...the churches of Christ salute you! Rom 16:16

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**Through no fault of their own, the great deficiency of youth is inexperience. Youth does not always know that sin may open bright as the morning sun, but end as black as the night. It takes only a little experience to learn that. Although it’s first taste may be as sweet as honey, its dregs are as bitter as an untimely death. There is no choice…avoid it’s pleasures here, or embrace its consequences hereafter. Forever.

**One sage observed, "Persecution has never done much harm to the inner life of the Church. The real religious problem exists in the souls of those of us who believe in God, and who recognize our obligation to love Him and serve Him–yet do not!" This great sin may be often found in the young, but it is likely more often observed as the plague of the old. Anyone can make claim to loving God and the church. That is easy. It is not so easy to crucify the flesh.

**President Ronald Reagan once made a weighty observation about freedom and the USA. Applied to the church, we might paraphrase it thus: "New Testament Christianity is never more than one generation away from extinction. We don't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be cherished, contended for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in our country when faithful congregations preached and lived the truth."

**The late Thomas Merton once wrote that whenever he found himself struggling to identify God’s will in a given situation, he always resolved the problem by asking himself this simple question, "What is best for the folks around me?" Now that is good and worthy, but from a Christian’s perspective, Mr. Merton would have done well to have asked, "What is best for the Church?"

**It is very true that a great book re-quires a great theme. But so does life. The great mass of printed material flowing from the printing presses of America will not long last because its message won’t last. Christians have a theme centered on Christ and his church that is eternal. The reason our people leave the church is that they have redirected their course, turning aside after a puny little glittering star–mere tinsel–forsaking the great Star of the Heavens which was guiding them to eternal home and happiness. We make a grave mistake, a senseless, mindless blunder, when we choose to leave the Lord out of our lives.

**A brother who will not tell you what he believes on a Bible subject, who is evasive and misleading, cannot be trusted in the pulpit. –Jerry



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