Maintaining a good conscience

Leonard Lauriault The word describing baptism in 1 Peter 3: 21 is most often translated pledge, response, or answer, but actually the translation should be plea, request, or appeal. Still, when we appeal to God for a clear conscience through baptism, we also pledge to keep our conscience clear (Acts 24: 14-16; Romans 12: 1, […]

Answer or appeal, pledge or plea, response or request

By Leonard Lauriault : QCS columnist Read 1 Peter 3:21, as well as all scriptures when cited. Various Bible versions use different words — pledge (NIV), answer (KJV, NKJV), response (NIV footnote) — to indicate that baptism is something done after salvation as an outward sign of an already received inward grace, as some today […]

Why disasters happen

By Leonard Lauriault: QCS columnist Several times since shortly after Hurricane Katrina, I’ve heard comments that it and other natural disasters were the hand of God punishing evil men. Even some in the Christian community make such statements whenever natural disasters happen. That’s really sad because it’s faulty theology from a Christian standpoint for a […]

Living a life of possibilities

By Leonard Lauriault: QCS columnist When Mary was told she’d give birth, she wondered how it could happen based on circumstances she knew to be true. God’s messenger explained God’s process on this special occasion, finishing with the statement, “For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1: 26-37). Like much of the Bible, this fact […]

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 […]

Our lifestyle is public profession we’re God’s children

By Leonard Lauriault: QCS columnist I like the movie, “Backdraft,” that is, except for material included merely to achieve an “R” rating. That’s really not much of an achievement. The story is excellent without the “extras,” which actually detract from the movie’s value. Relying on vulgarity rather than standing on the pure value of one’s […]

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 […]

Use of confession is another way people can obey Jesus

By Leonard Laurialt: church of Christ Immediately before he ascended back into heaven, Jesus told his disciples, and every Christian since then, to teach others to obey everything he had commanded (Matthew 28: 20). Previously, he had said that public confession of our faith in him is necessary to our salvation (Matthew 10: 32, 22; […]