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"Miracle Baby"

Several weeks ago there was a storm that went through the upper Midwest. The news reported that a tornado passed through a residential area and a baby was swept away. There's no doubt that was an emotionally tumultuous evening for

A Picture of Hell

The picture showed multiple columns of smoke billowing into great clouds of flame, ash, and dust behind what would typically be considered a sprawling urban neighborhood with houses lined up one after another. In the distance a helicopter could be

The Christian System and Government Health Care

There are occasions when politicians appeal to Christianity as a reason for why they have voted for a particular bill. They might say that it is the "Christian" thing to do. I have a problem with politicians appealing to Christianity,

Who Are We?

Welcome! We're so glad that you've come our way. This web site was built for you because we want you to know more about the churches of Christ. Thank you for visiting and reading the materials we have available here.

Setting Priorities as Adults

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the bus ministry was a really strong work among churches of Christ. On many of the buses would be a sign that said, "J.O.Y." It didn't take long to learn that J.O.Y. stood

The Silence of the Scriptures

"I don't understand the concept of the silence of the scriptures." This is an increasingly voiced sentiment. However, we do understand the prohibitive nature of the silence of the scriptures to some degree. For example, take the Lord's Supper. Jesus

Christian Renewal

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17). To be in Christ is to be different from what we were before we

Confusing Pleasure with Happiness

Have you ever finished a good book wishing there were more to the story? Have you ever watched a movie leaving the theater unsatisfied? Perhaps after a good meal you've wished there were more to come. Such things clearly provide

Apocalyptic Admonitions

Studying the apocalyptic prophets can be challenging, but rewarding at the same time. While it is difficult to be dogmatic about what the various symbols mean, there is much to be gained from the study. There are some definite lessons

Labels

On the outside of an old fruit crate sitting in my office is a label: "Liberty Brand / Grown and Packed by Escondido Lemon Assn. / Escondido – Calif. / Sunkist." I understand that these fruit crate labels today are

The Turnip Congress

"On the twenty-fifth of July, Sow your turnips, wet or dry." There may be a few among us that remember President Harry Truman. I am currently reading a biography about his life. While President Truman brought a swift end to

My Broken TV

A few years ago I bought a small VHS/TV combo from Wal-Mart so the kids could watch videos while traveling. Today we've pretty much converted to DVD, so we've been using that small television for the boys' video games and

Going Down to the Brook

It seems that on every side we turn now a days, we find a nation that is increasingly hostile toward Christianity. From Rosie O’Donnel’s comments that fundamentalists Christians are worse than radical Islamists to Bill Maher’s mocking the Lord’s supper

Are Piercings and Tattoos Wrong?

Not too many years ago in our society, one would not have expected to publicly encounter many individuals with odd body piercings or an assortment of tattoos. The few tattoos that one saw were either related to military service or

Happy Mother's Day

Today is the day that we know and celebrate as Mother’s Day. It is the one time out of the year that we set aside a day to remember and honor our mothers. More telephone calls home are made today

Unguarded Approach

On the morning of July 4th, 1776, the founding fathers signed the declaration of independence. Later on that same day, a British armada carrying some 34,000 British soldiers began landing on Staten Island where Lt. Gen. Sir William Howe made

Learning Math and Etc.

I'll be the first one to admit that when it comes to math I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed. This means I have to apply myself a bit harder and pay closer attention to my mathematics. I have

Tragic!

“We regret to inform you . . ." are the words that no parent or loved one wants to hear. Often times such words are followed by tragic and terrible news such as the injury or death of someone who

Captured!

Two weeks ago we watched as the nation of Iran took 15 British sailors into captivity in the waters of the Persian Gulf. Though controverted by England, Iran believed these hostages to have crossed into their territorial waters thus transgressing

What Are "Disputable Matters?"

Romans 14:1 in the NIV says, "Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters." The ESV reads, "As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions." The ASV

What Is Righteous Anger?

This question I received through our web site this past week so I know nothing of the question's origins or the motivation behind the one asking. The scriptures, however, are sufficient to instruct us in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and

The Good Fight

Some battles in life are fought and instantly won; passing tests, playing games, solving a puzzle in the newspaper, or winning at a sporting event. We preoccupy ourselves with these "battles" because they give us instantaneous gratification and bring us

Maintaining Our Spiritual Fire

This past week I saw a video on the news of a man stepping outside with a boiling pot of water, tossing the water into the air and its instantaneously changing into snow. He was near the top of Mount

Wallpaper

As I type this article, I am suffering from the cumulative effect of having stayed up very late for the past several evenings. What have I been doing, you may ask, to keep me up so late? Mary Lynn and

True Brotherhood

Many people have asked me in the past few weeks, "What do you do on your mission trips, Kevin?" Most of the time I respond by saying that I teach, but I could also say that I ask a lot

Is Your Christianity Machucado?

I've never quite had an experience like crossing the border south of the border between Costa Rica and Panama. We arrived at the border late Wednesday night, the evening of January 31st, after a long eight hour bus ride from

"Mi Corazón"

On just about any mission trip, one thing can be assured, there are going to be some interesting stories. Recently, while in Panama, I had the opportunity to participate in a youth camp for a few days. Around 4:00 AM,

"Rend Your Hearts, Not Your Garments"

In ancient times in the near eastern lands, when individuals wished to show mourning or a deep sense of sorrow, they would tear their garments. Jacob mourned Joseph in such a way (Genesis 37:34). Job so mourned the loss of

Focus

A lot of what we accomplish in life depends upon our focus. The story is told of the golfer Arnold Palmer, who, in the 1961 Master's finals was approached by a friend and congratulated on his victory a few shots

That Little Voice in Your Head

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” is the famous line from the Wizard of Oz wherein the “wizard” doesn’t want Dorothy and the others to know what is actually going on. Once his “magic” is revealed for

The Center

When we think of the word “center” we think “middle” or “mean.” In politics, “the center” is the middle point between radicals on the left and right; we call them “moderates.” When we think of an object such as an

Practical Principles for Unity

Paul exhorted the church at Ephesus to walk worthy of their calling, “endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” An endeavor is an exerted effort undertaken to reach a desired result. In the case

"No Pain, No Gain"

There is an expression among those who exercise regularly, "No Pain, No Gain." The expression basically means that if you are not willing to work hard and suffer a little for your efforts, then you are not going to accomplish

The Sacrifice of Praise

As Christians, we praise God. We do so in spoken word, in song, and in other worship. Do we understand what it means to praise God? Do we know what we are doing when we offer “the sacrifice of praise?”

Memories of Johnny Ramsey

Today (Friday) my mind is on a mentor of mine, brother Johnny Ramsey. He passed away last night (Thursday). It is reported that this past week he was, even in his delirious state, quoting scripture and exhorting young preachers to

God's Great Bubbles of Protection

Have you ever thought how amazing it is that the Earth seems to be perfectly situated as a habitat for man? Man needs water to survive, and the Earth has a hydrology system that cleans and purifies water on a

The Sin of Lying

Of all the sins that man may commit, lying is perhaps the most destructive. Lies, per se, aren't all that harmful; they're just words, but their consequences are destructive. When people base their decisions on lies, they make bad choices

Exact Essentials

That which is essential is that which is fundamentally necessary and indispensable. Cereal boxes talk about essential vitamins and minerals. These are things the FDA says are necessary and indispensable for our physical well being. There are other things that

Excellent Endorphins!

It is no secret that I have been involved in a good amount of exercise over the past several months. One of the things that I have experienced in exercising is the so-called "runner's high." During cardiovascular exercise, the body

Are The Scriptures Sufficient For Salvation?

Many in the religious world today claim for themselves additional infallible sources of information other than what is found in the Bible. Some of these religious groups claim that these additional sources are necessary because the Bible isn't a sufficient

The Sin of Procrastination

"Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring" (Proverbs 27:1 ESV). When I was learning the Spanish language, I was told a joke. Seems that there were some workers who were asked to

The Wrath of God

In our politically correct society it is not accepted to talk about a God that will destroy people for the sins that they commit. The world frowns on the idea of anger, vengeance, and righteous indignation. Yet, while the world

Family and Friends – What Are They?

Today is our fifth annual Family and Friends day at the Berryville church of Christ. We're glad you're here, whether you be family or friend! The Bible tells us both what is a family and what is a friend. I

Spiritual Nutrition

If you've watched the news any time lately, you've probably been aware of the new "epidemic" in our country. This epidemic isn't caused by a virus; it isn't caused by a bacteria; it isn't caused by any "disease" at all.

Why Have Some Called Us a “Cult”?

This past Wednesday night in the high school class, one of our astute and observant high school students asked me why some are calling us a cult. After the death of Matthew Winkler, there were several in the media who

The Lord's Supper - The Christian's Holy Meal

Recently in a ladies Bible class we were discussing things considered holy today. Our study was centered upon the Valley of Achor where Achan took of the devoted thing and desecrated it (Joshua 7). One of the discussion questions at

Measuring Spiritual Progress

Our society is fascinated with measuring things. As early as kindergarten children are taught to use a ruler and think about weight. Physicians measure children's height, weight, and circumferences at the time they are born and then at regular checkups.

"He Has Become the Judge!"

From all appearances it seemed to be a fine morning. Hena had awoken and begun his morning routine. Last night was a blast. He and his friends had literally ravished the city; it was their common diversion. As he made

God Has Given! Will You Receive?

