Daily Devotional

September 1, 2014 – Does Silence Permit or Prohibit?

Most are aware that considerable controversy has arisen over the “silence of the Scriptures.”  Some say silence allows us to do whatever we want to do in the worship of the church as long as it is not expressly forbidden; others say silence prohibits us from doing something that is not authorized in our worship.  Therefore, we must ask, “What conclusion can we draw from the silence of the Scriptures?”  We could point out that ...

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August 29, 2014 – The Lord’s Supper on the Lord’s Day?

“So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,” (Acts 2:46)

Many have argued that we should only partake of the Lord’s Supper monthly, quarterly, or annually because if we partake more often it will become too common place and lose its meaning.  However, today we are hearing more and more that we can partake of the Supper on any ...

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August 28, 2014 – Should Mechanical Instruments of Music Be Used?

People are often surprised when they visit the services of a church of Christ to find that mechanical instruments of music are not used in the worship.  However, let me point out, there are some churches of Christ beginning to use such instruments in their worship.  The music director of a large Dallas church, who asked not to be named, said, “We are moving ahead.  The banning of musical instruments is more of ...

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August 27, 2014 – Worship and Instrumental Music

The use of mechanical instruments in the worship of the temple during Old Testament times was apparently introduced by David according to the commandment of the Lord through His prophets (2 Chron. 29:25; 2 Sam. 6:5).  Alfred Edershem speaks of the Temple services by saying, “The choir of the Levites, accompanied by instrumental music, began the Psalm of the day” (The Temple: It’s Ministry and Services, Hendrickson, 1994, pg. 131).  But it wasn’t just the Jews who used ...

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August 26, 2014 – The First Day of the Week

“Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.” (Acts 20:7)

Does the New Testament assign any special meaning to Sunday, the first day of the week?  There are a number of passages that attach real significance to the first day of the week.  For example:

1.       Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week ...

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August 25, 2014 – Contributing As We Have Prospered

“On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.” (I Cor. 16:2)

In the context of this verse Paul is discussing the collection for the needy or poor saints (verse 1) in Jerusalem and it was a very important matter to Paul.  He points out that he had also given orders for the churches in Galatia ...

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August 22, 2014 – Prayer

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42)

Tertullian was a prolific early Christian author from Carthage in the Roman province of Africa (c. 160—c. 225 AD).  His description of the Christian meetings is as follows in part: “We are a body knit together as such by a common religious profession, by unity of discipline, and by the bond of a common hope. We meet ...

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August 21, 2014 – They Continued In Fellowship

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42)

When a person is baptized into Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:26-27; Rom. 6:3-4) he or she is also at the same time baptized into the one body, which is the universal church of all of the saved (I Cor. 12:13, 25-28; Eph. 1:19-23; Col. 1:18).  This is the family of God (Eph. 3:15; I Tim. 3:15) and this ...

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August 20, 2014 – The Church Continued In the Apostles Teaching

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42)

The reason that the church in Jerusalem continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching is because their teachings were from God and given to them through the Holy Spirit.  Jesus promised them that the Holy Spirit would come and teach them all things, guide them into all truth, and remind them of things Jesus had taught them (John ...

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August 19, 2014 – Singing in Worship

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”  (Eph. 5:18-19)

Joyful, exuberant, heart-felt singing is one evidence that a church is Spirit-filled.  Paul said, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 14:17).  ...

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