BECAUSE GOD SHEPHERDS ME

The OT often speaks of God as Israel's shepherd (Psalm 80:1; Ezek. 34:15). In Psalm 23 David personalizes the image. God is not only Israel’s shepherd, he is also David’s shepherd. The original Hebrew says “The Lord shepherds me,” as does the Greek Septuagint. Because God shepherds David, he will lack for nothing. This includes nourishment and refreshment – green pastures and quiet waters -- and … [Read more...]

OUR PATTERN AS CHRISTIANS (Part 2)

THE TWENTIETH DAY OF NOVEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. As the 19th century began, many Christians across the spectrum believed that the original church had become corrupted and must be restored to its original purity and beauty. Thomas and Alexander Campbell believed they had found the key to doing that in the history of Israel. Just as God provided Moses with an … [Read more...]

OUR PATTERN AS CHRISTIANS (Part 1)

THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF NOVEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. The New Testament provides the pattern for each of us as Christians, and that pattern is Jesus Christ himself (Matt. 16:24; Phil. 2:5; 1 Pet. 2:21). When God'’s people follow Jesus, they also become a pattern for each other (1 Cor. 4:16; Phil. 3:17; Heb. 13:7). Healthy teaching that is consistent with trusting … [Read more...]

Family Notes 09/11/2016

THE NINTH DAY OF NOVEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. ONLY THE PEACE OF GOD Late last night, gracEmail subscriber Glenn Lashway sent the following in his weekly email column "Gleanings": "Well, it's almost over. Just a few more hours from when I am writing this and we will have elected a new President. Pray for that person. The task of reuniting the country will be … [Read more...]

A SAINTLY HEART AND LIFE

THE SIXTH DAY OF NOVEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. Sybil Short Fudge Dewhirst is a gracEmail reader and zealous encourager of all things good and of everyone whose heart is set on doing good things. She also happens to be my mother. Now in her 94th year, Mom fills each day with devotional reading, Bible study, praying for family both physical and spiritual,and more … [Read more...]

Family Notes 02/11/2016

THE SECOND DAY OF NOVEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. UNDERSTANDING REQUIRES LOVE "I have found the following big picture ideas helpful as a framework for Christian interpretation of Scripture in God-honoring ways," writes gracEmail subscriber and blogger Bobby Valentine. (Read the entire article excerpted below at: stonedcampbelldisciple.com/ Creation rebelled and . … [Read more...]

THE MOST AWESOME DAY (Part 2)

THE THIRTIETH DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. The Hebrew verb translated "atone" in the Old Testament is kaphar. The word originally meant "to cover" or possibly "to wash away," but by biblical times it simply meant "to forgive." Leviticus 16 tells what it looked like when God removed the guilt of Israel's sin from them and removed the stain of their sin from … [Read more...]

THE MOST AWESOME DAY (Part 1)

THE TWENTY-THIRD DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. This year it began in the evening of October 11 and ended in the evening of October 12. "Evening and morning" equals one day. That is how the Creator reckoned time at Creation, and so still do the Jews and several million Christians as well. But this year's October 11-12 is not just another ordinary day. It is … [Read more...]

Family Notes 19/10/2016

THE NINETEENTH DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. ZOE WORSHIP CONFERENCE Register online until Nov 1st, for the Zoe worship conference and hear featured presenters Constance Cherry, Luke Norsworthy, Mike Cope, Heather Hodges, Jack & Jill Maxwell, Jeff Barker, and Amanda Roberts. Visit: www.zoegroup.org   COPY ON FACEBOOK A reader asks if he may … [Read more...]

GOD AND THE GOVERNMENT (Part 2)

THE SIXTEENTH DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. As citizens of the USA prepare to choose a new president and many other officials, we who are also Christians note some fundamental scriptural principles about God and earthly governments. Scripture tells us that God raises up governments and puts them down -- both to bless and to punish. The Most High rules … [Read more...]