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What Distinguishes Us From Other Churches of Christ in the Black Hills?

Not all churches of Christ are the same.  Many churches of Christ do not strictly follow God’s word. Some churches of Christ have been “leavened” by carnal members (1 Cor. 5:6-8).  A sure sign of this is a church that condones sin among its members (1 Tim. 5:22).  Such was the case in the church at Corinth (1 Cor. 5:1-5).  Rather than taking action to remove the sinful member, the church in their arrogance, ignored ...

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Jephthah’s Vow

“A mighty man of valor” (Judges 11:1) by the name of Jephthah made a vow to God.  Specifically he said, “If You will indeed deliver the people of Ammon into my hands, then it will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering” (Judges 11:30b-31; ...

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Should We Observe Lent?

The television weatherman was forecasting a big snow.  I happen to like snow.  The news of snow was exciting to me.  I turned the television station to another network to see what they were forecasting.  That station was forecasting a small amount of snow.  That wasn’t what I wanted to hear.  I waited for the late night news and that weatherman said it would be a heavy snow.  That was great!  I took comfort in ...

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Temperance

Definitions of words change over time. For example, the word “gay” has always meant to be happy. However, its definition presently includes the relationship between homosexual people where half a century ago no such reference could be found in any dictionary. Ironically, according to the first edition of the Webster Dictionary that was published in 1828, the word “gay” use to be a term of derision for drunks. The third definition under the word “gay” ...

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Who Will Be Saved?

In August 2005, a survey conducted by Newsweek and Beliefnet asked 1,000 Americans what they believe and how they practice their faith. One of the questions asked was Can a good person who isn't of your religious faith go to heaven or obtain salvation, yes or no? Of those that answered this question, 68 % of evangelical Protestants said yes. 83 % of non-evangelical Protestants said yes, 91 percent of Catholics said yes and 73 ...

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God Answers Our Prayers

          Much of the time we recognize when God answers our prayers.  Yet, there are times when God answers our prayers in such a subtle way that we overlook the blessing God has granted.  An excellent example of this was the answered prayers on behalf of young Caleb Steinback.  The 3 year old was ill and tested to have a high platelet count in his blood and a low amount of hemoglobin.  The doctors scheduled additional testing the ...

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Drink No Wine

Many people contend that the Bible does not condemn the drinking of an alcoholic beverage; rather, it condemns drunkenness.  To them the drink is not wrong but the quantity of alcohol consumed.  In truth, the Bible does condemn the drinking of fermented beverages. The warnings against the consumption of alcohol are found throughout the Bible.  A well-known passage in Proverbs 23:31-32 states “Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles ...

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Help Wanted

Many say we’re heading into another Great Depression.  Maybe they’re right. I have read in the news about job layoffs. We’ve all seen the stock market crumble along with house prices. Home foreclosures are in every neighborhood. Maybe it’s time for many to consider a second or third job. I found a “help wanted” ad that I wanted to share with you.  I actually took the job but they’re still hiring. It’s a great place ...

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Dating the Book of Revelation

The date when the book of Revelation was written has been a controversial subject for centuries. The insight I have gained and relate in this article is not likely to change the debate in favor of any certain date. However, after reading many different sources on the subject, I have not found anyone who has addressed Hegesippus’ testimony as it relates to the dating of the book of Revelation. Eusebius was a fourth century historian ...

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Anonymous

A Church that is Just a Church

Maybe you’ve noticed that a lot of churches today are involved in all kinds of business and social ventures, and very little in teaching the word of God. Some are quite proud of the fact that they place little emphasis on doctrinal matters. Our emphasis is spiritual--not material or social. For that reason, our main concern is that we abide in, and teach, the doctrine of Jesus Christ. This requires that we pay close attention ...

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