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Jesus stated very simply: “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted” (Matthew 23:12). Jesus spoke these words when describing the actions of the Pharisees with whom He often clashed. They loved the praise of men, they loved the recognition on the streets of Jerusalem, they loved the power that their position seemingly gave to them. However, in making this statement, Jesus was letting them, His disciples and the multitudes know that you just cannot barge through the pearly gates.
The Christian life is not one to be lived out loud, so to speak, at the top of your lungs. It is not to be foisted upon the masses by coercion. Foy E. Wallace once related that when he went to a town to hold a meeting the preacher there said he boasted that he went through town with a loud speaker attached to his car and preached to all within ear shod. Brother Wallace said, “I told him as lovingly as I was old that he was a public nuisance.” The gospel is spread not by coercion but by persuasion. Paul wrote, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (II Cor. 5:11). It is not brashness but meekness that wins souls to Christ. . . .
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The church of the Bible is not a denomination. In fact, the only reference to denominationalism in the New Testament condemns division (I Cor. 1:10-13). Many and various are the teachings of denominations concerning their thoughts on God’s plan for saving the world. The different plans offered by men do not change God’s divine plan in the least. Some teach babies should be baptized” (sprinkled); or, the sinner should pray instead of obey; or, faith alone saves, which is expressly condemned in the Bible (Jas. 2:14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 26); or, that Jesus saves and not the church, and one can be saved outside as well as in the church of Christ. None of these are the plan brought to earth by God. God sent His only begotten Son to seek and save the lost (Jn. 3:16; Lk. 19:10). God’s plan was that Jesus should seek the lost by establishing the church.. . .
Sometime when you're feeling important;
Sometime when your ego 's in bloom;
Sometime when you take it for granted,
You're the best qualified in the room:
Sometime when you feel that your going,
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions,
And see how they humble your soul.
Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that's remaining,
Is a measure of how much you'll be missed.
You can splash all you wish when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you'll find that in no time,
It looks quite the same as before.
The moral of this quaint example,
Is to do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember,
There's no indispensable man.
~~Saxon White Kessinger
Bible Question of the Week
(All questions come from the Scripture readings.)
Who asked the question "Is the Lord among us, or not" and why?
Answer To Last Week's Question: Which two people are we told explicitly that they "walked with God"?
Genesis 5:24 - And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.
Genesis 6:9 - These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
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