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Redeeming the Time: December 10, 2017

Peter and Judas at the Crossroads

 

By John R. Gibson

 

The night before the crucifixion two of Jesus’ apostles failed their Lord and committed shameful acts. For thirty pieces of silver, Judas Iscariot led the chief priests to the garden where Jesus had been accustomed to going. There he hypocritically greeted Jesus with a kiss so that in the darkness they would be able to identify the One they sought. At that moment, recklessly and impulsively, yet quite courageously, Peter took a sword and sought to defend Jesus. However, later that same night at the high priest’s house, Peter’s courage completely failed him and he denied Jesus three times. (See Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 18).

 

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Redeeming the Time: December 3, 2017

But What If They Won’t Be Drawn

 

By John R. Gibson

What wonderful news—the crucified Lord is to draw all to Himself and His gospel is God’s power to save! Yet some are not interested in the gospel and feel no need for Jesus in their lives; the lifted up Christ and His teaching do not appeal to them. So, what are we to do? This is an issue of real concern to all who care about the lost, which constitute the vast majority of people around us, often including friends and family. People are headed down the broad way to destruction and seem to have no interest in the message we are proclaiming, so what are we to do?

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November 2017 edition of the "Friendly Visitor"

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Redeeming the Time: November 19, 2017

Saying What Needs to Be Said

 

By John R. Gibson

 

“Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” Luke 17:3, 4

 

“And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’” Luke 15:21

 

These passages, along with many others, show that we must be willing to admit it when we have wronged someone and then humbly ask their forgiveness. The late John Clark often said that ten of the most important words in a marriage were, “I have sinned. I am sorry. Will you forgive me?” And while these can be critical to the happiness of a marriage, we must be willing to use these same words (or similar ones) in all our relationships.

 

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Redeeming the Time: November 12, 2017

In Search of Truth

 

By Jim Deason

 

The Bereans “were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). Many good sermons have been preached from this text. I have an old outline in my preaching arsenal, the idea for which I think came from a sermon preached by Robert Jackson many years ago, asserting that the Bereans believed because they kept three things: (1) Open minds (2) Open Bibles, and (3) Open schedules. It is hard to beat such a simple approach. Open minds? We are told that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste,” and a closed mind is a wasted mind. Open Bibles? When one refuses to turn to the only source of spiritual light, he will remain in darkness. Open schedules? When one is too busy to search for truth, he is too busy and destined for destruction.

 

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Redeeming the Time: October 29, 2017

You’re Tired and Don’t Feel That Great, But…

 

Who hasn’t been in this situation? You’re tired and don’t feel your best, so you’re thinking about missing the worship assembly. You may tell yourself that the Bible never said a church had to meet on Wednesday night, or perhaps it’s a Sunday morning and you think that with a little rest you might be able go that night. Whatever the gathering and whatever the reason, if you’re not a health risk to others, please think about the follow-ing seven reasons to get up and go anyway.

 

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October 2017 edition of the "Friendly Visitor"

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Redeeming the Time: October 22, 2017

Testing Our Knowledge

 

By John R. Gibson

 

There are 1189 chapters in the Bible and while everyone contains in-spired teachings (2 Tim. 3:16-17), I think it’s fair to say that some contain more fundamental, cornerstone type teachings. While we must develop a well-rounded knowledge of the sacred writings, this week I want us to test our knowledge of some of the chapters I think we should all be able to call to mind. (Okay, I may throw in a few more challenging ones, but most of these will be very basic.) In what book and chapter would you find...

 

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Redeeming the Time: October 15, 2017

Changing Our Speech Habits

 

By John R. Gibson

 

Old habits are hard to break!

 

That statement is much more than an old adage, for anyone who has ever tried to stop biting their nails, sought to break the nicotine habit, or tried to change their eating habits knows how difficult it can be to eliminate long-established practices from one’s life. And when it comes to the spiritual realm, old, sinful habits are just as hard to break as relatively insignificant things like biting one’s nails.

