In the Peanuts comic strip, Linus and Lucy are standing at the window looking out at the rain falling. Lucy says to Linus, “Boy, look at it rain…What if it floods the earth?” Linus, the resident biblical scholar for the Peanuts, answers, “It will never do that…in the ninth chapter of Genesis, God promised Noah that would never happen again, and the sign of the promise is the rainbow.” With a smile on her face, Lucy replies, “Linus, you’ve taken a great load off my mind.” To which Linus responds, “Sound theology has a way of doing that.”

It is imperative that we be “sound in doctrine.” Notice what the Bible says about sound doctrine.

“If any man teacheth a different doctrine, and consenteth not to sound words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is puffed up, knowing nothing, but doting about questionings and disputes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, wranglings of men corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, supposing that godliness is a way of gain” (1 Tim. 6:3-5). “For the time will come when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but, having itching ears, will heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside unto fables” (2 Tim. 4:3-4). “Holding to the faithful word which is according to the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in the sound doctrine, and to convict the gainsayers” (Tit. 1:9). “But speak thou the things which befit the sound doctrine” (Tit. 2:1).

It is very true that being sound in doctrine brings peace of mind. But being sound in doctrine is not enough, for Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (Jn. 14:15). “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 7:21).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore

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Erma Bombeck, the author who wrote “If Life Is A Bowl Of Cherries, What Am I Doing Here In The Pits”, tells of two moments in her husband’s life:

There was a time when the children were growing up that her husband used to go and look at the back yard. Surveying the muddy patches where the lawn should be, he would wonder — Will the grass ever come back?

And then there was the time when the children were grown and gone that her husband went and looked over the beautiful green lawn, immaculate from lack of use and wondered — Will the children ever come back?

This reminds me of the short time we have with our children, and the importance of training in the Lord while we have opportunity. 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). “Chasten thy son, seeing there is hope; And set not thy heart on his destruction” (Pro. 19:18). “The rod and reproof give wisdom; But a child left to himself causeth shame to his mother” (Pro. 29:15). The apostle taught, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).

Parents, take advantage of your opportunity with your children – for your children will soon be gone.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore

“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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Helps in Overcoming Sin


It was a great day when Dr. Salk discovered his polio-preventing vaccine, resulting in the near complete annihilation of that dreaded disease.

But, what is even greater than this is to discover and apply the preventatives to sinning

This lesson presupposes:

  1. The recognition that we sin (Rom. 3:23)
  2. The intense desire to conquer sin in our personal lives.
  3. All the helps in the world will be of no value to us if we do not have a strong desire to avoid sin.
  4. We have to get our “want to” in gear
  5. The realization that God expects us to overcome sin… Romans 6:1-2

Let us explore some helps in overcoming sin



  1. Psalm 119:11
  2. Why is it so important to place God’s word in our heart?
    • We act in accordance with the precepts of our heart
    • We will act no better than our heart
    • Proverbs 4:23; 23:7

Bible truth atones for sin

  1. Proverbs 16:6… truth purges sin
  2. John 17:17

God’s law prevents backsliding

  1. Psalm 37:31
  2. Show me a backslider and I will show you a man who no longer loves, reads, studies, believes, obeys, memorizes, or teaches the Bible

John wrote his epistle to help prevent sinning

  1. 1 John 2:1
  2. Ezekiel 3:16-21
    • We must warn people with God’s word
    • It is a sin not to warn concerning sin

Jesus successfully met temptation with the Word of God (Mat. 4:1-11)

  1. The same will work for us to day
  2. If we are tempted to lie, remember Colossians 3:9
  3. If we are tempted to forsake the assembly, remember Hebrews 10:25
  4. If we are tempted to commit an act of immorality, remember 1 Corinthians 6:18
  5. If we are tempted to speak evil … Ephesians 4:31
  6. If we are tempted to steal, remember Ephesians 4:28

Therefore we need to resolve to:

  1. Read our Bibles… 1 Timothy 4:13
  2. Study our Bible… 2 Timothy 2:15
  3. Meditate on the Bible… Psalm 119:97
  4. Memorize Scripture
  5. Attend every Bible Class available
  6. Build a good home religious library
  7. Subscribe to and read several faithful Gospel Journals


