Know Your Bible

VOL. 5                           July 9, 2006                           NO. 25






As of July 10, Heritage TV will move from

Adelphia Cable Channel 97 to Channel 56.

The program will continue to be televised at the same time:

Sunday 2 PM & Wednesday 8:30 PM

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    The word "murmur" is defined as "low, muttered complaints; grumbling." (Webster). We are commended to "do all things without murmuring and disputings." (Philippians 2:16). The apostle Paul warned Christians against this sin in his letter to the Corinthians: "Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured and were destroyed of the destroyer" (1 Corinthians 10:10). The sinfulness of murmuring is vividly illustrated by God’s severity of punishment toward the guilty Jews, as shown in the following account.

    Korah, Dathan, Ahiram, fifty princes of the congregation, and others rebelled and murmured against God’s servants Moses and Aaron (Numbers 16:1-11). "The earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up they, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them, and they perished from among the congregation" (verses 32,33). "And there came out a fire from the Lord, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense" (verse 35). When the Jews murmured that Moses and Aaron were responsible for the deaths, God killed fourteen thousand, seven hundred of them by a plague (verses 41-49). This is written for our admonition and should cause all murmurers in the church to repent and reform, lest they suffer a "sorer punishment" (Hebrews 10:28,29).

    A murmurer can do great harm and irreparable damage in a congregation by creating discontent, discouragement, and apathy among members by sowing discord among the brethren (which God hates - Proverbs 6:19), by undermining the work of preachers, teachers, deacons, and the rule of elders. This many times creates a general attitude of dissatisfaction and loss of interest, enthusiasm, and zeal, resulting in decreased attendance, contribution, and impairment of all work in general. The murmurer may then be the first to criticize the lack of growth and may use the preacher or someone else as the scapegoat to bear the blame, not realizing or ignoring the fact that his own sin is responsible.

    The murmurer does not truly love God and is not really interested in the welfare and growth of the church, but in his own selfish desires and opinions. He is either woefully ignorant of or willfully disregards God’s word regarding his sin, and is a dangerous threat to the cause of Christ. He can and does destroy or greatly lessen the influence and work of those who happen to be the object of his disgruntled attack. It is difficult to deal with such a situation because often times the murmurer does not have the courage or character to honorably discuss his complaints with the proper ones, but whispers them in secret to others. Christians should not lend receptive ears nor endorsement to murmuring, but exhort the guilty one to cease his sin. Remember, if one will murmur to you, he may murmur about you, because many times he is a pharisaical faultfinder, a chronic complainer with a hypocritical attitude who is usually never satisfied very long with any arrangement.

    We earnestly exhort all murmurers everywhere in the name of Christ to repent of this sin, to cease and desist in tearing down the work of God, and to get busy in the kingdom to build it up. Those who truly love God and His church have no desire to be hypocritical faultfinders, wandering about murmuring to all who will listen. If anyone should persist in this sin after proper warnings and efforts to restore, then scriptural discipline should be brought about to protect the flock of God and its work. The work of our Lord is too important to allow murmurers to run and ruin the church.

—Earl Fly

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    To make it possible for everyone to attend services next Sunday, we are going to have a special "No Excuse Sunday". Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say, "Sunday is my only day to sleep in". There will be a special section with lounge chairs for those who feel that the pews are too hard. Eye drops will be available for those with tired eyes from watching TV late Saturday night. We will have steel helmets for those who say, "The roof would cave in if I ever came to church". Blankets will be furnished for those who think the building is too cold and fans for those who say it is too hot. Scorecards will be available for those who wish to list the hypocrites present. Relatives and friends will be in attendance for those who can’t go to worship service and cook dinner, too. We will distribute "Stamp Out Giving" buttons for those who feel that the church is just asking for money.

    One section will be devoted to trees and grass for those who like to seek God in nature. Doctors and nurses will be in attendance for those who plan to be sick on Sunday. The auditorium will have poinsettias and lilies for those who never have seen the auditorium without them. We will provide hearing aids for those who can’t heart the preacher and earplugs for those who can.


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It has been said that one reason women strive for beauty more than brains is

that they believe that men can see better than they think.


Outward expressions reveal inner thoughts and feelings.


Bad habits are like a comfortable bed,

easy to get into, but hard to get out of.


If fault-finding were electrified,

some people would be power-houses.


Hem in both ends of the day with prayer,

and it won't be so likely to unravel in the middle.


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