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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

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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).

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.

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Here is a short over view of what this is about:

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.

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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