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Editor/Evangelist  Joe R. Price
Volume VII,  Number 51
Jun 06, 2004

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

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In this issue:

Carb-Friendly Article
J. S. Smith

     It used to be that if you wanted to get people’s attention, you put the word “Free” all over the place. Nowadays, all anybody talks about are carbohydrates, so perhaps you will enjoy reading this carb-friendly article. No carbs, as far as I can tell. Of course, I neither watch my carbs nor know what they are.

     There is something to be said about maintaining one’s health. The human body is itself a gift from God and responsible use of it is a matter of good stewardship (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Introducing dangerous and deadly substances into it is foolish and sinful. Marijuana, cocaine, speed – illegal, deadly and sinful. Tobacco and alcohol, while perfectly legal, are proven to do irreversible damage to the human body, bringing on disease, premature death, and having impact upon innocent others.

     Other substances like meat and sweets are not sinful, but without a dose of moderation, can be dangerous to the human body. Before Dr. Atkins came along, we were all warned that eggs and beef would kill us. Now we are supposed to gorge ourselves on them! The real solution when it comes to sinless substances is moderation. Meat, sweets, even carbohydrates, can be added to one’s diet and enjoyed moderately without harming the body. Moderation is part of good stewardship, for God does not expect us to return our bodies to him in pristine condition. They should be used, but not abused (Prov. 23:2).

     Yet moderation is only part of the answer for those who obsess over dieting and the condition of their bodies. If people would put as much energy into their spiritual diet and souls as they do into their physical frames, we would see a religious revival exceeding anything before.

     What does the Bible say? “”Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). Beyond those nasty carbs, we require the milk and meat of God’s word. “[A]s newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (1 Peter 2:2-3). “But solid food [strong meat, KJV] belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Heb. 5:14).

     Beware physical gluttony (Titus 1:12), but crave the spiritual nutrition of God’s abiding word. Feast upon it and live (Rev. 10:9).

This article was originally published in the May 9, 2004 edition of the Woodmont Beacon ( Contact author:


Church Sponsored Recreation
Joe R. Price

“No, we do not need a church-supervised recreational and social program.  Those matters lie within the individual sphere of parent and child.  We do need, though, a greater awakening to our needs and responsibilities in that field.  But we need to bear in mind as we labor together in those matters, as we labor singly or in groups, we labor as INDIVIDUALS and not as a CONGREGATION.  And if the time does ever come when we cast the individual responsibilities of parent and child upon something we call the CHURCH, one of the greatest agencies God ever created for good will have gone into eclipse.  And in the darkness attendant upon such an event the tragedy which always follows after separation from God will reveal itself; worldliness and irreligion will run riot, and misery will prevail.  God preserve us against such an eventuality.  But if under God we may be permitted to maintain the Christian home committed to the development of the young, and the church of God devoted to breaking the bread of life, we can laugh at calamity and sing for the day ahead.”  (C.A. Norred, “Church Recreation”, Gospel Advocate, Nov. 21, 1940; Reprinted in Truth Magazine, II:3, pp. 18-19, Dec., 1957)

(Note:  C.A. Norred was born 1888, was baptized by J.D. Tant, and began preaching in 1910.  He preached for the 10th & Francis church in Oklahoma City, the College church in Abilene, TX, and the West End church in Birmingham, AL.  He wrote articles for the Gospel Advocate and Firm Foundation.  He authored The Bible Teacher, published by the Gospel Advocate in 1925, and Seeking the Old Paths, published by the Firm Foundation in 1933.)

The Mt. Baker church of Christ believes and teaches TODAY the same that brother Norred and most all preachers taught back before 1940.  But, times have changed (or, we should say brethren have changed).  Today, brethren who stand with brother Norred against church sponsored recreation are derisively termed “antis”.  Such name-calling clouds the issue and shows contempt (not love) in a vain attempt to justify the unscriptural teachings and practices of the social gospel among churches of Christ.

Some tried to stem the tide of modernism among churches of Christ that brought in the recreational and social gospel with its fellowship halls, church ball teams, church buses and church sponsored bus trips, church-supported retreats, etc.  But, brother Norred’s worst fears have been realized.  In many places, local churches of Christ have ceased being a New Testament church as they try to fulfill the role and do the work God has assigned the home (Eph. 6:1-4).  The home repeatedly relinquishes its work of rearing children to the local church (1 Tim. 5:8).

The Mt. Baker church of Christ will continue to plead for a return to the Bible for our authority in all things taught and practiced, speaking where the Bible speaks and remaining silent where the Bible is silent (Col. 3:17; 1 Pet. 4:11; 2 Jno. 9-11; Gal. 1:8-9).


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

My Condition of Heart (2)

Scripture Reading:  Psalms 51:10-19

Contrasting hearts:  Saul & David:
  a.  Saul:  After the people’s heart – 1 Sam. 8:19-20; 10:24 (the popular choice); 1 Sam. 10:8; 13:8-13, 14.
  b.  David:  After God’s own heart – Acts 13:22; 1 Sam. 13:14.


