Posts by 70 West Church of Christ

Posts by 70 West Church of Christ

Sign Communication

Through Michael’s efforts in the community and online feedback from some of our community members, it has become glaringly obvious that the 70 West congregation is largely anonymous in the Hot Springs community. If we are to fulfill the mission God has appointed us, this is something we have to address. As a congregation, we are kicking off some projects and programs targeted towards 70 West having a larger and more public imprint on the Hot Springs community. 1. We…
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Life After Death 

I guess eternal life has been a much-debated issue for centuries. In fact, Socrates said, “All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are both immortal and divine.” Aristotle said, “Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires, and animates, is something celestial, divine, and, consequently, imperishable.” Job said after his body was destroyed he would see God. (Job 19:24-25). Jesus assured us of life after death in John 11:25-26. Many ask before entering into anything…
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Finding the Answers

 In the online class BIBLE INVESTIGATION, I am doing my best to answer a host of questions that have been submitted by class participants. This past week one of the questions came from a young father living in Africa. His question was, ‘In the confusion of today’s religious world, can we have agreement & unity’? His question was generated from the frustration he has felt the past two years.  About two years ago a denominational missionary visited his small village…
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God’s View of Sin

It has been very well said throughout the years that sin will take you further than you ever wanted to go. Sin will keep you longer than you ever intended to stay. Sin will cost you more than you ever wanted to pay. Sin will require of you more than you ever wanted to give. In our modern culture, the word sin is rarely, if ever, used. However, God’s Word speaks plainly to the idea of sin. Sin is the…
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Reflecting on Mom

This past April 16th was the 103rd anniversary of my mother’s birthday. That day on the calendar is always a tough day for me. Even though it has been almost 20 years since my mother left our world, hardly a week goes by that I do not think about her in some way or another. Memories of her flood my soul.  My mother was the foundation for my faith. If I was picking cotton by her side in the fall,…
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COVID-19 and Worship

We are living in very weird times. We are living in a time when a virus is sweeping over the world in a pandemic format. For the church, this time of quarantining our worship together looks very different from anything we have ever seen. It is a period of isolation and healing of our nation and yet we still see the Divine obligation to come together as a group of saints. All those things being understood, we need to understand…
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A Victorious Risen Lord!

In some ways it feels like the proverbial script for a classic Hollywood movie. You know the type of movie. The good guy hero that you have rooted for during the entire movie seems defeated up to the very end but comes back in a grand way to claim the victory. You and I can make a long list of movies with that theme. But the story of Jesus is more than a mere Hollywood movie. This day almost 2,000…
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Making Lemonade

When life gives you lemons, then make lemonade. The current situation has certainly dealt us a serious lemon with this coronavirus, but we can all work together to make things better. We are now offering TWO daily Facebook Live Bible studies, ‘MANNA IN THE MORNING’ at 7 am daily for a 15-minute kickoff in the morning and ‘A MESSAGE OF HOPE’ at 7 pm daily for a 30-minute study. Please join Billy and me in these studies but do more…

Paul would disagree…

We often have friends and family who are not members of the Lord’s church. We love these folks but we cannot get them to see the truth. No matter how much we pray for them or study with them, they often answer the Bible truths by saying, “That is your interpretation.” If we are honest with the Word of God, we do not interpret it. We simply read and apply.  One of the greatest sins presented by Satan to fool…
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What’s next?

Last week we wrapped up our 40-Days of Prayer campaign with the conclusion of a very successful Polishing the Pulpit’s SPARK so what’s next you might ask?  Follow-up is next! We had local guests attend during SPARK and I will be visiting these folks in the coming days. Sometimes a new convert to the Lord starts with that person visiting our services. Please pray for success in the follow-up process as I reach out to these folks.  Continued spiritual growth…
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Jesus Prayed

During our 40 DAYS OF PRAYER we are joining together to actively seek God’s blessings on our five big events during these 40 days. The five big events being our 2020 Lads to Leaders ministry which had its kickoff on the first day of the 40 days, the impact of the first-ever nationwide door knocking campaign, our visiting missionaries (Chad Wagner will be with us October 20), annual BLAZE YOUTH RALLY and our first-ever SPARK. Let’s look at the prayer…
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They Prayed!

In the Old Testament, Abraham did it. Moses certainly did it and did it often. David was known to also do it. The prophets, both major and minor, did it. Even Jesus himself did it on many occasions. What am I talking about? They prayed! We are into day #15 of our 40 Days of Prayer. How are you doing? Is your prayer life booming? Are you excited to see what great things God will do when His children pray?…