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We believe that God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. God eternally exists in three Persons: “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”. The three are co-equal and are one God. (Genesis 1:26-27 Deuteronomy 6:4 Hebrews 1:8 Colossians 1:15-17).

We believe God the Son became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. He lived a sinless human life, and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. All who believe in Him are declared righteous based on His death. He rose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven and will return again to the earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Matthew 1:18-25; Romans 5:8-10; 1 Corinthians 3-42 Corinthians 5:14; Acts 1:9-11).

We believe the Bible is God’s Word to us and the final authority for all matters of our faith and life. The Bible tells us the truth about God’s love, the sinful condition of humanity, and God’s provision to bring us into relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. It was written by human authors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and consists of the books of the Old and New Testaments. (Psalms 19:7-11 Psalms 119:105 / 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

We believe salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty: eternal separation from God in the form of hell. When we turn from our self-ruled life and become a follower of Christ, we begin the journey of eternal life with God. This journey of Christian Fellowship is characterized by Spiritual Growth and Maturity. (John 3:16; Galatians 3:26-29; 1 Timothy 2:5-6).

We believe the church is to take the Gospel message of Jesus to the world and is made up of those who have placed their faith in Christ, repented of their sin, and have been baptized. (Matthew 28:18-201 Peter 1: 9-10).

We believe the Holy Spirit is presently ministering through the Christian Community, empowering lives for Godliness and service. (John 14:26; Romans 8:14).

Bottom line is this:

  • We all know were Evil came from and, how it started.
  • We all know that Christ gave us a Free Will to choose right from wrong, what we want to believe in and,  how they what to live out their Life here on earth.

But most people, in this generation, will not accept the fact that Christ is the only “True Way” by which we have to have the hope of Eternal Life.

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Two Choices In Life

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We all have chooses in all areas of life to will determine a wide verity of outcomes. Most choices are easier than others. When it comes to one’s Spiritual Life, we need to give it great consideration. For we know that we only have one opportunity to enter our final destiny.

If we choose the quick and easy way, the end result will not be good, to say the less.

Mat 7:13  —”Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it”.

If a person truly wants to get to Heaven, one needs to highly consider what path they are willing to go down. Each of us, myself included, needs to bear in mind that all of us will be held accountable to what we have done while on earth and will be judged by Gods’ word. Rev. 20: 11-15

We need to keep in mind there are Two God’s.

2Co 4:3 — But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4  whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

 The god of this world hath blinded their minds, 2Co 4:4. They are under the influence and power of the devil, who is here called the God of This World, and elsewhere the “Prince of This World”, because of the great interest he has in this world, the homage that is paid to him by multitudes in this world, and the great sway that, by divine permission, he bears in the world, and in the hearts of his subjects, or rather slaves. 

If a person TRULY believes is the “True and Living God”: Hebrews 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Ask yourself, who will you believe in,  Doctrines of man which comes from; “The God of This World” or will it be “The True and Living God?”

1Ti. 4:10  — For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

 Heb. 10:31  — It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

– Don Blackwell  Where do we go When we Die? 

The Birth of Christ Jesus

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No one knows precisely when Jesus was born. Even His year of birth is only an educated guess based on the information available. The intention of the medieval creators of our calendar was to set the date of Jesus’ birth at A.D. 1.

They simply miscalculated. The Jewish historian Josephus places the death of Herod the Great in 4 B.C., and both Matthew (Matt. 2: 1) and Luke (Luke 1: 5) presume that Herod was king at the time of Jesus’ birth. But it is not clear how much before Herod’s death Jesus was born.

A date of about 5 B.C. could fit with Luke’s note that Augustus, who reigned from 27 B.C. to A.D. 14, was the Roman emperor when Jesus was born (Luke 2: 1). Luke’s mention of Quirinius (Luke 2: 2), however, it creates a problem.

