DO WE NEED TO GO BACK THAT WE MAY GO FORWARD?

May 29, 2010

All of us, at least once in our lives, must look back that we may go forward, if we live to the age of accountability.  Deuteronomy 1:39.

1.  We must look back over our lives and see that we have sinned against God. Isa.59:2.  We must obey the gospel to start on our forward journey to heaven as Christians.  Matt. 28:18-20; Matt. 10:32-33; Acts 2:38; Rom. 10:9,10; Gal.3:26-27.

2.  We may have to look back to our first marriage or mate, that is, back to the point where the vow was Scripturally broken and make the necessary repentance before we can continue in the grace of God toward eternity with Him.  Matt. 5:32; 19:3-9; 1 Cor. 7:39.  This may mean we have to live singly till we die!

3.   We may have to go back to the point of sin that separated us from God.   Any sin that we have not and or will not repent of is an eternal sin.  Unforgiven sin stops forward progress with God.  It may mean we go back before the church and confess and repent of drunkenness, adultery, failing to give as God has prospered us, etc.   Sin must be forgiven or punished.  1 John 5:16.

4.  All Christians who have departed from the Scriptures will have to return to the Book!   We may have digressed with this ism or that ism.  Thus, confession and repentance are necessary to have the “green light” of God’s grace.  Acts 8:22; 1 Cor.6:1l; Col. 3:6,7.

5.  We may have to look back and say to a brother or sister in Christ, “I am sorry and please forgive me,” before we can move onward for Christ.  Matt. 5:23-24; 18:15-18; Gal. 6:1.

To commit sin is bad, but to harden our hearts and refuse to correct it, is infinitely worse.   So a backward look may well declare where we will spend our eternal future.  Matt. 7:21-23.

Bill Graddy

I HAVE PLAYED THE FOOL

May 29, 2010

I have played the fool,

As Solomon did of’ old.

Instead of’ trusting God,

I wanted silver and gold.

I have played the fool,

Wisdom was my first demand.

However, this is not all,

To keeping God’s every command.

I have played the fool,

Material things I have craved.

I was deceived, but I learned,

All these things cannot save.

I have played the fool,

Wealth became as a greed.

Fear of public opinion,

Became my very creed.

I have played the fool,

For many women I did go.

But from the very beginning,

God said, “It was not so.”

So my beloved friends,

In this poem, you’re told,

Do not play the fool,

As did Solomon of o1d.

Bill Graddy

DISCIPLINE

May 29, 2010

The subject and discussion of discipline is always current.   Volumes have been written on the theme.  However, consider these thoughts.

This permissive society has been spawned by the accentuation of the “Thou Shalts” and the elimination of the “Thou Shalt Nots.”  Because of the unpopularity of the “Thou Shalt Nots,” we are experiencing more and more rebellion.  Thus, we have sown to the progressive “Wind” only to reap the absolute violent “Whirl Wind.”

It would appear that modern man would profit from the ancient Writing; the absence of which have us in near chaos relative to discipline.  Instead of recognizing and implementing these divine precepts, we continue in our own rebellious attitudes, plunging deeper into our own wisdom.  But, “If the parents have eaten sour grapes, the children’s teeth will be set on edge.”

Perhaps the average teacher today is in utter despair seeking solutions to increasing discipline problems.

From the top of the highest heads of Home, State, School, and Church, to the foot of the least of us, we stand on the precipice of internal deterioration and disintegration because too few will stand with the “rod of correction.”

How long will we halt between two opinions?  Will the rivers turn to blood before we awaken to the absolute truth that both children and adults must be disciplined with the “rod of correction” of The Truth?

When parents and teachers and children exercise these Principles, the nation will stand corrected!

Bill Graddy

(Published in Education Newsmagazine, October 1976).

Learning Christ. . .Teaching Christianity

May 29, 2010

One of the most simple and one of the most sublime facts of life is that men must be taught the principles of Christianity.  The teaching of Jesus Christ must be taught, learned, obeyed, and practiced.

