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Editor/Evangelist  Joe R. Price
Volume VIII,  Number 46
June 05, 2005

"All material is written by Joe R. Price, unless otherwise noted."

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In this issue:


June 17-19, 2005

with David M. Bonner

 Come Hear Faith Building Lessons

Fri 17th   7:00 PM:     The Age of the Earth

Sat 18th  5:00 PM:     Science vs. Evolution

          Sun 19th 9:30 AM:     Scientific Evidences for God

          10:30 AM:     The God of Creation

                               6:00 PM:     Scientific Evidences for the Bible

We invite you to come study the evidence David M. Bonner presents to establish the existence of God, the Bible as the Word of God, and to expose the numerous scientific and Biblical problems with the popular theory of macro evolution.  Dr. Bonner is well acquainted with the tenants of evolutionary theory, having graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a double major in chemistry and biology, with a special emphasis in evolutionary biology studies. In addition, Dr. Bonner holds a doctorate degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas, as well as two post doctorate degrees. Please join us as this man of faith reveals and refutes the errors of evolutionary science, and shares the positive evidence for God and the Bible.

All are welcome!    Come & bring a friend!


"What Must I Do To Be Saved?"
Joe R. Price

The person who asks this question has come to a point in where he knows he is lost. One's willingness to accept the presence of sin in his life is a significant step toward being saved from it. In the book of Acts this question is asked on three separate occasions. Each time the answer is given directly and without hesitation. It is answered with clarity and urgency. And each time, the answer is obeyed and the sinner is saved. If you are not a Christian you will find yourself and your spiritual condition in these examples of conversion. Listen carefully to God's answers to the question so you can be saved from your sins.

     1. People on Pentecost. Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:37-38). This Jewish audience on the day of Pentecost knew their prophets spoke of a Savior, but they had rejected Jesus as the fulfillment and crucified Him. Now, the miraculous event of that day not only got their attention (so the apostles could preach the gospel to them), it gave proof that the message of the apostles was from heaven: Jesus is Lord and Christ. They had crucified their Savior! Hearing the gospel caused them to believe that Jesus is the Christ. Now, what were they to do to be saved from their sin against Him? They must repent and be baptized (Acts 2:38). Notice, they were not saved at the point of faith, otherwise the answer to their question would have been very different. When people tell you that salvation comes at the point of faith they are not giving you a Bible answer. On Pentecost about 3,000 received the gospel and were baptized; the Lord saved them and they were added together (Acts 2:42). The church began and the Lord continued to add those who were being saved (in the same way) to the church (Acts 2:47). Have you repented and been baptized for the remission of your sins? You must, to be saved from your sins.

     2. Saul of Tarsus. And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads." So he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what do You want me to do?" Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do" (Acts 9:5-6). Note that Jesus did not tell Saul he was saved. He was not, for after three days of fasting and prayer, the preacher Ananias fulfilled Jesus' instruction by telling Saul to "arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord" (Acts 22:16; 9:9, 11). Prayer did not save Saul; after three days he had sins that needed to be washed away. Seeing Jesus did not save Saul; only when he arose and was baptized were his sins washed away. Saul was a repentant believer who was saved when he was baptized into the death of Christ (Rom. 6:3). Have you, due to a repentant heart, been baptized so that the blood of Christ will wash away your sins (like Saul's were)? You must, to be saved from your sins.

     3. Philippian jailer and family. "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household." Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house" (Acts 16:30-32). He knew he needed salvation, but how? He had no faith in Jesus Christ. So, Paul and Silas spoke God's word to him to establish faith (Rom. 10:17). Once he believed he showed evidence of repentance (washed their stripes) and "immediately he and all his family were baptized" (Acts 16:33). Like those on Pentecost (Acts 2) and Saul (Acts 9, 22), the jailer and his house "believed in God" and were saved when they repented and were baptized (Acts 16:34). Have you believed in Jesus like the jailer and his family, by repenting and immediately being baptized? You must, to be saved from your sins. Why not now?


You can find the complete outline of this sermon at BIBLE ANSWERS

Fundamental Faith (2)

Scripture Reading:  John 8:21-29

Continued from last week…

-Review:  Heb. 11:1:  Now faith is…

  a. Substance of things hoped for (Rom. 8:24-25).
  b. Evidence of things not seen (Jno. 20:29-31; 1 Pet. 1:8-9).

II. FOCUS OF FAITH:  GOD.  Heb. 11:6

  A.  Jesus Said without Faith in Him we Die in Sin, Jno. 8:23-24, 8:58; 14:7-11, 1-6; Matt. 11:28-    30; 28:19-20; Heb. 9:28; Heb. 5:8-9; Acts 15:8-9 (Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 3:26-27; Acts 10:34-35, 47-48).
  B.  The Focus of Faith is Not…
    1.  Feelings, Prov. 14:12; Heb. 3:12-13 (Matt. 7:21-23); Acts 26:9.
    2.  Family, Lk. 18:28-30 (Matt. 10:34-39).
    3.  Funding, 2 Cor. 8:1-5.
    4.  Fun, 1 Cor. 11:22, 34.
    5.  Self, Lk. 9:23.


