Category: Closer to Christ

Weekly bulletin articles

“Tank” God

There is a very special lady from a foreign country that has difficulty speaking our language. She has lived through many trials and difficulties as the years have piled up. Yet, she has not denied God nor blamed Him for her rough life. Instead she counts her blessings. Rather than dwelling on the bad, she […]

I Am Thankful for…

the taxes that I pay, because it means that I am employed. the mess to clean after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends. the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat. my shadow that watches me work, because it means I […]

Mountain Top Experience in the Valley

It’s not optically-physically possible to envision being on top of a mountain in a valley, because if you’re up high you can’t be down low at the same time. How can someone be on a mountain top when they are in a valley? Isn’t that a contradictory statement? The answer: it is impossible from a […]

“About Face!”

Among the many commands a fresh recruit might hear from his or her drill sergeant are the words: “About face!” Like snapping to attention or giving a proper salute, doing an about face requires practice and precision. Otherwise, the pivot may throw one off-balance resulting in embarrassing, even painful consequences. The spiritual equivalent to an […]

Good Spiritual Vision

“The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full or darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Mt. 6:22). In order […]

Taking Flight

How do eagles soar so effortlessly to such amazing heights? Without so much as a flap of the wing, they glide on and on in wide circles across the sky. Through God’s creative design, they are specially equipped to take advantage of updrafts or thermal currents created by differences in air temperature between the surface […]

The Pluses and Minuses of Fellowship

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:42 One of the beautiful blessings of being a Christian is the family atmosphere we enjoy together as brothers and sisters in Christ. We have a common love for each other that the world […]

Feed or Be Fed?

When you come to the assembly, do you come solely to “take out”, or do you come to “put in” also? Do you come placing yourself before God and pouring out your praise and adoration to Him? Do you seek to build up those around you? Do you sing to praise God and at the […]

Eternal Life

The believer not only is well assured by faith that there is another happy life after this is ended, but he has good hope, through grace, of heaven as a dwelling-place, a resting-place, a hiding-place. In our Father’s house there are many mansions, whose Builder and Maker is God. The happiness of the future state […]

I Choose Church

I choose church with my kids NOT because I like the chaos of getting everyone out the door in clothes they think are “too dressy” or because I like hearing the whines of why any shoes other than a tennis shoes is too tight. Because I do not. I choose church with my kids NOT […]

The Solution to People-Pleasing

We all know the frustration of trying to please other people who just simply cannot be pleased. No matter how hard one tries, others’ expectations are never met. The bar is set high – even out of reach. There is always the feeling that you could have done better, which leaves you with an empty […]

Redemption in Christ

If Christ had not been put to death, death would not have died. The devil was conquered by his own trophy of victory. The devil jumped for joy, when he seduced the first man, and cast him down to death. By seducing the first man, he killed him; by killing the last man, he lost […]

A Living Legend

Suppose a member of your family – your grandparents, an aunt and uncle – lived hundreds of miles away. And suppose that it was not possible for your family to visit them or for them to visit you. Suppose they had never seen you. Your parents are very proud of you. Now imagine that they […]

Who Is Jesus?

He is God’s only Son, yet He came from the throne of His Father to the womb of a woman. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and born of a virgin. He laid aside His purple robe for a peasant’s gown. He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor. He slept in […]

Jesus

“Jesus.” The very sound of the word evokes a response of excitement, wonder, and awe in millions of Christians. What once was a very common name has become so rare, in English-speaking areas, that it almost exclusively calls to mind the man of Nazareth who wore it centuries ago. Yet Jesus was such a common […]