It really doesn’t matter the Lord has not told us to celebrate the birth of Jesus rather we celebrate the crucifixion the death of Jesus we don’t do that once a year, we do it every week on the first day of the week (Sundays) we remember, and celebrate that sacrifice that was made so that we can have the hope of Eternal Life but there are some clues in the Bible.

All though we cannot know the exact date, when Christ was born, we can have a good indication according to the birth of John the Baptist. Jesus Christ is six months younger than John. The account of the John’s birth can be found in (Luke 1: 5-26).

If you start at the first month of the Hebrew calendar which is Nissan that corresponds almost exactly to our month of March he would be serving right about Early May (see Luke 1: 23) says it came to pass to watch as carefully as soon as the days of his administration work accomplished he departed to his house and after those days Elizabeth can see so he went and he served in early May.

When his time was up he went back home his wife became pregnant.  Now follow this of course the priest begins in the month of March the eighth course which is the ninth week put Zachariah serving in May.

Soon as he gets done he goes home to his wife she conceives and she is carrying John the Baptist our Lord is conceive six months later which would put his conception about the month of November then Mary carries the Christ child for nine months which would have him being born sometime around August.

Some have even tried to specify Jesus’ birth date by appeal to astronomical phenomena that might explain the star of Bethlehem (Matt. 2: 2, 7, 9, 10). Halley’s comet appeared in 12 or 11 B.C. and another comet in 5 B.C.

But in antiquity comets were thought to forecast evil, not blessed, events. In 7 B.C. rare (once every 794 years) conjunction of the planets Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn occurred in the constellation Pisces.

Whether Matthew’s star was any of these is pure speculation. For ancient people the star confirmed again that Jesus was the Messiah who fulfilled Balaam’s star prophecy (Num. 24: 17).

If God wanted us to know when Jesus was born, He would have told us through His teachings, in the New Testament.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION

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Jack Dodgen Background on our 2015 theme

:…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…Joshua 24:15
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TAX DOLLARS FOR CALIFORNIA
I just heard last week that California, the most politically liberal state in the Union, is no longer debating the abortion issue—it has already decided it will join with others in the slaughter of 1,000,000 preborn babies each year. The issue in California is now how it will be done. Some want to perform abortions by chemicals, in which case the baby is burned to death.

Others want to take the life of the unborn child by pushing a sharp object (a knife) into the back of the head, in which case the baby is cut up. Yes, I know that this is quite gruesome. And, guess what. California wants federal tax dollars to pay for the performance of these abortions. Do you support this? If not, those who do support it will say you are a bigot.

Also, we were told that our health insurance dollars would not be used for this, but we wait to see. I am reminded of some Scriptures: “Woe unto those who call evil good” (Isa. 5:20); among the seven things God hates is “they who shed innocent blood” (Prov. 6:17-18); “You shall not kill” (Rom. 13:9).

What can a Christian do? He can go the polls and vote against any candidate who supports such atrocity. Or, we can support candidates who support abortion. Or, we can stay at home and talk about how bad things are.

What will you do? If someone says, “I don’t know where my candidate stands on this issue”, it should be remembered that we are responsible for not only what we know but also for what we could have found out (Matt. 11:20-24).

HOUSTON, TEXAS MAYOR BACK TRACTS
The mayor of Houston recently asked some selected preachers of that city to submit to her copies of sermons they had recently preached to see if they had said negative things about homosexuality, same sex marriages, and related matters. The request soon drew national attention and the outcry was so great that she withdrew her request. There is something in the United States Constitution about free speech, and the mayor’s request was in violation of the Constitution, so she dropped it. Interesting.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION
When the Founding Fathers of this country drew up the Constitution they said that the government would “establish no religion”. By this they meant that the government would support no single religion. They had in mind the freedom of religion, but they never intended that the country be free from religion.

