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2 Timothy 1:13 – Changing the Church Standard

| December 7, 2016

I like County Music. I don’t like what is dominating Country Music today called Bro Country. It’s stale in theme and rhythm, and more Rock even than Pop. Its Fans say Country Music has never been more popular and is reaching new audiences. Old fogies and purists counter saying it isn’t Country. And even though […]

John 18:36 – My Kingdom is Different

| November 23, 2015

What did Jesus mean when saying “My kingdom is not of this world.” Did He simply mean otherworldly as in spiritual and not physical? World or kosmos often means “the systems of the world,” and “social constructs of society.” Then Jesus shows how: “or else My servants would be fighting.” I then wondered how many […]

Mark 1:15 – The Central Message of Jesus

| November 23, 2015

Jesus’ central message was not about how to get to heaven or find happiness; it was about the coming kingdom of God which is God’s rule. Put God first by submitting to His authority, then His holiness will lead you to joy and ultimately heaven. Repent for the kingdom is at hand is living the […]

Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19 – What, No Instruments?

| August 4, 2015

The reason the Winston-Salem church of Christ does not use instrumental music in our worship to God is the same reason why we don’t build arks. Noah was told to build an ark, Christians were not. Physical Israelites were commanded to use instrumental music. Christians were not. Unlike physical Israel, Christians don’t have a physical […]

Romans 1:18-20 – Necessary Inference

| July 31, 2015

When discussing how to establish authority, some have given up on commands, examples, and necessary inference (or better implication). If you see the acronym CENI, that is what this is. One common way to disparage it is to ask the seemingly unanswerable question, “Necessary to who?” The point then is made, what is necessary to […]

Matthew 12 – How To Establish Authority

| July 21, 2013

Matthew 12 makes a good study in how to establish authority. Three essential truths found within the text is: 1) Authority is found within Scripture; 2) Scripture must be applied for it to have any meaning; 3) Truth can be found, understood and applied. Authority is established by four means: 1) Command – You have […]

Acts – In The Name of Jesus – Sermon

| December 12, 2010

Many years I received a call from the bank asking if I had recently been to Venezuela. Unfortunately I hadn’t because someone was having the best vacation I never had “in my name.” Somehow, a thief had stolen the number off of my debit card. This was, in a very real sense, extremely disconcerting, inconvenient, […]

2 Samuel 24 – Numbering the People – Right or Wrong?

| October 5, 2009

Is it right or wrong to (you fill in the blank)?  That’s a good question, always.  In fact it needs to be asked more, as individual Christians, families of God, and churches of Christ.  In Numbers 1:2, God commands Moses to number the people.   There are several occasions in the Bible where God’s people are […]

1 Corinthians 11:22 – What No…?

| October 3, 2009

Walking into this building is surprising, if not shocking, for some; not so much by what is here – pews, classrooms, songbooks – but by what is not here.  Notice I didn’t say, “by what is missing.”  That would imply they belonged.  So what is not here?  To be perfectly honest, we could make up […]

Hebrews 7:11-14 – Inclusion and Exclusion – the Silence of the Scriptures

| September 17, 2009

I.          THE PRINCIPLES OF INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION A.        These two laws of hermeneutics (and common sense) can be illustrated by the Hebrew writer in reference to the High Priesthood of Jesus Christ: 1.         Law of inclusion – Heb.7:11-12 2.         Law of exclusion – Heb.7:13-14