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by Dennis Gulledge

    I guess I am in the situation which my friend Jim Faughn described, when he said, “As a preacher, I had been as close to being an elder as one could possibly be for all those years without actually being one” (Gospel Advocate, August 2008, p. 21). A preacher assumes a leadership role, but elders […]


    by Wayne Brewer

      Jesus said; “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). There is no substitute for time being spent in the act of going and making disciples. The church at Mabelvale has just dedicated eight days […]


      by Linda Minor

        The Beatitudes constitute the introductory section of the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7). The Beatitudes are those simple little verses that all of us know and love so well. I say we “know” them. In truth, teaching them the way we so often do and actually knowing what they teach are two different […]


        by Noah Icenhour

          If we are honest with ourselves, our prayer lives are myths. We talk about prayer, preach about prayer, read about prayer–just about the only thing we don’t do is actually pray. If surveyed, I doubt there would be more than a tiny fraction of churchgoers that feel like their prayer life is as they would […]


          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 […]


              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. […]

                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 […]