  A.  A Responsive, Obedient Heart - Acts 13:22.
    1.  Saul failed to be this, 1 Sam. 13:13; 15:22-23
    2.  David obeyed God’s will!  (“…who will do all My will…”) – 1 Sam. 23:2, 4; 2 Sam. 2:1; 5:19, 23, 25; Rom. 6:17; cf. Matt. 7:24-25; Jno. 6:68.
  B.  A Servant Heart – Psa. 89:20; 2 Sam. 12:13; Psa. 32:5 (cf. Psa. 6:1-4); Lk. 18:13-14; 17:10; 1 Pet. 5:5-6 (Matt. 25:40).
    -(Jesus the Servant – Matt. 20:28; Jno. 13:12-17; Gal. 5:13.)
  C.  A Loyal Heart – 1 Sam. 17:37; 2 Sam. 22:1-4.
    1.  Moving the ark – 1 Chrn. 13:7-12; 15:2, 13.
    2.  Numbering people – 2 Sam. 24:10, 14, 24.
    – Lk. 8:15; 2 Chrn. 16:9; Matt. 10:22 (2 Tim. 4:7-8).


  A.  God Will Receive Us When We Have a Heart that Willingly Obeys Him, that Serves God & is Loyal to Him – Acts 7:46 (Psa. 51).


1.  2 Sam. 22:21-28 – Reward for those after God’s own heart.
2.  Jas. 4:7-10 – Heart that is purified by humility, reverent obedience to God, & genuine sorrow for sin:  you will be lifted up.
3.  Matt. 5:8; Prov. 23:7.


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

Bible Question Box: (June 2004)

Scripture Reading:  1 Corinthians 13:4-8

#1:  Please do a lesson on the importance of the marriage relationship.

1.  Marriage in America is in decline. 
2.  Widespread pessimism about marriage.
3.  Christ’s admonition relevant – Matt. 19:6.

-Marriage is important because…

1.  It is from God & honors God, Gen. 2:18-25.
  a.  Relationship God ordained that satisfies mankind.  (Prov. 18:22)
  b.  God is witness & hates divorce, Mal. 2:14, 16.
  c.  God joins together: Do not put asunder – Matt. 19:6.
  d.  Honorable – Heb. 13:4. "
2.  It lasts for a lifetime, Rom. 7:1-2; Matt. 19:4-5.
  a.  Permanency its essential foundation.
  b.  Commitment its bonding glue."
  c.  Union is its result and blessing.
3.  It is the foundation of a stable society, Gen. 2:24 (Psa. 127:1).
  a.  Intact family structure – Psa. 127:3-5; Prov. 4:1-4.
  b.  Environment for moral constancy – Heb. 13:4.
  c.  Train next generation – Psa. 78:4-7; Eph. 5:33-6:4.
4.  It protects against immorality, 1 Co. 7:1-5 (6: 12-13, 18).
  a.  God expects us to keep our bodies morally pure – 1 Ths. 4:3-8 (Ro. 13:12-14; Eph. 5:3,11-12)
  b.  To turn to other sources/means of sexual fulfillment hinders marital fulfillment; frustrates trust & love & leads to defilement of marriage bed.
5.  It exemplifies Christ & His church, Ep. 5:22-33
6.  In marriage, God teaches us the virtue of loving someone else more than self – SS. 6:3; 7:10; 8:6.
  a.  In marriage, love must be learned & lived – Gen. 2:24; 1 Cor. 13:4-7; Eph. 5:25-29.
  b.  Wives & husbands – 1 Pet. 3:5-7.

Conclusion: – Eccl. 3:11, 5; SS 4:9-11 (Prov. 5:18-20)


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Religious Icons
Joe R. Price

The Bible fully expresses for us the life of Christ, His apostles and His church.  Since then, men began producing art that depicts (according to the artist’s perception) the events and people of the Bible (and beyond).  Here is what The Catholic Encyclopedia says about “Christian Iconography” followed by brief comments in the light of Scripture:

“The science of the description, history, and interpretation of the traditional representations of God, the saints and other sacred subjects in art. Almost from the beginning the Church has employed the arts as potent means of instruction and edification. In the first centuries the walls of the catacombs were decorated with paintings and mosaics (see CATACOMBS), and in all later times churches have lent their walls, ceilings, and windows as well as their altars, furniture, and liturgical vessels and books, to be adorned with scenes from the Old and the New Testament, from the lives and legends of the saints, and even from old mythologies, modified, of course, and harmonized with Christian teaching.”

 ·   Religious icons are the artist expressions of men, not the revelation of God, and therefore do not provide genuine edification from God (Prv. 14:12; 2 Ti. 3:16-17; Eph. 4:11-12).
 ·   The use of religious icons to depict people and/or scenes from the Bible in order to teach and edify Christians is a tradition of men that is without Bible authority (Matt. 15:7-9; Col. 2:8).
 ·   Religious icons elevate men and events above what is written in the word of God, thus are without God’s approval (1 Cor. 4:6).
 ·   Christians use the Bible, not icons, to grow in faith (Rom. 10:17; 1 Pet. 2:1-2; 2 Pet. 3:18).

Reference:  Exhibit shows Russian religious images

This icon of tempera on wood with silver gilt, filgree enamels, and seed pearls, is part of an exhibit at Washington's Hillwood Museum and Gardens which is showing 43 of them in an exhibit titled "Tradition in Transition.” Russians have collected icons for centuries, displaying the small paintings of religious figures and scenes and lighting candles and lamps before them in special corners of their homes. Early renditions  of the most revered works rarely come on the market and are valued in hundreds of thousands of dollars. (AP Photo/ Edward Owen, Hillwood Museum and Gardens)


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