Before the children of Israel crossed over the Jordan into the Promised Land, Moses spoke to them to encourage them to remain faithful to God. This series of speeches that Moses gave are recorded in the book of Deuteronomy. Near

Does God Know How We Feel?

“Daddy, do you think God knows how we are feeling" were the words of my seven year old son after we found our pet dog, Dallas, dead in the back yard on a September morning. It was the first time

Moonquakes

Between the years of 1969 to 1972 NASA sent Seismometers with the Apollo astronauts to be placed on the moon. They continued to send back data to earth until 1979 when they were turned off. They found that the moon

The Original

The trip to De Leon, Texas was productive on a number of levels. I had a wonderful opportunity to spend time with my grandmother both going to De Leon and on the return trip. She lives in Graham, Texas, just

Questioning One's Salvation

In preparation to teach our high school class about the beliefs of the various denominational bodies, I have noticed one common and consistent practice among them. While most denominations varies widely in their unique doctrines, when it comes to the

Do Numbers Matter ... To God?

We live in a very analytical society that is concerned with the constant association of numbers and success. Businesses mull over sales quotas and production numbers like cows ruminate cud. When our elected officials talk about the budget, we want

Munchausen's Syndrome

Have you ever heard of the Baron Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen? He was a German army cavalry officer who was born in Bodenwerder (Germany) and lived from 1720-1797, but so far as we know, he never accomplished any

Offending and Being Offended (Part 2)

Last week we noted that an offence is when we cause someone to be upset or troubled through our actions or words whether justified or not. We also noted the following: 1) we ought to live lives void of offence

Offending and Being Offended (Part 1)

The word "offence" is used in the KJV of the Bible in one form or another some 73 different times. Out of those occurrences, 23 are found in the Old Testament and 50 in the New Testament. In the New

Lawlessness

For years the town had been controlled by the criminal element. Cattle rustlers commonly preyed on unsuspecting cowboys as they worked hard to make a living. The local sheriff was in the back pocket of several known thieves and bandits.

Look Forward! Go Forward!

I suppose I have to offer my apologies to my father-in-law for the title of this article. You see, this is one of those things that I learned from him several years ago. It is something on which I have

UNTHANKFUL!

Romans 1:21 "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." One of the hallmark traits of those who would reject God

Walking in Darkness

Have you ever tried to walk in the dark? I do it frequently because of having to get up during the night. I also usually walk in the dark for a few moments after everyone has gone to bed when

The Sin of Idolatry

The Sin of Idolatry (Part 1) When the word "idolatry" is mentioned, most religious folks probably call to mind a debunked religious system that is outdated and not generally practiced. Why ought the worshipper of God be concerned with the

Does God Keep Score?

Several years ago, I was having a conversation with someone about getting credit for ideas. I mentioned to them that it doesn’t matter to me if I get credit for an idea or not, because God knows who did what

The Deceit of Peer Pressure

It’s good to have friends. I’m glad I have some. Friends can be a great encouragement for good. But friends can also be a source of temptation as well. I remember in my Junior year of High School how I

Renegade Christian?

A couple of weeks ago I was watching the coverage of Hurricane Katrina on the news and one of the experts, in essence, said, “Don’t just jump in your car and go to help, we don’t want renegade volunteers.” The

Can The Bible Mean Just Anything?

We live in a society that seeks to “interpret” everything. When the President or some other important official makes a statement, news commentators are quick to point out what was said and what wasn’t said. Did he mean this or

The Sins of Benedict Arnold

We’ve all heard of the famous traitor Benedict Arnold, heralded in our American history classes as one of the most infamous traitors to the United States during the revolutionary war. But did you know that Arnold was first a General

A War of Attrition

Lately I've been reading books about the Revolutionary War of the United States: a Biography of Benjamin Franklin, a book on the year 1776, and now a book entitled "George Washington's War." In this latest book, the author points out

Is Our Gospel Hid?

We're all familiar with the VBS tune, "This little light of mine." We sing this song so as to let our children know that they need to be good examples and positive influences in the world around them. This song

The Twelve Apostles and Modern Day Claims for Apostleship

There are at least two major religious bodies today who claim apostleship or apostolic like authority for individuals in their religion. The Mormons plainly state that they have living apostles in The Quorum of the Twelve. These, they claim, have

The Sin of Gambling

In the 1980s there was a series of movies called "Back to the Future" starring Michael J. Fox. In these movies, the main character, Marty McFly, had a special car that could travel into the past and future. In the
Recently many have seen in the media and other news outlets that the United Church of Christ denomination has openly endorsed homosexual marriage. There has been some confusion that the United Church of Christ is affiliated with the churches of

The Ubiquity of New Testament Teaching

Recently someone asked, more or less, the following question: "How do we know that the things that were done in one church in the first century were done in the other churches as well?" That's a good question because if

One Ought To Know

That God exists (Romans 1:19-21). That the universe and everything in it is God's creation (Genesis 1-2). That the highest of God's creation is mankind (Psalm 8). That God is love and that God loves mankind (1 John 4:16,

The Parable of the Two "Waters"

A man was dying in the desert when he came upon a tent. Inside the tent were two people. One of those people appeared friendly, warm, and inviting. The other person appeared ugly, cold and repulsive. In front of both

Taking Action on Sins Against Children

With the Michael Jackson verdict looming and an eighteen year old girl lost and presumed dead in the island nation of Aruba, the country's attention has turned to crimes against children. There is, seemingly, no more horrible crime than that

Why Am I A Member of the church of Christ?

