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Church of Christ bulletin articles regarding New Testament Christianity written by Paul Pryor, minister of the Northside church of Christ

What is “Heartfelt Religion”?

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5) And it shall come to pass, … Continue reading

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The Pharisee and the Publican

One of Jesus’ most powerful teaching tools was parables. At least 39 of them are recorded on the pages of the New Testament. Luke records 16 parables that are unique to his account. The one selected for our discussion in … Continue reading

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When He Thought Thereon, He Wept

One of the saddest events in the Bible is Peter’s denial of Christ. The contrast of Peter’s early words and conduct is striking, when compared to his later words and actions. On the night Jesus was betrayed and arrested, He … Continue reading

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Idle Words

In Matthew 12:31-37, Jesus issues a warning regarding the unpardonable sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. He concludes this warning by issuing a warning against “idle” words. What are “idle” words and why the connection with the Pharisees’ accusation of … Continue reading

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Standing Strong in Hard Times

In II Tim. 2:1-5, Paul tells Timothy what the world would be like in the last days. Even a cursory glance at today’s culture and we can see that Paul painted a pretty accurate picture of current Western civilization. One … Continue reading

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Sins For Which There is No Temporal Remedy

I remember hearing an outdoorsman talk about the fact there are some mistakes a person can make in the wilderness that cannot be overcome. He mentioned a person being in a canoe in one of the huge lakes up in … Continue reading

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Pumpkins and the Bible

Each year the Methodist church up the street from where we live sells pumpkins. They set out a whole semi-truck load on pallets a few weeks before Halloween. There are hundreds and hundreds of them. The day after Halloween I … Continue reading

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Freedom to Worship or The Free Exercise of Religion?

The Constitution of the United States guarantees the free exercise of religion. In recent years many politicians have taken to exchanging freedom to worship for freedom of religion. Is this simply semantics or is there a more sinister design behind … Continue reading

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Righteousness Before God

There are many in Scripture whom we overlook and perhaps do not give enough attention. Two of these are the parents of John the Baptist, Zacharias and Elizabeth. They are overshadowed in Scripture by their son John and their nephew, … Continue reading

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Separation Anxiety

Last Monday afternoon, my wife and I took our daughter to the airport and sent her off to begin her final year of college. Our eyes were misty and our hearts were heavy realizing that her final summer at home … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Backslider!

In the parable of the sower (Matt. 13), Jesus describes 4 types of soil. Considering the parable one concludes that we should strive to be the good soil that allows the seed to grow in our hearts and bear good … Continue reading

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Motors, Belts and Candy Wrappers

Many of you are probably wondering what these things have to do with one another. Well sit back for a little story and I’ll tell you and the little lesson that I learned that goes along with the story. This … Continue reading

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Mr. Potter’s Valet

As it is our custom, a day or two before Christmas we all sit down to watch the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. The movie has a great message about one’s influence upon others in his life and the … Continue reading

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The Baker’s Dream

No, this is not going to be about the baker in the story of Joseph. Sorry. This is going to be about another baker, one whom I met only once in my life, many years ago, and conversed with for … Continue reading

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Covering Sins (Atonement)

Man Needs Atonement David says that he whose sins is covered is blessed. just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And … Continue reading

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