Christianity can be taught because there is a body of known truth given by God through men as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 3:16-17).  Jesus said, “And they shall be all taught of God.  Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me” (John 6:45).   This does not mean that each individual will be taught the gospel.  It means, the system of absolute truth will be revealed by God, and it will be this body of truth, when obeyed, that will make us free (John 8:32).  The truth is available, but first, we must be taught.

How is truth taught?  Many claim and say it is directly taught, that is, the Holy Spirit influences the hearts of men directly.   But, the Scriptures teach that we learn indirectly, that is, by teaching through human instrumentality.   Notice Paul said, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher” (Romans 10:14).  Thus, we see that human agencies must be used to instruct people.   This method of teaching was called “foolishness”, but this is the means God chose to reveal His will to men so that they might believe and be saved (I Corinthians 1:21).  Mortals must go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature teaching them to observe all things that Jesus had commanded them (Matthew 28:18-20).  Men cannot believe something they have not been taught (John 3:15).

Since those who will be saved must be taught, teaching becomes a pertinent process.   We learn this process from the Master Teacher, Jesus Himself.   He used various methods such as parables, stories, one on one, groups, proverbs, miracles and debates.   He used object lessons such as: nature, people, animals, and a little child.   Teaching must take place before learning is achieved.  Teaching precedes learning.   However, learning does not always follow teaching.  Therefore, methods, personalities, equipment, environment and attitudes are of great importance.

When proper teaching has occurred and learning has taken place, obedience of that new knowledge must be forthcoming.  Sometimes submission follows, and sometimes rebellion follows (Luke 7:30; I Corinthians 15:2).   It is the case, at times, that men have been taught, and know the truth but will pervert the truth into a lie (II Thessalonians 10-1 2).  We have false doctrine because we have false teachers.

If obedience follows teaching and learning, faith will be exercised.  This knowledge could be a lie, and it could be the truth.   Adam and Eve were taught by Satan to believe a lie, and they obeyed a lie (Genesis 3:1-19).   We must, however, be taught the truth (John 8:32), learn the truth, and obey the truth.

The above may be implemented in the home, the church, Bible classes, anywhere.  A man could teach himself provided someone had taught him (I say this to emphasize the importance of teaching).  The teaching of the gospel is the mission and work of the church.  We must put into practice these holy precepts to the saving of our souls (I Timothy 4:16).

In teaching, words become the ideas through which we learn.  For example, God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Heaven, Hell, Salvation, Sin, and Love are words whose meaning must be imparted, many times by flashcards in the first grade, before learning and obedience can result.   What do these words mean?  What do they symbolize?  How do we learn to read them?  We must be taught to learn to read, pronounce, and know the meaning of words before we can believe and obey that which will please God.   God chose words to communicate His will to us.   We must choose to accept and obey these words (Acts 2:40).  Therefore, let us receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save our souls (James 1:21), because “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).

The teaching program of the church is important.  Are you involved?  Do you plan to teach?  Study Hebrews 5:10-12.

Bill Graddy

MYOB

May 29, 2010

MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS is good advice.   It takes a degree of self-discipline to do this.   No doubt, many tears and heartaches have been the results because we simply will not keep our noses out of other peoples’ affairs.

Although the Lord has ordained that we serve Him in local congregations with local autonomy, this does not mean that sister congregations have no responsibility one to the other.  The apostle Peter said, “Love the brotherhood” (1 Peter 2:17).  Brother Guy N. Woods says of this verse, “The `brotherhood’ is the church of the Lord in its aggregate sense; the affection we are admonished to feel for it is the love which obtains between those of the same family with common parentage, common interests, and common aims.”  One of the greatest, if not the greatest characteristics of the Lord’s church is that we can all believe the same doctrine, yet practice it in local congregations around the whole world.  This mark of identification is devastating to the denominational concept!   It is an open demonstration of the answer to our Lord’s prayer for unity (John 17:20-26).  What a blessing it is to travel anywhere in the world and find God’s people speaking the same things (1 Cor. 1:10; Philippians 2:1-5).   This can be done because we use only the New Testament as our guide!   Realizing that the Scripture makes us one, we should be careful always to “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27).

Sometimes we hear our individuals and congregations hiding behind the phrase MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.  A congregation is having doctrinal difficulty.  It would appear to be good advice to say to those not members of the congregation to MYOB.  Yet, it becomes our business when the group teaches false doctrine.   Example: Church “A” decides to use an instrument of music in worship.  Does this become the business of members of another congregation? Suppose church “A” stops weekly communion and starts monthly communion.  Again, does this become the business of other congregations?  If not, how could they be marked (Romans 16:17)? How could fellowship be withdrawn from those who walk disorderly, if it is none of our business what others do (II Thessalonians 3:6)?  Would not our “love for the brotherhood” suggest we should help them to return to the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16; Galatians 5:4)?  Even so, if a congregation is teaching and practicing false doctrine relative to the duties and responsibilities of the elders, then it becomes our business to make this known to all (Acts 5:11; 15:4).  When elders take the position that they do not have to “show and tell” (keeping the members informed, abreast, and knowledgeable of the work of the church) they are “being lords over God’s heritage . . .” (1 Peter 5:3).  Elders should be just as free with what the money is being spent for as they are in asking for it!

Local autonomy is not a license to “lording” the matters of the church over the flock.  Local autonomy does not give the elders the right to perpetuate the eldership.  Local autonomy does not mean infallibility of elders.  Local autonomy does mean that God through the Scripture has authorized a group of believers to set themselves apart as a congregation selecting elders to oversee them and function according to the pattern of the Scripture and execute the work of the church (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-4).   The New Testament is the legislation; the elders see that it is practiced and taught, serving as leaders, not bosses, out front, setting the right examples in all things blameless (1 Peter 5:1-4; 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6).  The very moment an elder or elders become self-willed, stubborn, and refuses to talk with the members and discuss the affairs of the church with them, he and they should be recalled and asked to resign by the same people who appointed them, members of the church, in the first place.  This is a two way street and therefore, members should be just as honest and open and above board in all their dealings with the elders as the elders should be with the members (Hebrews 13:7, 17).  If both elders and members would provide things honest in the sight of each other and God, then the church would not have lawsuits and divisions among themselves (Romans 12:17; 2 Corinthians 8:21).  The shame and reproach brought upon the Lord’s church by such ungodly men and women will not go unnoticed either in this world or the world to come.   It will take years to live down the bad example.

Surely there are enough wise men among congregations to settle problems without having “to go to law with brothers, and that before the unbelievers” (1 Corinthians 6:1-8).  Shame!   In Matthew 18:15-18, the formula is too simple to be misunderstood.  These two passages are sufficient to keep down all strife and seduction if brethren would only apply them and practice them, the reproach brought on the Lord’s church notwithstanding.

Bill Graddy

Preachers And Elders, Afraid Of The Congregation?

May 29, 2010

The congregation knows if the preacher and the elders are afraid of the pulpit.   By this we mean, the preacher knows what to preach and what not to preach, and the elders love to have it so because both are afraid of the consequences (I Sam. 15:24).  It is easier to appease than to afflict (2 Cor. 1:6; 11:24-33).  Are we nestled away in our own isolation?

Relative to gospel meetings, careful selection is made to find the right man who will not STIR up the brethren and cause them to remember the faith once delivered to the saints (2 Pet. 3:1; Jude 3).  Flattering words and fair speeches are preferred by both parties because they do not desire to debate the truth, thereby deceiving the hearts of the simple (Rom. 16:19).  Repeat preachers hold meetings because these men will not rock the ship of Zion (Isa. 3 0:10).

Liberalism.  PHOOEY!!!  It starts in the pulpit when all the gospel is not preached.  Thus, a perverted gospel breeds liberalism (Gal. 1:6-9; Phil. 1:15).  Congregations are lulled to sleep by bland and generic preaching, and liberalism gains a strong hold over the years because the truth was not preached neither was it defended.  Bible class teachers are expected to fall in line as we do not want to drive anyone away.   Then what?  Entertainment (FLC) replaces gospel preaching thinking this will cause the church to grow (Rom. 1:16).  “The truth of that statement is known before the method by which it is proven.”   A liberal point is “the end justifies the means.”

