THE HARRIS AND MOORE EXPEDITION THROUGH THE BIBLE

I would like to introduce you a live call-in radio program entitled The Harris and Moore Expedition through the Bible. This program is hosted by David Harris of Stephenville and Tom Moore of Hamilton, and has been on the air for the past seven years. David and Tom discuss important and difficult issues facing our world such as abortion, homosexuality, the problem of Islam, politics and many biblical topics that are of great significance. Their motto is: You have heard what men have said now listen to what the Bible has to say.

This program airs on KOME 95.3 FM (Hamilton, Stephenville, Dublin, Hico, Meridian, Glen Rose, Granbury, Cleburne, Weatherford, and up to Interstate 20 in Fort Worth). Other station airing the Harris and Moore Expedition through the Bible include KATX 97.7 FM  (Eastland), KNNK 100.5 FM (Herford, Canyon, Amarillo), KWBY 98.5 FM (Stephenville), KDAV AM 1590 (Lubbock – the original Buddy Holly station), and KVOP AM 1090 (Plainview). The program also airs on internet radio at http://www.thegospelradionetwork.org (live chat room available).

You can follow us on Twitter (#askharrisandmoore), watch live on Periscope (follow Harris and Moore), and listen to podcasts of the program by going to http://www.harrisandmoore.org.

Listen in each Monday at 6:00 pm CST as we discuss difficult and important topics facing the church and the world in which we live. Check out http://www.harrisandmoore.org for information and archived programming.

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GETTING READY TO GROW

GETTING READY TO GROW

INTRODUCTION

  1. 1 Timothy 4:15-16 
  2. Our “progress” must appear to all
  3. This has reference to growth
  4. Our growth needs to be apparent to the congregation
  5. This growth takes place when we:
  6. Take heed to our selves
  7. Take heed unto our doctrine
  8. Continue in these things

The description in Revelation 3:15-19 of the church in Laodicea is disheartening.

  1. Suppose a preacher who was an effective “personal worker” had moved to Laodicea and soon numerous people were being baptized.
  2. In the environment of the congregation at Laodicea, how long would most of those new converts have remained faithful?
  3. Remember 1 Timothy 4:15? … “that thy progress may be manifest unto all

All too few of the lost are rescued anywhere – but perhaps a greater tragedy is the mortality rate of those who are rescued.

  1. Sometimes the way the Lord’s own people think and act makes it difficult to interest unbelievers in the Lord – and to hold those who are new in the faith.
  2. In regard to our own work in this congregation, is there work that needs to be done before we can have real, enduring growth?

DISCUSSION

INDIVIDUALLY, OUR DAILY WALKS WITH GOD MUST BE INTIMATE   

We must live as those who genuinely know the Lord and who enjoy an obvious closeness to Him.

  1. Deuteronomy 4:3-7
  2. Cleaving unto the Lord saved many in Israel
  3. God said that Israel’s closeness to Him will be seen by the nations around about
  4. The same will hold true with us

Others need to be able to make of us the kind of request the Greeks made of Philip

 

  1. John 12:20-21
  2. People must see Jesus living in us!
  3. Song: “Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me”

Others must see in us the blessings of walking with the Lord – not simply the pride of knowing about the Lord.

  1. We cannot share what we do not have
  2. We need to be able to wish for others the close personal relationship with the Lord that we ourselves enjoy
  3. Acts 26:29
  4. Paul wished all could experience the joy he had in the Lord

CONGREGATIONALLY, WE MUST BE INVOLVED IN ONE ANOTHER’S LIVES

  1. In studying with prospects, we should portray the Lord’s church as a loving family who support one another in this life
  1. This is as it should be…
  2. John 13:34-35
  3. Acts 2:46-47…Worshipped together and ate together
  4. Romans 12:15

But, does the reality of our congregational life fulfill the claims we make about the closeness of the Lord’s family?

  1. In this busy age, the same thing can happen to our spiritual family that is happening to our physical families: we are merely living/worshiping under the same roof – without any real sharing of life together.
  2. As a child… “Whose house are we going to tonight?”
  3. We need to share more in one another’s life

If we would truly “restore” New Testament Christianity, we must do more than see one another at the church building and show an occasional act of hospitality in our homes: we must become involved (rolled together, intertwined) with one another.

