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Editor/Evangelist  Joe R. Price
Volume VIII,  Number 47
June 12, 2005

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

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Bible Classes............9:30 AM
Worship......10:30 & 6:00 PM

Bible Classes............7:00 PM

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Morris Bass, Rick Holt , Joe Price

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Aaron Bass, Rich Brooks, Mike Finn
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"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!


Trusting the Promise of Christ
Joe R. Price

In Matthew 6:33-34, Jesus summarizes an extended passage on laying up treasure in heaven. In it, Jesus taught that 1) Our heart will be where our treasure is (6:19-21); 2) No one can serve two masters (6:22-24); and 3) When one lives by faith he refuses to be distracted by the cares of this life because he trusts God's knowledge of his needs, God's power to provide those needs, and God's diligence to do so (6:25-32). Jesus' summary in verses 33-34 includes a promise that disciples can lay to heart and live by: "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." Christ assures us that when the fundamental priority of our life is pursuing the rule and reign of God - living by faith - God will provide our material needs.

Seeking first the kingdom of God implies one is converted to Christ. It begins by becoming a Christian. One must submit his will to the will of God, and that begins with obeying His gospel to be saved from sin (Rom. 6:17-18; Mk. 16:15-16).
Seeking first the righteousness of God in our lives means living by faith and ordering our life in a way that is consist with the gospel of Christ. God's grace teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live "soberly, righteously and godly in this present age" (Tit. 2:11-12). Inspired scripture contains the instruction we need to do so (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Living in harmony with the word of God is a priority in the life of a disciple.

The Lord did not say this would be easy. Jesus said it would require self-denial, sacrifice and commitment. That is why we need to properly understand what being "anxious" means in Matthew 6:25-34. Doesn't the Bible say we are to provide for our own by working with our hands (1 Tim. 5:8; 1 Ths. 4:11)? Why then, does Jesus say "take no thought for" such things as what you will eat, drink or wear (Matt. 6:25, KJV)?

Jesus did not contradict what the Holy Spirit later revealed. To be "anxious" or "take no thought for" such things means, "to have a distracting care" (Vine, 89). Jesus warns us against being distracting from our task of laying up treasures in heaven by placing undue stress upon the cares of this life. We show a lack of faith in God to sustain us whenever we are distracted from obeying God by a greater desire and interest to pursue earthly goals (Matt. 6:30-32).

How do we overcome the temptation to put other things ahead of obeying Christ? 1) Develop a singleness of heart toward obeying Jesus; make up our mind to obey Christ, come what may (Matt. 6:22-24). 2) Trust Christ to keep His promise (Matt. 6:33). He promises to sustain us, not make sure we have all the luxuries of life. We must learn the difference. 3) Don't let tomorrow's uncertainties distract you from obeying Christ with all your heart and soul today (Matt. 6:34).

What are some practical applications of Matthew 6:33? Here are some, and I encourage you to add to this list: 1) By regularly attending the worship services of the church (Jno. 4:23-24; Heb. 10:24-25); 2) By giving of our means with purpose, joy and liberality (2 Cor. 9:6-7; 1 Cor. 16:2); 3) By studying God's word (2 Pet. 3:18; 2 Tim. 2:15); 4) By being zealous workers for Christ (1 Cor. 15:58); and 5) By making time for God in our lives (Eph. 5:16). May we all "increase our faith" (Lk. 17:5-10).


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

Fellowship and Unity of Believers (1)

Scripture Reading:  1 John 1:1-7


1.  1 Jno. 1:1-4 - The apostolic message was opening declared (1:2, 3) to provide & enable fellowship between man & God (1:3), & written that those who have fellowship with God may have fullness of joy in Christ.
2. What is fellowship among Christians?  What does it involve?  How does it impact our unity in Christ?


  A.  Defining Fellowship, 2 Cor. 6:14-16.
  B.  Fellowship:  Partnership, Commonality of Saints in Christ, 1 Cor. 1:9 (Jno. 15:4).
    1.  Common salvation, Jude 3.
    2.  Common faith, Titus 1:4.
    3.  Common worship, Acts 2:42.
    4.  Common good, Acts 2:44 (4:32).
    5.  Common suffering, Phil. 3:10 (2 Tim. 3:12).
  C.  The Basis of Fellowship is Not:
    1.  Good intentions - Prov. 16:25 (Matt. 7:21-23).
    2.  Personal relationships - Eph. 5:5-11.
    3.  Unity in moral & doctrinal diversity - Gal. 2:1-5, 11-14 (Jno. 17:20-21; 1 Cor. 1:10, 13).
    4.  Supposed “clarity” of the subject - 2 Pet. 3:15-16 (Jno. 8:31-32).
  D.  The Basis of Fellowship is the Gospel, 1 Jno. 1:5-7; 2:3-6; 2 Jno. 9; Jno. 14:23.


