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Will I Ever Be Good Enough Or Do Enough To Enter Heaven?

Grace Is The Answer To Doubt

Since God's standard is "perfection": "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48), how good do I have to be and how much do I have to do in order to enter heaven? Honestly, my "perfection" fluctuates like the weather or stock market. Some days I am 50%, others 25%, and one day I made it to 75%. But 100%, never. Help! Are you interested in knowing more about God's saving and amazing grace? If you are, you are not alone. I typed the words "saved by works" in my computer's search engine and it brought up 300,000,000 results. You need to read this book, In 20 lessons the biblical study of grace is presented. Study how "good works" and "more grace" harmonize. Remember, "If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed" (John 8:36).

Back to Basics

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This dynamic book contains 3 major sections relative to encouraging congregations to cut through the 2000 years of history since the establishment of the church (ekklesia) by Christ on the Day of Pentecost and return to the BASIC teachings which launched the church into all the world (Matthew 28:18-20). Sadly, many churches have departed from these basics PART 1 is about the Basics of the Church, Part 2 is about the Preliminary E's Mission. Part 3 is about the Core E's of the church's mission. There are thought and discussion questions at the end of each lesson. This book is a must study for every member of the church. It is great for personal, group home study, and classes.

Surprised by So Many Blessings

Every person is a "Blessing Millionaire" is the affirmation of this dynamic 26 lesson book. We sing the song "Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done. This dynamic book is a refreshing look at the ways God keeps on blessing us both physically and spiritually: "His blessing are renewed every morning." This book is based on sound biblical principles, commonsense, and positive psychological principles. It has response and application sections making it an ideal study guide for an individual or class. All age groups need this great and timely book.

Train Up A Child In The Way He Should Go

Educating Youth About Marriage

It is old news to state that 50% of marriage in the USA end in divorce each year. Persons under the age of 20 entered into many of these marriages. Sadly, few young people are entering marriage with little or no education about marriage. Marriage ignorance abounds. It takes more preparation to get a driver's license that it takes to get married. Our school systems educate our youth in academic subjects, how to succeed in sports, and in some cases sex education.This book is designed to be a basic and fundamental introductory study for educating our youth, and parents, about marriage. This book is more than a series of lectures about marriage. It is a workbook with assignments.

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In most congregations, the majority of the members-only see and hear the preacher on Sunday and Wednesday. Two hours a week. How about the other 166 hours during the week? Where is the preacher? What is he doing? Some think he only has to work a couple of hours a week. Others, such as the elders and other leaders, know what he is doing, or should be doing, because of job assignments and accountability procedures.      The preacher wears many hats during the 166 hours he is not in the pulpit or classroom. He, even though it is not the context, applies Paul’s remarks, “… I have become all things to all men, that I might, by all means, save some” (Cf. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23).      Humorously, a preacher once wrote on an application in the space asking for his occupation, “Jack of all trades, and master of none.” There may be a speck of truth in his answer. Especially the reference to “Jack of all trades.” And yes, he is master of some.      During my 55 years of preaching, teaching preachers, and serving as an elder, I have worn and observed other preachers, wearing many hats. Here is a quick list of some of those hats. Event planner. He is in charge of fellowship meetings. He may have hands-on or be responsible for delegating the responsibility to others. Office manager. He oversees the day to day events in the church office. The church secretary is his assistant. Taxi driver. From time to time he is asked to provide transportation for members to go to the doctor or some other appointment. Funeral director. He is asked to plan, arrange, and carry out the numerous tasks involved in the funeral. Financial advisor. Members come to him for advice related to financial issues: credit card debt, investments, and budget issues Community worker. To be a positive influence in the community, the preacher becomes involved; either personally or as a representative of his congregation. News reporter. In the weekly bulletin, he contributes information about the various activities, needs, and brotherhood events. Thus, he is a Writer. He is a family man. He has a wife and family that are second place in priority to God and service to Him. He is a custodian. He empties trash cans, picks up items left on the pews and floor, and checks the restrooms for cleanliness. He is a coach and trainer. He gives advice, materials, and training classes for those who desire to participate in congregational activities. He is a referee. He is asked to be an arbitrator in marital conflict, disagreements among brethren, and debates among leaders. He is a social worker. He helps members apply for unemployment benefits, child care, and other social areas in the lives of members. He is a CEO. This responsibility is given because of his position and visibility in the affairs of the congregation. He is “the boss”—some prefer the title “lead pastor.” He is a fundraiser. Drives for budget contributions, mission contributions, and special offerings are promoted by the preacher. He is a recruiter. He knows the areas of need in the congregation and develops a plan for recruiting and training members to fill those positions. He is a theologian. He has the “answers’ to every biblical, religious, and opinion issue members, and others, bring to his attention. This is why he is constantly studying. He is an attendee. He is expected to be present at every congregational meeting, area-wide event, and home gathering he is invited to attend. He is a fashion guru. He is expected…

  •   INTRODUCTION: A.Turn in your Bibles to Matthew 25:14-30: 1.Jesus’s story of 3 servants. 2.Story of “Stewardship” 3.2 of 3 faithful…prospered. 4.The 3rd was “cast out.” (Afraid). B.What, biblically, is a “Steward”? 1.Steward 2.Numerous application related to managing: a.A teacher manages students. b.A boss manages employees. c.A politician manages our resources. d.A banker manages our finances, etc. e.A physician manages our health care. f.A parent manages children, etc. g.A judge manages equity of the law. C.Biblically, every person, especially Christians, is a steward: 1.Everything belongs to God by right of creation (Gen. 1-3). a. b. c. d. e. f.Job 40:11,…

  •   INTRODUCTION: A.Turn in your Bibles to Matthew 25:14-30: 1.Jesus’s story of 3 servants. 2.Story of “Stewardship” 3.2 of 3 faithful…prospered. 4.The 3rd was “cast out.” (Afraid). B.What, biblically, is a “Steward”? 1.Steward 2.Numerous application related to managing: a.A teacher manages students. b.A boss manages employees. c.A politician manages our resources. d.A banker manages our finances, etc. e.A physician manages our health care. f.A parent manages children, etc. g.A judge manages equity of the law. C.Biblically, every person, especially Christians, is a steward: 1.Everything belongs to God by right of creation (Gen. 1-3). a. b. c. d. e. f.Job 40:11,…

  •   Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and faded away; he flees like a shadow and does not continue (Job 14:1, 2).      These words spoken by Job centuries ago come tumbling down to us in cataclysmic proportions. The leader of the avalanche is the pandemic caused by the Corona Virus. As of this day, January 10, 2021, 377,000 people have died from the virus in the USA. I have had family members, brethren, friends, and acquaintances die from the virus. I’m thankful vaccines are being…

  •   INTRODUCTION: LET’S DO A “1” MINUTE EXERCISE: 1.Using the word ANGER—close your eyes: (NOW and think about anger): (a)What did you say to yourself? (b)What did you feel? (c)What did you remember? 2.When was the last time you were angry? (a)Today? (b) Yesterday? (c) Last Week? (d) Last Month? OUR NATION IS IN AN ANGER…RAGE MODE: 1.Riots in Minneapolis… 2.Rage in grocery stores (corona virus, etc.) 3.Pushing and shouting in line post office, etc. 4.Driving madness: cutting off, failure to stop. 5.Family, domestic violence on rise. “ANYONE WHO CAN ANGER YOU HAS CONTROL OVER YOU” (Stoic) 1.Anger is an…

winningthebattlebookcover smANNOUNCEMENT: This is a supplemental study to my new book, “Winning The Battle Between The Heart And Mind.” This is an 11 lesson study with 52 weekly exercises for application. Can you name one thing God has asked us to DO and BE that doesn’t relate to the heart?

ARE YOU FOLLOWING CHRIST WITH ALL YOUR HEART?  -J.J. Turner, Ph.D.

INTRODUCTION:

Have you ever heard this song?

YOU GOTTA HAVE HEART

Your gotta have heart

All you really need is heart

When the odds are saying you’ll never win

That’s when the grin should start

 . . . . . . .

You’ve gotta have heart

Miles and miles of heart

Oh, it’s fine to be a genius, of course

But keep that old horse before the cart

First, you gotta have heart

. . . . . . . .

But we’re laughin’

‘Cause we’ve got heart

We’ve got heart

We’ve got heart

Have you ever sung this song?

IS THY HEART RIGHT WITH GOD?

Have thine affections been nailed to the cross

Is thy heart right with God?

Dost thou count all things for Jesus but loss?

Is thy heart right with God?

Is thy heart right with God,

Washed in the crimson flood,

Cleansed and made holy

Humble and lowly,

Right in the sight of God (of God)?

The three verses out of the late singer, composer and actress Peggy Lee’s song, You Gotta have Heart, while intended for any challenge we face in life, has an application to the spiritual heart.

     E.A. Hoffman’s lyrics, Is Thy Heart Right With God? asks an eternally important question.

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Some of us remember these statements: “The family that prays together stays together.” “The family is the backbone of the nation.” “The community is a reflection of the families who live in them.” When you hear the word FAMILY what comes to mind? Sadly, when some hear family in cause’s painful memories; others are filled with happy memories. From the first family—Adam and Eve—until the most recent family, families have faced challenges. Some families have grown stronger and closer together, while others have deteriorated.      Whatever happened to family?      “There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families” (Margaret Thatcher). If society is composed of families, it follows that if there is something wrong with society there must be something wrong with families. What do you think?      In recent years there has been a proliferation of TV reality shows depicting various constructs of families, from “Housewives” to the Duggars, Duck Dynasty, etc. All of these have had an effect on families. The bubble burst relative to the “perfect family” image of the Duggars when a son committed adultery.      Whatever happened to family?      Social science studies, as well as government surveys, and commonsense observations have clearly documented the breakdown of the 21st century family. Houses, instead of being homes, have become no more than motels where mom, dad and all the kids gather in their own mental space to spend time on their social media gadgets. I heard recently that the “Average family” in the USA shares one common meal a month around the dinner table. Houses are now being built without formal dining rooms. The rise of fast food locations is another evidence how families are being fed. Some wives and mothers brag about the fact that they…

  • WHATEVER HAPPENED TO FAMILY DEVOTIONS?

    Unless one has been exiled on Mars or has just awakened from a Rip Van Winkle sleep, he realizes the family in our country is in deep trouble and its growing deeper. Yes, and even families which claim to be Christians and “churchgoers.” One teenager said, “I’m sitting on the edge of the pew waiting to graduate from high school, reach my 18th birthday, and quit this forced on me church going.” Surveys and polls continually reveal that we, across all religious lines, lose approximately 85 percent of our members between 18 to 25. We have watched the divorce rate…

  • WHATEVER HAPPENED TO LEADERSHIP TRAINING

    As I travel around the brotherhood I am asked more and more frequently, “Whatever happened to leadership training?” This question is relevant in light of the decline of leadership in the church; especially the training and equipping of men to serve as elders and deacons. I recently came across these phrases by an unknown author: “When the ship is sinking, it not the time to train the crew in abandon ship drills.” “When the last inning is played, it’s not time to call for a pinch hitter.” “When the sheep have been scattered, lost their way, or eaten by wolves,…

  • WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BIBLE READING

    Why did God give us, and preserve for us, a written document called the Holy Bible? Was it so we would buy it and He would get a royalty? Was it for coffee table decoration? Did He give us the Bible to confuse us? The answer to these three questions is NO. Obviously God gave us the Bible to read, understand and apply to our lives. Since the German printer Johan Gutenberg invented the printing press with moveable type, and on which the Bible was the first book printed, the Bible has been a best seller. Millions of copies in…

  • WHATEVER HAPPENED TO HOLINESS?

    Congruence (n) “1 the state or quality of being in agreement; correspondence; harmony.” Concurrence (n) “1 A happening together in time or place                              2 a combining to produce or bringing about something 3 Agreement; accord.”      Do you know what these two words have to do with Christianity? [ ] Yes [ ] No. The title of this lesson may have tipped you off. It has to do with our walk of holiness before God and others. They refer to the consistency God demands relative to what is outside in our behavior, being in harmony with what is inside. There…

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