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Being Discreet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cynthia Brewer   
Sunday, 20 March 2016 02:04

In Titus 2:5, one of the things we are told that older women are to admonish younger women to do is “be discreet.” Often we think of being discreet as being secretive, or not easily noticed. The word that is used by Paul here, though, is one that means, “of sound mind, self-controlled” according to Vine’s Expository Dictionary. The first definition of the word “discreet” in the Merriam-Webster online dictionary is “having or showing discernment or good judgment in conduct and especially in speech: prudent.” There is a woman described in the Bible whose attitude, speech, and actions reflect this characteristic of being discreet. Her name is Abigail.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 March 2016 02:06
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Good Works: Excuses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cynthia Brewer   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 21:11

Many passages in the New Testament teach us to do “good works.”

Ephesians 2:10--For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Titus 3:1-2--Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work…

1 Timothy 6:17-19-- Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

James 4:17--Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

It is easy to read these passages and understand that we should be doing things to help other people. However, I find that this is an area in which it is easy to make excuses and fail to do what I should be doing!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 21:25
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Biblical Action Words PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cynthia Brewer   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 02:23

There are many things that we receive from God, wonderful gifts and blessings that He gives to us: salvation, grace, hope, peace, and the list goes on. James 1:21 says that we should “…lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” We are to receive God’s word, which is able to save us. Being children of God does not mean that we are always in a receiving role, though. Following Christ requires us to be active, as the following verse states: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22).

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2013 02:27
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A Church Without a Building PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cynthia Brewer   
Saturday, 03 August 2013 22:32

Remember the rhyme where you lock your fingers together and say, “Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open it up and there’s all the people”? I have heard the inaccuracy of that rhyme discussed, because we should understand that “the church” is “the people.” Acts 2:47 says, “…And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” As people were baptized, God added them to His church. He did not put them in a special building in Jerusalem, but He made them part of the body of Christ, the group of people who believed and obeyed Him. Though I have understood this fact in the past, its reality has truly sunk in over the past several months.

 

We walked in the door of our meeting place one Sunday last February to find the ceiling caved in and chunks of plaster all over the place. It was completely unusable. So, what could we do? Did we cancel services because we could not meet in our building? Of course not—we simply gathered up our communion supplies, song books, and some chairs, went to a home, and had our worship service. We sang songs, ate the Lord’s Supper, prayed, had a sermon, and took up a collection—just like we do every Sunday. We were still the Lord’s church. We were still Christians assembling to remember Christ and worship God.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 August 2013 22:35
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Is It A Small Thing? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cynthia Brewer   
Sunday, 22 July 2012 02:39

Moses and Aaron were chosen by God to be leaders of His people. The people, however, did not always respect or appreciate their leadership. They complained and murmured against them many times. Numbers 16 tells us about a man named Korah who tried to lead an outright rebellion against them. He, along with Dathan, Abiram, and On, gathered 250 men and came to Moses and Aaron. Numbers 16:3 says, “They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, ‘You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?’”

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 July 2012 03:18
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