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Volume 24, Number 25

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In this issue:

Jesus Always Tells the Truth

Joe R. Price

45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God. (John 8:45–47, NKJV)

Jesus made some incredible claims in this passage. Those to whom He spoke did not believe He was “from above” (John 8:23). They did not think they would die in their sins for not believing in Him (John 8:24). When He claimed to be eternal God (“I Am”), they tried to stone Him (John 8:58-59). When we give an earnest assessment of His claims, we must choose the path of faith (Rom. 10:17).

(1) Jesus said He spoke the truth (v. 45). The truth Jesus spoke frees sinners from sin when obeyed (John 8:31-36). Are you following His truth?

(2) Jesus said He was without sin (v. 46). Only God is sinless (Rom. 3:23; Heb. 7:26). Do you believe Jesus is sinless God?

(3) Jesus said He spoke God’s words (v. 47). The truth Jesus taught was of God, yet they would not receive it (John 8:40, 37). Will you receive God’s truth?

(4) Jesus said those who do not hear Him are not of God (v. 47). We do not believe Jesus if we do not hear God’s word that He spoke (v. 45, 47; Acts 3:22-23).

Do you believe Jesus is from above? Do you believe He is the great “I Am?” The record of His life gives ample reasons to believe (John 20:30-31).

Faith in Jesus means following His truth because He is God and we are not. Believe in Jesus because He always tells you the truth.  -Sword Tips #2012


"Why Did John Die?"

Jarrod M. Jacobs

John the Baptist plays a vital role in the first century. It was he who prepared the people for the coming of the Lord (Isa. 40:3-6; Lk. 3:2-6). He stands out for this work. In fact, he was prophesied as coming “in the spirit and power of Elijah” (Mal. 4:5-6; Lk. 1:16-17; Matt. 17:11-12). Yet, after a time of preaching and preparing the people for the coming Messiah and His kingdom, we see him die at the request of a wicked woman (Mk. 6:22-28). Why did John die? Let me suggest three reasons why he died.

John Died Because He Would Not Change God’s Message When People Got Mad.

John’s message included crying out for the nation’s repentance (Lk. 3:7-14); and explicitly warning Herod it was not lawful for him to be married to his brother’s wife (Matt. 14:3-4; Mk. 6:18). Because he would not relent or change the message, Herod had him put in prison and later killed. John was not the first nor the last to suffer such treatment for standing strong in the faith (Heb. 11:36-39; Acts 12:2; Rev. 2:13). Yet, he stands out as a great example of faith and courage; and his godly example lives on to this day. Have we learned the lesson from John? Do we stand by the truth of God’s word even when people get mad (I Cor. 16:13-14)? If not, why not?

John Died Because A Wicked Woman Saw No Other Way To Silence Him (Mk. 6:17-28).

After Herodias’ daughter danced for Herod, he promised her: “Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.” She consulted her mother, and Herodias demanded John’s head. It is evident that John’s faithfulness to God and His message did not waver despite cruel treatment, so she decided to silence him the only way she could. Sadly, there are people today who, like Herodias, blame the messenger when they do not like the message! As we know, from putting John to death, to the crucifixion of Christ, to the persecution of the Christians, such treatment did not silence the gospel message but spread it farther (Acts 8:4)! May we be emboldened to spread God’s word when opposition comes our way.

John Died Because A Wicked Man Made A Foolish Vow (Mk. 6:23).

We don’t know if John was told why he was executed. It was simply carried out “immediately” after the request was made. Herod was “sorry” for what he had vowed, but not sorry enough to try to change the girl’s mind (or her mother’s) or to offer something else. John died that day because of a man’s unruly tongue (Jas. 3:2-12)! Let us keep in mind that our words are powerful! They can build or tear down, so choose your words wisely!

Let us be thankful for John and people like him who are faithful to God to the point of death (Rev. 2:10). John’s righteous life and death were not in vain (I Cor. 15:58). He teaches us how to act in the 21st century.  -The Old Paths (July 24, 2022)


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS

Does Your Faith Please God?
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Hebrews 10:35-39

1. Hebrews 11 defines and explains faith that saves souls (Heb. 10:39).
2. Does your faith please God? (Heb. 11:6)


A. Faith Understands (it is perceptive), Heb. 3:4; Rom. 1:20.
B. Faith Perceives the World Was Framed by the Word of God, 11:3; Ps. 33:6, 9 (Gen. 1:3, 6, 9; Prov. 8:22-31); Heb. 11:6.


