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What The Bible Says - Vol. 4 / No. 10

Sunday, October 10, 2021

What The Bible Says

Vol. IV - No. 10 / October 10, 2021

PREACHING JESUS

    You may hear people and/or organizations proclaim that they are “Preaching Jesus”. A simple comparison of this proclamation to the Scriptures can reveal if that claim is correct.

    In Acts 8:35-36, the Scriptures states “Then Philip opened his mouth and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, ‘See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?’”

    It is clear in this inspired passage that the “preaching of Jesus”includes water baptism.

    Is Jesus preached where you attend? Is water baptism preached where you attend? According to the Scriptures, in order for Jesus to be preached, water baptism must be preached.

    You are invited to come to East Albertville Church of Christ where Jesus is preached and since Jesus is preached, water baptism is also preached! —Donnie Mathis

 

"BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH" BUT WHEN?

    For one to be scripturally baptized, he must allow human hands to lower him into a watery grave and to raise him up from that watery grave in a likeness of the burial and resurrection of Jesus.

    But while that resurrection is taking place, effected by human hands, a resurrection of far greater significance is taking place, effected not by human hands, but by the hands of almighty God. For the same God who made Jesus alive from the dead, and raised Him up to sit at His own right hand in the heavenly places (Eph. 1:20-23), makes us alive from spiritual death and raises us up together with Christ that we might sit with Him in the heavenly places.

    "And you did he make alive, when ye were dead through your trespasses and sins… but God, being rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have ye been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:1-6).

    How do we come to be raised together with Christ? It is by grace (God's unmerited favor) coupled with our faith. "For by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory" (Eph. 2:8,9).

    So many, however, who have come to recognize how we are raised with Christ have failed to recognize WHEN we are raised with Him. We are raised with Him IN BAPTISM. A parallel passage, Col. 2:12, says so: "Having been buried with him in baptism, wherein ye were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead."

    We thus establish a parallel between Eph. 2:8,9 and Col. 2:12. The two passages are not contradictory. They are complementary, Eph. 2:8,9 telling how one is raised with Christ (by grace through faith) and Col. 2: 12 telling when this takes place (at baptism). When one is brought to see this parallel, he will then be able to see that the faith of Eph. 2:8,9 is an active, obedient faith that includes, among other things, baptism. Baptism is essential to salvation! - Bill Hall

 

IF I WERE THE DEVIL'S PREACHER...

    The devil does have preachers! “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). In fact, it can be truthfully said the devil has “MANY” as opposed to a few (1 John 4:1).

    If I were the devil’s preacher, what would be some of my “works” that would distinguish me? The best place to look would be at the things I preached, would it not? What would be some of the things I would preach?

ONE CHURCH IS JUST AS GOOD AS ANOTHER! In preaching this, I would be drawing attention away from the church Jesus built (Matthew 16:18) and the fact that all others will be “rooted up” (Matthew 15:13).

ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED! This is bound to have great appeal among people despite the fact the Scriptures teach to the contrary as in Galatians 5:4 and 1 Corinthians 10:12.

I would have to preach BAPTISM IS UNNECESSARY FOR SALVATION! Yet the Scriptures teach it is baptism that puts a person “into Christ” (Galatians 3:27). The devil knows to keep a person from being baptized is to keep a person from being saved (1 Peter 3:21).

SALVATION BY FAITH ONLY would be another thing I could preach if I were the devil’s preacher. I would preach this despite the plain wording of James 2:24.

THERE’S NOTHING IN A NAME! If I could convince people of this one, then we will continue to have all the different religions and denominational names we have now. At the same time, I would be drawing attention away from the fact that in the New Testament we can only find the name “Christian” being used (Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16).

    Yes, the devil has “many” preachers having disguised themselves so well the majority of people are traveling the broad way that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13-14). The only way their sheep’s clothing can be removed is through the simple teaching of God’s Word.  —E.R. Hall, Jr.

 

"What The Bible Says” is e-mailed twice a month. If you know of others who might benefit from the articles contained in this bulletin, we would be glad to have you submit their e-mail addresses and we will include them in the next mailing. If you are receiving this bulletin and do not wish to continue to do so, please e-mail us with your desire to be removed from the mailing list and you will be removed promptly. Continue to the bottom of this page for further instructions as to how you may contact us.
--- E.R. Hall, Jr. 

