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Dying By Degrees

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In an experimental laboratory, a frog was placed in a container of water. The water was heated at the rate of 0.036 of a degree per second. The frog did not notice the change. When the water finally reached 140 degrees, the frog died. But, he had not been aware of any change in temperature. The frog died by degrees.

"Singing With The Understanding"

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In 1 Corinthians 14:15, Paul indicates that we should sing with both spirit and understanding as we praise God. The context of this statement shows that some in the church at Corinth were singing in a language not understood by others, hence they could not all sing with understanding.

Our Bank Account For One Day

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The following thoughts are from a selected short article in The Sword and Staff publication, Vol. 42, 2004. The message it presents should be of utmost importance to us as we teach and preach the saving gospel of Christ to others:

"Our Sin Is Our Undoing"

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As I was reading this good article as well as this article from blogger Matt Walsh this morning regarding our country falling apart and it's our fault, my eyes focused on the above words— "our sin is our undoing."Sad to say, Mr. Walsh in indeed correct in his assessment of the citizens of our nation.

Truth And Hate

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Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name, George Orwell, once stated these words: "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those that speak it" (source). Throughout Bible history, as well as secular history, we see Mr. Orwell's statement being true time after time.

An Incorruptible Beauty

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The national media reported in January 2004, that Olivia Goldsmith, author of the popular book, "The First Wives Club" (which became a film starring Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler), died from complications resulting from cosmetic surgery.

Facebook And Friends?

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A little over a year ago, I deleted my Facebook account, simply because I became extremely frustrated by the fact that people were trying to solicit money from me. Today, I read this interesting PC Magazine article about a noted anthropologist discovering the fact that our Facebook friends don't really care about us, especially those "friends" who we have not met face-to-face.

Making God "Second Best"

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In this very “busy” world we live in, we are prone to neglect the most important part of life, and that is our spiritual life. This material world offers us much in the way of fulfilling our fleshly appetites but little in the way of fulfilling our spiritual “needs.

What Is The Gospel?

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The Gospel in the NT is referred to in Acts 13:32 (KJV) as “glad tidings” and refers to the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 13:29-30,33-37; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4). According to “Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and NT Words,” (1981); p. 167-168, the word “Gospel” comes from the Greek (noun) word, “Euangelion” and originally denoted a reward for good tidings. Later, the idea of reward dropped, and the word stood for the good news itself. Our English word “evangel” (bringing good news) is the equivalent of “euangelion”. Our English word “evangelist” means “bringer of good news.

Good Reasons To Attend Every Service

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An elderly lady, dreadfully crippled with arthritis, used to hobble painfully to church services on two crutches. It was an agonizing ordeal for her. Someone in the congregation asked her how she managed to be at every service. Her answer was, “My heart gets there first and my legs just follow after.” Can it be that we don’t have an attendance problem so much as we have a “heart” problem? Note what our Lord said in Matthew 6:21: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Let us look at some reasons why we as Christians should attend every service:

Trump And Truth

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Blogger, writer, and speaker, Matt Walsh, has recently written this article, inviting us to ponder not only the man, Donald Trump, but what he stands for as well. Mr. Walsh makes some good points and arguments, along with corresponding evidence, that Christians should not vote for Donald Trump.

"Put The Bible In Every School"

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Peter Heck, one of the writers for the American Thinker online publication, as well as a speaker, author and teacher, has written an excellent above titled article, emphasizing the need for the Bible to be "taught, discussed, analyzed, explained, and understood in every public school in the United States."

100 Leadership Quotes

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Leadership guru, Paul Sohn provides us with 100 leadership quotes as part of a collection that he assembled for a quote book which he is offering free to his readers.

Another Sad Article About A Homeless Man

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As I read this article about a New Jersey homeless man who was paid $5.00 to pour coffee over his head twice by an unidentified individual, I thought to myself, "what kind of a society are we turning into, when we read about these incidents illustrating man's inhumanity to man?"

Two Important Questions People Ask Themselves When They Meet Us

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From this Business Insider article, Harvard Business School professor Amy Cuddy has been studying first impressions for more than 15 years, and has discovered patterns in these interactions. Ms. Cuddy tells us that when folks first meet us, they ask the following two questions:

Some Eye-Opening Tattoo Stats

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There are some very eye-opening tattoo stats presented in this Skinfo.com blog article that I thought were worth considering. The article states that "many hiring managers don’t see them as career building tools. In fact, 37 percent of HR managers cite tattoos as the third most likely physical attribute that limits career potential."

Same-Sex Marriage -- A Conundrum

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It would seem that folks who have opted for same-sex marriage, thought that once they got the higher courts in our country to approve of their sinful lifestyle, that everything in their life would turn up roses and they would live happily ever after — a kind of utopia .....but they were wrong!

We Have The Time For What We Make Time For!

