THE RIGHT PATH

There were 128 runners in the field for the cross country race at the 1993 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships.

As they set out on the 6.2 mile run, they were following a course that had been marked for them by the race officials. Toward the end of the course, one of the runners in the middle of the group realized something was wrong. Mike Delcavo of Western State College in Colorado saw that the main pack had missed the turn. “I was waving for them to follow me and yelling ‘this is the right way,'” he told an interviewer after the race.

Delcavo was right – but only four other runners followed him. The rest continued on the shortcut, which allowed them to run a shorter distance and finish the race sooner. In a widely-criticized decision, race officials allowed the abbreviated route to stand as the “official course” and Delcavo officially finished 123rd.

The LA TImes reports Delcavo saying, “I’m upset. If I had stayed on the wrong course, I would have finished respectably. But when you read the official results, I’m 123 out of 128 runners.”

Have you ever noticed how the world determines the right path from the wrong path? It’s whatever is chosen by the majority. What’s considered the wrong path yesterday becomes “the official course” today, should enough people decide to travel in that direction. The moral direction of the world is ever changing and can only be anticipated by polls and surveys. Not true of God, or of the path that He has commanded us to take. God, the author of truth, is unchanging.

Don’t follow the majority onto the wrong path expecting the way of the majority to change the rules in the end. If you do, you will be sorely disappointed at the outcome.

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; But the end thereof are the ways of death” (Pro. 14:12). “Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby. For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it” (Mat. 7:13-14).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
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Hamilton, Texas 76531
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WHO IS THE ENEMY?

Who is the enemy? Do you know who the real enemy is among the Muslims? Do you know anything about ISIL or the Sunnis or their history and beliefs? Have you heard of Wahhabism? Did you know there about 2.5 million Sunnis living in America today? Is there reason for fear and concern? Do you know what is being taught in the mosques?

In a few weeks The Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible will be discussing these questions and more at http://www.thegospelradionetwork.org on Monday at 7:00 pm CST from a Biblical perspective. Be tuning in and be ready to hear the truth on the matter – the truth that is not being told by our government and the media.

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
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TASTE THEM AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME

There have been some pretty memorable commercial catch phrases for cereals over the years. Among them is the 1990s ad campaign for Kellogg’s Corn Flakes: “Kellogg’s Corn Flakes – Taste them again for the first time.” Its genius, really – a call to go back to relive the pleasure, the delight, the satisfaction of a product which may have lost its luster in your mind, and its place in your pantry.

When it comes to your spiritual life, have you lost the pleasure, the delight, the satisfaction you once found in the Savior? Has walking with Him lost its luster? Has He lost His place in your life? Friends, Jesus calls you to return to your first love – to “taste” Him again, as though for the first time. “Oh taste and see [as if for the first time!] that Jehovah is good” (Psa. 34:8). “But I have this against thee, that thou didst leave thy first love. Remember therefore whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I come to thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its place, except thou repent” (Rev. 2:4-5).

Taste the Lord again for the first time! Place Him back in your life in the proper way.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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CHRIST, THE SOURCE OF WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE
Colossians 2:1-7