“If you believe in the gospel what you like, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.”   This is Humanism.  “The absence of the principle is the main feature of liberalism.”  It is a negation of principle.  The fast-opening of liberalism, and its flower and its fruit follows its course, as popery (John 4:28).  Its fruit will sour as the wildest imagination of King Hazael (2 Kings 8:12-13).  If elders, preachers, and all members of the church, could see the end of liberalism, we would have repented in sackcloth and ashes long ago.

The strength of a congregation vibrates from the pulpit.  Elders are held accountable for what comes from the speakers (Acts 20:28-31).  Preachers are charged with the responsibility to preach the word – all of it (Acts 20:27; 2 Tim. 4:1-5).   Wishy-washy preaching, having it both ways, is at the tap root of all false doctrine (I Tim. 4:16).  “The truth (or falsity) of a proposition antedates the process by which it is verified, or refuted.”

The “Winds of change” work subtly through the pulpit and Bible classes in what is being taught and what is NOT BEING EXPOSED!  “What you don’t know won’t hurt you” is false to the core!  We must KNOW THE GOSPEL AND OBEY IT in order to be saved (2 Thess. 1:7-9).

Elders must keep abreast to changes and alert to the correction and defense of the truth.   Sermons and Bible class literature should be scrutinized and examined by the elders.  Preachers who will not preach, stand, and defend the truth are like Hymenaeus, Alexander, and Diotrephes (I Tim. 1:18-20; 2 John 1:9-10).  O yes, they have a soul, but they cannot be saved without the truth they avoid.

While the world is frolicking its way to hell, many preachers and elders are being deceived by the same allurement leading precious souls astray including themselves.   Truly, the blood of the saints is the seed of the gospel!

“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so” (Ps.107:2).  God will bless and save those who are faithful to his word (Rev. 22:18-20).

Note carefully how God chose to end his Word to us!

See you at judgment!

Bill Graddy

PREACHING FROM THE PEW

May 29, 2010

If the church is to grow, we must have preaching from the pew.  The members in the pew do not want the preacher to preach false doctrine from the pulpit.   The preacher in the pulpit does not want the people in the pew to destroy the power of the sermon by selfishness.   There must be power in the pew as well as in the pulpit.   Christians must re-enforce the truth as the early Christians did in Acts 4:32. “And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.”

In this verse we nave a picture of the church from the INSIDE. They were of one heart and one soul — UNITY.  Private ownership has not been abolished (Acts 5:4).   These were willing to help each other as needed (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32).  Thus, no SELFISHNESS.   They practiced the prayer that Jesus prayed in John 17:21, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”   EXAMPLE!

Preaching from the pew is as important as preaching from the pulpit.  Both must function if the church is to grow and make an impact on society.

Bill Graddy

TEACHING BY CONTRAST IS AN EXCELLENT WAY TO LEARN

May 29, 2010


HOUSTON – - More than 80 people attended the first service of Community Church of Christ April 9.  The congregation, an outreach church is meeting at the TraveLodge new the Summit area.  The group plans to use home groups, drama and modern a capella worship in its efforts to reach Houston.

NEW TESTAMENT – “Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him” (Acts 17:16-17).

If the gospel, GOD’S POWER TO SAVE, Romans 1:16, will not convert people, why would we think MAN’S schemes would?   Man’s grasps for power have always been his downfall(Genesis 3:1-19).

The three time-tested ways to establish Bible authority are:
1. Direct Command
2. Implication
3. Approved Apostolic Example

Where is the passage that authorizes the church to provide recreation for the members?  Let us remember Brother Cook’s admonition to always be on the “safe” side.

If we do not respect the silence of the Scriptures, the church could go into the automobile business.   This is why we do not use cake and coke in the Lord’s Supper.  May we never forget that convenience is the mother of apostasy.

Bill Graddy

Shall The Court Decide The Truth?

May 29, 2010

The New Testament teaches that brethren should not “go to law” (1 Corinthians 6:1) with each other.  If they do, the only part of the Judge is to see that the legal proceedings of the case are followed.  Since the Judge is not to settle the scriptural differences between brethren, then why go to court?  If we allow the Court to render a decision in the matter, then, we must accept and obey his version of the truth.  This would be contrary to 1 Corinthians 6:5, as brethren are to settle their own doctrinal differences!

