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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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Redeeming the Time: May 21, 2017

They’re Too Conservative

By Greg Gwin

Someone who was about to move into a new community happened to mention that they were giving consideration to attending a particular congregation in that area. Certain brethren warned, “Don’t go there, they’re too conservative!” What is meant by such an accusation?

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Redeeming the Time: May 7, 2017

Know Your Old Testament?

By John R. Gibson

Today’s lessons will be taken from nine Old Testament incidents in which the Lord was disobeyed. While the sermons will look at some of the reasons why they departed from God’s plan, in the first part of this article we want to test ourselves on our knowledge of the facts involved in each of these events. In the second portion, we will utilize questions from various Old Testaments events and prophecies.

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Redeeming the Time: April 30, 2017

Praying 1 Thessalonians 5 

By John R. Gibson

The elders have chosen prayer as a special point of emphasis this year and in seeking to learn better how to pray, I want to strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of the recordings we made of the four studies in February. If you were not present for the classes, take time to listen and consider the things discussed there, and even if you were there, it might be helpful to listen again. (These are available on the website, or if you prefer, copies can be made for you). One of the things discussed in the class was using Bible reading in our daily prayers and I want to provide another example of how this can be done.

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April 2017 edition of the "Friendly Visitor"

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Redeeming the Time: April 16, 2017

A Few Thoughts on Easter

By John R. Gibson

There are some things I like about the modern Easter celebrations. Ham, boiled eggs, and the chocolate peanut butter eggs you can get for half-price the next day certainly make the list. And seeing the young ones dressed up in their spring finery is always a delight. I could add a few more things to the list, but, while I don’t want to seem like a curmudgeon, there are also some things about Easter I don’t like.

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Redeeming the Time: April 2, 2017

Why We Come to You Each Month

By John R. Gibson

We appreciate you allowing The Friendly Visitor into your home each month and hope you find it helpful, but we realize some of you may wonder why we send this out each month or why your name was added to the mailing list. Because we send it free of charge, it certainly is not because we are making money from it. And because we don’t shy away from controversial Bible topics, we realize we run the risk of upsetting some (though that is certainly not our aim). So why do we do it? Why do we mail you these Bible-based articles each month? Simply put, we believe, as the following passages show, that knowledge of the Scriptures is essential and we want this little paper to help increase its reader’s knowledge of and appreciation for the word of God.

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March 2017 edition of the "Friendly Visitor"

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