  A.  Fellowship Implies the Presence of Unity, Acts 2:42, 44; Amos 3:1-3.
  B.  Maintaining Unity among Believers is the Result of Mutual Fellowship with Christ, Eph. 4:1-3; 1 Cor. 1:9-10. 


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

Fellowship and Unity of Believers (2)

Scripture Reading:  2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1


   Continue studying fellowship, with particular emphasis on some views on fellowship that are not founded on the word of God.


  A.  That Bible “Fellowship” is Properly Applied to Social Activities, 1 Pet. 4:11 (1 Cor. 11:20-22, 34); Col. 3:17.
  B.  That Fellowship can only Exist in the Local Church, Gal. 2:7-9.
    1.  Separated by time & distance, we are “one bread and one body,” 1 Cor. 10:16-17.
    2.  Contribution (koinonia) of Macedonia & Achaia brethren with the Jerusalem saints, Rom. 15:26-27 (2 Cor. 8:4).
    3.  Support of gospel preacher, Phil. 1:5 (4:15).
    4.  Brotherhood exists, implying fellowship in Christ & unity of the Spirit, 1 Pet. 2:17; Eph. 4:3.
  C.  That Fellowship may Continue when No Congregational Action is Involved (even though sin is present), 1 Cor. 5:1-6.
  D.  That We May Have Ongoing (open-ended) Fellowship in Spite of Ongoing Sin/Error, 1 Tim. 6:3-5 (doctrinal); 2 Tim. 3:1-5 (moral); 2 Jno. 9-11; 1 Cor. 1:9-10; 1 Jno. 1:5-6; 2:3-6 (Eph. 5:6-7, 11). 


1.  We properly & gladly extend fellowship to those who teach truth (Gal. 2:9); practice truth (Eph. 4:3) & endorse truth (3 Jno. 5-8).
2.  We cannot extend fellowship to those who teach error (Rom. 16:17); practice error (Eph. 5:11); endorse error (2 Jno. 10-11).
3.  We have fellowship with God, & must not defile it by sharing in sin (2 Cor. 6:17-18).


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Hangin' with the Gang
Joe R. Price

     An Al Qaeda training manual seized in the U.K. says “spreading rumors and writing statements that instigate people against the enemy” is one of its top missions (“Shamnesty International,” Melana Zyla Vickers, Tech Central Station, June 3, 2005).  Rumormongering.

     Amnesty International released its annual report on human rights abuses this week, calling the U.S. Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility “the gulag of our times.”  Today’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial is right to describe this as “reckless hyperbole” (“The Amnesty International report: Reckless hyperbole,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jun 3, 05).

     Shamefully, those who deal in rumors and reckless exaggerations do not see themselves as detractors from the truth, but as defenders of it. 

     Consider “idle babblings” (2 Tim. 2:14).  Like “reckless hyperbole,” empty chatter (without Scriptural context and content) harms reputations, influences and the progress of the gospel.  When we contend earnestly for the faith it is not necessary to turn up the rhetoric, generating heat but no light.  Amnesty Int’l compares the Guantanamo camp of 540 detainees to, in the editor’s words, “communist slave labor and death camps where countless millions were brutalized and killed” (Ibid.).  Slightly exaggerated, wouldn’t you say?

     Yet, sometimes that’s all it takes to “defeat the enemy.”  Evil suspicions, name calling, innuendo and exaggerated pronouncements against brethren must stop, or such biting and devouring will surely consume us (Gal. 5:13-15).  Clear heads, humble hearts and open Bibles must prevail whenever Christians disagree on a Bible subject.  Love “thinks no evil” and “hopes all things” (1 Cor. 13:5, 7).  If we cannot address disagreements without the infusion of idle babblings and evil suspicions we will ruin our listeners with the strife we perceive as “defending the faith” (2 Tim. 2:14; 1 Tim. 6:4).  So, contend for the faith.  Do so with God’s word of truth; not with rumors and reckless hyperboles.


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