GOD BLESS AMERICA

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Shelby G. Floyd

Note: I proclaimed this sermon forty four years ago when I was thirty nine years old. And today I affirm these bedrock truths as strongly as then! Wake up America before it is too late!

In view of the transformation of the American culture, it is proper to ask, “Will God continue to bless America?” Whatever has made America great in the past and the present will make America great in the future.  We love to sing the prayer song, “God Bless America.”  Truly that song expresses our fondest hopes and desires that God will continue to bless America in the future like he has in the past.  I am quick to tell you that I am proud to be an American.  I am grateful to God that I was born in this country and that I have citizenship in this great nation.  I don’t think…

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MORALITY AND AMERICA

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Shelby G. Floyd

True morality originated from God, neither man nor government. The purest standard of morality has been derived from Moses and Christ. Morality is the proper relationship between man and his fellow human beings. Continue reading “MORALITY AND AMERICA”

TEST YOURSELVES

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Shelby G. Floyd

What a beautiful day we have to come and worship God. Thank you for your attendance and your interest in worshipping and serving Christ in spirit and truth. We are sorry that Mitch cannot be here today. As you know he suffered a blood clot in his lung, and he is recuperating at home. Also Patsy McCluggage is suffering from a blood clot in her leg. We also want to remember Gabe Harman who had surgery this past week and is now recuperating at home. Let us pray that he will heal up and be back soon.

I am speaking to you on the subject—”Test Yourselves.” We are all being tested in various ways. Examinations are quite common these days. We are being examined for drivers’ tests, physical exams, blood tests, stress test, skin test, eye exams, dental exams, hearing tests, and pregnancy tests, and covid tests. There are physical and psychological tests. But today we are more interested in taking spiritual and religious tests!

I read of a husband who was sick and had to go to the doctor for an examination. He took his wife along with him. He went in to see the doctor who did a very complete examination. He sent the husband out to the waiting room and asked his wife to come in for a consultation. The doctor told his wife he had some awfully bad news. Your husband is extremely sick, but the good news is that he will be better if you will take him home, cook three hot meals every day, take care of all his needs and then he should be recovered in about two months. The wife yelled out, TWO MONTHS! The lady then left the doctor’s office and went out and got in the car with her husband. The man said, well what did the doctor say? The wife looked at her husband and said, “you are going to die!” Men we should be very thankful when we have a good wife that takes care of us all the time, cooks our meals and does our laundry and all that kind of stuff.

Sometimes it is necessary to regularly turn our attention on ourselves and examine our character and conduct. Do you examine yourself regularly to see if you are living right, and if your conduct is what it should be? We all need to do some self-examinations! Alexander Pope, who is one of my favorite poets said,

“Know thyself and presume not God to scan. The proper study of mankind is man.”

Therefore, we need to study man in order to know how we can take care of ourselves. Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” He was one of the great philosophers of ancient Greece. But the apostle Paul said it best in his second letter to the Corinthian church:
“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified” (2 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV).
Paul is telling all of the Christians at Corinth that you need to take a test; you need to get an examination to see if you are qualified! In real estate training I remember that salespeople need to “have a checkup from the neck up!” He was really saying you need to check your thinking and your attitude. We really need to examine ourselves because we may be blind to our faults. Continue reading “TEST YOURSELVES”

AS NEW BORN BABES

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Shelby G. Floyd

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Good morning everyone. I had a wonderful visit in Florida with my daughters, my grandchildren, and great grandchildren. But I missed everybody here at the Heartland congregation. It is good to be back home with you and to sing these beautiful hymns today.

I was saddened to hear about the passing of our brother Pete Tinkle. We are going to miss seeing him every Sunday morning, as we come in here to worship. I was happy to see that things are really going great, and that Mitch came through his surgery in a fine way. Thank you all for praying for him and for others who have been going through some difficult times with their health.

A few weeks ago before I left to go to Florida, we were studying in 1 Peter 1:22-2:3. This context speaks of several concepts of being born and growing into mature adults. I love to study the Bible verse by verse, especially when things jump out at me that are going on in the real world. So I looked as we read about God’s children being as newborn babes, and said to myself, “That is what I am going to preach on the next time, because we have two brand new babes in our family—two great grandsons for me! We have Kai Gregory, Cheryl our daughter’s grandson and Damon’s grandson Kellen Brooks, who was born just recently. And then I started thinking  about others who have newborns. Jacob and Melanie Surface have a new daughter Amity Wren. And I especially like that name Wren which is really a beautiful name. Then of course Gary and Robin Stevens have several beautiful little granddaughters. And I must mention Paul, who has been on the front row since his birth and in two weeks he will be one year old!

