Friday, December 30, 2005


When the great plants of our cities
Have turned out their last finished work;
When our merchants have sold their last yard of silk
And dismissed the last tired clerk;
When our banks have raked in their last dollar
And paid the last dividend;
When the Judge of all the earth says,
"Closed for the night,"
And ask for a balance - WHAT THEN?
When the choir has sung its last anthem,
And when the preacher has made his last prayer;
When the people have heard their last sermon,
And the sound has died out in the air;
When the Bible lies closed on the pulpit,
And the pews are all empty of men,
When each one stands facing his record,
And the great book is opened - WHAT THEN?
When the actors have played their last drama,
And the mimic has made his last fun;
When the film has flashed its last picture,
And the billboard displayed its last run;
When the crowds, seeking pleasure, have vanished,
And gone out in the darkness again;
When the trumpet of ages have sounded,
And we stand up before Him - WHAT THEN?
When the bugle's call sinks into silence,
And the long marching columns stand still;
When the captain repeats his last order,
And they've captured the last fort and hill;
When the flag has been hauled from the masthead,
And the wounded afield checked in,
And the world that rejected its Savior
Is asked for a reason - WHAT THEN?
When the Christian has finished his journey,
And his hands lay folded in rest;
When his soul is returned to the Master
Who demanded we give Him our best.
And with sorrow we hear the sad message,
"Depart for you cannot come in,
For you failed to help spread the gospel,
And left it to others" – WHAT THEN?

Last verse added by Tom Wacaster
"The Songs & Devotions of David"
Volume 3, pp. 24-25

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A Weak Christian

Weakness rarely receives praise, regardless of the sphere in which that weakness exists. In athletics, your opponent will study you to determine your weakness. The same could be said in a chess tournament. In other cases, weakness might refer to an illness that has left a person without strength. Regardless of the sphere, weakness implies vulnerability to attack. Therefore, we should consider this underlying theme when we read Paul’s exhortation telling us to “support the weak” (1 Th. 5:14). Christians have a ruthless enemy in Satan (1 Pet. 5:8), and like a lion stalking an antelope, the devil preys on weakness.

Weak Christians are those people who constantly require assistance and attention in spiritual matters in order to keep them from completely abandoning their Lord. They have had problems letting go of the life they led prior to their conversion (Col. 3:5-11), and after months and even years of opportunities to learn, they still have difficulty overcoming the same temptations they faced when they first obeyed. They may attend regularly or sporadically, but their weakness limits their involvement in the church because they never really committed to that new way of life.

Weak Christians need support from those who are stronger and more experienced in the faith in order to handle the problems inherent in life. But at some point, those weak Christians have to exercise their faith (Jas. 1:2-4) so that it might grow and stand on their own faith rather than being propped up by others. Weak Christians must move beyond “I know God says that, but...” to making their faith active and strong so that they might one day help others. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (Jas. 1:22).

by Kevin Rhodes

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Battle is the Lord's

The lesson of David and Goliath is one of the most well known accounts from the Old Testament (1 Sam. 17). It has become part of our vocabulary in every aspect of life. Yet sometimes we lose sight of the real point in the story. David has come to represent any underdog who attempts to overcome insurmountable odds. Goliath, on the other hand, represents the greater power, the obvious winner unless something previously considered impossible happens. This is our collective understanding in society, but it implies many incorrect things.David himself did not in any way believe that the odds were against him. Quite to the contrary! In fact, as his boldness suggests, he was confident of victory based upon past success (1 Sam. 17:33-37). The difference was that David was not relying on himself for the victory, and he did not believe that it was his fight. He told Goliath, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Sam. 17:45). As far as David was concerned, Goliath was the underdog. He was mismatched against God! He continued, “Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands” (1 Sam. 17:47). We often try to take far too much on ourselves, and in the process also take the glory. We want growth in the church, but then when it happens, we act as surprised as anybody or congratulate the preacher or the latest “get big quick” scheme that has found its way into the congregation. Paul said, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase” (1 Cor. 3:6). Furthermore, it was Paul’s acceptance of God’s will and Christ’s mind in his life in which he had confidence: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthenth me” (Phil. 4:13). Paul had confidence that doing God’s will was always the best decision, and it was that confidence that he sought to pass on to others. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31).David’s confidence was in God because his heart was with God, and it was for these reasons that God was also with him (Jas. 4:8).

by Kevin Rhodes

Monday, November 14, 2005

The Quality of Humility

The rich young ruler of Matthew 19:16 had many good qualities to be admired. By reading the account we find that he was healthy, wealthy, influential, clean, humble, earnest, religious, and morally good. These are all characteristics of a great person in a society. He was good enough according to the world to be saved, but not according to Jesus. He lacked one thing and he knew it. In verse 20 he asked; “What lack I yet?” He came to Jesus to ask Him what he should do to inherit eternal life. This is a great quality of humility that we must all have, a quality of humility that would dare ask of Jesus, “what should I do to be saved?” On the day of Pentecost, this question was asked of the apostles by men who knew that they lacked something (Acts 2:37). This question was also asked by Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:6), he also knew that he lacked something. To ask this question of Jesus shows a great quality of humility that acknowledges ones deficiencies. Many today lack this quality of humility to ask the question, for two reasons: First for fear of the answer they would receive; and second, for a fear of some sacrifice they might need to make in their lives.

Just as Jesus gave the answer to this rich young ruler, so will He give us the answer today. “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Pet. 1:3). He gives us everything we need to know about life and godliness, through His Word. So then we have no excuse for not knowing what we lack in the matter of our salvation. All we need to do is read His Word and apply His teaching to our lives. God in His infinite wisdom has given us a plan of salvation by which each and everyone of us are to live and be saved. But many lack the quality of humility to ask if there is anything in our lives that we lack or that needs to be changed.

