The Trouble With The Truth

When Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ Hill and spoke to the sophists of Areopagus concerning “The Unknown God,” he quoted one of their own poets to emphasize the nature of God (Acts 17:28). Normally, the words of man are not useful in teaching spiritual lessons. Especially is this true in the realm of popular music. But occasionally a song comes along that lends itself to such a use. One song that is now popular on the country charts is entitled, “The Trouble With The Truth.” The words of the song speak volumes concerning the nature of truth.

God Given Unity,1

John 17 records our Lord's prayer on the night prior to his crucifixion. In this prayer, our Lord gave great emphasis to the subject of unity. Even though man often struggles with this topic, unity is possible - but only on God's terms.

God Given Unity, 2

In last week's bulletin, we discussed the idea that unity among God's people must be based upon God's word, the Bible. I want to continue that train of thought in this article by examining the standard of unity, and then conclude this study by looking at the aim of unity.

The Necessity of Faith and Family

A recent Washington Times article (September 2, 1998) entitled "Religion Helps Teens Just Say No To Drugs," related the findings of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA). According to the survey released earlier this week, "teens who have an active religious life and regularly eat dinner with their families are less likely to use drugs, alcohol and tobacco."

The Cost of Unity

This past Monday, I was asked to speak to a group of preachers in Huntsville on the subject that serves as the title of this article. Two other men spoke, one on the Importance of Unity and the other on the Parameters of Unity. All three of us made reference to the passage penned by the apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:3 -- "Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." This passage, and especially the word "endeavoring," makes it clear that there is a price that must be paid in order to keep the unity of the Spirit.

Many Infalliable Proofs

As Paul stood before Agrippa, he spoke concerning the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, knowing that Agrippa was fully aware of the matters to which he referred. He stated, "For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner" (Acts 26:26). Truly, these things were not "done in a corner." Nothing about the life and ministry of Jesus was secret or hidden. No attempt was ever made to deceive or defraud.