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


Volume 21, Number 46

Published by
Mt. Baker
church of Christ

1860 Mt. Baker HWY
Mailing Address:

       P.O. Box 30821
  Bellingham, WA 98228
       (360) 752-2692

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

Bible Classes.........7:00 PM
All sing last Wednesday

Web sites:
Mt. Baker church
Bible Answers

Editor......Joe R. Price


In this issue:

If Christ Was Not Raised
Joe R. Price

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the keystone of the gospel. Without it, everything crumbles. With it, the claims, commands, and conditions of eternal salvation preached by His apostles and prophets are verified and valid. If false, the gospel may be legitimately discarded. If true, the gospel must be accepted as God’s word and will for us all.

The evidence for the resurrection of Jesus includes:

1) The empty tomb (Lk. 24:1-3; Matt. 28:1-6; Mk. 16:1-6). Even the enemies knew the problem of the empty tomb, and bribed the guards to lie about why it was empty (Matt. 28:11-15).

2) Eyewitness accounts of the resurrected Christ (Acts 2:32; 10:40-41; 1 Cor. 15:5-8; Lk. 24:13-35; Jno. 20:14-18).

The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is the distinctive message of the gospel. This gospel was preached and received as God’s power to save all who hold it fast (1 Cor. 15:1-4). That is why it was so incomprehensible that some Christians were actually teaching there is no resurrection from the dead (or that it had already happened, 1 Cor. 15:12; 2 Tim. 2:17-18).

In 1 Corinthians 15:12-19, the apostle Paul makes quick work of exposing the false teaching of no resurrection of the dead by explaining its consequences. If there is no resurrection from the dead, then Christ was not raised (v. 13). If Christ was not raised from the dead, then:

1) Gospel preaching is vain (v. 14),

2) Faith produced by gospel preaching is vain (v. 14),

3) The apostles are false witnesses of God when they claimed God raised Jesus from the dead – they are liars (v. 15),

4) Faith is futile, empty, and worthless (v. 17),

5) There is no hope after death, and Christians who have died have perished (v. 18),

6) Christians are a pitiful group of people who have been deceived into hoping in Christ beyond this life (v. 19).

But, Christ has been raised from the dead. His resurrection constitutes the beginning of the resurrection of the dead (1 Cor. 15:20-23).

Each person must assess the evidence for the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. If true, trust and obey Him. If false, cast it aside. But know this, you will give account of your answer on the day of judgment (Jno. 12:48; Rom. 14:12; 2 Cor. 5:10). What will your answer be? 


The Fruit of Moral Decline
Joe R. Price

For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had encouraged moral decline in Judah and had been continually unfaithful to the LORD. (2 Chronicles 28:19, NKJV)

The Lord allowed the kingdom of Judah to be oppressed by enemy states during the 8th  century B.C. Assyrians, Edomites, and Philistines plundered Judah because king Ahaz was “continually unfaithful to the Lord,” and because he “encouraged moral decline in Judah” (2 Chron. 28:16-18). It is undeniable that this country has been encouraging moral decline for a very long time. Feminism and the “sexual revolution” of the 1960s promoted fornication and adultery, fracturing the home and paving the way for accepting the homosexual lifestyle as normal and natural (which it is not, Rom. 1:24-28). It is legal to kill the unborn child. Alcohol (and other illicit drugs) decimates lives and destroys families (1 Pet. 4:1-5). Pornography has captured and corrupted countless souls – fueled by lust and internet accessibility on cell phones, tablets, and computers. “Sin is a reproach to any people,” and America is no exception (Prov. 14:34). The Old Testament shows that God does not long endure any nation that mocks faith in Him while rushing headlong into faithlessness and immorality. It is past time for our nation to heed God’s warning: “Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord GOD. “Therefore turn and live!” (Ezek. 18:31-32)  

-Sword Tips #1051 edited 


Let Worries Drift Away
Heath Rogers

Several people have devices that play relaxing sounds. Isn’t it interesting how often water is used as the source of sounds that are supposed to relax us? For some, the sound of waves crashing upon a beach is a reminder of their “happy place” and it allows them to “get away” in their mind for a few moments. Perhaps it is the sound of rain gently falling outside a window. I prefer the sound of water that is flowing gently down a stream. It reminds me of times I would be fishing with my Grandpa or catching crawdads in the creek with my sister. Happy memories of a time without the worries or stresses of life.

As you sit on the bank of a winding stream, you can't see where the water is coming from, or where it is going, but you can enjoy the water that happens to be flowing in front of you. Toss in a leaf or flower, and you can watch as the water takes it downstream, gently flowing away.

As Christians, we face a number of struggles as we take up our cross and follow Jesus daily. Sometimes life can get hectic, troubles can begin to stack up, and we desire some momentary relief. At other times, life can hit us very hard and we want to escape.

The Lord specifically tells us “do not worry” (Matt. 6:25, 31, 34). So, what are we to do with the burdens and cares of this life? We are instructed to “cast” them on the Lord (Ps. 55:22; 1 Pet. 5:7). The Christian’s worries do not drift away in avoidance or drunkenness or any number of “escapes” employed by the worldly-minded person. Our worries drift away in prayer, knowing that God is greater than any problem we face, and that He has promised to sustain us until we reach our home with Him in Heaven. 
Knollwood Reminder, August 2019


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

Ready When the Lord Shall Come
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 25:1-13

1. Readiness is something we value and depend on every day.
2. The Son of Man is coming, Matt. 25:10-13. Are we ready for His coming?