Indeed! Why are you a member of any church of which you call yourself a member? We read in the scriptures, “Try your own selves, whether ye are in the faith; prove your own selves” (2 Corinthians 13:5a). God does

Sacred vs. Profane

In Leviticus 10:10,11 God, after the fiery death of Nadab and Abihu, teaches an important lesson to Aaron regarding coming before God. We read, “Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go

"The Greatest American"

Some of you may know that the Discovery Channel is doing a series of television shows on "The Greatest American." Through some process they have selected 100 different nominees for this title and through the month of June they will
One of the arguments that is used to defend church tradition as a source of religious authority is that the Bible speaks regarding traditions that the apostles held. It is pointed out that in 2 Thessalonians 3:6 Paul demands that

Who Are You?

On one occasion when Paul was preaching the gospel in the city of Ephesus, a certain group of vagabonds sought to emulate Paul by taking it upon themselves to cast out a demon. When these men sought to do such,
Second, the Bible makes it clear that God's revelation to man was only for the time that the church was initially being built until such a time as the complete will of God was revealed. In 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 Paul
In the past few weeks we have examined, in these bulletin studies, some religious beliefs of Catholicism. Perhaps the most fundamental difference between Catholicism and other religions claiming Christ is our attitudes toward scripture and tradition. During the protestant reformation

Was Peter the First Pope?

With all of the recent news regarding the Catholic Church many have heard stated as fact by news media and others that Peter was the first pope. This is, of course, official Catholic doctrine. But what does the Bible say

Why The Catholic Church WILL Select A New Pope

Last week I had an article in the bulletin entitled, "Why the Catholic Church Ought Not Select A New Pope." Biblical reasons were given as to why the papacy is an unscriptural arrangement in the New Testament model of organized

Why the Catholic Church Ought Not Select a New Pope

If you have watched the news in the past week, you've likely seen the media attention that has been given to the death of the "pope"; it's virtually inescapable. (I offer my personal condolences to our Catholic friends on their

When Judges Pervert Justice

When one reads through the Old Testament prophets one picks up on the theme that judges ought to be righteous in their judgments. Isaiah pleads with them: "Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead

What And How Are We Hunting?

Each year around this time it is popular for different social groups to host egg hunts. Someone takes the eggs and hides them in various "secret" places in a designated area and then children go out and look for the

Where's The List?

The other day I was having a conversation with someone who was, in essence, asking for a list of things that were right and wrong for Christians to do. His contention was that since we believe that we must be

What Is Grace? (Or Salvation, Grace, and Obedience)

Many years ago, someone gave me this illustration of God's grace and I haven't forgotten it since. Suppose you went down to the local car dealership and walked into the front door and someone walked up to you, but instead

What Does It Mean To Be Saved?

In order to understand what it means to be saved, we need to understand that from which we need to be saved. The Bible teaches that because all men have sinned, they have fallen short of God's glory (Romans 3:23).

Heaven Ain't Full

In a recent telephone conversation, a young man asked me about the 144,000 people that will be saved. He had a few conversations with a friend who identified himself with the Jehovah's Witness religion. His friend believed that only 144,000

The Bible Miracle of Speaking in Tongues

There is, perhaps, no more publicized miracle today than that of speaking in tongues. It is the one miracle that those who believe they can do miracles most frequently claim as having been done. In speaking with people who claim

The End Is Nearer Than We May Think

Ok folks, clear your calendars because a very important event is coming up for which you are going to want to be prepared. I'm not talking about Easter, Labor Day, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving or even Christmas. No, it's

When Money Trumps Morality

The past couple of weeks there has been a news story making its way through the media regarding an unemployed German woman. The woman evidently lost her job and went on government unemployment. In the course of her unemployment, job

Super Bowl Sunday is Every Sunday

Today is the day that has come to be known as America's unofficial holiday. Yes, that's right, it is Super Bowl Sunday. Of course, the Super Bowl is the penultimate sports experience for most people who live in the United

Are you Spiritual, Religious, or Both?

There is in the popular mindset today, the idea that an individual can be spiritual without being religious. I've seen this concept presented in some recently read articles. I've also heard such touted in some television programs on the subject.

How Do We Get Wisdom?