  1. “Prayer can stop sin, and nothing but sin can stop praying. Apostasy begins at the closet door. Keep your window toward Jerusalem open and you will not pitch your tent toward Sodom. Backsliding indeed starts in the knees. A dancing foot and a praying foot do not grow on the same leg. You will never stumble while on your knees. Yes, prayer is a potent preventative. As the prayer circle increases the circle of sin recedes. Thus, Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint on his knees” (Wendell Winkler).
  2. It is through prayer that we petition … “lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one” (Mt. 6:13)
  3. It is through prayer that we receive strength to stand
  4. Luke 21:36
  5. We are told to put on the whole armor of God in prayer (Eph. 6:13, 18)

Consider these series of questions:

  1. Did you ever know of a man stealing and praying at the same time?
  2. Did you ever know of a man drinking and praying at the same time?
  3. Did you ever know of a man dancing and praying at the same time?
  4. Did you ever know a man gossiping and praying at the same time?

It should be easy to see why we should heed the admonitions of the Bible to pray regularly.

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
  2. Continue instant in prayer” (Col. 4:2)
  3. Jesus said we “ought always to pray” (Lk. 18:1)


  1. We hear a lot about physical examinations, bank examinations, postal examinations; and these are important, but not near as important as self-examination
  2. This is what Israel was told to do… Deuteronomy 11:16
  3. David practiced self-examination… Psalm 39:1
    • Paul exhorted us twice to do this:
    • Let a man prove himself” (1 Cor. 11:28)
  4. 2 Corinthians 13:5
  5. We need to realize that God’s word is the standard by which we are to examine ourselves… James 1:22-25 


  1. Exodus 20:20
  2. Proverbs 3:7
  3. Ecclesiastes 12:13
  4. A contemplation of the goodness and severity of God will help us to have a reverential fear of God
  5. Hebrews 10:31
  6. 2 Corinthians 5:11 


  1. We cannot escape the omnipresence, the all-seeing eye of God
    • Psalm 139:7-12
    • Proverbs 15:3
    • Jeremiah 23:23-24
  2. Man sins when he loses sight of God’s presence
  3. Psalm 94:5-11
  4. Before stealing some chickens, a daddy looked before him, behind him and to each side. Whereupon his little boy said, “Daddy you forgot to look one direction – up!” The father had lose sense of the omnipresence of God.


  1. Deuteronomy 20:16-18
  2. Of Solomon it is said, “Even him did foreign women cause to sin” (Neh. 13:26)
  3. If Peter had not been in the company of the Lord’s enemies he would not have denied the Lord
  4. 1 Corinthians 15:33


  1. Life is uncertain, death could come at most any time
  2. Also, the Lord might return at most any time – as a thief
  3. James 5:7-9… Christians are to live every day like this were the day the Lord is coming


  1. Remember, these helps will assist us only if we really want to overcome sin
  2. Overcoming sin takes effort on our part
  3. Sin must be overcome if we are to be with our Lord in heaven

*** Outlined from Windell Winkler’s book: “Studying Sin Seriously”

Tom Moore

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On February 8, 1986, a Peekskill, New York, woman took a Tylenol capsule she had purchased at the local supermarket. Unknown to her, the bottle had been tampered with and the contents were contaminated with a lethal dose of potassium cyanide. Instead of helping her as she expected, the medicine took her life. Johnson and Johnson, the manufacturers of Tylenol, responded by removing the product from store shelves and reissuing the drug in caplet form contained in tamper-resistant bottles. These actions, however, could not alleviate the pain and grief of this woman’s loved ones.

Millions of people have turned to the Bible to find relief from the pain of sin. Some, unfortunately, have not found the relief they sought. Instead they discover that people and denominations have tampered with the words of Scripture, changing and adding to their meaning – even making what God says is evil appear to be good. For example, many say homosexuality is not a sin, they claim it is an alternate lifestyle – The Bible says it is sin (Rom. 1:24-27). Many say abortion is not murder, but simply a choice – the Bible says otherwise (Ex. 21:22-25). What the Bible calls adultery, people refer to euphemistically as “having an affair.” Fornication is passed over as “living together.” What is called drunkenness in God’s Word is called the “disease of alcoholism” by a society bent on calling evil good and good evil. Obedience, on the other hand, is labeled as legalism.