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In today's busy world, people get caught up with the idea that there's not enough time to do the things we think we need to accomplish. But, have you ever noticed, that we have the time for what we make time for?

Laziness Personified

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After reading this article about the on-demand ordering of coffee and its delivery right to your office, I immediately thought, "Isn't this laziness personified?" Cannot we make our own coffee?

Six "No-Brainers" With Regard To Gambling

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Sister Cindy Colley has recently written another thought-provoking article, focusing on the problem of gambling in our country.

"Well, Nobody's Perfect!"

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When some folks want to excuse their personal imperfections (whatever they are), and make them acceptable, they sometimes say, “Well, nobody’s perfect!” This is far from what Paul meant in Romans 3:23 when he states, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” It is essential for us to recognize that we are sinners, and as such, cannot lay claim to any moral superiority over others (cf. Galations 6:1; 1 Corinthians 9:27; 2 Corinthians 13:5).

Isaac --- The Son Of Promise

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In accordance with the promise that God had made to Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, whose name means “laughter,” was born to them when Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 years old (Genesis 17:17). His birth was miraculous in that it was physically impossible for Sarah to have had a child (Genesis 18:11).

What About Singing During The Lord's Supper?

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A querist asks, “Is there any scriptural reason a congregation should not sing during the Lord’s Supper?”

Some Biblical Definitions

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A querist asks, “What are the biblical definitions of the terms, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, and their specific roles?”

The Bible --- Our MOSOP

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A few years ago, this writer was an employee of a major gas transmission company. Located in every department of that company were two large binders containing its “Manual Of Standard Operating Procedures” (MOSOP). Contained in this MOSOP were the rules and regulations with regard to all operating procedures and functions of the company (company policies and procedures).

Lot -- A Righteous Man -- Even In The Midst Of Sin And Sinners!

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Lot was the son of Haran and the nephew of Abraham, (Genesis 11:27). Following Haran’s death, he went with Terah, his grandfather, and Abraham to Ha-ran (Genesis 11:31). After Terah’s death, he and Abraham went to Canaan (Genesis 12:5).

"What Would Jesus Do?"

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During the past four years (and longer), we’ve spent more time than we could ever imagine watching television or listening to the radio regarding the war in Iraq. As Christians, we continue to pray that this conflict will end swiftly, and with minimal loss of life on either side. That’s all we can do, really.

Overview Of 2nd Timothy

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This epistle is the conclusion of Paul’s last message to his most faithful co-worker, Timothy, and all other faithful servants of Christ to (1) "preach the word" (2 Timothy 4:2) and (2) "keep the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7).

Overview Of 1st Timothy

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When studying the books of the Bible, it is wise for the Bible student to possess (1)an outline of the book or (2) an overview (general view or survey) of the book in order to get the general “thrust” of the author’s message and intent to the reader.

Death --- The Tool That Helps Us Make The Big Choices In Life

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The above statement is from this life-inspirational speech that Steve Jobs made before his death. Mr. Jobs stated that the realization that he would soon be dead, was the tool that helped him make the big choices in life.

Jesus And Leadership

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Regarding leaders, Vince Lombardi once stated, “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile” (source).

"She Had A Better Lawyer"

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While returning home from lunch today, I saw a homeless man on the corner of the main street that I was traveling down with a sign that read:

Man Is Not An Animal

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Brother Karl Diestelkamp, one of the writers for the "Think On These Things" publication, has written an above titled article emphasizing the fact that man is not an animal. Brother Diestelkamp illustrates why in Paul's inspired letter to the Corinthian brethren:

Running The Race Of Life Every Day

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Winning a long distance race doesn’t always belong to the swiftest runner, but to the runner with the most stamina. To gain stamina, a runner must discipline himself, not only by running every day, but by running up steep and challenging hills.

The Necessity Of Personal Preparation

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There was never a championship team in any sport that did not spend significant, long hours and careful thought in one thing: Preparation! A skilled writer doesn’t just sit down one day and peck out a masterpiece. Countless hours and thought were put into reading, other research, thinking, writing and re-writing — in a word — preparation!

Why Was David A Man After God's Own Heart?

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In 1 Samuel 13:14, we learn that in God’s eyes, David was a man after His own heart, unlike Saul, who had presumptuously offered a sacrifice to God that was unauthorized for him to offer, because he was not a priest (1 Samuel 13:8-13; cf. 1 Samuel 7:7-10).

Not The "Reformed" Brand -- Just Give Me Jesus!

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World Magazine writer, Andrée Seu, has written an article with the heading, “What’s in a Name?” In her article, she points out that putting labels on religious entities is confusing to the average man on the street.

The Superiority Of God's Truth Over Man's Opinions

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The above titled Montana Street bulletin article was written by Brother Charles Pogue in June, 1996. The article‘s content is much needed in the church today, because it stresses our need to critically “think” about God’s truth rather than merely offer our “opinion” in spiritual matters (cf. Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-27 ASV).