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Editor/Evangelist  Joe R. Price
Volume VIII,  Number 45
May 29, 2005

"All material is written by Joe R. Price, unless otherwise noted."

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Worship......10:30 & 6:00 PM

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"...Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers..." (1 Peter 5:2)
Morris Bass, Rick Holt , Joe Price

"...let them serve as deacons, being found blameless..." (1 Tim. 3:10)
Aaron Bass, Rich Brooks, Mike Finn
John Hague, Dan Head

"And take...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17)

In this issue:


June 17-19, 2005

with David M. Bonner

 Come Hear Faith Building Lessons

Fri 17th   7:00 PM:     The Age of the Earth

Sat 18th  5:00 PM:     Science vs. Evolution

          Sun 19th 9:30 AM:     Scientific Evidences for God

          10:30 AM:     The God of Creation

                               6:00 PM:     Scientific Evidences for the Bible

We invite you to come study the evidence David M. Bonner presents to establish the existence of God, the Bible as the Word of God, and to expose the numerous scientific and Biblical problems with the popular theory of macro evolution.  Dr. Bonner is well acquainted with the tenants of evolutionary theory, having graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a double major in chemistry and biology, with a special emphasis in evolutionary biology studies. In addition, Dr. Bonner holds a doctorate degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas, as well as two post doctorate degrees. Please join us as this man of faith reveals and refutes the errors of evolutionary science, and shares the positive evidence for God and the Bible.

All are welcome!    Come & bring a friend!


By the Word of the Lord...
Rick Holt

Brethren, as we prepare for the upcoming meeting with Brother David Bonner, and consider the validity of evolutionary science versus the inspired word of God…consider a few of these scriptures:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  (Gen 1:1)

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; it rejoices as a strong man to run his course. Its rising is from one end of the heavens, and its circuit to the other end of them; and there is nothing hidden from its heat.  (Psa 19:1-6)

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.  (Psa 33:6-9)

To Him who alone does great wonders, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; To Him who made the heavens with skill, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; To Him who spread out the earth above the waters, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; To Him who made the great lights, For His lovingkindness is everlasting: The sun to rule by day, For His lovingkindness is everlasting, The moon and stars to rule by night, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.  (Psa 136:4-9)

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light! Praise Him, highest heavens, and the waters that are above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created. He has also established them forever and ever; He has made a decree which will not pass away.  (Psa 148:1-6)

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.  (Psa 139:13-18)

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made earth and heaven.  (Gen 2:1-4)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.  (Joh 1:1-3)

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities--all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  (Col 1:15-17)

So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. "For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. "The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His children.'  (Act 17:22-28)

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.  (Heb 11:3)


You can find the complete outline of this sermon at BIBLE ANSWERS

Fundamental Faith

Scripture Reading:  Hebrews 10:35-11:1

1. Heb. 11:1:  Now faith is…
  a. Substance of things hoped for (Rom. 8:24-25).
  b. Evidence of things not seen (Jno. 20:29-31; 1 Pet. 1:8-9).
2. Faith saves, but is tested, Rom. 5:1; Jas. 1:2-3. So, it is an enduring faith that saves, Heb. 10:36-39.
3. Faith is accounted to us for righteousness, Rom. 4:3-8, 16 (Jas. 2:17-24; Heb. 11:17).


  A. The Word of Faith – Rom. 10:6-10.  Evidence (Rom. 10:11, 15, 16-17; Jno. 8:47 (37-38).
  -God’s word must have first place in our lives (Jno. 8:37, 31-32); Matt. 7:24-27.
  B.  Foundation of Faith is Not…

II. FOCUS OF FAITH:  GOD.  Heb. 11:6

  A.  Jesus Said without Faith in Him we Die in Sin, Jno. 8:23-24, 8:58; 14:7-11, 1-6; Matt. 11:28-    30; 28:19-20; Heb. 9:28; Heb. 5:8-9; Acts 15:8-9 (Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 3:26-27; Acts 10:34-35, 47-48).
  B.  The Focus of Faith is Not…


  A.  A Full Faith Works, 1 Ths. 1:3; Jno. 6:28-29 (Jas. 2:22); Heb. 13:21.
  B.  A Full Faith Remains Diligent & Patient, Heb. 6:9-20; 1 Pet. 1:7.
  C.  A Full Faith is Fully Assured, Heb. 10:22; Eph. 3:12, 16-19.


  A.  The Crown of Life, Jas. 1:12; 1 Cor. 9:25.
  B.  Result of Being Faithful unto Death, Rev. 2:10; Matt. 10:21-22 (Heb. 12:3-4; Rev. 3:10-11).


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Bible Literacy
Joe R. Price

Who led the Israelites out of bondage?  According to a recent Gallup-conducted survey for The Bible Literacy Project (a nonpartisan group that promotes academic study of the Bible), 28% of seventh through ninth graders don’t know it was Moses.  While “90% realized that Adam and Eve were the first man and woman in Genesis,” almost 1 in 10 of those polled “believe that Moses is one of the twelve Apostles” (Culture Digest, Erin Curry,, May 25, 2005).  40 of the 41 high school English teachers surveyed said Bible knowledge gives students a distinct educational advantage.

Good grades in school are important, and a well-rounded education is an asset.  But, there is a far more important reason to be Bible literate than its educational advantages.

Jesus said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jno. 8:32).  He was talking about freedom from sin (Jno. 8:34-36).  But, “what is truth?”  Jesus affirmed that God’s word is truth (Jno. 17:17).

The Bible is the inspired word of God; it is truth that has been communicated to us from our Creator (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).

So, to know the Bible is to know truth.  And, knowledge of truth is necessary in order to be freed from sin.  The Bible teaches us about God, about our sin and about salvation from sin.  It teaches us about Jesus, the Savior of the world.  It teaches us about life, death and eternity.  It teaches us who we are, why we are here and where we are going.

God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4).  There are plenty of reasons to know your Bible.  Do you know yours?  (2 Tim. 2:15)


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