Don’t be fooled by this truth twisting. What God calls evil will never be made acceptable simply by using another word. Make sure that your beliefs and doctrines are based on the solid foundation of God’s Word. To keep your faith “tamper-proof,” compare everything you hear with the Bible and see what God has to say (Acts 17:11). The Gospel give spiritual life, but these additives and contradictions can be fatal.

Friends, truth can’t be improved with additives.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore

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In our series of lessons on “Studying Sin Seriously” we have so far discussed:

  1. The Origin of Sin
  2. What Sin Is
  3. Kinds of Sin
  4. What Sin Will Do To You
  5. Improper Attitudes Toward Sin

In this lesson, it is only natural that we now study “Proper Attitudes Toward Sin

We must remember how important our attitudes are in regard to our actions

  1. Proverbs 4:23
  2. Proverbs 23:7

Calvin Coolidge was known as a man of few words. Returning from worship services one day, his wife asked him what did the preacher preach on. “Sin,” he replied. “Well, what did he say about it,” she continued. “He was agin it!” Coolidge answered.

  1. Surely this is the correct attitude toward sin
  2. However, let us be a bit more thorough in our study of the subject.



First, we must admit that we are guilty of sin

  1. Psalm 32:5
  2. 1 John 1:8-10

Secondly, we must admit that we are personally responsible for our sins.

  1. Ever since Adam, man has tried to escape individual responsibility for his sin
    • Genesis 3:9-13 the age old problem of “passing the buck
    • Exodus 32:21-24… Aaron blames the people for the golden calf
    • 1 Samuel 15:13-15, 24… Saul blames the people
  2. Today, for example, we hear, “When I was a little boy my parents made me to go to church all the time, and I vowed when I got old enough I would quit”
    • Such reasoning blames the parents for the responsibility of one’s absenteeism
    • Let’s not blame insanity, the environment, defective social arrangements, bad luck, society, hypocrites, or friends for our transgressions


We avoid things we hate

  1. No one keeps a barrel of rattlesnakes in his home
  2. We don’t usually eat food we dislike
  3. Accordingly, an intense hatred of sin constitutes a safeguard against sin

God hates sin

  1. Proverbs 6:16-19
  2. Proverbs 8:13

Sin stirred Jesus’ soul with righteous indignation

  1. In Mark 3:5 we see that Jesus was moved with anger against the hardened heart of the Pharisees
  2. Jesus hates iniquity (Heb. 1:9)

All the world loves a lover; but God loves a hater of sin

  1. Psalm 97:10
  2. Amos 5:15
  3. Let us not lose our capacity to hate, for some say, “we must not be too fast to condemn,” or “we do not want to cause any trouble”

We must hate the sin, but love the sinner.

  1. Psalm 101:3
  2. The cross preaches this lesson very clearly (John 3:16)



  1. We are to “abstain” from all evil (1 The. 5:22)
  2. We are to “flee” from evil (2 Tim. 2:22)
  3. We must pray not to be led into temptation (Mat. 6:13)
    • Now, to pray not to be tempted, and then to rush into occasions of temptations, is like thrusting your finger into the fire, and then praying not to be burned.
    • We must pray and do our part
  4. In shunning sin we will NOT play with sin, seeing how close we can get to it without overly sinning
  5. In shunning sin we will not make provision for it.
    • Romans 13:14
    • In other words, do not put yourself in a place where sin can easily get at you.


  1. 1 Peter 5:8-9
  2. James 4:7
  3. Jesus resisted evil and the evil one
  4. Matthew 4:1-11
    • How? Through the word of God
    • In resisting evil and the evil one we cannot give an inch!