After the rich, young ruler of Matthew 19 was told what he “lacked”, he went away sorrowfully. Not because he gave up his material possessions, but because he rejected the instructions from the Lord and thus rejected his own salvation. All Jesus told him to do was to remove the physical obstacle in his life that was keeping him out of heaven. That is exactly what he is telling us today. Because of some changes that need to be made, some religious people fear this answer from the Lord: Believe (Jho. 8:24), Repent (Acts 17:30), Confess (Rom. 10:9-10), be Baptized for the remission of ones sins (Acts 2:38, 22:16), and live faithfully unto death (Rev. 2:10). Others fear the sacrifice they may need to make in their lives, they may need to give something up; “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it” (Luke 9:23-24). We must not only have the quality of humility to ask the question of the Lord, but also have the humility to accept the divine answer. Because Jesus is the “author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Heb. 5:9).

David Harris

Thursday, November 03, 2005

The Humility of Stephen

In the seventh chapter of Acts we have recorded for our profit the great sermon of Stephen, directed to the "stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears" (Acts 7:51a). Stephen declared, "ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye" (Acts 7:51b). Some might consider Stephen a harsh, cruel, and unloving preacher but his actions demonstrate different.

After this strong and mighty warrior of the faith preached his hear out, "they gnashed on him with their teeth" (Acts 7:54b). The people could not handle the simple yet powerful words of truth given by the Holy Spirit, and declared by Stephen! Their response, after they were "cut to the heart" (Acts 7:54a) was to immediately "stop their ears" (Acts 7:57). Why this mean brutality? Why the hatred towards this courageous defender of truth? What had Stephen done to them, besides declare the things of God? They "cast him out of the city, and stoned him" (Acts 7:58).

Some of the saddest words recorded by divine inspiration within this chapter are found in Acts 7:59, "And they stoned Stephen." They murdered this brave spiritual hero. He was a martyr for Christ and an example for all to follow. While they stoned him, Stephen cried out, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit" and "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge" (Acts 7:59-60). When he "had said this, he fell asleep" (Acts 7:60). Although the words of Stephen were pointed directly at the sin which the people had committed, he spoke from a motive of love. Did the sermon of Stephen offend the people? Yes! The hearers chewed on him with their teeth, ran and jumped on top of him, cast him out of the city and stoned him. The lack of love and humility was not from Stephen's side, rather from the hearers upon that tragic day in history. Stephen proved his love, while the people proved that their hearts were dishonest.

Today, two thousand years later, we must ever be mindful of the words found within the book of Revelation some thirteen times, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches" (Rev. 2:7). Think on these things.

Brant Stubblefield

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Monday, October 10, 2005

Saturation Reading Chart

In general I find that people, especially Christians, want to know God's book. Some seek shortcuts to their determent but far too often I have found that people feel overwhelmed. They simply do not have the knowledge of how to go about this enormous task. Second, they have been convinced that a yearly reading of the Bible is a tremendous feat and that reading a chapter before bed time is enough to feed the soul. This has been done innocently in order to help people get started reading their Bible, but we simply cannot stop there.

In this scheme, the student is encouraged to read the Old Testament, as outlined, in order to first get an overall, "birds-eye" view of the historical setting. Having gained a clearer view of the history of God's people, a student is now ready to read the books of poetry and prophecy.

The New Testament is designed so that a student will read sixty-five (65) chapters a week for four weeks, thus reading the New Testament twelve times in a year as opposed to just once. This is accomplished with less than ten chapters a day.

The New Testament is divided so that a student will read one of the biographical accounts of the life of Jesus at the beginning of the each week. Subsequent books relate either in kind or in authorship, for example, after reading Matthew the student will read Hebrews. Both books were written to the Jews. Mark and Romans are placed together for this same reason. On the other hand, Luke and Acts are placed together as well as all the Johannine writings due to authorship.

Make no mistake, this method is not for the slothful Christian. It will take self-discipline. The discipline necessary for the Saturation Method is challenging. (See following post).

Written by Rick Popejoy

Saturday, September 24, 2005

How to Deal with Church Problems

When problems arise at a congregation, it is not always the problems themselves that do the damage, but how each member deals with the alleged problems. For example, Sister Chatter tells Brother Gossip that she saw Bill, a church deacon, pulled over beside a beer joint helping a young mother change her flat tire. As Brother Gossip hears the story he is so gossipy that all he hears is that a church deacon was seen at the beer joint with a young mother. After the twisted story leaves the venomous lips of Brother Gossip, goes through the demented mind of Sister Busybody, then the story comes out like this. Have you heard that Brother Bill, who has always been a faithful deacon, has now left the church and is seen at the beer joint regularly with one of the young mothers from our congregation? Such exaggerated stories like this should leave us with mixed emotions. They make us want to laugh because they are so far fetched and distorted. Yet, at the same time, they make us want to cry because we all know rumors like this one have done horrendous harm to the church of the Lord. What then should the Christian do when he hears about church problems?

1. Consider the source. Is the person who is telling me this biased toward a certain group or view? Is this person known for being a gossip and spreading rumors? Was this person actually there or did they get the information second-hand?

2. Remember, there are always two sides to a story. Every story, no matter how good, bad or ugly, has two sides. Before believing a rumor that you hear, make sure you get both sides of the story. This is especially important as it relates to religious and biblical matters. Be sure and find out if there are any biblical principles in the story that you have not been told. A lot of times when you explore both sides of the story you see things that some would rather you not know.

3. If you have questions, ask the elders. When problems arise and you hear something someone said, before believing it, talk to the spiritual leaders of the congregation about it. They are the ones who lead and watch out for our souls (Heb. 13:17). And, more times than not, they are at the forefront and know both sides of the story. May all of us remember that more harm can be done after the problems arise than during the problems themselves if we do not deal with them correctly.

Written by Ben Bailey

Saturday, September 10, 2005

How Badly Do You Want To Know?

