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Will I Ever Be Good Enough Or Do Enough To Enter Heaven?

Grace Is The Answer To Doubt

Since God's standard is "perfection": "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48), how good do I have to be and how much do I have to do in order to enter heaven? Honestly, my "perfection" fluctuates like the weather or stock market. Some days I am 50%, others 25%, and one day I made it to 75%. But 100%, never. Help! Are you interested in knowing more about God's saving and amazing grace? If you are, you are not alone. I typed the words "saved by works" in my computer's search engine and it brought up 300,000,000 results. You need to read this book, In 20 lessons the biblical study of grace is presented. Study how "good works" and "more grace" harmonize. Remember, "If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed" (John 8:36).

Back to Basics

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This dynamic book contains 3 major sections relative to encouraging congregations to cut through the 2000 years of history since the establishment of the church (ekklesia) by Christ on the Day of Pentecost and return to the BASIC teachings which launched the church into all the world (Matthew 28:18-20). Sadly, many churches have departed from these basics PART 1 is about the Basics of the Church, Part 2 is about the Preliminary E's Mission. Part 3 is about the Core E's of the church's mission. There are thought and discussion questions at the end of each lesson. This book is a must study for every member of the church. It is great for personal, group home study, and classes.

Surprised by So Many Blessings

Every person is a "Blessing Millionaire" is the affirmation of this dynamic 26 lesson book. We sing the song "Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done. This dynamic book is a refreshing look at the ways God keeps on blessing us both physically and spiritually: "His blessing are renewed every morning." This book is based on sound biblical principles, commonsense, and positive psychological principles. It has response and application sections making it an ideal study guide for an individual or class. All age groups need this great and timely book.

Train Up A Child In The Way He Should Go

Educating Youth About Marriage

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.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.

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I have spoken over 11,000 times in a span of 55-years in classes, sermons, lectures, radio, TV, banquets, debates, etc. In my early years of preaching meetings, it wasn’t unusual for dozens of attendees to respond for prayer, rededication, and baptism. It wasn’t unusual to have overt responses during Sunday morning and Sunday evening services as well as on Wednesday evenings.      One brother recently tagged those past days as “The golden age when hearts weren’t encumbered with 101 attractions which prevented the word of God from ‘pricking people in their hearts and souls.’” Sadly some preachers can’t quickly recall when they last had a response to their preaching; especially for baptism. I visited a congregation that was using the baptistery as a storage place; assuring me they could have it ready in a couple of hours if they needed to baptize someone.      What has created these phenomena in congregations of the Lord’s people? The Gospel hasn’t lost its power to convert (Romans 1:14-16). Preaching is still authorized by God’s word (Matthew 28:18-20). One answer lies in the sowing of the seed. In the simple but dynamic Parable of the Sower (Luke 8:11-15) Jesus spelled out clearly that the battle was occurring in the hearts of the hearers of the word. Even a casual reading of the text reveals that one out of four hearts will receive, keep, obey, and practice the word (Cf 8:15).      Somewhere in our history congregations have created two distinct forms of communicating Scripture. First, is the pulpit where the preacher does all the talking thus creating a monologue? Second, the classrooms where questions and answers occur on a limited basis. Some attendees don’t bring their Bibles to either opportunity.      The operative question is, why is this occurring in many congregations today? Coupled with the why is the question, what are the dynamics involved in producing this auditing effect at this time among the Lord’s people? In my opinion, there are several answers to these questions.      From watching, listening, and reading sermons and lessons, past and present, presented in congregations across the nation there is evidence that both forms of communications, preaching and teaching, have fallen on tough times. There seems to be evidence that some of the issues relate to trying to match the entertainment activities of Hollywood, televangelists, and comedians. What is being passed of biblical messages in the pulpit and classroom is more like an attempt to entertain than “prick listener in their hearts” (Acts 2:37). A few Scriptures are tacked on with an overdose of human wisdom, pop-psychology, and feel-good emphasis. It’s the telling of “my story” more than the telling of HIS story. The response most frequently heard is, I enjoyed your sermon/lesson”, not “what must I do?”      There are endless materials, products, and media gadgets to help us in our quest for spiritual growth. One media program which can be download on your phone or viewed on a computer makes it possible for you to listen to the Bible with background music so you can fall asleep. Have we become like the people in Isaiah’s day? “Who say to the seers, ‘Do not see,’ and to the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy to us right things; speak to us smooth things” (Isaiah 30:10). THE ANSWER      I believe the answer lies with both participants in the teaching and preaching event. The preacher/teacher and the hearers both have attitudes, disciplines, and responsibilities for creating the success of the event. No, this is not a blame game exercise but a reality check relative to making the learning event…

  •   INTRODUCTION:   OBSERVATION: From watching, listening, and reading sermons and lessons, past and present, presented in churches across the nation, there is evidence that both forms of communication, preaching and teaching, have fallen on hard times, reaching levels that are trying to match the entertainment level of Hollywood, televangelists, and comedians. What is being passed off as biblical messages in the pulpit and classroom is more like an attempt to entertain than “prick listeners in their hearts” (Acts 2:37). A few Scriptures are tacked on with an overdose of human wisdom, comments, and feel-good emphasis. The response most frequently…

  • In most congregations, the majority of the members-only see and hear the preacher on Sunday and Wednesday. Two hours a week. How about the other 166 hours during the week? Where is the preacher? What is he doing? Some think he only has to work a couple of hours a week. Others, such as the elders and other leaders, know what he is doing, or should be doing, because of job assignments and accountability procedures.      The preacher wears many hats during the 166 hours he is not in the pulpit or classroom. He, even though it is not the…

  •   INTRODUCTION: A.Turn in your Bibles to Matthew 25:14-30: 1.Jesus’s story of 3 servants. 2.Story of “Stewardship” 3.2 of 3 faithful…prospered. 4.The 3rd was “cast out.” (Afraid). B.What, biblically, is a “Steward”? 1.Steward 2.Numerous application related to managing: a.A teacher manages students. b.A boss manages employees. c.A politician manages our resources. d.A banker manages our finances, etc. e.A physician manages our health care. f.A parent manages children, etc. g.A judge manages equity of the law. C.Biblically, every person, especially Christians, is a steward: 1.Everything belongs to God by right of creation (Gen. 1-3). a. b. c. d. e. f.Job 40:11,…

  •   INTRODUCTION: A.Turn in your Bibles to Matthew 25:14-30: 1.Jesus’s story of 3 servants. 2.Story of “Stewardship” 3.2 of 3 faithful…prospered. 4.The 3rd was “cast out.” (Afraid). B.What, biblically, is a “Steward”? 1.Steward 2.Numerous application related to managing: a.A teacher manages students. b.A boss manages employees. c.A politician manages our resources. d.A banker manages our finances, etc. e.A physician manages our health care. f.A parent manages children, etc. g.A judge manages equity of the law. C.Biblically, every person, especially Christians, is a steward: 1.Everything belongs to God by right of creation (Gen. 1-3). a. b. c. d. e. f.Job 40:11,…

winningthebattlebookcover smANNOUNCEMENT: This is a supplemental study to my new book, “Winning The Battle Between The Heart And Mind.” This is an 11 lesson study with 52 weekly exercises for application. Can you name one thing God has asked us to DO and BE that doesn’t relate to the heart?

ARE YOU FOLLOWING CHRIST WITH ALL YOUR HEART?  -J.J. Turner, Ph.D.

INTRODUCTION:

Have you ever heard this song?

YOU GOTTA HAVE HEART

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?

IS THY HEART RIGHT WITH GOD?

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.

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Some of us remember these statements: “The family that prays together stays together.” “The family is the backbone of the nation.” “The community is a reflection of the families who live in them.” When you hear the word FAMILY what comes to mind? Sadly, when some hear family in cause’s painful memories; others are filled with happy memories. From the first family—Adam and Eve—until the most recent family, families have faced challenges. Some families have grown stronger and closer together, while others have deteriorated.      Whatever happened to family?      “There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families” (Margaret Thatcher). If society is composed of families, it follows that if there is something wrong with society there must be something wrong with families. What do you think?      In recent years there has been a proliferation of TV reality shows depicting various constructs of families, from “Housewives” to the Duggars, Duck Dynasty, etc. All of these have had an effect on families. The bubble burst relative to the “perfect family” image of the Duggars when a son committed adultery.      Whatever happened to family?      Social science studies, as well as government surveys, and commonsense observations have clearly documented the breakdown of the 21st century family. Houses, instead of being homes, have become no more than motels where mom, dad and all the kids gather in their own mental space to spend time on their social media gadgets. I heard recently that the “Average family” in the USA shares one common meal a month around the dinner table. Houses are now being built without formal dining rooms. The rise of fast food locations is another evidence how families are being fed. Some wives and mothers brag about the fact that they…

  • WHATEVER HAPPENED TO FAMILY DEVOTIONS?

    Unless one has been exiled on Mars or has just awakened from a Rip Van Winkle sleep, he realizes the family in our country is in deep trouble and its growing deeper. Yes, and even families which claim to be Christians and “churchgoers.” One teenager said, “I’m sitting on the edge of the pew waiting to graduate from high school, reach my 18th birthday, and quit this forced on me church going.” Surveys and polls continually reveal that we, across all religious lines, lose approximately 85 percent of our members between 18 to 25. We have watched the divorce rate…

  • WHATEVER HAPPENED TO LEADERSHIP TRAINING

    As I travel around the brotherhood I am asked more and more frequently, “Whatever happened to leadership training?” This question is relevant in light of the decline of leadership in the church; especially the training and equipping of men to serve as elders and deacons. I recently came across these phrases by an unknown author: “When the ship is sinking, it not the time to train the crew in abandon ship drills.” “When the last inning is played, it’s not time to call for a pinch hitter.” “When the sheep have been scattered, lost their way, or eaten by wolves,…

  • WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BIBLE READING

    Why did God give us, and preserve for us, a written document called the Holy Bible? Was it so we would buy it and He would get a royalty? Was it for coffee table decoration? Did He give us the Bible to confuse us? The answer to these three questions is NO. Obviously God gave us the Bible to read, understand and apply to our lives. Since the German printer Johan Gutenberg invented the printing press with moveable type, and on which the Bible was the first book printed, the Bible has been a best seller. Millions of copies in…

  • WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HOLINESS?

    Congruence (n) “1 the state or quality of being in agreement; correspondence; harmony.” Concurrence (n) “1 A happening together in time or place                              2 a combining to produce or bringing about something 3 Agreement; accord.”      Do you know what these two words have to do with Christianity? [ ] Yes [ ] No. The title of this lesson may have tipped you off. It has to do with our walk of holiness before God and others. They refer to the consistency God demands relative to what is outside in our behavior, being in harmony with what is inside. There…

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