Christians and Persecution

Hits: 15[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles page.] Persecution of godliness is becoming increasingly common in our nation, even though, ironically, America was founded by men who believed in God and in the Bible. Also, ironically, many of the…

Should Parents Be Concerned with Selfish Traits in Their Children?

Hits: 12[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles page.] Introduction The traits of rudeness, disobedience and uncooperativeness are all problems of attitude, whether in children or adults. They all relate to one basic attitude problem—selfishness. Such traits are both anti-social…

How to Handle Those Empty Pews

Hits: 9[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] I thought I had heard of every possible solution for dealing with the problem of empty pews. A recent issue of Your Church magazine carried an article titled, “Coping with…

Blessings That Are Burdens

Hits: 7[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] I once heard a corny story about a bunch of crows that gorged themselves in a California prune grove. When they had finished, they jumped up on an old plow handle…

The Church Is Not Friendly

Hits: 8[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2 page.] It is a sad experience to be in a crowd and not feel welcome. Those of us who visit congregations in other places have sometimes found ourselves wondering if they…

A Most Excellent Way

Hits: 9[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] Many miraculous powers were distributed among brethren in the first century. However, Paul teaches that there is a power or trait superior to all of these spectacular gifts. It is…

“I Thank My God. . .”

Hits: 11[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1  page.] Paul began his letter to the Philippians by saying: “I thank my God upon all my remembrance of you” (Phi. 1:3). Sometimes I get “bogged down” in thoughts about those who…

Time Will Tell

Hits: 6[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2 page.] The passing of time has a great way of putting things in true perspective. A president may be hated and cursed by his contemporaries, but his administration may be given a…

What Love Is Not

Hits: 37[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles page.] Introduction Several rich and beautiful Biblical words have been “wordnapped,” redefined, misused, and abused. Among them are grace, faith, miracle, elect, and predestined. Love is another of these words. I will only…

Some Thoughts on Worship “Etiquette”

Hits: 21[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles page.] Introduction Acceptable worship must be God-centered, rather than man-centered. For failure to understand or remember this fact, many are introducing strange practices into worship assemblies because these things please and excite…