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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.

 


Redeeming the Time: July 23, 2017

Parents, Be Consistent With Your Attendance

By Greg Gwin

All godly parents are concerned about bringing up their children to be good, God-fearing people. Of course, we are commanded to do so (Ephesians 6:4). Consistency is an essential key in bringing up faithful children. An obvious area where this consistency needs to be seen is in the matter of attendance. 

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Redeeming the Time: July 16, 2017

Don’t Miss Either Point

By John R. Gibson

Are you more of a “take heed lest [you] fall” or a God “will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able” person?

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June 2017 edition of the "Friendly Visitor"

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Redeeming the Time: July 2, 2017

Responding to God or Reacting to Others?

By John R. Gibson

While Colossians 2 and 3 both contain warnings and admonitions to saints, they are quite different in tone.

Col. 2:20-23 warns against those who seek to impose restrictions above and beyond those actually found in God’s word.

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Redeeming the Time: June 25, 2017

Making the Lord’s Supper What It Should Be

By John R. Gibson

“Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord….For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.” 1 Cor. 11:27, 29

The words guilty and judgment should get our attention and cause us to realize the manner in which we partake of the Lord’s Supper matters, so let’s think carefully about what needs to be done in order to make the memorial supper what it should be. What is needed to keep the Lord’s Supper from being a time of judgment instead of the time of worship and edification God intended?

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Redeeming the Time: June 18, 2017

Making Memories and Building Relationships

By John R. Gibson

Remington Model 870 Wingmaster. Do those words mean anything to you? A few probably recognize that as one of the most popular pump-action shotguns ever made, but even if you know the gun, you wonder why I would lead off with those words. No, I’m not really going to talk about guns, but making memories and building relationships.

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Redeeming the Time: June 4, 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, for the lifted up Christ and His teachings do not appeal to them. So what are we to do? This is an is-sue of real concern to all who care about the lost, who constitute the vast majority of people around us, often including friends and family. People are headed down the broad way and seem to have no interest in the message we are proclaiming, so what are we to do?

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May 2017 edition of the "Friendly Visitor"

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Redeeming the Time: May 28, 2017

These Scriptures Are Not to Be Viewed As Obsolete!

By John R. Gibson

Last week we featured an article from my good friend, Mark W. White, entitled “Some Scriptures Are Now Obsolete!” In that article, he correctly reminded us the Lord had foretold in Jer. 31 the replacement of the covenant made at Sinai with a better covenant (cf. Heb. 8:7-13), and its institution by Jesus has made the Old Testament “obsolete” when it comes to being the law or standard under which we are to operate today. Bringing it down to the practical level, while we can learn much from the Old Testament about the power of God, the importance of trusting faith, the consequences of disobedience, and other important subjects, we can-not justify a separate priesthood, Sabbath observance, or instrumental mu-sic by pointing to their authorization in the Old Testament. If these things are to be defended, it must be by finding some indication in the New Testament that these are things God desires (Matt. 7:21).

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Redeeming the Time: May 21, 2017

Some Scriptures Are Now Obsolete!

By Mark W. White

Modern consumers have known about “planned obsolescence” for some time now. Anyone with a mobile phone, a computer, or even an automobile knows what this term means. Consumers of these products know when they purchase them that they will not last forever. There is a built-in expiration of their effectiveness. We buy electronic products with the awareness that new software will soon come along which will not operate on the hardware we just recently purchased. The product may be in perfect physical working order, but we know the clock is ticking on the usefulness of the product the moment we first charge it up and begin to use it. In fact, three years is a long lifespan in the digital world. Manufacturers plan for today’s products to become obsolete as new technology is introduced each succeeding year.

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