WHAT IS LIFE?

Life is a challenge, choose it;
Life is a chance, take it;
Life is an opportunity, seize it;
Life is a battle, wage it;
Life is a song, sing it;
Life is a joy-bell, ring it;
Life is a promise, test it;
Life is a drama, act it;
Life is an adventure, risk it;
Life is a race, run it;
Life is a contest, win it;
Life is a duty, dare it. [author unknown]

Remember the word of the apostle Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens m”” (Phil. 4:13). And remember, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 Jn. 4:4).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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BACK TO THE BIBLE LECTURES

You are invited to attend the
BACK TO THE BIBLE LECTURES
at the Park Heights Church of Christ
1300 East Boynton St.
Hamilton, Texas 76531

October 18-19

Moral Issues Facing Our Nation and the Lord’s Church

Saturday, October 18
2:00pm … Pornography (Tim Ayers)
3:00pm … Abortion (Michael Light)
4:00pm … Modesty (Jason Rollo)
5:00pm … Homosexuality (Terry Jackson)
6:00pm … Sandwich Supper

Sunday, October 19
9:30am … Misusing the Social Media (Rick Popejoy)
10:30am … The Silencing of God (Tom Moore)
11:30am … Pot Luck Lunch
1:00pm … Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Joshua Moore)

CDs and DVDs will be recorded by Tullstar. (www.tullstar.org)

For more information contact us at dspoppy@yahoo.com

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THE BENEFITS OF BEING A CHRISTIAN # 3