So my subject today is “As Newborn Babes! Peter writes, “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (1 Peter 2:2,3 NKJV). Continue reading “AS NEW BORN BABES”

The Highway to Heaven

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Shelby G. Floyd

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One of the favorite figures of speech applied to the church is that of a way, a path, and a road that leads from one place to another.

Do All Religious Roads Lead to Heaven?

Christianity is the definite way over which the redeemed pass from earth to heaven. In a day when highways and roads are so familiar, it is easy for some people to get the idea that there are many ways for one to reach heaven. It is a popular doctrine that we are all going to heaven in different ways. While this is popular, is it the truth?

The Highway of Holiness

 About 700 years before Christ made his advent into the world, the prophet Isaiah, looking through the tele­scope of prophecy, pointed out the way over which every child of God must pass in entering the city that has foundations whose builder and maker is God:

A highway shall be there, and a road,
And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.
The unclean shall not pass over it,
But it shall be for others.
Whoever walks the road, although a fool,
Shall not go astray (Isaiah 35: 8 NKJV).

The prophecy of Isaiah found its consummation in Jesus Christ. 

Jesus Is the Only Way

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Jesus, in his sermons during his earthly ministry pointed the people to the only true and living way. He said that he was the way, the truth, and the life, and that no man could come unto the Father ex­cept by him (John 14:4, 6).          

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

THE PARADISE OF GOD

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Shelby G. Floyd

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Good morning. It is a beautiful day. We are glad that spring has finally sprung! It is good to see your smiling faces and we have a good number present today. We appreciate you coming out to worship our God on the Lord’s day. How many have been out playing golf already? I see several hands. That is a good thing to do, especially when the weather is really nice.

When my wife passed away recently somebody said that she had gone to paradise. That word paradise stuck in my mind, so I started thinking about paradise and it has been very therapeutic for me to work on this sermon that I am presenting today. And the title of it is The Paradise of God. The word paradise is a Persian word spelled pardes. The Greek word for paradise is paradeisos. Paradise refers to a beautiful garden, a park, orchard, and a pleasure ground. And that word paradise is used in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

I searched the Internet for the best icon that I could find that might represent what paradise might look like and I think the best place that I produced would be the Masters Golf Tournament course down in Augusta, Georgia. It is so beautiful and the only thing it would lack to be paradise as I picture it in the Bible would be some fruit trees and fruit bushes for food. Therefore a photo of the Masters Golf course is the first picture you see today.

This introduces our subject today, The Paradise of God. The word paradise occurs three times in the New Testament, and we are going to look at each one of those and make application to what the Bible says about the departed spirits of those who are the children of God. Paradise is found in Luke 23:43, 2nd Corinthians 12:4, and Revelation 2:7. And we will examine each one of those and make the proper application.

One time Jesus encountered a group of Jewish people called Sadducees and they did not believe in the resurrection of the dead, neither did they believe in spirits. When he confronted them he said do you not remember the episode with Moses that took place at the burning bush? When Moses saw the burning bush that was not consumed, he stepped aside to take a closer look at it. And God said take your shoes off for the ground you stand on is holy ground. God said that he was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jesus then said that God is the God of the living not the dead. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had been dead a long time as to their earthly body, but they were still alive in another place (Exodus 3:6; Luke 20:38). Continue reading “THE PARADISE OF GOD”

FAITH IS THE VICTORY

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Shelby G. Floyd

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We thank God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ: 

“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God (1 John 5:4-5). 

The terms “victory” and “overcomes” in this text translate from the Greek word “nike.”  Nike means to be victorious, prevail, conqueror, overcome and win. God wants us to be victorious, not a victim. How do we win?

Victory Through the New Birth

The text above teaches that everyone born of God overcomes the world. So unless we are born again we will not overcome the world. We have the victory through the new birth into God’s family:16098-handsraised-cross-gettyimages-1182778653-ipop Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves his child as well” (1 John 5:1). The people to whom the apostle Peter wrote his first letter had purified their souls in obeying the truth,  having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever” (1 Peter 1:23). Jesus said we cannot enter the kingdom of God unless we are born of water and the Spirit. (John 3:3-5). The new birth demands water baptism for the forgiveness of sins. The salvation of Noah and seven others by water was the type and sinners are saved today by the antitype which is water baptism for forgiveness of sin:

“who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:20-21 NKJV).

