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Editor/Evangelist  Joe R. Price
Volume VII,  Number 46
May 02, 2004

"All material is written by Joe R. Price, unless otherwise noted."

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In this issue:

How to Tell When You are Getting Weak
Author Unknown

1.   When you had rather stay home than assemble with the saints.

2.   When you had rather watch TV than visit the sick (or weak) and teach the lost.

3.   When you had rather read a magazine or the daily paper than the Bible or religious material.

4.   When you find a political speech inspiring but a gospel sermon boring.

5.   When you pray for the preacher but sleep through his sermons.

6.   When you thank God for the elders but refuse to cooperate with them.

7.   When you talk long and loud about what the church should do, but never do your part in what is being done now.

8.   When you sing with your lips what you don’t really mean in your heart.

9.   When you look upon spiritual work as a chore rather than a privilege.

10. When you are offended by an article like this.


Love versus Lust...
Dennis Rigstad, Pulpit Helps


 1.  Love is patient
 2.  Love is kind
 3.  Love does not envy
 4.  Love does not boast
 5.  Love is not proud
 6.  Love is not rude
 7.  Love is not self-seeking
 8.  Love is not easily angered
 9.  Love keeps no record of wrongs
10.  Love does not delight in evil
11.  Love rejoices in the truth
12.  Love always protects
13.  Love always trusts
14.  Love always hopes
15.  Love always perseveres
16.  Love never fails; it is con­stant, enduring, and faithful to the end.


1.      Lust can't wait, is impul­sive
2.      Lust is cruel, critical and manipulative
3.      Lust seeks more than it earns
4.      Lust builds self at another's expense
5.      Lust is easily threatened
6.      Lust is disrespectful and thoughtless
7.      Lust is demanding and uncar­ing
8.      Lust is temperamental and retaliates
9.      Lust does not forget offens­es
10.  Lust commits wrong to get its own way; rationalizes
11.  Lust encourages lies and covers up misdeeds
12.  Lust takes to gain its own ends; lacks concern for consequences to others
13.  Lust is suspicious and jeal­ous
14.  Lust says one chance and your out
15.  Lust backs out when it is no longer convenient
16.  Lust ceases when self is no longer served; it is fickle, insecure and unfaithful.

-Dennis Rigstad, Pulpit Helps

1 Corinthians 13

1  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
2  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.


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

Bible Question Box (May 2004)

Scripture Reading:  Psalms 33:1-15

#1:  When were cave men supposed to have existed?  Before Adam & Eve?  (How could that be?)  After Adam & Eve?  (Did man regress to grunting & not knowing how to be human?)  Or, did cave men exist at all?

1.  When were cave men supposed to have existed?  (Evolutionists say “Neanderthal” people lived 28,000-125,000+ years ago.)
2.  Other assumptions:  Cave dwellers were inferior; Half-animal & actually lived; Accuracy of dating processes used to assign timeframe.
3.  Before Adam & Eve?  (How could that be?)  No, Adam was 1st man – Gen. 5:1; 1 Cor. 15:45.
4.  After Adam & Eve?  (Did man regress to grunting & not knowing how to be human?) 
  a.  The assumption that living in caves meant grunting regressive life.
  b.  Fact:  Bible speaks of people living in caves – Gen. 19:30; Judg. 6:2 (1 Sam. 13:6; 1 Kgs. 18:4); Heb. 11:38.  (The Common Propaganda Regarding “Cave Men,” Wayne Jackson,

#2:  What does the Bible say about euthanasia?

1.  Definition.
2.  Why do people choose euthanasia/assisted suicide?  (Oregon, 2002…)
3.  What saith the Scriptures?  (Eccl. 3:2)
  a.  Death due to human rebellion:  Spiritual & physical – Eccl. 12:7 (spiritual, Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12; physical, Gen. 3:19).  Do not murder (Exo.20:13; Rom. 13:9).
  b.  Human life is sacred: Precious gift from God – Acts 17:25 (Isa. 42:5; 1 Tim. 6:13).
  c.  Body is not ours (God’s); Use to His glory –   1 Cor. 6:15, 19-20.
  d.  When men wanted to die…were not killed – Num. 11:15; 1 Kgs. 19:4; Jonah 4:3, 8.
4.  Is a Christian morally obligated to treat (prolong) terminal illness? 

Conclusion:  Jno. 11:25-27; 14:6


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

Nurturing Children or Raisin' Cain?