THE BENEFITS OF BEING A CHRISTIAN # 3
A NEW FELLOWSHIP: COMMUNION WITH GOD AND HIS PEOPLE

INTRODUCTION
A. Man is a “personal” being, and he thrives in the enjoyment of relationships with “persons” which correspond to him.
1. Man is a personal being because he is created in the image of God, who Himself is a personal Being… Genesis 1:26-27
2. The creation of a companion to whom Adam could relate followed God’s judgment that it was “not good that man should be alone” (Gen. 2:18-22).
B. The sin which alienated man from His Creator also produced enmity among men themselves, and it soon bore terrible fruit: frustration, violence, fear, despair, and anguish.
1. By Noah’s day, the divisive results of sin entering the world had reached such an extent that even God could not tolerate it – He would destroy mankind (Gen. 6:11-13).
2. Many of the sins described by Paul as resulting from man’s rejection of God involve discord and enmity… Ephesians 4:17-19
C. The gospel of Christ addresses this problem of sin which breaks up the personal relationships that we need
D. Let us contemplate the importance and joy of various aspects of the fellowship and communion which are possible through Jesus Christ, and through Him alone.
DISCUSSION
A. FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
1. When we enjoy fellowship with God we have Peace with God.
a. It has been said that sin is a refusal to accept God’s love
b. Man’s sin prevents God from extending Himself to man in the relationship He originally intended
1) This is seen in the Garden of Eden and in Noah’s day
2) Isaiah 59:1-2
3) Romans 1:18
c. In sin, man declares himself the “enemy” of God, and fear displaces love
1) Genesis 3:8-10
2) Romans 8:7
d. Through the forgiveness of sin in Jesus Christ, the cause of mans alienation from God is done away
1) Romans 5:1-2, 10-11
2) 2 Corinthians 5:18-21
2. When we enjoy fellowship with God we have access to God
a. Hebrews 10:19-22
b. Ephesians 2:18
3. When we enjoy fellowship with God we have continued forgiveness by God… 1 John 1:7-2:1
4. When we enjoy fellowship with God we have knowledge of God
a. The Christian enjoys a living, personal relationship with God
1) “He knows” God
a) Jeremiah 9:23-24
b) Philippians 3:8-10
2) Knowing God (not just knowing about God) involves study, prayer, worship, and meditation – all aimed at the cultivation of genuine love for God… Matthew 22:37
3) What glorious eternal fellowship awaits those who have come to know the Lord, and who are unashamed of their acquaintance with Him
4) On the other hand, what an eternal tragedy not to know Him or be known by Him… 2 Thessalonians 1:8.
b. We need to be careful not to neglect or undervalue the personal nature of our relationship to God
1) Spiritual life involves personal fellowship with God
a) John 17:3
b) 2 John 9
2) “Morality is conformity to an abstract law of right, while religion is essentially a relation to a person, from whom the soul receives blessing and to whom it surrenders itself in love and obedience…Religion in its essential idea is a life in God, a life lived in recognition of God, and under control of God” (A. H. Strong).
3) The “nearness” of God to us is one of our most precious spiritual blessings in Christ
a) Matthew 28:20
b) Hebrews 13:5
4) Our songs rightly emphasize our need for a vibrant personal fellowship with God.
a) My God and I: “This earth will pass, and with it common trifles, but God and I will go unendingly”
b) Be With Me, Lord: “No other gift or blessing thou couldst bestow could with this one compare – a constant sense of Thy abiding presence, where’er I am, to feel that Thou art near”
5) The invitation of Christ is an invitation to fellowship with God… Revelation 3:20
B. FELLOWSHIP WITH THE PEOPLE OF GOD
1. Peace with God makes possible true fellowship with others… 1 John 1:3
a. God’s people in Christ enjoy a unique relationship as:
1) God’s “own special people” … 1 Peter 2:9-10
2) The “family” of God … Galatians 3:26-29
3) The “body” of Christ … Romans 12:4-5
b. This unique relationship binds together those who otherwise would be alienated (Gal. 3:26-29)
c. This relationship entails unique responsibilities … John 13:34-35
2. Christians’ common relationship to God is the basis of a common life together
a. Acts 2:42-47
b. Our spiritual “kinship” transcends physical ties… Mark 3:31-35
c. The mutual benefits and values of the relationship are important… Romans 1:12
1) Friendship, companionship, help, encouragement
2) Knowledge, correction, comfort, prayers
c. We need to recover a sense of the “community” aspect of Christianity… Romans 12:5
d. Nothing in this life surpasses the joy of Christians together worshiping, praying, studying, helping, teaching, and enjoying one another’s company
e. “Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above”
f. Those of “like precious faith” (2 Pt. 1:1) are our “glory and joy” (1 The. 2:19-20).
CONCLUSION
A. Each of us is bound for one of two destinies:
1. Eternal fellowship with God (Phil. 1:23; 1 The. 4:16-18).
2. Eternal alienation from God (Lk. 16:19-31; 2 The. 1:8-10)
B. The choice is ours to make, while opportunity lasts
1. Hebrews 5:9
2. Revelation 22:17
C. There is even now no treasure we ought to cherish more dearly or guard more carefully than our fellowship with God and His people – it is the missing dimension we need so desperately.
1. It is in the gospel that God has purposed to “gather together in one all things in Christ” (Eph. 1:10; kjv) … Colossians 1:19-23.
2. To “taste” what it means to have fellowship with God and with others is a powerful experience.
D. Can we imagine life without God and His people? Dare we “take one step alone”?

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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NO LEFT TURNS

UPS drivers only make right turns – fact of fiction? Fact; that is, mostly.

The truth is, in 2004 UPS enacted a policy for their drivers to avoid ALL left hand turns whenever possible and practicable. The result is that UPS drivers make right hand turns more than 90% of the time, turning left only in sparsely populated residential neighborhoods or when right turns are otherwise unavailable or impractical. UPS explains the strategy: Years ago … UPS engineers began to devise route-optimization plans to increase efficiency, reduce fuel consumption and get drivers back to their centers earlier. They came up with a simple rule. Minimize – or sometimes, eliminate – left-hand turns. It’s simple but effective. Since 2004 UPS has saved an estimated 10 million gallons of gas. Carbon emissions were reduced by 100,000 metric tons – the equivalent of 5,300 cars off the road for an entire year. Even if this meant traveling a greater distance, results showed that more packages could be delivered in less time with reduced emissions by driving in a series of right-hand loops. It helped the bottom line, met consumer demands and increased safety.

