SUMMER IS HERE!
Roger D. Campbell
After the end of the great flood in the time of Noah, Jehovah
declared, "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not
cease" (Gen. 8:22). God's promise is still being
our day. The summer of 1999 is about upon us! Summer is a time when
children and students are on vacation from classes. Many families
have opportunity to go on vacation together in the summer while
others spend much time working in their gardens or simply resting
from their normal busy schedule. Summer is a time when many are
involved in sports or other activities outside. Yes, summer is a
special time that many people, including us, really enjoy. But, we
must also plainly say that summer is a time when some affairs are
out of place. We must understand that activities which are not
pleasing to God any other time of the year do not automatically
become acceptable in His sight just because it is summertime. Just
what do we have in mind? Please read on.
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"BIRDS OF A FEATHER..."
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HOW TO DODGE QUESTIONS ABOUT APOSTATE BRETHREN IN NASHVILLE
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BE NOT DECEIVED
Terry L. Mabery
Deception is a terrible thing. It can come from another or
one can deceive himself. Regardless, it is terrible because it can
bring such tragic results. One time, it almost cost my father his
life. At the time, he was a lineman working for the St. Joe Lead
Company. He told me he had climbed up onto some power lines and was
straddling them while working. A fellow worker came along and told
him to get down as carefully and quickly as he could because the
lines were live. Dad said that there was no power to the lines, and
to prove it he carefully climbed off the wires to a higher level.
Then he dropped a large gauge copper wire across the wires he had
been straddling. The copper wire melted quickly from the resulting
short. Fortunately for dad, his clothing had insulated him enough
that he had not been electrocuted. However, he climbed down from
the high wires and was finished for the day. He was too weak and
shook up to continue. Whether someone had accidentally told him
wrong or he had made an improper assumption, he had been deceived
into thinking he was safe -- and it almost cost him his life.
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WHO ARE THE "UNCHURCHED?"
When I was a student at ACU (1995-98), I often heard the word
"unchurched" thrown around by students and faculty in the
Missions departments. I was told by my professors that as
evangelists, our goal was to reach the "unchurched" with
of Christ. My initial response was quite positive. After all, if
a person is not part of the Lord's body, his church, then
that person is not a Christian, and needs to hear and obey the
gospel! The problem is that this is not what the term
"unchurched" means to ACU professors and other
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Seek The Old Paths Lectureship
July 25-29, 1999
Always the 4th Sunday in July
OF THE CHURCH
SUNDAY, JULY 25
|9:30||The Kingdom Of God/Heaven ........Chuck Northrop|
|10:30||Putting the Kingdom First .........Jimmy Bates|
|7:00||Misconceptions of the Church .........Garland Robinson|
|8:00||The Church's Founder and Purchase Price .........Nat Evans|
MONDAY, JULY 26
|9:00||The Preparation and Establishment of the Church .......Walter Pigg|
|10:00||Solving Problems in the Church .......... Richard Guill|
|11:00||The Vine and the Branches ....... Mark Lindley|
|1:30||Worship in Spirit, John 4:24 .......Kent Bailey|
|2:30||Types/Anti-types of the Church ...... Wayne Cox|
|7:00||The New Birth ........... . Gilbert Gough|
|8:00||The Work of the Church ............Tom Bright|
TUESDAY, JULY 2 7
|9:00||The Church is Militant .......... Melvin Sapp|
|10:00||Worship in Truth #1 -- Singing, Lord's Supper .... Ronnie Whittemore|
|11:00||The Church as Seen by the Prophets .......... Windell Fikes|
|1:30||The Spiritual Nature of the Church ......... Jon Macon|
|2:30||Church Discipline ........... Toney Smith|
|7:00||Instrumental Music and Singing Groups .......... Virgil L. Hale|
|8:00||The Bride of Christ ................ Charles Blair|
WEDNESDAY, JULY 2 8
|9:00||Metaphors used of the Church ........... David Paden|
|10:00||The Bible School ............. Don Tate|
|11:00||Worship in Truth #2 -- Giving, Teaching, Praying ....... Paul Powers|
|1:30||The Influence of the Church ............ Bill Crossno|
|2:30||The Organization of the Church ............ G. W. Childs|
|7:00||Respect for Bible Authority and the Church ......... Gary McDade|
|8:00||The Pillar and Ground of the Truth ............ Terry Joe Kee|
THURSDAY, JULY 29
|9:00||The One Body, One Fold, Non-denominational ......... Richard Carlson|
|10:00||The Church's People: Full of Faith and Works ......... Jeff Bates|
|11:00||Church History from the First Century until Today ......... Robert R. Taylor, Jr.|
|1:30||The Church and its Non-observance of Religious Holidays ........ Terry Roberts|
|2:30||The Unity of the Church ......... Ed Floyd|
|7:00||150 Years of Digression and the Present Apostasy ...... Ken Burleson|
|8:00||The Church's Eternal Destiny, Delivered to God ........ Ed Casteel|
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