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Volume 23, Number 25

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In this issue:

Independence Day
Joe R. Price

34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:34–36, NKJV).

Today is the Fourth of July. Across the land, parades, picnics, and fireworks celebrate America’s Independence Day.

How many will pause and ponder this paradox: Although living in a free country, most Americans are not truly free. Practicing sin enslaves millions upon millions of Americans (and billions around the globe).

Freedom from a tyrannical king is cherished and celebrated. Yet, sin’s tyranny over the soul is more brutal and enduring than any earthly dictator’s oppression.

Are you free from sin today? The Son of God wants to make you “free indeed” by saving you from sin and death (Rom. 6:23).

Freedom is not free. Jesus died to free us from sin and its death (Rom. 5:6-8; 1 John 4:9-10).

Freedom is not free. You must do something to be freed from sin’s bondage. Jesus explained, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).

Do not refuse the greatest freedom of all. Christ’s word says to believe in Jesus, confess your faith, repent before God, and be baptized to be saved in Christ (John 8:24; Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 17:30; Mark 16:16). Abide in the word of Christ, and the Son will free you from sin. Christians celebrate this freedom every day. 


This May Shock You
Donnie Rader

This may shock you, but there are a number of things that the Bible does not teach that a multitude of people are not aware of.

1. The Bible does not teach that one church is as good as another. Rather, the Bible says, “There is one body” (Ephesians 4:4). Christ only built one church. Are the ones He didn’t build just as good as the one He did build? That would make man’s works as good as God’s. Jesus said, “Every plant, which My heavenly Father has not planted, shall be rooted up” (Matthew 15:13). You see, Jesus didn’t seem to think that one church is as good as another.

2. The Bible does not teach that Christ will return to earth to reign on a literal throne for 1,000 years. That would be a shocking fact for more than 80% of religious people. However, the verse that so teaches is yet to be found. I read, that when Christ comes again, that will be the end (1 Corinthians 15:23-24).

3. The Bible doesn’t teach that Christ was born on December 25th. Neither does the Bible teach that there were three wise men.

4. The Bible doesn’t teach that terms such as “Reverend,” “Pastor,” and “Father” should be applied to a preacher. The term “Reverend” is only used one time in the Bible, and that time it applies to God (Psalm 111:9, KJV). “Pastor” simply means one that is a shepherd over a flock. It is descriptive of an elder in the church that meets certain qualifications (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). Jesus condemned the use of such terms as “Father” in Matthew 23:1-12.

5. The Bible teaches that only those who are the members of the body of Christ will be saved. I read that Christ is “the Savior of the body” (Ephesians 5:23). Thus, He only promises to save those in the body. His body and church are one and the same (Colossians 1:18). Thus, only those in His church, the church of Christ, will be saved (Romans 16:16).

6. If number five is a shocker, this will shock you more. The Bible teaches that not all of those in the body of Christ will be eternally saved. I read how the faithful will receive a crown of life (Revelation 2:10). Some of those that were once sanctified by the blood of Christ will turn aside and be lost (Hebrews 10:26-29).

7. The Bible teaches us that “rejoice” and “forgive one another,” are commands of God (Philippians 4:4; Ephesians 4:32). These are not just suggestions that will make us better people. Neither is there an option to choose or not to choose. These are commands! Violating them is sin (1 John 3:4). To sin is to separate oneself from God (Isaiah 59:1-2).

8. The Bible teaches that “faith” is a work (John 6:29). If we are saved by faith only, we are saved by a work. If works do not save us at all, then we are not saved by faith.


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


To Overcome Discouragement
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  1 Kings 19:1-10

1. Elijah’s life is a potent lesson on overcoming discouragement.
2. Like Elijah, our faith can be strengthened and our spirit renewed.