However, when the name of God or prayer or religion is mentioned in the public arena, we are told by some that this cannot be done because our Constitution stands for “Separation of church and State.” This is far from the intention of the Founding Fathers and anyone who knows our history as a nation knows that this is true. Perhaps this is the reason that our public schools do not teach that part of our history. Mark it well: many in this country are not practicing the freedom of religion, but what they are practicing is anti-religion. If we continue to listen to these folks, we will not like where they will lead us.

And that’s the inside edition
By: Jay Lockhart

The Last Generation

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Our Nation is in trouble! Morally, Religiously, Economically and, Politically—we are in trouble. When the Constitution, the document upon which the Republic was built, is called a “Living Document”, i.e., it must be change with the culture and be politically correct, and is no longer interpreted but ignored by some in high places, we are in trouble!

When the morality of the Nation is at an all-time low and, national debt is at an all-time high, we are in trouble. When “congress shall establish no religion” is interpreted to mean that God is removed from the fiber of our nation, we are in trouble. Will this be the last generation of Americans who were a part of the greatest nation on earth?

“Righteousness exalteth a nation; But sin is a reproach to any people”— (Proverbs 14:34).

The church is also encountering difficulties in many places, here and abroad. From the outside the church ever faces the temptation to be overly influenced by the culture. This is called the “Emergent/ Emerging Church” movement.

“The emerging / emergent church movement falls into line with basic post-modernist thinking—

Becoming like the world silences the voice of conviction that should characterize the church. The church is in the world and does its work in the world, but must be carefully separated from the world. We are not to conform to this world but are to have a transforming influence in the world.

“And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God”. (Romans 12:2)

From the inside we face the “Change Agent” a movement which seeks to remake the church into a denomination. “Change Agents” have affected countless congregations as well as administrators and teachers on the campuses of Christian colleges and, universities. If this movement has its way, we wonder if this is the last generation to “Stand Strong” upon Biblical truth, and to call for the restoration of New Testament Christianity.

This is certain: the church will be here when Jesus comes! “Not even the power of death can defeat it”—(Matthew 16:18).
However, local churches and individual members must make a choice. Where are the churches at Corinth, Thessalonica, Philippi, Colosse, and what happened to the seven churches of Asia? We may continue to exist, but will we exist as a church that seeks to be the church of the New Testament?

In our families, the most important influence in the lives of children is their parents. If today’s young people are as strong, or weak, spiritually, in the coming years as their parents are today, we wonder if this is the last generation that will seek to be the church of the New Testament. We look to the future optimistically but, realistically and wonder what the future holds for us. It is worth pondering! Could this be the last generation to hold to the real, the true, and the lasting in matters affecting us Nationally, Religiously, and Domestically?

And that’s the Inside Edition
From Jay Lockhart

Does Doctrine Matter?

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With our society, as a whole, having the notion there is no absolute divine Doctrine and people can believe in whatever they choose. Well, the last half of that statement is true, to a point, because God made us a Free Moral Agency.   

God has endowed man with freedom of choice.

The scriptures urge man to “choose,” “come unto me,” and “open the door” (Josh. 24: 15; Matt. 11: 28; Rev. 3: 20). Adam and Eve were given the choice to obey or disobey God (Gen. 2: 17; 3: 1-6). The famous “curses” of the Hebrew Scriptures were based on the Jew’s free moral agency: “But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God…that all these curses shall come upon thee…” (Deut. 28: 15-20, 45). Jesus said to those who were spiritually doomed, “ye would not!” (Matt. 23: 37).

Man is responsible for his own actions.

Since man has the freedom to obey or disobey and God does not overpower the will of man, man is responsible for his own actions. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die,” declared the prophet (Ezek. 18: 20). Sin, as such, is not inherited. “The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son.” The prophet further states, “…the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him” (Ezek. 18: 20, cf. Matt. 18: 3-6; 19: 13-15).

Therefore, in regards to Doctrine, the hallowed teachings of Christ, does it really matter about a divine Doctrine [Teachings]?

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them that are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which ye learned: and turn away from them”.

