The Greatest Hymns On YouTube

Evangelist and hymn writer Matthew Bassford recently compiled a list of “The 50 Greatest Hymns of All Time.” After sharing it on Facebook and hearing feedback from others, he revised the list slightly, adding four songs and removing four of his original picks.

His legwork inspired us to search YouTube to see if we could find a cappella recordings of all 54 hymns from the two lists combined. We found them all except “For the Beauty of the Earth.” Now you can listen to them all in one place.

Several of these recordings are audio only, with album covers, slideshows, sheet music or lyrics as visuals. The videos in the list include some that are professionally choreographed. Other videos feature studio remixes with one person singing all the parts, informal performances in various locations and congregational singing.

Abide with Me

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

All People That on Earth Do Dwell

Amazing Grace

Be Still, My Soul

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Coronavirus Lessons To Learn

The Bible’s relevance to mankind has never been more obvious in modern times than it has as coronavirus has spread around the world early this year.

As the apostle Peter said: “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.” (II Pet. 1:3-4)

One gauge of the applicability of God’s Word to our current circumstances is the sheer number of sermons that evangelists have preached the past few weeks. Preachers and other brethren in churches of Christ have been just as prolific in writing about the virus from a spiritual perspective. Here is a work-in-progress list of articles from church websites, preachers’ blogs and Facebook posts:

Anxiety & Fear
Choosing Faith over Fear (Ken Weliever)
Courage in a Fearful World (Randall Jarrell)
Dealing with Fear (David Flatt)
Dealing with Fear (Dan Petty)
Finding Peace (Bill Beebe)
How to Feel Peace When Plagued with Problems (Ken Weliever)
Keep Calm (Ken Weliever)
Panic Versus Preparation (Doy Moyer)
Should Christians Be Anxious about the Coronavirus? (Todd Wagner)

Character Traits
10 Things Coronavirus Cannot Do (Ken Weliever)
Be Patient (Ken Weliever)
COVID-19 and Faith (Don Wright)
Compassion and Principle (Doy Moyer)
Coronavirus and Human Limitations (Matthew Bassford)
Developing Patience (Carl Witty)
Flattening the Curve (Stan Cox)
From the Son of Thunder to the Apostle of Love (Stan Cox)
Good Judgment (Ken Weliever)
How to Act, Speak and Respond Reasonably (Ken Weliever)
The Power of Patience (Stan Cox)
Prudence (Ken Weliever)
Show Kindness and Mercy to One Another (Stan Cox)
Who Is Responsible? (Stan Cox)

Christian Perspective
10 Suggestions for Homebound Christians (Ken Weliever)
‘An Abundance of Caution’ (Adam Litmer)
‘According to What You Have’ (Doy Moyer)
Ancient Advice for Our Current Crisis (Ken Weliever)
Anticipation (Ken Weliever)
Back to Normal (Alan Williamson)
Be Thankful (Terry McCall)
Censorship (Doy Moyer)
A Challenge: Read the Entire New Testament (Stan Cox)
Confronting Mortality (Gary Fisher)
Continue Earnestly in Prayer (Stan Cox)
The Compassionate Response to Coronavirus (Oscar Velazquez)
Discipleship in Uneasy Times (Bradley church of Christ)
Do All Things without Complaining (Stan Cox)
‘Don’t Make Government Your God!’ (Matthew Bassford)
For What Is Your Life? (Stan Cox)
It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming: Dispelling Darkness (Ken Weliever)
Law, Liberty and License (Ken Weliever)
It’s Time to Practice Our Religion (Stan Cox)
Learning from Difficulty (Kevin Harrington)
Life Is Precious (Doy Moyer)
Making Plans (Ken Weliever)
Meditate on the Good (Stan Cox)
Mr. Lonely (Stan Cox)
Opportunity in Crisis (Gary Fisher)
A Passage to Ponder: Luke 18:1-18 (Ken Weliever)
People Are Not Numbers (Doy Moyer)
People Helping People (Ken Weliever)
Perspective (Don Hooton)
Perspective (Jim Jonas)
Praying for Wisdom (Doy Moyer)
Preparing for COVID-19 (Mickey Galloway)
The Real Dangers of Coronavirus (Gary Fisher)
Selective Regard for Human Life (Jim Jonas)
Stop and Smell the Roses (Greg Kiel)
The Trouble with Brooding (Stan Cox)
Wash Your Hands! (Frank Himmel)
When Plans Fail (Eric Hamilton)
Lessons from Philippians 4 (Doy Moyer)
Remembering (Stan Cox)
Smooth Sailing! (Derrick Victor)
Thankfulness in a Pandemic (Nathan Combs)
Thinking about Freedom (Doy Moyer)
What Should Christians Do in a Global Pandemic? (Max Dawson)

