ACTS OF KINDNESS

Too often, we think that giving our lives to God is like taking a $1,000 bill and laying it before, saying, “Here’s my life, Lord. I’m giving it all to you.” But the truth of the matter is that God sends us to the bank and tells us to cash that $1,000 bill in for quarters. And then we go through life giving away twenty-five cents here, fifty cents there, and so on. Instead of watching a ball game, we spend some time visiting a lonely person in a nursing home, or someone in the hospital. Instead of sipping coffee and reading the newspaper, we read the word of God that we might have the knowledge we need to tell others of His salvation and help. Instead of playing games on the computer, we listen to a friend tell us about their problems, even though we’re tired and have problems of our own to deal with.

These are the moments in which God can work through us to help another human being, to feed the hunger of the heart and spirit, and to show them the narrow way leading to heaven. We may not consider these to be spectacular, earth shattering events, but these are the things we can do to bring meaning and significance to our lives, and the lives of others.

“Show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (1 Pet. 2:9). Let us be like Jesus who “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38), and who would do and teach (Acts 1:1). Every act of kindness and compassion is significant.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
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GROUCHES

Outside a small town in New Mexico is a sign that reads as follows: “Welcome to Portales, New Mexico, home of 12,493 friendly folks and 8 or 10 grouches.”

Isn’t that the way it is everywhere? There are always a few negative folks around to tell you that Murphy’s laws will ruin everything. I like the story about the little boy who was trying to raise some money by collecting old bottles, going door-to-door in his neighborhood. When he came to the home of a woman who was the “town grouch,” the little boy asked, “Do you have any coke bottles?” “No,” she replied with a scowl. Then he said,””Do you have any old whiskey bottles?” “Young man,” the woman replied, “Do I look like the type of person who would have old whiskey bottles?”

The little boy studied her for a moment and then asked, “Well, surely, then, you must have some old vinegar bottles?”

Isn’t it tragic that some people go through life so negative and sour and bitter? And if you don’t watch out, they will infect you with their thinking. How can we live positively in this world where much is discouraging?

How can we develop a positive spiritual outlook? Consider the following:
1) Have unwavering faith in God (Heb. 11:1-6)
2) Be goal oriented (Phil. 3:13-15)
3) Trust in the power of God (Eph. 3:20)
4) Have mountain moving faith (Mt. 17:20)
5) Believe all things work together for good to those who love the Lord (Rom. 8:28)
6) Renew our minds daily (Rom. 12:1-2)
7) Believe that God answers prayers (Jam. 5:16)
8) Have a good self-image (Rom. 8:12-17)
9) Take one day at a time (Mt. 6:34)

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
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Hamilton, Texas 76531
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THE HARRIS AND MOORE EXPEDITION THROUGH THE bIBLE

Tune in tonight (and each Monday) to the Harris and Moore Expedition Through The Bible at 7:00 PM CST as we continue studying the Christian Graces. Tonight we will be studying “Temperance or Self Contol.” Tune in at http://www.thegospelradionetwork.org or http://www.harrisandmoore.org. On the radio you can tune in at KATX 97.7 FM, KNNK 100.5 FM, and KQMK 1680 AM.

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WHY I AM A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST #10

INTRODUCTION
A. Review…
B. I am a member of the church of Christ because it teaches that a child of God can so sin as to be eternally lost.
C. The doctrine that a child of God cannot so sin as to be eternally lost is one that is very prevalent in the denominational world today.
1. A host of people find false comfort in this doctrine.
2. And, I believe that this doctrine leads to apathy, and in many instances – immorality.
C. But what does the Bible says about such a doctrine?
DISCUSSION
A. THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT A CHILD OF GOD CAN FALL AND BE LOST
1. There are things for Christians to do to keep from falling
a. 2 Peter 1:10
b. “Give diligence … sure”
c. Do what things?
d. Do the things mentioned in the previous five verses
2. The Corinthian Christians were admonished to take heed lest they fall.
a. 1 Corinthians 10:12
b. If a person cannot fall, why give this command?
c. There is no need for such a command is a person cannot fall from grace
3. Paul knew that is was possible for him to be rejected
a. 1 Corinthians 9:27
b. Paul knew that it was possible for him to be lost; and to prevent it, he disciplined his body
4. A child of God can quit believing and when he does he will start falling … Hebrews 3:12
5. The Galatians were taught that a Christian can fall from grace
a. Galatians 5:4
b. In attempting to be justified by the law of Moses they became guilty of a complete apostasy.
c. It is not only possible for one to fall from grace, it actually happened.
6. A person can so sin as to be eternally lost, because he can so sin as to be in a worse condition than he was before he became a Christian.
a. 2 Peter 2:20-22
b. Notice:
1) The had escaped the defilements of the world
2) They were again entangled therein and overcome
3) The last state is worse than the first
7. The parable of the sower emphatically refutes the doctrine of the impossibility of apostasy (Mt. 13:3-8, 18-23; Lk. 8:4-15)
a. The seed in the parable is the word of God (Lk. 8:11)
b. The sower is the gospel teacher or preacher (1 Cor. 3:6)
c. The soil is the human heart (Lk. 8:15)
d. The stony heart in this parable represents those who accepted the word but withered because of tribulation or persecution (Mt. 13:20-21; Lk. 8:13)
1) They became Christians but failed to produce fruit
2) Their appointed lot is recorded in … Matthew 7:19
e. The thorny ground represents those who became Christians, but were choked out by the cares of the world and became unfruitful (Mt. 13:22; Lk. 8:14)
1) These accepted the word but later fell
2) This parable is a forceful warning to Christians that they can fall and be lost
8. The parable of the vine and the branches is more proof that a child of God, a Christian, can be eternally lost
a. John 15:1-6
b. Those who are “in Christ,” Christians, if they do not bear fruit will be cast into the fire – into the fires of hell
9. We learn from the parable of the talents that a servant of the Lord can be lost (Mt. 25:14-30)
a. The persons under consideration are the Lord’s own servants
b. Two were faithful and were blessed; and one was unprofitable and wicked, and the Lord commanded him to be cast into outer darkness
c. Therefore, one of the Lord’s own servants can be eternally lost.
10. Jesus said that He would gather ones out of His kingdom and cast them into the furnace of fire.
a. Matthew 13:41-42
b. The citizens of Christ’s kingdom, Christians, who cause stumbling and do iniquity shall be cast into the furnace of fire.
11. Jesus said that He would spew the Laodiceans out of His mouth
a. Revelation 3:15-16
b. Spewed out of Christ! So we can get out of Christ!
12. Paul said that men would apostatize or fall away from the faith
a. 1 Timothy 4:1-2
b. It is an evident conclusion that they had the faith or they could not have departed from it
c. As a result … 1 Timothy 5:12
B. AN EXAMINATION OF SOME “SO CALLED” PROOF TEXTS
1. John 5:24
a. This verse is used by many to say that the believer has eternal life now, and is therefore impossible for him to be lost.
b. The obedient believer has eternal life in two senses:
1) In promise (1 Jn. 2:25)
2) And he has Jesus who is the “eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us” (1 Jn. 1:2)
c. The Bible teaches that we do not now have eternal life
1) Titus 1:1-2 … we do not hope for what we have … Romans 8:25
2) Romans 2:6-7 … eternal life is something that will be rendered
3) Eternal life is received in the world to come (Mk. 10:30)
2. Another “so-called” proof text is 1 John 3:9
a. Many denominations use this verse in an attempt to prove that a child of God cannot sin as to be eternally lost.
b. John says that the person cannot sin because the seed abides in him.
1) The seed is the word of God (Lk. 8:12)
2) The devil, though, can steal the word out of a person’s heart (Lk. 8:12)
c. John is not teaching in this verse that it is impossible for a Christian to sin, because he teaches in other verses that he can:
1) 1 John 1:7
2) As long as man does what the Bible says he will not sin … sin is a transgression of the law (1 Jn. 3:4)
3. One more “so-called” proof text is John 10:27-28
a. We need to realize that these precious promises are conditional upon the person following Christ … “they follow me”
b. Notice what Jesus says in the 12th verse of this same chapter … John 10:12
c. God’s promises are conditional!!!
CONCLUSION
Are you living up to God’s conditions?

Tom Moore
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BASKIN’ ROBBINS

Two robins were sitting on a branch high in a tree. One looked down and saw a field full of worms. Turning to the second bird he said, “We ought to go down there and eat.” “Good idea,” said his friend.

The two of them flew down to the field and ate their fill and then some. When he could eat no more one said to the other, “You know, we ought to stop eating and fly back to our branch.” Rubbing his belly the second responded, “Yep.” With that they tried to fly to their branch in the tree, but they had eaten too much to get off the ground. The second one said, “Maybe we should just stay here and relax in the sun.” Before long the two birds slept, basking in the afternoon sun.

As they slept, a cat happened upon the field. Seeing the birds, sleeping, and oblivious to his presence, the cat pounced. As feather’s settled around him, the cat rubbed his belly, and said, “There is nothing better than Baskin’ Robbins.”

It is a poor pun, but there is spiritual value. Throughout Israel and Judah’s history, they were physically blessed at times. It was during these times that they would often forget God. Amos warns his hearers, “Therefore I will cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith Jehovah, whose name is the God of hosts. Woe to you who are at ease in Zion…” (Amos 5:27-6:1). The people thought all was good, and they sat back, enjoying the good things in life, forgetting God, and neglecting obedience. We must always remember from whom blessings come, and seek to obey Him.

The birds also forgot about the cat. They forgot to be watchful. Peter warns, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

The lesson of this modern parable is this: The field is the world with its pleasures. The birds are you and I. The cat is our enemy the devil. When we focus too much on what this world has to offer, we forget to trust in God, and we become easy targets for the devil.

Think About It!