(Romans 16:17—Cf.Matthew 23)

I can remember back in the earlier 60’s when we spoke about The Doctrine of Christ in truth, people spoke of us as, Bible thumpers and viewed our teachings as crazy. Also parts of the US was known as, The Bible Belt.

However, in this Generation, when we speak the truth, according to the Doctrine of Christ, people think of us as judging them, are they say it’s a Hate crime are falsely Judging them.. Many people have always used the scripture that refers to, “Judge not, that ye be not judged(Matthew 7:1).

Doctrine can be abused and abusive in these days, it has been for several reasons. So why should we have and know about Sound Doctrine? Something is going to shape us, something is going to determine who God is and who we are.  

 Pleasant Valley Church of Christ… http://www.pvcc.org/watch-listen/online-sermons/

Why are People Lost?

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Why are People Lost?, part 1 – Preaching the Gospel (episode 601) | HTHpodcasts. (James Watkins)

Are you ready for the return of our Lord and Savior? Are you ready to give an answer for your deeds?

Do Not Think Beyond What is Written.

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Do Not Think Beyond What is Written.

By: Allan McNabb

As we begin our study of authority in the adult classes, I’m reminded of an important command that’s overlooked by man-made religions, “not to think beyond what is written” (1 Cor. 4:6,NKJV).

No Division:

In First Corinthians, Paul is addressing a number of divisions that existed among the Corinthians.

One division was a result of Christians claiming to be of different church leaders. Some said they were of Christ, but others said they were of Paul, Apollos, or Cephas. Other divisions existed regarding the head covering, prophesy in the assembly, and the Lord’s Supper.

As Paul continues through the epistle, we see that divisions existed because some brethren were thinking beyond what is written. In other words, they were not limiting their thinking in spiritual matters to God’s word.

Today, we see the same thing. Men are religiously divided because of people who do not limit their thinking to things authorized in God’s word. Some add Mechanical Instruments to worship, some teach False Doctrines relating to salvation, and some change the day of gathering to partake of the Lord’s Supper.

Regarding such cases, Paul says divisions must exist so that those who are approved may become evident (1 Cor. 11:18-19).

The Mind of God is Only Revealed in His Word:

Without doubt, there are things about God which are beyond man’s comprehension (Eph. 3:20). Left on our own, without God’s word, we would be clueless as to the thoughts of God.

  • “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Is. 55:8-9).

In First Corinthians, before writing the command not to think beyond what is written, Paul explains that we can only know God’s mind to the extent He’s revealed it in His word (1 Cor. 2:9-16).

Just as we don’t know the mind of a man except for what his spirit has revealed, we don’t know the mind of God except for what His Spirit has revealed (1 Cor. 2:11).

Hence, we only know the mind of God to the limit that it’s revealed by the Holy Spirit, and recorded by inspired men in His word (1 Cor. 2:12-16).

Do Not Think Beyond What is Written:

1). Since we are limited in knowing God’s mind as revealed in Scripture, we are commanded not to think beyond what is written.

  • “Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written. . . .” (1 Cor. 4:6, NKJV).

2). The Old King James and New American Standard translate this verse a little differently, which helps us understand the meaning.

  • “And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes;that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another” (1 Cor. 4:6, KJV).
  • “Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other” (1 Cor. 4:6, NASB).

3). As in the case of the Corinthians, when people disobey this command, they become puffed up and cause divisions.

  • “Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other” (1 Cor. 4:6).
  • “For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it. For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you” (1 Cor. 11:18-19).

4). This is because they base their faith on something other than God’s word.

  • They worship in vain, neglecting the commandments of God, and holding to the traditions of men (Mk. 7:7-9).
  • They base their religion on “philosophy and empty deception, according to the Tradition of Men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ” (Col. 2:8).

Imitate the Apostles:

I suppose it would be impossible to have a complete knowledge of all religious doctrines, including those of philosophers and pagans. But thankfully, God has made it simple for us, commanding us to imitate the apostles.

  • “I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me. For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church” (1 Cor. 4:14-17).