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
For The East Albertville Church Of Christ
meeting at
4777 U.S. Highway 431
Albertville, AL 35950
Sunday
Bible Classes …………..….……………     9:30 AM
Morning Worship ……..…….….………  10:30 AM
Evening Worship   …………………........ 5:00 PM
Wednesday
Bible Classes …………..………........... 7:00 PM
 

Radio Program
Sunday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM …………………………..  8:30 AM
Monday - Saturday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM ………………………….. 11:15 AM
 

Website: www. EastAlbertville.org

What The Bible Says - Vol. 4 / No. 9

Sunday, September 26, 2021

What The Bible Says

Vol. IV - No. 9 / September 26, 2021

"I'M AT PEACE WITH GOD!"

    It is not uncommon -- while trying to rebuke or admonish someone concerning their spiritual condition -- to have them reply with this statement:  "I'm at peace with my God." For instance, we got this reply from a fella who left the Lord's church and joined a denomination. In another case a Christian, after admitting his homosexual lifestyle, used the same defense. Apparently these folks think that this feeling of "peace" is the absolute standard by which their conduct should be judged. They could not be more wrong!

    In ancient Judah, the prophet Jeremiah bemoaned the unfaithfulness of God's people. One of the great problems was that they were oblivious to their lost condition. This was largely due to the fact that "from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” (Jer. 6:13,14)  Do you see it? They believed they were at peace with God. Their religious leaders even told them that there was peace with God. But in reality, there was no peace.

    People today, like those in Jeremiah's day, are deceived into thinking that they are at peace with God even as they continue in their rebellion against Him. False teachers contribute to the problem with "good words and fair speeches that deceive the hearts of the simple." (Rom. 16:18)

    The only true basis for peace with God is in humble obedience to His will. The apostle Paul urged: "Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you."  (Philippians 4:9) Faith and obedience produce true peace. Anything other than that is simply the deception of subjective feelings. Think!
 —Greg Gwin

 

THE APPLE OF EDEN

    I've heard many folks refer to the fruit eaten by Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden as being an ‘apple'. Many songs, poems, and jokes are make about the ‘apple in Eden’. In fact, if the average person on the street were to be asked, they would probably answer it was an apple Eve ate. Yet the Bible simply says “the fruit”. Though it may be argued that this is a small matter, there are many things of more importance that are only THOUGHT to be in the Bible.

    Some think they can find a division in the Old Testament between what they call the ‘moral law’ and the ‘ceremonial law’. They continue on to teach only the ‘ceremonial law’ was done away but the ‘moral law’ remains in effect for us to obey today. This is how they are able to justify the observance of the Sabbath. This division of the Old Testament is like the ‘apple of Eden’. It is not in the Bible! The WHOLE law of the Old Testament was nailed to the cross according to Galatians 5:3-4 and Colossians 2:14. Therefore, we are no longer under the Old Testament for it has become dead but we are now under the law of Christ as found in the New Testament (Romans 7:1-4).

    Some think the Bible teaches Peter was the first Pope. If he was he had a wife (Matthew 8:14). The stopped Cornelius from worshipping him (Acts 10:26). Peter referred to himself as just another elder (1 Peter 5:1). Peter being the first Pope is just like the ‘apple in Eden’.

    Some think the Bible talks about Christians being able to use mechanical instruments of music in worship to God but according to Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 we see the Bible only talks about “singing” and not playing. Playing upon a mechanical instrument to worship God is like the ‘apple in Eden’.

    Some think the Bible teaches salvation without obedience. “Faith plus nothing, minus nothing!” “We are saved the moment we believe!” But according to Romans 10:10, Hebrews 5:8-9; and James 1:22 the doctrine of salvation without obedience is just another ‘apple in Eden’.

    Some think the Bible teaches baptism can be administered in the form of sprinkling or pouring. Yet Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12 teaches baptism is a “burial”. Sprinkling and pouring for baptism is another ‘apple in Eden’.

    Some think baptism is not a part of our forgiveness of sins and people can just “pray their sins away”. However, Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, and 1 Peter 3:21 show the exact opposite. Again, some folk’s idea of what the Bible says are like the ‘apple of Eden’.