  1. This is a KEY to growth
  2. Other must see this in us

THE ASSEMBLIES OF THE CHURCH MUST BE EDIFYING TO THE OUTSIDER AND TO THE YOUNG IN THE FAITH

  1. The services of the Lord’s people are not always such as would move an unbeliever or a new convert in God’s direction…
  2. 1 Corinthians 11:17
  3. 1 Corinthians 14:15-17
  4. Do our visitors and those young in the faith see our enthusiasm and reverence in worship?
  5. Singing
  6. Bibles open – following along

It is a sad commentary when some feel a bit reluctant to bring their best “contacts” to services – or when they have to apologize to new converts for what they see and hear when the church meets.

  1. John 4:24
  2. 1 Corinthians 14:40
  1. Something is wrong anytime we impart anything other than spiritual refreshment and strength to our visitors and new converts.

In our assemblies, unbelievers ought to experience courtesy, warmth, and genuine interest in spiritual things – love for God and man.

If we are serious about growth, we are going to have to be more “visitor conscious” when we assemble.

WE MUST BE PREPARED TO NURTURE BABES IN CHRIST

  1. The reality of having “babies” is sometimes strikingly different from our idealized visions beforehand – new converts can sometimes bring with them a host of “problems.”
  2. They may be from a denominational background – thus, they may have thoughts and ideas foreign to the Bible that has to be dealt with
  3. They may bring baggage with them which they had before they became a Christian
  4. They may come from a socioeconomic group we are not comfortable in dealing with

We must continue to teach…

  1. Matthew 28:19-20
  2. We must help them to… 2 Peter 3:18

We must be patient …

  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8
  2. 2 Timothy 4:2 

CONCLUSION

  1. Most importantly, we must work in the strength of the Lord and to His glory, not leaving the Lord out of His own work.
  2. We must truly speak and act as stewards
  3. Philippians 2:13
  4. 1 Peter 4:10-11
  5. Before becoming useful and effective in reaching the lost – and in strengthening the brethren – we may have to “cleanse” ourselves from things that hinder us… 2 Timothy 2:21
  6. Remember… 1 Timothy 4:15-16

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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How is your gentleness and concern?

As I was fine tuning my sermon for Sunday – a lesson discussing the importance of personal spiritual growth and how it aids us converting the lost and keeping the saved in the right relationship with God – 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 made a profound impact on me.

“But we were gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherisheth her own children: even so, being affectionately desirous of you, we were well pleased to impart unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were become very dear to us.”

How are you doing with this? I resolve to improve in this area.

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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WHO SHOULD WE VOTE FOR?

The Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible has been asked a question that we will address on the program tonight: “Who should we vote for in the coming Presidential election?”

We will address this question from a Biblical/Christian standpoint. You have heard what men have said – now listen to what the Bible has to say.

Tune in tonight (and each Monday) at 6:00pm CST at http://www.harrisandmoore.org as we discuss difficult topics and important issues facing the church and the world in which we live.

We are also airing on KWBY 98.5 FM, KOME 95.3, KATX 97.7 FM, KNNK 100.5 FM, KDAV 1590 AM, and KVOP 1090 AM.
Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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TRAINING OUR CHILDREN

Nearly 2,000 years ago, Clement of Rome wrote, “Let our children have a Christian training,  Let them learn the value God sets on humility, what power pure love has with Him, how good and excellent it is to fear Him, and how this means salvation to everybody who lives in His fear with holiness and a pure conscience. For He is the searcher of thoughts and of desires.”

Not much has changed – the same is needed in our day, and perhaps, more than ever before. Solomon declared, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Pro. 22:6). God has committed to us as parents the training of their children, and in a very important and vital sense, committed to us the formation of our children’s future character, and He will hold us responsible for the influence we exert. 

Paul said that parents are to “bring them up [their children] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4; ESV). It has been said that between a child and God stands a parent – a connecting link or a dividing wall. Which are we? May we all give serious attention to the SPIRITUAL training of our children.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore

http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org

http://www.harrisandmoore.org

http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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HOW TO STAY POSITIVE DURING DISCOURAGING TIMES

HOW TO STAY POSITIVE DURING DISCOURAGING TIMES

INTRODUCTION

  1. Temptation tries to blind us to other possibilities
  2. When we are discouraged it is hard to see many positive options.
  3. A business man stopped to watch a little league game. He asked a little boy about the score. The boy said, “We’re behind 14 to nothing,” he answered with a smile. “Really,” he responded. “I have to say you don’t look very discouraged.” “DISCOURAGED?” the boy asked with a puzzled look on his face. “Why should we be discouraged? We haven’t been up to bat yet.”
  4. Positive outlooks go a long way in dispelling discouragement Ó

For the most part we are way too negative

  1. Many are too negative toward others
  2. Many are too negative toward themselves
  3. Many are too negative toward the circumstances they face
  4. Many are too negative concerning the present state of the church, or local the congregation
  5. Thus, many become discouraged in many or all of these areas… Ó

Discouragement is an emotion we all face from time to time.

