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
When we last had Bible Classes PRE-Covid19, we were engaged in a study of 2 Samuel on Wednesday nights. In July our classes will begin again, Lord willing. We have now completed a study guide for the 17th chapter of 2 Samuel. There are eight pages containing several parts including questions, lessons, outline, summary, etc. I hope the guide will be helpful to many in taking a look at this very interesting chapter in the life of King David. You can find the PDF by clicking H-E-R-E. Other guides also are available by clicking H-E-R-E.
I have found it always to be profitable to read the four monthly articles produced by Roger D. Campbell in his TRUTH journal. He is an excellent Bible student and preacher of the gospel and world evangelist. This month’s articles include these interesting titles:
Will Every Child Who Honors His Parents Live a Long Life?
Trying times are upon us. In such times negative thoughts seem abundant and the positive optimistic thought becomes a rarity. Such times as this call for an emphasis upon hope, especially biblical hope! House to House has produced an especially helpful discussion of biblical hope. We would encourage YOU to take the time to consider it carefully. Find the PDF by clicking H-E-R-E.
World Video Bible School presents Neal Pollard discussing MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS. Here is their description of this video:
As you walk through life, you will experience the “mountains” of happiness and plenty, but you will also experience the “valleys” of sadness and suffering. While the mountains of life bring joy and are easy to walk, the valleys are full of trials and events that test our faith. When you walk through the “valley of the shadow of death,” how will your faith endure? Join Neal Pollard as he brings to mind the biblical teachings for how to handle the mountains and valleys of life.
I have just viewed an encouraging and uplifting video from Wayne Jones produced by the World Video Bible School. Their description of the video is as follows…
What is your greatest fear? If you had been asked this question in months past, it may have been completely different than today during such a time of crisis. In this lesson, Wayne Jones presents a biblical perspective for understanding “Why?” and “How?” the Christian is told to “fear not.” Join in this timely study to help evaluate your fears and to recognize how God has provided help for us.
I have just met with our elders and we have discussed the problems in dealing with the Coronavirus and the government’s request to cancel meetings of more than ten people. They have asked me to pass on this information. Our elders and your preacher are in agreement that we must assemble on the Lord’s Day. All Satan would need to destroy the Maple Hill church is to get us to quit assembling. At the same time we also understand the importance of yielding to civil authorities (Romans 13) where possible. We are a pro-life people and the request from the government is not out of hatred of Christianity or to stop us from worshiping our God, but rather from pro-life concerns. We certainly understand that concern in this present situation. If there is some way to take heed to both of these mandates, that would seem to me to be the ideal.
We think we have found a suitable way to do both. The elders have decided to cancel Wednesday Bible Study, Sunday Evening Assemblies, and Bible Classes on Sunday mornings temporarily. Thus, there will be no Bible Study tomorrow night. We will certainly be returning to our regular schedule just as soon as it is wise to do so. The meals on Wednesday nights will likewise be put on hold (Linda has been notified).
With the new annex facility, we have the ability to assemble 20 people and still be in compliance because ten can meet in the auditorium and ten in the annex at one time and still be part of one assembly by means of the wired-speaker that connects the two rooms. Your preacher will be preaching four times this coming Sunday. We will be having four complete worship services. On Thursday you will be contacted and given an opportunity to indicate which service you prefer to attend (9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and for those unable to come earlier, there will be a 6:30 p.m. service.
Of course this arrangement is not what we would prefer at all. At the same time it is an arrangement which can work for us temporarily. We all need to be responsible and careful to cooperate in the battle against the spread of this deadly virus to the best of our ability. I and our elders ask for your cooperation to make it through this period as best we can.
We also are working on plans to share some video teaching on Wednesday nights through our website. More on that later.
We are so thankful for the good writing skill of our friend Roger D. Campbell. It is always helpful to read his monthly publication, TRUTH. Here is the issue for February of 2020. It contains four articles: