A PLACE OF SOLITUDE

There is nothing more tempting than a place of solitude. A place of solitude where phones do not ring and loud voices all shouting at once do not compete for our attention. A place of solitude where we can hear ourselves think, feel our own calmed breathing, rediscover the inner rhythms which seek in vain to regulate our lives. A place of solitude where we can listen to the wind rippling through the trees or, perhaps, to the full and wise sound of stillness. A place of solitude free from television and calendars. A place of tranquil rest and blessed retreat. There is nothing more tempting than a place of solitude.

But most of all we need a place of solitude to commune with the Almighty. Jesus practiced this. “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” (Mark 1:35).

Find your place of solitude.

Have A Great Day!

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”
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LOOPHOLES

A lawyer was on his deathbed in his bedroom, and he called to his wife. She rushed in and said, “What is it, honey?” He told her to run and get the bible as soon as possible.  Being a religious woman, she thought this was a good idea.  So she ran and got it, prepared to read him his favorite verse or something of the sort. He snatched it from her and began quickly scanning pages, his eyes darting right and left. The wife was curious and asked him, “What are you doing, honey?” He simply replied, “I’m looking for loopholes!” He didn’t find any!

Friends, there are no loopholes in the Bible. We are going to be judged by the words of Christ as found in the Bible (Jn. 12:48). The apostle Paul declared, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10). Are you ready for the Judgment? It may be sooner than you think!

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”
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THE AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE

INTRODUCTION

We are living in a time when a great many people have little or no respect for authority.

  1. Our jails are full of those who do not respect the authority of our government.
  2. We have many children in our world today who do not respect the authority of their parents
  3. And there is a host of people who do not respect the authority of the Bible

 

We today need to recognize authority ….

The captain on the bridge of a large naval vessel saw a light ahead on a collision course. He signaled, “Alter your course ten degrees south.”

The reply came back, “Alter your course ten degrees north.” The captain then signaled, “Alter your course ten degrees south. I am a captain.”

The reply: “Alter your course ten degrees north. I am a seaman third-class.” The furious captain signaled, “Alter your course ten degrees south. I am a battleship.”

The reply: “Alter your course ten degrees north. I am a lighthouse.”

If we do not recognize where true authority lies – then we will be making many wrong decisions in this life – and especially spiritually speaking… EVERYTHING HINGES ON THIS

DISCUSSION

THE BIBLE IS COMPLETE, UNIFIED, AND INDESTRUCTIBLE, and as such it is:

  1. All-sufficient… 2 Peter 1:3
  2. Completely furnishes us… 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  3. Blesses… James 1:25
  4. Written by inspired men… 2 Peter 1:20-21
    • Sixty-six books … written over a period of 1600 years, by forty different men (with varying backgrounds), in three languages
    • Yet the Bible is perfect in harmony…
  5. Thus, we agree with the words of the Psalmist… Psalm 119:89
  6. God’s word shall stand forever… 1 Peter 1:23-25
  7. Consider these truths about the word of God

THE WORD OF GOD IS…

  1. Powerful…  Hebrews 4:12; Romans 1:16 
  2. Able to cleanse… Psalm 119:9
  3. Capable of purifying the soul… 1 Peter 1:22
  4. Able to build one up… Acts 20:32
  5. Perfect… James 1:25
  6. Complete… 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  7. Enduring… Matthew 24:35

CHRIST HAS ALL AUTHORITY AND HAS GIVEN US INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Authority was given to Jesus by the Father… Matthew 28:18
  2. Today Christ speaks through the Bible… Hebrews 1:1-2
  3. Christ’s words are truth… John 17:17
  4. The way of salvation is not found in man’s words…Jeremiah 10:23
  5. We must do all by the authority of Christ… Colossians 3:17
  6. Christ’s words can be understood… Ephesians 3:3-4

WE MUST FOLLOW AND KEEP THE WORD OF GOD

  1. If we love Christ we will obey Him… John 14:15
  2. We must study to be approved of God… 2 Timothy 2:15
  3. We must remember God’s word… 2 Peter 3:2
  4. Hold forth the word of life… Philippians 2:16
  5. Hold to sound words… 2 Timothy 1:13
  6. Continue in God’s word… 2 Timothy 3:14
  7. Preach the word… 2 Timothy 4:2
  8. Stand fast for God’s word… 2 Thessalonians 2:15
  9. Be an example in the word… 1 Timothy 4:12
  10. Contend earnestly for the faith… Jude 3

