Speaking the Truth in Love

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Satan’s Facebook Page

Written by Eric Welch [Eric is the preaching minister of the Hamburg Pike congregation in Jeffersonville, IN.] You wake up in the morning and sit at the computer before going to school. You get to your Facebook page and notice that you have a friend request from Satan. He really wants to be your friend.…

The Training and Instruction of the Lord

Note: My understanding of training up children has been influenced by Dr. James Dobson’s book Dare to Discipline. Introduction You are sitting in a restaurant with your wife and children. The kids are not behaving perfectly, but they are behaving. If you tell them to sit down or stop whining, they listen. Before the meal…

Why Did He Do It?

When Mike Yankoski was 22, he wrote Under the Overpass. In this book he described his fascinating experiences as a homeless man. Mike took a break from his college education and lived on the streets of several large U.S. cities. Yankoski prepared himself for this unusual experiment by reading books about homelessness, working at a…

Things Passing and Permanent

In one of his letters to the Corinthians, Paul divides everything in the world into two basic categories. Faithful Christians “look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18). Material…

How’s That Again?

My good friend Charlie once told me about an interesting saying he had seen posted on a church sign. It read: “God does not call the qualified. He qualifies the called.” What did this mean? The first part of the saying reflected the Lord’s teaching at a dinner party. Jesus “saw a man called Matthew…

The Body Parts of Evil

Written By Eric Welch [Eric is the preaching minister of the Hamburg Pike congregation in Jeffersonville, Indiana.] 16 There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that make…

A Loving Church

A Loving Church A healthy congregation is known not only for its firm biblical convictions but also for its loving attitudes. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34). If the selfless love of Jesus…

Settled in Court?

In 2000, a family squabble in Washington State made national headlines. A young woman and her husband had two small children. Tragically, the man committed suicide. When the woman remarried, she decided that her former parents-in-law were interfering with the establishment of the new home by visiting the children too often. So she asked them…

Yes, You Can Change

You cannot quit drinking. You are an alcoholic. You cannot treat your wife in a kind and gentle way. You have a temper. You cannot live a meaningful life in the body God gave you. You are a prisoner in your own flesh. In 1976, Americans celebrated Bruce Jenner as the greatest athlete in the…

Worried and Upset

Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” Jesus replied, “you are worried and upset about many things” (Luke 10:40-41, NIV). If a sister among us is physically ill, we tend to be sympathetic and helpful. We pray for her, encourage her to seek medical attention, and offer practical assistance: “May I run to the pharmacy…