Bulletin Articles

Understanding Our Condition

Acts 20:24-27 “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God. 25 “And now, behold, I know that all of you, among whom I went about preaching the kingdom, will no longer see my face. 26 “Therefore, I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27 “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of […]

God Wants Us To Use Our Brains

2 Peter 1:3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. Matthew 22:37 And He said to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ God wants us to use our brains. When it comes to believing in the Gospel, many hold the idea that we just need to turn off our brains and no longer think critically about things. Without getting too […]

Things We Will Not Escape

Hebrews 9:27-28 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. The word “escape” suggests the idea of fleeing or avoiding something. There’s an old saying that there are two things that are certain in our life if we live to be adults and those two things are death and taxes. You will pay your taxes. The IRS “THEIRS” will make sure of […]

Assembling: When, Why, How?

1 Corinthians 11:18,20 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it. (20) Therefore when you meet together, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper, 1 Corinthians 14:26-27 What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. If anyone speaks in a tongue, it should be by two or at the most three, and each in turn, and one […]

Placing Membership

“Are you interested in being a member of this congregation?” Church membership. I have been involved in many conversations dealing with the idea of “placing membership” within a local congregation. If I were to write down every opinion I have heard on this subject matter, it would probably take at least two bulletins to explain their beliefs, so I want to talk about the main one that concerns me. Many people erroneously believe that placing membership with a local congregation is not necessary and will sometimes argue that it is completely unscriptural. Much of this is due to their misunderstanding […]

Are You Ready For 2024?

We are at the end of 2023 and what a year it has been. Can you believe it? A lot can happen within the time span of a year and this year was no different. The expression “time flies” is an understatement. With each passing moment, we are closer to eternity, and this is something that we all need to reflect on. I want us to be completely objective about how our year has gone. 1 Thessalonians 4:1, 9-10 Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to […]

Witnessing Jesus Being Crucified

It was about two weeks before Christmas in 1996 and my dad was working for a local athletic store in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Just before closing time, several masked armed robbers busted through the door demanding that my dad and his co-worker get down on the ground. As he fell to the ground, he took his wedding ring off and threw it across the ground knowing that it was probably the only thing he would be able to leave the store with. After ransacking the business, one of the robbers placed a gun to my dad’s head and demanded everything. […]

I Quit!

With the daily usage of technology comes new terminology. Some may recognize the term, clickbait, others may not know what that is referring to. Many would view the title of this article as clickbait. Others would describe it as misleading because no, I am not quitting preaching. Many use clickbait to attract viewers or readers. It is all about the angle or advertisement.  The more views you have, the better, is the principle. I believe this is true even for printable bulletins and e-bulletins. We want as many people to read about God’s word as possible. If a title catches […]

Can We Say It Better?

What is it called when someone thinks that they can do something better than others and they are extremely proud of it? Being arrogant, right? This is something that we can easily be guilty of if we are not careful. I recently made a post on social media proving this very point regarding a few teachings from God’s word. There are people who are extremely bold in teaching things that are completely contrary to the Bible. Shortly after I made the post, I had a few people reach out to me privately going through great lengths to tell me that […]

The Daily Grind

Whether we want to admit it or not, our “daily grind” speaks to who we are as people. It reveals our identity to others. When I say, “daily grind”, I am referring to our everyday routine. I was a bit saddened when I was researching information for this article and came across a recurring theme regarding the idea of an everyday routine. It all pointed back to this idea that it becomes mundane and monotonous. I believe we need to be very careful with this because as Christians, this cannot be so of us. 1 Peter 2:9-12 But you are […]

What Must I Give Up?

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; If you were to go on stage of a large assembly of people who believe themselves to be Christians, quote these two passages, and then teach that we are required to give up a certain lifestyle or habits in order to have a relationship with God; You would get booed off the stage. I recently […]

Some Should Not Teach

The Preview: “Simply put, there are some who should not teach. They are dangerous. They like to push buttons and see how far they can stretch the envelope of what people will tolerate. They are not bringing an understanding to the Scriptures, but creating doubt, suspicion, and harm.” The Article: Titus 1:10-11 “For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain.” Multiple times in the N.T. there are warnings about the rise […]

What Does Peace Look Like?

Peace may look different to others depending on their circumstances. It is hard to nail down exactly what it looks like. It is almost like nailing Jello to the wall. I may describe peace as being one thing but someone else comes up and says that it is something else. We can come up with all kinds of imagery in our heads to describe peace. In some instances, for me, peace looks like all four of my boys are in their rooms asleep (or at least being quiet), and I am free to sit in my dark living room while […]

Realities of a Faith Crisis

Acts 20:28-30 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. There is no doubt that usually verses 28-29 gets all the attention within this context. As people, when we surround ourselves with those whom we believe that we can trust, […]

The Difficulty of Apologizing

Have you ever encountered someone who was unable to apologize? It is frustrating but you are not alone. Without getting too far into this article, let’s take a moment to go ahead and make ourselves uncomfortable. We have been that person before. If we are honest with ourselves, we can look back in our lives and find a moment in our lives where we were being stubborn. No amount of guilt was going to make us apologize! But! Maybe our refusal to apologize is not as egregious as we believe. I believe there are three ways to look at why […]

Parents, Obey Your Father

We do a pretty good job focusing on the responsibilities of others more so than our own selves. Allow me to utilize a simple example. When it comes to submission within a marriage, many do an “excellent” job of pointing out that the wife must submit to her own husband. Some people go so far as to try to make the scriptures teach that all women must submit to all men in all things. Clearly, that is not what is in view but still, some do such a “great” job at pointing this out, their position is no longer scriptural. […]