THE TWO-SIDED COIN OF HONORING PARENTS

Written by Jeremy Pate on . Posted in Youth Minister

honorparentsOur teenagers are in the middle of a 2-week study on “Honoring My Parents” in our Wednesday night class. This study is designed to shed some light on what the Bible has to say about their responsibility to honor and obey their parents. 

A cursory reading of Ephesians 6:1-2 will reveal that there are no real “qualifiers” to this command. Children are instructed to “obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise), ‘that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” In other words, this is commanded because it is the right thing to do. 

FASHIONED FOR FAITH

Written by Kyle Rye on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

sputnikimage1On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched a small spacecraft called Sputnik 1, which became the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. Sputnik 1 was a small satellite by modern standards. It was approximately the size of a beach ball, but weighed 183.9 pounds. Additionally, Sputnik 1 was a basic satellite by modern standards. Its only function was to transmit radio signals. Sputnik 1’s mission was brief by modern standards. It transmitted radio signals for only 21 days until its batteries ran out on October 26, 1957. It orbited the earth for only 3 months before it burned up while reentering Earth’s atmosphere on January 4, 1958.

TRAGIC REMINDERS

Written by Kyle Rye on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

tragicremindersAs most of you know, tragedy unfolded at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, TN last Sunday when a twenty-five year old man named Emanuel Samson arrived at the church building as worship service came to a close and began shooting at churchgoers, both inside and outside the building, killing one and injuring 7 others. In the wake of this event I have been reminded of some biblical truths.

TONGUE CONTROL

Written by Kyle Rye on . Posted in Pulpit Minster

1 John 1:9 tells us that "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Based on John’s connection between confession and forgiveness it would seem that the practice of confession is quite important. Thus, this week’s spiritual exercise is designed to promote the practices of confessing our sins and engaging in a self-examnation so that we can determine “whether [or not we] are in the faith” as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5.

Our last spiritual exercise has to do with our words because what we say matters. Jesus highlighted the importance of our words when He said, “on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37). Since we will give an account for our words and our words have the ability to condemn us, shouldn’t we exercises our tongues so that we eliminate sinful patterns of speech and promote Christlike patterns of speech? Therefore, in this weeks spiritual exercise we will look at how we can break negative speech patterns and how we can promote positive speech patterns.

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Tongue Control