Conclusion:

To walk in the ways of God, we imitate the apostles, and learn not to think beyond what is written (1 Cor. 4:16).

We aren’t persuaded by “cleverness of speech,” or with the “superiority of speech or of wisdom,” because we’re determined to know nothing “except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 1:17-2:1).

Therefore; the word of the cross is the power of God to us, because we are being saved, and not foolishness, as with those who are perishing (1 Cor. 1:18).

Contemporary Problems Facing Our Youth

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Find out why Today’s Generation is having so much trouble and Parents can do about it. Lesson By; James Watkins.

Contemporary Problems Facing Our Youth.

 

All the Choices that each of us make in this life will determine our Eternal fate. It will be either Eternal Life “or” Eternal Condemnation.

As we go through life, all of us have Choices to make. How busy are you with “Secular Affairs”? We make decision basic on how busy we are with Secular affairs. We have so much going on, these days that we tend to over look what’s more important in our lives. All that we get our selves involved with is a matter of “Choice”, no matter what it is.

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Are You A Bible Christian?

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People grossly misuse the name “Christian.” The name belongs to an individual, not nations of people, such as “Christian nation.” What makes a person a “Bible Christian?” Before we answer that question, let’s first look at who is NOT a Christian. Not all “good people” are Christians. Morality is the obligation of a Christian but that does not make them a Christian. Cornelius was a “good” man, but needed to hear “words” to be saved (Acts 11:14). Nicodemus was a “good” man, but had to be born again to be saved (John 3:5).

Not all “religious people” are Christians. Some heathens are religious (Acts 17:22-23). Any religious person that calls himself a “Christian” and was not made that way based upon the Lord’s teaching is not a “Bible”Christian”! “Joining” a church does not make one a Christian and neither does living “in a church” make one a Christian. Yet today many people think just because they believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He existed they are saved, calling themselves a “Christian.”We can learn from the Bible that a “Christian” is made.

To become a Christian one must be born again as Jesus stated in John 3:3-5. The physical birth is the first birth and the spiritual birth (baptism) is the second birth. To know what is required to be “born again,” we must be begotten (conceived) by the Word of Truth. Paul wrote: “For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel” (1 Cor. 4:15). We learn from the Word of Truth that man must do something to enter the kingdom of heaven and that is to be “born again.”

After one is “born again” through Baptism,[Immersion] then we can look at the name that is to be worn. What name do you wear in your family? Those in the kingdom of God take on the name that our Father has named His children. Those that DO what Christ has commanded are known as His disciples. The disciples “were first called Christians in Antioch” (Acts 11:26). The people of God honor their Head by wearing this name. There is no salvation offered in any other name but in Christ (Acts 4:12). When we put ON Christ through obedience to His teaching (Gal 3:27), then we have the right to wear His name.

In Acts 26:28, Paul was preaching the gospel to King Agrippa. Then we find Agrippa saying: “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.” Agrippa knew that if he had obeyed the gospel that Paul was preaching, that it would make him a Christian. Friends, it will do the very same thing today! When reading the Bible we can know what is required of us to become a Christian. We need to believe in Jesus (Acts 16:31), repent of our sins (Acts 17:30), confess Jesus as the Son of God (Rom 10:9-10), and be baptized for the remission (forgiveness) of our sins (Acts 2:38; Rom 6:3-5). Jesus plainly taught His disciples in Mark 16:16: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

Once we are born into the family of God, the kingdom of God, through Baptism, then we are “Bible” Christians and Christ Jesus adds us to “His” church. We then must understand that it takes a commitment on our part to serve Jesus. Are you willing to make that commitment? The name of Christ that we wear should really mean something to each one of us. His name is above every other name (Phil 2:9-11). May God help each one of us to honor the name of Christ by wearing it and living up to it.

Have you been made a Christian based upon Christ’s teaching? It is only through willful obedience to Christ that you and I can wear the name “Christian” and be saved (Heb 5:9).

By: Richie Thetford

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