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An Outbreak Of Coronavirus Sermons

Churches of Christ across America have been canceling worship services, gospel meetings and Bible classes in an effort to help “flatten the curve” of the deadly coronavirus, but the disease hasn’t squelched the gospel. To the contrary, the virus has inspired preachers and teachers to re-examine God’s Word in the context of the ongoing pandemic.

There has been an outbreak of sermons about fear, tribulation, sin and other topics as Christians try to make sense of extraordinary times. Many of the lessons are being live-streamed to people’s homes from empty auditoriums or preachers’ offices. Some churches are broadcasting interactive video classes and lectures precisely to address issues raised by the changes in worship the virus has inspired.

Below is a list of podcasts and videos produced at non-institutional churches of Christ in March, April and May. We welcome link suggestions for sermons we haven’t discovered in our own online searches.

Anxiety and Fear
Anxiety, Corona and Christians (Mark Roberts)
Be Anxious for Nothing (Curtis Cooper)
Be Anxious for Nothing (Jim Jonas)
Calming Fears As We Walk Through the Valley of Coronavirus (Brent Hunter)
Coping with Fear (David Flatt)
Courage in the Face of Fear (Daniel Linden)
Death: Our Enemy … I Will Not Be Afraid (Nick Angel)
Do Not Be Anxious (Nathan Combs)
Do Not Fear (Sewell Hall)
Do Not Fear; Only Believe (Daniel Stauss)
Don’t Fear and Be Ready, Luke 12:4-13:9 (Ryan Boyer)
Don’t Worry (Rick Lucas)
Faith over Fear (Larry McLenny)
Fear (Bill McIlvain)
Fear Gone Pandemic (Alan Yeater)
Fear Versus Trust (Jamey Hinds)
Fearless (Brent Kercheville)
Fight the Fear (Roger Cox)
From Fear to Faith (Jordan Shouse)
Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled (Donnie Rader)
Lord, Build My Faith in Times of Fear (Andrew Roberts)
Managing Anxieties (Doy Moyer, Zack Lee)
Overcoming Anxiety (Tim Bunting)
Peace! Be Still (Jacob Hudgins)
A People without Fear (Jared Bollman)
Relieving the Weight of Anxiety (Josh McKibben)
A Spirit of Fear (Kris Vilander)
The Weakness of Worry (Zeke Flores)
Why Trusts When We Can Worry? (Wayne Chamberlain)
Worry Fear and Foolishness (Steven Tramell)

Christian Perspective
Be a Lifter (Phil Arnold)
Benefits of Suffering (Kevin Kay)
Blessings in Disaster (Robert Fudge)
The Christian and Crisis (Stephen Russell)
The Christian Response to Crisis (Charles Payne)
A Christian’s Perspective on COVID-19 (Dan Koen)
A Christian’s Response to the Pandemic (Jeremy Sweets)
A Christian’s Response to Trouble (Boyd Jennings)
Christians and Pandemics (Steve Wolfgang)
God’s People in Isolation (Scott Smelser)
How about Some ‘Good News’ (Billy Randolph)
How Does God Want Us to Deal with This Crisis? (Gardner Hall)
Isolation, the Bible and Your Kids (Expressway church of Christ)
– Isolation Tips : Part 1, Part 2 (Expressway church of Christ)
It’s Time to Shine (Adam Litmer)
Now I Am Grateful For (Mike Thomas)
Our Great Wait (Jason Cicero)
Positivity in a Pandemic (Wiley Deason)
The Power of Prayer (Nathan Quinn)
Q&A: Coronavirus (Jacob Hudgins)
Redeeming the Present Opportunities (Keith Welch)
Seeing the Good in Everything (Ty Leach)
Self-Reflection  (Brian Price)
Stay Focused (Mark Broyles)
True Prosperity (Jerry King)
Virtue and Viruses: Redeeming the Time (Mike Brenneman)
What Are Christians to Do in a Global Pandemic? (Andy Sochor)
What a Little Virus Showed Us (Mike McCrary)
What Has Coronavirus Revealed about Us? (Benjamin Lee)
When Life Gives You Lemons (Jeremy Bard)
When It Goes Well for the Righteous (Daniel Ruegg)
Without Complaining (Matt Lannom)
The Wisdom of the Present (Jeff Wilson)
You Have Need of Endurance (Jesse Flowers)

