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Volume 23, Number 24

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Editor......Joe R. Price


In this issue:

Heath Rogers

Did you ever think you would see the day that we suffered from a shortage of laborers? Almost every place we go we see the familiar signs - “Help Wanted” or “Now Hiring.” Some have stopped working because they would rather live on the bare minimum of unemployment benefits than to work for a living. Others are leaving the workforce because of poor working conditions (COVID restrictions or working with a skeleton crew).

Consider some things the Bible has to say about work.

Man was created to work. “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it” (Gen. 2:15). Man is not to be cared for in his laziness. “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thess. 3:10). Instead, he is to work to support himself, his family (1 Tim. 5:8), and those in need (Eph. 4:28).

Hard work gives one a sense of worth and accomplishment, as well as a good night’s sleep. “The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much…” (Eccl. 5:12).

Laziness gives one a bad reputation (Prov. 10:5), frustration (Prov. 13:4), and poverty (Prov. 24:32-34).

Jesus came to this earth to work. “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4). Laziness cannot be learned from His example.

Paul instructed the Thessalonians to “aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing” (1 Thess. 4:11-12). One of the ways Christians let their light shine in this strange time is by working for a living. In doing so we are obeying the Lord, setting a good example for our children, and showing an unbelieving world that God’s way is the best way to live.

-Knollwood Reminder, June 20, 2021


The Multitude of Words
Joe R. Price

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise (Proverbs 10:19, NKJV).

Unrestrained words lead to foolishness, sin, and sorrow. The wisdom of restraining our tongues is reiterated by James, “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).

Consider some of the sins that arise when one is captured by “the multitude of words.”

(1) The sin of pride in one’s eloquence. Although we are confident the apostle Paul had command of rhetoric and eloquence, he made it a point not to parade such abilities when preaching the gospel (1 Cor. 2:1-5). Likewise, while eloquent, Apollos drew attention to the Scriptures and not himself (Acts 18:24-25). His humility prepared him to learn the way of God more accurately (Acts 18:26). Pride enters in when we try to impress others with many words.

(2) The sin of misguided prayers. Jesus said, “And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words” (Matt. 6:7). God’s attention is not gained by many words but by a contrite heart (Luke 18:13-14). God is not impressed by the multitude of words. After all, He made man’s mouth (Exod. 4:11).

(3) The sin of foolishness. Wisdom advances righteousness and avoids evil by knowing when to speak and when to be silent (Eccl. 3:7). Fools spread slanderous insinuations, rushing headlong to their destruction, but “wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding” (Prov. 10:18, 14, 13). 

-Sword Tips #2287


Do Not Forget to Do Good
Joe R. Price

But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased (Hebrews 13:16, NKJV).

Selfishness is unattractive and sinful.

Selfishness forgets to do good for others. After all, selfishness is only concerned with pleasing self. The Christian offers pleasing sacrifices to God by remembering others before thinking of himself. Jesus Christ was not selfish. He did not selfishly try to please himself in his death; he sacrificed himself so you and I can live.

Thank God that Jesus did not forget to do good and to share his blessings with us.

Follow the example of Jesus today. God is pleased when you share and do good for others. 

-Sword Tips #85


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


Pursue Peace
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Hebrews 12:12-17

1. Misunderstood peace leads to a false sense of security, Jer. 6:13-15.
2. If we misunderstand peace we will most likely mistake a counterfeit peace for the real thing.


A. Dual Nature of Peace (Heb. 12:14).
    1. Absence of conflict, 1 Cor. 14:33.
    2. Presence of tranquility, serenity, contentment, Isa. 32:16-19.


  A. Pursue Peace With God, Col. 1:19-22.
    1. Obtained in Christ, John 16:33.
    2. Blood of Christ brings reconciliation (Rom. 6:3-4); Isa. 26:3, 12; Rom. 5:1; 8:6-8.
  B. Pursue Peace with Brethren, John 14:27.
    -Nature of Christ’s kingdom, Isa. 2:4; 11:6-9; Rom. 14:17; 2 Tim. 2:22.  C. Pursue Peace with Everyone, Heb. 12:14; Rom. 12:18; James 3:13-18.


  A. Peace is Preserved by Good Hearts that Follow Truth, Eph. 4:1-6; Col. 3:15-16.
  B. Peace is Preserved by Humility, Mark 9:33-37 (50); 1 Cor. 3:3-4.
  C. Peace is Preserved by the Proper Use of Our Liberties, Rom. 14:19 (1-5).
    1. Do not dispute over things indifferent to God (14:1-5).
    2. Strong in conscience, 14:14-23; 15:1-2.
    3. Weak in conscience, 14:1, 10, 13.

   Peacemakers pursue peace, 1 Pet. 3:11.


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


The Importance of Marriage
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

1. Love never fails because it never gives up,  1 Cor. 13:8, 4-7.
2. Every marriage needs this kind of love.

-The Importance of Marriage-

1. Marriage is from God and honors God, Gen. 2:18-25. Prov. 18:22; Mal. 2:14, 16; Matt. 19:6; Heb. 13:4
2. Marriage lasts a lifetime, Rom. 7:1-2; Matt. 19:4-5.
3. Marriage is the foundation of a stable society, Gen. 2:24 (Ps. 127:1).
  a. Intact family structure gives stability to society, Ps. 127:3-5; Prov. 4:1-4 (Gen. 1:27-28).
  b. Marriage provides moral constancy, Heb. 13:4.
  c. Training ground for next generation to serve God, Ps. 78:4-7; Eph. 5:33-6:4.
4. Marriage protects against immorality, 1 Cor. 7:1-5 (cf. 6:12-13, 18). 1 Thess. 4:3-8 (Rom. 13:12-14; Eph. 5:3, 11-12); 1 Cor. 7:3-4
5. Marriage exemplifies Christ and His church, Eph. 5:22-33.
6. In marriage, God teaches us the virtue of loving someone else more than self, Song of Sol. 6:3; 7:10; 8:6.

1. God gave marriage its purposes, pleasures, and preciousness, Eccl. 3:11.
2. Marriage is a “time to embrace,” Eccl. 3:5.


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Tragic Reminders
Joe R. Price

The sudden collapse of the Miami-area condominium this week was startling, sobering, and sad. At this writing, 159 people remain unaccounted for, with four confirmed dead ( Our sympathy extends to the family and friends of each one.

Moments of tragedy give us opportunities to reflect on essential things, spiritual things, which reach beyond the moment of calamity. Here are some worthy of reflection and action.

(1) Tragedies do not determine a person’s spiritual condition (Luke 13:1-5). The tower of Siloam fell, killing eighteen. But Jesus said this did not happen because they were “worse sinners” than others in Jerusalem (Luke 13:4-5). Instead, Jesus said the tragedy should prompt our repentance to avoid perishing in sin.

(2) Tragedies warn us of life’s uncertainty (James 4:13-14). Who could have guessed that building would fall at 1:30 AM Thursday? Because we cannot know the future, we should always plan our lives based on “if the Lord wills” (James 4:15).

(3) Tragedies warn us to prepare for death. Whether through tragedy or natural expiration, we will all die (Heb. 9:27). We prepare for death by faithfully following Jesus (John 8:12; 1 Thess. 5:1-11).

(4) Tragedies that cause sorrow also renew the Christian’s hope. They remind us to walk by faith, keeping our eyes on unseen, eternal things (2 Cor. 4:16-18; 5:7).

When we face tragedies, may we have the faith to trust the Lord and do His will. Christ will be magnified by doing so, “whether by life or by death” (Phil. 1:20). May we develop the faith to say with Paul, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). 


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