Every book of the Bible is important, and we can see God’s wisdom in preserving each of them for us, although there are similarities among them. Ephesians and Colossians are particularly similar. Both letters were written by the apostle Paul to churches he loved. Both letters were written about the same time, while Paul was… [Continue Reading]

God’s promise to His children is that He will make all events (even the bad ones) work our for our ultimate good, even if that good be not fully realized until heaven (Romans 8:28). As we endure life’s challenges, we cannot always see how God is using bad events to produce good results in our… [Continue Reading]

The word “mystery” appears more than 20 times in the New Testament. In passages other than the symbolism of Revelation, “mystery” is used to describe the gospel of Christ. Consider how the word “mystery” is used in the following passages: Romans 16:25-26. Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel… [Continue Reading]

One of the goals of every Christian is to become more familiar with God’s word (Psalms 119:11; Matthew 5:6; John 6:68). The Old Testament contains many practical, encouraging lessons (Romans 15:4). It is a rich portrayal of God’s personality, power, and provision for man. The New Testament tells us about the life of the God-Man,… [Continue Reading]

From 1939 until the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann oversaw and helped to carry out the deportation of millions of Jews to killing centers in Poland and in the Soviet Union (United States Holocaust Museum). At the end of the war Eichmann was in U.S. custody, but he escaped in 1946 and was… [Continue Reading]

I hear that in some places, proms are losing popularity as banquets are taking their place. However, prom night is, according to one prominent Web site, “still the most important dance of high school senior year.” As with every popular, cultural practice, Christians should consider whether it is Christ-like to be involved. Our answer will… [Continue Reading]

Sometimes people will ask, “What are you, religiously?” One who follows the Bible may simply answer, “I am a Christian.” But this may not satisfy the one asking the question; he may insist on greater specificity: “I mean, what church are you a member of?” The Bible believer will simply say, “I am a member… [Continue Reading]

In the wake of the recent shooting at Umpqua College, political pundits are discussing various proposed solutions for gun violence. There is widespread disagreement about whether and how much government regulation is appropriate. Yet there are a few things on which all can agree: Guns as such do not commit crimes—people use guns in committing… [Continue Reading]

Norma McCorvey, better known by the pseudonym “Roe” in the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, passed away this past week due to heart failure. She was 69 years old. (Details taken from articles in USA Today and National Review.) McCorvey was the plaintiff in a case that challenged Texas’ anti-abortion laws in… [Continue Reading]

Digital photography has made taking and storing pictures easy and inexpensive, so it is hard to imagine parents who take few pictures of their kids. Parents like to share special times with friends and family, remember fun experiences, and capture important moments in their children’s lives. Another purpose for taking pictures of children is to… [Continue Reading]

We are familiar with Lot’s decision to move to the valley of Sodom. After Lot’s uncle Abram gave him the choice of the land, we read: And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the… [Continue Reading]

The Bible uses the symbol of fire variously. As we do healthy self-examination (1 Corinthians 11:28; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 6:4), we should make sure that the right kinds of fires are burning in our lives. Consider the following personal questions: Are we hurting others with the destructive fires of ungodly speech? James wrote, “How… [Continue Reading]

Psalms 119:9-16 gives the necessary steps for young people keeping their lives clean: How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might… [Continue Reading]

By: Ben Giselbach; Guest Writer Paul’s letters to Titus and Timothy play a critical role in our understanding of how a New Testament church should be shaped. What the aged apostle told these two young preaching protégés is invaluable to us today. He told Titus to “put what remained into order” (Titus 1:5) and Timothy… [Continue Reading]

Most folks we know will enjoy a superb meal on Thanksgiving. We want to provide good meals for those who are hungry on Thanksgiving. However, if we are not careful, the thanks we give on this Thanksgiving Day will be tragically meager and insufficient, even if the meal on our table is a large feast.… [Continue Reading]

by Ken Dahlstrom Planner, Lockheed Martin Special Guest Writer When William Paley published a book affirming God’s existence, Natural Theology, in 1802, he began with an argument derived from some thoughts you might have if you were walking out in nature somewhere and came across a stone as well as a watch, both lying on… [Continue Reading]

Sometimes it is suggested that the virgin birth of Jesus is not very important, and that we don’t really need to believe in it (Michael Langford, The Tradition of Liberal Theology, p. 54). However, if Christ was not born of a virgin, then the Bible is plainly incorrect in teaching that he was, and we… [Continue Reading]

By Jimmy Traylor, special guest writer. Brother Traylor (with Sister Ella’s help!) once raised ostriches, and so he is specially qualified to write about them. Psalms 50:6 – And the heavens shall declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork. There are people living among us who believe the Earth and all… [Continue Reading]

The answer is yes. I have heard it said that it is impossible to love and hate at the same time. It may be difficult to feel opposite emotions simultaneously, because we are finite in our emotional capacity. However, it is perfectly possible to intellectually affirm—and act based upon—love for an individual while simultaneously affirming… [Continue Reading]

As our society continues to become more secular, the biblical model of the family continues to be marginalized. One of the ways in which this has become evident is in our culture’s view of marriage. The Bible clearly teaches the following about marriage: Marriage is between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24). Marriage is… [Continue Reading]

We feel sorry for those who cannot see. They may not desire our pity, but we pity them nonetheless. However, physical blindness is a light matter compared to spiritual blindnesses that may plague us. One such blindness is what the philosopher William James called “the blindness with which we all are afflicted in regard to… [Continue Reading]

This week marks the end of the 2016 college football bowl season. After Monday night, there will have been 42 bowl games in the current cycle. But back in 1929, there was only one bowl game: the Rose Bowl. The 1929 Rose Bowl featured undefeated Georgia Tech against a one-loss University of California team, included… [Continue Reading]

Prior to God’s creation of other things, nothing existed except for the eternal God. Only God “inhabits eternity” (Psalms 41:13; 90:2; Isaiah 57:15). And God, Who defines goodness by His very nature, would never bring evil into being. After He created the universe, His evaluation of it was that it was “very good” (Genesis 1:31).… [Continue Reading]

Recently, the Fourth Avenue Church of Christ, in Franklin, Tennessee hired a lady named Lauren King to be their preaching intern. She preached at a Sunday service, and the Fourth Avenue congregation hailed her bravery and talents. After her sermon, she was interviewed and said: “[I]t’s been so encouraging to have men and women of… [Continue Reading]

From time to time, there are opportunities for Christians to tell the truth in a public forum, in a way that might make a big difference for our children and grandchildren. One such opportunity just became available, and the family at Macland Road could lead the way. On January 14, the Georgia Department of Education… [Continue Reading]

The Alexandrian saint named Apollos is a great friend to every Christian. In Acts 18:24-28 we read about his powerful, Bible-based preaching, by which he refuted Jews who were claiming that Jesus was not the Christ. We should emulate his development of skills in apologetics. Before Apollos could preach both eloquently and rightly, however, he… [Continue Reading]

The Roman Catholic Pope, Francis, is in America this week. It is important to remember that, while Francis has a winning smile, a nice personality, and many admirable personal qualities, he occupies an office that is simply unscriptural. God never intended for there to be any such thing as a pope. The media is portraying… [Continue Reading]

None of us is alone as a Christian. Each of us is a member of a congregation, a family, a support system, and this is how God arranged life in Him. Consider biblical passages that teach the ways in which fellow Christians help one another to be spiritually strong: Galatians 6:2. Bear one another’s burdens,… [Continue Reading]

Skeptics of Christianity must somehow explain the empty tomb without admitting that anything miraculous happened. Therefore, some have suggested that Peter and the other apostles fabricated the story about Jesus’ resurrection. Is it plausible to believe that Jesus’ disciples went about preaching something they knew to be false, the product of conspiracy? One of President… [Continue Reading]

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Hercules and Leo have been kept under lock and key by the State University of New York for locomotion studies. Tuesday was Hercules’ and Leo’s court date, where New York Supreme Court Judge Barbara Jaffe heard arguments about whether the University has violated their rights by detaining… [Continue Reading]

I recently heard an interesting lecture by Alan Highers about some lessons we can learn from Restoration history (http://bit.ly/1AgrDub). The lecture included a number of engrossing and inspiring stories. One such story had been relayed to Brother Highers by G.C. Brewer, a great gospel preacher, about an event from his early preaching days: (Image from… [Continue Reading]

New Year’s resolutions ought to be both worthy and attainable. I would like to suggest six such reasonable, personal goals. If the Bible is true, then every one of us ought to set the following six goals for himself or herself. These resolutions are guaranteed to drastically improve our lives through the power of God.… [Continue Reading]

The biblical account of Naaman, the commander of the army of Syria (2 Kings 5:1-14) is a beautiful living picture of how God saves man. Naaman was afflicted with leprosy, a terrible disease. His wife had a servant girl who had been captured from Israel. The Hebrew servant girl urged that the family consult with… [Continue Reading]

Christians give of their means every first day of the week. The Bible passage that says the most about the contribution is 1 Corinthians 16:1-2. We frequently read this passage as preparatory to our giving. We must make sure we understand it. Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of… [Continue Reading]

One of the leading candidates for President of the United States is a prominent member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This article is not designed to oppose this man as a candidate or to advise people to vote one way or another. Rather, this article is to answer questions that have been occasioned by his… [Continue Reading]

If you are not right with God, those of us at Macland Road desperately want you to make things right today. Perhaps there is no better biblical phrase on which to base our appeal than the phrase “the door was shut.” This phrase is found at the end of Jesus’ parable of the 10 virgins… [Continue Reading]

The Bible decisively teaches that, in the Christian age, immersion for the remission of sins is necessary for salvation (e.g., Acts 2:38; 22:16; Romans 6:1-4). And yet, sometimes a person will say that he wants to be saved “like the thief on the cross was saved,” meaning “without being baptized for the forgiveness of sins.”… [Continue Reading]

You may be asking, “What is MTD?” MTD stands for “moralistic therapeutic deism.” Sociologist Christian Smith of the University of North Carolina coined the phrase in 2005 to describe the basic religion of many teenagers in America in our day. Summarizing MTD, R. Albert Mohler wrote: As described by Smith and his team, Moralistic Therapeutic… [Continue Reading]

Imagine that anthropologists discovered a constitution put in place by a society that occupied our territory hundreds of years ago. What an excitement for students of political history! Such a document would be studied carefully to the last letter, because it would give us insight into an older society, and might even give us some… [Continue Reading]

In reading the Old Testament, one is struck by God’s strong prohibitions of idolatry and His commands to purge all idolatry from the Promised Land. Consider the following passages: Exodus 23:31-33. And I will set your border from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the Euphrates, for… [Continue Reading]

I have paragraph headings in my Bible, and the paragraph heading above Matthew 6:5-15 says, “The Lord’s Prayer.” This is misleading, for the prayer in the passage is a sample or model for prayer given from Jesus to his disciples, and not a prayer that Jesus prayed to the Father. (If you want to read… [Continue Reading]

In Hanover, Germany, there is the grave of Henriette Juliane Caroline von Rüling (1756 – 1782). This tomb of many large stones bears a German inscription, which is translated, “May this tomb bought for eternity never be open.” Later, a birch tree somehow grew from beneath the stones, sprouted up from amongst them, and literally… [Continue Reading]

If you watch television broadcasts of a few worship services, you are liable to see a lot of hand clapping. In fact, clapping in religious services is so common nowadays that those who visit services of the churches of Christ may be surprised that there is no clapping. Every member of the Lord’s church, as… [Continue Reading]

Once in 1893, the great preacher and scholar, J.W. McGarvey, was about to preach on baptism (McGarvey’s Sermons, 109-121). He began by noting that many people in his audience might think it strange for him to focus on a topic that religious teachers have covered so many times without producing a general consensus. If many… [Continue Reading]

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APRIL 10, 2015 BY CINDY COLLEY What if I could tell you about a tool that has proven to be a key factor in keeping young adults faithful to the church after they leave home, go to college and launch families and careers? I think you should be interested. When our son, Caleb, was nine… [Continue Reading]

Worshiping God is a high privilege and joy. Christians love to worship so much that it may sound to them very spiritual and appropriate to suggest that everything Christians do is worship. To say, “Even when I am doing the mundane things of life, I am worshiping God,” may seem suggestive of a close relationship… [Continue Reading]

In football, “forward progress” is an important concept. In fact, if a team is never stopped from making forward progress with the ball, then it cannot fail to win the game. Therefore, the defense’s job is to hinder the offense from making forward progress. Christians sometimes stop making forward progress in their walk with God… [Continue Reading]

By Doug Hamilton, special guest writer Brother Doug is the team coordinator for the Jamaica Mission Trips The Jamaica Mission Team traveled to Grange Hill on April 6th and stayed until April 13th.  The Team consisted on Sophia Agyepong, Grace Baah, Rick Shumpert and Doug Hamilton.   The Team taught a Vacation Bible School for the… [Continue Reading]

Jesus commands His disciples not to worry (Matthew 6:25-34). What is your strategy for obeying this command? The secular world suggests many different ways in which we may eliminate worry from our lives. Surely many of these suggestions would help us. For example, if we exercised more, we would feel less burdened and worry less;… [Continue Reading]

Some Christians are unable to attend every assembly of the church. However, some choose not to attend. This choice violates at least the following three biblical principles: (1) The mandate to prioritize God’s kingdom over all else (Matthew 6:33; 22:37-40; Romans 12:1-2). (2) The mandate to obey the eldership (Hebrews 13:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13; 1… [Continue Reading]

Many people who say that there is no God seem happy. But have they really embraced the logical implications of atheism? I believe it is impossible to really live happily while fully appreciating and accepting all of the disastrous consequences of the view that God does not exist. The philosopher and theologian William Lane Craig… [Continue Reading]

Everybody wants to be happy. The question is, “What will make a person happy?” The book of Ecclesiastes is remarkable because it provides a detailed account of a wealthy, powerful man pursuing various supposed means of becoming happy, or contented. Solomon tries every main category of secular pursuit. That is, he looks for happiness “under… [Continue Reading]

A sin is a transgression of God’s law. “Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4; cf. 1 Corinthians 9:21; Galatians 6:2; James 2:12). Encouraging people to live for God involves both showing them what to do and how such actions will lead to blessing, and also warning them… [Continue Reading]

Jesus commanded that we love our neighbors, and even our enemies: Matthew 5:44. But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 22:35-40. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test… [Continue Reading]

Twice in 1 John 2, the apostle tells his readers that they know “him who is from the beginning” (2:13, 14). What does this phrase mean? Whom did John say that his readers knew? If we looks through John’s writings, including both the Gospel of John, the epistles, and the Revelation, then it is possible… [Continue Reading]

We sometimes sing a song with the following lyrics, written by Ruth Johnson Carruth: “Swiftly we’re turning life’s daily pages. Swiftly the hours are changing to years. How are we using God’s golden moments? Shall we reap glory, or shall we reap tears?” This song urges us to be “making the best use of the time”… [Continue Reading]

From time to time we may be tempted either to think too highly of ourselves or too lowly of ourselves. For those of us who are tempted to think too highly of ourselves, there are famous passages of Scripture that God has designed in order to quell this impulse (e.g., Philippians 2:3; Romans 12:16; Proverbs… [Continue Reading]

Bruce Jenner, the former U.S. Olympic track star-turned-reality-TV star, now claims that he is a woman and wants to be called Caitlyn. On Monday, a photo of Bruce Jenner in drag was on the cover of Vanity Fair. Much of the media is celebrating Jenner as an example of bravery because he allegedly is living… [Continue Reading]

While we rightly stress the need to make preparation for the Judgment Day (see Matthew 25), we must not fail to observe those passages that emphasize the comfort Christians ought to possess when they are prepared for the Judgment Day. We can be sure about our salvation, because we can trust the One Who is… [Continue Reading]

The great restorationist preacher of the early 20th century, N.B. Hardeman, preached a now-famous Gospel meeting at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in March-April 1922, and subsequent meetings in the same location. Thousands attended this series of meetings, which is arguably the most successful such event in the history of church, since the first century.… [Continue Reading]

Christians love to say and sing the words “Jesus is Lord,” because the phrase is a summary statement of biblical faith. It affirms not only that there is a God, but that the Person of Christ, has visited Earth as Jesus, the Son of Man, and has sacrificed Himself for the sins of the world… [Continue Reading]

Christian parents know that they must be vigilant in protecting their children from anti-Christian propaganda in the world and particularly in schools. This week, the Nashville paper, The Tennessean, published an article about the teaching of Islam in Tennessee public schools. The article is titled “Islam in Schools: What Parents Should Know” (http://tnne.ws/1ONYo6B). Some parents… [Continue Reading]

The first commercial radio broadcast aired in 1920. Our brotherhood quickly recognized the potential of the new medium for evangelism. In 1934, V.E. Howard started a Bible-teaching radio program in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Before long, Howard’s voice was instantly recognizable to thousands across the U.S. They listened for his trademark question, “Are you listening?”. Howard’s… [Continue Reading]

In a society that is increasingly secular, there is pressure on Christendom to take the focus away from sin (the most pressing human problem) and salvation from sin (the most pressing human need), and instead focus on merely helping people feel better about themselves and about worldly gain. Secular people want either to be entertained… [Continue Reading]

It is tempting for Christians to think that the cultural battle over elective abortion has been lost—that we should not teach and preach as often and as urgently about an issue on which so many have already sided with the devil. There are a number of reasons we must keep teaching and preaching about the… [Continue Reading]

The woman popularly known as “Mother Theresa” died in 1997, and was canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church on September 4, 2016. [NOTE: I refrain from calling her “Mother,” because of Matthew 23:9.] Anytime the issue of sainthood arises in the national news, we are likely to have opportunities to discuss Christianity… [Continue Reading]

In the wake of recent, horrendous, mass killings, many turn to prayer. Some newscasters and politicians say things like, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones in Paris and San Bernardino.” But other people do not invoke prayer at all. This fact caught the attention of John D. Inazu,… [Continue Reading]

One of my favorite times of each week is ten o’clock on Wednesday mornings, when I meet for an hour of Bible study and coffee with a group of Christians who come hungry for the Word of God. The kind of study in which we engage is too infrequently done nowadays. It’s a verse-by-verse exposition… [Continue Reading]

In the Netherlands, euthanasia is a legal way for a person with a terminal physical illness to end his life. In the Netherlands, euthanasia is also a legal way for a person with a mental condition to end his own life. As the New York Post reports, a Dutch person can be euthanized if he… [Continue Reading]

The animal kingdom is full of astounding examples of God’s design and creative power. One of my favorite examples is the found in the lives of the mudskippers. The BBC and National Geographic have recently done video reports on mudskippers, fish that can breathe air and spend most of their time out of the water,… [Continue Reading]

For years there have been heated discussions about the Earth’s population. Some, like Paul Ehrlich in the late 1960s and 70s, warned that the Earth could not support the growing human population. He repeatedly went on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show, and subsequently his “Zero Population Growth” movement took off. Recently, Ehrlich said in an… [Continue Reading]

Every phrase from the lips of Jesus Christ is fascinating. Here, let us consider one such expression. In John 4:46-54, we read about Jesus’ healing of the Capernaum official’s son. Here is the first part of this account: And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When this man heard that Jesus… [Continue Reading]

God created Adam and has continued to create individual human beings. And yet, God has designed human beings to act in cooperation with other human beings. In particular, God has instituted three earthly organizations. God does not necessarily approve of everything that is done by each of these organizations. Still, that these organizations should subsist… [Continue Reading]

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Here is a very short statement from the lips of our Lord, and yet it is immensely informative about the nature of the church. Consider that Matthew 16:18 teaches us a least… [Continue Reading]

These are exciting times at Macland Road for many reasons. We have a growing, diverse membership, a large youth group with dedicated parents, and a wide range of opportunities to do evangelism, edification, and benevolence. One more reason why Macland’s future is bright is the following news: The elders are glad to announce that we… [Continue Reading]

Twenty of our Macland Road family visited the Mobile, Alabama Inner City Church of Christ for a campaign from June 11 to 16. Campaigners included Shannon, Michael, Jenna, and Brooke Rolen, Jeff, Jameson, Jadyn, and Kenyon Hope, Carla, Emily, and Megan Drumm, Angela Paschal, Griselda Lipscomb, Kendall Waldrop, Kalie Asher (a friend of ours from… [Continue Reading]

From time to time, I use this column to discuss resources that are useful to Christians in our evangelism efforts and in our own personal growth. I try to highlight tools that are readily available and practical. Many of us spend a great deal of time on-line. In view of what Paul says in Ephesians… [Continue Reading]

It is an incomparably weighty matter to be either in Christ or outside of Christ. In fact, the most crucial question of your life and mine is this question: Am I in Christ? The New Testament emphasizes the significance of being “in Christ” in a variety of ways. Consider a few of them, adapted from… [Continue Reading]

The late gospel preacher Frank Dunn, in his book Know Your Bible, noticed five great lessons from the book of Ezra, each of which is relevant to the present-day Christian (163-165). I have adapted these five lessons here: There are disastrous results from failing to study God’s word. The people’s ignorance of Scripture had led to… [Continue Reading]

These are exciting times in the Macland Road family. In the coming months, we have a number of opportunities for evangelism, Bible study, and recharging our spiritual batteries. The Bible teaches that we should plan ahead (e.g., Proverbs 21:5; 22:3; 24:27; Matthew 24:44; 2 Corinthians 9:6; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:15). As we enter the… [Continue Reading]

Those of us at Macland Road are serious about growing in our Bible knowledge. We love to know more about the Bible for many reasons, not least of all because God commands that we develop in our knowledge. Consider the following commands of Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:15. Do your best to present yourself to God… [Continue Reading]

On Sunday, April 2, 2017, Macland Road will host “Friends and Family Day,” a special occasion for inviting, welcoming, and encouraging visitors to our assembly. There are invitation cards in the lobby now, so please take as many of these cards as you can distribute to friends, family, neighbors, and acquaintances. At Macland Road, we… [Continue Reading]

In 1833, George Wilson was convicted of robbing a mail carrier in Pennsylvania, and sentenced to hang. However, the case caught the attention of President Andrew Jackson, and Jackson granted Wilson a pardon. Surprisingly, Wilson refused it, and argued that he was not pardoned if he refused to be pardoned. The state’s attorney found that… [Continue Reading]

When our Brother G.C. Brewer published his book of essays titled Contending for the Faith (1941), he provided biblical argumentation against many false doctrines that were popular in his day. Some of those false teachings are still prominent today, including “premillennialism,” or the doctrine that Christ is going to return to Earth to establish a… [Continue Reading]

The religious landscape of America is growing increasingly non-religious, and it is doing so with startling speed. According to a Pew Research Center religious landscape study in June of 2015, which surveyed 35,000 Americans, “nones”—those who claim no affiliation with organized religion—now constitute the second largest slice of the overall U.S. religious marketplace, at 22.8… [Continue Reading]

A congregation that is close to my heart will be initiating its participation in Lads to Leaders in the coming days, and this event calls to mind how much Lads has done for me. As I enter my 21st year of participation, I would like to briefly describe the program and say why more congregations… [Continue Reading]

The Bible abundantly teaches that God blesses everyone (Matthew 5:45; Titus 2:11-14), and particularly those who are in His family, the church (Ephesians 1:3-14; 3:20-21). One of the means God uses to bless our lives is Christian friendship (1 Peter 1:22). In short, God uses His people to bless His people. Notice that although David… [Continue Reading]

Preparation for L2L Convention is in full swing. There is a lot of work to be done. If you have any questions regarding any events that your youth will be participating in please contact Jody Harwell. If you are looking to be a mentor and are on the fence about this, take a chance! These… [Continue Reading]

Those of us who live in the United States are blessed exceptionally in terms of material goods and services. For this we are thankful. Those in many other countries are in poverty and suffer greatly at the hands of terrorists. Human suffering saddens all of us, whether this suffering be spiritual or physical. Christians want… [Continue Reading]

The Bible is one unified whole which never contradicts itself. However, skeptics of the Bible often try to find contradictions between one passage and another. A noted example is an alleged contradiction between Mark 2:25-26 and 1 Samuel 21:1. The contradiction centers around the name of the high priest who gave David the showbread to… [Continue Reading]

Many of us especially enjoy the Christmas season, because it affords opportunities to gather with family and friends, warm fellowship, and to give gifts. Also, this time of year offers opportunities to talk with people about Jesus, because at this time of year Jesus is more frequently on people’s minds and His name more often… [Continue Reading]

Americans spend more money on the lottery than on any other form of “leisure.” American gamblers are seeking either (1) entertainment; or (2) wealth; or both. I use the words “leisure” and “entertainment” here only to highlight that lottery proponents think of lottery as entertainment. The official Powerball Web site says, “The Lottery games are… [Continue Reading]

In sports there is sometimes a desire to win at practically all costs. Drugs employed by athletes for sport include agents that make the body stronger, larger, increase oxygen carrying capacity, provide energy and/or stimulation, and decrease recovery time after exertion (Tricker and Cook, Athletes at Risk, 24-25). Such drugs have made the headlines via… [Continue Reading]

When we study the prayers of the Bible, we learn how to pray (and sometimes how not to pray). The case of the leper who came to Jesus is especially instructive: When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord,… [Continue Reading]

Because we currently are in a national election cycle, the issue of elective abortion is again in the headlines. The Bible speaks to this issue, and so we must speak to this issue (1 Peter 4:11). There are many good arguments against elective abortion (“elective” means “by choice”). Here are three arguments: (1) The murder… [Continue Reading]

At the end of May, a new Bible was published. It is called Bible Emoji: scripture 4 millenials. (The misspelling of “millennials” is intentional by the editor.) This “translation” replaces as many biblical words as possible with Internet abbreviations, Internet slang, and Internet cartoon images such as smiley faces, praying hands, and peek-a-boo eyes. Liam… [Continue Reading]

It is tragic when children abandon their adult parents. Sometimes, instead of honoring and helping their aging fathers and mothers, children ignore and reject them. It’s hard to understand such behavior, yet it happens; after all, there are support groups specifically designed for “parents of estranged children” and “abandoned parents”. Jesus condemned failures to support… [Continue Reading]

It’s almost Vacation Bible School at Macland Road—an exciting time! A good theme verse for any VBS would be 2 Timothy 3:15: “[F]rom childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” The Barna Group reported in 2013 that 68% of… [Continue Reading]

Jesus once told a story about a rich man, whose land produced so plentifully that his barns were too small to contain all his crops (Luke 12:13-21). The man proceeded to tear down his barns and build bigger ones, with big plans to immediately retire and no thought of sharing his wealth with God or… [Continue Reading]

Those of us who attend Sunday evening services (and all of us should) are regularly impressed by the Bible knowledge possessed by even the youngest among us, because we see this knowledge on display in KidSing. But our kids’ Bible learning goes far beyond what they learn on Sunday nights. I learned last week of… [Continue Reading]

Vice President Mike Pence has the following personal rule to prevent temptation for immorality and bad influence: He will not eat alone with a woman other than his wife. Last week, when The Washington Post brought up a 2002 interview in which Pence mentioned that he never dined alone with a woman other than his… [Continue Reading]

In the recent election, citizens of three states—Nebraska, California, and Oklahoma—rejected measures that would have abolished the death penalty in their states. The death penalty continues to be a controversial issue in our society, prompting many to ask what the Bible says about the matter. Consider the following two facts: In the Law of Moses,… [Continue Reading]

We find in Daniel chapter 3 one of the Bible’s most vivid examples of godly courage. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego preferred being thrown in the fiery furnace to compromising their commitment to worship the God of Israel exclusively. Just after these three men were cast “into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still… [Continue Reading]

One of the apostle Paul’s favorite metaphors is that of a competitor in an athletic contest. Paul clearly was familiar with running (Galatians 2:2), boxing (1 Corinthians 9:26), wrestling (Ephesians 6:12), and probably gladiatorial contests (1 Corinthians 4:9; 15:32) and chariot races (Philippians 3:13-14). Consider the following passages, and some practical lessons God would have… [Continue Reading]

It is impossible to attach a value to the gospel of Christ. The apostle Paul repeatedly made this point. Notice the following passages: Ephesians 3:8. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. . . . (emp.… [Continue Reading]

One of the sweetest words in the Bible surely is “reconciliation.” Paul wrote that “we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation” (Romans 5:11). The word translated reconciliation means “reestablishment of an interrupted or broken relationship.” And, in 2 Corinthians 5:17-19, the apostle Paul called the… [Continue Reading]

When Barnabas and Saul went to Lystra on their first missionary journey (Acts 14:8-18), Paul healed a crippled man by the power of God. The crowds who saw this event were so amazed by the miracle that they began to cry out, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!” They… [Continue Reading]

Does anyone really try to mock, ridicule, or sneer at God? It must be a real temptation for some to mock God, for Paul warned us against it in Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Enemies of God have sometimes mocked God… [Continue Reading]

Bible study is enriched by knowing more about the political and social background of biblical events. Books such as the International Bible Encyclopedia and Albert Bell’s Exploring the New Testament World are very helpful in providing summaries of these historical circumstances. For example, consider Herod the Great, a member of the Herodian family, which ruled… [Continue Reading]

Monty Williams is a former NBA basketball player and currently an assistant coach with Oklahoma City Thunder. Earlier this month, Williams’ wife Ingrid was killed in a car accident when Susannah Donaldson’s car, traveling at 92 miles per hour, crossed over the median and hit Mrs. Williams’ car head-on. Both women died, and three of… [Continue Reading]

We must think and speak in biblical ways (Philippians 4:8; 1 Peter 4:11). One important instance of biblical thinking and speaking is this: We must understand what we mean when we speak of the “church of Christ.” It may surprise some to learn that the designation “church of Christ” is not is not the name… [Continue Reading]

Numbers 16 and 17 are fascinating chapters. Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, along with 250 chiefs of Israel, accused Moses and Aaron of taking the leadership of Israel by presumption: “You have gone too far! For all in the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you… [Continue Reading]

From time to time we see a photograph that pictures four generations of family members. These photographs are very special, because it shows that there are shared values and memories among those who span the decades and yet represent the same family. Did you know that there is a Bible verse that mentions four generations?… [Continue Reading]

As our brother J.W. McGarvey noted in lectures he gave in 1890, a number of passages in Paul’s letters to the preacher Timothy stress the need for preachers to be exemplary in their personal, Christian character. Consider the following points made by McGarvey: The preacher must keep a good conscience. “[W]age the good warfare, holding… [Continue Reading]

One night this week, Rebekah and I were watching a National Geographic television show called World’s Deadliest, about the various methods of hunting that lions use. At the end of the show, after a pack of lions had made dinner of an adult giraffe, the narrator said this: “This death, this meal, did not happen… [Continue Reading]

The word “holocaust” literally denotes a “situation in which many people are killed” (Merriam-Webster). When we think of the word “holocaust,” we usually think of the German-led murder of six million Jews and about three million others. But speaking strictly in terms of number of deaths, there is an ongoing holocaust in America that is… [Continue Reading]

In the wake of the senseless killing of nine church attendees in Charleston, South Carolina last week, there has been much attention to the issue of racial supremacy. Dylann Roof is suspected of committing the Charleston murders because he believed that the white race has greater dignity than the black race. Racial supremacy is rightly… [Continue Reading]

One of my favorite spiritual songs is called “As the Life of a Flower.” The first verse of the song goes like this: As the life of a flower, As a breath or a sigh, So the years that we live As a dream hasten by. True, today we are here, But tomorrow must leave… [Continue Reading]

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:14-16). In… [Continue Reading]

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Here is a very short statement from the lips of our Lord, and yet it is immensely informative about the nature of the church. Consider that Matthew 16:18 teaches… [Continue Reading]

Hypocrites are a particular breed of liars. They are by definition, insincere play-actors. The Greek word translated “hypocrite” refers to those who are on the stage playing a role. We use the word “hypocrite” as Jesus did, to refer to those who don’t practice what they preach. Sometimes, tragically, people will leave the church and… [Continue Reading]

Sometimes we forget things. (Hopefully most of the things we forget are not worth remembering anyway!) Interestingly, the Bible says a lot about forgetting. Among the biblical points concerning forgetting, two are most important: First, when we are saved, the Lord no longer remembers our sins. God does not forget in the sense that He… [Continue Reading]

In recent years, as The New York Times has glorified the sexual revolution’s redefinition of the family, the paper has vigorously argued that children are not really disadvantaged by having no father. The Times’ blaring message has been that it makes no difference whether a child has one parent, two parents of the same gender,… [Continue Reading]

This past week, the United States of America held a general election, whereby we chose many of our leaders. To elect is simply to make a selection among possible choices. Did you know that the Bible says a great deal about election? In fact, God Himself elects. His election is in some ways similar to… [Continue Reading]

If you are visiting with us for Friends and Family Day, welcome! Please know that you are our honored guest. We hope that you are warmly welcomed and encouraged by your experience today. If you have any questions about the church of Christ or about the Macland Road congregation in particular, please let us know.… [Continue Reading]