In Matthew 13, after Jesus told the parable of the sower and the seed, his disciples asked him why he spoke to the people in parables. Jesus’ answer followed in verses 10-17.

Jesus told the disciples that the people had not been blessed “to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” and that this is why he spoke in parables. Did this mean that Jesus arbitrarily chose those to whom he would reveal his truth, revealing these mysteries to some and not to others? No!

This section of scripture falls between the telling of the parable of the sower and its subsequent explanation. In the parable we see that the success of the seed (the Word) depends upon its reception by the soil (the human heart). In verse 12 and 13, Jesus explains that His message requires an open heart in order to be received. One must desire to know the truth.

Was Jesus just making things difficult for us? Couldn’t he have just said exactly what the truth was instead of making us work for it?

The people who struggled with Jesus’ teachings were struggling because they didn’t want to understand. The parables are like a code to understanding the truth. The only things necessary to crack the code are to have the desire to know the truth, and to put forth the effort to study it.

As we read the Bible, we must have an open mind to what it teaches. We should strive to develop our beliefs based on the scriptures, rather than reading the scriptures with the purpose of trying to prove what we already believe. The truth is right in front of us in the Scriptures. How badly do we want to know it?

Written by David Ray.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Alone -- And God Hates It

Man, made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26), needs relationship. It was not good for man to be alone, and no helper comparable to him could be found (Genesis 2:18,20). Therefore God made Eve from the rib of Adam. Adam then said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Genesis 2:21-23). God’s desire for these two was for them to be one. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

In the marriage bond, the husband is the head of the wife. This does not mean the he dictates everything within the marriage. As a loving leader, he should demonstrate his love for his wife by giving himself for her, keeping her clean, pure, without spot, wrinkle or blemish. He should love her as his own body, cherish and nourish her. The wife is to submit to her own husband as to the Lord. This does not mean she is his slave, treated harshly and abused, nor does it mean she has no opinion worth hearing. Her thoughts, dreams and opinions matter. She is to be loved and she is to respect her husband (Ephesians 5:22-33).

“So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:6). Yet, the world today is filled with divorce, which God hates. From the beginning of the world, God intended for one man to marry one woman and for the two to be one flesh until death. When death occurs, the marriage bond is broken (Romans 7:1-3). Sadly, many marriages never reach full potential. Our world allows for divorce for many reasons, even “no fault” divorce (as if something God joined together could be separated without fault). God’s plan does not coincide with worldly wisdom.

God did allow one exception to His plan. Jesus said, “Whosoever shall put away his wife, except for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that marrieth her when she is put away committeth adultery” (Matthew 19:9 – ASV). When one in the marriage commits fornication, the innocent party may divorce the guilty party. Sin does not have to end the marriage, but if repentance does not occur, true forgiveness cannot occur and can break apart what God has joined together.

There are other sins that may destroy a home. A husband who beats his wife or children certainly is in sin and it may even result in the wife and children separating from the husband. Some have tried to say that in such cases God allows for divorce and subsequent remarriage. To support this view 1 Corinthians 7:15 is often referenced, which says, “…a brother or sister is not under bondage in such cases,” but this is using the scripture improperly. No, one is not under bondage, meaning they are not chained to their spouse, or forced to stay with an unbeliever, including someone beating the wife or children, but this does not break the marriage bond allowing for remarriage.

God has one plan for the home: joined together until death. God has one exception to His plan: the occurrence of fornication. God’s view of divorce: He hates it.

“For the Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce…”
Malachi 2:16
Written By Denny Wilson
Read Denny's other two articles on this subject.

Monday, August 15, 2005

The Significance of the Church

The church really isn't that important, right? Isn't the relationship that one has in his own heart with God the only thing that truly matters? Can't a person be a Christian and not be affiliated with a church? These and similar thoughts often cross the minds of honest people. But what does the Bible say about the church and the Christian's relationship to it?

The Scriptures clearly teach the importance of the church by showing Christ as its owner. Jesus promised to build the church (Mt. 16:18) and even shed his innocent blood to purchase it (Acts 20:28). To say that the church is not important is to say that his blood is not important!

Additionally, one cannot have a proper relationship with God without being a member of Christ's church. In fact, the church is made up of the saved. The Bible declares that the Lord adds the saved to the church (Acts 2:47) and that Jesus is the Savior of the church (Eph. 5:23).

It should be carefully and prayerfully noted that Jesus is not the owner of, did not shed his blood for, and does not add the saved to just any church. The church over which he reigns is not a man-made religious body or a conglomeration of humanly devised denominations. Not a single denomination can be found in the Scriptures!

The church described in the New Testament came into existence in the city of Jerusalem on the first Pentecost following Jesus' resurrection (Acts 2). Any church established by any person other than Jesus, in any place other than Jerusalem, at any time other than A.D. 33 cannot be the church pictured in the Bible.

Since the church mentioned in the Bible really is important, no sincere seeker of Truth should be satisfied until he has found that church! We plead with you to honestly and carefully compare the churches with which you are familiar to the church described in the New Testament.

Written by Preston Silcox

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Back to the Bible

"Thus says the LORD: "Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it" (Jer. 6:16).

This passage is a sad commentary on the spiritual condition of Israel. Although they thought they were pleasing to God, He tells them they need to repent and go back to the “Old Paths.” Since the institution of Christianity by our Lord, there has been a progressive movement leading many away from the simplicity of the Bible. Many in the religious world have wondered so far from the Bible that they no longer use it as a guidebook for worship and life. Jeremiah 6:16 calls us back to the Bible. In an age where modernism, humanism, and evolution run rampant in the world and the church, we must determine to find the old paths of God’s word and demand they are taught. Let us consider how we should go “Back to the Bible.”

Back to Bible Study. Our technologically advanced age, which has benefited us in many ways, has also made us lazy in other ways. We need to determine to study God’s word regularly, and independently. Paul encouraged Timothy to “Study to show yourself approved unto God…” (2 Tim. 2:15). The Bible tells us that a sincere study of the word of God will free us from sin (Jn. 8:32), give us spiritual understanding (Eph. 3:4), prepare us to answer the critic (1 Peter 3:15), and save our souls (James 1:21). We must stop depending on preachers, commentaries, media and other sources to do our Bible study for us. Let’s go back to the Bible in individual Bible study.

Back to Bible Salvation. Many people are trying to be saved through various avenues. Some try to save themselves. Others depend on men to tell them how to be saved. However, God’s word is the only source for salvation (Rom. 1:16). The biblical plan of salvation is very simple. One must believe in Jesus as the Son of God (Jn. 8:24). Then he must be willing to repent of all his past sins and turn to God (Lk. 13:3, Acts 3:19). Next, one must be willing to orally confess Jesus before men (Rom. 10:10, Matt. 10:32-33). Finally, one must be baptized in water for salvation (Mk. 16:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, Jn. 3:3-5). Have we been saved the way the Bible tells us to? If not, let’s go back to the Bible for salvation. May God help us as we endeavor to return to the old paths of His Word!

Written By Ben Bailey

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Some Things I Know the Bible Teaches

No human being knows absolutely everything there is to know. Thus, infinite (unlimited) knowledge is possessed by no one person. However, to say that no one person is omniscient (all-knowing) is not to say that a person cannot know at least some things. The Bible teaches that there are some things that a person absolutely must know and do to live in harmony with God's will (Matt. 7:21-23; John 3:1-7; 4:24; 8:31-32).

It is neither arrogant nor conceited to teach from the Bible what one knows to be true. As a Christian, I am obligated — as is every Christian — to teach in a very kind, loving, and courteous way, yet clearly, firmly, and truthfully, the truths imparted from God's word. Following are at least some truths I know the Bible teaches.

I know the Bible teaches that there is but one, and only one, God, the Father, Who created all things, Who loves every human being, and Who wishes every person to be saved (Eph. 4:6; Acts 17:24-25; 1 Tim. 2:3-4).

I know the Bible teaches that this same loving God is a "great and terrible" God and that He will punish the majority of the human race eternally in hell for their disobedience to His will (Deut. 10:17; Neh. 1:5; Matt. 7:13-14; 2 Thess. 1:7-9).

I know the Bible teaches that there is one, and only one, New Testament church, and that every person who obeys the gospel is added to that one church by God so that every Christian is a member of the church of Christ for which He (Christ) died (Eph. 1:22-23; 4:4; Acts 2:37-47; 20:28).

I know the Bible teaches that denominationalism is sinful, that it is a hindrance to world evangelism and thus contributes to infidelity, that it is in direct opposition to Christ's prayer for unity, the apostles' plea for unity, and God's eternal plan for every Christian to be united into one body (John 17:20-23; 1 Cor. 1:10-11; Eph. 2:14-18; 3:9-11; 4:3-6).

I know the Bible teaches that it (the Bible) is the all-sufficient and verbally inspired revelation from God to man, and that additions to, subtractions from, or substitutions for, on the part of man are presumptuous, foolish, and seriously sinful (1 Cor. 2:12-13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Rev. 22:18-19).

I know the Bible teaches that Jesus never authorized, the Holy Spirit never revealed, the apostles never approbated, and the first century New Testament church never employed the use of mechanical instruments of music in Christian worship to God. Furthermore, I know that the introduction of all such man-made innovations in Christian worship is an addition to God's word, and therefore must be regarded as sinful (John 16:13; Eph. 5:19; Rev. 22:18-19).

I know the Bible teaches that Christians are saved by the mercy and grace of God and not of one's own works of human merit, while simultaneously teaching that unless (except) every accountable person complies with the gospel terms of obedience (faith, repentance, confession, and immersion in water for the forgiveness of sins), one will lose his soul and suffer eternal punishment in hell (Titus 3:4-7; John 3:1-7; 2 Thess. 1:7-9).

I know the Bible teaches that the terms "gospel" and "doctrine" are but two different words to designate the same message to be preached or taught, and not two separate and distinct messages, one for alien sinners and the other for the saved. No such distinction is in harmony with the Bible (Rom. 1:15-17; 2 Thess 1:8; Acts 13:12).

I know the Bible teaches that it is sinful for one to be so radical as to make laws forbidding or condemning what God allows. Furthermore I know that it is sinful for one to be "liberal" so as to go beyond God's written word and uphold or practice that which the Bible does not authorize (1 Tim. 4:1-3; Acts 15:1-29; 2 John 9).

I know the Bible teaches that, even though many hated Him and eventually killed Him for it, Jesus told people the truth because He loved people and wanted them to be saved (Luke 6:11; John 7:7; Mark 14:60-65).

These Biblical truths are here stated in love for God, His Son, His Word, His church, and for every person who has never obeyed the gospel. May we realize there is no possible way we can truly love people while withholding the truth from them.

Written by Stephen Wiggins

Monday, July 18, 2005

The Preacher, the Pewster, and Sound Doctrine

Preachers have never been a popular people, at least not if they are the kind who preach what is needed instead of what is wanted by the pewsters. As churches grow larger and larger, and gradually become more interested in numbers than in truth, pressure is applied to preach what the people want to hear.

The problem is not a new one. Some 650 years before Christ, Jeremiah moaned: "The prophets prophesy falsely and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so..." (Jeremiah 5:31). Earlier it was a rebelious people who would not hear the law of the Lord that begged the prophets: "Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits." (Isaiah 30:10). Can you imagine such a request? "We do not want to hear the truth -- prophesy falsely."

Amos was told by Amaziah. "Go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there..." (Amos 7:12). Why must Amos leave Israel? The land was not able to bear his words (7:10), or, put another way, to face the truth! Since Amos did not preach what the people wanted to hear, he was told to get out!

John the Baptizer spoke to Herod about his adulterous relationship with Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; and for all of his concern, he was rewarded by being thrown into prison (Matthew 14:3-4).

Preachers must resist the temptation to conform and give the people what they want by preaching smooth things, even though the people would love to have it so, and even though it may mean the preacher will have to go elsewhere if he is to preach the truth! Paul said that men-pleasers cannot be Christ pleasers (Galatians 1:10). He charged Timothy to "Preach the word" and then warned that the "time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." (2 Timothy 4:1-4). Needless to mention the obvious, but that "time" has long since arrived!

Written by Wayne Price

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


The Biblical view of morality is under severe attack by the left wing extremists here in America. Hollywood in all of its glamour, desensetizes us at a rapid pace, through and by her vile and perverse influences on and off the big screen ! What can we do, as strong Bible believing people, to counter act this polluted agenda of sin? First, we must begin by teaching that truth is absolute, and is found within the pages of the Bible (John 8:32, John14:6, John 17:17). Only the Sacred Writings are "given by the inspiration of God" (2 Tim 3:16), and we must guide people to the Divine source of authority and help. As of recent, the United Church of Christ (which is not affiliated with *the* church of Christ) has openly declared the acceptance of permitting their "clergy" to perform homosexual marriages with the approval of the church (if you can call it a church) ?!? Friends, this is the most blatant and direct rejection of truth, in regards to morality, that we have seen as of yet! Even Jesus Himself said, "Have ye not read, that he that made them from the beginning made them male and female" (read Matt 19:1-9)? Christ has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt 28:18), and He declared, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). Paul said, "The things I write unto you are as of the commandments of the Lord" (1 Cor 14:37). Paul, by the Holy Spirit, called homosexuality a sin (1 Cor 6:9) and those who persist in it, without repenting (Luke 13:3), and obeying the gospel (2 Thess. 1:8 ), cannot "enter the kingdom of God" (1 Cor 6:11).

Paul made known that homosexuality is "against nature" and is "unseemly" (Read Romans 1), and closed his remarks in that chapter by saying that they which practice such are "worthy of death" (a reference to spiritual death). Let us remember the words of Jesus, "Fear not Him who destroys the body, but fear Him who will destroy both body and soul in hell" (Matt 10:28). If we "fear God and keep His commandments" (Eccl 12:13), we will never be guilty of supporting the perverse, vile, and wicked lifestyle of homosexuality. While this message may be unpopular she is true and much needed! Let the Bible speak (1 Pet 4:11).

Written by Brant Stubblefield

Salvation and the Church

Most churches built by men teach that membership in the church is not necessary to salvation. Their mantra is that, "The church doesn't save" and is therefore unnecessary to salvation. In one sense they are right. Christ is the Saviour, but they refuse to understand that it is the church which constitutes the saved. "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body." (Eph. 5:23). The church is that which Christ saves and one cannot be saved outside of it. One may as well argue that Noah could have been saved outside the ark as to say one can be saved without being in the church. On the other hand, if their meaning is that one can be saved without being in a denomination, they are entirely correct. Denominations are not the church, nor a part of it and when one is saved through obedience to Christ he is not added to a denomination by the Lord.

The general order for salvation and "church membership" among denominations is for one to "get saved" in whatever way the denomination prescribes, then "join a church." Those who so teach will say salvation is not dependent upon one being in a "church" — that one can "get saved" and go to heaven without church membership. But the apostle Paul said that the church is the "fulness" of Christ (Eph. 1:23).

"The idea that one is first saved by some mystical or mystified, unintelligible or intangible process, and afterwards 'joins some church', is a common religious delusion. Yet there is no truth more plainly emphasized in the Bible than the fact that the process of being saved is the process of entering the church (Acts 2:47). First, it is affirmed in Acts 4:12 that salvation is in Christ. Then, to have salvation, one must get into Christ. But Paul, by analogy, in Ephesians 5:30, teaches that as husband and wife are one, so Christ and the church are one. 'I speak concerning Christ and the church,' he said. Christ and the church being one, how can one be in Christ and out of the church? Second, Paul makes the fact that Christ is 'the Saviour of the body,' (Eph. 5:23) the ground of his exhortation to the Ephesians concerning the church as the bride of Christ (verse 25). He washed it and sanctified it; cleansed it and saved it; purchased it with His blood and redeemed it; reconciles us to God in it and adds all the saved to it. Therefore, out of the church there is no cleansing, no blood, no redemption, no reconciliation to God, no salvation. Third, the relation between Christ and the church is the same as that which exists between God and Christ. Christ is the 'fulness' of God (Col. 1:9), and the church is the 'fulness' of Christ (Eph. 1:23). Therefore, no man can come to Christ and ignore the church for the same reason that no man can come to God and ignore Christ" (Wallace, Foy E., Jr., "Christ And The Church," The Present Truth, Foy E. Wallace, Jr. Publications, Ft. Worth, 1977, pp. 26-27).

Denominational thinking can be illustrated by drawing two circles, one inside the other. According to denominational doctrine, the outer circle represents salvation in Christ. Having entered that circle, man must then enter the inner circle which represents the church. But Paul said the church is the fulness of Christ. One cannot be saved in Christ without being saved in the church of Christ. The Bible knows only one circle and to be saved is to be in the body of Christ, for it is His fulness.

Written by Jerry Brewer

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Keep Your Focus

Oftentimes, the fast-paced world in which we live, distracts us from those things that really matter. Afterall, we are merely "strangers and pilgrims on earth" (Heb 11:13), passing through this temporary habitat on our way to a "better country" (Heb 11:16). This supreme destination is not received without much dedication, knowledge, and zeal. Along this "narrow road that leadeth unto life" (Matt 7:14), Satan continually hurls "fiery darts" (Eph 6:16) at each Christian, in hopes that we might surrender our souls to an eternal devil's hell. No wonder the loyal apostle Paul declared, "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection : lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway" (1 Cor 9:27). This humble expression of gratitude recognizes both the willingness and responsibility that Paul felt in saturating his life with the "power of the gospel" (Rom 1:16). A true understanding of Biblical grace will move us to "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:14). Eversince the inception of the church Satan has swallowed whole thousands upon thousands of individuals with lies. On one occasion Paul uttered these sad words, "For I know this that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your ownselves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years, I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears (Acts 20:29-31). Brethren, may I humbly yet boldly, warn all of us to keep our eyes on the goal and our hearts in tune with the "doctrine of Christ" (2 John 9-11). Sometimes it is easy to be discouraged, because of the current apostasy within the church! Nevertheless, we must not give in to the pressures abroad but with a genuine love for truth expose error on every hand, while exalting the royal banner of truth! Someday in the future, after this "earth is burned up" (2 Pet 3:10), we can approach the throne of Judgment knowing we defended and taught the truth in love (Phil 1:7, Eph 4:15). A terrible and bone chilling day of horror it will be for those false teachers, and even more so, for those who taught the *truth*, yet never wanted to expose error! The eternal doom of cowardice, lukewarmness, and complacency will be a shock to those who were simply along for the ride and prestige of being a social pillar within the community and not a gospel preacher! "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad" (2 Cor 5 :10). Let us think on these things.

Written by Brant Stubblefield

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Alone Again But Not For Long

She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways
by William Wordsworth

She dwelt among the untrodden ways
Beside the springs of Dove,
A maid whom there were none to praise
And very few to love:
A violet by a mossy stone
Half hidden from the eye!
Fair as a star-- when only one
Is shining in the sky.
She lived unknown, and few could know
When Lucy ceased to be;
But she is in her grave, and, oh,
The difference to me!

There are few things in life that cut so deep as the passing of a loved one. While I cannot speak from experience, and I pray that I may not taste of such for many years if the Lord delays, the passing of one’s spouse is truly heart wrenching. I cannot imagine life without Robyn. As the poet wrote so well, though one may be unknown and obscure to the world, his or her passing makes all the difference in the world to the spouse.

At the passing of a friend, one whom Jesus knew would be raised from the dead, Jesus wept (John 11:35). How much more sorrow is felt when that person that makes us complete is taken from us? Yet, we who believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God and who have obeyed the gospel obtaining life in His name do not sorrow like those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). We have faith in Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).

We look forward to the joyful reunion when this world has come to an end. Jesus will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. The dead in Christ shall rise. We long for the moment when those faithful Christians who have passed from this life are raised from the dead, including our dear loved ones. Those faithful Christians who are alive at Jesus’ coming will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus shall we always be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Paul was right in saying that we should comfort one another with these words. It is a comfort to know that we can spend eternity with the Godhead who loved us, created the world, gave us life, gave us relationships, and gave us hope of eternal life.

While we understand that there will be no marriage in heaven (Matthew 22:28-30), it is a great comfort to know that a marriage formed according to God’s will (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:3-9), a marriage that continues in God’s will for the home (Ephesians 5:22-33; 6:1-4; 1 Peter 3:1-7), and a marriage where both parties remain faithful until death (2 Timothy 4:6-8), will pave the way for these two souls to spend eternity together with all the saints in heaven. Brethren, that makes a difference to me!

Written by Denny Wilson

Read Denny's first post on this subject entitled "alone"

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

This Hurts Me More Than You

“You’ll never teach in this school again!” These are the last words I heard from a high school senior a few years ago as I told him to leave class. He had been rude and disrespectful, and then confronted me face to face (literally) when I tried to discipline him. Fortunately no punches were thrown, and I did teach there again.

Having this experience of teaching in today’s school systems, and also having worked with youth even in the church, I have witnessed clearly the results of failing to heed the instruction of Proverbs 29:15 (“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”). Had I ever acted the way this young man did, I would have received the rod at school and then again at home from Dad! This is because when I was growing up, the school system, and my father, took biblical instruction seriously.

Regardless of the ideas of modern child psychology, the Bible teaches discipline and corrective instruction as a necessity, even though it may be difficult.

“Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.” (Proverbs 19:18)

Many times prior to spanking me, my father would try to convince me that it would somehow be more painful for him than for me! Though a child may not understand this statement, the parents know that it is not enjoyable to discipline their children. But it must be done.

Without oversight, a child is like a horse with its reigns removed. He is allowed to do anything he pleases and is bound to foolishness (Proverbs 22:15). Learning by experience can be effective at times, but isn’t always necessary. A child should never have to learn that a stove is hot. Proper instruction from his parents and obedience on his part will prevent him from experiencing the pain of finding out the hard way.

Children have the responsibility to obey their parents (Ephesians 6:1). When they refuse, proper discipline must be administered. Failure to do so can be devastating. Our society, and even the church, is suffering due to lack of discipline. It’s up to each parent to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4), not sparing the rod.

Written By David Ray

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Lights! Camera! Action!

Upon returning from an out-of-state job assignment, one of our members showed me a brochure from a congregation which he had attended. It was a program of the church's drama which they were presenting. It rivaled a commercial production, complete with seven full scenes and a lengthy acknowledgement list of actors, stage crew, construction workers, lighting, sound, scenery, make-up, costume, printing, etc. However, I wasn't surprised at this (and neither was my brother who gave me the brochure)~because many in the church have been acting without Biblical authority for a long time.

It must be remembered, in matters of religion, one can only do that which has been authorized! (Col. 3:17). We cannot add to nor take away from what God has said! (Rev.22:18-19).

What, then, is it that God has specifically told us to do regarding the proclamation of His Word?

He told us to "preach" (kerusso) meaning, "to be a herald; to officiate as a herald; to proclaim after the manner of a herald" (Thayer's, p. 364). Matthew 10:7 states, "And as ye go, preach, saying..." —not dramatizing.

He told us to "preach" (dialegomai) meaning, "to converse, discourse with one, argue, discuss" (Thayer's, p. 139). "Paul preached unto them... and continued his speech..." —not drama (Acts 20:7).

He told us to "preach" (euangelidzo) meaning, "to proclaim glad tidings; specifically to instruct (men) concerning the things that pertain to Christian salvation" (Thayer's, p. 256). "...when they were come unto Antioch, spake [not dramatized] unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus" (Acts 11:20).

He told us to "preach" (katagello) meaning, "to announce, declare, promulgate, make known; to proclaim publicly, publish" (Thayer's, p. 330) ~ as was done in Acts 4:1-2. Also carefully notice the preaching of Peter (Acts 2:14-40; 3:19-26; 10:34-43), Stephen (Acts 7:2-53) and Paul (Acts 13:16-42; 17:22-31).

The conclusion is obviously obvious, God has specifically authorized preaching by oral discourses. The addition of dramas in our worship is going beyond the doctrine of Christ (2 John 9); it is a forbidden addition (Rev. 22:18); it is that of which those who both know and love the truth will not do. May we always only do that which God has authorized.

Written by Gary Henson

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Revelation and Inspiration (1 Corinthians 2)

As Paul stood before the Corinthian church, he did not arrogantly and eloquently proclaim a humanly-devised philosophy; rather, he fearfully and distinctly declared the wisdom of God (vss. 1-4). In addition, the apostle backed his teaching with miraculous demonstration so the faith of his audience might stand in the power of God, not in the wisdom of men (vss. 4-6). Now, in Paul's defense of his teaching methods, he reminds the Corinthian congregation of the source of his doctrine (vss. 6-16). The apostle assures the church that he did, indeed, proclaim a wisdom, but not the wisdom of this world; Paul declared the wisdom of God. It is here, in Paul's explanation of these matters, that he provides some very vital information on the often-misunderstood subjects of revelation and inspiration. Among other things, the apostle writes about the purpose, process, and preciousness of revelation and inspiration.

The Purpose

Concerning revelation, Paul writes of those things once hidden in the mind of God, "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit" (vs. 10a). About inspiration, the apostle says, "Which things also we speak, not in words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual words" (vs. 13 ASV). These verses indicate that "revelation is an act of Deity whereby God communicates facts and truths which were previously unknown to man," while inspiration is the tool that God uses to guide and control the revelation of those facts and truths.1 The combined purpose of revelation and inspiration, then, is to make known "the things that are freely given to us of God" (vs. 12).

The Process

While not every detail involved in the process of revelation and inspiration is covered by Paul in I Corinthians 2, the apostle does mention three important factors: The Holy Spirit (vss. 10-14), the specially selected agents of God ("we," "us," and "he that is spiritual" -- vss. 6, 7, 10, 12, 15, 16), and the act of communicating the mind, or will, of God (vss. 10, 13). When one puts these verses and factors together, he must conclude that by means of words the Holy Spirit guided certain individuals to speak and/or record exactly what God wanted man to know. Other related scriptures include II Samuel 23:2; John 16:13; I Timothy 4:1; and II Peter 1:20,21, which all mention these same three factors.

The Preciousness

Paul declares just how precious revelation and inspiration are when he points out that the blessings of the Gospel which were once hidden are now revealed (vss. 9,10) and, accordingly, are able to be taught to others (vs. 13). Because of revelation and inspiration, man can know God, himself, the path upon which God wishes for him to walk, and the rewards that will come to him for walking thereon (Mt. 7:13,14). Though these are but a few of the blessings that come as a result of revelation and inspiration, such vividly portray the preciousness of the same.While revelation and inspiration do not occur today (I Cor. 13:8-12), their final product, the Bible, remains and continues to bless those who will hear and heed its precepts. God be thanked that He was willing to communicate His Truth to man.

1 David Brown, "The Inspiration of The Bible," in Biblical Inerrancy, ed. Jerry Moffitt. (Portland, TX: Gulf Coast Lectures, 1993), 18.

Written By Preston Silcox

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Bible and Sexual Sins

In writing an article as plain as this, I know there may be the possibility of offending some. Please understand this is not my purpose at all. From history we learn a very clear lesson: Playing the “quiet game” about our problems and “sweeping them under the rug” doesn’t make them go away it actually makes them worse. The Bible is very clear about the heinous nature of sexual sins and their punishment. Notice how the Bible deals with sexual sins.

Incest—A Crime Against One’s Family. Incest, having sexual relations with a family member, is condemned as harshly as any sin in the Bible. In Leviticus 18:6-18, the Bible condemns sexual relations with anyone who is kin to you, except your mate. In fact, the Bible makes it very clear that to commit incest blood relation is not necessary. Sexual relations with an “in-law” or step brother or sister would also be considered incest (Lev. 20:17, 19-21). Truly, the sexual sin of incest is a crime against one’s family.

Harlotry—A Crime Against One’s Body. The selling of one’s body for profit is also strongly condemned in Scripture. In Deuteronomy 23:17 God told the people of Israel that female and male prostitution was sinful. God saw the problems prostitution would create when He warned, “Do not degrade your daughter by making her a prostitute, or the land will turn to prostitution and be filled with wickedness” (Lev. 19:29). Aside from the biblical problems involved with harlotry, think about the medical problems it creates. AIDS and STDs are contracted and given to others every day by prostitutes all across this world. Not only is it a biblical and medical problem, but it is also a very serious psychological problem. Think about the low state of self-worth one has to enter into to sale their body. Truly, prostitution is a crime against one’s self.