    It may be possible to still go to heaven believing Adam and Eve ate an apple in the garden of Eden but these other things, if accepted, will interfere with the salvation of our eternal souls. Let’s “study to show ourselves approved unto God” (1 Timothy 2:15) and not make the mistake like those in Jesus’ day when He said to them, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal like:…” (John 5:39)
 —E.R. Hall, Jr.

 

SENTENCE SERMONS

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.
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There's nothing wrong with using some four-letter words in explaining the facts of life to children - words like love, help, care, and give.
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Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not.
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“Hide not your talents.  They for use were made.  What's a sundial in the shade?"  -- Benjamin Franklin
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If money talks, it usually sends the wrong message.

 

"What The Bible Says” is e-mailed twice a month. If you know of others who might benefit from the articles contained in this bulletin, we would be glad to have you submit their e-mail addresses and we will include them in the next mailing. If you are receiving this bulletin and do not wish to continue to do so, please e-mail us with your desire to be removed from the mailing list and you will be removed promptly. Continue to the bottom of this page for further instructions as to how you may contact us.
--- E.R. Hall, Jr. 

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
For The East Albertville Church Of Christ
meeting at
4777 U.S. Highway 431
Albertville, AL 35950
Sunday
Bible Classes …………..….……………     9:30 AM
Morning Worship ……..…….….………  10:30 AM
Evening Worship   …………………........ 5:00 PM
Wednesday
Bible Classes …………..………........... 7:00 PM
 

Radio Program
Sunday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM …………………………..  8:30 AM
Monday - Saturday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM ………………………….. 11:15 AM
 

Website: www. EastAlbertville.org

What The Bible Says - Vol. 4 / No. 8

Sunday, September 12, 2021

What The Bible Says

Vol. IV - No. 8 / September 12, 2021

THE BIBLE

Our Source:
2 Timothy 3:16-17

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
(Matthew 7:24,25; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20,21)

Our Comfort:
Romans 15:4

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
(Psalms 46:1; 1 Cor. 2:9)

Our Guide:
Psalm 31:3

“For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name's sake, Lead me and guide me.”
(John 8:31,32; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; James 1:5)

Our Strength:
1 Peter 1:24,25

“because 'All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.’”
—Gary Chumley

 

THE NEEDS OF MANKIND

    Mankind is a two-fold being. He has a fleshly, physical body and an invisible, spiritual soul. (Genesis 2:7; Ecclesiastes 12:7). The fleshly part of man is sustained by food but the spiritual man is sustained by the Word of God. Jesus states this to be so in Matthew 4:4 when He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God.” Thus the needs of mankind are two-fold: physical and spiritual.

    Do we not realize the things which are used to sustain the physical body do not fill the spiritual vacuum within us? Jeremiah 10:23 states a truth which we all should acknowledge: “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walkers to dirt his own steps.” Man’s ways are not God’s ways (Isaiah 55:8). Man is thus in need of divine guidance. Hebrews 1:1-2 states: “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son,…” We should realize without God’s divine revelation, we would not be able to know about God as we do. Neither would we know what God has done for our redemption through His Son.

    Mankind is in need of a Saviour. “But the Scripture has concluded all under sin,…” (Galatians 3:22). That is why the New Testament is often referred to as the “gospel”. The word gospel means good news. Indeed, the New Testament is the good news of God’s plan of redeeming mankind from his sins. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

    Down through the ages, history has revealed mankind’s need to worship. However, man needs God as the object of his worship. John 4:23-24 records Jesus saying, “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

    Mankind needs a standard of conduct to live by. Again realizing man is not capable of directing his own steps (Jeremiah 10:23), he must appeal to a higher standard than his own. “The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” (Psalms 19:8)

    Do you feel a spiritual vacuum? Turn to God’s Word!
 —E.R. Hall, Jr.

 

3 R's FOR THE YOUNG

Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9)
    If you follow the lusts of your heart to do any and every thing you desire, you better know that you will be judged for it! There are some who dare to tell the young to go ahead and sow their wild oats. But if you follow that advice, it will be to your destruction, because you will reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7,8). So just remember young person, don't let your sinful pleasure condemn you at the judgment day! Is even one pleasure worth it?

Remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 11:10)
    The world says to rejoice by doing whatever feels best. God shows the way to truly rejoice is to “remove sorrow from thy heart". This is how to truly rejoice and is contrasted with the empty and worthless carousing of a rebellious youngster. And the best way to remove sorrow from your heart is to remove the evil from your body. 
    If you follow whatever your heart desires, it will bring you pain, sorrow and grief. Youth is fleeting, so use it wisely. 

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
    Young person, you can be so useful for the Lord. Don't live your life for sinful pleasures, but live your life for God. If you have your pleasure now, you won't have pleasure remembering how much valuable time, enthusiasm, and energy was wasted to futility. As much as you might not like to think about it, the "evil days" of old age and loss of bodily functions will come. So remember God now, while there is time!
 —Andrew Mitchell

 

"What The Bible Says” is e-mailed twice a month. If you know of others who might benefit from the articles contained in this bulletin, we would be glad to have you submit their e-mail addresses and we will include them in the next mailing. If you are receiving this bulletin and do not wish to continue to do so, please e-mail us with your desire to be removed from the mailing list and you will be removed promptly. Continue to the bottom of this page for further instructions as to how you may contact us.
--- E.R. Hall, Jr. 

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
For The East Albertville Church Of Christ
meeting at
4777 U.S. Highway 431
Albertville, AL 35950
Sunday
Bible Classes …………..….……………     9:30 AM
Morning Worship ……..…….….………  10:30 AM
Evening Worship   …………………........ 5:00 PM
Wednesday
Bible Classes …………..………........... 7:00 PM
 

Radio Program
Sunday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM …………………………..  8:30 AM
Monday - Saturday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM ………………………….. 11:15 AM
 

Website: www. EastAlbertville.org

What The Bible Says - Vol. 4 / No. 7

Sunday, August 29, 2021

What The Bible Says

Vol. IV - No. 7 / August 29, 2021

THE PSALMIST SOUL-WINNING FORMULA

    "Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You." -- Psalms 51:12,13 (NKJV).

    The Psalmist may be saying that if the Lord restores the joy of his salvation then he promises to teach transgressors. Or he may be saying that when the joy of salvation is restored teaching transgressors will naturally follow. In either case, sinners will be converted.

    Answers to why we are not converting more to Christ are offered by the dozens. "How to" instructions abound. Several preachers specialize in "soul-winning techniques". "Specials" are held from time to time to consider the matter. Book stores stock books and kits that are supposed to tell us how to make virtually every Christian an effective soul-winner. Yet, all the above combined produce meager results. Even what appear to be spectacular results often turn out to be nothing more than a mirage -- a flash in the pan.

    All this somewhat reminds me of a story that I heard several years ago about a company trying to increase its sales. They hired an expensive sales expert to lecture their salesmen on sales organization and technique. Their experienced salesmen and new recruits were required to attend so they, too, could become experts. The expert unveiled his plan. He demonstrated his sure-fire technique. He organized the territories complete with a wall map with pins placed at strategic points to illustrate the salesmen, customers and potential customers. He had refined his program to a fine art. During his lecture he spotted an old salesmen sitting over in the corner who was reputed to have been the top salesman for the company over several years. After, proudly and with fan fare, presenting his technique he asked the old salesman if he had any words of encouragement or advice that he might add to what had been said. The old salesmen replied, "Yes, take all those pins out of that map and stick them into the salesmen!"

    Could it be that our problem in teaching transgressors the Lord's way and thus converting them to Lord is not so much poor methods, materials, and facilities as it is poor motivation with no proper foundation? It may be that the joy of our own salvation is the missing element. Pep rallies and motivational hype on the subject of soul-winning may stir brethren into spurts of action, even producing some results. A sustained effort and lasting results will likely come from one who really knows both the plan and joy of salvation. Such a one understands what it means to be lost. He knows what it means to be saved. His knowledge is not based on fleeting feelings but on a knowledge of what God's word teaches on damnation and salvation. His joy is not the superficial cart wheel turning, hand clapping, "praise the Lord" shouting variety, but a far deeper joy of thankfulness, knowing that he has been delivered from the power of darkness into the kingdom of God's dear Son. One with such joy understands what it means to no longer be a sinner alienated from God. He understands God's plan of salvation. He understands what the Bible teaches about being a Christian. His joy is produced by that understanding and his knowing that his life is now in harmony with that understanding. Thus, he wants others to know what he knows and do what he has done to be saved -- and is doing to stay saved. His genuine faith in the promises and blessings in Christ produces the joy of salvation that leads him to teach transgressors the Lord's ways so that they can enjoy what he enjoys.

