Category Archives: Church

Two Different Reactions to the Laying of the Foundation

“Ezra” series: (post #8) Now in the second month of the second year of their coming to the house of God at Jerusalem, Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the rest of their brethren the … Continue reading

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Singing, Making Music, and Dancing

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth! (Psalm 96:1, N.K.J.V.) Question: “How many years have to pass before a Baptist church sings a new song?” Answer: “It’s a trick question; Baptists never … Continue reading

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Women & Spiritual Discernment

If you come to me and say in a nice way, “Russell, sometimes you have a problem with your temper,” you will be telling me the truth. (My wife and sons will vouch for that.) You will also, in a … Continue reading

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When Church Work Becomes a Burden

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for … Continue reading

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Do You Know Jesus as Savior? Or Do You Just Know About Him?

I subscribe to a certain Christian publication that recently featured an old sermon from Oswald J. Smith. Smith was a Canadian pastor/church planter/author who is probably best known for founding The Peoples Church in Toronto and serving as the church’s … Continue reading

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“Just Pray This Prayer…”

1 John series: (post #7) We are now halfway through the list of ten evidences of salvation that are described in the book of 1 John. So, with this post, I thought it would be good if I pulled over … Continue reading

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Loving Your Fellow Christians

1 John series: (post #5) In 2nd Corinthians 13:5, the apostle Paul says to the Christians of Corinth, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you … Continue reading

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Enjoying Christian Fellowship

1 John series: (post #2) The Bible is clear that no brand of good works can produce salvation. Salvation is a gift by which God bestows His grace (His unmerited favor) upon the individual who has believed in Jesus as … Continue reading

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That’s Some Building

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, … Continue reading

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The Importance of Context

“For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20, N.K.J.V.). Countless pastors, leading sparsely attended church services, have justified continuing on with those meetings by quoting this verse. As … Continue reading

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