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Volume 19, Number 32

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In this issue:

Blessings Found Through Prayer
Heath Rogers

Prayer is the avenue through which we have access to some of the greatest blessings we receive from God.

Physical Necessities: “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11).

Forgiveness of Sins: “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors” (Matt. 6:12).

Spiritual Guidance: “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:13).

Opportunities to Teach Others: “meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains” (Col. 4:3).

Wisdom: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).

Peace: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7).

Healing for the Sick: “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him… the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up… pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:14-16).

-Knollwood Reminder (Vol. 21, Num. 11), March 12, 2017


"What the Seat Can Endure"
Connie Adams

Every now and then we are treated to the wisdom that “the mind can only absorb what the seat can endure.” This is offered to prompt preachers to be brief. I do not favor repetitious sermons, or rambling discourses without apparent design. Every speaker needs to build a rapport with his audience and be alert to signs of weariness or loss of interest. Every speaker cannot hold an audience for long periods of time. But it needs to be said that the seat can endure whatever the mind wills. Whatever occupies the mind will determine very often what the seat can endure. That is what enables people to sit for hours to drive to a vacation spot or to see relatives long missed. That is what empowers us to stay strapped in a seat on a jet plane across the country, or half way around the world. That is what caused me to sit for 7 hours in a school taught by a physical therapist a few weeks after back surgery, with only five minutes to stretch every hour. That is what causes people to sit through baseball double-headers and football games. The mind wills it and the seat endures it. The saying is catchy and usually draws a laugh, but it is the reverse of the truth. Let's get it straight - "The seat can endure what the mind wills it to endure." Now, that's more like it.

-Searching the Scriptures, Vol. 28, #11


Willing Your Seat to Endure
Joe R. Price

If you have not yet read the adjacent article by Connie Adams, please do so before reading this one. Its point is simple and practical: When we decide to sit still, we can do it. That’s what we teach small children when they sit at the dinner table. It is also what small children, teenagers and adults need to learn and practice during worship.

Brethren, we have far too many folks getting up and down during our worship services. Since “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints,” shouldn’t we give Him more respect during worship than to casually come and go (Psa. 89:7)? Rest room facilities exist so such needs can be taken care of before and after we worship. Yes, parents must take out infants and small children at random times, and some have health concerns that demand immediate attention – we are not addressing such necessities.

However, the preacher going to the pulpit or leaving it is not a signal for you to get up for a drink of water, or to go to the restroom, or to go downstairs, etc.

Let us do better at eliminating every distraction (to ourselves and to others) while we worship God. Since we can watch a ball game or a movie and not move for two hours, surely we can prepare our seat to endure a similar time of worshipful service to Almighty God. 


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

Receiving Jesus

Scripture Reading: John 1:6-13

1. Movie (book): The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel.
2. Investigated the resurrection of Jesus and became a believer (former atheist).
3. Uses John 1:12 for how to be saved: “believe + receive = become.”


  -received (believed) = right to become a child of God-
  A. Receive: “to take, have, hold, obtain, accept.” Mk. 6:1-6 v. Jno. 4:43-45
  B. Explanation: “Those who Believe in His Name,” Jno. 5:42-44.
  C. Right to Become a Child of God (exousia, freedom of action, right to act; power, authority), Rom. 10:9-10. Jno. 1:13; 3:2-5; 1 Pet. 1:22-23
-Meaning of John 1:12: All who receive (believe in) Jesus Christ have the right (authority, power, permission) to become children of God. New birth is available to all who believe, Jno. 1:13.


  A. Great Commission, Mk. 16:15-16.
  B. Pentecost, Acts 2:22, 36-41.
  C. Ethiopian Eunuch, Acts 8:35-39.
  D. Saul of Tarsus, Acts 9:3-11; 22:12-16.

1. How much (more) evidence will it take for you to believe and obey?
2. Millions led astray by false teaching that belief + receive = become. The evidence of truth rejects this explanation and application.


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

"You Shall Love the Lord Your God"

Scripture Reading: Mark 12:28-34

1. Love is often used as a verb; it is active and vibrant, not static, stationary and stagnant, 1 Jno. 3:16-18; 4:19.
2. Israel: Carefully obey and love, Deut. 6:1-5.
3. Loving God is foremost, Mk. 12:28-30.


  -The source: With (en, “in”), Matt. 22:37.
  -The sphere: With (ek, “out of”), Mk. 12:30.
  A. The Heart is the Center of Our Being and Personality.
    -Intellect, emotions, will, conscience.
    -Decisions of priorities (Matt. 6:33), of worship (Heb. 10:25), to abstain from fleshly lusts (1 Pet. 2:11), etc. – All come from heart.


  A. Soul is an Inclusive Word, cf. Acts 2:41; Lk. 12:20 Gen. 2:7; Acts 2:27, 31.
  -Therefore, every part of our life, including our bodies, must reflect our love for God, Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Thess. 4:3-5; 1 Cor. 6:18-20.


  A. The Mind Includes Moral Perception and Reflection, 1 Pet. 1:13; Eph. 2:3; 2 Pet. 3:1; 1 Jno. 5:20. -Image of Christ, Col. 3:10-


  A. Strength Involves Ability and Capacity for Action, 1 Pet. 4:11; Jas. 5:16; Eph. 3:18.
  -Therefore, all our ability and capacity to act is to be directed toward actions that honor and obey God, Jno. 14:15; 1 Jno. 5:3-4; Lk. 6:46.


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Russia Bans Jehovah's Witnesses
Joe R. Price

(Note: We completely oppose the doctrines of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They reject the deity of Jesus Christ, greatly distort the nature of the Godhead, and propagate many other errors. They are lost, and need the gospel. For more on the Jehovah’s Witnesses, please go to

The New York Times reported Thursday that Russia’s Supreme Court “declared Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian denomination that rejects violence, an extremist organization, banning the group from operating on Russian territory and putting its more than 170,000 Russian worshipers in the same category as Islamic State militants” (“Russia Bans Jehovah’s Witnesses, Calling It an Extremist Group,” Andrew Higgins, The ruling confirmed an earlier court order that the denomination be liquidated – “essentially eliminated or disbanded” (Ibid). The Witnesses have been persecuted for decades in Russia, especially under the old Soviet regime. Ironically, the Witnesses are pacifists, yet they are charged and convicted with being extremists like ISIS.

Political persecution against religious people is not limited to the Witnesses in Russia. New Testament Christians are being pressed upon by godless regimes, too. At times they face direct threats to life and property, and at times the authorities turn a blind eye while Christians are harmed and denied religious liberty.

We may be compelled to ask, “How long, O Lord, before You right these wrongs?” (Rev. 6:9-10) In God’s time, He will avenge His people (Rev. 6:11; 2 Thess. 1:7).

Let us pray for fellow Christians who are facing persecution for their faith, including those in Russia, the Philippines, India, Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. And, may we realize that our faith is also being tested by faithless people. Persecution is real in North America, too (1 Pet. 4:12-19). Endure, and be blessed (Matt. 5:10-12). 


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