Know Your Bible

VOL. 12                                                                                                                          August 25, 2013                                                                                                                            NO. 28



With the recent start of a new school term, we are back in the business of teaching our children the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. There are spelling words to learn, math problems to do, poster board projects to finish ... and lunches to pack. As parents, we are concerned that our kids get a good education. We want them to be prepared for the future. We check to make sure that they have the necessary supplies, that homework assignments have been completed, and that tests have been studied for. We want them to do well, and we put forth a real effort to insure their educational progress. This is as it should be.

There's another kind of learning that is far more important than the "book learnin'" received at school. It is the knowledge of God and His revealed will. Yet, we're concerned that many parents do not emphasize this as much as school work.  This lack of emphasis is seen when:

- Students come to Bible class unprepared. Their assignments are not completed, and they have no idea about the subject matter to be discussed.

- Certain kids are frequently absent from the class. Students who miss as many as half of the class sessions are never going to gain much from these studies.

- Some students are not physically ready for class. They are present, but they've been allowed to stay up late Saturday night and can hardly keep their eyes open.

As parents, we would not tolerate these things when it comes to our children's secular education. Why should we allow it in their study of God's word?

---Greg Gwin

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I found your note on the door the other day. I just imagine that you came by to see why we were not at the services last Sunday. Well, I feel that I should explain so there will be no misunderstanding. You know that one thing we will never do is miss church without some kind of a real good reason. 

Last week was the birthday of the sister of my wife's sister-in-law (by her first marriage). We never miss attending any birthday in either of our families. So we just had to be out of town. We left here in time to go to worship over there, but they had early services at 10:30. Is it scriptural to have them earlier? Well, anyway, we did not get to go that morning. We planned to return early enough to make the evening services, but the children raised such a ruckus that we stayed until 7:00 PM. The services started over there at 7:30, but we had to leave in order to keep from staying out too late with the kids.

Preacher, it would do you good to be out on the road on Sunday morning sometimes. It would give you some idea as to how careless the world is about worshiping Christ. Many of the people we passed had boats behind their cars. Now you know they could at least have gone to services first. Think of all the money they spent for motors, boats, and supplies. I wonder if they ever thought of giving some of that money to the work of the Lord? Don't worry about us; I'm convinced that we should leave our contribution here at home. We gave the new members across the street our $2.00 to put in for us. I hope that they see it pays to be a regular and liberal giver and attend the services regularly.

We will see you Sunday. Oops, I forgot! Deer season opens next week. But after that we will see you every Sunday.(Signed: I. M. Weak)

---Bob Pulliam

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The church and the world have always been, well, worlds apart! They have always been "at odds". The church is not exactly what the world is looking for to satisfy its pleasures. And to attract the world, so many churches have given into the demands placed there by the world it is at odds with! But to clear up any confusion let me give you a number of suggestions at the type of church the world loves.

1.  A church with an honorable reputation, but inside is dead. A church that rolls over and plays dead to the worlds demands is dead in the sight of God! Rev. 3:1-6.

2.  A church untroubled by heresy or outward opposition. One where compromise in all things reigns. One who is afraid of offending sinners. Mark 16:15-16. Gal. 3:26-27; 2:4-5.

3.  A church that is well spoken of by outsiders. Luke 6:26.

4.  A church that winks at moral evils in the community. One that accepts gambling, drinking, drugs, homosexuality as normal and good. See Rev. 3:1-6 again.

5.  A church that has the preacher hold back on preaching on sin preferring feeling warm and fuzzy when they leave the worship services. And of course the preacher pulls his punches back on preaching the gospel! 2 Tim. 4:1-4.

6.  A church whose members live with one foot in the world and the other in the church. 2 Cor. 6:17-18.

7.  A church who does not practice discipline and refuses to withdraw from those who walk disorderly. 1 Cor. 5:1-13. Of course this is the church the world loves but it is not the church that Christ built (Matt. 16:18).

---James R. Dunigan

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