We have the freedom to obey or disobey

By Leonard Lauriault: QCS columnist “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5: 1). Often when we think of Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth, we concentrate on our sin and the freedom we can have from experiencing its eternal consequences (Romans 6: 23; John 3: 16, 17). This is true […]

What tune will you be singing when Jesus comes back?

By Leonard Lauriault: QCS columnist The tale of the Three Little Pigs could be based on Matthew 7:24-27 and 1 Corinthians 3:10-15, where Christians are taught to build our houses (lives) on the foundation of Jesus and his teachings using gold, silver, and costly stones (materials that can stand the test of this life and […]

Book of Jude warns of false teachers

By Leonard Lauriault There’s some speculation about who wrote the book of Jude (a fairly inconspicuous treasure hidden between 1, 2, & 3 John and Revelation; go ahead and read it, it‘s only 25 verses). Some believe the author is Judas, son of James, the apostle also known as Thaddeus (Luke 6: 12-16; Mark 3: […]

God gives his people what they need to live

Leonard Lauriault I’ve heard that preachers eat fried chicken to get even with the rooster for reminding Peter he hadn’t been faithful in keeping his promise to always stand by Jesus (Matthew 26: 31-35; 69-75). Learning from the rooster incident, Peter determined to keep Christians (including us) reminded of the unchanging value of knowing Jesus […]

‘James’ about receiving God’s good and perfect gifts

Leonard Lauriault: Church of Christ God gives the crown of eternal life to those that love him only after we’ve stood firm in our earthly life (1: 12, unless otherwise noted, scripture references are from the book of James; Revelation 2: 10). We show our love for God as doers of the word (1: 21-25; […]

Trustworthy (Faithful, True) Sayings to Timothy

By Leonard Lauriault Much taught in the Christian sector today is useless for salvation (promoting sincere faith, a clear conscience, and a pure heart (Timothy 1: 3-7) It should be avoided because it promotes controversy, turning people away from the faith (Titus 3: 9; 2 Timothy 2: 14-16, 23; 1 Timothy 1: 18, 19; 6: […]

Some days are more important

Leonard Laurialt I’ve certainly missed or misused opportunities. This time, the significance of a 5-Sunday February didn’t occur to me until I didn’t have time to write another article before the newspaper deadline. Life presents us with lots of what seem to be “once in a lifetime opportunities.“ Many people experience a year ending in […]

What about that Thief on the Cross

Leonard Laurialt Much has been made of Jesus’ statement to the thief on the cross given in Luke 23: 32-43 (read that, as well as every other scripture when it is cited). The “saved” thief was obviously a God-fearer, and, therefore, a Jew. All three who died on the cross that day, lived and died […]

No one ever – what’s more, it’s gospel

Leonard Lauralt The New Mexico Department of Health sponsors television commercials about the dangers of second-hand cigarette smoke. In one commercial, a glass of milk has lipstick from a previous user at a restaurant, while in the other, a fork is dropped on the floor. In both cases, a replacement is requested. In background, someone […]

Bible says baptisim a must

Leonard Lauriault Acts 18: 19 to 19: 7 describes how the church at Ephesus began. At first, Paul stayed only a short time, but he promised to return. Later, he found a group that had likely learned from Apollos, a powerful teacher who taught accurately about Jesus, but knew only the baptism of John. Paul’s […]