CURRICULUM: Apologetics Press, 3 of the 5 lessons:
PETER’S SERMON… In this lesson, your students will study Peter’s Gospel sermon from Acts 2, noticing the ATTENTION that Peter gave to Scripture, logic, and his audience when he courageously delivered the Gospel message.
STEPHEN’S SPEECH… In this lesson your students will examine Stephen’s life, and his speech from Acts chapters 6 and 7. You will notice his constant AWARENESS of Jesus Christ, and how he lived his life with FEARLESS faith.
PAUL’S SYSTEM… In this lesson your students will follow Paul through a few of his missionary efforts and learn that having a FEARLESS faith means taking ACTION. Your students will see that Paul was an active writer, traveler, preacher, and even an active prisoner!
We list below the articles contained in the two most recent editions of TRUTH. Just noticing the list should cause us to see the value of using a few minutes of our time to read them. Roger Campbell produces this journal each month. It contains excellent teaching.
MARCH Issue: (1) Tell Me More about the Origin of the Universe, by Dave Leonard; (2) A Husband’s Role and Responsibilities, by Chad Dollahite; (3) We Need to Imitate Jesus’ Humility, Roger Campbell; (4) Our Liberty in the Christ (Galatians 2.4; 5.1, 13); (5) Lessons from the church in Ephesus, by Roger Campbell. Click H-E-R-E.
APRIL Issue: (1) Tell Me about Mankind’s Special Place in God’s Creation, by Roger Campbell, (2) A Wife’s Role and Responsibility, by Joel Danley; (3) Imitating Jesus’ Use of Scripture, by Chad Dollahite; (4) The Seed, the Law, and the Faith (Galatians 3.16-25), by Roger Campbell; (5) Lessons from the Church in Rome, by Roger Campbell. Click H-E-R-E.
One of my favorite monthly publications comes to my Email box. I am always blessed by the articles it contains. Most of the writing is done by my friend, Roger Campbell, but some are from his son-in-law, Chad Dollahite. Chad is also a great gospel preacher and excellent writer. Also, two other great writers are in the two issues we combine in this post. We have listed below the January and February articles in TRUTH. Ten excellent studies from Scripture! We encourage you to download and read this faith-building material. Tell others about it and give them the links.
JANUARY 2022 TRUTH
01. Tell me about Evidence for the Existence of God, Roger Campbell
02. HAVING STRONG FAMILIES: We must build them “BY THE BOOK,” Dave Leonard.
03. We Need to Imitate Jesus’ Compassion, Roger Campbell
04. Galatians 1.6-9–The Danger of Perverting the Gospel, Chad Dollahite
05. Lessons from the Church in Antioch of Syria, Roger Campbell
On December 10, 2021 Kentucky suffered the deadliest tornado event in its history (78 died). Thousands of homes were devastated. The building of the Maple Hill Church of Christ is very near some of the damaged homes.
For members of churches of Christ, we would let you know that our elders have agreed to receive funds from those who want to help with the relief efforts. We will provide reports of the funding to those who help.
Checks marked in the MEMO: “for Tornado Relief,” can be sent to: Maple Hill Church of Christ, 3960 Scale RD, Benton, KY 42025-7875.
We have been supplying hot evening meals to some in our area who are staying in their damaged homes. It will be our intention to help in other ways as opportunities continue to present.
UPDATE: We have heard from one of the families we have been serving that the Maple Hill Church of Christ, and churches of Christ, in general, have been the most helpful in tornado relief of anyone on their road. We give all the glory to God. Our brethren in Marshall County and Graves County have done much to relieve human suffering during this time. We are thankful to our brethren at Walnut Grove for housing the Churches of Christ Disaster Response Team. Also, to the Northside and Seven Oaks congregations in Mayfield for all of the good work that has been done! And to many brethren who have contributed financially and in many other ways to spread the love of Christ in our community.
One of many remarkable things about the Maple Hill Church of Christ is that over the past 40 years of its existence, it has had only three preachers. From a preacher’s perspective, at least, it says something positive about a congregation when the congregation keeps the preacher around for a while. By far, the preacher who stayed longest as preacher at Maple Hill was Ralph Rudolph. He preached for 19 years at Maple Hill. His son, Keith, is still a member of the congregation.
There were many admirable things about Ralph Rudolph. He was a friend of mine. I loved him and had much respect for his love of the truth. He has gone on to his reward and I miss having him around. He loved the Bible, and he was a great defender of it and of the doctrine of Christ. When he read something that he felt dishonored the Bible or in some way attacked Bible doctrine he was unafraid to speak up in opposition to it. The Bible teaches Christians to give a defense of that which we believe (1 Peter 3.15).
One evidence of Ralph’s defense of the faith involved his reaction to an article that appeared in The Paducah Sun, back on February 27, 1983. It was an article from a professor at Murray State. I have recently been shown this article and thought it would be good to present it here on this site. Ralph points out in his “Letter to the Editor,” that he agreed with MOST of the statements in the article from Professor Cartwright. I think the paragraph which caused him to respond was: “‘Humanism is a word that is largely misunderstood today. Some people seem to think it is anti-religion or impractical and I strongly disagree,’ said Cartwright.” Ralph wrote: “He implies that humanism is not anti-religion by stating that some think that it is.” Bible-loving people need to know about humanism and Ralph provided some quotations from Humanist Manifesto 1 and 2 in his reaction to the implied defense of humanism.
It is entirely possible that if many more Christians had studied humanism and spoken up on similar occasions like Ralph did (back in 1983, in this article), some of the present difficulties being experienced in our society could have been avoided. I have scanned Ralph’s article and you can read his reaction by clicking H-E-R-E.
Sometimes in reading and researching I come across statements that cause me to pause and ponder exactly what is being communicated. It is a source of enrichment in my life as those moments come. I find that often they come as I am reading material written by Bible students who are no longer around to write. I would like to share some of these treasures with you.
Today please consider what needs to be done as we attempt to teach others the Bible. It was written by E.A. Elam and published in 1927. Find it by clicking H-E-R-E.
It is always a blessing to receive the four-article journal, TRUTH, from Roger D. Campbell. I love his discussion of the Great Commission, which he certainly has taken seriously in his life. He has learned two additional languages: Chinese and Russian in order to communicate the saving message to the lost. He has served in Taiwan, Ukraine, and Malaysia. Please read the following excellent articles:
The Relationship between Jesus and the Church
Isaac was a Blessed Man
Be Careful: Christians Can Become Chronic Criticizers