Here is a question that the Bible directly answers in scripture. In James 1:5, James writes, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be

What Does the New Year Hold?

Yesterday was January 1st, 2005. The year 2004 is gone forever. Some may be wondering, "What will the new year hold for us?" Will there be weddings? (I know of one being planned.) Will there be funerals? Will there be

What is Sin?

Author's note: I received a question on the web site not too long ago from an individual asking why we didn't have more information on the subject of sin on our web site. I was a little at a loss

Why Declare Membership At A Local Congregation?

This question recently came up in some of my Internet studies with online friends. The question centers on whether or not it is necessary to be identified as a member of a local congregation. The Bible doesn't have a process

How Do You Do It All?

Someone recently asked me this question on the Internet. The question wasn't, "how do you, Kevin, do it all?" The question was, with all of life's demands, (i.e. God, work, home, and recreation) how do you balance it all, keep

Wisdom, Spirituality, Truth, Religion and God

A few weeks ago I received in my e-mail inbox an article on a psychological study regarding wisdom. My first reaction to the article was, "How can you study wisdom from a psychological perspective?" So I read. The article spoke

Paganisms Promises?

Witches, warlocks, bards, ovates, and druids: you're probably thinking that Halloween is over for this year, so why the strange list? Well, according to Reuters news service, pagans are celebrating Samhuin, the Celtic new year, and "a time for remembering

Musings of a Jaw-Breaker

Some of you may know that I have a jaw-breaker the size of a billiard ball in my office. The reason for my having this jaw-breaker is another story, but I was looking at it today and thought that it

A Victory For Morality

One of the most surprising things (at least to the media pundits) to come out of this past Tuesday's election was that whopping twenty-five percent of the voters said that morals was the number one issue that drove them to

Pro-Anorexia?

You might say that I enjoy a good potluck just as much as the next person. In fact, were one to take a good gander at my physique, I would dare say that the conclusion would be that I don't

Changing Tastes

As a boy growing up in north west Texas my family did what others would consider strange. At best, strange. When Momma had finished brewing coffee for her and Daddy, we kids would often take the grounds and chew them.

An Accident Going Somewhere To Happen

Let no one think this is a blanket condemnation of motorcycles. It is not. Illustrations from life and personal experiences, however, sometimes can be helpful in understanding principles. When I was seven or eight years old, my oldest sister

Never Enough

Not too long ago, I received a Bible riddle from an online friend. The riddle was, "What does the Bible say will never be satisfied and say 'It is enough?'" So I got to looking through the concordance, looking for

Books

"Ane furthermore, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh," Ecc. 12:12. Here is warning from Divine wisdom. The nature of books is that they can

Is Denominationalism A Viable Christian System? (3 of 3)

Last week we noted that denominationalism doesn't recognize the inherent division within its organization because it fails to acknowledge any other doctrine of the Christian faith as truly important and grounds for unity except belief in Jesus as the Christ.

Is Denominationalism A Viable Christian System? (2 of 3)

Last week we noted the charge of "cult" that denominationalism levels at those who claim to be New Testament Christians today. One of the additional reasons this charge is leveled against us is that to the denominational world, it is

Is Denominationalism A Viable Christian System? (1 of 3)

Last week I started an e-mail conversation with a man who was a member of the Methodist church. The conversation started because he had seen an article that I published on our web site, "Is the Church of Christ a

Merely A Matter of Perception

I got to see sin up close and personal this week. I saw its intention. I saw its form. I saw its effects. It was ugly. You may wonder what particular sin that it is I saw. And while that

The Emperor's New Clothes

This past Thursday evening, (April 1st 2004) we went to the Berryville Community Center and watched a high school choir production of Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes." You may be familiar with the story. An emperor

God's Dragonfly

We have all been to lakes and ponds to enjoy various different activities. I remember when I was a kid and my parents took me to Lake Bastrop State Park which is about 30 miles east of Austin, TX off

He Ate With Publicans and Sinners

One of the criticisms that Jesus' enemies so often employed was that He ate with the publicans and sinners. We find this criticism recorded for us in the following passages: Matthew 9:10, 11; 11:19; Mark 2:15, 16; Luke 5:30, 7:34,

Who Is Precious To You?

In ladies Bible class, we have been studying the epistle of First Peter. Peter writes in this epistle to those who have been scattered abroad by persecution, particularly, those who have been born again through the redemption of the blood

The Significance of the Sufferings of the Christ

By now, no doubt, you have heard of the movie, "The Passion of the Christ" directed by Mel Gibson. The subject of the movie is, more or less, the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus. I saw the

Pattern Theology

The plea of churches of Christ today is to restore New Testament Christianity into the lives of as many as will receive the gospel message. It is not sufficient to merely preach the gospel, without expecting those who claim to

The Nature of Biblical Edification

What does it mean to be edified? Without doing a scientific survey, my guess is that most people would say that being edified means to be encouraged, to make to feel better, or to have a more positive attitude. So,

The Ancient Doctrine of "Once Saved, Always Saved"

We all know people who believe the doctrine of "Once saved, always saved." This is the idea that once a person becomes a child of God, there is no sin that they can commit to lose their salvation. Many people

Mysteries of the Bible Explained!