The Washington Post reported that “Left turns are unsafe for everyone.” Federal data have shown that 53.1 percent of crossing-path crashes involve left turns, but only 5.7 percent involve right turns. That’s almost 10 times as many crashes involving left turns as right. A study by New York City’s transportation planners concluded that left-hand turns were three times as likely to cause a deadly crash involving a pedestrian as right-hand turns. And 36 percent of fatal accidents involving a motorcycle involve a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. “Left turns create some concerns when it comes to generating potential for congestion, back-up traffic flow, safety, accident situations,” said Phil Caruso, the deputy executive director for technical programs at the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Let’s make a spiritual application. Choosing to only make right turns is a bit like choosing to only do the right thing. Sure, there are plenty of left turns that would get you where you “think” you want to go, but at what cost? Following God’s way – the right way – will certainly take you on a more circuitous route (it might seem), but you can be sure that you will avoid a lot of unnecessary troubles along the way. “The way of the just is uprightness: thou that art upright dost direct the path of the just” (Isa. 26:7). “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; But the end thereof are the ways of death” (Pro. 14:12). My friends, always do the “right” thing.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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THE HARRIS AND MOORE EXPEDITION THROUGH THE BIBLE

Tune in tonight (and each Monday) to the Harris and Moore Expedition at 7:00 pm CST at http://www.thegospelradionetwork.org as we discuss “The Old Paths” – Podcasts are also available at http://www.harrisandmoore.org

This is a live call-in Program… 1-855-QABIBLE

You can also join in the discussion in the chat room at The Gospel Radio Network

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

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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THE BENEFITS OF BEING A CHRISTIAN #2

THE BENEFITS OF BEING A CHRISTIAN #2
A New Strength: The Christian’s Hope

INTRODUCTION
A. The Christian, a new person in Christ, has a new hope…1 Peter 1:3
1. Everyone wants hope
2. Everyone needs hope
B. In this lesson, we will look at hope as one of the cherished benefits of Christianity.
DISCUSSION
A. HOPE’S NATURE: WHAT IS IT?
1. Hope is the expectation of something desired.
a. Hope = desire + expectation.
b. Hope is always the expectation of something good in contrast to fear, which is the dreaded expectation of something bad.
c. Hope is always oriented toward the future… Romans 8:24-25… Hope is waiting with:
1) Joy – (Rom. 12:12)
2) Confidence… 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
3) Patience… 1 Thessalonians 1:3
4) Discipline… Hebrews 10:23; 1 Peter 1:13
d. Hope’s orientation toward the future instills peace, calmness, “stillness” – but it is not slothful or inactive
1) Romans 13:11
2) 1 Corinthians 15:58
2. Hope is closely related to other important biblical ideas
a. Forgiveness of sins.
1) Hope is the outgrowth of forgiveness
2) Psalm 130:1-8
b. Confidence, trust
1) Psalm 43:5
2) Philippians 4:6-7
c. Optimism – Romans 8:28, 31-32
d. Faith and love
1) 1 Corinthians 13:13
2) Neither faith, hope, nor love can exist without the others.
3. Hope is securely and objectively grounded
a. Critics have attempted to portray Christian hope as a silly groundless blind optimism
