You became a member of the church that belongs to Christ when you were baptized into Christ (Gal. 3:26-27). The Lord added you to the number of His followers, metaphorically assembled, when you became obedient to the faith (Acts 2:36-41, 47). As a member of the body of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23) you accepted certain obligations: [...]
I stumbled across a blog post entitled, “Why are Churches of Christ Shrinking?” The author’s premise is that congregations of the church of Christ are shrinking because they fail to recognize our shift in culture. “Younger generations,” he says, “come into our worship services looking for an experience. And what do they get? A lecture. Information.” The [...]
Monday was a historical day. On MLK day our first black President was sworn into office for a second term. But there was something else. For the first time in an Inaugural speech, a President used the word “gay” to address sexual orientation and promote same-sex marriage. President Obama also invoked “Stonewall” a gay bar [...]
This speech was broadcast by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on April 3, 1965: If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths [...]
Regarding slavery in the United States before the Civil War, Stephen Yafa writes: “Whatever course the future took, it carried with it a tarnished promise that democracy might someday mean true equality, or that when pressed to choose, its preeminent elected officials would put aside personal reward to en-sure the liberty of one and all… [...]
A gospel meeting is a series of faith-building assemblies with a strong focus on Bible preaching. Our members look forward to the life-changing lessons from God’s Word by a visiting preacher. The event goes from Wednesday night to Sunday night. Guests are encouraged to join us for the weekend’s blessings. People are amazed when they [...]
Q: What is the role of the Holy Spirit in salvation? A: The primary role of the Holy Spirit in the salvation process is to convict a lost sinner concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment (Jn. 16:8-11). This is done through the Spirit-revealed message, the gospel (Rom. 1:16; Eph. 3:3-5). As someone has said, the leading [...]
July 14 evening One of the questions Christians here frequently ask me is, “How do you find Seychelles?” They are proud of this little island-nation and want us to enjoy its people and natural beauty. They also ask, “How do you find the church?” There are some truly wonderful disciples here – some of the [...]
The work here continues to go well, with increasing crowds, interested visitors, and lots of questions from members. I’ll send a more detailed report in another day or two. ‘Sounds like things are going well on the “home front” too. Keep up the good work! Mike & Andrea
July 9 On Friday (July 6), we had three appointments with various brethren, some of whom requested teaching or counseling on various topics. One couple we met with is building a nice house on a steep hill with no street access, but they currently live in a glorified shack. As we discussed the local church, [...]
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