We have all watched shows from time to time purporting to explain certain "mysteries" within the Bible. Usually in these programs, the writers set forth an allegedly "unexplained" phenomenon discussed in the scriptures and then seek the professional opinions of

How Do I Study The Bible?

There are many people who ask this question today. It is difficult to answer such a question in so short a space as I have in the bulletin, but I am going to try to give a few practical bits

Commandment Keeping

There are those in the religious world today who ridicule the idea of keeping commandments. They claim that keeping God's commandments have nothing to do with our salvation today. If someone objects and says that we must keep God's commandments

"It's Not Personal"

We have all seen one version or another of the mobster shows where the "hit man" walks up to his good buddy who has had a contract put on his life and say, "Sorry, Rico. It's not personal, it's just

"Free Union"

One might think upon seeing the title of this article that we are about to discuss something extremely positive. After all, what could be more appealing that freedom and what could be more motivating that unity? However, we have an

Directions

Having just returned from a week's vacation in which we drove approximately 1500 miles, I can attest to the fact that we would not have arrived at our intended destinations were it not for some kind of directions. Directions can

Zealous Mediocrity

I suppose if there were ever an oxymoron to be considered, the title of this article would be within the top ten. It would be there along with apathetic concern, charitable covetousness, and slothful industriousness. We generally use oxymorons when,

"Avenge Not Yourselves"

Enemies come in all different shapes and sizes. There are physical enemies who seek to take our lives. There are enemies in the business world who would destroy our way of earning a living. There are enemies within families when

Mercy, Not Sacrifice

Our Lord was no stranger to difficult situations. The Pharisees and Sadducees would often present him with questions regarding various different aspects of the Old Law. Each time, our Lord answered with the utmost wisdom and absolute truth. Perhaps one

Biting and Devouring

"But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another." (Galatians 5:15). Somewhere between A.D. 48 and A.D. 58, the apostle Paul sat down to write a letter to the churches of

The Sin of Adultery

As sexual sins continue to increase in our society, we need to be ready with scriptural answers as to why these activities are indeed sin. A few weeks ago we looked at the sin of fornication. The Bible clearly condemns

Sons of Thunder

One of the more curious appellations that we find in the scriptures is the name that Jesus gave to the brothers James and John--Boanerges. Mark records this moniker in 3:17 "And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother

The Sin of Fornication

It was not too many years ago after graduating from college that I took a job working at the student health center at the University of Texas at Austin. Not too long after my employment there, I learned that there

Does Man Have An Immortal Soul?

The question of life after death is a common theme in many cultures today. It is a question that has been discussed by poets, artists, philosophers, and scientists. It is a question asked by each and every individual living upon

Our Gospel Meeting

Today we are privileged to start a gospel meeting. Let us not take this opportunity to study God's word lightly. Let us not take this opportunity to have fellowship with one another less than seriously. Let us not take this

"The Truth About Men"

Perhaps some of you have heard the recent country song by Tracy Byrd titled, "The Truth About Men." The song claims to speak for all men and touts several aspects of the male gender such as eating potato chips, watching

The Simple Truth of Mark 16:16

When it comes to the question of whether baptism is prerequisite for salvation, Mark 16:15, 16 stands out as a clear beacon in contrast to the fog of the doctrines and teachings of men today. The words of Jesus as

Is Hell Real?

Recently, in two completely unrelated incidents, I have heard the Bible doctrine of hell challenged. There are religions today that challenge what the Bible plainly says in regard to one of the two eternal destinations for the soul of man,

Heavenly Wisdom

The book of James has been called the "Proverbs" of the New Testament due to the amount of practical matter that the book discusses. Among the various topics within the book, there is a discussion of heavenly wisdom. This discussion

On Being Imitators

He said, "Are you an inspired apostle?" To ask the question is to get the answer. There are no inspired apostles living today. So why was the question asked? All who find themselves on the wrong end of the sword

The Sin of Absenteeism

Of the many different characteristics of the church there is that of being the body of Christ. Perhaps this metaphor is most illustrative in one of Paul's letters to Corinth. In 1 Corinthians 12:14-16, Paul writes, "For the body is

The Oxymoronic Nature of Alcohol

With the passing of Thanksgiving weekend our holiday season has begun. Times of food, fun, and fellowship with friends and family await. It should be a time to exchange gifts and make long lasting and joyous memories. However for some

The Carroll County Augurers' Society

Every week is an adventure of the mind here in Berryville. Just when you think that you have "seen it all" something happens to make you realize that there are no bounds to which people will go in their minds