  A.  A Full Faith Works, 1 Ths. 1:3; Jno. 6:28-29 (Jas. 2:22); Heb. 13:21.
  B.  A Full Faith Remains Diligent & Patient, Heb. 6:9-20; 1 Pet. 1:7 (Jno. 8:51).
  C.  A Full Faith is Fully Assured, Heb. 10:22; Eph. 3:12, 16-19.


  A.  The Crown of Life, Jas. 1:12; 1 Cor. 9:25.
  B.  Result of Being Faithful unto Death, Rev. 2:10; Matt. 10:21-22 (Heb. 12:3-4; Rev. 3:10-11).

Let us have faith unto the saving of our souls, Heb. 10:39.


You can find the complete outline of this sermon at BIBLE ANSWERS

Bible Question Box (June, 2005): Transgender?

Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 3:1-8

Question:  “Is it acceptable to change your sex? … It’s clear in the Bible that homosexuality is a sin, but how would you argue against transgender people?”

-Bible answer:  No.
1. God created genders w/ identity & roles, Gen. 1:27
2. God created sexual function; fulfilled in marriage; 2:18, 25; Heb. 13:4; 1 Cor. 7:3-4).
3. Growing support for transgender (TG) behavior.
-TG is sin because:

1. God created gender, giving males & females unique, vital & distinct identities & roles (reproduction, roles, nature) Gen. 1:26-28; Gen. 2:18-22; Rom. 1:26-27.
2. TG
    a. Disregards our God-given gender (and their differences), cf. Deut. 22:5; 1 Cor. 11:14.
    b. Provides for & promotes sin of homosexuality, Lev. 18:22; 20:13.
    c. Shows evidence of discontent, lust, lack of self-control, self-defined living, Rom. 1:24.
    d. Dishonors marriage & the home as ordained by God, Gen. 2:23-24; Heb. 13:4.
3. Defenses of TG include:
    a. “People are born that way.”  (Eccl. 11:5; Jas. 1:13-15)
    b. “God looks at the heart.”  (1 Sam. 16:7)
    c. “We are just accommodating what we already are on the inside.” (Prov. 23:7; 3:1-8; Eph. 4:17-24 (Ezek. 18:31-32)
4. Contrast & summary of Bible v. TG behavior.


1. Temptations of sin are not inevitable & insurmountable; ultimately, we choose what our character & conduct.  You choose the person you will be!  (Jas. 4:7-10)
2.  We must uphold the honor & distinction of male & female; not destroy it by the lusts, longings & lewdness of men (Rom. 13:11-14).


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Rumors and Reckless Hyperbole
Joe R. Price

     An Al Qaeda training manual seized in the U.K. says “spreading rumors and writing statements that instigate people against the enemy” is one of its top missions (“Shamnesty International,” Melana Zyla Vickers, Tech Central Station, June 3, 2005).  Rumormongering.

     Amnesty International released its annual report on human rights abuses this week, calling the U.S. Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility “the gulag of our times.”  Today’s Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial is right to describe this as “reckless hyperbole” (“The Amnesty International report: Reckless hyperbole,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jun 3, 05).

     Shamefully, those who deal in rumors and reckless exaggerations do not see themselves as detractors from the truth, but as defenders of it. 

     Consider “idle babblings” (2 Tim. 2:14).  Like “reckless hyperbole,” empty chatter (without Scriptural context and content) harms reputations, influences and the progress of the gospel.  When we contend earnestly for the faith it is not necessary to turn up the rhetoric, generating heat but no light.  Amnesty Int’l compares the Guantanamo camp of 540 detainees to, in the editor’s words, “communist slave labor and death camps where countless millions were brutalized and killed” (Ibid.).  Slightly exaggerated, wouldn’t you say?

     Yet, sometimes that’s all it takes to “defeat the enemy.”  Evil suspicions, name calling, innuendo and exaggerated pronouncements against brethren must stop, or such biting and devouring will surely consume us (Gal. 5:13-15).  Clear heads, humble hearts and open Bibles must prevail whenever Christians disagree on a Bible subject.  Love “thinks no evil” and “hopes all things” (1 Cor. 13:5, 7).  If we cannot address disagreements without the infusion of idle babblings and evil suspicions we will ruin our listeners with the strife we perceive as “defending the faith” (2 Tim. 2:14; 1 Tim. 6:4).  So, contend for the faith.  Do so with God’s word of truth; not with rumors and reckless hyperboles.


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