  A. Remember What God has Done for You in the Past, 1 Kings 17-18.
    1. Provisions for life, 1 Kings 17:1-7, 8-16.
    2. Victories over evil, 1 Kings 18:36-40.
    3. Saved in Christ, 2 Tim. 1:9; 1 Cor. 15:58.
  B. See God’s Present Care and Keeping, 1 Kings 19:5-8; 1 Cor. 15:10; Rom. 5:1-2, 5.
  C. Strengthen Personal Faith, 1 Kings 19:4; Deut. 31:6-8.
  D. Stay Focused on the Lord, 1 Kings 19:9-10; Heb. 12:1-2; Col. 3:1-4.
  E. See the Power of God at Work in Your Life, 1 Kings 19:11-14; Heb. 2:14-15; Rom. 1:16; Phil. 2:12-13; 4:13.
  F. Realize God Still has Work for You to Do, 1 Kings 19:15-16; Phil. 3:13; Eph. 2:10; 1 Cor. 15:58.
  G. Realize You are Not Alone, 1 Kings 19:18; 18:22 (Rom. 11:4); Heb. 13:6; 2 Tim. 4:16-18 (Heb. 13:5-6).
  H. Keep Faith that God Will Avenge Every Wrong, 1 Kings 19:17; Rom. 12:17, 18-21.
  I. Remember to Rejoice and Pray, 1 Kings 19:4; Phil. 4:4-7; James 5:16-18.

1. Elijah was strengthened with God’s help, 1 Kings 19:8.
2. Discouragement is futile and fruitless: “What are you doing here, Christian?” Gal. 6:9-10 (1 Kings 19:9)


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


Doctrine of Baptisms
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 28:16-20

1. Elementary principles of Christ from which we must go on to perfection includes “doctrines of baptisms,” Heb. 6:1-2.
2. One baptism is the basis of our faith and unity in Christ (Eph. 4:5).


  A. Israel was Baptized into Moses in the Cloud and Sea, 1 Cor. 10:1-2. cf. Christ’s baptism, Matt. 28:19; Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3-4, 17-18; 1 Cor. 10:6, 11; Gal. 5:4 (Heb. 4:11).
  B. Baptism of John, Luke 3:2-6 (Mark 1:4-8); Acts 19:4-5; Luke 1:17 (Acts 18:25-16).
  C. Holy Spirit Baptism; Matt. 3:11; John 14:16-18, 26; 15:26-27; 16:7-8, 13; Acts 1:4-5; 2:1-4.
  D. Baptism with Fire, Matt. 3:11 (5:22; Mark 9:43-44), 3:10, 12 (25:41; Rev. 20:14-15; 21:8).
  E. Baptism of Suffering, Mark 10:35-40 (Luke 12:50); 1 Cor. 4:9-13.
  F. Baptism for the Dead, 1 Cor. 15:29 (29-34).


  A. Its Prospects (subjects): Repentant Believers Who Want to be Saved, Mark 16:15; Acts 2:21 (2:37-38, 41; 22:16).
  B. Its Prerequisites:
    1. Hear the gospel, Rom. 10:14.
    2. Faith in Jesus as Christ, Acts 8:36-37.
    3. Confess faith, Acts 8:37; Rom. 10: 9-10.
    4. Repentance, Acts 2:38 (17:30).
  C. This Baptism Results in:
    1. Remission of sins, Acts 2:38.
    2. Relation with Christ, Rom. 6:3-4; Gal. 3:27.
    3. Salvation, 1 Pet. 3:21.
    4. Added to church, Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 12:13.


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Joe R. Price

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld died this week in Taos, NM, at the age of 88. Other lesser-known people die across this land and worldwide every day from natural causes, violence, disease, famine, drought, and unforeseen calamities. There were many funerals this week.

Funerals are a memorial of the deceased one’s life and contributions. They are times of mourning loss and celebrating life, and sadly, they are times of regret too often.

All will meet the death, the great equalizer, rich or poor, famous or infamous, powerful or weak (Eccl. 2:14; 6:6; 7:2; 9:1-3). “And it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Heb. 9:27). Embedded in this truth is both an assurance and a warning.

First, there is the assurance that our life on earth will end. Funerals remind us of this truth. Therefore, we ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that” (James 4:15). Use your time wisely to do God’s will (John 9:4; Eph. 5:15-16).

Second, there is the warning that Almighty God will judge our lives. A judgment day and the sentence of eternal life or eternal death lies ahead for each of us (Rom. 2:3-11). Funerals remind us that the way we live will affect us beyond the grave.

Indeed, it is “better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, For that is the end of all men; And the living will take it to heart” (Eccl. 7:2).

Have you been to a funeral lately? Lessons are there to live and die by. 


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