Victory Through Love

Through our love for God and God’s children we have the victory (1 John 5:1).  Jesus declared that all men would know that we are his disciples when we love as he has loved us: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34 ESV).

Victory Through Obedience

Genuine love is always joined with obedience, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments” (1 John 5:2 ESV). Obedience to God’s word is not a burden when we love God. This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome(1 John 5:3). Human traditions and man-made rules are heavy loads to carry, but the yoke of Christ is light (Matthew 23:4; 11:30).

Victory Over The World

 

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We have the ultimate victory over death and the world through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:5). “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son” (Revelation 21:7). Nike—We WIN!

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

MINISTRY

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Shelby G. Floyd

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The New Testament has much to say about dif­ferent ministries.

TAKE MINISTRY SERIOUSLY                                                                                                            

Ministry should be taken seriously. One needs to prepare for any ministry. Christ was thirty years old when he began his ministry (Luke 3:23).

THE APOSTOLIC MINISTRY   

acts-1-17 The apostles took their ministry seriously with the exception of Judas. Peter addressed a group of about 120, and said,

“Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus—he was one of our number and shared in this ministry” (Acts 1:17 NIV).

Then they appointed two men to be considered for the appointment to the ministry of the apostles. They prayed to God the “heart knower” to indicate which of these two men he had chosen to fulfill the vacated ministry of Judas:

Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs. Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles” (Acts 1:24-26 NIV).

NEW TESTAMENT MINISTRIES

A member of the church told me one time that he did not like the term “ministry!” The term “ministry” is a biblical word that identifies different work and responsibilities.Ministry 1

The Ministry of the Word                                                              Instead of serving tables, the apostles thought it more important for them to continue steadfastly in prayer and “the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:2, 4)

The Ministry to the Saints

Paul in his first letter to the church at Corinth reminded the members of the good work ministry of the house of Stephanas:  “I urge you, brethren—you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints—” (1 Corinthians 16:15).

The Ministry of Reconciliation

2-corinthians-5-18The apostles of Jesus revealed God’s scheme of redemption from sin. Because sin separated sinful humanity from God the gospel ministry of reconciliation was given to the apostles and preachers “the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18).

The Word of Reconciliation

The instrument used in “the ministry of reconciliation” was the word of God and it is called “the word of reconciliation.” “that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19).

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The evangelist is charged to carry out the great commission is to prove his ministry: “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5).

Discharge the Duties of Ministry

Each Christian is to discharge the duties of his ministry: “or ministry, let us use it in our ministering” (Romans 12:7). Therefore, “ministry” is biblical and a good word and a good work.

MINISTERING TO THE FAMILY 

One of the ministries of all congregations should be to the family ministry. The family is the backbone of the congregation and the nation. Satan is assaulting the fam­ily relentlessly. Therefore, the church and the members of the family must do everything possible to bring families back to God. This involves marriages that are built upon love to God and one another. Ministering to our family is something every member of the church can be involved. We are all members of a family. This includes God’s family—the church:

“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named” (Eph. 3:14-15 NKJV).

Let every member of God’s spiritual family find a ministry and serve God and one another. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45 NKJV).  The ministry of Christ is our example.

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

HAS SOMEONE POISIONED YOUR MINDS?

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Shelby G. Floyd

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Paul and Barnabas entered the Jewish syna­gogue at Iconium and so spoke that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and “poisoned their minds against the breth­ren” (Acts 14:1-2). Continue reading “HAS SOMEONE POISIONED YOUR MINDS?”

SING A NEW SONG

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Shelby G. Floyd

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What a beautiful day for all of us to come out to worship God, to sing these beautiful hymns, and to study God’s eternal word. Thank you for coming and we hope that you will enjoy and profit from our study today. I am speaking to you on the topic: “Sing a New Song!” From the 1930s to the present day I have always attended worship. My mom and dad made sure that we were there every time the doors were open, and I have been singing songs written long ago and songs that are new to us today. We like some new songs and old songs. The old songs ties us to the church in the past and the new songs anchor us in the church of the 21st century.

David said in Psalms 40:3, “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.” So even David in the long ago enjoyed singing a new song that God had put in his heart and in his mouth! All of us here at Heartland enjoy good congregational singing. We sing some of the old songs and we sing some of the new songs. And we need to sing some new songs because our experiences today are not the experiences that our parents and grandparents had many years ago. It requires patience and practice to sing a new song. Once we learn the lyrics and the melody in our minds, the song is not that difficult to sing, and you did a great job in singing all these hymns today. Continue reading “SING A NEW SONG”