Breaking the Reign of Sin in Our Lives

While every person born has entered a sinful world, no one is born into sin or as a sinner.  Everyone becomes a sinner in exactly the same way- by committing or walking (living in) sin, cf. Ephesians 2:1-3.  But, since everyone except Jesus Christ has committed or walked in sin, how we become sinners is not really as important as how we get out of sin.  Thus, how we break free from the reign of Satan and sin over our lives is of paramount importance.  As always, God’s word does not leave us without the necessary information and assistance….


Simplified Salvation

The apostle Paul wrote regarding the revelation (i.e. the gospel), “…when you read you can understand…” Ephesians 3:4.  Could it be that so many don’t understand the gospel’s message of salvation because they don’t read it?  See if this simplified version helps....


Gluttony- More Than Just Food

Several years ago, I met a preacher friend, who shall remain nameless for reasons that will become obvious momentarily, for lunch at a Chinese restaurant that had a really good buffet.  After looking at my own overly mounded plate, and then his how-in-the-world-did-you-stack that-much-food-on-one plate, I remarked, “From the looks of these plates, I’d guess neither of us will be preaching on gluttony this evening!”  To which he calmly and matter-of-factly replied, “Let me tell you about gluttony: It’s only mentioned three times in the New Testament, and twice it was a false accusation about the Lord.”  He paused for just a second or two to allow the coming epiphany to matriculate through my brain a bit before putting the jewel in this remarkable crown of exegesis, “Brother, that’s just not enough to preach on!”  We both enjoyed a good laugh out of the exchange, and I accused him of being a little too “ready” with that answer- implying that he had been previously accused.  Then we completely devoured our meals like a couple of hogs at the trough, knowing full well that the statement wasn’t exactly true….


Five Vital Truths of Life

We can live life without these principle truths, but we cannot live it pleasing to God without them.  (After downloading the PowerPoint file, be sure to select "Presentation" mode to view it fully.)


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Men’s One-Day Study: “The Selection, Appoinment, and Duties of Elders”

This material was presented as a part of our twice a year Men's One-Day Study.  The study was originally designed for preachers, but is open to any men interested in men interested in study God's word in a more advanced way.  This particular study was presented in hopes of meeting three objectives: 1) to provide a clear view of the qualifications as a whole, and their overall purpose;  2)to help alleviate some of the controversy centered around the understanding and application of the "family" qualifications; and, 3) to address the often neglected aspects of the duties and responsibilities of serving as an Elder.  As such, the class did not go through the qualifications one by one.  The material is about 35 pages in Word format.

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