WE MUST HANDLE GOD’S WORD CORRECTLY

  1. Do not be deceitful…2 Corinthians 4:2
  2. Study to be able to handle God word in the right way… 2 Timothy 2:15
  3. Do not hear only… James 1:22
  4. Do not be led astray… 2 Peter 2:1
  5. Do not be deceived… Ephesians 5:6-10

GOD WARNS US NOT TO HANDLE HIS WORD IN THE WRONG WAY

  1. Do not add to or take away from the word of God
    • Deuteronomy 4:2
    • Proverbs 30:5-6
    • Revelation 22:18-19
  2. Do not pervert the Gospel… Galatians 1:6-10
  3. We are not to be unskilled in God’s word… Hebrews 5:12
  4. We must be knowledgeable… Romans 10:2-3
  5. We must not be disobedient… Hebrews 2:1, 3
  6. The Bible will judge us… John 12:48

CONCLUSION

  1. We must respect authority, and most importantly we must respect God’s authority.
  2. We truly respect the word of God, we will:
    • Study it
    • Love it
    • Obey it
  3. If we do not respect God’s authority we will not go to heaven
“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”
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SOMETHING SMELLS

A hungry man was walking down the street in a village of medieval Turkey. He had only a piece of bread in his hand. He came to a restaurant where some meatballs were being grilled. The cooking meat was so near and the smell so delicious the man held his piece of bread over the meat to capture some of the smell. As he started to eat the bread, the angry restaurant owner seized him and took him away to see a judge.

The owner protested, “This man was stealing the smell of my meat without asking permission. I want you to make him pay me for it.” The judge thought for a moment, then held up his purse in front of the owner and shook it. “What are you doing that for?” asked the restaurant owner? The judge replied, “I am paying you. The sound of money is fair payment for the smell of food.”

Our challenge is to deal in true religion – NOT the “smells” of the “Religion of Liberalism,” the “Religion of Materialism,” the “Religion of Islam,” or the “Religion of Denominationalism.” True and actual religion can only be realized as we adhere strictly to the word of God. We must seek the “old paths” (Jer. 6:16), “stand in the gap” (Eze. 22:30), and “contend for the faith” (Jude 3) of God’s word. We must always “speak as the oracles of God” (1 Pet. 4:11), remembering “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Pro. 14:12). We must realize like Jeremiah, “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23). Remember, the Lord has only on true religion – one church and one body (Eph. 1:22-23; 4:4).

Join with me and “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim. 6:12) as we promote true religion!

Shake of Nod!

Have A Great Day!

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”
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NAMES

A man is given three names: the name he inherits, the name his parents give him, and the name he makes for himself. A good name, like good will, is attained by many actions and may be lost by a single action. Never has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering. Remember, the best inheritance parents can leave a child is a good name. What kind of name do you have in the church and in the community?

Solomon said, “A goodname is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.” (Pro. 22:1).

Think About It! 

Have A Great Day!

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LIFE IS SHORT

While visiting a space exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., Great Britain’s Princess Anne was introduced to Neil Armstrong. During her tour she noticed a display of astronauts’s spacesuits. Turning to Armstrong, the Princess asked, “Is there any danger of a rip?”The one who had taken great risks in being the first to walk on the moon replied, “Yes, the difference between life and death up there is only about one-hundredth of an inch of rubber!”

The same is true down here on earth – a very fine line separates life from death – time from eternity. The Hebrew writer said, “And inasmuch as it is appointed unto men once to die, and after this cometh judgment”(Heb. 9:27). Solomon said, “All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again”(Eccl. 3:20).

All of us will die unless the Lord comes first. If we are all truly honest with ourselves we know that we have no guarantees of being alive tomorrow. People are unexpectedly killed or die every day. Almost everyday we hear of some young person killed in an automobile accident. Since we have no promise of tomorrow, in the words of Peter, we should ask, “what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy living and godliness”(2 Pet. 3:11). Remember, “For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil”(Eccl. 12:14).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten how it goes.”
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THE HARRIS AND MOORE EXPEDITION THROUGH THE BIBLE

Listen in tonight to the Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible at 6:00pm CST at www.harrisandmoore.org – A live call-in radio program. Tonight’s topic: The Blood of Christ

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