And take…the sword of the Spirit, which  is the word of God.   Ephesians 6:17


Volume 18, Number 52

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In this issue:

Gospel Meeting September 25 - 30, 2016

The Mt. Baker
Church of Christ

1860 Mt. Baker Highway • Bellingham WA

Invites you to our


With Evangelist

Steve Wallace
(Grayslake, Illinois)

September 25 - 30, 2016

Monday-Friday at 7:00 PM
Sunday, September 25th at 9:30 and 10:30 AM; 6:00 PM

Hear these gospel lessons:

Sunday Class: Anger in the Home
AM Sermon: Political Correctness and the Bible
PM Sermon: Lasciviousness
Monday: Cooperation
Tuesday: Sons of the Restorers
Wednesday: Adjusting to Our Changing Situation
Thursday: “He baptized him”
Friday: Eternity

Bring your Bible and join us in learning God’s word and will for our lives!

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Do Not Be Deceived
Tanner Bass

In thoughtful Bible study, we see and hear this term often; “Be not deceived.” Each time we see this call, there is something significant that follows or proceeds that we are called upon to take special notice of. Coupled with the call not to be deceived, many times we also read to take heed, meaning to pay special attention and care to what follows. Being that the Bible is our guide, when we read in it not to be deceived, and to take heed, we must do so. It is imperative to recognize, appreciate, and understand the call not to be deceived, and to pay attention to specific concepts in life.

In Matthew 24:3-14, Jesus answers His disciples in verse 4 about the return of Himself, saying, “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many…All these are the beginning of sorrows…But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” We are called not to be deceived by the world when they say they know when the return of Christ will occur. Until that glorious day, we will preach, teach, and glorify God.

In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Paul explains who will not inherit the kingdom of God. In this passage, Paul tells the church at Corinth, “Do not be deceived,” because such people following are unrighteous and cannot obtain the imperishable crown. Our call not to be deceived here is important because it demonstrates who not to be like and how not to act. Rather, participate in attitudes and actions that represent the fruit of the spirit found in Galatians 5:22-25.

1 Corinthians 15:33 says, “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.’” This simple point illustrates a very important concept for the righteous life of a Christian. Whomever we associate with and spend time with will have an influence on us. Our actions, speech, choices, and decision-making process is affected by our company. Our call is to carefully choose our friends, Proverbs 12:26. If we have been affected for the worse by our friends, company, contacts, and acquaintances, it is vital that we reevaluate and remove the stumbling blocks from our spiritual journey.

Galatians 6:6-10 is a passage where Paul is explaining to the churches of Galatia the importance of being generous and doing good works. The passage reads, “Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” We are called to, “not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” We will reap what we sow spiritually, according to the righteous judgment of God. Our call is not to lose heart, as well as to reap the “good” things in life.

In Ephesians 5:1-7, we are called to walk in love and to “be imitators of God as dear children.” We read in verses 3-5 that uncleanness, and filthiness is not fitting for us as saints, and the world will try to tempt us and deceive us by saying this is not true. “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore, do not be partakers with them.” This uncleanness, filthiness, and unrighteousness, if not corrected, repented of, and changed, will breed the name “sons of disobedience.” Our call is not to be deceived when the world says we are okay regardless of our spiritual condition before our righteous judge.

James 1:12-18 is a worthy passage explaining what our attitude should be in facing trials and persecution. In such, we are told that, “when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.” We read that sin brings forth spiritual death. While it is a very scary concept if we are found in sin, it still needs to be addressed. This is not ‘too harsh to talk about’, ‘too gray to be clear’, or simply, ‘too judgmental.’ This is our call; not to be deceived when we are found in sin; it will cause spiritual death if not dealt with the way God has taught for us (Acts 8:22; 1 John 1:9; Jas 5:16). Unfortunately, many will be deceived by their known and unknown sin.

In 1 John 3:7, we have a very positive plea. We are told, “Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.” If we are practicing righteousness, according to our Lord’s instructions, we are righteous and will be blessed both here on earth and in heaven. Our call is not to let the world deceive us in their cunning speech and hurtful remarks. Understand that the world will hate us. When they say we are hypocrites that practice unrighteousness, or that it doesn’t matter what we do while on earth, we must know this is not the truth.

Brethren, we must not be deceived by the world, nor by the unrighteousness in it. Our deception will not be a valid excuse on the Day of Judgment when we are explaining why we were deceived. Put simply, just do not be deceived.


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

What's that Look on Your Face?

Scripture Reading:  Revelation 7:9-12

1. Strange fire is unauthorized worship, Lev. 10:1-3
2. Pride is often a contributing factor, 2 Chron. 26:16-21.
3. Shall we give God man-designed worship (self-imposed/self-made religion, Col. 2:22-23), or true worship that He commands? Jno. 4:23-24


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Moderate Drinking Not So Healthy
Joe R. Price

For decades we have been told by the alcohol lobby (bolstered by studies and government dietary advice) that moderate drinking of alcohol (1 drink a day for women, 2 drinks a day for men) “can provide modest coronary and other health benefits” (“Social drinking may not be so healthy after all,” Justin Scheck and Tripp Mickle, Such conclusions are increasingly being questioned, as scientists take a fresh look at alcohol consumption, current data and previous studies (“Fact Sheets – Moderate Drinking,” footnotes, Center for Disease Control). “Although past studies have indicated that moderate alcohol consumption has protective health benefits (e.g., reducing risk of heart disease), recent studies show this may not be true” (CDC Fact Sheet). More than a few now say a healthy dose of skepticism toward the health benefits of moderate drinking is in order. “There is no safe level of drinking,” U.K. Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies told a British television interviewer (Scheck and Mickle).

The Holy Spirit gave us this wise counsel long ago: “Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine, those who go in search of mixed wine. Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly; At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper” (Prov. 23:29-32, emp. added).

Scripture says, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise” (Prov. 20:1). The mockery of wine and being led astray by intoxicants begins with the first drink, and continues from there. It is foolish to think otherwise.

By the way, Jesus did not produce intoxicating wine at the wedding feast; that would be against His character (Jno. 2:1-11). He created well over 100 gallons of unfermented, “good” wine, bypassing the natural process, thus showing His power over nature. Jesus was not a bartender, encouraging moderate drinkers to drink even more. 


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