Bill Graddy

WHAT KIND OF BIRD ARE YOU?

May 29, 2010

You see around you every day,

Birds of every hue

But have you ever stopped to think,

What kind of “bird” are you?

Are you like an English Sparrow,

Without a thought or care,

Who gathers up some bits of trash

And builds its nest just anywhere?

Or, are you so dissatisfied

(Just like an old Blue Jay)

That you make life miserable

Because you harp and quarrel all day?

Or do folk say, behind your back

(So you may not have heard)

You are like the glorious melody

Of the lovely Mocking Bird!

Or, like the whistler with its yodel

Or the Dove that coos, so sweet,

Or, like the lovely Red Bird

Bringing joy to all you meet?

Are you gentle like the little Quail

That whistles “Bob White” to its mate,

Or like the lowly Buzzard

Whose life is lived on waste?

Or, are you like the Whipper Will,

Whose chimes enchant the night,

Or, like the Robin Redbreast

Perfection at its height.

So stop, think, consider this,

If before this day is through

What could you say, if someone asks?

What kind of bird are you?

Bill Graddy

Time Forces Decisions

May 29, 2010

Time forces decisions! Today is the day of salvation. 2Cor.6:2. Time will demand death or the second coming of Christ to which all will yield!!!  Postponing and failure to prepare for THE GREATEST DAY will catch us bound by time.  Today we have the freedom of choice and we will obey or rebel relative to changes we need to make.  Tomorrow time will thrust us into a timeless eternity.  Do not play and procrastinate with time!  It will force a decision willingly or unwillingly.  Freedom.   That pure delight to affect time before it affect us.

If you need to obey the gospel, be restored, or make anything right with your fellowman and God, TODAY IS THE TIME!!!

Bill Graddy

Unity And How To Maintain It

May 29, 2010

The unity of a congregation is a precious and priceless commodity. In Psalms 133:1, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” By contrast, there are seven things that the Lord hates, and the last one mentioned in Proverbs 6:17 is, “. . . he that soweth discord among brethren.”

Let us look at some ways we can keep the unity of a congregation and prevent the sowing of discord.

1. Do not poll the elders. That is, do not seek out one elder at a time and ask him his opinion. In going from one elder to another, much may be missed and mistaken in translation. After all, if the idea is to be implemented, then, all the elders should act on it. In doing this, it is easy to pit one elder against another elder. This can cause confusion and divisiveness.

2. Do not politic the elders. That is, do not try to influence them one at a time in order to make a point. Playing favorites and showing a respect of persons is a lack of Christian insight.

3. Do not presume upon the elders. That is, do not try to speak for them. We may think we know how one would react in a certain situation, but remember Paul told Philemon, “But without thy mind would I do nothing.” (Philemon 4).

4. Do not try to pressure the elders. That is, do not try to influence their decisions through our money, popularity, prestige or otherwise. If pressure must be exerted in order to get an elder or the elders to function, then, surely another look needs to be taken at whatever we desire to do.

5. Do not be presumptuous. That is, do not assume the elders should do this or that, and then take it upon ourselves to do it. Trying to act in their failure to act, implies that we already know their minds, and they would have acted in this way.

Consider these positive things that will insure peace and harmony in a congregation.

1. Give the elders time for their wisdom to be effective.

2. Give them some room for their opinion and realize it might not agree with ours.

3. Make sure we give our ideas a thorough examination before we submit them to the elders.

4. Remember that God ordained that a local congregation should work through an eldership.

5. Encourage the elders in their work.

6. Pray for them.

Meditate earnestly upon these passages: Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:1-7;Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:7, 17; 1 Peter 5:1-4.

If we will season our speech with salt and love one another with a pure heart fervently, we will keep the unity of the Spirit for which Christ Jesus our Lord prayed. (Colossians 4:6; 1 Peter 1:22; John 17:20-23).

