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God’s House Has a Pattern

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The goal; of these two lessons, is to help people and, teach us the proper Conduct in God’s House.

God’s House By; Jack Dodgen

The Decisions that we make will determine our destiny.

The Choices We Make By; Jay Lockhart

WhitehouseTHIS YEAR’S THEME

…choose for yourselves this day
whom you will serve…Joshua 24:15

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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?

Doomsday Predictions 2012

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Doomsday Predictions 2012

Since the dawn of time, Individuals for many years have been trying to prophesy “The end of the World”, and all of humanity. All the past prediction has been wrong, and, they have always come up with the same reasoning way they didn’t.

This has been going on for many years dated back….

Check out my posting on blogger to learn more about Doomsday Predictions 2012.

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).

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