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“IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE”

by Dennis Gulledge

    This statement in Acts 20:35 is one of the most interesting verses in the New Testament. It is difficult for people to learn the truth that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” The word “give” denotes the deep self-denial for which Paul was known (Vs. 24). It advocates a counter-worldly attitude (Vss. […]

    HOW TO STAY SANE IN AN INSANE WORLD

    by Noah Icenhour

      Stress. Worry. Anxiety.  Three words that plague the lives of many Americans today. In fact, in recent years, the anxiety of Americans has only seemed to get worse. A condition called social anxiety has developed in many. This certainly has to do with worrying about being in a social setting and feeling uncomfortable, but it […]

      “OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN”

      by Dennis Gulledge

        Last Sunday morning I preached from Matthew 19:13-15, using the title above as my subject. What is it about children that might have provoked this statement from Jesus? (Vs. 14). Obviously, Jesus did not say that children are in the kingdom, but that the kingdom is “of such.” That is, the church of God on […]

        ELDERS AND THE CONGREGATION

        by Dennis Gulledge

          In 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 Paul said, “And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.” This passage addresses the attitude that the brethren at Thessalonica […]

          IS PLACING MEMBERSHIP WITH A CONGREGATION NECESSARY?

          by Dennis Gulledge

            Does the New Testament teach the necessity of placing church membership? Yes. It does by example and by implication. I think that those who like to argue this point by insisting that they are members of the church universal, and not tied down to any particular church, are looking for a command that says, “Thou […]

            SERVING IN THE BODY OF CHRIST

            by Wayne Brewer

              Jesus said that he came to serve and not be served (Matthew 20:28) and in doing so became an example for all Christians to follow (1 Peter 2:21). The Holy Spirit guided Paul to write several times that the church that Jesus established is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23, Romans 12:4-5, 1 Corinthians 12:12) […]

              INDEPENDENCE

              by Noah Icenhour

                The Fourth of July—a beautiful day full of food, fun, and fireworks. It is a day that the United States of America celebrates its independence as a free nation. We are not alone in this celebration. Nations all over the world celebrate their independence and establishment of their nations.  The fact is everyone desires independence […]

                GOD IS A STORY TELLER

                by Noah Icenhour

                  The Bible is a collection of story books that were written over a period on 1500 years by over forty different writers. Each book is filled with stories about various people through history and how they fit in to the overall theme of the Bible: God’s redemption of mankind. The Bible is a collection of […]

                  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, […]

                    REBUILDING THE NATION

                    by Wayne Brewer

                                  The apostle Paul wrote concerning the Old Testament Scriptures, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning…” (Romans 15:4). While the specific commands of the Old Testament are no longer in effect, there are many valid principles and lessons that can be applied to our lives today.             Late in the […]