Bulletin Articles

Finding Success

Ways of finding success is not always agreeable for everyone. An obvious example to think of is when someone asks the question, “Does the end justify the means?” Simply because the end goal was met or there was a positive outcome of something does not always mean that all of the activities done while in the process of pursuing said goal, were ethical or moral. When ethics, integrity, morality, and things like these are thrown out of the door – successfulness was not necessarily achieved. The better way to describe that success is the idea that it was a superficial […]

The Truth Hurts Sometimes

Have you ever been invited into a conversation where someone offered you the choice of hearing the “good news” or “bad news” first? Personally, I always take the bad news first knowing that the truth of whatever the circumstances may be at that time, may hurt for a little bit, but that pain and discomfort is only temporary. Anytime I hear the phrase “the truth hurts”, I recognize that reality because sometimes, the truth can be extremely unpleasant and difficult to understand. The implication from this phrase can often be understood as “the truth is sometimes more hurtful than lies” […]

Lack of Knowledge

Hosea 4:6-7 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame. Knowledge is something that almost everyone strives to get more of. This is why we go to school, seminars, training sessions, etc. Obviously, some things are not worth knowing and the Bible makes it clear regarding those things, gossip for example. General knowledge is […]

Justification By Faith

Galatians 2:16 nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the Law; since by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified. This passage is the thesis statement of this entire epistle. This verse is to Galatians what Romans 1:16-17 is to Romans. It is the unifying principle that ties everything together in the letter. Further evidence of this truth is found in […]

Give Them Their King!

1 Samuel 8:1-9 And it came about when Samuel was old that he appointed his sons judges over Israel. Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judging in Beersheba. His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice. Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah; and they said to him, “Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to […]

Is Suffering A Bad Thing?

1 Peter 4:15-16 Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name. The basic definition for the word suffering in English is “the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship”. Suffering is an inevitable part of life. Depending on a person’s viewpoint, you may find people clashing against each other regarding the value of suffering. It would probably be safe to say that most people tend to lean towards the […]

The Comfort of the Scriptures

God’s word is full of wonderful stories, encouraging examples, and comforting words. However, is the Bible merely a good book of stories, but lacking any authority or power? Many would argue that the Bible is just full of good anecdotal messages, but is not given from an omnipotent God. Others might feign faith in God, but treat His word as a tool to only excuse their sinful behavior, ignoring passages that expressly condemn false worship and immorality. Sure, the Bible is a good book. It certainly is an encouraging one. The Bible is a comforting book that is able to […]

Ready To Hear

One would think that it is not too difficult of a task to just sit back and listen. I am sure that we have all dealt with this from others in the past. You were having a discussion with someone about a topic and the response you would get from the other party within the discussion would have you thinking “this person is not listening to me!” I get it. There is nothing more frustrating than feeling unheard. Your thoughts and feelings may be completely invalidated because the other person is refusing to just hear you out. My wife will […]

Things People Believe

There’s been a picture floating around on social media saying, “Name something that people think is in the Bible but isn’t.” I took the liberty to post it on my own account with a list that I came up with off the top of my head. In my mind, I thought that it would cause a discussion but there were no takers in this instance. It got me thinking that I wanted to share this information along with you all. I am sure that there are things that you can come up with that others believe are in the Bible […]

The Problems with Immorality

Proverbs 5:1-3 My son, pay attention to my wisdom, Incline your ear to my understanding, So that you may maintain discretion And your lips may comply with knowledge. For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, And her speech is smoother than oil; For whatever reason, we tend to gravitate towards things that we have no business going after. Young children who love to reach up on the stove, not realizing that those burners may be hot, and then grab whatever is on the stove. It obviously has something to do with them seeing their parents and grandparents cooking but […]

Truth About Submission

by Doy Moyer Submission has taken a bad rap in today’s world. It is seen as terrible and abusive, and, sadly, that portrayal has often been justified by how people treat one another. The lack of kindness in today’s world is disturbing. People have misused submission through selfish applications that do not glorify God or love fellow human beings. Some pull the “submit” card in order to manipulate and take power over others. But this is not the biblical way. The world has one concept of it, but Scripture shows us something else entirely. Consider these principles: Mutual Submission is […]

Our Most Important Doctrine

2 John 9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. Typically, whenever the word “doctrine” is brought up, the first few thoughts that comes to my mind are matters like marriage, divorce, remarriage; plan of salvation, the work of the church, and our worship (singing, Lord’s supper, prayer, preaching, contribution). There is no doubt in my mind that we strive to do our best to get all these points right. In some instances, there are disagreements over […]

Criminally Faithful

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. Luke 22:37 For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end. Hebrews 5:8-9 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And […]

Not All Have Faith

2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 Finally brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith. Let me start off with a bang by saying that this is not referencing only people who speak out against God. To further clarify, I don’t believe Paul has atheists (only) here in this text. The reason why I say this is for one, because context matters. If we ignore all Biblical principles regarding what is meant […]

The Impartiality of God

Romans 2:11 For there is no partiality with God. No matter how unbiased people claim to be or try to be, bias usually follows shortly thereafter. It doesn’t matter what type of word you want to use to describe the action or behavior. Whether it is being partial, prejudiced, or unfair, people are these things from time to time. With God, this is not the case, no matter the circumstances or who is involved. Do we truly believe this to be the case regarding God? For the most part, as long as things are going the way that we need […]

False Advertising

2 Timothy 2:3,8-9 (3) Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. (8) Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, (9) for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned. We tell people that the Gospel is the “good news” and yet, if one was to read what Paul is telling Timothy, that doesn’t sound very good to me! Suffer? What do you mean, suffer?! Why should I have to suffer? Christ suffered so that I would not have to! […]