April 2015 archive

Apr 30

A Plea to Church Cynics

The church has its problems, the main ones are called, “you and I.” But the church is the beautiful, blood-bought body of Christ on earth.¹  It is the most important work on the earth, because it is focused on saving souls for eternity. Yet the church is often attacked by cynics who have a negative …

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Apr 28

Helping Family is More Important than Money

The story of Boaz and Ruth tells about two worthy individuals who were dedicated to the Lord, the traditions and law of Israel, and their family.  In ancient Israel family loyalty and dedication to family was highly esteemed.  Many today tend to see Ruth as a love story, but it really is more about two …

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Apr 23

Did You Know Uriah was David’s Loyal Friend?

You are probably aware of David’s sin of adultery with Bathsheba (2 Sam. 11).  We rightly talk about David’s lustful actions brought about by viewing her bathing on her rooftop.  But have we considered the treachery and sin of David as it relates to his friendship to Uriah?  Uriah was Bathsheba’s husband.  He is listed …

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Apr 19

Doing Even More than Required

Paul tells Philemon that he is confident of his obedience, even believing he will do even more than he says (v. 21). There are two general categories of people; those who do the bare minimum to scrape by and those who go above and beyond to do a job well. Paul had faith in Philemon …

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Apr 16

When Was the Last Time You Studied Sex?

This topic may make you a little uncomfortable, it certainly does me, after all my mom and mother-in-law both read my blog!  But I decided to post anyways.  I felt the same way when I was planning what our Wednesday night men’s class would study this last quarter. I have been teaching the class for 10 …

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Apr 14

The Bible in Our Sound-bite Culture

“Judge not, lest you be judged.” “Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone.” “for the husband is the head of the wife . . .” Hear any of these verses or sayings in our culture today?  We live in a sound-bite culture where messages are often communicated in short-quick statements.  We read …

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Apr 12

Our Masters Trip

I wanted to share some pictures from our trip to Augusta National golf course on Tuesday of the Masters week.  I love watching and playing golf when I can. My oldest son, Austin, shares this passion and he actually has a game to go with it.  He was so excited to go and did so …

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Apr 09

What The Church Can Learn from the Masters

We had the privilege of attending the Tuesday practice round of the 2015 Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.  It was a special day that I will share more about in an upcoming post.  It was our first time at “the National” as locals refer to the course.  While you would …

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Apr 05

Instrumental Music Debate: How Should We Respond?

This article is not intended to give a thorough Biblical defense of a cappella singing in worship (see the footnotes for information on that subject), rather this post assumes the belief in a cappella worship to God. The Otter Creek Church, which is a congregation traditionally associated with the Church of Christ adopted the use of …

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Apr 03

Pray for the Persecuted Church

Jeff Abrams who preaches in Shoals, Alabama and has made many trips to the Ukraine has put together something special for this Easter. We in our comfortable pews (or seats here at 7 Oaks) are not aware of the persecution and challenges our brethren face in other parts of the world.  Jeff has produced a …

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