  A. Stop Idle Words, Matt. 12:33-37; Eph. 4:25, 29, 31 (evil speaking). Tongue restraint takes heart restraint, Matt. 12:35; Jas. 3:2, 5, 8, 10.
  B. Refuse the Works of the Flesh, Gal. 5:19-21 (Col. 3:5-8). Gal. 5:18; Rom. 8:14; 1 Cor. 2:14-16.
  C. My Conduct Toward My Family, Eph. 5:25-28 (1 Pet. 3:7); Eph. 5:22-24 (Titus 2:4-5); Eph. 6:1-3 (Rom. 1:30); 6:4.
  D. Become a Christian (be saved), Jno. 6:44-45; 8:23-24; Lk. 13:5; Rom. 10:9-10; Mk. 16:16. Be proactive, Acts 2:40-41.
  E. Be a Faithful Member of Christ’s Church (His body), Eph. 1:22-23; 2:16-19, 21-22.
    1. Love God with all I am, and my neighbor as myself, Mk. 12:29-30.
    2. Set and maintain priorities, Matt. 6:33-34.
    3. Meet my responsibilities, Rom. 12:3-8.
    4. Help spread gospel, Acts 8:4 (2 Tim. 2:2).
    5. Correct the sin in my life, Acts 8:19-24; 1 Jno. 1:9; Jas. 5:15-16. James 4:6-10

1. The unprepared will not escape punishment when Christ returns, 1 Thess. 5:1-3; 2 Thess. 1:6-9.
2. The prepared will be received into glory, 1 Thess. 5:4-6; 2 Thess. 1:10. (Are you ready?)


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

Edification and the Word of God
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Colossians 2:1-10

1. Every Christian needs spiritual edification, 1 Cor. 12:25-27; 1 Thess. 5:11.
2. Churches of men make vain attempts to offer spiritual strength through “food, fun and frolic;” Social activism; Community services; etc.


  A. Edification is Defined and Achieved by Spiritual Means, Acts 9:31; Jude 20-21.
  B. The Edification of the Church is Connected to the Word of Truth, Eph. 4:7-16, 17-24.


  A. Growth in Bible Knowledge, 2 Pet. 3:17-18; 11, 14; 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Pet. 2:2.
  B. Growth toward Our Final Salvation, Phil. 2:12-16 (Rom. 13:11-14); 1 Pet. 1:5.
  C. Growth to Resist Temptations, Heb. 5:14 (1 Cor. 10:5-13); 1 Thess. 5:21-22; 1 Cor. 9:26-27.
  D. Growth in Grace, 2 Pet. 3:18; Tit. 2:11-12; Acts 20:32.
  E. Growth as Teachers, 2 Tim. 2:2.
  F. Growth through Worship, Heb.10:24-25; Col. 3:16 (Jno. 4:24).

1. Christians are built up in Christ by living His word, Col. 2:6-7.
2. We are knit together in love as we attain the riches of “full assurance of understanding” that is in Christ, Col. 2:2-3. (Treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in His word.)
3. Christ’s word equips us with the tools we need to be built up in Him.
4. “Build each other up,” 1 Thess. 5:11.


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Bible Gender Teaching Ruled “Incompatible with Human Dignity”
Joe R. Price

British doctor David Mackereth lost his government job because he would not refer to “any 6ft-tall bearded man” as “madam” (David Mackereth: Christian doctor loses trans beliefs case, “Dr. David Mackereth, 56, a National Health Service employee, was fired from his post at the Department for Work and Pensions in July because he would not use a transgender pronoun, saying he believes ‘gender is defined by biology and genetics’ and the ‘Bible teaches us that God made humans male or female.’ This week he lost his case before an Employment Tribunal in England, where the judge ruled his beliefs were "incompatible with human dignity” (Christian doctor of 30 years loses job for refusing to use transgender pronoun, Caleb Parke,

Do you think this is irrelevant to us here in the far corner of NW Washington? If so, think again. To illustrate, in 2017-2018 the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) implemented new health and physical education standards that require teaching gender identity beginning in kindergarten. They are to be taught about the many ways to express gender, including cross-dressing as one form of gender expression Washington State Health Education K-12 Learning Standards, pp. 29, By the seventh grade, students will be expected to “distinguish between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation” (Washington Schools to Teach Gender Identity Curriculum in Kindergarten, June 2, 2016, Family Policy Institute; op cit., p. 32).

When I was a child a TV commercial ran at 10:00 p.m. which said, “It’s 10 o’clock – do you know where your children are?” Now we must ask, “Do you know what your children are being taught in school?” The culture wars are raging, and Christians must fight the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12). Sacrifices for truth and righteousness will be required. “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong” (1 Cor. 16:13). 


Created by Chuck Sibbing, last updated.  10/07/2019

The Spirit's Sword is a free, weekly publication of the Mt. Baker church of Christ, Bellingham, WA
Send all questions, comments and subscriptions to the editor at: