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Best We Can With What We've Got

Every year my wife and I are in a Campmeeting in West Memphis, AR. She teaches the ladies and girls 2-3 mornings of that meeting. This is ONE of the lessons she has for this year. I know it's long but think it can be a blessing.   We’re Going to Do the Best We Can with What We’ve Got I sat across the table from my mother, many ….MANY… years ago, as a young bride, and poured out my complaints about how difficult it was to fix up and decorate the tiny apartment where I had recently

OLD fashioned preacher

OLD fashioned preacher

 

Analyzing the Chinese word, 'Righteousness.'

Analyzing the Chinese word Righteousness 「義的分析」 by Alan Introduction The Chinese written language is very unique. The Chinese words are called, “Characters,” and use a visual, or pictograph, series of lines, called, “strokes,” that represent a word, or a thought, or an action.   In written Chinese, we have an example of the righteousness of God through His Son, the Lord Jesus, in the word, “righteousness.” In Chinese, the word righteousness is written as, 「義」 The Ch

Alan

Alan

 

Genesis 37:15-36, The Spirit & the Flesh: Joseph & his Brethren

Genesis 37:15-36, “The Work of the Flesh and the Spirit in the Life of Joseph and his Brethren.” Introduction In the life of the brothers of Joseph we can see the works of the flesh. “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also t

Alan

Alan

 

Joseph and his Jewish Dreams

Genesis 37:5-11, “Joseph and his Jewish Dreams”   Joseph had faith and loved the Lord God. In the Old Testament, before the Bible was written, God spoke to men in dreams. God had given Joseph dreams. As we read the story of Joseph, we can see that Joseph was like the Lord Jesus. Joseph was a type of Christ. Joseph walked with God and had the characteristics of the Lord Jesus.   Also, Joseph is a good example for the Christian. God gave the examples of the Old Testament men an

Alan

Alan

 

It's in the Bible!

It's in the Bible! by Ronald W Robey   Whenever I mention the fact that I don't tithe, someone is sure to reply, "It's in the Bible!"   And truthfully, tithing is indeed commanded in the Bible. I do not dispute that fact at all.   However, we cannot focus on the fact that the command to tithe is in the Bible and ignore the commanded ELEMENTS of the tithe; the commanded GIVERS of the tithe; the comm
 

Salvation in the OT – Paul’s explanation.

Salvation in the OT – Paul’s explanation.   To begin with, Hebrews is the perfect place to find out about salvation in the Old Testament, for this letter is all about how the New is better than the Old. In fact, it is widely recognised that the key word of this letter is the word “Better”. This word is found 13 times – only Ecclesiastes and Proverbs have more instances of this word. Ecclesiastes is a comparison between the ways of the world and the ways of the Lord – so

DaveW

DaveW

 

Dragging dead babies !

As Solomon's wisdom is being displayed he tells the servants to bring a sword and divide the living baby and to give each woman half. As we consider this spiritually we know that Gods church is his living baby. it needs to be fed, guided, nourished, corrected,,chastened, and cared for in many other ways. To many times its is divided ( split ) for the sake of the baby that is dead. to many times Gods people give new meaning to raising the dead. a dead baby can not be helped, you cant change it, y

Joe Coley

Joe Coley

 

To much power!

Our Lord led this blind man out of town, put spit on his eyes and asked him if he saw ought. the blind man said "I see men as trees walking". now I have read many sermons and commentaries on this subject and it seems they all have one thing in agreement , that for many different reasons given our Lord was unable to accomplish the task when he first attempted it. some say because of their unbelief,others because of the area he was in......etc.If you all would bear with me a little in my folly, I

Joe Coley

Joe Coley

 

And God gave Solomon wisdom

1 Kings 4:29-34, “And God gave Solomon wisdom.” 1 Kings 4:29-34, “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. And Solomon's wisdom excelled of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about. And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his

Alan

Alan

 

Genesis 1 (Bible Primer)

Genesis 1:1 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. We will be looking at this text today. I would like to first however, do some equipping for all of us. To some this may be review and to some this is completely new. Before we get started in the first verses of scripture, I would like to look at the nuts and bolts of how we are going to understand our Bible. Further to that I think we should look at why it’s the Bible we study. How do we know its trust worthy? And then final

Gorship

Gorship

 

Spiritual Growth

SPIRITUAL GROWTH, AS TAUGHT BY SCRIPTURE AND THE SCIENCE OF BOTANY By Jim Foley   Text:  “…Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow”  Matthew 6:28.   INTRO:  In this scripture Jesus gives us an object lesson as to what constitutes spiritual growth, and how it happens.  Jesus made the lilies and He made me, and now he describes to me how both biological and spiritual growth takes place.  People often create for themselves a great deal of anxiety because they assume

Jim_Alaska

Jim_Alaska

 

Right in the Sight of the Lord

1 Kings 15:11-15, “Right in the Sight of the Lord”    11 "And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father.   12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.   13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron.   14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's hea

Alan

Alan

 

When did the church begin?

When did the church begin?    I think we would all agree that the English word “church” originates from the Greek word, “Ecclesia”. Without going into great detail I believe that we can also agree that this Greek word basically means “assembly.” Ok, if we agree so far then we can move on to what assembly we are referring to when discussing the word, “Church.” I think it logical to begin with the promise of the church. We find the promise here: Mat. 16:18 And I say also unto t

Jim_Alaska

Jim_Alaska

 

Four Principles for Building a Church

“Four Principles concerning the New Testament Church.”   King Solomon, and the nation of Israel, was seven years in building the Temple. Wow! Seven years is a long time. It takes a long time to get a large job accomplished. Sometimes when a person starts a work, and it takes a long time, they get discouraged and give up.   King Solomon did not get discouraged and he did not give up. He finished the task that God told him to do. The task of building the Temple was a very impor

Alan

Alan

 

Righteousness and Justification

WHAT DID JESUS SAY ABOUT:                                                                                        Righteousness and Justification                                                                                                                     Mat.5:1-6-10-12.       Introduction:             Jesus had some very specific things to say about righteousness and justification.  His teaching has, for the most part, been perverted and

Jim_Alaska

Jim_Alaska

 

All Things Work Together for Good

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28 Romans 8:28 is one of the the most familiar verses in the Bible and one of the verses people most like to "claim." It also seems to be one of the most misunderstood and misapplied. All too often, the misunderstanding arises when someone refuses to simply allow the scripture to say what it says. The most obvious misunderstanding is the fact that the

ScottM84

ScottM84

 

The Wonders of God's Grace

The Wonders of God’s Grace by Ronald W Robey   Luke 5:37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. Luke 5:38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. Luke 5:39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.   In the above passage, Jesus was demonstrating the fact that Law and Grace CANNOT mix. The Ol
 

Believers and the Law

Just something going through my head this morning: CHRISTIANS AND THE LAW   In this electronic age of communication, with the internet, hence the world at our fingertips, it gives one a view into the minds and lives, often more than we might prefer, of many others who, before this, we might now little to nothing about.   One thing that always amazes me, is the great lack of biblical understanding of so many who claim the name of Christ-and today, again in this age of in

Ukulelemike

Ukulelemike

 

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

Matthew 14:22-33 “Peace in the Midst of the Storm.” By Alan   “And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went un

Alan

Alan

 

Biblical Repentance

Biblical Repentance Before I dive into the doctrine of repentance let me just say that I am very aware of the importance of judging myself before judging anyone else and I try to walk in the light. In case you are wondering “who are you to reprove others?” I am only a sinner saved by God’s amazing grace. In fact, I am less than nothing apart from the Lord. BUT, Like Jeremiah, God’s Word burns in me and I cannot keep quiet. If there is a doctrine that is seriously lacking in today’s chu

Twoedged Sword

Twoedged Sword

 

The Light of the World

The Light of the World James Foley     John 1:1-13   A. Our text begins at the very beginning of time as mankind knows it. Since God has no beginning and no end, this reference supports the fact that God is from eternity past. Because we are creatures of time, we cannot possibly comprehend the infinite nature of God.  I would like to speak to you today regarding the contrast between a Holy, Just and Righteous God and mankind in his natural state, meaning withou

Jim_Alaska

Jim_Alaska

 

The Kindness of God

  “The Kindness of God” 2 Samuel 9:1-13 David & Mephibosheth The theme of this story is the kindness of God. In David’s life, we can see the kindness of God. Because David and God had an intimate relationship, David developed a kind heart. Background Before David became the King of Israel King Saul tried to kill David and prevent David from becoming King over I

Alan

Alan

 

Closed Communion

Closed Communion James Foley   I Corinthians 11:17-34: "Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the

Jim_Alaska

Jim_Alaska

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