Jesus said of the harvest of lost souls: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38). If we members of the church are not teaching those over whom we have influence to know Jesus and thereby… [Continue Reading]

VBS 2016 – You are invited to join us for a special time of Bible study, fellowship, and fun. All ages are welcome so please invite your friends and family. Dinner and lunch are included in sessions one and two. Early registration is appreciated. Return completed form below to the registration table in the foyer… [Continue Reading]

At Macland Road, we emphasize Bible learning so that we may learn to “speak where the Bible speaks” and “be silent where the Bible is silent.” Passages that show the need for this learning include Acts 17:11, 2 Timothy 2:15, and 1 Peter 4:11. Paul urged the Thessalonians to “test everything; hold fast what is… [Continue Reading]

Just before Labor Day, The Wall Street Journal published an article by Nicholas Eberstadt titled “The Idle Army: America’s Unworking Men.” Less than 85% of American men between the ages of 25 and 54 are working, a percentage even lower than the percentage in the years following the Great Depression. Nearly 10 million men in… [Continue Reading]

Those who believe in the Darwinian theory of evolution believe that mankind is the result of a long chain of random, accidental, natural, mechanistic processes which led from an amoeba eventually to primates and then to human beings. One of the many insurmountable difficulties for the evolutionary hypothesis is that evolution opposes the scientific Law… [Continue Reading]

John wrote to first-century Christians: “This is the message we have heard from him [Christ] and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5, bracketed item added). As our brother Guy N. Woods observed, the Bible associates light with God in a number of ways:… [Continue Reading]

If you were to open the pages of Yuval Noah Harari’s book titled Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, which was a New York Times bestseller, you would meet the following claim before finishing the fifth page: “Like it or not, we are members of a large and particularly noisy family called the great apes.… [Continue Reading]

The Bible does not answer our every curiosity about death and the hereafter, but it does provide some details. One of the most comforting and exciting biblical facts is this: When Christians die, we go to be with Christ. Paul taught that when he died, he would be with Christ. “I am hard pressed between… [Continue Reading]

The kingdom of God is a major theme in the Bible. Generally speaking, the “kingdom” of God refers to the church, for Paul told the Colossians, “[God] has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians… [Continue Reading]

Sometimes a person will express the following sentiment: “I want to have a good relationship with God, but I want nothing to do with organized religion!” This desire may be both sincere and flow from noble motives. It may result from some negative experience with a particular religious group. However, in the following we will… [Continue Reading]

The Latest from Macland Road

Temporal Stewardship

We sometimes sing a song with the following lyrics, written by Ruth Johnson Carruth: “Swiftly we’re turning life’s daily pages. Swiftly the hours are changing to years. How are we using God’s golden moments? Shall we reap glory, or shall we reap tears?” This song urges us to be “making the best use of the time” […]

Special Debate Broadcast Upcoming

At Macland Road, we emphasize Bible learning so that we may learn to “speak where the Bible speaks” and “be silent where the Bible is silent.” Passages that show the need for this learning include Acts 17:11, 2 Timothy 2:15, and 1 Peter 4:11. Paul urged the Thessalonians to “test everything; hold fast what is […]

Is Marriage Still Important?

As our society continues to become more secular, the biblical model of the family continues to be marginalized. One of the ways in which this has become evident is in our culture’s view of marriage. The Bible clearly teaches the following about marriage: Marriage is between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24). Marriage is […]

Macland’s Progress: Search Begins for a Youth and Family Minister

These are exciting times at Macland Road for many reasons. We have a growing, diverse membership, a large youth group with dedicated parents, and a wide range of opportunities to do evangelism, edification, and benevolence. One more reason why Macland’s future is bright is the following news: The elders are glad to announce that we […]

Good Results from Bad Events

God’s promise to His children is that He will make all events (even the bad ones) work our for our ultimate good, even if that good be not fully realized until heaven (Romans 8:28). As we endure life’s challenges, we cannot always see how God is using bad events to produce good results in our […]

The Prom and the Bible

I hear that in some places, proms are losing popularity as banquets are taking their place. However, prom night is, according to one prominent Web site, “still the most important dance of high school senior year.” As with every popular, cultural practice, Christians should consider whether it is Christ-like to be involved. Our answer will […]

Mike Pence’s Rule

Vice President Mike Pence has the following personal rule to prevent temptation for immorality and bad influence: He will not eat alone with a woman other than his wife. Last week, when The Washington Post brought up a 2002 interview in which Pence mentioned that he never dined alone with a woman other than his […]

Welcome to Macland Road

If you are visiting with us for Friends and Family Day, welcome! Please know that you are our honored guest. We hope that you are warmly welcomed and encouraged by your experience today. If you have any questions about the church of Christ or about the Macland Road congregation in particular, please let us know. […]

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