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Binge The Bible During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Screen shot about coronavirus from a church website

A sample church website announcement about the ongoing coronavirus

The global pandemic alternately known as coronavirus or COVID-19 has created chaos for saints eager to “stimulate one another to love and good deeds” by assembling regularly in one location (Heb. 10:24-25). To prevent the spread of the virus, the federal government has recommended that people not gather in groups of more than 10, and some states have banned most group events outright or even mandated that citizens shelter in place.

But in today’s digital age, Christians are refusing to let a nasty virus keep them from studying God’s word together. Churches of Christ across the country are turning to Facebook, YouTube and other online networks to stream video Bible studies and sermons live. The technology is creating opportunities not only for members of their own congregations to build their faith during trying times but also for members of other churches that do not yet have such capabilities.

These live streams provide a great opportunity to binge the Bible together virtually while stuck inside our homes. Below is a work-in-progress list of churches of Christ that offer live streams and/or recorded video sermons. We’ve also compiled a more comprehensive list of audio recordings of sermons by congregation. Click here for links to those archives.

Feel free to recommend links to other live streams and sermon podcasts.

Anderson church of Christ
Black Creek church of Christ
Brookhill church of Christ
Cahaba Heights church of Christ
Capshaw church of Christ
Carriger church of Christ
Chelsea church of Christ
College View church of Christ
Danville Road church of Christ
East Albertville church of Christ
Eastside church of Christ
Edward’s Lake church of Christ
Ephesus church of Christ
Fultondale church of Christ
Gardendale church of Christ
Gooch Lane church of Christ
Helena church of Christ
Hueytown church of Christ
Jones Road church of Christ
Jordan Park church of Christ
Kimberly church of Christ
Marion Street church of Christ
Market Street church of Christ
Moody church of Christ
Mount Zion church of Christ
North Jasper church of Christ
Northside church of Christ
Oak Mountain church of Christ
Oakland church of Christ
Pepper Road church of Christ
Perry Hill Road church of Christ
Pine Lane church of Christ
Pleasant Valley church of Christ
Sandlin Road church of Christ
Saraland church of Christ
Somerville Road church of Christ
South Cullman church of Christ
Springville church of Christ
Stanley Avenue church of Christ
Trussville church of Christ
Vestavia church of Christ
Weatherly Heights church of Christ
Westview church of Christ

Central church of Christ (Mesa)
Country Club Road church of Christ
Glendale church of Christ
Northwest Valley church of Christ

Bald Knob church of Christ
Cabot Westside church of Christ
Fairview Park church of Christ
Highway 65 church of Christ
Main and 13th church of Christ (Blytheville)
Northside church of Christ (Conway)
Northside church of Christ (Greenwood)
Park Hill church of Christ
Quitman church of Christ
Saratoga church of Christ
Stoneridge church of Christ (Jonesboro)
Village Creek church of Christ (Paragould)
West 65th Street church of Christ
Westside church of Christ (Springdale)

Buenaventura church of Christ
Clovis church of Christ
Johnson Avenue church of Christ
Los Osos church of Christ
Lompoc church of Christ
Miller Avenue church of Christ
Rosedale church of Christ
SunGarden church of Christ
Venice church of Christ
Winnetka Avenue church of Christ

Westside church of Christ

Kent & Sussex church of Christ


Brandon church of Christ
Central church of Christ
Citrus Park church of Christ
Dade City church of Christ
Glen Springs church of Christ
Golden Triangle church of Christ
Lakeshore church of Christ
Livingston Avenue church of Christ
Merrit Island church of Christ
Palm Springs Drive church of Christ
South Bumby church of Christ
Southside church of Christ
Temple Terrace church of Christ
University church of Christ
Valrico church of Christ
West Palm Beach church of Christ
Zephyrhills church of Christ

Alpharetta church of Christ
Covington church of Christ
Embry Hills church of Christ
Martinez church of Christ
Moultrie Road church of Christ
South Fayette church of Christ

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Jesus Said

By Jack Glover

Jesus said, “Are you still lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? 18 But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man.” (Matt. 15:16-20).

Several times in his ministry, Jesus had a problem with getting his point across. Too often the people would make application to physical events or actions and completely miss the lesson taught. Such was the case in this teaching about eating with unwashed hands.

Although cleanliness is important, changing what is in the heart (mind) of man really cleanses. Proof positive of this is our very own nation. Many Americans have a desire to remove God and His teaching from their hearts, and the results are as evident, or more so, than they were in Israel of old.

They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham. But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. You are doing the deeds of your father.” (John 8:39-41)

Jesus had told those questioning Him that He would make them free, meaning free from the Law and sin. They said they already were free because of heritage, being Abraham’s children. Basing freedom on being children of Abraham was not good reasoning because Abraham’s offspring had been in captivity several times by then, although those speaking said they had never been in bondage.

Many today sound like those speaking to Jesus back then, although for different reasons. Jesus said freedom is based on truth: “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31)

Freedom based on feelings, heritage, doctrines of men, etc., is no freedom at all but is slavery to the wrong father. “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).

But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” (Matt. 13:57)

Sometimes the return home doesn’t go as expected. Unfortunately that is often true when the hometown boy comes to preach. Although they were astonished at Jesus’ ability and knowledge, it seemed to stir their jealousy more than acceptance. The people could not accept His teaching because they knew His family as well as Him. We might say, “Who does he think he is?”

Their question was, “Is this not the carpenters son?” What Jesus taught should not have been accepted or rejected based on who he was but on truth. Far too often today, we are influenced by who the speaker is rather than what is said. We must not allow preconceived ideas or personal relationships to determine truth.

Remember, Jesus said:

For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matt. 15:25-26)

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The Economy And The Bible

By Jack Glover

It would be an understatement to say the economy is not good. Most of us know things are not well in our nation in more ways than one. The job losses are tremendous. Some who have worked for companies many years no longer have workplaces to go to. The economy has brought hard or difficult times to companies, families, schools and even to the jobs that no one wanted to do.

How should the Christian react to these hard times? Most of us have had plenty, and more than plenty, in the last few years. We could live on a lot less if it became necessary. Our houses are full of “things” that are not needed to sustain life. We have had it good.

Should we want to give it all up and go back to doing without? I’m not sure that is necessary, but we do need to prepare to make adjustments when needed. What are some biblical principles that will assist us when we face changes to our economic lifestyle?

God knows our needs. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33). I know this statement seems trite, but it is also true. Trust in God is necessary to see us through when things look hopeless. If it is good, it comes from God (James 1:17). Jesus emphasized that we are not alone on this earth when He said “your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”

Some adjustment may be necessary. Paul had a hard life (II Cor. 11:23-28). He could not depend on a steady flow of income. Yet the lesson he teaches is to adjust to your situation.

He told the Philippians (4:12), “I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” He didn’t say he liked the situation but had learned to adjust to it.

Life has its ups and downs, and many of them are beyond our control. Change comes in many ways, but instead of being controlled by the changes, we are to adjust to them.
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The Election Is Over

By Jack Glover

The longest presidential election campaign in history is finally over, and we soon will have a new president taking office.