    Brethren filled with the knowledge and joy of salvation will find ways (or techniques) to teach others consistent with their own temperaments and abilities and of those they are trying to reach. Their methods may vary widely but their message and results will be the same - the gospel will be taught and sinners will be converted.

    It may well be that the best personal work program that a church can develop is to set about to restore that genuine joy of salvation to its membership by building them up in the faith through teaching.

 —Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. 

 

"YE DO ERR NOT KNOWING THE SCRIPTURES

    The Sadducees of Jesus’ day did not believe in the resurrection. Because of this, Jesus said, "Ye do err not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God”. It made no difference how sincere they may have been in their understanding of the resurrection, they were still in error because the Scriptures taught differently. The same is true today; it mades no difference what we think or believe about a thing but, rather, what does the Scriptures teach.

    The Hindu woman, who pitches her baby to the crocodile, thinks she is doing the right thing but she errs not knowing the Scriptures. The Scriptures nowhere authorizes such a deed be done in worship to God.

    The person or church that practices sprinkling for baptism or teaches a person is saved before baptism errs not knowing the Scriptures. The Scriptures teach in Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12 baptism is a BURIAL while Acts 2:38 and 1 Peter 3:21 teaches sins are not forgiven and a person is not saved until they are baptized.

    Those who say, “One church is just as good as another” err not knowing the Scriptures. Ephesians 1:22,23 and 4:4 teaches there is but ONE church.

    If you are one of those who believe in salvation by faith without works, you do err not knowing the Scriptures. James 2:24 teach, “faith without works is dead”. If you believe “once saved always saved”, ye do err not knowing the Scriptures. Galatians 5:4 along with other passages show a Christian can fall from grace.

    Either what we believe and practice is authorized in the Scriptures or we do err!
 —E.R. Hall, Jr.

 

"What The Bible Says” is e-mailed twice a month. If you know of others who might benefit from the articles contained in this bulletin, we would be glad to have you submit their e-mail addresses and we will include them in the next mailing. If you are receiving this bulletin and do not wish to continue to do so, please e-mail us with your desire to be removed from the mailing list and you will be removed promptly. Continue to the bottom of this page for further instructions as to how you may contact us.
--- E.R. Hall, Jr. 

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
For The East Albertville Church Of Christ
meeting at
4777 U.S. Highway 431
Albertville, AL 35950
Sunday
Bible Classes …………..….……………     9:30 AM
Morning Worship ……..…….….………  10:30 AM
Evening Worship   …………………........ 5:00 PM
Wednesday
Bible Classes …………..………........... 7:00 PM
 

Radio Program
Sunday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM …………………………..  8:30 AM
Monday - Saturday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM ………………………….. 11:15 AM
 

Website: www. EastAlbertville.org

What The Bible Says - Vol. 4 / No. 6

Sunday, August 15, 2021

What The Bible Says

Vol. IV - No. 6 / August 15, 2021

WARNING!

    The average consumer should feel insulted over the silly warning labels that accompany many products.

On a blanket from Taiwan: “Not to be used as protection from a tornado.”  This is good to know.
On a fireplace log: “Caution — Risk of Fire.” Who would have thought it?
On a string of Chinese made Christmas lights: “For indoor or outdoor use only.” This narrows our options.
Warning on a cartridge for a laser printer: “Do not eat toner.”

    Perhaps these warnings should come with a warning: Do not take this warning seriously.

    Unfortunately, frivolous warnings disarm us. They tend to make us suspicious of all warnings. This is tragic.  We must take God’s warnings seriously.

    In the Old Testament, the Lord warned Israel, “You shall not add to the word which 1 command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2).

