WINDOW INTO WORSHIP

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Shelby G. Floyd

Today, the first day of the week is my favorite “coming together” time of the week. Our lesson today involves a man who fell asleep in a window. How many of you have ever fallen asleep during worship? I know I have to raise my hand of being guilty. Falling asleep during worship has been going on since the beginning of the church. Continue reading “WINDOW INTO WORSHIP”

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BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 13

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Shelby G. Floyd

Jesus on one occasion said,

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17).

Just as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all truth, so all of the commandments of the Lord are truth (Psalms 119:151). God’s word has always been true from the very beginning, and since he is the author of it, his truth is just as eternal as he is, and it will live and abide forever (Psalms 119:160). God’s word is truth, and it is the final standard of authority in every matter of religion. It is the ultimate appeal to understand and know what is the truth regarding a certain proposition. Continue reading “BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 13”

BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 12

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Shelby G. Floyd

YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH

On one occasion, Jesus said to some Jews who believed on him,

 

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).

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CHRIST, THE ETERNAL WORD

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Shelby G. Floyd

The book of 1 John was written about 85-90 A. D., at a time when false teachers were denying that Christ was divine and also that he had a fleshly body. John refutes both of these false ideas. There are some today who are still teaching these same false doctrines. Continue reading “CHRIST, THE ETERNAL WORD”

THE NEED TO SOW THE SEED

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Shelby G. Floyd

 

If the church is to increase and grow we must all get involved in the law of the seedtime and harvest. Solomon taught that if we are to expect a harvest we must get up early in the morning and sow the seed and not wait till the evening of life:

“Sow your seed in the morning and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well” (Ecclesiastes 11:6).

In many of the parables that Jesus taught, God is pictured as the owner of a huge farm with an abundant harvest. But much of the harvest may possibly be lost because of a lack of workers. Jesus said, “The harvest is truly plenteous but the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37).

God can do whatever pleases him (Psalms 115:3), but it does not please him for man to circumvent his own plan to save man. Paul outlined God’s plan in his letter to the Romans:

For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “LORD, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:13-17 NKJV).

From this scripture we learn several facts about our task of proclaiming the gospel message:

1. God saves those who call on the Lord.

2. Men cannot call on someone they do not believe in.

3. They cannot believe in one of whom they have not heard.

4. They cannot hear unless someone preaches the word to them.

5. Someone must send and someone must go to sow the seed.

The lack of growth is and always has been a lack of workers. Unless we all get involved in making disciples, no one will go to evangelize the lost. Like the apostle Paul said, “The love of God compels me,” to carry our own load and go forth to do good works.

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Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142

THE PEACE OF GOD

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Shelby G. Floyd

Philippians 4:7, 9
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus….Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
NKJV

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BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 11

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Shelby G. Floyd

WHAT IS TRUTH?—PILATE

The central issue in every court trial is, “what is truth?” Jesus faced such a crisis when he was brought before the judgment hall of Pontius Pilate. Pilate asked him if he was a king, since the Jews had charged that Jesus claimed to be a king, and, rival of Caesar. Pilate asked in these words, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered,

“You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all” (John 18:37-38). Pilate made a true judgment in regard to the accusations brought against Christ, when he stated to the Jews, that he found no fault at all in Jesus Christ. But Pilate would not stay around long enough for Christ to tell him about the truth of God which everyone must hear to be of the truth. Continue reading “BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 11”