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Tracts to Evangelize and Edify. List, with links. Available as articles and in PDF format for printing as tracts of two, four or six pages. Varied subjects for different uses. Also available in Spanish. Written especially for use by churches of Christ.

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Studies in the Bible and related subjects

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By Dewayne Shappley, evangelist

 

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TRACTS to Evangelize and Edify

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SIGNS of the TIMES TODAY

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BIBLE PROPHECIES

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Fulfilled, being fulfilled, to be fulfilled

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MORAL and SOCIAL ISSUES of Present Times

Current events and movements. Objective analysis, with applications.

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Emotional, mental and psychological dilemmas

 

 

 

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Our culture is experiencing a hostile takeover.
We must stop rejecting God if we ever want it to end.

 

A sign promoting the film Let there be light for those in darkness, used to ilustrate  the article Our culture is experiencing a hostile takeover, by Sam Sorbo, in editoriallapaz.org.

 

Our culture is experiencing a hostile takeover. We must stop rejecting God if we ever want it to end. Article by Sam Sorbo that analyzes succinctly today’s all-out war by peoples who hate God and Christianity to overthrow the Judeo-Christian ethic, eliminate God and suppress all religion, substituting for them Darwinian evolution, the You Only Live Once dictum, integral intolerance against conservatives, the elevation of feelings above truth; position, power and auto gratification above the correct, decent, right, etc. Reasons and concerns that motivated Kevin and Sam Sorbo to produce the film Let there be LIGHT for those who are in darkness.

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“INNOCENT people died in Las Vegas! How horrible!”

 

This photograph shows part of a great multitude of people -up to 22,000, or more- who came together on a fifteen-acre, concrete paved lot, surrounded by various casinos, in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America, for the fourth Country Music Festival. The 2017 one ended tragically Sunday, October 1, at about 10 p. m., when Stephen Paddock, shooting from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killed fifty-eight people, also wounding 527.

 

This photograph shows part of a great multitude of people -up to 22,000, or more- who came together on a fifteen-acre, concrete paved lot, surrounded by various casinos, in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America, for the fourth Country Music Festival. The 2017 one ended tragically Sunday, October 1, at about 10 p. m., when Stephen Paddock, shooting from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killed fifty-eight people, also wounding 527.

INNOCENT people died in Las Vegas! How horrible!” Context of their “innocence.” Personal innocence in the moral-spiritual context. The danger of calling innocent that which is not, or the person who is not. Are these innocent? Your evaluation of eleven examples. Human beings are very quick to publish their judgment of “innocent” or “guilty.” God is the only one with the innate right to establish criteria for innocence and make definitive judgments. The only truly innocent One. The status of babies, infants, preadolescent children, and adolescents. The status of good and just people who do not know God and his gospel. The status of those who, not knowing the true God and his law, do by nature what the law commands. The significance and application of The Lord knows those who are his. The case of the good who die prematurely. Their status after death. Reactions of family, friends, etc., who remain on the earth determined by their faith, or lack of it. Purpose of resurrections from the dead by Christ and his apostles. Is that you in the midst of that multitude? Does God recognize you there as one of his? Are you spiritually prepared to die there at any moment? Confident you soul-spirit would go to God’s Paradise?

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Terrifying Mass Murder in Las Vegas

“Pure evil?”

But, “God is in control!”

Is that so? Then, why did he not take action to avoid the killing of 58 people and the wounding of 527?

Terrifying Mass Murder in Las Vegas. “Pure evil?” But, “God is in control!” Is that so? Then, why did he not take action to avoid the killing of 58 people and the wounding of 527? Among 22,000 spectators at a musical show in Las Vegas, scenes of blood, screams of pain and horror, of hundreds of dead and wounded, of desperately running this way and that to escape from the bullets, or of valiantly remaining on the site to help victims. Minds without God: Stephen Paddock, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung, Pol Pot. Why does not God annihilate such evil ones before they act? Various reasons identified and analyzed. God has absolute control over his plan for humanity and the material universe. That plan includes ceding Satan and his agents on earth certain powers and allowing him to exercise them for specific purposes and limited times. Why? The suffering and premature death of innocents. Is God near people who vehemently reject him? Present on battle fields and places like Las Vegas? In the casinos of Las Vegas? How to have God not only near but also within. Secure and saved eternally! How to assure such an outcome.

