Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First

(Philippians 2:12) Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

The Problem With Halloween

The festive occasion known as Halloween is now taken for granted. It is a time of curious, rather morbid activities for children and adults alike when some of the darkest themes of a sin-burdened creation are exhumed from history's graveyard for public display and for the profit of carnal merchants who promote the entire affair. Yet how many people (especially Bible-believers) have given honest, serious consideration to the nature of this seasonal celebration?

Church Discipline Part 3

Church Discipline
I. Churches are held accountable before God for whom they retain in their membership. A church must decide whose companionship they prefer: a disorderly member’s or the Lord's.
JOS 7:11-13; REV 2:14-15.
II. When a church member stands in violation of N.T. commandments which require exclusion from the body, and such transgression is commonly reported, only then must a severance result, lest it
be “named among” the saints. 1CO 5:1-2; EPH 5:3.
A. commonly: After a fashion or in a way common to all; in common; generally, universally.

Proof-Texting: How to Sharp-Shoot False Doctrines

(This meditation was authored by Brother Stephen Pham)

“10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.” (Ecclesiastes 12)

Church Discipline Part 2

Church Discipline
I. Churches are held accountable before God for whom they retain in their membership. A church must decide whose companionship they prefer: a disorderly member’s or the Lord's.
JOS 7:11-13; REV 2:14-15.
II. When a church member stands in violation of N.T. commandments which require exclusion from the body, and such transgression is commonly reported, only then must a severance result, lest it
be “named among” the saints. 1CO 5:1-2; EPH 5:3.
A. commonly: After a fashion or in a way common to all; in common; generally, universally.

Usury Part 1

Usury
I. usury: The fact or practice of lending money at interest; esp. in later use, the practice of charging, taking, or contracting to receive, excessive or illegal rates of interest for money on loan.
II. There are three basic reasons for usury:
A. The Reason of Time-Preference.
1. A man forfeits the use of his money for a period of time during which it is unavailable for expenditure or investment for profit.
2. Since present goods are more valuable to men than future goods, men discount future goods.

Church Discipline Part 1

Church Discipline
I. Churches are held accountable before God for whom they retain in their membership. A church must decide whose companionship they prefer: a disorderly member’s or the Lord's.
JOS 7:11-13; REV 2:14-15.
II. When a church member stands in violation of N.T. commandments which require exclusion from the body, and such transgression is commonly reported, only then must a severance result, lest it
be “named among” the saints. 1CO 5:1-2; EPH 5:3.
A. commonly: After a fashion or in a way common to all; in common; generally, universally.

Separation (3)

(DEUT 22:9) Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.
(DEUT 22:10) Thou shalt not plow with an ox and an ass together.
(DEUT 22:11) Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.

Responsibility to Others Part 3

Responsibility to Others
I. This study addresses our duties according to the second table of the Law (Ten Commandments).
A. There is general instruction for dealings with all men.
B. There is particular instruction for brethren in the church.
II. Introductory thoughts.
A. No man is an island.
B. Love of self must yield to love of others.
C. There is a positive manner of covering sin.
D. There is a negative manner of covering sin.
E. There is a need for positive encouragement of others.
F. There is a need for negative discouragement of others.
G. There is a need for forbearance.

Responsibility to Others Part 2

Responsibility to Others
I. This study addresses our duties according to the second table of the Law (Ten Commandments).
A. There is general instruction for dealings with all men.
B. There is particular instruction for brethren in the church.
II. Introductory thoughts.
A. No man is an island.
B. Love of self must yield to love of others.
C. There is a positive manner of covering sin.
D. There is a negative manner of covering sin.
E. There is a need for positive encouragement of others.
F. There is a need for negative discouragement of others.
G. There is a need for forbearance.