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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.
I have been asked more times than I can remember why do Churches of Christ spend so much time on congregational singing? My answer includes, we sing because there are approximately 400 references to sing, singing, and singer in the Bible as well as 50 commands related to singing. Here are several biblical reasons WHY our congregation chooses to sing: We sing because Jesus and His disciples sang (Matthew 26:30). We sing because we are commanded to sing (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). We sing because we are admonished to sing (James 5:13). We sing because we have examples of singing, for example in prison (Acts 16:25). We sing because we are instructed how to sing (1 Corinthians 14:15). We sing because it is a gift to be shared in an assembly (1 Corinthians 11:26). We sing to glorify God (Psalm 105:2; 33:3; 59:16). In addition to congregational singing in all services, our congregation spends the second Sunday evening each month in singing. As I was reflecting on singing, which I participate in by carrying a tune “in a bucket” and “making a joyful noise to the Lord,” I asked myself, “Why do I sing?” More specifically why do I sing in and out of the assemblies, and yes, even in the shower, driving, walking, working, etc? I quickly jotted down these answers without research or studying how others may answer. Here’s my list of biblical and personal reasons WHY I sing: I sing because I am commanded to sing (Ephesians 5:19; Col. 3:16). I sing because sometimes I am sad, e.g. at funerals, etc. I sing to pass the time—it’s a positive way to do so. I sing because it is almost as normal as breathing. I sing because it encourages others, as well as myself. I sing because…
If you’ve ever been in one Cracker Barrel restaurant, which is especially popular in the south, you have been in them all. Why? Because basically, they are all the same. For example, as you walk outside to the entrance door you pass a line of rocking chairs, a barrel table with a checkerboard, and some advertisements. Depending on the weather one or more of the rockers will be occupied, not by teenagers, young adults etc. but by older persons. Why the presentation of rocking chairs? I think I’ve figured it out. The majority of customers, at least when I’ve visited…
Well, thanks be to my heavenly Father, I have made it to another New Year. In fact, today is the second day of 2019. This year marks 55 years since I preached, or tried to preach, my first sermon back in 1964. (Yes, I’m still trying). During these years I have witnessed more challenges and changes, in and out of the church, than I care to remember. Many of these challenges and changes have been viewed from afar or learned about in papers, books, or seminars. The avalanche started with the Supreme Court’s ruling on legalizing abortion, then prayer…
We’ve all heard or no first hand a story about a successful business which failed after it was passed on from the original founder and owner to a family member; a son or daughter. It is estimated that as many as 75% of businesses passed on to the second generations fail. I once heard a motivational speaker tell the story of a father who owned a chain of hotdog carts in a major city, perhaps New York. The father made a good living for his family; even buying luxuries. He saved enough to send his son to an Ivy…
Most Americans have heard and used this recognizable logo: TGIF—which stands for Thank God It’s Friday. A national restaurant chain is named TGIF “Fridays.” I once read this statement by an unknown person, “No one has ever said TGIM, Thank God It’s Monday.” Monday has been given a bad rap by society in general. Why? One reason is it puts a stop to a weekend, usually Saturday and Sunday, of leisure, entertainment pursuits, and other non-work activities. In 1956 a popular song by Fats Domino hit the charts, and is still heard today, with this verse: Blue Monday, how…
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.