b. F. W. Nietzsche said, “Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torment of man.”
c. Like faith, hope is only as solid as the foundation upon which it rests. Hope is grounded in:
1) God’s character – Psalm 71:5; Romans 15:13… God, the Guarantee of our hope, is faithful and can be confidently counted on… Titus 1:2.
2) Christ’s resurrection – 1 Corinthians 15:19-20; Colossians 1:27; 1 Peter 1:3-4, 21.
3) The Scriptures – Romans 15:4; Colossians 1:5, 23.
d. Hope will grow in intensity, but it never, even at first, need be tentative or uncertain… 1 John 5:13.
B. HOPE’S CONTENT: WHAT ARE THE OBJECTS OF HOPE?
1. God is an object of our hope
a. The appearing of Christ… Titus 2:13; 1 John 3:2
b. The presence of God and Christ… Philippians 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:17
c. The glory of God… Romans 5:1-5
2. Eternal life is an object of our hope
a. Bodily resurrection… Acts 24:15; John 5:28-29
b. Rest from sorrow, labor, tribulation… Hebrew 4:1, 10-11; Revelation 14:13
c. Salvation, eternal inheritance, true life.. Titus 1:2; 1 Peter 1:3-5
d. Glory… 2 Corinthians 4:17; Romans 8:18
C. HOPE’S BENEFIT: WHAT IS THE VALUE OF HOPE?
1. Hope protects and preserves
a. The power of hope to protect… 1 Thessalonians 5:8; Ephesians 6:17.
b. The power of hope to purify… 1 John 3:3
c. The stability and permanence which hope contributes to… 1 Peter 1:4-5.
d. The mainstay and anchor provided by hope… Hebrews 6:17-20.
e. The confidence and trust engendered by hope – Jeremiah 17:7-8… This trust and confidence brings:
1) A new courage and boldness in life – Philippians 1:20.
2) A new attitude toward death – 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 17-18
2. Hope is productive and also promises
a. The power of hope to give purpose and direction… Hebrews 12:1-2.
1) “No wind favors him who has no destined port”
2) “Everyone needs long-range goals, if for no other reason than to keep from being frustrated by short-range failures.”
b. The power of hope to give enthusiasm and aspiration – Philippians 1:12; 4:13.
“The hopeful man sees success where others see failure, sunshine where others see shadows and storm” (O. S. Marden).
c. The diligence and industry inspired by hope… 1 Corinthians 15:54-58; 1 Thessalonians 1:3…
“Of all the forces that make for a better world, none is so indispensable, none so powerful, as hope.
Without hope men are only half alive. With hope they dream and think and work” (Charles Sawyer).
d. The unity and harmony made possible by hope – Ephesians 1:18; 4:4.
e. The joy and gladness of hope – Hebrews 3:6
CONCLUSION
A. Hope may be one of the most conspicuous blessings of Christianity, a thing other people notice and ask about: 1 Peter 3:15
B. Hope is a gift of God… 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
1. Hope is centered on Christ, our “better hope” (Heb. 7:19).
2. Hope is announced by the gospel – Colossians 1:5, 23.
3. Hope is a central theme of the gospel – Acts 24:14-15
C. The Christian needs to meditate on and enjoy the great blessing that hope is. Paul prayed for the Ephesian brethren: “that you may know what is the hope of His calling” (Eph. 1:18).
D. We also need to express gratitude for our hope, guard it, feed it, and share it. Peter urges us… 1 Peter 1:13
E. “Great hopes make great men” (Thomas Fuller).
1. If so, then the Christian has the greatest of potentials and the greatest of blessings.
2. Romans 15:13
F. The Christian alone can derive the full richness of this life, because he can see that it is the prelude to a deeper, better, more enduring life in God.
G. Hebrews 13:14-15

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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THE BENEFITS OF BEING A CHRISTIAN – 1

THE BENEFITS OF BEING A CHRISTIAN #1
A New Gift: The Forgiveness of Sins

INTRODUCTION
A. Colossians 1:13-14
B. The Christian is a “new creature” … 2 Corinthians 5:17
1. Notice what Jesus said… John 3:3-5
2. Just as Christ was raised from the dead, “even so we also should walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4).
C. There are many joyful aspects of the Christian’s new life, but the most basic benefit, the one which the new Christian is immediately aware of, is the gift of God’s forgiveness.
DISCUSSION
A. MAN’S SIN: THE ULTIMATE PROBLEM
1. Modern man has largely lost a realization of the reality and consequences of sin.
a. Many have fallen prey to:
1) Self-sufficiency … Romans 1:21
2) Self-righteousness … Romans 10:3
b. With the banishment of “sin” from our vocabulary, “forgiveness” has been drained of its meaning and attraction – the gospel can never be “joyous tidings” to a humanistic culture which recognizes no need for salvation.
2. The Christian, in contrast, has come to know sin’s true character.
a. Sin disrupts the relationship between God and man, resulting in “death,” i.e. alienation, condemnation
1) Romans 6:23
2) James 5:20
b. No greater crisis or tragedy can be imagined than to be cut off from God in sin – man’s most dire need is to be “saved”
c. The core of the message of Jesus Christ, the “gospel,” concerns the forgiveness of sins.
1) Luke 24:46-47
2) Those who heard the gospel preached on Pentecost asked… Acts 2:37 – they were told by Peter… Acts 2:38
3) Paul said while preaching in Antioch in Pisidia… Acts 13:38
4) The message of Christ is a message by which persons may be saved… 1 Timothy 2:3-4
3. Yet, even among many Christians, there is a need for renewed emphasis on salvation.
a. Many do not speak of their conversion in terms of being “saved.”
b. Too rarely is the candidate for baptism observed mourning for his past sins, from which, by God’s grace, he is being rescued.
c. What is needed is the attitude of David.
1) Psalm 25:16-18
2) Psalm 51:9
B. GOD’S NATURE: THE ULTIMATE LOVE
1. The Christian’s joy is grounded in the knowledge of God’s character and love for man.
a. God’s perfect justice is perfectly balanced with His perfect mercy… Romans 11:22 (His justice makes His mercy meaningful)
b. God has revealed Himself to be a God of lovingkindness, grace, and compassion… Matthew 23:37.
1) His character is forgiving… Psalm 86:5
2) His joy is to save the sinner… Luke 15:10
2. The joy of forgiveness is intensified knowing the immensity of the sacrifice God’s love led Him to make on our behalf
a. John 3:16-17
b. 1 Peter 1:18-19
3. Man can know no greater joy than to understand God is for him, and has in His good pleasure become man’s Savior – it is possible to say, with Mary… Luke 1:47
C. GOD’S FORGIVENESS: THE ULTIMATE GIFT
1. Ephesians 2:4-9
2. The forgiveness of sins is the central theme of the Bible.
a. It was anticipated in the Mosaic covenant (Jer. 31:31-34)
b. It was the mission of Jesus, the Messiah (Lk. 19:10)
c. It is the heart of the gospel (Rom. 1:16-17)
d. It is the intent of faith, repentance, baptism (Acts 2:38)
e. It is the defining characteristic of the church (Acts 2:41,47)
f. It is the focus of the Christian’s activity (1 Tim. 4:16)
3. On the basis of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, the Christian is able to say that he has “died” to sin… Romans 6:3-4. This includes:
a. Salvation from the guilt of past sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16)
b. Salvation from sin in the present, i.e. power to overcome sin plus cleansing from sins committed after being initially forgiven (1 Jn. 1:7, 9; 2:1).
c. Salvation eternally in the future (Rom. 13:11; Heb. 9:28)
4. The greatness of the Christian’s joy, peace, gratitude, humility, etc. is in proportion to the depth of his consciousness of sin.
a. Those who expressed the deepest love for the Lord were those who had the most honest attitude about their own sin (Lk. 7:36-50)
b. When the gospel was preached in Acts, the joy of salvation was experienced only after the godly sorrow that accompanied a genuine realization of sin (Acts 2:37-41, 46-47; 8:4-8, 38-39)
5. The forgiveness of sins is the highest and best of God’s gifts to man… Romans 6:23.
a. We need to remember our tears of joy, relief, peace, and wholeness after our baptism into Christ
b. A cleansed conscience is man’s deepest need – there is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
c. In baptism, we appealed to God for, and received, a good conscience… 1 Peter 3:21
1) request, appeal, an earnest seeking, intense desire.
2) “Answer” (KJV, NKJV), – “appeal” (ESV, NASV)
d. The answer to the cry “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Rom. 7:24) is “I thank God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!…There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 7:25-8:1).
e. This release from guilt, fear, and alienation is the cherished possession which God could give us only on the basis of the sacrifice of His Son.
6. We need to continue to count this among our “spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3).
7. We need to rejoice that our names are “written in heaven” (Lk. 10:20).
8. We need to meditate, as did David, on the blessedness of forgiveness… Psalm 32:1-2
9. We need to respond to the gift of forgiveness with:
a. Gratitude (1 Tim. 1:15-16)
b. Devoted service to God (2 Cor. 5:14-15)
c. Compassionate forgiveness of others (Eph. 4:32)
d. Diligence in sharing the gospel (Acts 8:4)
CONCLUSION
A. There are no more valued promises of God than those of His forgiveness.
1. Psalm 103:11-12
2. Isaiah 1:18.
B. The Giver makes the gift more precious

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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