INTRODUCTION
A. In Colossians 2:1-7, the apostle Paul is going to inform the Colossians that he wanted them to be encouraged and bound together by love, fully possessing God’s knowledge
B. All the spiritual information they needed could be found in Christ
C. Therefore, they were to follow Him and not draw away from their faithfulness to Him
DISCUSSION
A. PAUL’S DESIRE: THEIR FULL UNDERSTANDING OF GOD’S MYSTERY (2:1-2)
1. “For I would have you know how greatly I strive for you,” (v. 1a)
a. Paul has just said in 1:28 that he wanted to present them perfect in Christ, and this could be possible if the lived by the traits mentioned in 2:2
b. Because of Paul’s goal in this regard, Paul says “I strive for you”
1) I struggle for you – ESV (KJV – conflict)
2) “Strive” comes from agon and means dedication expressed in consistent effort
3) This illustrates how diligently Paul sought their welfare
2. As a matter of fact, Paul had this desire even for those who “have not seen my face in the flesh” (v. 1b) – that is, even those who had not seen him personally
3. Paul was dedicated in his effort in seeing that:
a. Their “hearts were comforted” [encouraged - ESV, NKJ] (v. 2a)
1) Paul’s intense effort was directed toward uplifting others spiritually
2) He was concerned about their inner-self
3) Proverbs 4:23
b. They were “knit together in love” (v. 2b)
1) The idea of “knit together” in the Greek is that of “bringing together”
2) True unity among Christians depends on love and enduring trust
3) The unity of all the faithful should be the goal of every Christian
a) Not unity with the world
b) Not unity in diversity
c) 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
c. They achieve “all riches of the full assurance of understanding,” (v. 2c)
1) True “riches” (wealth) is not found in money or in things of physical worth, but rather is found in “understanding”
2) Ignorance can breed insecurity, while understanding can give “assurance”
a) God’s revealed word is that which gives us the proper “understanding”
b) Of course, this understanding can only come as we study God’s word
(1) 1 Timothy 4:13
(2) 2 Timothy 2:15
3) The result of this “understanding” is the knowledge of “the mystery of God”
a) We need true knowledge of the “mystery of God”
b) This “mystery” is a divine secret that could only be known by divine revelation, not through human reasoning – this mystery was revealed by the inspired writers of the New Testament
c) Ephesians 3:3-5
4. So Paul’s earnest desire for them was that they know the mystery – this should be our desire
B. HIS REVELATION: ALL WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE IN CHRIST (2:3-4)
1. “in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden” (v. 3)
a. Notice the phrase “in whom” – in Christ – is “all” of the “wisdom and knowledge” found
b. Thus, the Colossians were not to look for “wisdom and knowledge” elsewhere – they must adhere strictly to the teachings of Christ and the New Testament
c. Notice the word “all” – there would be no later day revelation – the New Testament is the fully revealed will of God
2. “This I say, that no one may delude you with persuasiveness of speech.” (v. 4)
a. “This I say” – Paul is giving warning not to be seduced by false teachers
b. Christians are always in danger of being influenced by false teachers with their impressive speech and magnetic personalities
c. The Bible warns often about false teachers and perils of getting entrapped by them
1) 1 John 4:1
2) Galatians 1:6-10
C. HIS DELIGHT: THEIR FAITH IN CHRIST (2:5)
1. “For though I am absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit,” (v. 5a)
a. No matter where Paul was his thoughts and prayers were with them
b. And evidently was receiving reports and following their progress, for he was…
2. “joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.” (v. 5b)
a. Paul was rejoicing to see their:
1) “order” – taxis is a military term meaning “orderly ranks”
a) They were a disciplined people
b) Their lives were well-ordered after the instructions of God
c) 1 Corinthians 9:27
2) “stedfastness” of “faith in Christ”
a) “Stedfastness” comes from stereoma and mean firmness, also used in a military sense
b) They were stable and solid in their faith
b. Paul was happy to see that their lives were ordered, controlled, and strong – but he still felt the need to give them warning…
D. HIS ADMONITION: TO WALK IN CHRIST AS THEY HAD RECEIVED HIM (2:6)
1. “As therefore ye received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him” (v. 6)
a. “Therefore” connects this thought to the statement that “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” are in Christ (v. 3)
b. Knowing that these treasures were available to them in Christ, the Colossians were to cling to Him alone and restrict their lives to the parameters of His commands
2. To “receive Christ” is more than simply acknowledging Him, but accepting the fact that:
a. He is God’s appointed Ruler (Mt. 28:18)
b. He is the means of forgiveness of sins (Rom. 10:9)
c. He must be obeyed (Lk. 6:46)
3. The Colossians are encourage to continue to “walk in him”
a. “Walking” in a spiritual sense means to progress in a certain realm
b. Some walk in darkness (Jn. 8:12), which, of course, is the wrong direction
c. The Colossians were to “walk” in Christ
1) They were to walk in Christ with the same trust and confidence they had when they received Him
2) 1 John 1:6-7
E. HIS ENCOURAGEMENT: TO BE BUILT UP IN CHRIST (2:7)
1. “rooted and builded up in him,” (v. 7a)
a. Being “rooted” is to be firmly fixed
1) “Rooted,” in the Greek, is a perfect passive participle – and expresses an action completed in the past but having a continuing result
2) If we are firmly rooted in Christ we will not easily be uprooted – keep growing in Christ!
b. “Builded” carries the idea of developing certain qualities
1) A present participle expressing continued action
2) They (and we) are to continue to be built up in Christ
3) Notice the important phrase: “in him”
2. “and established in your faith, even as ye were taught,” (v. 7b)
a. “Establish” primarily means to “prove beyond a doubt” – and thus to have firm conviction
b. Notice “in your faith” – it personal – but it is still based on the entire body of Christian teaching…Romans 10:17
3. “abounding in thanksgiving.” (v. 7c)
a. This is also a present participle expressing continuous action
b. “Abounding” – excelling, we should keep on excelling in “thanksgiving”
c. Gratitude breeds contentment, which provides a stabilizing influence
CONCLUSION
A. Christ, is the source of wisdom and knowledge
B. We must be growing in faith
C. We must look only to Jesus