Bill Graddy

BOWING TO THE INEVITABLE

March 2, 2010

I believe it was Oliver Wendell Homes, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court who said, “I must bow to the inevitable.”  Joshua, David, and many other Bible characters in essence said the same, “I must go the way of all the earth” (Joshua 23:14; I Kings 2:2; II Timothy 4:6). Paul said, “for all things are yours” one of which includes death (I Corinthians 3:21; Hebrews 9:27).   George W. Dehoff said, “I see my time is up.”  These are mind stirring words.

PHILOSOPHICALLY:   Unless the Lord returns first, we will all bow to death.   The uncertainty of physical life and death is as water spilled upon the ground (II Samuel 14:14).   It is as a tale that is told (Psalm 90:9).   There are mountains and valleys, things come and go, and in the affairs of life we face inevitablilites of many pursuits.   In business, careers, professions, and occupations, we ascend and descend the ladder of success.   Infirmities, sickness, and handicaps teach us many things(Psalm 119:67,71).   Losing our life only to find it, Matthew 10:39, is what counts.   Accepting and preparing to meet these reflect wisdom (Psalm 90:12).

PERSONALLY: The brevity of life is short at best (Job 14:1-2; James 4:14).   Realization of this helps us to examine ourselves (II Corinthians 13:5).   We must let go, turn loose, and give up our control.   Whatever power we have is short lived. We did not bring anything into this world and we will not take anything out of this world (I Timothy 6:7).  It is hard for some to realize they cannot take their fame and fortune with them .  We will not accomplish all that we desired to do.   We come to our end- not published.   Humbling ourselves under the mighty hand of God creates a right attitude (I Peter 5:6).   As the “changing of the guard” takes place, we should reflect our past and reevaluate our position.   It is a humiliating feeling, to some extent, to turn over the reigns to others even our children.   Preachers, elders, all of us must yield to the oncoming generation.   Our attitude toward life will largely determine our destiny.   So we should be gentle, patient, and apt to teach II Timothy 2:24, as our students will soon be our teachers.

PENITENTLY: Repentance must be the key ingredient in bowing to the inevitable.   No need to reject and rebel against this certainty.   When we submit to the transference of power willingly, things work much better.   Hanging on the purse strings too long brings shame many times because of dementia.   It is the process of daily repentance that we come to ourselves as the wayward son (Luke 15:17).   Inevitability forces repentance or fatal forfeiture of life.  It seems we should desire to repent graciously.

PURPOSELY: When it comes time to retire, we realize by now how frail we are.   Priorities are rearranged.   Some things are more important than others.   It is time to set our house in order, II Kings 20:1, more precisely.   Hesitantly, we begin to get rid of things.   Giving away our books and jewelry should be done with some deliberation.   “Then whose shall these things be “(Luke 12:20).   Preparing to meet God becomes more real as we face the sunset of life (Amos 4:12).   Prearranging our funeral is in order.

PROGRESSIVELY: We die a little daily (I Corinthians 15:31).   As we grow wiser we seem to grow weaker physically.   “Lining up our ducks in a straight row” comes shortly but surely.   The wears and tears of life give us time to reflect and change things that need to be corrected.   Adjusting to the slowing down process and gracefully bowing to the inevitable comes as a shock at best.  Monitoring and adjusting should be earnestly and reverently administered.   Although, we have been preparing for these last days, it seems they are met with some frustration at last.  However, Christians have been looking forward to this time.  Perhaps, this is summarized best “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is a hand.   I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only but unto all them also that love his appearing” (II Timothy 4:6-8).   “O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end” (Deuteronomy 32:29).  To have our names written in the lamb’s book of life, Revelation 21:27, assures us of a glorious transition from earth to heaven.

“Even so, come Lord Jesus”, Revelation 22:20, is the quest of this life.   “Make it as sure as you can” Matthew 27:65 because inevitably we will bow to the inevitable.

Bill Graddy

Hello World!

March 2, 2010

Welcome to BillGraddy.WordPress.com.  As the weeks go by, we will be publishing some of Bill Graddy’s many religious articles and poems, written over a long and well-appreciated career as a Gospel preacher and writer.  Please check back or subscribe for updates.  God bless.  Editor


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