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Volume 22, Number 42

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In this issue:

Family Life: The Secularist Versus God
Joe R. Price

26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (James 1:26–27, NKJV)

Leftist ideology is today’s religion for the secularist. Unbelievers who refuse to retain God in their knowledge have a belief system (Rom. 1:20-32). Humanism says, “No deity will save us; we must save ourselves” (Humanist Manifesto II, 1973). Christians must beware of their tactics and influence to dismantle God’s purposes for humanity.

With no fear of God and antagonism toward His word of truth, secular humanists are busy reshaping society and souls. One way is by destroying God’s arrangement of the family (male and female marriage, father, mother, and children, Gen. 2:22-24; 1:28) while telling us they are pro-family. No, they are not.

Case in point: First, the secularists advocate for abortion, an action that denies family life to innocent, unborn children. Second, they advocate against adopting children in desperate need of family structure and security by telling us these adoptions disrupt the child’s ethnic and cultural identity. Take away life (abortion) and deny family life (anti-adoption policies); these are the results of the humanist philosophy.

God cares for the welfare of orphans (and widows), and Christians relieve them. God cares for a child’s life and wellbeing (unborn and born), not skin color, ethnicity, and cultural background. Let us beware not to be stained by the world. 

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Pictures of Jesus
David Eldridge

We wish to see Jesus” (John 12:21). Have you ever seen a picture of Jesus? You have probably seen some representation that had come from the mind of men. The reality is that no one today knows what Jesus looked like while He lived in the flesh. Nevertheless, if you read the Bible, you will see the many ways Jesus is pictured throughout the word of God. Some latch on to one of these images to the exclusion of the others. Let us consider some of the pictures used to portray Jesus that we might have a more “complete picture” of our Lord.

He Is Pictured As The Great Shepherd of the Sheep: The Messianic prophet Isaiah said that Jesus would, “Feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young” (Isaiah 40:11). Jesus spoke of Himself as a Shepherd in John 10:9-15, noting that, as the Shepherd, He knows His sheep, guides them, feeds them, and would lay down His life for them. Jesus is truly the “Chief Shepherd” of His sheep (1 Peter 5:4). See Jesus as the great shepherd of the sheep!

He Is Pictured As The Lamb of God: Though Jesus is the Shepherd of the sheep, He is also pictured as the Lamb of God. John, in the Revelation, recorded these words, “For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters” (Revelation 7:17). As a prophet of God, John the Baptist saw Jesus in this way: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world’” (John 1:29). Jesus is the Lamb of God whose blood was shed that our sins might be taken away. See Jesus as the precious lamb of God!

He Is Pictured As The King of Kings: The angel told Mary the child she would bear, “Will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David” (Luke 1:32). Jesus Himself attested to this fact when Pilate asked if He was “a king.” Jesus responded, “You say rightly that I am a King” (John 18:37). Jesus has been given “all heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). Therefore, “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow” (Philippians 2:10). Jesus is the “King of kings” (1 Timothy 6:15). See Jesus as the King of kings and Lord of lords!

He Is Pictured As The Righteous Judge: Paul wrote of Jesus as “the righteous Judge” (2 Timothy 4:8). Jesus will one day execute Judgment as the Father has committed all Judgment of Him (John 5:22). He will judge using the standard of His word (John 12:48). No one will escape this Judgment, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27). See Jesus as the righteous Judge to whom we must give account!

He Is Pictured As The Friend of Mankind: Jesus identified Himself as a friend by stating, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13). The evidence of this friend found in Jesus is seen in His sacrifice. Have you shown yourself friendly to the greatest friend you could ever know? Jesus tells you the way to do so. He said, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14). See Jesus as the greatest friend mankind has ever known! Seeing Jesus, what will you do? May you listen to His voice, find salvation through His sacrifice, submit to Him as your King, prepare for His righteous Judgment, and be His friend as you obey Him!


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

The Walls Came Tumbling Down
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Deuteronomy 30:19-20

1. Walls signify strength, protection, and security, Num. 13:28; Deut. 3:5.
2. Two cities: Jericho and Jerusalem.
3. Why did the walls of each city fall?
  a. Jericho: Victory, Josh. 6:2, 16, 20.
  b. Jerusalem: Curse, Deut. 28:47-48, 52; 2 Chron. 36:15-21.


  A. Jericho: Because of Faith, Heb. 11:30; Josh. 1:5; 1 Jno. 5:4; Eph. 6:10-11.
  B. Jerusalem: Because of Faithlessness, Jer. 5:10-13; 16:10-13; Deut. 28:52.
  C. Jericho: Because of Obedience, Heb. 11:30 (10:39); 5:9.
  D. Jerusalem: Because of Disobedience, Jer. 16:11-12; 6:15-17; Isa. 29:13-14; Ezek. 33:30-32; Jas. 1:21-25 (2 Thess. 1:8).
  E. Jericho: Because of Purity, Josh. 3:5; 5:8-9; 2 Cor. 6:17-7:1 (Rom. 6:22).
  F. Jerusalem: Because of Defilement, Lam. 1:8-9; Isa. 59:1-4; 2 Pet. 2:20-22.
  G. Jericho: Because of Self-denial, Josh. 6:3-4; Lk. 9:23.
  H. Jerusalem: Because of Self-indulgence, Ezek. 7:19; 1 Jno. 2:15-17; Jas. 4:1-4.

1. Like Israel, a blessing and a curse is set before us, Deut. 11:26-28. Rom. 11:22
2. Victory in Christ, or wrath of God.


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Beefed Up Security
Joe R. Price

The psalmist said, “A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy” (Psa. 33:17-18). I was reminded of men’s futile attempts to protect and save themselves from harm when I read the New York Post headline, “Manhattan buildings for super rich hire armed guards for possible Election Day unrest” (

The article reports, “At the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, where the penthouse is going for $62.5 million, managers are deploying off duty cops with ‘submachine guns’ to stand watch, while other wealthy city enclaves are also beefing up protection for residents. Everybody is worried about security,” an insider told the Post. “Every top building is adding security. It’s out of control. We hope it won’t be needed, but we will be ready” (Ibid).

What a truly sad state of affairs! We weep for our nation and the lawlessness occurring on our streets. Riots, destruction of property, and loss of life will not strengthen a nation, only destroy it. Law enforcement is necessary, and self-defense is permissible. But we must trust in God more than anything else. Fearing God and relying on His mercy are the essential tools of faithful character in the midst of chaos (Psa. 33:18). Our ultimate security is in the Lord (Heb. 13:5-6).

Let us pray for peace and for those in positions of authority to advance it (1 Tim. 2:1-2). But most of all, let us pray for the lost souls who try to find freedom by destroying the freedom of others. Sin is a disgrace on this nation that only the gospel can cure (Prov. 14:34). 


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