 

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September 2017 edition of the "Friendly Visitor"

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Redeeming the Time: October 1, 2017

Is Baptism Essential to Pleasing God?

 

By John R. Gibson

 

To say that questions about baptism generate controversy is to be guilty of vast understatement. Issues regarding baptism’s significance and importance can inflame passions and while I do not expect this article to put an end to all arguing, I do hope that simply allowing the Bible to speak will be helpful.

 

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Redeeming the Time: September 24, 2017

Prayer and Bible Reading

 

By John R. Gibson

 

This year our elders have sought to place a special emphasis on prayer and we will be continuing with that emphasis in this evening’s lesson. Keep in mind that this year’s focus on prayer is intended to help us form habits that will stay with us after we turn the page on the 2017 calendar. This evening I want to look again at how we can use our Bible readings to more effectively pray (James 5:16).

 

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Redeeming the Time: September 17, 2017

The Need for Distinctive Preaching

 

By Jim Deason

 

In the shadow of the cross Jesus prayed, “I do not ask on behalf of these alone (the apostles—jhd) but for those also who believe in Me through their word (me and you—jhd); that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me” (Jn. 17:20-21). Our Savior left little doubt that He wanted believers to be united. Unity is a living testimony to the world and deity of Jesus.

 

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Redeeming the Time: September 3, 2017

Meditations for the Lord’s Supper

 

By John R. Gibson

 

Christians seeking to follow the New Testament pattern gather each first day of the week to eat the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7). They also realize that this Supper is to be eaten in remembrance of Jesus’ death and with a full awareness of what they are doing (1 Corinthians 11:23-29). Since those who eat and drink in an unworthy manner become weak, sick and even spiritually dead (1 Corinthians 11:30), the disciple who does the opposite and partakes in a worthy manner finds in the Lord’s Supper and its communion with the body and blood of Jesus (1 Corinthians 10:16) an opportunity to be strengthened spiritually.

 

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August 2017 edition of the "Friendly Visitor"

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Redeeming the Time: August 20, 2017

Does Our Speech Betray Us?

 

By John R. Gibson

 

As Peter warmed himself by the fire he was told, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you” (John 18:18, 25; Matthew 27:73). While Peter’s denials of Jesus would make a good study, I want to focus on the idea of our speech betraying us. On more than one occasion Jesus pointed out that one’s words are reflective of his heart, sometimes for good and sometimes for evil (e.g. Matt. 12:34-37; 15:18, 19). What does our speech say about us? Does it betray something about us that, like Peter, we would prefer to deny?

 

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July 2017 edition of the "Friendly Visitor"

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Redeeming the Time: August 6, 2017

That’s Embarrassing...Or Not

 

By John R. Gibson

 

 

“ ‘Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?

No! They were not at all ashamed;

Nor did they know how to blush.

Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;

At the time I punish them,

They shall be cast down,’ says the Lord.”

Jeremiah 6:15

 

It is not uncommon today to see people out in public exposing as much or more of their bodies as would be seen if they went out in nothing but their underwear. Women wearing low-cut tops. Men going shirtless. Both men and women often expose most or all of their thighs. Skin-tight does not seem like a strong enough description of how tight some clothing is.

 

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Redeeming the Time: July 30, 2017

Helping Other People Raise Their Children

 

By Greg Chandler

 

Someone once quipped, “Few things are more scary than an angry mother.” This is certainly true for a child who finds himself on the wrong side of his mother, but even more frightening for someone a mother perceives as hurting her children. This fear, exacerbated by a hyper-sensitive culture, means that many shun offering help when it comes to other people’s children. Sadly, this often deprives a child of voices that offer encouragement and pro-vide guidance in building a relationship with God. It is a trend that must be reversed.

 

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Read through the Bible in 2017

 

Click here for a 5-day reading plan. 

 

There is also a companion reading plan for children here.

 


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