Seeking A Better Country

The old spiritual song "Roll Jordon, Roll" states, "I want to go to heaven when I die." This phrase epitomizes each and every Christian's longing and desire for eternal life. It was stated concerning Abraham in the book of Hebrews

Biblical Objections to Catholicism

Catholicism has always had a large media spotlight, but recently Catholicism has garnered more media attention that usual. This is because of the scandalous events that have surrounded the Catholic Church as of late. The media has focused the spotlight

I Am NOT A "Church of Christ" Preacher

In the last few days I have been deluged with sectarian, denominational remarks. Most of these remarks have been out of the mouths of those who should have known better. One of the most bitter, cruel, malicious and ignorant is

Berryville church of Christ Committed to the Community

In 1946 a group of Christians started a church on Shaver Street in Berryville. The old Shaver Street building, though owned by others, is still standing today. These Christians brought with them the same commitments that the church sets forth

The Salvation of Cornelius

When looking at the cases of conversion within the book of Acts, the case of Cornelius and his household presents some unique challenges to understanding God's plan for man's salvation. The account of this conversion is found in Acts chapters

Our Attitude Toward Correction

In our lifetime we are going to sin (1 John 1:7-10). Undoubtedly, some of those sins are going to be committed in the presence of others. There are going to be times when we either do not recognize that what

Decisive Victory

On September 6, 1863, forty-eight Confederate soldiers, commanded by Lieutenant Richard "Dick" Dowling (who was only twenty-five years old), waited for the Union invasion of Texas on the muddy banks of Sabine Pass. The Union had sent four gunboats, and

I Don't Want You To Join My Church

We run into people on a more or less frequent basis that are looking for a church. Many times you will hear people who are undergoing this process say things like, "How do I know which church to join," and

The Baptism of the Twelve Ephesians

At the end of Acts 18 and the beginning of Acts 19, we have a very interesting account of salvation. The account is one in which those who were candidates of salvation submitted to two different baptisms, the baptism of

The Mission and Work of the Church -- Evangelism

Jesus mission while he was upon the earth was to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10). Inasmuch as the church belongs to her Lord (Matt.16:18), she is to be about that same mission as well. Within that mission,

Humility

It has been said that humility is one of those things that if you claim you have it, you don't! There is something to be said concerning this statement. Humility is one of those characteristics that you have in your

"In God We Trust"

Perhaps you have seen this slogan frequently in the past several weeks. During times of prosperity and peace, many forget God. They rest upon their laurels and become satisfied with self. The thought of God crosses their mind once or

Should We Use Instrumental Music In Worship?

Yes! In fact, we have a divine obligation to use instrumental music in worship! Perhaps you are wondering at this point if this writer is the same Kevin Cauley who preaches for the Berryville church of Christ in Berryville, Arkansas.

The Keys of the Kingdom

In Matthew 18:13ff, Jesus presents a very important question to these disciples. He says, "Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?" The disciples said that some people are saying that you are John the Baptizer; some

The Mission and Work of the Church

God, in His wisdom, saw fit from eternity to establish the church. Ephesians 3:10 and 11 reads, "To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of

A New Way to Know God

Recently I was driving down the road and I noticed a sign on one of the local denominations. It said, "Experience a new way to know God." This really got me to thinking. If God wanted me to know Him,

What Liberalism Is Not

There is in the Lord's church a growing number of individuals who are seeking to change the practices that we find in the scriptures to conform to a more denominational perspective. These are departing from the teaching that is found

September 11th and the Problem of Evil

PBS recently aired a television special asking the question that most don't want to confront, "Why is there such evil in this world?" "Why would God allow such evil to occur?" Why wouldn't God stop such an evil event as

For Purity of Purpose

It is clear from the scriptures that in order for one to be saved, one must be baptized (Mark 16:16). Since the word "baptize" is a transliteration from the Greek word "baptizo" the significance of the word is lost to

The Quiet Revolutions of Christianity

How does a person change the world? Some people are naturally charismatic and can energize multitudes toward action and change. There are others who boldly dare to personally governments by laying down their life. And yet others through armed conflict

Righteous Judgement

In the business world, there is a saying, "Perception is Truth." The concept basically is this: you should react to people the way they perceive you, regardless of whether those perceptions are correct or not. The result of this type

Seven Exercises to Mental Wellness

The Bible is the greatest book ever written for man and the words of the Bible prove this fact over and over again. It has been said that it is the "owner's" manual for life. Certainly it was written by

J.D. Tant -- Texas Preacher

I have just finished reading one of the most delightful books that I have ever read. It is entitled, J.D. Tant--Texas Preacher. I am sure that many of the brethren have read this book, and I would encourage more to

God's Tools

This past week, I have had several things to repair around the house. I have also been laboring to get a new hitch installed on my SUV so that I can attach a new product that I recently bought for

Radical Transformation, Radical Confrontation

Romans 1:16 boldly declares that God's power for salvation is within the gospel of Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul teaches that the basis of the gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. What does the death,

Reviving Our Plea For Unity

It was based primarily upon the writing of Thomas Campbell in his "Declaration and Address" from which the greatest modern plea for religious unity has ever been made. To summarize that document, Campbell states that in order to have religious

Who Will Be Saved?

