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"

Click the picture above to read the April version of the "Friendly Visitor". You can download the pdf and send to anyone you think might benefit from it. The "Friendly Visitor" is also available on our Facebook page so please Like and Share it.


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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Redeeming the Time: March 26, 2017

Treating Our Visitors as Guests

By Mark W. White

We have been blessed here with a steady stream of visitors to our assemblies and Bible classes each week. It’s often difficult just to keep up with them!

Some of these are folks from other congregations in the area or abroad who are just passing through.

Others, like Paul when he arrived in Jerusalem (Acts 9:26), are Chris-tians seeking to join themselves with a group of saints in the work and worship of the Lord.

Still others are Christians who have left the Lord and are “trying out” congregations looking for a place to make their return.

And still more are people who are searching for some kind of religion in their life—they know not what for sure except that they need something. They come because we’re convenient, or because they’re your neighbor, or because you invited them, or because they’ve just heard about us somehow.

All of these people are prospects—in different ways. 

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2017 Winter Series on Prayer

Please join us each Thursday evening in February at 7:00 P.M. for a special series of studies focusing on prayer. We hope you can be with us February 2, 9, 16, and 23 for these classes.

Feb. 2: Jesus Teaches Us About Prayer

Feb. 9: The Prayers of Paul

Feb. 16: Supplications, Prayers, Intercessions, and Giving of Thanks

Feb. 23: Practical Pointers on Prayer


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