Posts by Dennis Gulledge

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BOOK, CHAPTER & VERSE

by Dennis Gulledge

                Everybody enjoys the preacher that can quote scripture from memory in his preaching. I suppose every preacher aspires to be one that has that ability. Some have it. Some don’t. Some moderately so. Some preachers simply read most of the scriptures they use. The important point is that they preach the Word of God, […]

    THINGS COMMON – THINGS DISTINCTIVE

    by Dennis Gulledge

      Churches of Christ are different from every other religious institution in the world. The voices of compromise are threatening our distinctiveness. We in churches of Christ stand in two relations to our religious neighbors. First, there are those things that we have in common with them. Second, there are also things that mark us as […]

      THE HOLY SPIRIT AND PROVIDENCE

      by Dennis Gulledge

                    The word “providence” is used only twice in the King James Version; in Acts 24:2 and “provision” in Romans 13:14. In neither case does it refer to God, but to human foresight and provision. We, however, speak of the providence of God or divine providence (Job 38:41).  God’s providence is the preservation, care and […]

        Why Don’t People Return After They Visit?

        by Dennis Gulledge

          is it our culture or our rudeness? by Jerrie Barber Often I hear conversations about why many churches aren’t growing. Many blame our culture, materialism, or some other outside source. Those may play a part. Let me relate something that happened to me less than fifty years ago, and less than 500 miles from where I’m […]

          CONVENIENT INTERPRETATIONS

          by Dennis Gulledge

            There are some Bible passages to which we apply a convenient interpretation. A passage, or verse, might lend itself to a convenient interpretation if it appears to state a principle that we hold generally true. In many cases, perhaps, such convenient interpretations originated long ago, have been passed down to us by brethren we hold […]

            ALL COMER’S BIBLE CLASS

            by Dennis Gulledge

              And Other Positive Things Happening at the Mabelvale Church The All Comer’s Bible class resumed on February 12th. This is the winter-spring session that will run for three months, the last class being on May 7th. Noah Icenhour and I will work together in teaching this class. For our study we are using the book, […]

              HOW JESUS TREATED LOST PEOPLE

              by Dennis Gulledge

                Luke 7 makes for a good study of how Jesus treated lost people. In vs. 34 the Lord sites some of the charges spoken against him. The basis for such criticism was his association with people who were “sinners,” being outside the inner sanctum of pharisaic fellowship. Jesus was neither a glutton nor a social […]

                CAN YOU COUNT THE APPLES IN A SEED?

                by Dennis Gulledge

                  BC. Goodpasture used to tell of the time when James A. Harding held a gospel meeting in Clark County, Kentucky. The year was 1877. When an elder of the church was asked about it he said, “It was not much of a meeting. Oh, brother Harding did his usually powerful preaching, the attendance was fair, […]

                  THE HEART FOR GROWTH FROM 2 CORINTHIANS

                  by Dennis Gulledge

                    In January 2011, I began preaching a series of sermons based on 2 Corinthians. I titled the series, “Authentic Christianity.” That series taught me some things about how a preacher relates to a troubled congregation, such as the one at Corinth. So deeply has this impression been made upon me that I wish 2 Corinthians […]

                    THE NAMELESS CHURCH

                    by Dennis Gulledge

                      Dan Chambers says that we live in a “three dimensional Christian world” – Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox.[i] He says, “For those who profess to be Christians, the world asks, ‘Catholic, Protestant, or Orthodox?’ And if the answer is ‘Protestant,’ the next question is ‘Which denomination?’” The church of Jesus Christ in the New Testament was […]