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Editor/Evangelist  Joe R. Price
Volume IX,  Number 02
September 04, 2005

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

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In this issue:

Gospel Meeting Sept. 25-30, 2005


(1860 Mt. Baker Highway, Bellingham, WA)

Invites you to our


with Evangelist

Dennis Scroggins

(Lometa, Texas)

Sept. 25–30, 2005

Monday-Friday:  7:00 PM
(Sunday:  9:30 & 10:30 AM, 6:00 PM)


                                                                        9:30 AM:      This man is the Great Power of God
                                                                     10:30 AM:      Noble Hearts
                                                                        6:00 PM:      The Race is not to the Swift

                                                                   Monday:           Recognizing the Tares
                                                                   Tuesday:          No Other Name!
                                                                   Wednesday:   Give Me Strength!
                                                                   Thursday:       The Fear of Hell
                                                                   Friday:              Zeal Without Knowledge:  A Spiritual Killer

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Around the Bend –
Keep Your Eye on the Goal
Dennis L. Scroggins

     “Keep your eye on that post yonder and you’ll be alright” were my father-in-law’s famous last words to me, as I pulled away from him on his old ’49 8n Ford tractor with a cultivator obediently following behind me.  He meant for me to plow out the weeds that had grown between the rows of tender young watermelon plants.  

     Ten minutes into the lesson, I was feeling pretty good about the great job I was doing plowing for the first time in my life.   Everything was going pretty well until I decided to look back at the great job I was doing.   Well, you guessed it, I plowed out about a hundred yards of watermelons in the blink of an eye.   Of course, I straightened up and got my eye back on that post and the plowing got better, but it didn’t change the fact that I had in a moment destroyed a good part of the crop my father-in-law had hoped to harvest that year.  

     I felt bad, and apologized for the great loss that had occurred as a direct result of my moment of foolishness.  It all happened because I was lifted up with pride in the great job I was doing.  Yes Sir, I was looking back to see what a great job I was doing, taking my eye off the post, which had kept me on the straight and narrow way.

     Jesus said, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God,” Luke 9:62.  Farmers plow for different reasons.  They plow to prepare the soil, to plant the seeds, or to remove the weeds from the good plants that are trying to grow and produce fruit.  

     Christians who start to do the will of Christ needs to keep their minds on Jesus’ business and not get distracted by the things of this world.  Many have lost sight of what they are doing for a moment, only to fall into temptations and snares set by the devil.   

     Pride is a powerful emotion.   Pride takes us in a different direction because we allow ourselves to be led by what we think is good, and not what Christ has commanded us to do.

     Christians are not to live their lives looking back at all the good they have done. Nor should they be impressed with all the good they are doing, or even the good they plan to do some day.   Christians are to put their hand to the plow and keep on, keeping on.    Perhaps you have been looking back, and lost track of time, and have not paid attention to the things that really matter to souls around you.

     Could it be you have innocently plowed out many a soul that was trying to grow in Christ? 

     If you have put your hand to the plow, please don’t look back at the rows you’ve plowed, for the row you are plowing today may well be the “good soil” from where much fruit will one day be produced.

     We need to keep our minds on Christ’s business.

-By:  Dennis L. Scroggins

(The illustrations used in “Around the Bend” are from the author’s own experiences of country living at “The Bend,” located on the Colorado River in the hill country of Texas.)


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

Bible Question Box (Sept. 2005)

Scripture Reading:  1 Timothy 2:8-12

1.  Two questions with similar theme.
2.  The overriding issue in both of these questions is the role of women in the local church (one concerning an application in the assembly; the other in Bile classes).

  Some Bible patterns:

  1. Women certainly have authority to participate in assembly (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16; Acts 2:42; 12:5, 12; 20:7; Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 2:38; Jas. 5:16.)
  2. God established order of headship, 1Cor. 11:3
  3. Women not the leaders, 1 Tim. 2:8, 11-12 (Acts 18:26).
  4. Men not authorized to “give” women positions of leadership over men, 1 Tim. 2:12-14.
  5. Women are to keep silent in the assemblies, 1 Cor. 14:34-35.  (Qualified, see above)

#1:  Can a woman say “amen” during a lesson?

1.  Does it meet Scriptural tests:
  a. Decently & in order (1 Cor. 14:40, 34-35).
  b. Men commanded to lead in prayer, 1 Tim. 2:8
  c. Only reference to saying “amen” in assembly is from men, 1 Cor. 14:15-16 (1 Tim. 2:8).
2.   Answer:  No. 

#2 – What are the Scriptural reasons that a woman is not usually allowed to teach the high school class if there are Christian boys in it?  (How could it be teaching over a man when they aren’t men?)

