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church study

Hold Fast…Sound Words

Jim Upton

"If a word means anything, it means something" a wise friend
once said. Think about it. Serious writers select words carefully, perhaps painstakingly,
so they convey just the right thought. God was a serious writer when He wrote the
Scriptures; each word was exactly the right one for the meaning He wanted to express.
Notice that God did NOT write:

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worship

Prerequisites To Worship

Steve Hulshizer

Worship is not some difficult, complex, sophisticated religious activity which is limited to a few elite saints. It is to be the portion of all believers. Worship is simply bowing before the Lord and expressing His worthiness to be worshiped. (Rev.5:8) Now worship goes beyond the wonderful fact that Jesus died for us. While we should never forget this amazing fact, and the wonderful love of Christ, there is much more for which He can be worshipped.

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human sin

Lots Choice

By Donald L. Norbie

There had been some strife between Abraham’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen. Their flocks
and herds were growing and there was competition for pasture. Abraham generously told Lot
to choose the area where he wished to live; there was plenty of room for both of them and
their livestock.

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angels church sin

Satans Dual Objectives: A Worldly Messiah And A Worldly Church

By Bob Gessner

As one examines the New Testament, it becomes evident that Satan had two primary
objectives in this world, among many more perhaps less evident. (1) To tempt the Messiah
to conform to the image of the worldly Jewish religious thinking of His time. (2) To
influence the church so that it conforms to the worldly religious thinking of our times.
In the first objective, Satan totally failed. He met an opponent who stood firm. In the
second objective, he has met with more success than we would like to think or admit.

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church worship

Godly Shepherds and Obedient Sheep

By Steve Hulshizer

There is a great need in local churches today for godly shepherds. The absence of such
shepherds is readily apparent. Many of the saints are as sheep having no shepherd. Many
who are referred to as “elders” are more involved in “scheduling”
speakers and activities than they are in “shepherding.”