    Embedded within this warning is the revelation that adding to or taking from His words results in keeping something other than the word of God.

    Agur adds a similar warning in Proverbs 30:6: “Do not add to His words, lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar.” We could be guilty of adding to His word by writing additional chapters or books. But we can violate this passage without going to that much trouble. Any time we substitute human wisdom for divine truth, we add to His word.

    If someone objects that these are Old Testament passages, the New Testament offers the same warning. “As I urged you when I went into Macedonia —remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:3).

    Those who fail to abide in the teaching of Christ do not have God (2 John 9). This means if something is unauthorized by the Scriptures, we must leave it alone. Otherwise, we are no different from rebels who practice lawlessness – and that’s not a frivolous warning!
 —Rick Duggin 

 

IS THERE A GOD?

    Have you ever asked this question and seriously reasoned it through or have you merely brushed it aside without ever searching for the answer? It would do every human being good to sincerely ask and answer this extremely important question: Is there a God and, if so, how do we know? Can we prove God exists? No, not in the sense of our being able to see Him but evidence can be offered to show that He does exist and this evidence is superior to any that can be offered against His existence!

    The car you drive, the watch you tell time by, and the house you live in had to be built by someone. Right? We may not have seen the persons who build our car or house nor the maker of the watch we wear but we do not have to see them to know they existed to build those things. With that understood, let’s consider this: the earth we live on and the universe we live in are here; they exist! Do they not compel us to see there has to be a Maker for all this to exists? The existence of God is the only reasonable explanation when compared to a “big bang theory” which some advocate.

    Everywhere we look in the natural realm we see order and precision. The rotation of the earth about the sun, the moon around the earth, and the earth itself being perfectly suited for sustaining life all serve as further evidence. Life itself argues for a Creator who is living. The law of biogenesis that “life comes from life” proves this to be true. It is unreasonable to think all of this came about by chance or mere accident. It would be just as believable to think a beautiful automobile accidentally results from an explosion as it would be to think the universe and natural laws came into existence because of some big explosion billions of years ago. Chance cannot explain these things but a living God can!

    Has this God spoken? If not, we are left on our own to do as we please. Obviously, some people live this way; doing their own things in their own way. If God has spoken, how does He reveal Himself to mankind? The Bible is the only reliable medium claiming to be from God. The Bible describes a God capable of creating heaven and earth and all that is in them (Genesis 1-3). The Bible answers three questions mankind of all ages ask: Where did I come from (Genesis 2:7), Why am I here (Ecclesiastes 12:13), and Where am I going (Hebrews 9:27; John 5:29). The Bible tells us what sin is (1 John 3:4), what sin does (Isaiah 59:1-2), that all mankind is guilty of sin (Romans 3:23), and what sin results in (Romans 6:23; James 1:15). But, also, the Bible reveals God’s plan of redemption for mankind and tells us how to wash our sins away through his Son, Jesus Christ (Acts 22:16).

    The Bible reveals both the goodness and severity of God (Romans 2:2-9). Yes, the Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17) for it is the mind of God revealed unto mankind (1 Corinthians 2:9-12). Thus, we can know God by studying His divinely revealed Word (Ephesians 3:3-5).

    “Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,” (Romans 1:19-20). It is unreasonable to not believe there is a God and let us not be fooled by the theories of man for we are without excuse. Evidence abounds! 
 —E.R. Hall, Jr.

 

***SENTENCE SERMONS*** 

Man's way leads to a hopeless end! Gods way leads to an endless hope!
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When things go wrong, never go with them.
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No matter how bad your situation, you can lose your temper and make it worse.

 

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--- E.R. Hall, Jr. 

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
For The East Albertville Church Of Christ
meeting at
4777 U.S. Highway 431
Albertville, AL 35950
Sunday
Bible Classes …………..….……………     9:30 AM
Morning Worship ……..…….….………  10:30 AM
Evening Worship   …………………........ 5:00 PM
Wednesday
Bible Classes …………..………........... 7:00 PM
 

Radio Program
Sunday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM …………………………..  8:30 AM
Monday - Saturday
WBSA 93.5 FM/1300 AM ………………………….. 11:15 AM
 

Website: www. EastAlbertville.org

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