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THE SPIRIT’S SWORD

published by

Mt. Baker church of Christ

1860 Mt. Baker Hwy Bellingham, WA 98226

Volume VI, Number 13 - July 14, 2002

"And take...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17)

Editor..................Joe R. Price


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 In this issue:


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Giving Our Best to God

Tom Roberts

Some people seem to be content to give God their leftovers. They give Him their leftover time, their leftover money, their leftover talents. When their own wants and wishes have been fully and completely gratified, anything left (if it is convenient) is presented to our heavenly Father.

How would you like it if you never had anything served on the table but leftovers? How would you like it if your boss paid you only if he had any profits after taking all he wanted from the company? How would you like it if your children gave you what little affection they had leftover from their friends, pursuits, etc.?

David refused to offer in sacrifice to God, "that which cost me nothing," and this should be our attitude. We should give to God a service that is meaningful and sacrificial. Romans 12:1 states it in clear terms: "Present your bodies as a living sacrifice...."

In our singing, giving, praying, study, all worship, and living, we should give to God the best we can offer. Nothing but the best should be offered. Remember, the nature of the gift reflects the attitude you have toward the one given the gift. Does your service to God reflect that you love and appreciate Him?


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What Do Visitors See In Me?

Larry Ray Hafley

When we are assembled to worship the Lord, to study the Bible, to remember and show the Lord's death, what do our visitors see in me?

Do they see someone who is totally bored and uninterested in what is going on?  If so, what is likely to be the level of their interest? At the very least, my apathetic attitude is likely to have a negative impact on their concept of the cause of Christ.  Therefore, I must take heed to myself.  I must strive to be a good listener.  I must pay attention and not allow myself to become distracted.

Do they see someone who is sleeping through services?  What does it tell a visitor about the seriousness of our assembly if some adults sleep through services?  Age (both the very young and the elderly) and medicine may make one susceptible to sleep.  So also may those faithful ones who work all night and then, with dogged determination, come on to services and try their best to concentrate on spiritual matters.  We can excuse such folks, believing that the Lord does, too.  However, do some of our people, especially older children, sleep during worship because they have stayed up too late on Saturday night?  Parents, if we make our children go to bed earlier during the week because "it's a school night," why not see that they get their rest on Saturday because it is a "church night"?   

Do they see someone laughing, whispering, passing notes, or playing with babies seated nearby?  Our little ones, especially our grandchildren, are almost irresistible!  At times, they demand our attention and care, even during worship.  May God bless young parents, especially our devoted young mothers, who are during their best to worship while attempting to "subdue" a restless child and train a soul for heaven!  Those things we understand.  But, do visitors see me focused on everything except God and his word?   Do they see me distracting others?  Do they see me not paying attention to the gospel, but idly looking around at every other person in the auditorium?  If so, what impression does this make on their soul?  It cannot be a good one.

Do they see young folks getting up, walking around, going to the drinking fountain, and the bathroom?  Obviously, we know there are times when one must exit during a service.  Aging joints and aching backs force some to get up and move around.  Again, the Lord knows and patient brethren understand.  However, at an early age, youngsters need to be taught to get a drink and go to the rest room during the break between services.  Unless there is a particular health problem, most youngsters can sit for an hour without a drink and without having to get up and go to the bath room.  They need to be trained to do so. 

Our young mothers do not disturb services when they take their little children out.  Indeed, they may do so if they do not!  So, we are not discussing little ones who need to be disciplined or who need extra care.  We are speaking of those who wander in and out of services because they have not been taught to sit up, pay attention, and act like a young lady or a young man. Are children allowed to get up and get a drink and go to the bath room during a wedding or a funeral service?   No, because we know it is not polite and that it will disturb the ceremony.   Then, why not have the same respect for the worship of our Lord and for the study of his word?


