Mt. Vernon Church of Christ Bible Newsletter 12 08 2019
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Mt. Vernon Church of Christ Newsletter 12-8-2019: Help us spread the word--Subscribe Today!; Newsletter archives; Last Week's Issue; Social Media; Contents; Surely I Come Quickly; Resurrection - ELP;  Digital Library; Contend For the Faith - Thomas B. Warren; Golden Thought; The Face Of Death - ELP; Bible Question of the Week; Weekly Bible Reading Schedule; Weekly Memory Verse; Featured Video - Book Of Romans 8 - Keith Mosher; Featured Audio - What Does The Bible Teach About Judgement - Tom Bright....If you like it, please share it. Thank you!
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Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).

Unless gravely ill, the young rarely think seriously about the fragility of life and the reality and certainty of death. As a person ages, he see more of his friends and acquaintances growing more feeble and many of them passing from life to death. Death is a curse that causes many hearts to break and tears to flow continuously. If this life was all that there was, Thomas Hobbes’ assessment might be correct: “the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” But the teaching of Jesus provides both a warning and hope for those who face the turmoil and travail of life. This life is not all that there is. There will be a resurrection from the dead and for some this will be a blessing. For others it will be an eternal curse. . . .

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Digital Library

The Mt. Vernon Church of Christ is building a digital library to aid serious Bible students in their study.  When possible, we will be adding new volumes.  We are grateful to the many sources from which we draw these volumes for making these available.  We take no credit for them ourselves.  We do not necesarrily endorse everything in every volume.  We simply provide them as aids to Bible study.  This week:

Systematic Theology (II) - A. H. Strong

Jude instructed men to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints” (Jude 3).  There are many men now living—quite a number of whom are members of the Lord’s church—who hold that it is simply not Christ-like to contend for the faith.  But this passage corrects that erroneous claim.  To “contend earnestly for the faith” is to strive in combat, to engage in a fight, and such like, and, since “earnestly” carries the idea of intensification, it is clear that Jude 3 teaches that men are to fight with great intensity for the Truth and against error.

Obviously, this does not mean that Christ wants men to engage in petty quarrels.  He does not wish that men should wrangle for the sake of strife.  Such activity must grow out of a heart that is filled with selfishness, haughtiness, and pride.  But one can be humble, loving, kind, and deeply concerned for the cause of Christ and for the souls of men while fighting desperately for the Truth of the Gospel.  Jesus did. Peter did.  Paul did.  And so did many other faithful men during New Testament days.  And so have many men who have lived in our day. . . .

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Golden Thought

“Indeed taking all the evidence together, it is not too much to say that there is no single historic incident better or more variously supported than the Resurrection of Christ."
-B. F. Westcott

Death Swallowed Up Of Life

I looked into the face of death
And smelled it's cold, malignant breath.
I feared the dark and lonely tomb,
That stale and solemn, dreadful room.

There animate clay returns to dust.
There lie the righteous and unjust.
The weak and strong, the rich and poor,
No one shall exit from death's door.

And beyond the grave, the realm unseen,
Whose laws no one can contravene.
A great gulf fixed no one can cross,
One side saved, the other lost.

But a day shall come that is like no other
Where father, mother, sister and brother
Shall hear the voice of Christ resound
And every soul from hell shall bound.

And flesh and spirit shall reunite
Together again and take their flight
The flesh a change shall undergo
Whose final end we do not now know

But this we know and testify
That from that prison we shall fly
When shall appear our Lord again
And He shall take us to be with Him.

Then shall our hearts begin to sing
When death hath lost its mortal sting
When we have finished with this strife
And death be swallowed up of life.

Eric L. Padgett Dec. 7, 2019

Bible Question of the Week
(All questions come from the Scripture readings.)

Whose voice will everyone in the graves hear?

How did Paul exercise himself?

Acts 24:16 - And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
(Theme: Resurrection)
Monday Dec. 9 - Job 19:26; Psalm 16:9,10; Is. 26:19; Dan. 12:2; Hos. 13:14
Tuesday Dec. 10 - John 11:1-57
Wednesday Dec. 11 - Matt. 22:29-32; John 8:28,29
Thursday Dec. 12 - Rom. 8:17-25; 6:1-12
Friday Dec. 13 - I Cor. 15:1-58
Weekly Memory Verses

John 11:25 - Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Featured Video

Book Of Romans 8

Keith Mosher

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