A. Noah Prepared Ark Because He Believed God’s Word, 11:7.
B. Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, and Jacob Trusted God’s Promises (11:8-22).
C. Faith that Pleases God, 11:7-17 (6:13-19).


A. Faith is not Deterred by Men, 11:23; cf. John 12:42-43; Acts 5:29; Heb. 13:6.
B. Faith is not Directed by Earthly Advantages, 11:24-26.
C. Faith is Deliberate, 11:24-26.


A. The Victory of Faith, 11:29-34.
B. The Victory of Faith Comes with Trials of Faith, 11:35-38; 1 Pet. 1:3-9 (6-7).
C. Their Faith Calls Us to Greater Faith, Heb. 12:1-2 (11:40).

Conclusion “When the Son of man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS

Messiah's Work Begins
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 4:12-22

1. The mission of Christ: Serve, sacrifice, seek and save the lost (Matt. 20:28; Luke 19:10).
2. His struggle with Satan teaches us how to overcome temptation, Matt. 4:1-11.
3. Jesus began His teaching, Matt. 4:12-25.


A. The Place: Galilee (fulfilled prophecy), Matt. 4:12-16, 23; Isa. 9:1-2; John 1:4-5, 9 (8:12).
-His teaching brought the illumination of truth and life from the death of sin.

B. The Message: The Gospel of the Kingdom, Matt. 4:17, 23. Repentance, the kingdom, peace, Mark 1:15; Luke 4:43-44; Acts 10:36-37; Eph. 2:13-18 (Isa. 2:2-4; 11:6-10).

C. The Disciples: Called to Follow Jesus, Matt. 4:18-22; Mark 16:15; Acts 2:39.
1. Immediacy of response, 4:20, 22 (Heb. 3:7-8).
2. Sacrifice to respond, 4:22; Matt. 19:27; Luke 5:11 (business, family, livelihood, Luke 9:23).

D. The Power: Divine Healing for the Suffering, Matt. 4:23; Luke 4:40-41; 5:17.
1. Power to heal souls Luke 4:18-19.
2. Christ’s power us of sin, Matt. 11:28-30.
3. Messiah, John 14:11; Isa. 35:5; Matt. 11:2-6; John 5:36.
4. Kingdom had come (Matt. 4:23; 10:7-8; 12:28).

E. The Response: News Spread Quickly and Many Were Healed, Matt. 4:24-25; Luke 4:14; 2 Tim. 2:2.

1. Jesus had to endure Satan’s temptations in order to do His work; So do we.
2. Let Jesus be the light of your life. Walk in His gospel and be healed from sin by His power.


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Father Guilty of "Honor Killings"
Joe R. Price

Yaser Said was found guilty Tuesday of murdering his two teenage daughters, Amina and Sarah, in 2008. Said was a fugitive until located and arrested by the FBI in 2020. Family and friends speculated Said, a Muslim, killed his daughters believing they had dishonored the family. He was sentenced to life without parole ( and There was nothing honorable about their deaths. The sisters were murdered in their father’s taxi.

While reading about this sad, tragic event, I remembered hearing the Seattle City Council passed legislation Tuesday designed to “protect abortions and gender-affirming care in the city.” One bill adds “people who are seeking or who have received abortions as a protected class, ensuring civil rights protections,” and the other makes it a misdemeanor to “infringe on people seeking abortions or gender-affirming care.” Tammy J. Morales, councilmember and co-sponsor of the bills, said, “Every level of government has a vital role to play to ensure body autonomy and self-determination. While this is a tremendous first step today to protect those folks obtaining a safe medical procedure in our city…We must be bold, courageous, and stand for our values during this pivotal time in our history” (

May I respectfully ask when unborn children will be recognized as a “protected class, ensuring civil rights protections?” The unborn is a new, unique human being, distinct from the mother even when being carried in the womb. The Bible says John was a child before birth (Luke 1:41, 44). He was a “babe” before birth just as Jesus was a “babe” after birth (Luke 2:12, 16). Mary was “with child,” not “with fetus” before the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:5).

There is no honor in “honor killings.” Where is the honor in protecting those who slay the unborn? Those who justify abortion must grapple with abortion’s fundamental dishonor. It extinguishes new, innocent life. Seattle is “bold” and “courageous” to protect those who do.


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