Over the centuries God’s people have lived under about every type of government imaginable. Some were good, but most were, or became, morally bad. In many cases the wickedness was almost beyond description. Even the chosen people of God became guilty of joining with the people of nations around them, and thus incurred God’s wrath and punishment.

Just one of many instances of what God thought of their disobedience is found in Lev. 26:27- 33:

“Yet if in spite of this you do not obey Me, but act with hostility against Me, then I will act with wrathful hostility against you, and I, even I, will punish you seven times for your sins. Further, you will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters you will eat.

“I then will destroy your high places, and cut down your incense altars, and heap your remains on the remains of your idols, for My soul shall abhor you. I will lay waste your cities as well and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your soothing aromas. I will make the land desolate so that your enemies who settle in it will be appalled over it.

“You, however, I will scatter among the nations and will draw out a sword after you, as your land becomes desolate and your cities become waste.”

During Old Testament times, God had chosen one nation of people, Israel. With the coming of Christ, after his death and resurrection, a new kingdom was established that included people of all nations. The old Law was superseded by the law of Christ, and all nations were subject to it (Gal. 3:8, I Pet. 2:9). Christians today are told to pray for their leaders (I Tim. 2:1) and be subject to their government (Rom. 13:1-7).

President-elect Barack Obama claims to be a Christian, although his exposed knowledge of the Bible and his political positions cast some doubt on that. He may view being a Christian as most of the world does, but most of the world follows writings of men (Matt. 15:9), not those of Jesus and his chosen apostles. One is not a Christian unless he follows Christ.
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Politics And Religion

By Jack Glover

Jesus was not a politician, although he would have been a good one, especially when it came to answering hard and tricky questions. Look at the ways He dealt with the questions asked by the scribes and Pharisees when their motive was to find fault with Him.

The scribes and Pharisees (also the Sadducees) were the leaders of the Jewish religion. They did not live in a democracy but under Roman control. Their nation (Israel) no longer exercised any governmental control because of sin and rejection of God’s laws. Jesus had come to teach and restore them, but they rejected Him, too. Most nations at that time lived under kings or military control, so the people had little input into the laws they lived under.

There were those among the Jewish leaders who thought Jesus was falsely claiming to be the earthly king they expected, but Jesus proclaimed: “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” (John 18:36).

Indeed Jesus was a king. The laws of this kingdom had been in his Father’s plan from the beginning and were unchangeable. His kingdom was not limited to one nation as was true previously (Luke 24:47).

This new spiritual kingdom was open to people from all nations who would obey the laws of entry and continue in them. Of Jesus and this kingdom it was said: “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” (Luke 1:32-33).

Jesus never challenged Roman rule. In fact, He turned the tables on those who challenged Him concerning payment of taxes by saying “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” (Matt. 22:21).

Like Jesus, Christians are subject to government (Rom. 13:1). However, our relationship to government is different than that of Jesus. Our nation is a democracy, where each person is given a voice, allowed to vote, criticize actions, etc. This gives Christians the unique opportunity to express political views that are based on scripture. We can vote for leaders according to how their views, on any subject, compare with scripture. Many Christians fail to use this privilege to stand against the evils that are overcoming the United States and the government that rules it.

In very few days, our nation will have an election that will give every Christian a voice in determining what kind of people will rule over us. I have expressed previously the need for Christians to get involved in changing the path of our nation. We have been granted the blessing of being in subjection to government while, at the same time, voting to change leaders and laws. It’s a privilege few enjoy.

We may not think politics and religion mix, but in this case they do. Separation of church and state is not a biblical principle. Christians must oppose evil no matter its source (Eph. 6:10-13). Jesus or the apostles never joined a protest against the Roman government, but they spoke plainly against sin. Sin is sin, and a Christian cannot support it in any form by one person or a group of persons.

It is obvious that those in our government are supporting many kinds of sin. How long will it be before a Christian is breaking the law if he speaks against homosexuality? Will we be forced to accept “same-sex marriage” as we have abortion, loss of public prayer, display of the Ten Commandments, etc? Does it ever occur to you that Christians have the right to fight against, or vote out leaders, who support these sins and many others. Many of them are guilty of some of the sins themselves. Is it any wonder they support laws that allow them to exist freely in our society?

