POOR MAN–RICH MAN

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Shelby G. Floyd

A statement in the book of James suggests our topic under consideration:

James 1:9-11
Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.
NKJV

The first chapter of James deals with the various kinds of trials that Christians will go through. You may wonder what the words of our text are doing in the midst of that chapter about trials. You will see the reason as we develop this lesson about the rich man and the poor man. Continue reading “POOR MAN–RICH MAN”

USING ACADEMIC TITLES AS RELIGIOUS TITLES NO. 2

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Shelby G. Floyd

In the gospel, according to Mark, we read the following conversation,

Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him,

“Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God” (Mark 10:17-18 NKJV).

Continue reading “USING ACADEMIC TITLES AS RELIGIOUS TITLES NO. 2”

HONOR YOUR MARRIAGE

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Shelby G. Floyd

With so much news recently about sexual misbehavior in politics, business, news corporations and regular homes, it is timely that we share what the creator has to say about honoring your marriage bed. Both the Jewish and Christian writings in the Bible are replete with high principles of marriage fidelity. Continue reading “HONOR YOUR MARRIAGE”

GOD HAS SPOKEN

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Shelby G. Floyd

 

The Hebrew writer without introduction states his main theme: the superior rank and dignity of Jesus Christ over angels, Moses, prophets and priests:

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:1-3 NKJV).

The message is simple—God has spoken to man! God has spoken to us at the end of the Jewish economy by His Son—Jesus Christ. And he spoke to us through his apostles “once” (hapax), for all time: “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3 NKJV). Therefore, the “last days” includes the whole Christian age.

Christ is superior to all who spoke for God that went before him because: (1) He is the unique Son of God; (2) God appointed him heir of all things; (3) God made the world through Christ; (4) Jesus is the effulgent image of God the Father; (5) Christ upholds all things by his powerful word; (6) He purged our sins by the sacrifice of himself on the cross; and last of all, (7) He sat down as the reigning Monarch of the Kingdom of Heaven at the right hand of His majesty Jehovah!

Thus Christ is our prophet—he spoke for God; he is our great high priest—he purged our sins; and he is our Mighty King reigning on David’s throne on high—reigning over the Everlasting Kingdom that will stand forever (Daniel 2:44-45).

The term “spoke” in verse two is aorist indicating completed action in the past. It is the leading verb in the context. God previously in ancient times “spoke” to the fathers by (in) the prophets. He did so in many ways and at various times. “Spoke” is from (laleo) and means to speak to one using words in order to declare one’s mind and to disclose one’s thoughts. God therefore speaks to man today through the written word handed down to us in the Old and New Testament. Let us then give heed to and obey God’s Word.

Copyright © 2017 Shelby G. Floyd, All Rights Reserved

Eighty 5-21-17

Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, IN 46142

THE NEED TO SOW THE SEED

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Shelby G. Floyd

 

If the church is to increase and grow we must all get involved in the law of the seedtime and harvest. Solomon taught that if we are to expect a harvest we must get up early in the morning and sow the seed and not wait till the evening of life:

“Sow your seed in the morning and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well” (Ecclesiastes 11:6).

In many of the parables that Jesus taught, God is pictured as the owner of a huge farm with an abundant harvest. But much of the harvest may possibly be lost because of a lack of workers. Jesus said, “The harvest is truly plenteous but the laborers are few” (Matthew 9:37).

God can do whatever pleases him (Psalms 115:3), but it does not please him for man to circumvent his own plan to save man. Paul outlined God’s plan in his letter to the Romans:

For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “LORD, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:13-17 NKJV).

From this scripture we learn several facts about our task of proclaiming the gospel message:

1. God saves those who call on the Lord.

2. Men cannot call on someone they do not believe in.

3. They cannot believe in one of whom they have not heard.

4. They cannot hear unless someone preaches the word to them.

5. Someone must send and someone must go to sow the seed.

The lack of growth is and always has been a lack of workers. Unless we all get involved in making disciples, no one will go to evangelize the lost. Like the apostle Paul said, “The love of God compels me,” to carry our own load and go forth to do good works.

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Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142

BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO 1

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Shelby G. Floyd

THE BIBLE CLAIMS TO BE INSPIRED

The Bible claims to be the inspired word of God. No more important theme can be considered than the study concerning the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures. Our attitude toward the word of God will determine our attitude toward the authority and commands of the Bible. If one believes in divine revelation and verbal inspiration, then one will have reverence and respect for the authority and commands of the Bible. But on the other hand, if one has doubts and criticisms of verbal inspiration, then this automatically would cause one to question and criticize Biblical authority, and the commands of the Bible. This subject definitely is of vast importance, and demands our keenest attention.

The apostle Paul expressed the proper attitude which all men should hold toward the Holy Scriptures. Paul believed that what he taught the churches was the inspired word of God. When he wrote the church at Thessalonica, he thanked God without ceasing because they had received his teaching as the word of God. “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13). Paul’s teaching then was the word of God because Paul was inspired of God.

The Bible unequivocally claims to be the inspired word of God. However, the word inspiration conveys different ideas to different men. Modernists will tell one that the Bible is inspired, but they mean by this that the Bible is inspired only in the sense that it gives evidence of literary genius, such as, the writings of Milton, Shakespeare and Browning, and others who were truly outstanding men of literature. Let us then define the term inspiration as it is used in the Bible. Continue reading “BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO 1”