And They Were Astonished

A link to an article written by Tom Wacaster as he reflects upon the words of Matthew 13.54.

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Tom Wacaster is a great Bible student, preacher, teacher, and writer. I am thankful to own his commentaries and to have benefited from sermons I’ve heard from him. He has a website and I have it loaded into my RSS-reader. I always pay attention when I see something new he has written. Today I saw links to four articles. I would like to recommend you read them all. The one I will link to below is the one entitled: AND THEY WERE ASTONISHED. In this article the Lord Jesus Christ is exalted and praised and I am convinced that we NEVER can see enough of that kind of writing. Please visit Tom’s site to read this outstanding article by clicking HERE.

Well Named

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As part of a larger discussion online, I ran across a very thoughtful poem. It is entitled: “Bar,” and was written by the famous author: Anonymous. I Googled it, but found no answer as to the poet. If you know, please inform me.

 

 

The name of each saloon’s a bar,

The fittest of its names by far.

A bar to heaven, a door to hell.

Whoever named it, named it well.

A bar to manliness and wealth,

A door to want and broken health;

A bar to honor, pride, and fame,

A door to sin and grief and shame;

A bar to hope, a bar to prayer,

A door to darkness and despair.

A bar to honored, useful life,

A door to brawling, senseless strife;

A bar to all that’s true and brave,

A door to every drunkard’s grave;

A bar to joys that home imparts,

A door to tears and aching hearts;

A bar to heaven, a door to hell,

Whoever named it named it well.

How to Ruin Your Children

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by J.K. Gossett

Several years ago the Houston, Texas Police Department distributed a leaflet entitled: “Twelve Rules for Raising Delinquent Children.” It is reprinted here for your thoughtful consideration.

  1. Begin with infancy to give the child everything he wants. In this way he will grow up to believe the world owes him a living.
  2. When he picks up bad words, laugh at him. This will make him think he’s cute. It will also encourage him to pick up cuter phrases that will blow off the top of your head later.
  3. Never give him any spiritual training. Wait until he is twenty-one and then let him decide for himself.
  4. Avoid use of the word “wrong.” It may develop a guilt complex. This will condition him to believe later, when he is arrested for stealing, that society is against him and he is being persecuted.
  5. Pick up everything he leaves lying around like books, shoes, and clothes. Do everything for him so that he will be experienced in throwing all responsibility on others.
  6. Let him read any printed matter he can get his hands on. Be careful that the silverware and drinking glasses are sterilized, but let his mind feast on garbage.
  7. Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children. In this way they will not be too shocked when their home is broken up later.
  8. Give a child all the spending money he wants. Never let him earn his own. Why should he have things as tough as you had them?
  9. Satisfy his every craving for food, drink, and comfort. See that every sensual desire is gratified. Denial may lead to harmful frustration.
  10. Take his part against neighbors, teachers, and policemen. They are all prejudiced against your child.
  11. When he gets into real trouble apologize for yourself by saying, “I never could do anything with him.”
  12. Prepare for a life of grief. You will likely have it.

HOW TO REAR YOUR CHILDREN

And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6.4).

A FAVORITE Sermon

Tim Rice writes: “The effect of Bob’s preaching is well described by Oliver Goldsmith in a classic poem about a village preacher: ‘Truth from his lips prevailed with double sway, And fools, who came to scoff, remained to pray.'”

Bobby Duncan, Gospel Preacher
The Late Bobby Duncan from: https://acoconline.com/duncan.htm

One of my all-time favorite sermons EVER, from one of my asbolute favorite preachers is available from the link below. Paul Sain is doing a great service to make these Voices from the Past come alive in this 21st Century! Bobby Duncan uses an illustration about obedience from the pioneer preachers (even mentions Kentucky), in this lesson which has two vital qualities: (1) simplicity; (2) power! You should listen immediately and share it with others. Go to the Voices from the Past Podcast site.

You can read more about Bobby Duncan and listen to 20 other great sermons from this departed servant of the Lord by clicking H-E-R-E.

How to Love Life

Larry Acuff teaches us from Hebrews 13.1-8 how to love life.

I found an interesting presentation by my friend, Larry Acuff, from a link on Twitter. It is absolutely true that you can find GOOD things on Twitter if you are careful! This was posted by Truth for the World. Larry fills his presentation with Scripture. In this short lesson he directs our attention to Hebrews 13.1-8 and gives to us suggestions from that text on how to love life: (1) Love one another; (2) Respect marriage; (3) Learn to be content; (4) Imitate those who lead us; (5) Trust in Jesus. I think if you will watch this short video it will help you to love life!

How Long Were Israelites in Egypt?

A study of an alleged contradiction between Galatians and Exodus.

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Sometimes we will post something on this site which was a part of the previous site. Today is one of those times. This post was originally placed on the web on November 29, 2012. Alleged contradictions of the Bible always seem to be an interesting and faith-building way to approach Bible study. The atheists and non-believers have only STRENGTHENED our faith by their attacks upon the Bible. We have had to study more diligently and have through that study become even stronger for the spiritual battle Satan wars against us (Ephesians 6.10-18).

Mickey Spiceland is doing a GREAT job teaching the Book of Exodus to our Wednesday Night Auditorium Class. I appreciate so much his good efforts. He makes the class interesting and seems obviously to enjoy teaching us. I enjoy the class a great deal!

Two times this week I have found in my RSS-reader articles from our brother Stephen R. Bradd that had to do with matters discussed in our class. Stephen’s blog: AudioEvangelism.com is an excellent one that I can recommend to you. You can reach that discussion by clicking H-E-R-E and H-E-R-E.

Study Guide on Philemon

This is a link to a 10-page LemmonsAid Study Guide on the New Testament Book of Philemon. It has 9 sections: Outline, Summary, Chronology, Words/Phrases to Study, Lessons and Applications, 15 Questions, A Seek-A-Word Puzzle, A Crossword Puzzle, Extra Credit Section.

5700.WebHeaderForSGIf every member of the church would study Philemon before writing to another brother, the church would benefit greatly. This letter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is a gem to be treasured as a MODEL in the matter of courteous discourse. Paul had a specific object in mind and that was for Onesimus, a runaway slave, to be received warmly by Philemon. Who could doubt that, Philemon, having read this letter, would do anything but submit to Paul’s request?

Please study Philemon with the study guide by clicking HERE: 5701sg