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Written in south Florida during and after
the passing of hurricane Irma

Benefits of Hurricanes, Floods, Tornados,
Earthquakes and Similar Phenomena of Nature

 

Arcadia, Florida. Flooding caused by hurricane Irma. September, 2017.

Arcadia, Florida. Flooding caused by hurricane Irma. September, 2017.

Benefits? What “benefits?” Rather, terrible losses!

Nevertheless, one or another benefit.

 

Benefits of Hurricanes, Floods, Tornados, Earthquakes and Similar Phenomena of Nature. Benefits? What “benefits?” Rather, terrible losses! Nevertheless, one or another benefit. They educate regarding where not to build dwelling places, urbanizations, businesses, factories, etc. About materials and techniques to be used to avoid so much loss of material resources and lives. Lessons for the poor of the world. Warnings and lessons for impresarios greedy for excessive gain. “Nature” and “Common Sense” are very effective, sensible teachers. Prudent men and women build on a rock-solid foundation; the foolish, on sand or earth, without a foundation. Benefits and punishments without respect of persons. Hurricane Harvey: Punishment on Texas and Houston for the elections of 2016? Or on Houston for having an aggressive lesbian mayor for years? Punishments and lessons for the good and the bad. After the blows of destructive natural phenomena… many blessings! Many lessons! After times of wrong-living… sickness… death… possibilities for great blessings! Fleeing from hurricanes. Fleeing from temptations. Cursing destructive natural phenomena or learning from them? They lead to a fork in the road of life, with three options requiring a supremely important decision. Different faces of nature’s destructive monsters. Prepare in time and for the worst! A new World free of destructive forces!

 

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Gender Dysphoria in Children: summary points

 

American College of Pediatricians logo.

Primary author: Michelle Cretella, MD
August 2016

Updated: Junio 2017

Gender Dysphoria in Children. Summary points of the complete Declaration on this subject. (The complete Declaration is the equivalent of about twenty, letter-size pages; the Summary, about four pages.) Seventeen principal points. Primary author: Michelle Cretella, MD. Of the American College of Pediatricians. Latest edition: June, 2017. Definition of Gender Dysphoria (GD). Supposed differences in the brains of transgender people. Resolution of GD during puberty. Studies of identical transgender twins. Debate among doctors, therapists, and academics about rushing to affirm that children and adolescents are transgender. Sex of human beings: an objective biological binary. No such thing as a third sex. Gender awareness: when developed. Use of transsexual hormones and its consequences. Surgery to change sex and its consequences. The rate of suicide among transgenders. Conditioning children to believe the absurdity that one can be born in the wrong body. Questions of ethics with regard to irreversible procedures.

 

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“Much fear” in the face of bad thoughts

What to do?

Esta fotografía de una dama parada en un camino frente a nubes bajitas y amenazantes que se acercan rápidamente hacia ella ilustra el tema Mucho miedo ante los pensamientos malos, en editoriallapaz.org.

 

Much fear in the face of bad thoughts. What to do? The dilemma of a woman already baptized. Facing low flying, menacing storm clouds: A photograph from which important lessons are drawn for the control of bad thoughts. The purpose and function of the peace of God which passes all understanding: to keep the heart and mind. Eight beautiful, powerful words which cover the things we should think about. Fear cannot long stand before them. Severity to the body is not the solution. Strong willpower is a vital part of it. Why being baptized does not mean the end of all bad thoughts. Finding the ways of escape God provides for temptations and trials. Taking every thought captive to obey Christ is one of them.

