Speaking the Truth in Love

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Why Prayer Matters

In their book “Comeback Churches,” Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson emphasize the connection between church renewal and prayer. In a comeback church, the leaders devote themselves to prayer and assemble the congregation for special prayer services. Does this connection surprise us? Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly…

To Whom Honor is Due

To Whom Honor is Due By Marty Kessler There are currently three holidays in the United States of America that honor military service. Armed Forces Day is observed on the third Saturday of May, honoring all those who are CURRENTLY SERVING in any branch of the military, whether Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast…

Has Our Memorial Lost Its Meaning?

A gentleman once told me that he had left the Christian Church to join his wife’s denomination. “I miss partaking of the Lord’s Supper every week,” he said. “But you know how it is. If you do something regularly, it loses its meaning.” Oh? Then why do you miss it? Isn’t it true that even…

Laughing at Jesus?

In one of his radio programs, the popular preacher David Jeremiah said that he grew up in a rigidly fundamentalist home. And sometimes he would hear preachers say, “You don’t want to be doing something wrong because the Lord may return and catch you in that place.” Mr. Jeremiah’s audience laughed uproariously. What was so…

Adjust the Sails

Leadership expert and author John Maxwell says that “the pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” Great point. Many circumstances are beyond our control. But our response to them is up to us. A Bible search for terms such as “adjust” or “adapt” may leave us…

Mom and Dad

Several years ago I heard a Discover radio commercial offering customers a chance to win $1 million. The narrator said that every credit card purchase, whether large or small, improved one’s chances of winning the money. Then an effeminate male voice asked: “My morning coffee?” Yes. “My midday coffee?” Yes. “My late-night coffee?” Yes. “I…

Paying The Tax Man

By Brent Smith [Brent is the preaching minister of the Trenton Church of Christ in Trenton, TN.] As I prepared to file our tax return, I was reminded of an article I read last year about Michael Bowman. The story is still posted at Lifesitenews (dated April 18, 2018,): “US Christian who refuses to pay…

Will God Really Do That?

Singing is one of the sweetest pleasures of life in the church. Many Christians prefer singing over preaching, and that doesn’t bother me a bit. I love singing myself. Music touches not only the mind but also the heart. And it spans generations, drawing the church together in joy. Little children may squirm or fuss…

How Jesus Changed the World

Jesus is the most influential figure in human history. More than two billion people claim him as Lord. Countless books retell his story and reflect on his teaching. Countless songs give him praise, and the number of hymns grows daily. Church buildings erected in his honor are scattered liberally around the globe. How did Jesus…

Living a Lie

Some years ago my lovely wife received “The Busy Mom’s Cookbook” as a gift. At the bottom of each page, there’s an interesting tidbit. One anecdote tells the story of James Barry. He had a distinguished 40-year career in the British military, holding an office equivalent to major general. He fought in a duel. He…