Category: Closer to Christ

Weekly bulletin articles

“Example-ism” or “E-vample”?

One of the great ways to share Jesus with others is by our Christian lifestyle. We can ‘evangelize by example.’ Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, […]

Divine Wood Cutters

The year was 63 AD, and sitting in a dark, cold, damp prison cell is the city of Rome was a prisoner by the name of Paul, an apostle in the church of Jesus Christ. He had experienced numerous hardships. But Paul writes to some of his beloved brethren who are in Philippi and encourages […]

Invite! Invite! Invite!

These three words sum up what we need to do to evangelize more for the Lord. Not everyone can teach someone the Bible from Genesis-Revelation, but each of us can extend a simple invitation to people we know to come to Walnut Hill. If each of us makes a commitment to invite friends, family, neighbors, […]

Worship or Entertainment?

There are some very important danger signs we need to watch for in our culture today as “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (II Cor. 4:4). The Holy […]

Agape Love

I Corinthians 13:4-8a,13 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always […]

Imitate Jesus Christ

Many times in the New Testament, Christians are called to imitate Jesus Christ by the way we think, speak, and act. Here are a few examples of disciples of Jesus being called to follow the example of Jesus Christ: Romans 15:7 – Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory […]

Let Endurance Have Its Perfect Result

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 A man found a cocoon of the emperor moth and took it home to watch […]

Wasting Life

There was something different about Morris Siegel! On the surface he seemed like your average Los Angeles street person – roaming about in dark alleys, sleeping outdoors, carrying everything he owned in an old shopping cart.  And he died the way one expects a street person to die – found in an alley, dead of […]

Tsunamis, God and the Cross

The events which took place in 2004 on the Asian coastline were beyond comprehension. 150,000 lives lost is staggering! Many ask, “Where did God figure into all this?” Here are a few thoughts to consider: Before sin entered into the world there were no hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, etc. Genesis 1 shows that everything God created […]


The Israelites heard some discouraging words from God through the prophet Amos. Some of the saddest were, “Behold, days are coming, declares the Lord God, when I will send a famine on the land, not a famine for bread or thirst for water, but rather for hearing the words of the Lord.” (Amos 8:11). Not […]

2020 Vision in Poetry

As together we enter another new year, It’s definitely time to get our rears in gear. Constant intensity is the name of the game, Full speed ahead – no guilt – no shame. Personal time with God every day of the week, Talk to Him in prayer – from His word hear Him speak. Never […]

“2020 VISION”

We are rapidly approaching the year 2020. Oh, how I like those neat and tidy numbers. And, I also always like to use the end of one year and the beginning of a new year to move me closer to Christ. I invite you to join me in making 2020 the greatest year of our […]

I Double Dare You

Children will attempt many stunts if they are challenged. They normally wouldn’t jump that creek, climb that tree, or put all that gum in their mouth at one time if someone had not challenged them by saying, “I double dare you!” God challenges us to involve ourselves in greater activities than we think we can […]

Satire on Giving from Babylon Bee

Dearborn, MI – According to reports from Plainview Church, local member Matthew Daniels makes it a habit to open his wallet and generously give to the church a portion of whatever money is left over in his budget at the end of the month. Daniels, who has attended Plainview for more than ten years, told […]

A Test of Giving

This bothers me a little. I never had a test on my giving before. ____True ____False I am familiar with most of the Bible passages on giving. ____True ____False When a preacher or an elder gives a lesson on giving, I resent it. ____True ____False At home, we teach our children to give for the […]