All Scriptures have their purpose

By Leonard Lauriault: QCS Religion Columnist This year, I’m reading the Daily Bible (Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR 1984), which places events and writings in chronological order and is divided into 365 daily readings. The February 4 reading included Numbers 7: 1-88, among other related passages. Contrary to my normal encouragement to read every scripture […]

Acknowledging the real gifts of the holidays

By Leonard Lauriault: QCS columnist So, what’d you get for Christmas? Was it what you wanted? We often look forward to gift-giving (receiving) times with eager expectations. Many knew exactly what they wanted and were excited at the prospects of receiving that, only to be disappointed because they were given something different, even an item […]

Examining unconditional eternal security

By Leonard Lauriault: QCS columnist Overheard once after a funeral: “He went to church when he was younger, so he’ll be alright.” Such statements are based in the un-Biblical philosophy that once one becomes a Christian, he cannot lose his salvation. John 10:28, 29 and Romans 8:38, 39 (read those verses) are commonly misused to […]

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 […]

Travel the road of the Romans

By Leonard Lauriault: QCS columnist I prepared another article for this week, but last week I received a tract others also probably got and I’m compelled to respond (1 Corinthians 9: 16; Romans 1: 14-17; Acts 20: 25, 26). First, I commend the tract’s distributors for acting on their faith (James 2: 14-26; Matthew 28: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Don’t be like Seven Dwarfs

By Leonard Lauriault The seven churches of Revelation 1 to 3 could represent the types of good or poor doctrinal health faced by all congregations in every place and time. Jesus’ message to each congregation includes a word of encouragement and either a rebuke or a challenge, showing that whatever we achieve in life, there’s […]

‘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; […]