-Reputation & propriety, 1Tim. 2:11-12; 1Ths. 5:22.
-Our children, cf. Isa. 5:20 (Mal. 2:17).
-Orderliness, 1 Cor. 14:33, 40; 1 Ths. 5:12-13 (Phil. 2:13; Eph. 5:21).
-Consciences, Rom. 14:13.


1. Principles for the assembly (1 Cor. 14).
2. Principles for men (1 Tim. 2:8; 1 Cor. 11:3).
3. Principles for women (1 Tim. 2:11-12; 1 Pet. 3:4; 1 Cor. 11:3).


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

Dating: The Protection of Purity (#1)
(If you love Me, you will follow Me)

Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 2:10-17

1. “It would be nice to have a lesson on self-control and discuss lust and appropriate relationship affection for pre-marital couples.” 
2. Young people: This kind of teaching is designed to help protect your heart (Ps.119:9; Prv. 4:23; 1 Pet. 5:8).
3. Three people to be concerned with when you date:  God, the person you date & yourself.  You must please God in all things (2 Cor. 5:9) Rom. 12:1; Col. 3:1.
4. World’s view & God’s view (1 Cor. 15:32; 2 Tim. 2:22); Eccl. 11:9-10; 1 Jno. 3:3.


  A.  What are you Talking About?
    1. Self-control:  “the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, esp. his sensual appetites;” Gal. 5:23; 2 Tim. 2:22.
    2. Lust, Col. 3:5:  evil desire:  “desire, craving, longing, desire for what is forbidden, lust” (Job 31:1; Matt. 5:28).
    3. Lewdness (lasciviousness), Rom. 13:13; Gal. 5:19 (Mk. 7:21-23; 1 Pet. 4:3).
      a. “Unbridled lust, excess, licentiousness… shamelessness…as filthy words, indecent bodily movements, unchaste handling of males & females…”
      b. MTV, cyber-porn…; Bodily caressing, fondling, (Gen. 26:8); Do you encourage this by what you wear?
    4. Fornication, 1 Cor. 6:18; Gal. 5:19, 21; Heb. 13:4.
  B.  Lust & Love:  Do you know the Difference?
    -Lust is selfish (often at the expense of the others); love is unselfish; it pleases God & the other person.
    1. Lust is based on what she/he is, 1 Jno. 2:16; Matt. 5:28; Prov. 6:25; 1 Pet. 3:3-4 (SS 7:1-9).
    2. Love is based on who she/he is, Prov. 31:30 (10-12); SS 5:8-16 (Rom. 1:24; 1 Cor. 6:13); 1 Cor. 13:4-8.
  C.  What will Lust, Lasciviousness & Fornication Cost Me?  Eccl. 11:9; Num. 32:23; Prov. 13:15
  -Cost your soul (Mt. 16:26); your innocence, reputation, peace of mind & self-respect (Acts 23:1); your life.


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

A Place to Live
Joe R. Price

    The devastation left in the wake of hurricane Katrina is horrific and mind-numbing.  New Orleans, a city of 1.5 million souls, is submerged; its residents, now refugees.  In Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, countless houses and businesses are scattered over the countryside.  Then, there is the human toll; undoubtedly, deaths will be counted in the thousands.  Brethren have also been affected; their homes damaged and their lives turned upside down.

     One victim of the storm’s wrath said, “Katrina is the great equalizer.”  Rich or poor, mansions or shacks, it made no difference; when the rains descended and the floods came and the winds blew, the houses built by men were destroyed.  Jesus used this sort of force and its effect to warn us to built our lives on hearing and obeying His words so that our souls will not be eternally destroyed (Matt. 7:24-27). The foolish person who refuses to hear and obey Jesus is left without the safety of salvation when the storm of sin rages and ravages; he is lost.  Let us be obeying Jesus.

     The sight of hundreds of people standing on the roadside with nowhere to go (and in some cases, with only the clothes on their backs), gives us pause to ponder just how fragile life is, and how blessed we are.  Jesus assures those who “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” that God will supply their needs:  food, drink and clothing (Matt. 6:25-34).  But, have you ever noticed (as a brother recently pointed out to me), that there is not a promise of shelter in that (or any other) passage?  The Son of Man “had nowhere to lay His head” (Lk. 9:62).  Those “of whom the world was not worthy,” “wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth” (Heb. 11:38).  Could this be so in order to impress us that this world is not our home (Phil. 3:20)?  May we ever flee for refuge from the storms and devastation of sin and lay hold of the hope in Christ, that anchor our souls regardless of what befalls us on earth (Heb. 6:18-20).  Oh Lord, help us live for heaven!


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