Child Molestation—A Sin Against the Innocent. The Bible portrays children as a precious and innocent creation of God (Matt. 19:14). Child molestation is the horrid monster that takes away that innocence. Child molestation by a parent is condemned with the idea of incest in Leviticus 18. Child molestation by another adult who is not kin to you is condemned along the lines of adultery and fornication. The only place in the Bible that sex is approved is between two scripturally married people (Heb. 13:4). A man would have to be sick mentally to take advantage of a child sexually. Child molestation would have to be the most heinous sex crime ever committed. Truly, it is a crime against the innocent!

Homosexuality—A Crime Against Nature. Homosexuality is a sin that the Bible has much to say about. The Apostle Paul said, “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due” (Rom. 1:26-27). In the Old Testament God had this to say about homosexual practices: “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination” (Lev. 18:22). Regardless of what our modern world says about the practice of homosexuality and gay marriages, the Bible still says they are a sin. And, it is the Bible we will be judged by, not the practices of our society (Jn. 12:48). Truly, homosexuality is a crime against nature!

Dear friend, the Bible is very clear on sexual sins. They are a crime against God, one’s self and all those a person is associated with. In the church of Christ we do not approve or support such sins as these because they are condemned in the Bible. May those who have committed such ungodly acts of immorality be prosecuted to the full extent of man’s law and may they repent of these acts before they are punished everlastingly by God!

Written By Ben Bailey

Friday, June 10, 2005


“Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with” Mark Twain (Wit and Wisecracks).

Seasons come and go ever more quickly it seems. With the passing of time we endure difficulties and victories, face burdens and labors of love, and are blessed with bountiful joy. How we handle the struggles and successes is greatly impacted by the people who are in our lives. God knew of the need of companionship for man from the beginning. He said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet (helper comparable to him—NKJV) for him” (Genesis 2:18—ASV). From that time, man has had the pleasure of developing the greatest friendship on earth through a fully developed and scripturally based marriage. A proper marriage allows for the sharing of the good times and the bad times. The good times are made greater while the bad times are made more tolerable. C.S. Lewis said it well, “The most precious gift that marriage gave was this constant impact of something very close and intimate yet all the time…No cranny of heart or body remained unsatisfied” (C.S. Lewis through the Shadowlands).

Solomon, discussing friendship, wrote, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, and hath not another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone? And if man prevail against him that is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).

A “threefold cord” can be found when husband and wife put God first. A husband who seeks first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, will be a better husband. He will help his wife to be stronger spiritually. He will help her to be a better wife by being the husband that she deserves. He will lead his wife to follow Christ. He will love his wife, giving himself for her daily. He will help her to be pure, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. He will love her even as his own body, cherishing her. A husband who puts God first and who loves his wife according to the scriptures (ex. Ephesians 5:22-33), will never be alone.

A wife who seeks first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, will be a better wife. She will be in subjection to her husband, as to the Lord. She will trust her husband’s leadership, knowing that he loves and cherishes her, nourishing their relationship with each other and with God. She will leave her mother and father and will cleave to him, being joined together, becoming one flesh. A wife who puts God first and who loves her husband according to the scriptures (ex. Ephesians 5:22-33), will never be alone.

There are many blessings in a marriage which is focused on God, but one of the greatest is having someone with whom to share the good times and the not-so-good times. A marriage where husband and wife are focused first on God forms a threefold cord that is not quickly broken. With our “help meet” by our side, serving God daily, we will never be alone. Together, we can reach out to others with the joy of the gospel.

Written By Denny Wilson

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Getting Acquainted with the Redeemer

In Exodus it was Pharaoh who asked the question, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice?” (Exo. 5:2). Moses would answer with ten plagues “against all the gods of Egypt” (Exo. 12:12). In other words God is a God who will not tolerate a rival for His affections! This is also indicated in the Decalogue: “And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exo. 20:1-3). In redemption (physical/spiritual), we see the non-moral essence of the Redeemer. We see God’s omnipresence (His all-seeing eye); omniscience (His perfect knowledge); omnipotence (His complete power); immutability (His unchangeableness). Redemption also allows us to see the moral attributes of the Redeemer. In other words, God is more than just His knowledge and power. God is Holy (Rev. 4:8-11; Isa. 6:3). God is Good (Mark 10:18). God is Righteous (Psa. 89:14; 97:2). These are terms that express the moral nature of a being. This is how the Redeemer describes Himself.

A redeemer implies bondage. Those who have sold themselves into the bondage of Satan through sin need someone outside of that bondage to redeem them. As Moses was sent into Egypt, the Word became flesh (Jho. 1:1-2, 14). This redeemer is deity in general and Jesus in particular. The Father is the great designer/architect of redemption (Eph. 3:9-11), whereas Jesus is the executor/operator of the will of deity (1 Jho. 2:2; 4:10). It was Jesus who came in the flesh; it was Jesus who died on the cross. The Spirit then functions as the organizer/revealer of that plan (2 Pet. 1:21). Man has four basic needs in religion. He needs (1) a priest to represent him before God (Heb. 3:1); (2) A sacrifice to approach God (Heb. 10:12); (3) A prophet to reveal God to him (Jho. 1:18); (4) A King to control his life (Acts 2:36; 5:31). Therefore, let us sing the song of The Great Redeemer (Foster/Beazley):

“How I love the great Redeemer,
Who is doing so much for me;
With what joy I tell the story,
Of the love that made man free.

He has purchased my redemption,
Rolled my burden of sin away,
And is walking on beside me,
Growing dearer day by day.

Worthy of praise is Christ our Redeemer;
Worthy of glory, honor, and pow’r!
Worthy of all our soul’s adoration,
Worthy art Thou! Worthy art Thou!

Worthy of riches, blessings and honor,
Worthy of wisdom, glory and pow’r!
Worthy of earth and heaven’s thanksgiving,
Worthy art Thou! Worthy art Thou!”

Written By Rick Popejoy