Confession

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

nowwhenWhen was the last time you confessed to someone that you were wrong? Now, notice I didn’t ask, “When was the last time you said you were sorry.” I asked, “When was the last time you confessed to someone that you were WRONG?” Also, notice that I didn’t say, “When was the last time you SAID you were wrong.” I said, “CONFESSED.”

The Restoration Movement

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

bookold Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. . .” Jeremiah 6:16.

         Since the year 2000, it has been my enjoyment and privilege to produce a website totally dedicated to the history of churches of Christ in the world. Some information that appears on the website involves international focus, and includes material about early church history and the period known as the European Reformation. But, the majority of the work on the website is about the work in North America, often referred to as the American Restoration Movement.

It's A Miracle!

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

bible art         It has been my pleasure to see many remarkable sights in this world. Things that have been enacted in my presence have been nothing short of astounding and borderline unbelievable. Showmen, admittedly by slight of hand, have made things appear to be a certain way when in fact they were not. Once I saw David Copperfield make a jet disappear and then reappear. Seeing a person sawn in half on a stage and put back together falls in this category. People who disappear into thin air and reappear in another location nearby may seem beyond belief, but a magician’s art is masterful at such entertainment.

Minding Your Garden

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

 mind        What a storehouse the mind truly is! Its amazing capacity for grasping concepts is nothing short of mind-boggling. The ability to take a thought and store it in the mind upon an invisible shelf and to recall it at a millisecond’s notice is remarkable. How big would the mind be if every thought were physical? Why, your mind would literally be bigger than the universe simply because you just thought of the universe. How blessed we are that God has made it possible that every passing consideration is not physical, making it easy to store in the small, but ever so deep, recesses of the mind.

         What would your life be like if you acted upon all your thoughts? Perhaps many good citizens would be in jail! However, more would probably break out of jail if we did all that was in our minds. It is a fanciful thing to think that all of one’s acts could be acted upon, for it is impossible. But, such an idea does lend itself to thinking about what a powerful tool the mind really is.

Jesus Teachings

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

prayingThis past Wednesday night the teens and I sat and talked about the teachings of Jesus. It was an incredible study that opened my eyes to how the world changed, not just because Jesus was the physical Messiah, but because of what He said. What he SAID.
These teachings were and are so important to who we are as Christians. Sometimes I think we focus on the physical cross and His physical suffering and death, and rightfully so, while forgetting His life and teachings. Just take a look at one of these teachings that changed the world.

In Luke 11:9-13 Jesus says, "And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!"

How great is it that we are told to ask for what we need?! How incredible is our God that He tells us to go ahead and just ask. And when we ask, we should expect to receive it!

Now, lets get one thing straight. We may not get what we asked for. In fact, we will most likely get something different. But I can guarantee something incredible will happen. You will get what you NEEDED in the first place.

And how incredible is that?!

Speak With Conviction

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

timetruth webartI watched a short YouTube video a few months ago called, "Speak with Conviction" by Taylor Mali. It stuck with me. Not only is it quite funny, it is so true and relevant to our world. Not only to our world, our religious world as well.

He speaks about how we have become the most aggressively inarticulate generation since "you know.....a long time ago!". We have inserted "you knows" and "you know what I’m saying" into our very speech and it has made us lose the very nature of declarative sentences. They used to declare things. Now, they simply invite all to jump onto their own bandwagon of uncertainty, as they have not really put any thought into the things they have said.

How To Hack The Happiness Molecule

Written by Scott Harp on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

happiness webarticleAn office is a good place to find new things. From time to time, someone will slip new things to read or see in my office mailbox. A week or so ago, I came in on my usual Tuesday morning routine (my usual Monday when the other one is not), and when I looked into my box, someone (Thanks to whoever did!) had placed in my box a most interesting article by Paul J. Zak. You can read his credentials below, but to shorten it a good bit, he is a smart guy. Anyway, his research into human behavior is most refreshing, and some of the suggestions he makes are, well, out and out Biblical, though he does not claim it to be so. I have added his article here for your reading.

Offering

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

offering"A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, 'How have we despised your name?' By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, 'How have we polluted you?' By saying that the Lord's table may be despised. When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts. And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the Lord of hosts. Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand. For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering.

Sweet Logs In Bitter Water

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         Imagine for a moment that you are not a Christian. O.K., some reading this may not have to imagine this, but most folks who read this would have to imagine it. So, assuming that you are Christian, imagine for a moment that you are not. In fact, as long as we are imagining, picture having never heard of God in your lifetime. What if the only sense of God you understood was that God was in, well, things or people? What if your understanding of God was found in whatever you, or someone over you decided things to be? If this was the case, how might the Creator of the universe prove Himself to be true and worthy of trust?

Back to the Bible

Written by jae on . Posted in Korean Speaking Minister

AboutBibleart우리는 21세기 살아가는 사람들입니다.
세대가 흘러 변해도, 소중한 한 생명이 태어나 삶을 살아가며 죽음을 맞이한다 하더라도 우리에게는 변하거나 변질되지 말아야 하는 것이 있습니다.

영원토록 불변하신 창조주의 거룩하신 말씀, 성경은 우리로 하여금 두 개가 아닌 하나의 CHURCH 가 존재한다는 사실을 가르치고 있습니다.
모든 CHURCH 는 오직 성경대로만 지키고 준행해야 한다는 사실을 일깨워 주고 있습니다. (요한계시록22:18-19, 갈라디아서1:6-12)

인위적인 전통이나 전승 그리고 사람의 생각이나 방법으로는 창조주의 뜻을 이루어 나갈 수 없습니다. 창조주의 말씀을 듣지 않고 자신들의 생각과 방법대로 살다가 넘어지는 구약의 이스라엘 백성의 험란한 삶을 보면서 그 길을 답습하면 안 된다는 교훈을 성경을 통해 보고 있지 않습니까?

우리는 성경에서 말하는 곳에서는 말을 하고 성경에서 말하지 않는 부분에 대해서는  잠잠한 것이 옳은 방법이 아닐까요? 우리는 성경, 창조주의 말씀 안에서 하나가 되어야 합니다.
에베소서4:3-6절 말씀에서 일곱 부분의 하나의 원칙을 제공하고 있으며, 예수그리스도께서도 요한복음17:17절에 창조주 아버지의 말씀, 진리로 거룩하게 만들어, 아버지와 그리스도 하나인 것 같이 그리스도를 믿는 우리 모두도 하나가 되라고 기도하고 있습니다.(요한복음17:21-23)  
오늘날은 평균 학력수준이 높아짐으로서 성경의 말씀을 이해하고 깨닫는 것도 깊어진 시대입니다. 이 말씀들은 여러분이 믿음을 키워가는 데 있어 훌륭한 가이드가 될 것입니다.

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