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GOSPEL MEETING

by Dennis Gulledge

    with Phil Sanders (June 3-6) Seven years ago we hosted Phil Sanders for a gospel meeting, and now the time has come to welcome him back to the Mabelvale congregation for another such effort. The theme this year is “Preaching Jesus.” I appreciate Phil for choosing this theme, since this is what gospel preaching is […]

    Come As You Are

    by Wayne Brewer

      Jesus said; “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Essentially Jesus was saying to everyone “come as you are”. The message of the gospel to the world from the First Century until the Twenty-first Century has always been “come as you are”. The […]

      SPIRITUAL DECAY: THE THREAT OF APATHY

      by Noah Icenhour

        Christ’s church is not a structure of brick and mortar, but a collection of sinners made holy by the blood of Jesus. Though the church for which Jesus died is guaranteed an eternal existence (cf. Dan. 2:44; Mt. 16:18; Eph. 3:20-21; Heb. 12:28), individual congregations can still succumb to spiritual decay, and eventually, spiritual death. The spiritual reality of […]

        RUMORTISM

        by Dennis Gulledge

          In 1887 Abraham Lincoln’s body was exhumed on the persistent rumor that his grave was empty. The exhumation revealed his remains intact. Facts mess up rumors! But, good rumors never die easily. Fourteen years later the same rumor resurfaced. Cleon Lyles once wrote the following: “When I hear statements about people, made by those who […]

          TAKE UP YOUR CROSS DAILY

          by Noah Icenhour

            If you were to paint a picture of commitment, what would it look like? Perhaps it would be parents who work extra hours for years so their children can go to college. Maybe it is a single mom working as a waitress just to make ends meet from her tips. Possibly it could be an […]

            WHERE DO YOU STAND?

            by Dennis Gulledge

              Orthodoxy? The word orthodox means, “correct teaching.” Orthodox religion (i.e., Greek) originated centuries this side of the Lord’s church (Acts 2). Orthodoxy in the New Testament would be “sound doctrine” (1 Tim. 1:10; 2 Tim. 4:3; Tit. 1:9, 13; 2:1); “The form of sound words” (2 Tim. 1:13), or, “sound speech” (Tit. 2:8). Conservatism? This […]

              BRING THEM IN

              by Wayne Brewer

                One of the most well known hymns is “Bring Them In” written in 1885 by Alexcenah Thomas. You might remember this hymn that is poetically reminding the church of its responsibility to carry out the Great Commission and seek the lost. The lyrics of the hymn are as follows: “Hark! ’tis the Shepherd’s voice I […]

                WORSHIP THAT LOOKS TO GOD

                by Noah Icenhour

                  One thing that I have always struggled with was accepting a gift. Do not get me wrong, I certainly do enjoy receiving gifts, I just sometimes do not know how to react in a way that is appropriate. If your reaction is not big enough when you receive a gift, the giver may think you […]

                  DEFEND THE FAITH WITH GENTLENESS AND RESPECT

                  by Noah Icenhour

                    Imagine that you are sitting in a doctorai??i??s office. You just had some standard tests run. It is taking longer than usually which causes you to become nervous. What you do not yet know is that the test results have come back and they have confirmed you have a life-threatening disease; your condition is urgent. […]

                    THE DEBATING SPIRIT

                    by Dennis Gulledge

                      In Profiles of Faith & Courage, I asked the twenty-four gospel preachers who make up the subject matter of this book, about their debating experience, and thoughts as to why debating is so rare these days. It is interesting that many of them admitted to never having conducted a debate, and were not of the […]