You can find the complete outline of this sermon at BIBLE ANSWERS

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The Sacrifices of Jesus

Scripture Reading:  Philippians 2:5-11

I. JESUS GAVE UP HEAVEN’S GLORY IN ORDER TO SAVE US (Jno. 17:5; 2 Cor. 8:9; Phil. 2:5-8).

  -Grandeur of Deity - Jno. 17:5 (Jno. 1:1-3, 14)

  -Expression of His grace – 2 Cor. 8:9!

  -Phil. 2:5-8: Form (Isa. 6:1-3; Jno. 12:41; Rev. 4:2-5; 5:6). Emptied Himself (no reputation) – 2:7

  -Required humility! (Jno. 12:42-43)

II. JESUS GAVE UP EVERY EARTHLY COMFORT (Lk. 9:58; 1 Pet. 2:21).

  -Born in lowly circumstances - Lk. 2:7

  -Lowly Nazareth - Matt. 2:23

  -His daily subsistence - Lk. 8:1-3

  -What comfort will we forego? - Lk. 14:15-24

III. JESUS GAVE UP HONOR FROM OTHERS (Isa. 53:2-3; Psa. 22:6).

  -"Nazarene" - Matt. 2:23; Jno. 1:45-46

  -Pursued with death threats - Jno. 10:30-39

  -Mocked & murdered - Matt. 27:23-31

  -We must bear His reproach – Heb. 13:13; 1 Pet. 4:14, 16

VI. JESUS GAVE UP JUSTICE (Isa. 53:7-8; Acts 8:32-33).

  -Before Sanhedrin – Matt. 26:59-68

  -Before Herod – Lk. 23:10-11

  -Before Pilate – Jno. 19:10-12

  -On the cross – Lk. 23:33-38

  -cf. Christians – 1 Tim. 4:10; 1 Pet. 2:20-21

V. JESUS GAVE UP HIS LIFE (Jno. 10:17-18).

  -Voluntarily, obediently – Jno. 10:18; Phil. 2:8

  -Christians give up their lives for & unto the Lord – Gal. 2:20; Rom. 12:1


You can find the complete outline of this sermon at BIBLE ANSWERS

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Marriage, Divorce & Remarriage Part 1 of 2
(The Bible Pattern versus a False Pattern)

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 19:1-12

1. Will answer to God for our marriages (Heb. 13:4).

2. This subject is understandable – Jno. 8:31-32; 7:17; Eph. 3:3-5; 2 Tim. 2:15.

3. It is safe (not tedious) to speak of these things again – Phil. 3:1; 2 Pet. 1:12.

I. BIBLE PATTERN FOR MDR.

  • All men are under one marriage law (Gen. 2:24-25; Heb. 13:4)
  • One man and one woman for life (Matt. 19:4-6; Rom. 7:2; 1 Cor. 7:39)
  • Only one exception for approved divorce and remarriage (Matt. 19:6, 9; 1 Cor. 7:10-11)

II. A FALSE PATTERN FOR MDR.

  • "Every marriage is good" (1 Cor. 7:2)
  • "It is better to marry than to burn" (1 Cor. 7:9)
  • "Remain in the marriage in which you were called" (1 Cor. 7:24)

III. WHY THIS PATTERN IS FALSE:

  • "Every marriage is good" (1 Cor. 7:2)
    • But, some marriages are not "good" (Matt. 19:9; Mk. 6:17-18; Rom. 7:1-3)
  • "It is better to marry than to burn" (1 Cor. 7:9)
    • But, some marriages are not "better" (1 Cor. 7:11; cf. Ezra 9:1-2; 10:3, 10)
  • "Remain in the marriage in which you were called" (1 Cor. 7:24)
    • But, cannot "remain" in an unlawful marriage (Mk. 6:17-18; Rom. 7:3)

NOTEWORTHY NEWS

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The Mt. Baker church of Christ

(1860 Mt. Baker Highway – Bellingham, WA)

invites you to a

GOSPEL MEETING

with evangelist

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(Lometa, TX)

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