Posts from July 2021

Prejudice and the Bible

In this last lesson, Mike demonstrates that if we followed what the Bible teaches there would be no prejudice of any kind. 13-forbidden-topics-notes

Episode 3: About Authority in Religion

In today’s religious world, there is a great deal of debate about what is right and what is wrong. When it comes to matters of faith, there are a number of differing viewpoints. But which one is correct? And who determines what is right? Who gets to make the rules? Who or what is the final authority in religious matters? Is it the church, the Bible, a creed book, or a council of scholars? Where can we go to find…

Sitting on the Puck

I hated the Toronto Maple Leafs. Back in the fifties and sixties, they were the arch-rivals of the Montreal Canadiens when hockey in Canada only had six teams. My dislike of the Leafs stemmed less from hometown prejudice than their style of play. You see, Toronto was notorious for “sitting on the puck.” In hockey language of the day, this term described a team that would immediately go into a defensive mode upon scoring a goal. Unlike my beloved Canadiens,…

Lesson 2 – A Christ to Follow

In this second lesson, Neal Pollard focuses on Matthew 5-7 and discusses the stark contrast between the Pharisees’ influence of superficial religion versus the religion Christ offered.

Sacrifice

Scripture for today’s sermon: SPEAKING OF SACRIFICE Romans 1:1-2 Romans 1:16-17 Living sacrifice Romans 12:1-2 Romans 6:12-14 Animal Sacrifice Leviticus 17:11 Hebrews 9:7 Ineffective Sacrifice Hebrews 10:4 ULTIMATE SACRIFICE Romans 12:1-2 The Priesthood Of Jesus Hebrews 4:14 Hebrews 7:26-27 Hebrews 10:12 The Sacrifice Of Jesus Colossians 1:13-14 Romans 5:6-11 Romans 5:1-2 WILLING SACRIFICE ON BEHALF OF JESUS Romans 12:1-2 Philippians 3:7 Philippians 3:20-21 2 Corinthians 5:21 1 Peter 2:22 1 John 3:5 Romans 12:2 James 4:4 1 John 2:15 SACRIFICING…

Lesson 12 – Present Controversies

As the twenty-first century and third millennium dawn, the church of Jesus Christ is again faced with some very divisive, controversial issues among its members. The seeds for the present discussions were sown nearly three decades ago as some began to contend for unity-in-doctrinal-diversity like the denominations. Teachings on divorce and remarriage have provided the clearest test scenario for this philosophy. Unity-in-Doctrinal-Diversity The sects of men have long championed the concept of unity-in-doctrinal-diversity, whereby people and churches with contradictory beliefs…

Lesson 1 – A Concept to Understand

While there are some things we may not know on this side of time, what God wants for us is a concept meant to be understood. God has given us His Word so that we can understand what He has in mind for us. Join Neal Pollard as he discusses Ephesians 3, and what Paul calls “the mystery.”

Episode 2: About the Creator

As we observe the Universe, the Earth, and the amazing human body, it is easy to conclude that these things could not have occurred by accident. They are, in fact, the product of an intelligent Creator. But what kind of Creator? What do we really know about Him? Does He really care about His creation? What is He like? Can we know Him? And where can we go to find the answers to such questions?

Is Baptism Really Necessary?

Today I want to answer the question “Is Baptism Really Necessary? It seems that sooner or later every idea in the Bible is challenged in one way or another. One hundred years ago no one would even think of trying to excuse the sin of homosexuality because the teaching on it in the Bible seemed so clear. Today, entire denominations accept this practice without hesitation, even ordaining homosexual ministers. In the same way there was a time when the teaching…

Episode 1: Introduction About Truth

Truth is a most precious thing. In our world, everyone is searching for something. If you are searching for answers to questions regarding God, Jesus, hope, happiness, faith, life after death, good and evil, the church, the Bible, God’s plan for you, or Jesus’ love for you, the answers to these can be found in this series of programs. Did you know that on average, 107 people die every minute? That’s a staggering number. As much as we might like…

Lesson 11 – Past Controversies

Although Jesus only built one church and prayed that its members might be unified, and although the Holy Spirit sought unity through his revelation, the church of Christ has periodically faced divisive controversies throughout its history. The original controversy among members of the body of Christ involved the assimilation of Gentile converts into a group that had formerly been exclusively and proudly Jewish. When God was ready to send the gospel to the Gentiles, he proved his intentions to Peter…

Praying for One Another

Scripture for today’s sermon: Galatians 6:1-2 Luke 22:40 John 17:18-21 Romans 8:34 Hebrews 7:25 1 Timothy 2:1-2 James 5:16 LOVE ONE ANOTHER Matthew 21:23 7 WAYS TO PRAY FOR OUR BRETHREN #1 Pray From The Heart #2 Pray Regularly #3 Pray In Detail #4 Pray With Faith #5 Pray With Love #6 Pray Fervently #7 Pray With Desire To Help Hans & Enid

Genetic Engineering: Playing God, Part 1

In this first two-part lesson, Mike examines the first two practices in this scientific field, genetic modification, and human engineering. He will also refer to Bible principles that should guide these practices. 11-forbidden-topics-notes

Catching Up

In Joshua 24:3, we read that God gave a homeland to Esau (the land of Seir) long before He gave one to Jacob, Esau’s brother, and his descendants. Esau had a 400-year head start on building cities and fortifying towers. He had a great advantage in establishing an army and a permanent culture. Jacob’s descendants, on the other hand, were slaves in Egypt for four centuries and spent an additional 40 years in the desert before going in and settling the…

Lesson 10 – Church Discipline

There are many practices among religious people regarding discipline within their memberships. Many churches today practice no form of correction, for they have little instruction upon which to base reproof. The Bible calls on the local congregation alone to practice discipline among its members, with the oversight of the bishops. Discipline should be proactive (through teaching and example) and reactive (through reproof, rebuke, withdrawal and marking). In academic circles, one’s major focus of learning is called his discipline. Thus mathematics…

Be Humble Toward One Another

Scripture for today’s sermon: Philippians 2:3-8; HUMBLENESS EXPLAINED Philippians 2:3-4 Psalm 8:5-8 HUMBLENESS EXEMPLIFIED Philippians 2:5 HUMBLENESS EXTENDED Philippians 2:25-30  

The Great Illusion: Gambling

In this session, Mike addresses the destructive nature of gambling focusing particularly on Internet gaming and many Scriptural references that speak directly to this addictive vice. 10-forbidden-topics-notes

Lesson 9 – Attitudes Toward Holy Spirit

Most would agree that the Holy Spirit is the most mysterious of the three persons of the Godhead. We see his presence in the Old Testament but are more deeply introduced to him through Christ’s discussion with the apostles and his subsequent work among them. Calvinism holds that the Holy Spirit must directly influence the heart of a person, apart from the Bible, to convince him to accept Christ. Pentecostals believe that the Holy Spirit still works supernaturally through the…

Stir Up One Another to Love and Good Works

Scripture for today’s sermon:  2 Peter 3:10-11 Hebrews 10:24-25 DEMAS 2 Timothy 4:10 Colossians 4:14 Philemon 1:24 2 Timothy 3:12 Acts 14:22 PAUL Acts 14:19-23 2 Cor. 11:23-39 HOW TO GET BACK UP AND  KEEP DOING GOOD Hebrews 10 JESUS Hebrews 10:24-25 Acts 15:39
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