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Children of Light, Let Us Keep the Darkness at Bay!

Analysis of Ephesians 5:1-14.

Ten slides prepared in PowerPoint

 

This image of a man who is reading by the white light of a bulb suspended in space in the midst of darkness all around him illustrates the sermon-study: Children of light, let us keep the darkness at bay!

 

Children of Light, Let Us Keep the Darkness at Bay! Analysis of Ephesians 5:1-14. Ten slides prepared in PowerPoint. Standard size slides (4:3). For a sermon, conference or classes. God, Christ, the Holy Spirit and the divine Word are all light. Born of them, true Christians are children of light. Made up of them, the church true to the Lord is also to be light in the darkness of incredulity and immorality in the world. The church represented as a fantastic Spiritual Space Ship of Light. Its occupants to take care their Ship does not slip from its orbit in celestial places, falling into darkness. Shameful things of darkness not even to be mentioned among the children of light. These things identified as fornication, uncleanness, filthiness, covetousness, course jesting and foolish talking. These things defined. Shameful to speak of them, but multitudes do, even with shameless pride. Because of such things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Preachers, teachers and all Christians to surround themselves with the Protective Crystal Sphere of an Incorruptible Faith as they move among the children of disobedience with the purpose of lighting up minds and souls filled with darkness. Messages from the Owners of the Spiritual Space Ship for those in darkness. Transported from the power of darkness to the Kingdom of light. All these teachings illustrated with impressive graphics.

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Children of Light, Let Us Keep the Darkness at Bay!

Analysis of Ephesians 5:1-14.

Ten slides prepared in PowerPoint

 

 

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God’s Mighty One Versus the Plurals of the Religious and Secular

 

God’s Mighty One Versus the Plurals of the Religious and Secular. Analysis and application to the present time of Ephesians 4:1-6 and 13-14. Eight images (slides) of multiple graphics and texts are used to present this study which focuses on the unity God desires for Christians. The false unity of not a few who profess to follow Christ is also viewed under the magnifying glass of divine truth. The “bond of unity” of the Holy Spirit is contrasted with the bond of tolerance practically without limits, as well as that of religious ecumenism. Winds of doctrines filled with “cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” press very strongly against the One of God, even knocking it over and burying it in the shifting sands of ingeniously disguised errors. God’s mathematics are often altered by theologians and pastors who subtract from His teaching, add, multiply or divide. God’s One is not very popular. On the other hand, the Plurals of the religious and secular who do not stand with God´s One are very popular. The duty of every competent minister of the New Testament is to stand God’s One up tall in the pulpit and maintain it upright.

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The young Jesus Christ in Jerusalem at twelve years of age. His return to Nazareth via Jericho.

Two lessons in English, of four making up the original series in Spanish.

 Twenty-eight digital slides in English

NOTES for the teacher, for the two lessons in English.

Seventy-three digital slides in the four-lesson, original Spanish version.

 

 

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The young Jesus Christ in Jerusalem at twelve years of age. His return to Nazareth via Jericho.

Fifteen slides in PDF via a Carousel of the images.

Great numbers of Israelites and proselytes from all over the Roman Empire streaming into Jerusalem for the celebration of Passover. Flavius Josephus says up to three million. “Every year” Joseph, Mary and their family went up from Nazareth to Jerusalem for the same purpose, the young Jesus making the trip with them.

Great numbers of Israelites and proselytes from all over the Roman Empire streaming into Jerusalem for the celebration of Passover. Flavius Josephus says up to three million. “Every year” Joseph, Mary and their family went up from Nazareth to Jerusalem for the same purpose, the young Jesus making the trip with them (Luke 2:41-42).