The question of who will be saved has occupied the thoughts of many throughout the ages. There are some people today who believe that everyone who has ever lived will be saved. There are some today who believe that a

Why Be Rational In Religion?

I was talking with someone the other day regarding coming to the services. The person explained that he was going to a denomination right now because his child liked going to this place. That is when this thought crossed my

Why Is The Religious World Divided?

One of the great questions that faces our day is the question of why there are so many denominations around us. It is clear from the scriptures that the followers of Christ were to be united in doctrine and practice.

Why Are There So Many Denominations?

Recently I was asked this very important question. It is a question about which many people have pondered. It is a question that largely goes unanswered by many that choose rather to uphold the status quo of mainline religious bodies

"Witnessing" For Christ

More and more I hear of members of the church speaking about "witnessing" and less frequently do I hear about members of the church speaking about teaching the gospel of Christ. While the term "witness" is a biblical one and

The Challenge of a Church Budget

A couple of weeks ago in the bulletin we looked at the question, "What is our greatest challenge?" The answer to that question is that our greatest challenge is ourselves. If we can overcome our own personal fears, setbacks, difficulties,

How God Dealt and Deals With Apostasy

In the book of Ezra, chapters 8-10, we read concerning the return of some Israelites to their native land. When they had come out of captivity, they offered sacrifices to God (8:35). From this sacrifice they delivered some to the

Little Eyes

Sometimes the most sublime truths can be stated in the simplest ways. We have a song that is often sung in our children's classes and vacation bible schools: "Oh, be careful little eyes what you see." The song continues and

The Pen is Mightier than the Penknife

Jeremiah records in chapter 36 the history of King Jehoiakim's rejection of prophecy. In verses 1-8, Jeremiah asks Baruch, a scribe, to write the prophecies on a scroll and then take them to the temple and read them before the

Lawful Crown

"And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible" (1 Cor.9:25 ASV). Perhaps you have watched some of the Olympic Games this past

"Loose Cannons"

Reading through the news today, I came across an article on one of the presidential candidates wherein one of his former military commanders had said that he was a "loose cannon." Just the other day, one of our members was

"Self-Righteousness"

"For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:20). The above saying of Jesus introduces within its context the fact

Observing All Things

In Matthew 28:18-20, we have these words: "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the

Freedom of Speech?

As far as the Christian is concerned, everything that he is, does, and says, belongs to God. So, the Christian's speech is to serve the Christian's Lord. This means that the Christian is free to speak, but only in a

The Little Ones

I heard a story this week about a little boy in Texas who is currently residing in a children's home. When I inquired about why he was in the home, I was told that his Father placed him there on

How To Fight Discouragement

Recently, I have received several questions from our web site on the subject of discouragement. One person writes, "I am an evangelist but I feel let down, not wanted?" Another writes, "I am really confused right now. Everybody I ask

The Lower Lights

On our recent trip to Maine, we had the opportunity to see several lighthouses. One we were able to visit up close as it was located within the boundaries of the national park and accessible by car. This particular lighthouse

God's Worship

We read within the Bible that Christians assembled together upon the first day of the week to worship God through His Son, Jesus (Acts 20:7). When they met together, they studied God's word, prayed, sang hymns of praise, gave of

Desiring Truth

One summer, a friend of mine and I went to Colorado to climb mountains. To get there, we drove all night from the very southeastern tip of Texas (near Beaumont) beginning Sunday night around 8:00 P.M, and arrived in Trinidad

Love and Loving God

When my wife and I got married close to thirteen years ago and my parents asked us why we wanted to get married, we replied, "because we love each other." I will never forget the words that my dad told

Memorial Day

The verse that immediately came to my mind when thinking about Memorial Day was John 15:13, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." This verse is often quoted on Memorial

Should Christians Oppose Homosexual Marriage?

One might think that the answer to this question is obvious. Faithful Christians should oppose homosexuality in all forms (Romans 1:26, 27). So where does the question come from? I have heard from a few different people who don't think

"Those Folks Are Different!"

This past week I was having a conversation with a friend who is a member of a denominational church. She mentioned to me that she wanted to come visit us and that she had told her "pastor" that she was

An Athenian Attitude

One of the characteristics of the people at Athens was that they were always interested in hearing about something new. Luke records this attitude for us in Acts 17:31 where he writes, "For all the Athenians and strangers which were