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Re: Congregational Singing Only In the New Testament

We recently received a thoughtful comment on YouTube regarding Brent’s sermon Is the Church of Christ “Legalistic”: Mechanical Instruments Condemned, where is your example of congregational singing only in the New Testament? What “psalms” was Paul referring too? Please read Brent’s full reply below: I apologize in the delay in getting …

The “Dash” Between the Dates

[Brent’s note: Several years ago I saw something very similar to this brief article, but I thought it was worth sharing in today’s bulletin.] Consider James’ insightful statement in James 4.14: “whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor …

Guarding Against Anxiety

The apostle Paul exhorted the Philippian brethren, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4.6-7). Someone once …

Put Memory to Good Use

Do you remember when Jesus encouraged His disciples to “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17.32; see Genesis 19)? The context of this statement is Jesus warning of His coming judgement. He had just answered the Pharisees’ question about the coming of the kingdom of God, because they were quite sure it …

Your Keyboard

The psalmist exhorted, “Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Psa 34.14). But this wasn’t the last time this was recorded in God’s word, for Peter quoted it in his first epistle: “Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and …

Walking In Circles

The noted French naturalist, Jean Henri Fabré studied the pine processionary caterpillar in great detail. He observed that these caterpillars would follow a lead caterpillar in a single-file line. This behaviour is not only the reason why it was given its name, but it can also be a deadly characteristic. Consider an …

“Ask And You Will Receive”

Do you remember what Jesus said to His disciples, “And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive” (Matt. 21.22)? That takes faith! I have a preacher friend who backed his little red convertible out of the driveway and proceeded down the street. About a block …

Man’s Responsibilities

In view of Solomon’s warning: to “fear God and keep His commandments” Eccl. 12.13), it seems prudent for us to consider the major responsibilities he has given man throughout the book. First, Solomon has instructed man to enjoy life. While many today have a “it’s all about me” and a …

Why Do You Doubt?

Consider: “Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’” (Matt. 14.31 – nasu). Doubt is not the absence of faith, but a lack of faith. Those of “little faith” doubt; those who have no faith have …

Why I Believe

The author of the book of Hebrews defined “faith” with these words: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb 11.1 – nasu). The words “assurance” and “conviction” indicate absolute confidence! It was the late, C. S. Lewis, the renowned British defender …