There are identifying marks on everything that we buy. The same is true of everything that we own. Identifying marks also are what we used to tell animals apart. It may be numbers. It might be spots. It could even be scratches that are on our item by which we could identify that item. Dents can also identify an automobile. There may be marks that identify people as well. One could have a birthmark that identifies them. One could have a scar that now identifies them. Identifying marks are all over the place. This illustration...Continue reading
Spiritual growth is an essential part of preparing for heaven. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18). Paul described spiritual growth by saying, “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head even Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). The Hebrew Christians had to be reminded of the need for spiritual growth. “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you...
This time of year is a time of family. Many families get together for many different reasons, but one is so that all can catch up with other members of the family. Sometimes families swap out with this day and with Christmas meeting with one side or the other. It is still a good time to get together and renew the love that we have for one another. It also is a time to be thankful for our heritage. Our heritage is those family members who have gone before us who have made us into...Continue reading
When was the last time you changed a tire? If so how long did it take you to change that tire? When was the last time you had to change clothes? You found something on the clothes that you wanted to wear somewhere and could not wear that piece so you had to go and change? How long did it take you to change your clothes? When was the last time you have to make some changes in your life? There was something that you were doing that the doctor said you must quit or...Continue reading
By Raymond Elliott How often have we heard that statement from a brother in Christ? And it is to be admitted that we often fail in fulfilling the many obligations that God has given us. But there are some pertinent observations that need to be made relative to this broad statement. First of all, we could say that the brother who makes such an accusation has taken to himself some of the attributes that are considered belonging only to God. In Psalm 139 we learn that God is omnipresent and omniscient. Thus, for a brother...Continue reading
When one enters an airport there must be a destination in the immediate future. This destination must be known to oneself and then made known to others. One can not buy a ticket without first having thought of this destination and then verbally committing it to others. The same is true for any manner of travel conveyance. This is all true with our personal life. We start off with a big plan. We ask our children or our grandchildren what they want to be when they grow up. Right now we have a grandchild that...Continue reading
The Bible is clear that civil governments are ordained from God. Romans 13:1-7, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Whilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is...Continue reading
Have you had problems with your computer and had to talk to someone with someone who with whom you could not communicate. They were speaking English and so were you, but you could tell you were not speaking the same language. That happens in many areas of life also. It seems that each occupation has its own vocabulary. Those within that occupation can communicate well with each other, but when it comes to talking to some one outside that occupation it is hard to express what you want or what needs to be done. The...Continue reading
This statement, “There is an exception to every rule” is not found in the Bible. However, it is seemingly a statement of truth. Exceptions for rules is a practice for which we have become accustom in our society. People expect exception to rules to be made on their behalf. Many rules have built in exceptions. For instance prices for many goods and services certainly are not graven in stone. Discounts are given to people at most places who meet certain criteria. The speed limit on most interstates is 70 miles per hour except for most...Continue reading
Peter said, “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning” (2 Peter 2:20). Over the last several years we in America have been great concerned about pollution. We are concerned about the pollution that is in the air. We are concerned about the pollution in the water. We are concerned about the pollution upon our land. We ought to be concerned about these things for if...