Nothing to Do?

Limited options

Two university students were talking. One lamented there wasn’t anything to do in our small town.

The other said he had once been a student in a large city where there was so much to do that his grades suffered. He felt it was to his advantage to be in a community like ours, so he could concentrate on his studies.

What one considered a liability, the other viewed as an asset.

A new perspective

The student who realized he’d be tempted to waste his time had come to know himself—and grew wiser from experience.

“. . . be careful how you walk . . . making the most of your time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16).

What a difference a new perspective can make!

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Heirloom Faith?

A hand-me-down faith?

I’m grateful for the Elgin pocket watch that once belonged to my father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Heirlooms and hair color can be inherited, but what about faith?

Many people believe what their parents believed. But is it a carefully thought-out choice?

If we simply accept what our parents tell us, is our faith really our own?

Loyal to whom?

Parents can be wrong about matters of faith. Can we afford to take another person’s word for it—even Mom’s or Dad’s?

Should we let loyalty to parents outweigh allegiance to Christ? “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me” (Matthew 10:35-37).

Whatever we sacrifice for Christ, even if it’s our family, He will more than compensate (Mark 10:28-30).

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The Day the Dog Came to Church

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Eager to enter

One morning a large dog tried to come into the church foyer as one of our members entered. She kept him out.

Moments later when the door opened again, in he came. We helped him back out.

Though Bible study was not on his canine mind, I did appreciate his eagerness.

What if everyone were as anxious to attend Bible class as that dog wanted in?

Eager to learn and do

The people of Berea “received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily . . .” (Acts 17:11).

Bible study is, of course, not an end in itself. It is doing what the word says that blesses (James 1:22-25).

We didn’t have an obedience class for that dog, but we do have one for people—every Sunday morning at 9:30.

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If You Don’t Remember Anything Else About Your Wedding . . . .

More than a happy occasion

A wedding is both joyous and serious.

Question: What is the most important part of the ceremony? Answer: The exchange of vows.

The “I do” is a binding commitment each makes to the other, to stay together for the duration.

The only statute of limitations is “until death do us part.”

Seeing marriage through God’s eyes

As the couple make their solemn pledges, God and their friends are witnesses to this transaction.

God takes their promises seriously, and so should we. The exchange of vows is no place for silliness or frivolity. It is a holy transaction and must never be taken lightly!

“What therefore God has joined together,” Jesus said, “let no man separate” (Matthew 19:6).

Unless both bride and groom are determined to maintain this mutual commitment, what value are their photogenic smiles?

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In View of Who He Is

So obviously superior

Line up the greatest individuals who ever lived next to Jesus Christ. No comparison.

“. . . He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38).

John testified, “. . . many other things . . . Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books which were written” (John 21:25).

On one occasion, officers were sent to arrest Jesus but came back empty-handed. Why? “Never did a man speak the way this man speaks,” they said (John 7:46).

Supremely worthy

He practiced what He preached. He never sinned (Hebrews 4:15).

In view of His unparalleled greatness, don’t we owe Him more than simply our admiration?

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Do We Have a Problem with That?


The people of Jerusalem considered Jeremiah a traitor for advocating surrender to the Babylonians. But that’s what God told him to say.

Jonah had a problem with God’s forgiving the Ninevites—and even pouted about it!

The Sadducees had a problem with the doctrine of resurrection.

The Pharisees were offended by Jesus’ rejection of their venerated traditions.

Today many are put off by Jesus’ claim to be the only way to God (John 14:6).

Many reject what the Bible says about sex being reserved only for the marriage relationship between a man and a woman.

We have a choice

We can go with what seems right to us (Proverbs 14:12), or we can accept what the Scriptures teach.

Is that such a hard decision for us to make?

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Just Who is He, Anyway?

Was he, or wasn’t he?

Some thought Jesus was John the Baptist or Elijah or Jeremiah come back to life.

Peter, however, acknowledged Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus commended Peter for this confession (Matthew 16:13-17).

Many today speak of Jesus as a great moral teacher, but no more than that.

But does it make sense to ascribe greatness to Jesus while at the same time rejecting who He claimed to be?

Check it out for yourself!

If you’re not sure what to make of Jesus, why not read the Gospel of John with an open mind?

Then decide.


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