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Volume 15, Number 26

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In this issue:

Sing to the Lord
Joe R. Price

Worshiping God in song deserves an honored place of respect as a cherished chance to praise His name for all His wondrous works.

I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving (Psa. 69:30)

It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High. (Psa. 92:1)

Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. (Psa. 98:1)

Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the assembly of saints. (Psa. 149:1)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Col. 3:16)

These and many more Scriptures teach us important lessons about worshiping God in song:

1) Singing is an important and serious part of our worship to God. It is a time when we express profound gratitude and praise to God for His wondrous works of creation, redemption and provisions. We must sing “with the spirit” and “with the understanding”, not with casual disregard for God and His honor (1 Cor. 14:15).

2) We do not sing to amuse ourselves or to impress others. Among other things, worshipful singing expresses joy, cheer and good courage (Jas. 5:13). It is not entertainment. Singing motivated to be seen (heard) by others is not true worship and is unacceptable to God (cf. Matt. 6:5).

3) Worshiping God in song deserves our best effort. We must be fully engaged, not halfheartedly mouthing words without thought and meaning. Our intent is to make melody in our heart to the Lord (Eph. 5:19). Singing demands we fully focus our thoughts as we sing praise to God and as we teach and admonish one another (Col. 3:16).

Of Christ it was said, “I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You” (Psa. 22:22; Heb. 2:12).  Similarly, let us raise a joyful shout of praise to God our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer (Psa. 66:1-4; 95:1-2; 98:4-6; 100:1-5). 


Lord, I'm Coming Home
Joe R. Price

We wander so far from God at times. At first, we do not intend to go far from Him. We think we will go “just a little ways” down the road – the road we know we shouldn’t even be on. But, we tell ourselves we know the way back home; it’s not far – we can come back, no problem. So, we talk ourselves into the sin we know we should not commit. Evil thoughts take us where we know we should not go (Mk. 7:21-23). Instead of fleeing the temptation, we yield to sin’s allurement (Jas. 1:14-16; 1 Tim. 6:11; 2 Tim. 2:22).

     We have all been there; perhaps you still are. The apostle John warns of the self-righteous disregard of sin, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth…If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not is us” (1 Jno. 1:6, 10).

     Wandering in sin, alone and away from God, one may begin to believe the devil’s lie that there is no way back; no way back to right living, no way back to forgiveness, no way back to the way it used to be. That’s what the devil wants you to believe. It is not true. Jesus is the way home, the way to God and to His merciful forgiveness of every sin (Jno. 14:6; Acts 4:12).

     For Christians, the way home is the way of repentance and of confessing your sins to God and those you sin against. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jno. 1:9; see Lk. 17:3-4; Jas. 5:16). Christian, leave the wasteland of sin and come home to God’s love and mercy. God and His people wait to welcome you home (Lk. 15:11-24).

     If you are not a Christian, you need to come home, too. The home for you is the way of faith in Christ and full obedience to Him. “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mk. 16:16); “Confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus” (Rom. 10:9); “Repent and be baptized…for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). Hear, believe, confess, repent and be baptized; this is the gospel way home. It is the narrow way, the Father’s way (Matt. 7:13-14, 21-29).

     The old gospel song by William J. Kirkpatrick, “Lord, I’m Coming Home”, fills our heart as we send out the gospel call to the lost.

I’ve wandered far away from God,
Now I’m coming home;
The paths of sin too long I’ve trod,
Lord, I’m coming home.

Coming home, coming home,
Nevermore to roam;
Open wide Thine arms of love,
Lord, I’m coming home.

I’ve wasted many precious years,
Now I’m coming home;
I now repent with bitter tears,
Lord, I’m coming home.

I’m tired of sin and straying, Lord,
Now I’m coming home;
I’ll trust Thy love, believe Thy word,
Lord, I’m coming home.

My soul is sick, my heart is sore,
Now I’m coming home;
My strength renew, my home restore,
Lord, I’m coming home.

My only hope, my only plea,
Now I’m coming home;
That Jesus died, and died for me,
Lord, I’m coming home.

I need His cleansing blood I know,
Now I’m coming home;
Oh, wash me whiter than the snow,
Lord, I’m coming home.

     We have been where you are. The world has only brought you pain, sorrow, regret and spiritual death. It’s time. It’s time to come home to God and find rest for your soul (Matt. 11:28-30). 


