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Are You Putting Forth Your Best Effort?

Effort is a key ingredient in accomplishing any worthwhile task.  Merriam-Webster.com defines effort as:  “1 :  conscious exertion of power . . . 2 :  a serious attempt  . . . 3 : something produced by exertion or trying . . . 4 : effective force as distinguished from the possible resistance called into action by such a force 5 :  the total work done to achieve a particular end . 

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A Congregation’s Future

The responsibilities of the local eldership are much more than making the occasional decisions for the congregation. While it is true the current eldership has made several physical improvements to the meeting place, as well as making the decision to support additional gospel preachers, there are more important tasks to which the elders also give their time and mental energies. 

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Smyrna: The Poor Church That Was Rich

We are told nothing about the beginning of the church in Smyrna; the book of Revelation contains the only mention of this church. Since Smyrna was about 35 miles north of Ephesus, it may have been established while Paul was in Ephesus (see Acts 19:10). Jesus brings no criticism against the church at Smyrna; He, instead, comforts them by assuring them that He was acquainted with their situation. 

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The Church That Fell Out Of Love

In Revelation 2:1-7 we have record of the letter Jesus dictated to the apostle John concerning the church of Ephesus. Jesus describes Himself as “He who…walks in the midst of…the seven churches” (2:1 with 1:20). This affirms His presence among local churches and the fact that He knows what’s going on in His churches. 

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God’s Approved Pattern for Submission

The church at Ephesus was established during Paul’s second evangelistic journey. While Paul spent little time at Ephesus on his second journey, we know the church was established because Aquila and Priscilla and other brethren were there when Apollos came to Ephesus (See Acts 18:18-28). During Paul’s third evangelistic journey, he kept his promise to return to Ephesus and labored with the church for about three years. 

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God’s Approved Plan of Waiting for Jesus’ Return

The church at Thessalonica was established during Paul’s second evangelistic journey when some of the Jews “and a great multitude of devout Greeks” were persuaded that Jesus is the Christ predicted by the Old Testament Scriptures (see Acts 17:1-4).

In Paul’s first letter “to the church of the Thessalonians” he reminded them how they “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven…even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath

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Taking A Break

There are times when people choose to take a break from their given responsibilities.  This “break” may come as time off, a vacation, a sabbatical, etc.  Depending on the reason for the “break,” people might use the time to rest and to “recharge.” These breaks might even be a time for reflection or a time for healing. 

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Is Jesus Your High Priest?

Do you know why Jesus Christ is the perfect High Priest?  Let us consider the question by starting with the following passage from Hebrews: “For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when

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Trends, Traditions, & Motives

The New Testament reveals limited information regarding the work of the local church.  From this information, we understand the work of the local church, the purpose of the local church, how the local church uses the funds collected as well as how and when the local church is to worship the Lord.  

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Experience God

Our annual Summer Gospel Meeting is taking place this week! This article is authored by our guest speaker Russ Bowman, of Beaumont, TX. We’d be delighted to have you come join us this week for any of our services (Sunday 9:30a, 10:30a, 5p; Monday-Thursday 7p). For more information, please visit our splash page

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