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IS HAND-CLAPPING DURING SINGING ACCEPTABLE WORSHIP?

by Noah Icenhour

    The practice apparently has its origin in the youth-devotional phenomenon of a few years back, but now is gaining some mainline defense. It is argued that clapping as a rhythmic form of accompaniment to singing in Christian worship is not an “addition” to the singing (as is a mechanical instrument); it merely is an aid — comparable […]

    RESOURCES TO HELP OUR VERTICAL COMMUNICATION

    by Noah Icenhour

      A couple Sunday nights ago we talked about “Vertical Communication: God and Us.” We discussed the importance of prayer and Bible meditation. We see this emphasis all throughout the word of God. In the very beginning of the Bible, we see the power of the Word of God as He speaks all things into creation. The […]

      WHICH WAY WILL YOU CHOOSE?

      by Noah Icenhour

        Psalm 1 In Psalm 1, the reader is presented with two ways of life. The ESV translators included an added title accurately describing this section as “The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked.” We have the freedom to choose which path we will travel in this life. The Psalmist encourages the reader to travel […]

        BECAUSE OF MY RIGHTEOUSNESS

        by Wayne Brewer

          As the children of Israel were about to cross over the Jordan River and begin the conquest of the land of Canaan, the promised land, the Lord assured them that he would go before them and it would be he who would destroy the nations. “Therefore understand today that the Lord your God is He […]

          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 […]

                ANOTHER GENERATION AFTER THEM

                by Wayne Brewer

                  One of the great servants of God that came out of Egypt, was in the wilderness for forty years, and lead the children of Israel to the promised land of Canaan was Joshua. He was a godly leader that understood the needs of the various generations that he lived among. Joshua’s words of wisdom and […]

                  HANDCLAPPING IN WORSHIP TO GOD

                  by Noah Icenhour

                    Dave Miller of Apologetics Press This is an important discussion as many churches around us are accepting this practice more and more. This article can be found in full form at https://apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=11&article=4802. I have included only the section about hand-clapping during singing for this particular article. (Noah Icenhour) As churches of Christ continue to experience transitional conflict, fundamental commitment to biblical […]

                    UNDER CONSTRUCTION

                    by Noah Icenhour

                      Exciting things are happening at Mabelvale this week! As I write I can hear the sound of workers in our foyer. They are re-carpeting the foyer, hallway and all of our classrooms! In addition to that, all of our classrooms are being repainted and remodeled! It all started in fall of 2017 when I presented […]