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  1. 1. Georgia 80 (8) 2. Cincinnati 62 3. Michigan 56 4. Alabama 47 5. Oklahoma St. 45 6. Oklahoma 37 7. Michigan St. 31 8. Ohio St. 25 9. Oregon 17 10. Penn St. 14 Others receiving votes: Coastal Carolina 11 Wake Forest 7 Ole Miss 2 SMU 3 UTSA 1
  2. So what's wrong with charitable raffles???
  3. Early voting starts Monday.... Vote NO on #2 and YES on the rest.......
  4. 1. Texas Tech 2. Purdue 3. Oregon 4. Oklahoma State 5. Ole Miss 6. Pittsburgh 7. Minnesota 8. Notre Dame 9. North Carolina State 10. TCU *Tiebreaker: OU points vs Kansas....62
  5. The Story of Ed the Altar There are a lot of great things we can learn from the Old Testament. It is included for us to be our example in many things. I Corinthians 10: 11 There are some valuable lessons we can learn from a study of Joshua. From Joshua 22 we learn about fellowship, falling out, fact finding, and fairness. I didn’t print the passages from Joshua 22, so please turn there in your Bibles. Hopefully, we see from our lesson today that we should follow the example of the Israelites when resolving our problems as well. In our study of the Mosaic books, we learned in Numbers 32 how the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half of Manasseh desired to settle on the eastern side of the Jordan. Moses told them that they could do this as long as they went to war with the rest of Israel to conquer and occupy the lands on the west side. Joshua 4 tells us that these tribes went armed into the western part of the land and they fought. After the wars were completed, these men then returned to the eastern side of the Jordan to be with their families who had settled there in the meantime. Joshua 22 is the story of their return and the events surrounding that return. We want to take the time to notice some lessons from this chapter. From Joshua 22 we learn about fellowship. Joshua 22:1-9 Reuben, Gad, and Half of Manasseh return to their homes with blessings. They had done their job in fighting alongside their brethren. They had been faithful to their task. Consider the blessings they had as a result of being faithful. They were blessed with many riches.They were blessed with a lot of cattle. They were blessed with silver, gold, brass, and iron. They were blessed with many garments. When we are faithful to the Lord’s designs, then we have God’s blessing and fellowship. Deuteronomy 28:8 We have God’s blessing for being faithful to Him. Luke 11:28 We are blessed by having fellowship with God. 1 John 1:3 We also have the blessing of fellowship and unity with our brethren. 1 John 1:7 Unity is desired by God. John 17:20-23 Unity is something we must strive to obtain. Ephesians 4:3 Unity is beautiful. Psalm 133:1 In Joshua 22, we also see a falling out among the tribes. Joshua 22:10-20 When these tribes returned, they built a great altar near the Jordan river. Word got back to those on the western side that this had been done. The rest of the nation then gathered for war with them at Shiloh. Before they went to war, they sent Phinehas and 10 princes to ascertain the situation. Phinehas ask them why they would trespass and rebel against God in building this altar. Phinehas reminds them of the sin at Peor where some went to worship Baal and 24,000 were killed by God. He also reminds them of the sin of Achan who trespassed in the devoted things at Jericho. Phinehas was worried that something similar would happen here and the rest of Israel wanted nothing to do with it. They were right to be worried about this. The eastern tribes had erected a seemingly religious object, an altar. It’s possible that some thought this group was returning to a patriarchal system. That’s because Noah used an altar. Abraham used an altar. Isaac used an altar. Jacob used an altar. Many of the ones on the west of the Jordan concluded that those on the east were abandoning the law of Moses. They were concerned that there would be division in Israel. They were also concerned that the Lord would punish them for this as well as those on the east. First and foremost, however, they wanted to do things the Lord’s way. Like them, we also need to be concerned about doing things the Lord’s way. 1 Peter 4:11 Even Jesus took this attitude. John 12:49-50 We see appropriate action taken in response as well. Israel gathered for war at Shiloh. They wanted to be prepared for the worst. They sent Phinehas and others as ambassadors to represent their concerns. We too need to take appropriate action in response to potential division. Jesus told us to head off concerns when a brother sins against us through the same kinds of actions. Matthew 18:15-20 Consider the actions of the apostles and elders in Acts 15. The problem of false teaching was confronted. They listened to each other's concerns and then reached a decision based on God’s Word. Like them, we cannot afford to sit idly by when problems arise. In Joshua 22, we learn about fact finding. Joshua 22:21-29 The two and a half tribes responded that God knew whether they had transgressed or not. They stated that if they had built this altar for worship purposes, it would be because God required it of them. However, they had not built it for worship. Instead they had different intentions for building it. They wanted their children to remember that they too worshipped with the rest of Israel in Jerusalem. They did not want the rest of Israel saying to them that they had no part with the Lord since they were on the east side of the Jordan. They agreed that they ought not to rebel against God and worship in an unauthorized way. The two and a half tribes respected God’s knowledge of all things. They knew the principle taught in Jeremiah. Jeremiah 17:10 They knew not to be like the wicked people around them. Psalm 10:4 The two and a half tribes recognized God’s authority over their lives. They understood His teaching on this. Deuteronomy 5:32 Proverbs 3:5-6 The two and a half tribes offered a reasonable explanation for their actions. They wanted a memorial for their children to remember that they were part of Israel too. Their answer was consistent with the principles taught by Paul and Peter. Colossians 4:6 1 Peter 3:15 If we are ever going to have peace in the religious world today we must recognize God’s written word, the Bible, as the only authority for religious practices. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 We also must do this respecting God’s knowledge, recognizing God’s authority, and presenting reasonable truths. In Joshua 22, we learn about fairness. Joshua 22:30-34 When Phinehas heard their statement he was pleased with it. He concluded that they had not transgressed God’s will. He concluded that fellowship still existed among them. He concluded that God would not punish them for their actions. So he returned to the rest of Israel and told them the story. They, in turn, received the information and accepted it. Thus there was peace in Israel. They called that altar “Ed” or “witness” as a testimony that both sides acknowledged Yahweh as God. We learn that in order to be fair with those with whom we have a falling out, we need to hear the other side of the story. Phinehas did what the law prescribed Deuteronomy 13:12-14. Proverbs 18:13 Nicodemus also said something similar. John 7:51 So did James. James 1:19-20 We learn that Phinehas discerned between the secular and the religious. It was not the two and a half tribes intention to use the altar in a religious way for worship. It was merely a secular altar to memorialize the nations unity. We must make the same distinctions in worship today. For example, musical instruments are fine to use for secular purposes. However, such would be wrong to use for religious purposes as they are unauthorized for the church. Only singing is acceptable to God. Ephesians 5:19 Colossians 3:16 We learn that fellowship rests upon issues related to salvation. Phinehas and the rest of Israel were very concerned that the Lord would punish them and that they would be lost as a result of the two and a half tribes' efforts at worship. He concluded that they had not trespassed against God and so fellowship could remain. Moreover, they didn’t go to battle against their faithful brethren. We need to judiciously consider avoiding battle against the faithful. Galatians 5:13-15 In considering lessons from Joshua 22, if we ever have a problem with a fellow Christian, let’s remember fellowship, falling out, fact finding, and fairness.
  6. Vol.XI No.IX Pg.3 November 1974 Are You Good? Dan S. Shipley One of the things that makes good men good is their humility. They know that they are not as good as need to be. Making no claim to perfection, neither blaming others for their imperfections, they continually seek to do and to be better. While such good men are not always right, they ever want to be right— and what one sincerely wants to be speaks volumes about his character. Let it be said to the credit of the weak and sin-plagued Corinthians, they earnestly cared about their condition and sought to clear themselves (2 Cor. 7:11). Good men are never indifferent to their spiritual condition— they seek to be clear (pure); they hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matt. 5:6) because they are truly concerned about their standing with God. Accordingly, the good man, having recognized that right is not relative and that the way of man is not in himself (Jer. 10:23), turns to God for his direction and standard of right. Good men become godly men; they come to have that piety which, characterizes by a Godward attitude, does that which is well-pleasing to Him (Vine). As the Psalmist puts it, The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and he delighteth in his way. (Ps. 37:23). Lifes journey without God is dark and dangerous. Knowing this, the good man does not look within himself, but to God and His word which becomes a lamp unto his feet and a light unto his path (Ps. 119:105). Thus, we see the strong correlation existing between good men and truth. Good men want to be right; truth determines right; therefore they reverence Gods word which is truth (Jn. 17:11). Hence, it is the honest and good (heart) that will hear the word, hold it fast and bring forth fruit (Lk. 8:15). Some prove themselves to be less than good by refusing to hear the word of God. Good men are not ruled by prejudice. Instead, they are ever willing to come to the light that their works may be made manifest (Jn. 3:21). Good men are not only willing to prove themselves, whether they are in the faith (2 Cor. 13:5); they likewise respect Gods admonition to prove ALL things in order that they may hold fast to that which is good (1 Thss. 5:21). Hearing the word is one thing—Jesus says the good man will also hold it fast or accept it (Mk. 4:20). In Proverbs this is called buying the truth (Prov. 23:23). Paul showed the Corinthians how that salvation depends on holding fast the word (1 Cor. 15:3). Accepting truth means turning away from wrong; it means change. Good men are willing to make whatever changes are necessary to put them right with God. Some otherwise good men allow pride to hinder needful changes. Holding fast to friends or tradition becomes more important to them than truth. Like others, they exchange the truth of God for a lie (Rom. 1:25) to their own eternal detriment. Consequently fruits of righteousness are brought forth by such good men as hear and hold fast Gods truth. Herein is God glorified (Jn. 15:8) and man saved. Being counted as good by men is not good enough. Unless were good like God wants us to be, what have we profited?
  7. Common good is a communist phrase.....INDIVIDUAL rights trump common good EVERY TIME......
  8. This one already in 2nd.....only 3 passes......Wisconsin up 7 to 0......
  9. Finally.....my kinda game.......Army vs. Wisconsin.......only 2 passes so far.......lol
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