Regular Christians (Part 10): Demas

Regular Christians

Demas was one who fell away because he loved the world. Paul mentioned his unfortunate decision in his second letter to Timothy.

For Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica…” (2 Timothy 4:10).

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Do Not Love the World (Sermon #36)

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Do Not Love the World (Sermon #36)

We’re in between season 11 and season 12. During the break we’re posting audio sermons each week instead of the regular episodes. The sermon for this week was preached on August 19, 2018 at the Eastside church of Christ in Morgantown, KY.

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Friendship with the World

James 4:4

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4).

When James warned Christians about “friendship with the world,” he did not say that it was possibly unwise or potentially dangerous. Instead, he used very strong language indicating that being “a friend of the world” makes one “an enemy of God.

Knowing this danger, it is important that we know what the inspired writer meant by “friendship with the world.” In this article, we are going to consider what “friendship with the world” looks like and also see what a Christian’s relationship with the world should be.
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Do Not Be Like Ephraim

Donkey

The prophet Hosea warned the people of Israel (Ephraim) about God’s judgment that was coming against them because of their sin. In the passages we will discuss in this article, he compared the people to different things – the dew, a dove, and a donkey.

These things have been “written for our instruction” (Romans 15:4; cf. 1 Corinthians 10:6, 11). The warning for us is this: Do not be like Ephraim!
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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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Was James a Heretic?

James

There are several statements in James’ epistle that are contrary to popularly held religious beliefs. Let us briefly consider these passages in light of what many churches teach today.
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“Do Not Be Conformed”

Do Not Be Conformed

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

Paul warned the saints in Rome that they were not to be conformed to the world. Why was such a warning necessary? What is it that makes conformity to the world such a temptation for Christians? And why does the world want Christians to conform? We will consider these questions in this article.
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