Have Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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WHY I AM A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST – 9

WHY I AM A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST #9

INTRODUCTION
A. As has been pointed out in previous lessons, I am a member of the church of Christ because:
1. It was founded by the scriptural builder – Christ
2. It was founded on THE scriptural foundation
3. It was founded at the scriptural place – Jerusalem
4. Christ is the founder of only one church – His church
5. It is scriptural in name.
6. It is scriptural in organization.
7. It has no creed but the Bible
8. It gives the scriptural answer to the question: “What must I do to be saved?”
9. It teaches that man is saved by faith but not by faith only.
10. It has scriptural music in worship
B. Matthew 15:8-9
1. Here we notice that there are two kinds of worship:
a. True worship … acceptable and pleasing to God
b. False worship … that which is vain and worthless
2. True worship can be is found when we abide by the principles taught in John 4:24
a. According to truth
b. With the proper attitude
3. I recently heard a denominational preacher on the radio say that we may worship God according to the dictates of our own heart.
a. How foreign from John 4:24 can a person get?
b. Colossians 3:17
C. The question, Why do churches of Christ not use instrumental music in worship, is a very important one for one very important reason:
1. We must only do in worship what God has authorized, to do otherwise is to sin.
2. Thus, we must be able to prove to ourselves and our friends and neighbors that instrumental music in worship is not authorized.
3. We must be able to fulfill the requirements of 1 Peter 3:15
DISCUSSION
A. From Matthew 1 to Revelation 22 there is not one mention of instrumental music in Christian worship.
1. Music in worship is mentioned 10 times in the New Testament and in each instance only singing is discussed.
2. This being the case, we need to seriously consider
a. Deuteronomy 4:2
b. Proverbs 30:6
c. Revelation 22:18-19
d. One can not use instrumental music in worship without adding to God’s word.
3. God looks very severely on those who would substitute for His way
a. Uzzah … 2 Samuel 6:6-7
b. Nadab and Abihu … Leviticus 10:1-2
B. The Law of Exclusion proves instrumental music in worship is unauthorized, and thus sinful.
1. One of the major arguments that is used in favor of instrumental music is, “The Bible does not say not to…”
a. The Bible doesn’t specifically say that it is wrong to use cocaine, does that make it all right?
b. The Bible didn’t specifically say that it was wrong to beat our wives, does that make it all right?
2. The law of exclusion is a law that we use in every facet of our lives and is something that we understand
a. Woman’s rest room … didn’t say not men’s
b. Ordering at a restaurant … didn’t say not to
c. Sending the kids to the store … didn’t say not to
3. Biblical examples of the Law of Exclusion:
a. The building of the Ark (Gen. 6)
b. The Lord’s Supper (Mt. 26:26-29)
4. Thus, when God said sing that automatically eliminated:
a. Mechanical instruments
b. Humming
c. Making instrumental sounds with our mouth
C. If instrumental music in worship is scriptural why wasn’t in used in the first century?
1. Instrumental music in worship was first introduced by Pope Vitalian in 670 A.D. but was rejected.
a. In 757 A.D. an organ was finally brought in to stay by Constantine Copronymus
b. Thus instrumental music in worship was not even used until over 700 years after the establishing of the church
2. Notice what some of the various religious leaders of the past say about instrumental music:
a. John Calvin, one of the founder of the Presbyterian
Church says, “Musical instruments in celebrating the
praises of God would be no more suitable than the
burning of incense, the lighting up of lamps, the
restoration of the other shadows of the law. The
Papists, therefore, have foolishly borrowed this, as
well as many other things, from Jews.”
b. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church,
said, “I have no objection to instruments of music, in
our chapels, provided they are neither heard nor
seen.”
c. Martin Luther, of the Lutheran Church, “called the
organ an ensign of Baal.”
d. Adam Clark, a famous Methodist commentator,
says, “Music as a science, I esteem and admire: but
instruments of music in the house of God I abominate
and abhor.”
3. Instrumental music in worship was not authorized in the first century and neither is it today.
D. When many are asked why they use instrumental music in worship, they say, “I just like it better that way.”
1. Since when are our likes and dislikes to be our authority in religion?
a. I like coffee and banana pudding better than unleavened bread and fruit of the vine, but that does’t give me the authority to change the Lord’s Supper!
b. What I like has no weight of authority in religion!
2. Isaiah 55:8-9
a. God’s ways are higher than our ways, thus whose way should we abide by?
b. The way of the creator or the way of the created?
3. Jeremiah 10:23
a. We can not direct our own steps
b. We have no right to direct our own steps
4. Proverbs 14:12
5. We must do as God likes and not as we like.
E. Some might say, “David used instrumental music in worship under the old law, then why can’t we?”
1. David offered burnt sacrifice unto the Lord in worship, does that mean we are authorized to offer burnt sacrifice today?
a. What about the burning of incense?
b. What about worshiping on Saturday instead of Sunday, David did.
2. What David did and did not do is not the point.
a. Today we are under the new law, the New Testament, and we must find our authority in the New Testament.
b. The old law had been taken out of the way (Col. 2:14)
CONCLUSION
A. Instrumental music in worship is not authorized and thus sinful if practiced.
B. Thus the words of Jeremiah come to mind … Jeremiah 6:16
C. Colossians 3:17

Tom Moore
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