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Scorching Words

Growing up on a farm my family would often burn off the stubble on our fields at the end of harvest. In a matter of a few minutes an entire 40-acre plot of land would be scorched. What is amazing to me is the massive burn only required one small spark to start the raging fire. The Bible says something similar about the tongue in James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See…

When the Preacher Made a Change

When I arrived here @ 70 West church of Christ, I made a change in my life. While I was raised on the King James Version (KJV) with my mom being my primary teacher, as a minister I had used almost exclusively the New King James Version (NKJV). Upon moving to Hot Springs, I noticed that the Bibles given to new Christians and High School Seniors along with the pew Bibles were English Standard Version (ESV). I had never owned…

Today is a Special Day

Today is a very special day. Not due to the Easter holiday. Today is a special day because this is the day for the saints to gather to worship the God of Heaven and Earth. So many folks today will gather to remember the Resurrection of Jesus. While it is a good thing for humanity to remember that Day, the saints are commanded by God to remember that Sacrifice every Sunday. Notice what we are remembering: (John 18-20) Jesus was…

Christ = The Way

(John 14:1-6) 1. Christ = the Way to PARDON Acts 10:43 Acts 13:38 1 John 1:9 2. Christ = the Way to PEACE Romans 5:1-3 John 13:15-17 Proverbs 10:28 3. Christ = the way to HOLINESS 1 John 1:7 Titus 2:14 4. Christ = the Way to BLESSINGS Matthew 5:45 Matthew 7:21 5. Christ = the Way to HEAVEN 1 Peter 3:18 1 Timothy 2:5 John 14:1-6

Grow Your Knowledge With Fundamentals of the Faith

According to government figures the population of Garland County is 99,386. Let’s even that out and call it 100,000. Now, according to my sources, the number of scripturally baptized Christians in Garland County is roughly 1,200. Doing the math is easy. That’s 1.2% of scripturally baptized Christians in Garland County. Less than 2% of our neighbors are baptized! Please join me in my special daily prayer. Let’s pray that this year will be the year we reach out to our…

After Baptism: Things to Remember

We are: Changed- 1st Peter 2:2, 1st Corinthians 3:1-2 A Babe in Christ- 2nd Corinthians 5:17, 1st Peter 1:22-28 Commanded to Grow- 2nd Peter 1:5-11, 2nd Peter 3:18 Possible to Fall- Galatians 5:4, 1st John 2:1-2 Representing the Lord- 1st Timothy 4:12,  2nd Corinthians 3:2 Complete Followers of Jesus- 1st Peter 2:21, Hebrews 12:1-4 God wants you to: Put Him first- Matthew 6:33, 10:37, 22:37 Learn His Word- Acts 17:11, 2nd Timothy 2:15, 2nd Peter 3:18 Obey Him- Matthew 7:21,…

True Worship

We are familiar with “worship”. You know, it is the thing we do when we gather at a certain place or building, right? Worship is an interesting study. As we take a few moments, let’s look at this idea in the same fashion as God looks at worship. The word worship comes from a Persian word. It means “to show obsesses toward a person of a higher rank in society.” Literally, in Persian society, a lower ranked official would approach…

Fundamentals of the Faith

Our new FUNDAMENTALS OF THE FAITH video Bible class will kick off on April 1st and a study guide is available for each lesson. Beginning March 14th, I will make paper copies of the study guide available. Starting next Sunday (March 14), you may pick up the current set of study guides on one of the three speaker stands near the auditorium exits.  Study guides for lessons already aired will be available up on the front pew where I usually…

The Day of Pentecost

We are very familiar with the account of the events in Acts chapter 2. It is a very encouraging and uplifting chapter for the children of God. This is the single point in which the salvation of God is offered to man for the first time. This is the day that the doors of the church open. This is the point at which the blood of Christ is available for man to access and wash away his sin-completely. Many times,…

An Example of a Great Attitude

This will be my 3rd & final article regarding the POWER OF EXAMPLE. Never underestimate the POWER OF EXAMPLE. Living for Jesus 24/7 is vital. This story begins with a phone call. One day several years ago my secretary buzzed me on the intercom to inform me that I had a phone call. The call went something like this, “Hello, I would like to be baptized.” Now that’s not a request I receive every day. I proceeded to ask this…

Our Eldership

We are very blessed here at the 70 West congregation. Many times, we are not fully aware of all of the benefits that are afforded to us. As a part of our Teenage class on Wednesday night, we have had a huge treat. Each elder of our eldership has spoken directly to this group. The theme for this class has been: “If I had 30 minutes to talk to you , I’d tell you…” This has been an eye-opening experience…

An Example That Saved Others

Never underestimate the POWER OF EXAMPLE. Living for Jesus 24/7 is vital. Last week I shared the story of how a friend of mine (Ellen) and her family became Christians through the POWER OF EXAMPLE. Today I share a story that happened to me about 20 years ago. I was given the blessing of baptizing a young man who I had taught over a series of studies. This young man (I will call him Joe to conceal his identity) needed…