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It is old news to state that 50% of marriage in the USA end in divorce each year. Persons under the age of 20 entered into many of these marriages. Sadly, few young people are entering marriage with little or no education about marriage. Marriage ignorance abounds. It takes more preparation to get a driver's license that it takes to get married. Our school systems educate our youth in academic subjects, how to succeed in sports, and in some cases sex education. Other modeling and sharing a few dos and don't about marriage come from parents (not all parents). Children are not being educated in marriage. This is why most "Leap before they look." Most churches aren't preparing youth with serious, in-depth, Bible-based education about marriage. It is high time that we take educating our youth about marriage seriously. This book is designed to be a basic and fundamental introductory study for educating our youth, and parents, about marriage. This book is more than a series of lectures about marriage. It is a workbook with assignments. It is only by doing and being involved in studying a subject that a person learns.
You may have a number of positive things going for you. Such things as money, titles, property, degrees, power, honors; you may speak several languages, mastered deep theological truths, be a great speaker and motivator, teacher, and sought out for advice, etc. However, here is the top and bottom line truth: "But without faith it is IMPOSSIBLE to please Him, for he who comes to Him must BELIEVE that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). "We walk by FAITH and not by sight" (2 Corinthians 4:7). Faith is the expression of the integrity that closes the GAP between what we SAY we believe and what we actually DO.
Voting is one of the basic freedoms our Constitution gives us as citizens in the USA. Because of the seriousness of choosing our nations leaders, it is essential that we educate ourselves relative to some basic truths and realities related to voting. This book is a wake up call for voters to take seriously this freedom and blessing. In 13 chapters, subjects ranger from "Rating Your Voting Concerns" to "22 Things I don't Consent to", the author set forth a positive case to take voting seriously. Regardless of your party of candidate, this book will help and encourage you. The author is issuing a wake up call.
FORGIVENESS! This is what we all need and want from time to time and as quickly as possible. However, depending on the offense, we are slow and reluctant to extend it to others. The title of this book, as well as the content, is based on Jesus' reply to Peter when the apostle asked how often should you forgive a person (Matthew 18:21-35). If we don't forgive others, our heavenly Father will not forgive is (Matthew 6:14, 15). Jesus continued that we must forgive seventy times seven: 70x7= 490. Thus the title. This book covers every aspect of forgiveness. It is perfect for private reading and study as well as class study.
hen Jesus was 12-years-old He knew He must be about His Father’s business (Luke 2:48-52); When He was 30 He exemplified that one aspect of the His Father’s business was preaching; on one occasion He announced to His disciples, “… Let’s go into the next towns, that I may PREACH there also because for this purpose I have come forth” (Mark 1:38). In Luke 20:1 we read, “Now it happened on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him.” I wonder how many 12-year-old boys want to be preachers today? We are going through the season of graduations, both high school, and college. I have not heard or read about a boy who desired to be a preacher. What I’ve continually heard are desires to pursue careers and studies which will guarantee financial rewards and security. I’m not passing judgment on any young man’s motives for a secular career. What I’m noting is why aren’t there a few boys, at least, who desire to become preachers? Since the publishing of the bestseller back in 1986, “Why Johnny Can’t Read,” there have been numerous spinoffs using the title Why Johnny Can’t... Write, Add, Come Home, Think, Come Home, and even one “Why Johnny Can’t Preach.” My concern is Why Johnny Doesn’t Want To Preach. One of my missions over the 50-plus years of preaching and training preachers is a commitment to encourage both boys and men to think and pray about preparing to preach. I have a practice of referring to all boys as “My little preachers.” I am blessed and thankful that many of these boys have become preachers. From time to time I meet a…
Through the years in discussions with elders, I have asked them, what is one of the most difficult jobs or tasks they have to perform as an elder? The consensus always contains three answers: (1) Encouraging the members to be faithful, (2) Selecting a preacher, and (3) Stewardship issues related to giving. (There are others but these are the top three). While attending a brotherhood lectureship at a college I ran upon an eldership I hadn’t seen in several years. When I asked them what they were up to? One brother answered, “We’re here to preacher shop." A second…
Among all the things Churches of Christ are noted for is singing which is usually at the top of the list. We are known for our acapella singing or singing without instrumental accompaniment. Next to baptism for the remission of sin singing is the second most discussed and debated issue. Singing has a prominent place in Scripture. In one form or another, it is mentioned approximately 400 times and 50 times as a direct imperative. An Old Testament example is Psalm 96:1-3: “Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing to…
J.J. Turner. Ph.D. © Back on the 22nd of March, 2015. USA TODAY ran an article titled, “Has The Sun Set On Sunday School? Basically, the answer was yes but there were also some bright spots in some churches. I typed in this search question on Google: “Why Sunday School Is Failing?” and 148,000,000 responses came up. Evidently, there is a lot of interested in the state of Sunday School. How is your interest? Some call it Sunday School, some refer to it as Bible classes or Bible study. Regardless of what name, if any at all,…
I have spent years of my tenure as a preacher teaching preachers, training preachers, writing about preaching and preaching. All of my 53 years as a preacher I have heard over and over the statement that “We have a preacher shortage.” A once popular statement related to this statement was “For every new preacher who begins preaching there are two or three who are leaving.” Through the years there have been numerous responses with efforts to curb or eliminate the preacher shortage. These have included: Schools of Evangelist, Schools of Preaching, Colleges with Bible Departments, Schools of Biblical Studies, Bible…
ARE YOU FOLLOWING CHRIST WITH ALL YOUR HEART? -J.J. Turner, Ph.D.
Have you ever heard this song?
Your gotta have heart
All you really need is heart
When the odds are saying you’ll never win
That’s when the grin should start
. . . . . . .
You’ve gotta have heart
Miles and miles of heart
Oh, it’s fine to be a genius, of course
But keep that old horse before the cart
First, you gotta have heart
. . . . . . . .
But we’re laughin’
‘Cause we’ve got heart
We’ve got heart
We’ve got heart
Have you ever sung this song?
Have thine affections been nailed to the cross
Is thy heart right with God?
Dost thou count all things for Jesus but loss?
Is thy heart right with God?
Is thy heart right with God,
Washed in the crimson flood,
Cleansed and made holy
Humble and lowly,
Right in the sight of God (of God)?
The three verses out of the late singer, composer and actress Peggy Lee’s song, You Gotta have Heart, while intended for any challenge we face in life, has an application to the spiritual heart.
E.A. Hoffman’s lyrics, Is Thy Heart Right With God? asks an eternally important question.