God condemned sin

  1. Romans 8:3
  2. God condemned sin by sending His Son in the flesh

Jesus exposed sin

  1. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and scribes of His day
  2. Mark 7:9-13

The Holy Spirit reproved sin

  1. Jesus promised this in John 16:7-8
  2. It happened on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2

John the Baptist condemned sin… Mark 6:18

The apostles denounced sin

  1. Paul did (Acts 13:6-10; Galatians 2:11-12)
  2. Peter did (Acts 2:22-23; 5:1-11)

Gospel preachers are also to rebuke sin

  1. 2 Timothy 4:1-2
  2. Titus 1:13
  3. Sin must be condemned from the pulpit
    • Many in the religious world never mention sin from their pulpits
    • As a result, our nation’s morals are on a rapid decline

All Christians are to reprove sin

  1. Ephesians 5:11
    • The majority of Christians may obey the first part of this command, but few obey the second part
    • Are we to be involved in cafeteria styled religion, where we pick and choose what want and don’t want to do? NO!
  2. To illustrate:
    • You may refrain from the sin of purchasing pornography, but why not actively protest such to the business owner?
    • You may abstain from illegal or unauthorized use of drugs, but do you actively oppose their use?
    • We refrain from teaching and endorsing false doctrine; but such must also be refuted and denied.


  1. We are to conquer, not commit, sin; we are to conquer, and not continue in, sin.
    • Romans 6:1-7
    • We are to crucify sin!
  1. Drastic measures are to be taken to conquer sin
    • Mark 9:43-48
    • This is a hyperbole – exaggeration to make a point
  1. We must conquer sin or it will conquer us
    • King Saul was ultimately slain by an Amalekite, of the nation he was commanded to utterly destroy…
    • Sin will destroy us if we do not destroy it first


What will help us to have the proper attitude toward sin?

  1. Remember that sin caused the death of Christ.
  2. Sin is the only thing that will keep us out of heaven
  3. Remember that sin is a hard taskmaster in this world.
  4. See sin as God sees it.

We must have the proper attitude toward sin

*** Outlined from Windell Winkler’s Book: “Studying Sin Seriously”

Tom Moore

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Every day I go out to the ranch to check the cows, and the first thing I do is count cows. If there is a cow missing I don’t shrug my shoulders and say, “O, well, maybe she will show up in a day or two.” No, I look for her right away. A cow may be hurt, having trouble calving, or maybe have gotten through the fence endangering themselves or others. As an example, one day I was counting cows and one was missing, a young heifer. So, I began the search. I found her with her head stuck in the fork of a tree. Evidently, she was scratching her neck and got her head stuck. Had I not gone looking for her for a day or so, she might have died.

Should we not be much more concerned for our brethren than cows? If a brother or sister misses worship services on a Sunday, do we wait a week or two to check on them? Would it not be wise and loving to check on them right away? Maybe they are sick, or hurting, or maybe they have “gone through the fence” and need our encouragement to stay with the “herd”.

“Take heed, brethren, lest haply there shall be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God: but exhort one another day by day, so long as it is called To-day; lest any one of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin: for we are become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end” (Heb. 3:12-14).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore

“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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Read Matthew 14:22-33. In this Gospel account the disciples of Jesus were in a boat “in the midst of the sea, distressed by the waves.” Jesus walks on the water to frightened disciples and stills the storm. Three important lessons shine forth in this context.

First, JESUS ALWAYS COMES IN THE STORM. It had been a great relief to escape from the pressure of the crowd to His place of prayer – but Jesus tore Himself away because His friends needed Him. He is watching you also in the storm and will certainly come to your aid. Remember, cast “all your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you” (1 Pt. 5:7). “I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5).

Secondly, JESUS USES THE ELEMENT WE DREAD AS THE PATH FOR HIS APPROACH. The waves were endangering the boat, but Jesus walked on them. In our lives are people and circumstances we dread, but it is through these that the greatest blessing of our lives will come, if we look through them to Christ. “And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good” (Rom. 8:28). “Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Cor. 12:10).

Thirdly, DO NOT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF OF JESUS. Peter was walking on the water to Jesus, but when he took his eyes off his Master, and looked at the turmoil around him, he began to sink. Friends we will sink in the seas of difficulty if we take our eyes off of Jesus. “Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1-2).

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore

“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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