Scripture Reading:  Psalm 127

1.  Link between discipline, love & proper child-rearing (1 Ths. 2:11-12; Heb. 12:5-6, 10-11).
2.  Children are our inheritance from God – Psa. 127:3 (Prov. 17:6).
3.  Goal:  Present our children to the Lord – Gen. 18:19; 1 Sam. 1:22; 2:11.


  A.  Instruction – cf. Prov. 1:8-9.  (Deut. 4:8-10; 6:4-9; 11:18-19; cf. Timothy, 2 Tim. 3:15).
  B.  Correction – Prov. 3:12, 13:24; 22:15; 29:17.


  A.  Teach Obedience – Eph. 6:1-3.  (Prov. 30:11; Lk. 2:51; 1 Sam. 2:12, 22-25, 29; 3:13)
  B.  Praise as Well as Punish (1 Sam. 2:22-24; Col. 3:21. 
  C.  Give Them What They Need, Not Necessarily What They Want – Matt. 7:8-11.
  D.  Be Consistent – 1 Sam. 2:12, 22; 3:13. 
  E.  Do Not Show Favoritism – Gen. 26:28; 37:3.
  F.  Work Together – Lk. 2:51 (cf. Gen. 27:5).
  G.  Find & Develop the Child’s “Way” – Prov. 22:6.  (cf. Eccl. 2:3; 5:18-19; 12:1)
  H.  Set Godly Examples – Isa. 39:4; Prov. 4:1-4 (2 Tim. 1:5); Matt. 22:37, 39.
  I.  Pray for God’s Help – Judg. 13:8-9; Jas. 1:5-8 (Phil. 4:6-7); Prov. 3:5-6.
  J.  Be Patient – 2 Tim. 3:15 (Hannah & Samuel; Jochebed & Moses); Prov. 19:18; 23:13-14; 29:15.
  K.  Confess & Repent When You Sin against Your Children – cf. Jas. 5:16.
  L.  Remember:  The Responsibility & Accountability is Yours – cf. Tit. 2:4; Prov. 11:14; 15:22; 1 Pet. 4:15.

Conclusion: Children deserve careful attention (Prov. 29:15).


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Let Them Ride a Horse!
Joe R. Price

     It is said that when she was told that the peasantry had no bread to eat, Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, said, “Let them eat cake.”  There is no evidence to support the story, but folklore often takes on a life of its own.

     Then there is the present-day ruler of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov (president for life).  While his subjects in this oil-rich yet impoverished central Asian country eek out a meager existence (the official minimum wage on government workers is $70 and usually late arriving), he has just built a $15 million equestrian complex, complete with an operating theater, a hippodrome and air-conditioned stables for his Akhal Teke, a famous local breed of horses.  Earlier this year he fired 15,000 nurses and medical staff.  But, not to worry:  his horses have X-ray and ultrasonic scanning machines in a state of the art operating theater!  (“New Leisure Center…for Horses”, Reuters News Agency, 27Apr04)

     God, who ordained civil government, holds rulers accountable for injustices and extravagances that are balanced on the backs of the innocent.  To the self-indulgent rulers of Israel the prophet Amos assured divine wrath:  “Woe to you who are at ease in Zion…woe to you who put far off the day of doom, who cause the seat of violence to come hear; Who lie on beds of ivory, Stretch out on your couches, Eat lambs from the flock And calves from the midst of the stall; Who sing idly to the sound of stringed instruments, And invent for yourselves musical instruments like David; Who drink wine from bowls, And anoint yourselves with the best ointments, But are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph” (Amos 6:1, 3-6).  Ezekiel boldly rebuked injustice:  “‘Thus says the Lord GOD: "Enough, O princes of Israel! Remove violence and plundering, execute justice and righteousness, and stop dispossessing My people," says the Lord GOD (Ezek. 45:9).  Niyazov may rule for life over Turkmenistan, but rest assured, Almighty God rules over him and his kingdom and will dispense His judgment in the matter (Dan. 4:17, 25, 32).

     Oppressors will periodically prevail on earth without immediate relief (Eccl. 4:1).  When they do, the people under their wicked domination “groan” (Prov. 29:2).  On the other hand, when a ruler is righteous, the people rejoice (Prov. 29:2).  Those who have power over men on this earth would do well to remember they have a Master in heaven to whom they will answer (Col. 4:1).

     Whether one is in power or ruled over, God requires all men to “do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly” before Him (Micah 6:8).  God’s justice will roll down upon all those who do not (Amos 5:24).


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