One more time we call on Christians, and others who are concerned about the direction our nation is going, to vote against sin, no matter what your party affiliation is. Every time an election occurs, our nation is deeper in and more supportive of actions that the Bible plainly list as sins. Each election we see a nation deeper in sin and the justification of it.

Do we ignore such scriptures as this: “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, [b]factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal. 5:19-21). Paul said, ” For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18).

History, and the scriptures, reveal that God will not allow a nation to exist in sin forever. Either we can make an effort to change it or God will. When God makes the change, it is never pretty. Look at the history of Israel and other nations as they progress through the Bible. Is that what we want to happen to us?

I don’t know when or how it will happen, but it will happen if we don’t insist that our leaders, courts and people turn to righteousness. Christians fight sinful practices, not support them. “Like a trampled spring and a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.” (Prov. 25:26).

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Going To Heaven

By Jack Glover

Do you think much about heaven? We all know, in spite of medical miracles, life passes quickly. Job said of man: “Like a flower he comes forth and withers. He also flees like a shadow and does not remain. (14:2). He also said, “For we are only of yesterday and know nothing, because our days on earth are as a shadow (8:9).

It is an indisputable fact that all of us will die. But what happens after that?

The scriptures are explicit about life after death. All will continue to exist but in spiritual bodies (I Cor. 15:35-58). We are told this spiritual body will either exist in a state of punishment or joy. Paul says: “to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. There will be tribulation and distress [a]for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Rom. 2:7-10).

Whether we live in punishment or joy will depend on how we live our lives while on the earth, before our deaths. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Heb. 9:27).

Back to the question, do you think much about heaven? It would seem that because our lives in our physical bodies is short, we would be concerned about the next one. All of us will live eternally in heaven or hell. The rules that determine where we go are found in the scriptures: “He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day” (John 12:48). Jesus made it very plain that how we follow his teaching, not how we follow laws man has made, will determine our fates in the future life.
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The Price Of Sin

By Jack Glover

From the beginning of time, the cost of sin has been high. It cost Adam and Eve the right to the tree of life (Gen. 3:24). It cost Israel the lives of all those over 20 their right to the Promised Land (Num. 32:11-12). And as we read below, it cost Judah 70 years of captivity in Babylon (Jer. 25:3-11).

“From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day, these 23 years the word of the Lord has come to me, and I have spoken to you again and again, but you have not listened. And the Lord has sent to you all His servants the prophets again and again, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear, saying, ‘Turn now everyone from his evil way and from the evil of your deeds, and dwell on the land which the Lord has given to you and your forefathers forever and ever; and do not go after other gods to serve them and to worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands, and I will do you no harm.’ Yet you have not listened to Me,” declares the Lord, “in order that you might provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm.

“Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Because you have not obeyed My words, behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will send to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land and against its inhabitants and against all these nations round about; and I will utterly destroy them and make them a horror and a hissing, and an everlasting desolation. Moreover, I will take from them the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. This whole land will be a desolation and a horror, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon 70 years.

The Bible contains numerous examples, as well as teachings, warning that sin is not free. In the book of Jeremiah the phrase “you did not listen” or “you did not hearken” are found many times. It is apparent that they were refusing to listen to the prophet, or prophets. Many warnings were given, but few, if any, were heeded.

Most of us have heard the warning “There is no free lunch.” Everything has some cost. When making decisions about life, especially the Christian life, we need to count what the cost is before going ahead with a sinful action (Luke 14:28). Is committing adultery really worth breaking up your family, ruining your reputation or getting incurable diseases? Are the consequences of stealing, cheating and lying worth losing your job, going to prison or offending friends? Is the pleasures of any sin worth the cost of your soul?

God has asked His people repeatedly to listen to the warnings He sent through the prophets, Christ and His apostles. They all tell us that sin will bring punishment in the form of losing our eternal reward. (Rom. 6:23) Although we are not under the Old Testament (Mosaic) law today, its examples are still there for our learning, and there are many examples of punishment to both individuals and nations (including God’s chosen nation) for disobedience to his commands and teaching.
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