The young Jesus in Jerusalem at twelve years of age. Return to Nazareth via Jericho. Lesson 1 of the series: The family-social-secular-religious world of Jesus of Nazareth: from twelve to thirty years of age. This series of four lessons was prepared for a class of students twelve to eighteen years old. Moral and spiritual lessons. Plus some history, culture, geography and archaeology. To broaden the mind, sharpen perceptions and strengthen the spirit. Fifteen slides in PDF via a Carousel of the images.

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Notes for the Teacher

On the road with the young Jesus of Nazareth! Well, let us say the young man on the right represents the young Jesus when he was about twelve. Luke records that Joseph, Mary and the family went “every year” to Jerusalem for the Passover. “…every year” they would go and return, either by way of the Jordan River and Jericho or through the province of Samaria. Let us make a trip with them to see what the young Jesus saw, and experience what he did, so that we may more fully identify with him.

On the road with the young Jesus of Nazareth! Well, let us say the young man on the right represents the young Jesus when he was about twelve. Luke records that Joseph, Mary and the family went “every year” to Jerusalem for the Passover. “…every year” they would go and return, either by way of the Jordan River and Jericho or through the province of Samaria. Let us make a trip with them to see what the young Jesus saw, and experience what he did, so that we may more fully identify with him.

The young Jesus in Jerusalem at twelve years of age. Return to Nazareth via Jericho. Lesson 1 of the series: The family-social-secular-religious world of Jesus of Nazareth: from twelve to thirty years of age. NOTES for the TEACHER. This Page contains the same fifteen images as those in the PDF Carousel, but in the smaller  size of 400 x 300 pixels. Additional information, sample questions, suggestions, etcetera, follow each image.

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Lesson 2

The young Jesus Christ in Jerusalem at twelve years of age. His return to Nazareth via SAMARIA.

Ruins of the Roman style amphitheater in Samaria, with hills of Samaria in the background illustrate The young Jesus in Jerusalem at twelve years of age: His return to Nazareth via Samaria, Lesson 2 of the four-lesson series The young Jesus: His family-social-secular-religious world from twelve to thirty years of age.

Ruins of the Roman style amphitheater in Samaria, with hills of Samaria in the background. Would the young Jesus of Nazareth have seen this theater on some of his trips to and from Jerusalem? Trips he made every year with his family and others from Galilee, according to the gospel of Luke.

The young Jesus Christ in Jerusalem: His return to Nazareth via Samaria. Lesson 2 of the series They young Jesus Christ: His family-social-secular-religious world from twelve to thirty years of age. Thirteen images (slides) illustrate this lesson. Available in PDF via a Carousel of the images. From the temple through narrow streets to the Cardo Maximus –Main Street- of Jerusalem, a wide, paved, Roman style avenue lined on both sides with columns and shops. Along that Main Street to the Damascus Gate in the north, then through northern Judea and the province of Samaria, on the way to Nazareth. Sites of the city of Samaria (Sebaste) in the first century. Tell of Dothan, then into Galilee. What did the young Jesus see? How did he relate to the people he saw or met? What questions would he have asked?

 

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Notes for the Teacher

Ruins of ancient Samaria

Ruins of ancient Samaria

The young Jesus Christ in Jerusalem: His return to Nazareth via Samaria. Lesson 2. NOTES for the TEACHER. This Page contains the same thirteen images as those in the PDF Carousel for Lesson 2, but in the smaller  size of 400 x 300 pixels. Additional information, sample questions, suggestions, etcetera, follow each image.

 

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Going out into the FUTURE to the LAST DAY of TIME.

Looking back at planet Earth in the 20th and 21st centuries.

 

This composite image of planet Earth against a background of space with four people standing on a platform at a distance in front of it and flanked on the left by the Seventh Angel and on the right a large clock illustrates the subject the Last Day of Time.

