (1 Corinthians 9:7).

The point of this article is not to discuss the right of preachers to be supported for their work.* Instead, I want us to notice the three illustrations that Paul used in the verse above. He did not simply pick three random occupations and say that since they have a right to receive a return on their work then preachers should be supported. Every legitimate work is worthy of pay (cf. Proverbs 14:23). Yet the inspired apostle mentioned three works that in some way resemble the role of a preacher. Let us consider these briefly.Continue Reading

What Keeps Us from Going to Battle? (Sermon #31)

What Keeps Us from Going to Battle? (Sermon #31)

 
 
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What Keeps Us from Going to Battle? (Sermon #31)

We’re in between season 10 and season 11. During the break we’re posting audio sermons each week instead of the regular episodes. The sermon for this week was preached on April 29, 2018 at the Eastside church of Christ in Morgantown, KY.

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I Have Fought the Good Fight (Season 9, Episode 10)

I Have Fought the Good Fight (Season 9, Episode 10)

 
 
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I Have Fought the Good Fight (Season 9, Episode 10)

In this season, we’re discussing some lessons from Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus.

When Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy, he was near the end of his life. The apostle was confident of his reward because of how he had conducted himself in the Lord’s service – he “fought the good fight” (2 Timothy 4:7). There are some important lessons we can learn from the apostle here.

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The Importance of Faith (Part 9): Victory

The Importance of Faith (Part 9): Victory

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4).

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The Importance of Faith (Part 8): Protection

The Importance of Faith (Part 8): Protection

In additional to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16).

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