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Volume 19, Number 35

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In this issue:

In Honor of Mothers
Joe R. Price

Today is the annual day in America for praising the virtues of motherhood. It is one of the busiest days of the year for telephones and the internet, florists and restaurants. And, the greeting card industry loves to see the second Sunday of May roll around.

There ought to be more to honoring mothers than a flower, a card, a telephone call, a text message or a meal out. None of us would be alive without our mothers. She bore you, fed you, dressed you, trained you, and cared for you when you could not care for yourself.

God blessed the world with love when He made mothers. The mother who gives her energy and devotion to the well-being of her children and home deserves daily recognition for her good works (Prov. 31:28). Rise up and call your mother “blessed.” Honor your mother with kind words, thoughtfulness and respect. The fool chases away his or her mother with harsh words and unkind treatment (Prov. 19:26).

A mother’s love is not inbred. The tragedy of child neglect and abuse at the hands of a mother is horrifying testimony to this fact. Mothers are not perfect. Young women must learn to love their children (Tit. 2:4). Experience and practice, being trained by the word and will of God, helps mothers mature.

A brief reflection on some Bible mothers will help every mother learn more about fulfilling her role, as well as help all who are blessed to still have their mothers (and grandmothers). to love and appreciate them more sincerely.

Jochebed, the mother of Moses, reminds us that mothers are to be supremely interested in the life and safety of their children (Exo. 2:1-10). Mothers not only give life, they are also the sustainers of life. Rather than give her child up to Pharaoh’s mandated slaughter, she devised a plan that not only saved her child’s life but also insured she would continue to care for him. Her faith in the provisions of God was rewarded (Heb. 11: 23).

What a contrast to the millions of mothers who put their children to death by abortion! The scourge on this nation is the sinful treatment of innocent life in the name of “choice”! Mothers give and protect the physical life of their children. We urge mothers to also remember their children’s need for spiritual life and safety.  Do not neglect the eternal welfare of your children while seeing to their temporal safety.  Every mother who loves her children in this way ought to be honored by all.

Hannah reminds us that an important work of motherhood is to instill within children a devotion to God. Not being able to bear children, Hannah was weighted down with sorrow (1 Sam. 1:1-8). She vowed to God that if He would bless her with a son she would devote that same child to God all the days of his life (1 Sam. 1:9-18). God answered her petition and she named her son Samuel (“asked of Jehovah”). Women who want to be mothers still pray for children, and women who are with child pray for their unborn babies. Mothers who honor God do not forget to talk to God about their children and about being good mothers to them. God has given mothers a unique opportunity to affect the devotion of the next generation. Mothers who love their children “give them to God” by living godly lives, by teaching and guiding their children in godliness, and by setting good examples for them to follow. Mothers who devote their children to God deserve to be honored as genuine blessings from God.

Lois and Eunice were mothers who gave the blessing of instruction in God’s word to Timothy (2 Tim. 1:5; 3:14-15). His mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois were women of strong faith. Their faith helped Timothy develop his genuine faith in God. Since faith comes by hearing the word of God it is evident that they had taught the word of God to Timothy (Rom. 10:17). From the time he was a young child Timothy was taught the “sacred writings” (2 Tim. 3:15). The mother is the first people to shape the thinking and values of the child. What better to put into the mind and life of your children than stories about Jesus, the importance of truth and the value of prayer? When a mother’s mouth speaks with “wisdom and the law of kindness” she deserves to be honored (Prov. 31:26).

Motherhood brings many trials. There is the trial of managing and wisely using time (Eph. 5:16). There will be days when it seems you don’t have time to sit down and hear what happened at school, to draw a picture or read a story. But, remember that time is slipping away and one day those opportunities will be gone. Mothers, more than most, know the trials of patience and the need for self-control (1 Cor. 9:26)? The demands placed on mothers are great, and the wise mother remembers to exercise restraint through faith, prayer and godliness. The responsibilities that fall on a mother call upon her to possess humility, unselfishness, and diligence in all wisdom (cf. Jas. 3:13-18).

Mothers are a gift from God. How true it is that “a foolish man despises his mother” (Prov. 15:20), and is “the grief of his mother” (Prov. 10:1). Thank God for your mother. And, if you are a mother, be sure to thank God for His wonderful blessing of motherhood. 