 

The LAST DAY of TIME. Going out into the FUTURE and looking back at planet Earth in the 20th and 21st centuries. Composite image, followed by a text highlighting the benefits of transporting oneself, mentally and spiritually, to places and times of the past and the future. The author says: “I invite you to accompany me to an observation platform set up for us on the LAST DAY of TIME, with the purpose of identifying and analyzing Events and currents in the Earth of the 20th and 21st centuries.” The significance of the Seventh Angel near the platform, with his Seventh Trumpet. A fictitious scenario or future reality? Regarding prophetical projections: “Be careful, beloved friend, to not ridicule and reject prematurely, before obtaining the knowledge necessary for sound, wise judgements!” Of times and periods. How much time transpires between where we are in the 21st century and the very Last Day of Time? Can human beings lengthen or shorten it? The factors of mind set, attitudes and actions; rebellious incredulity or informed, positive convictions.

 

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Esta oración en español e inglés

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Communion Without Barriers

Comunión sin barreras

This picture of a young person praying illustrates Commuion Without Barriers, the opening prayer of a bilingual -English-Spanish- service of the West Broward Church of Christ, Plantation, Florida. Esta fotografía un joven que ora ilustra Comunión sin barreras, la oración de apertura de un servicio bilingüe -español-inglés- de la Iglesia de Cristo West Broward, Plantation, Florida.

 

Opening Prayer - Oración de apertura

Bilingual service in English and Spanish

Servicio bilingüe en inglés y español

 

Communion Without Barriers. Comunión sin barreras. Opening Prayer - Oración de apertura. Bilingual service in English and Spanish. Servicio bilingüe en inglés y español. West Broward Church of Christ. Iglesia de Cristo West Broward, 12550 West Broward Blvd., Plantation, Florida. www.wbcoc.com  Oct. 22, 2017. English. Petition for divine light for all through songs, Lord’s Supper and preaching in both languages. Gratitude for God’s spiritual Kingdom where there are no barriers of race, etc. In it, neither Jew nor Gentile, male nor female, bond nor free, black, white, brown, yellow nor red. Clear transparency of the soul purified in the blood of the Lamb. Oneness of mind and spirit. Discipline from above that we may always be respectful, friendly, loving, kind and encouraging. Español. Petición por luz divina mediante cánticos espirituales, la Cena del Señor y la predicación en ambos idiomas. Gratitud por el Reino espiritual de Dios donde no hay barreras raciales, etcétera. Donde no hay judío ni gentil, varón ni mujer, esclavo ni libre; prieto, blanco, pardo, amarillo ni rojo. La clara transparencia del alma purificada por la sangre del Cordero. Unidad de mente y espíritu. Disciplina del cielo para que seamos siempre respetuosos, amigables, amorosos, bondadosos y pronto para animar.

 


 

Bible class resource in English

EPHESIANS 1:1-3.

Studies to edify, motivate, inspire and amaze.

Learning to be a Christian “unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).

Graphic 1 of the Grammatical Schematic of the declaration of 173 words found in Ephesians 1:3-10, for Lesson 1 of the series on Ephesians: studies to edify, motivate, inspire and amaze.

Studies to edify, motivate, inspire and amaze. Learning to be a Christian “unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). “…all spiritual blessings” are “in heavenly places.

A Grammatical Schematic of the 173 words of Ephesians 1-3-10, using four images composed of the textual elements of the passage, plus graphics.

DIVINE PREDESTINATION: “…he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world.” “…he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” “…that in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth.”

Questions, exercises and tasks for the student.

Guide for the teacher.

 


 

Studies in the Bible and related subjects. Articles, tracts and Bible class guides. Slides for PowerPoint. PDF's. On this site. Signs of the times today. Prophecies past, present and future. Moral and social issues.. Sound doctrine on the divine plan of salvation and the church..

Bible prophecies. Past, present and future. Fulfilled, being fulfilled and to be fulfilled.

Signs of the Times Today. Identified and applied.

Tracts to Evangelize and Edify. List, with links. Available as articles and in PDF format for printing as tracts of two, four or six pages. Varied subjects for different uses. Also available in Spanish. Written especially for use by churches of Christ.

Alphabetical Index of Subjects in English on this site

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