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An invitation to a Gospel Meeting.
Bring the whole family and join us for Bible study and worship this Lord's Day!
Jesus’ apostles had been waiting for Him in the boat but He had been a long time in reaching them. He told them He would meet them but He first had to dismiss a crowd that had been listening to Him teach (Matt. 14:22) and then He spent some time afterward in prayer in the mountain alone by Himself (Mark 6:45,46). But from His place of prayer, Jesus saw His disciples toiling and fighting the wind and waves and went to them in the fourth watch, walking on the water (Matt. 14:23-25; Mark 6:48).
The apostles were understandably afraid when they saw Jesus walking to them on the water in the early morning hours. They were undoubtedly tired, having battled a tempestuous sea all through the night (Matt. 1423-25; Mark 6:34, 45-48). They were so afraid, in fact, that when they saw Jesus they literally cried out or screamed in their fear because they thought they were seeing a ghostly apparition (Mark 6:49). . .
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A reading of the available restoration sermons suggests that the pioneer preachers were men who knew their Bibles. In those early days the brethren spoke extemporaneously as the audience liked to see a man "shoot without rest." Alexander Campbell was a generation ahead of his times as he employed the conversational style of presentation. He rarely made a gesture, and there was no beating of the pulpit, as he relied upon the power of truth as the means of informing, and persuading. It was common for a sermon to last for two to three hours. Having heard Campbell preach for the first time, "Raccoon" Smith commented to a brother Vaughn, "Is it not a little hard to ride thirty miles to hear a man preach thirty minutes?" "Oh," he replied, "it has been longer than that; look at your watch." When Smith looked at his watch he observed that Campbell had preached two hours and thirty minutes! . . .
A man's character is like a fence. It cannot be strengthened by whitewash.
ONE MAN IN A THOUSAND
One man in a thousand, Solomon says,
Will stick more close than a brother.
And it's worth while seeking him half your days
If you find him before the other.
Nine nundred and ninety-nine depend
On what the world sees in you,
But the Thousandth man will stand your friend
With the whole round world agin you.
'Tis neither promise nor prayer nor show
Will settle the finding for 'ee.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine of 'em go
By your looks, or your acts, or your glory.
But if he finds you and you find him.
The rest of the world don't matter;
For the Thousandth Man will sink or swim
With you in any water.
You can use his purse with no more talk
Than he uses yours for his spendings,
And laugh and meet in your daily walk
As though there had been no lendings.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine of 'em call
For silver and gold in their dealings;
But the Thousandth Man h's worth 'em all,
Because you can show him your feelings.
His wrong's your wrong, and his right's your right,
In season or out of season.
Stand up and back it in all men's sight --
With that for your only reason!
Nine hundred and ninety-nine can't bide
The shame or mocking or laughter,
But the Thousandth Man will stand by your side
To the gallows-foot -- and after!
Bible Question of the Week
(All questions come from the Scripture readings.)
What did the Lord require of Israel?
LAST WEEK'S QUESTION AND ANSWER
With whom is God angry every day?
Psalm 7:11 - God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
WEEKLY BIBLE READING SCHEDULE (Theme: Fear) Monday, September 9 - Gen. 3:10; 20:11; Ex. 1:17,21; Deut. 8:6; Heb. 10:31; Matt. 10:28 Tuesday, September 10 - Is. 8:13; Rev. 15:4; Deut. 10:12; I Sam. 12:24; Psalm 130:4; Jos. 4:23,24; Rev. 14:7 Wednesday, September 11 - Matt. 8:26; 14:25:24-27; 26, 30; Mark 4:39-41; 5:36; Rom. 3:18; 13:3 Thursday, September 12 - Psalm 23; Is. 41:10-14; John 14:1-4; II Tim. 1:7; I John 4:18; Rev. 21:7,8 Friday, September 13 - Deut. 1:17; II Kings 17:35-38; Psalm 56:4,11; 118:6; Prob. 3:25; Is. 8:12-13; 51:7-8; Heb. 13:6; I Pet. 3:14; Rev. 2:10.
Weekly Memory Verses
Hebrews 13:6 - So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.