Tom Moore
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THE SOCIAL GOSPEL

Tonight on the Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible we will be discussing the “Social Gospel.” What is the “Social Gospel” and how is it affecting the church and religion in general?

Tune in at 7:00 pm CST at http://www.thegospelradionetwork.org each Monday as we discuss important Bible topics and moral issues facing the church and the world in which we live.

You have heard what men have said, now listen to what the Bible says.

Tom Moore
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Hamilton, Texas 76531
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A STOMACH FULL OF SOCKS

We have all experienced the frustration of missing socks. Foolishly, perhaps, we usually attribute their disappearance to the clothes dryer having “eaten” them, or the mysterious sock gremlin. But maybe we should be pointing our fingers elsewhere, like toward our four-footed, furry friends. USA Today reports:

“Chomping down on 43 1/2 socks was enough to make one 3-year-old Great Dane pretty sick. After vomiting and retching during the day, abdominal radiographs revealed ‘a severely distended stomach and a large quantity of foreign material,’ according to Veterinary Practice News.
During surgery performed by a … veterinarian in Portland, Ore., the socks were removed. The dog was sent home one day after surgery.
When Dr. Ashley Magee at [the] Animal Hospital opened the dog’s stomach, she told KGW-TV, they ‘kept removing sock after sock of all different shapes and sizes.’
The Dane, who had a history of sock snitching, has been in for follow-up check-ups and is so far doing fine. Needless to say, the Dane’s ‘people’ are keeping a watchful eye to see that he doesn’t return to his former ways.”

43 1/2 socks! Makes you wonder what happened to the other 1/2 of that 44th one. Maybe he just couldn’t choke it down. It just goes to show, we all have our limits. If that’s true of socks, you better believe it’s true of sins. We may “seem” to tolerate them well enough for a while, but watch out for that 44th one. Eventually our transgressions catch up to us, and when they do, there we are retching and vomiting all over everything. “But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against Jehovah; and be sure your sin will find you out” (Num. 32:23). Beloved, “the wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23).

“As a dog that returneth to his vomit, So is a fool that repeateth his folly” (Proverbs 26:11).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531
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THE HARRIS AND MOORE EXPEDITION THROUGH THE BIBLE

Tune in tonight, and each Monday night, to The Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible at 7:00 pm CST on http://www.thegospelradionetwork.org as we discuss important Bible topics and important moral issues facing our world. You can also sign up for podcasts of the program at http://www.harrisandmoore.org

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

Tom Moore
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Hamilton, Texas 76531
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