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VOL. 13                                                                                                                         November 16, 2014                                                                                                                            NO. 37

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WE LOVE YOU THIS MUCH!


Regarding the discipline that a parent ought to administer to a child, the word of the Lord says, "He that spareth his rod hateth his son; but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes" (Prov. 13:24). The worst thing a parent can do for an unruly child is to let him go unrestrained. True love of a parent is demonstrated in the correction of a rebellious child.


This principle applies in the church’s discipline (or lack of) toward disorderly members. If we love them we will discipline them. Paul told the Thessalonians, "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us" (2 Thess. 3:6). To the Corinthians he noted that this is church action that should be taken "when ye are gathered together" (1 Cor. 5:4).


Brethren, when we fail to discipline the unruly of the church we are manifesting a lack of love. It is as though we are saying, "we love you THIS much" and the "this" is a centimeter. Fact is, to forgo withdrawing from the disorderly is evidence of hatred - not love.


May we grow in our love one for another!


—David McPherson

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WAS THE DEATH OF STEPHEN NECESSARY?


The title that heads this article may sound strange, but the actions and philosophies of some merit our consideration of such a question. 


It is true that we live in a country where we enjoy religious freedom. It is not against the law to preach Christ, in our country; whereas, it was against the law of the Jews for Stephen to preach Christ. 


There is a vast difference between the attitude of the officials in government in Stephen’s day; and the attitude of the officials in government in our day. Sometimes I wonder if there usn’t just as much a difference in the attitude of Stephen and the attitude of most preachers today. I don’t mean denominational preachers but those who claim to be gospel preachers. 


How many “gospel preachers” do you know that would use the plain language that Stephen used in his preaching? Stephen said, “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost; as your fathers did so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.” (Acts 7:51-53). 


Every person who claims to be a gospel preacher needs to examine those words very carefully. We need to ask ourself the question: Would we preach like Stephen did? Would we say what the said or would we water it down and soften it up? Would we reason that it would not be using good judgment to preach the way Stephen preached? If Stephen had used some of this good judgment that we are inclined to think about, he might not have been stoned to death. Couldn’t Stephen have used a little more of what we call diplomacy and possibly saved himself from being stoned to death? 


Sometimes I wonder if what we are doing, when we talk about good judgment and diplomacy, is excusing ourselves for compromising the truth. Don’t misunderstand me. I am not recommending that we do not use good judgment.


Could you image Stephen or Paul or Jesus Christ keeping quite when matters of truth are at stake? Would they excuse  them-selves from speaking out against unscriptural practices under the pretense of using good judgment or diplomacy? Preachers who never say anything against church support of human institutions, church sponsored recreation, church sponsored ball teams, and kindergartens should certainly ask themselves these questions. Also, preachers who are afraid to say anything about worldly practices, immodest apparel, and etc.

---Windell Wiser

Taken from The Sunny Hill Bulletin, May 25, 1972


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A CATALOG OF “MUSTS”


Not all of God's requirements of men are stated with the word "must"; but when God has issued a "must", men have no right to change it to an optional thing.  Consider these ‘musts' and the attitude of men toward them:


1. "He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." (Heb. 11:6).


2. "And He began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, and the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again." (Mk. 8:31).


3. John the Baptist said of Christ:  "He must increase, but I must decrease." (Jn. 3:30).


4. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12).


5. "For where a testament is, there must of necessity be the death of him that made it." (Heb. 9:16).


6. "Ye must be born again." (Jn. 3:7).  Newness of life accompanies the new birth.  (Jn. 3:3-5; Rom. 6:3,4).


7.  "Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do."  (Acts 9:6).  "And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." (Acts 22:16).


8. "God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth." (Jn. 4:24).


9. Elders and deacons must be qualified.  (1 Tim. 3:2-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Tim. 3:8-13).


10. Christians must needs be subject "to the higher powers, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake" (Rom. 13:5).


11. Christ  "must  reign, till He hath put all His enemies under His feet." (1 Cor. 15:25,26).


12. "For we must all be made manifest before the judgment seat of Christ; that  each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he hath done, whether it be good or bad." (2 Cor. 5:10).


—Gilbert Alexander


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