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS

The Danger of Compromise (Part 1)

Scripture Reading:  1 Kings 11:1-6

1. Compromise: “a settlement of differences by mutual concessions” (1 Cor. 9:19-23).
2. King Solomon and his wives: Great sin of compromise, 1 Kgs. 11:1-8.
3. Warned against compromise, 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1; Gal. 1:6-10; Eph. 5:8-11; 2 Jno. 9-11.


  A. Compromise is Double-Mindedness, Jas. 4:4, 8 (1:8); Matt. 6:24.
  B. Compromise Stands by when Sin could be Prevented, 11:7-8 (cf. v. 5); 1 Sam. 3:13.
  C. Truth does not Continue in Such an Environment, Gal. 2:5.
  D. Causes God’s People to be Indecisive and Faithless, 1 Kgs. 18:21.


  A. The Heart is Turned Away from God, 11:2, 9.
  B. The Militant Spirit of the Gospel is Replaced with a more “Positive” Approach toward Sin and Error, 1 Tim. 6:12; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Jude 3; Jer. 6:14.
  C. Love for God becomes Secondary, Mk. 12:28-29; Matt. 6:21, 31-33.
  D. Keep Your Heart Pure to Avoid Compromise, Jas. 4:8 (1 Tim. 1:5).


  A. Unlawful Marriages, 1 Kgs. 11:1-3 (Dt. 7:3-4; 17:17); Neh. 13:26-27; (1 Cor. 7:12).
  B. False Worship, 1 Kgs. 11:5-8.
  C. Compromise Causes Wrath, Loss of Blessings and more Compromise, 1 Kgs. 11:9, 11; 12:28-33; Gal. 5:9.

Concl. Compromise is deadly to our souls.


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS

Individual Action and Local Church Action Bible Authority (12)

Scripture Reading:  Acts 4:32-37

1. “Whatever the Christian may do the local church may do” has led to much sin and division in churches of Christ.
2. What does the Scripture say? (Rom. 4:3)


  A. Social Relationships (community) Matt. 5:14-16; 1 Pet. 2:12; Rom. 13:8.
  B. Economic Relationships (business), 1 Ths. 4:11-12; Col. 3:22-4:1.
  C. Family Relationships (the home), Col. 3:18-21 (Eph. 6:1-4; 1 Pet. 3:1-7).
  D. Civil Relationships (gov’t), Rom. 13:1-7.
  E. Spiritual Relationships (the church), Eph. 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:20-21(4:1-16)


  A. The Above Duties are Concurrent (simultaneous, coexisting), Gal. 6:5.
  B. No Bible Authority to “Funnel” Personal Duties of Other Relationships through the Local Church. 


  A. How we Deal with Sin Shows the Distinction, Matt. 18:15-17.
  B. Separate Treasuries Shows the Distinction, Acts 4:34-5:4.
  C. Separate Reasons and Places to Eat Shows the Distinction, 1 Cor. 11:20-22, 34.
  D. Helping Needy Christian Widows Shows the Distinction, 1 Tim. 5:16.


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

The Politics and Power of Words
Joe R. Price

We are in the season of the silly and the absurd with politics heating up ahead of the November elections. Every day we are treated to a litany of charges and counter charges from politicians vying for our votes.

Words are powerful. From the presidential race to the local sheriff, words are used to define issues, distract from important issues, distort relevant issues, destroy one’s opponent and divide the populace. The unwise and sinful use of words abounds. Let us remind ourselves about the words we must choose to speak.

1) Speak the truth (Eph. 4:25). Lying seems to be so common these days. Whenever someone feels compelled to persuade me of their veracity by telling me, “I’m not lying to you”, I am made to wonder whether they lied to me when they didn’t say that first! When you always tell the truth you never have to say, “I’m not lying to you”!

2) Speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). The motive for our words should be the welfare of others, not to tear them down and do them harm. All we do (including the words we speak) is to be done with love (1 Cor. 16:14).

3) Speak after you have listened (Prov. 18:13). The fool speaks before he fully hears a matter. Self-important words are regularly heard at political rallies. But they are also on display in marriages, in churches, in the workplace and in schools. Effective communication requires more ears eager to listen and less tongues eager to speak (Jas. 1:19-20). Paging Elihu! (Job 32:4-7)

4) Words fitly spoken (Prov. 25:11). Speaking the right words at the right time is a mark of wisdom. This doesn’t just happen. It requires selecting right words plus righteous objectives (Col. 4:6). “A word spoken in due season, how good it is!” (Prov. 15:23) 


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