Parental Strife and Divorce
Loop 287 Church Of Christ Blog
by Kyle Campbell
20h ago
Proverbs 17:1 says, “Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.” The most important people in a child’s life are his parents. He learns from them, watches them, grows up with them, and imitates them. What the child will be like and who he will become is largely determined by the influence of the parents (Proverbs 22:6). This is why we cannot overstate the fact that parents must be careful in raising their children, especially when it comes to their examples. Children are a blessing from the Lord, put into our hands for a few short years to te ..read more
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A Heart for the Hurting
Loop 287 Church Of Christ Blog
by Kyle Campbell
2d ago
A certain woman went down from Washington to Richmond and ran over a spike, which punctured her tire and left her stranded by the side of the road. After raising the hood of her car and tying a scarf to her radio antenna, she locked the doors and sat in the car, praying for the Lord to send help. By chance, a limousine passed with a bumper sticker that read, “Smile, God Loves You!” When the occupants saw the stranded woman, they passed by in the far lane — without stopping or even smiling. Likewise, a sports car sped by with a bumper sticker that read, “Honk If You Love Jesus!” The man who was ..read more
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Are You Afraid of Burning in Hell?
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by Kyle Campbell
2d ago
In May 2014, Ron Reagan, Jr., the son of former President Ronald Reagan, appeared in an advertisement for broadcast on Comedy Central for the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The ad states, “I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I’m alarmed by the intrusions of religion into our secular government.” He then asked people to support the nation’s largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics. He ended the ad with a wry smile, saying, “Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.” The ad received renewed attention in October 2019 when it aired on C ..read more
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Five Witnesses to the Claims of Christ
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by Kyle Campbell
2d ago
In John 5 Jesus made some astonishing claims about Himself. He claimed that He did what He had seen His Father do. Thus, He claimed God was His Father.  He claimed that as His Father raised the dead and gave them life, He would also do the same (v. 21). He claimed that as the Father gave eternal life to those who heard His voice, so also would the Son (vv. 24-26). He claimed that the hour was coming in which all who were in the graves would hear His voice and come forth (vv. 28-29). These claims were certain to bring voices of objection, denials and protests from those who did not believe ..read more
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Parables
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by Kyle Campbell
2d ago
Jesus used parables frequently during His time on earth. Several questions have been asked about this type of approach to ministering. Why use parables? What are they about? How should we interpret them? This article will serve as an introduction to the next articles about the parables that Jesus used. Webster defines parable as a comparison, or a story to compare to things of like qualities. These stories that Jesus used is stories that have an immediate understanding and then it also has a latent, moral story. Some describe parables by saying that Jesus put the unknown with the known that we ..read more
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The Parable Of The Sower
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by Kyle Campbell
4d ago
First we see that there was a sower. Jesus was telling His disciples this parable to describe their purpose. The sower’s purpose in the parable may seem small but he can teach us all something. He sowed the seed on all kinds of soil, not discriminating between the soils. He did not look at the thorns and pass by. His purpose was solely to sow the seed that had been given to him. He did not bring forth the increase. The interaction between the seed and the soil is what made it grow or die. We should strive to be like this sower and tell everyone, not discriminating against anyone, and let the p ..read more
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Overseers or Overlookers?
Loop 287 Church Of Christ Blog
by Kyle Campbell
6d ago
We read a recent article that mentioned the above. We wish to expound upon the thought here. The Bible says that elders are “bishops”, literally “overseers” (Titus 1:5, 7). These men are to oversee the local church. The Spirit says, “The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly” (1 Pet. 5:1-2). A major part of their job as overseers is to ensure ..read more
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Overcoming Discouragement
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by Kyle Campbell
1w ago
Nehemiah trying to build the wall of Jerusalem was no easy task! Sometimes when you have lost, you have a deep feeling that it is just not worth it. How can we handle discouragement? Nehemiah employed five techniques. First, unify your efforts toward a goal (vs. 13). Nehemiah turned their attention from themselves to the enemy. When brethren are unified toward a goal, there is no time to be worrying about trouble (Philippians 1:27; Colossians 1:29). Second, direct your attention to the Lord (vs. 14). They were looking at the rubble when they needed to be looking at and putting their trust in t ..read more
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Our Conscience and Convictions
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by Kyle Campbell
1w ago
Our conscience is only as good as our convictions. In other words, our conscience may tell us we are doing right, when, in fact, we are doing wrong. Our convictions may be in error. For example, Saul of Tarsus persecuted Christ and His disciples with a clean conscience (Acts 7:58; 8:1-3; 9:1-2; 26:9-11). He thought he was serving God (cf. Jn. 16:2). His pure conscience, however, did not assure his acceptance with God. Likewise, our clean conscience does not guarantee God’s approval. For our conscience to be a safe guide we must have the right convictions. The way to proper convictions is throu ..read more
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Love Lifted Me
Loop 287 Church Of Christ Blog
by Kyle Campbell
1w ago
In my teens I was sinking deep in sin, entangling in sin with darkness in my soul. I was far from the peaceful shore of the refuge I could have in Christ. I was stained within blind conformity to my worldly peers. I was involved with the wrong friends who were also “futile” in their thinking and life-direction (Ephesians 4:17-19, 22). We were without God and any real hope (Ephesians 2:12). But one day I had enough! The love of Jesus lifted me from the waters of spiritual death, and brought me to safe ground. Love lifted me from despair and aimless, hopeless living. When nothing else could help ..read more
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