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The Domestic Mission Committee (DMC) has been developing and promoting the concept that each local church needs to be involved in mission work in its own area. We envision our churches reaching out into an area with a hundred-mile radius to develop a core group that, under God’s blessing, will result in the establishment of another church. This work could well be the work solely of the local church or it may become the work of the churches in common. This concept is in harmony with Article I of the DMC’s Constitution: “Although mission work is the calling of the...

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What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. James 2:14-17 There was a problem in the early Christian church of showing respect of persons. To have respect of persons is to...

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Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee. Deuteronomy 32:7 Just before Moses ascended Mount Nebo to see the promised land and then die, he sang a lengthy song to Israel. In this song Moses set forth the faithfulness of God. “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he” (v. 4). But then in contrast, Moses spoke of the unfaithfulness of Israel, unfaithfulness that...

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“Treasures of wickedness profit nothing; but righteousness delivereth from death.” Proverbs 10:2 We live in a materialistic society that seeks the things that are below rather than the things that are above. Material wealth has become the god of our society. As society looks to this god for safety and happiness, it praises and worships this god. It even sacrifices marriage, the home and family to enjoy the blessings of this god. Nor is the church unaffected by this idolatry. The church’s calling is to be in the world but not of the world. Sadly, however, the saints of God, being not...

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Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32 Jesus was in the temple on the Feast of Tabernacles teaching the people. He emphasized that He is the Light of the world—the world that is sunk in the darkness of ignorance and unbelief. Jesus is One who gives light to those in darkness. It is He who illuminates mankind with knowledge and faith and salvation. When challenged by the Pharisees, Jesus responded...

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My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:2-4 James, the brother of Jesus and Jude, is addressing “the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad.” These twelve tribes were the church scattered by persecution into Syria. The church was almost exclusively Jewish at this point and thus identified as the twelve tribes. After greeting the church in this way, James deals immediately with the suffering and persecution that the...

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And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. II Timothy 3:15 Timothy had known the Holy Scriptures from childhood. What a blessing! May the same be said for all our children. Timothy was an evangelist whom Paul had assigned to labor in the church of Ephesus. Paul wrote this second epistle to Timothy to instruct him in his work. Among other things, Paul was concerned with evil men and seducers, who would grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. How...

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But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy. Acts 2:16-18 As the 120 disciples of Jesus were assembled on Pentecost in an upper room in Jerusalem, three very unusual things happened....

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Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. On the third day after Jesus’ crucifixion, several women left Jerusalem to see Jesus’ sepulcher. As they proceeded to the sepulcher, two unusual things happened....

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O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. Psalm 95:1, 2 Let us begin with a few thought-questions? Do you enjoy singing? How much do you sing? What kind of songs do you sing? Psalms? Hymns? Secular songs? In a similar vein, do you listen to music? To what kind of music do you listen? We are instructed in the passage we consider for this meditation to sing unto the Lord. We...

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