  1. The best way to overcome discouragement is to think positively.
  2. Be proactive in your thinking and actions.
  3. To be “proactive” is to control a situation by causing something to happen rather than waiting to respond to it after it happens
  4. We can be as positive as we allow our selves to be
  5. God does not want us to be discouraged… “be of good cheer…” (Mat.  14:27)

We need to be positive, think positive, and act positive.

  1. But how can we cultivate a positive attitude?
  2. The Bible gives us the answer…

DISCUSSION

We can be positive because we have the promises of God

  1. God’s promise… Romans 8:28
  2. All things work “together” for good … this is God’s promise!
  3. For those who love the Lord
  4. Remember John 14:15
  5. Hebrews 10:23
  6. God is faithful in His promises
  7. We can “hold fast” – endure life’s difficulties so as to remain positive
  8. 2 Peter 3:9
  9. God is not slack concerning His promises
  10. If it is promised by God IT WILL happen
  11. Romans 4:19-22
  12. We need to be like Abraham in his view of God’s promises
  13. We need to be fully persuaded that God will keep His promises
  14. Do not waver, but hold fast the promise of Romans 8:28 Ó

We can be positive because discouragements can be used as bridges

  1. Philippians 1:12
  2. Paul saw that the discouragements he faced were a bridge to greater things
  3. The problem with many though is they use difficulties as stumbling blocks instead of bridges
  4. Many put a negative twist on everything – Paul didn’t!
  5. Hebrews 11:1, 6, 32-40
  6. Faith is vital in using difficulties as bridges
  7. Difficulties are a bridge that leads to something greater
  8. Romans 15:4
  9. Will we learn from the positive attitudes of great men and women from the Bible?
  10. Will we emulate their ability to use difficulties as bridges?

We can be positive because discouragement is temporary

  1. Psalms 30:5
  2. God promises us deliverance from our difficulties
  3. Comparatively speaking, difficulties are always short when compared with eternity
  4. Philippians 3:8
  5. Why was Paul able to do this?
  6. He knew difficulties were temporary – and something much greater was awaiting him
  7. John 14:1-6
  8. Jesus encouraged His disciples by letting them know that something much greater was in store for them
  9. This made their difficulties seem temporary

We can be positive because God has given us the ability to endure

  1. 1 Corinthians 10:13
  2. I’m afraid that many doubt this promise of God
  3. God will not place on us more than we can endure
  4. If you do not believe this you are weak in faith, because this is God’s promise
  5. 2 Thessalonians 1:4
  6. Enduring difficulties takes “patience” and “faith
  7. The first century Christians were able to endure (who endured much more that we) and so can we
  8. Matthew 10:22
  9. 1 Corinthians 13:7
  10. 2 Timothy 2:10
  11. Our enduring is not just for our sake, but for the sake of others
  12. Our salvation and the salvation of others is at stake!
  13. 2 Timothy 2:3
  14. Paul says let’s do it together
  15. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

We can be positive because we have access to the power of Prayer

  1. Philippians 4:6
  2. Pray!
  3. Pray with thanksgiving!
  4. James 5:16
  5. See the power of the righteous in action
  6. Understand what power our prayers can have if we are righteous
  7. 1 John 5:14
  8. The key to powerful prayer: Pray according to God’s will
  9. God hears us when we pray according to His will

CONCLUSION

  1. When life is view properly, there really is little room for discouragement in the heart of a child of God.
  2. We can and must be positive in times of discouragement

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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THE BIGGEST LIE EVER TOLD

Join us tonight on the Harris and Moore Expedition Through The Bible as we discuss: “The Biggest Lie Ever Told” – thoughts on evolution. Tune in tonight and each Monday night at 6:00pm CST at http://www.harrisandmoore.org as we discuss vital issues facing the church and the world in which we live.

Our motto: You have heard what men have said – now listen to what the Bible has to say.

We are also airing on the following radio stations: KWBY 98.5 FM, KOME 95.3 FM, KATX 97.7 FM, KNNK 100.5 FM, KDAV 1590 AM, and KVOP 1090 AM.

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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