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

"My God"

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 18:1-6

1. Does God bend to the will of men, or must men bend to the will of God? To ask such a question is to answer it, Jer. 18:6; Ro. 9:20-21.
2. We hear people speak of “My God” or “My Jesus.” Rom. 1:8; 1 Cor. 1:4; Rom. 1:22-23; Exo. 32:4; 1 Kgs. 12:28


  A. My God Fills Heaven and Earth, Jer. 23:23-24; Heb. 4:13; Psa. 139:7-12; Acts 17:24-26.
  B. My God So Loved the World that He Gave His Son to Save It, Jno. 3:16-17; 1 Jno. 4:8-11; Rom. 3:23-26; Prov. 11:20-21; cf. Eph. 5:5-7, 11.
  C. My God is Holy, and He Calls Me to be Holy, 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1.
  D. My God has Spoken to Me in His Son, Heb. 1:1-2; Jno. 13:20; 1 Cor. 14:37; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 12:48.
    Understandable, knowable, Eph. 3:3-5; 5:17; 2 Tim. 2:15.
  E. My God Shapes Me into the Image of Christ, as I Live by Faith (obeying His word), Rom. 8:29; Col. 1:27-28; 3:5-11; Phil. 2:12-13; 2 Cor. 5:7 (Rom. 10:17); Jno. 8:12; Matt. 7:21.

1. We cannot make an image of God that is not in the Bible: False God.
2. The true God demands full surrender of faith. He deserves our trust and obedience.
3. Psa. 115:1-8: Trust in the true God, not a god of your own making.


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

Can a Saved Person Become Lost?

Scripture Reading: Galatians 5:1-6

1. The simple, Bible answer is, “yes.”
2. Some live with the reckless assumption that they will be saved in spite of their sins. Rom. 6:1-2.
3. Others wonder what becomes of the Christian’s assurance, if indeed the saved can be lost.

I. A SAVED PERSON CAN BECOME LOST, 1 Tim. 4:1-3; Jas. 5:19-20.

  A. Righteous Can Turn Away, Ezek. 18:24.
  B. A Believer Can Fall Away, Lk. 8:13.
  C. Can be Severed from Christ, Gal. 5:2-4.
  D. Enlightened Can Fall Away, Heb. 6:4-6.
  E. One who Has Escaped Sin Can Again be Entangled and Overcome, 2 Pet. 2:20-22.


  A. Warned Against this Way of Thinking, 1 Cor. 10:12; Rom. 11:20-21.
  B. Must Endure by Doing the Will of God, Heb. 10:36.


  A. Our Assurance is Built on God’s Character, Heb. 6:13-19.
  B. The Gospel Tells of Hope Laid Up For Us in Heaven, Col. 1:5.
  C. We Can Know that We Have Eternal Life, 1 Jno. 5:11-13.
  D. We have a Living Hope as We Live by Faith, 1 Pet. 1:3-9; Gal. 5:5-6.

Conclusion  It is possible to be removed from Book of Life, Rev. 3:4-6; 22:19.


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Sharks in the Water
Joe R. Price

The following warning from “a sheriff’s chopper blared at swimmers and paddleboarders on Wednesday as it hovered above the waters off Capistrano Beach in Dana Point and San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente — the site of a shark attack two weeks ago: “Attention in the water: This is the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.…You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks” ('Attention in the water: ... You are paddleboarding next to ... 15 great white sharks,' Veronica Rocha, “’They are advising that you exit the water in a calm manner,’ Deputy Brian Stockbridge told the swimmers. ‘The sharks are as close as the surf line.’ The area, he said, was ‘heavily populated with great white sharks.’ ‘Please do not enter the water,’ the deputy warned” (Ibid).

When we know danger exists, we warn others, and we avoid the danger ourselves. Why then, when spiritual danger is near, do we fail to heed God’s warning (1 Pet. 5:8)? We must resist the devil; not cozy up to him.

False teachers are sharks in the water. Jesus warned of false prophets – wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matt. 7:15). We must “test the spirits” and avoid these spiritual sharks that circle and consume their prey (1 Jno. 4:1, 6).

Ungodly friends are sharks in the water. Evil companions corrupt good morals (1 Cor. 15:33). Don’t swim with these sharks; they will surely devour you.

Compromisers with error are sharks in the water. These sharks say accept differences among us, since we are all sincere, growing and want to do right. Yet, Jesus prayed for unity, not unity in diversity (Jno. 17:20-21).

Even the best swimmer cannot out swim a shark. We need God’s protection. Put on God’s armor (Eph. 6:10-17). “Submit to God,” “draw near to God,” and “resist the devil” (Jas. 4:7-8). Don’t swim with the sharks! 


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