On March 14th, 2015, nearly three hundred people gathered together in Seminole, OK to hear presentations on divorce and remarriage. The participants, Maclcomb Kniffen of Waco, TX, and George Battey of Seminole, OK, were given thirty minutes each to present their views, followed by two thirty minute question and answer sessions. Brother Kniffen affirmed the position that there is no exception for divorce and remarriage while brother Battey asserted there is an exception for divorce and remarriage, the exception of fornication as taught by Jesus in Matthew 5:32; 19:9.
Over the next two weeks, Christian Landmark will post four videos from this Open Bible study featuring the two sermons and the two Q&A sessions. Please enjoy, listen carefully to these men, study, and seek after the truth of God’s word in all things.
Sermon #1 Malcomb Kniffen: “There is no exception for divorce and remarriage.”
“There is no exception” Kniffen sermon MP3 Link
Sermon #2 George Battey: “There is an exception for divorce and remarriage (Matt. 5:32, 19:9)”
“There is an exception” Battey sermon MP3 Link
Question and Answer #1: Malcolm Kniffen
Malcolm Kniffen Question and Answer MP3 Link
Words matter, don’t they? Did you know that even that little obscure word ‘amen’ that we say at the end of a prayer has deep significance and meaning? Sometimes we say ‘amen’ in a flippant and casual worldly manner but evangelist Billy Dickinson teaches in this fascinating study that we should be cautious and deliberate when pronouncing such a sacred and meaningful word.
In this week’s sermon, evangelist Billy Dickinson takes his thoughts from this text in Matthew 27:51-53:
Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
Who were these resurrected saints and to whom did they appear? Listen to this very interesting sermon for some answers from Billy!
Can the church where you attend trace its origin back to original institution that was established by Jesus Christ in the first century AD? That original Church had Jesus Christ as its head and the doctrine of the Apostles as its guide and law. In today’s sermon evangelist Clint De France takes a look at just how 21st century Christians can be sure they are attending the true church of Christ.
Today’s post is an article by evangelist Shahe Gergian about singing. He writes: “The opportunity to offer worship unto the Lord God is one of the most powerful blessings Christians have in Christ. To know that the praise, adoration, and honor given reaches the halls of Heaven inspires believers to draw nearer to the Creator. The Psalm says ‘As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God’ (Psalm 42:1 NKJV)”
We hope you read and consider the blessings we have to sing to our God.
If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27-28)
In today’s sermon evangelist Ronny Wade asks: ‘Has your religion changed you, challenged you, and comforted you?’ If not, then you need to draw closer to the Lord Jesus Christ and His precious blood bought church!
Some today hold to the theological position that the Gospels of the New Testament actually belong under the rubric of the Mosaic covenant and hold no authoritative sway over members of the Lord’s church.
Is this position heresy or truth? Evangelist Clint De France addresses this subject in this weekend’s post:
We hope you will read and carefully consider God’s word!
Has Satan blinded your eyes to the truth of God’s word? In today’s sermon evangelist Ronny Wade cautions us to not to let the Devil blind our mind about what the scriptures plainly teach but rather to accept with humility and meekness God’s precious Bible.
Sometimes we go through times of deep darkness such as financial disaster, sickness, or broken relationships. Does the Bible provide an answer for those in despair? In Isaiah 50:11-12 we read:
Who among you fears the Lord? Who obeys the voice of His Servant?
Who walks in darkness And has no light?
Let him trust in the name of the Lord And rely upon his God.
Look, all you who kindle a fire, Who encircle yourselves with sparks:
Walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks you have kindled—
This you shall have from My hand: You shall lie down in torment.
In a sermon given at the 2014-2015 Dothan, Alabama New Year’s Meeting, evangelist Kevin Presley considers the deliverance that God offers to those who fear and obey Him.
In today’s sermon evangelist Clint De France preaches from Matthew and Luke and demonstrates how God’s providence extends even to the worthless ‘fifth’ sparrow. His living and powerful word reassures us that His incomparable, matchless, and indescribable love encompasses all humanity.
“And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:7)
During the final week of the Lord’s life, Jesus implored the children of Israel to be gathered together under His wings. In this sermon, Shahe Gergian discusses ways in which Jesus desires to gather all people unto Himself.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ” Matthew 23:37-39
With all the religions in the world, why should Christianity hold any more of your attention than any of the others? In this sermon evangelist Brad Shockley presents an explanation of the merits of Christianity and why you should become a disciple of Jesus.
Being a part of the family of God is a wonderful blessing found in Christ Jesus. However, the fractured religious landscape of the world makes many wonder who exactly is a part of that family. Is it possible to identify someone as a brother or sister in Christ? Nathan Battey considers these questions and the motives behind them in today’s sermon, “Are you my brother?”
The analogy of Jesus Christ as the foundation and cornerstone of the Church and the Christian Faith is one of the most beautiful pictures in the Bible. Understanding it will help one to know why Christianity is the only hope for salvation and success in life, and why the Church that we read about in the Bible is the only Church that will stand and succeed in its divine purpose. We hope that this lesson will encourage and edify you.
Today we post an audio sermon from evangelist Kevin Presley about the marvelous grace of God exemplified in the life of Mephibosheth, a castaway who was allowed to sit at the King’s table. God gives that same grace to each submissive servant who is obedient to the faith. God be thanked for His mercy!
This sermon is the first installment in a new series entitled: Why the Church of Christ?
We live in an era of individualism and personalization. Even religion has not escaped the compulsion to customize everything. Because of this, people often give little thought to which church they attend.
This series is designed to show that the Church is a part of God’s plan to save mankind from sin, death and hell; also, that Jesus built one Church and purchased that Church with His own blood. It is our conviction that the only true church is the Church identified in the Bible.
It is our hope that after studying all will plainly see that we need to be in His Church. Today’s sermon by evangelist Clint De France examines the question: Who Established the Church of Christ? Let us look to the Bible for an answer to this question. We will consider the implications of an “established church” and also look through history at some facts concerning the origin of various human denominations. Please listen!
Today’s post is an enlightening chapter study given by evangelist Don King on First Corinthians Chapter Four. Don labors in this sermon to ‘get inside the head’ of the Apostle Paul, that great lover of the brethren everywhere and especially of the Gentile church. How much we owe the Apostle for his tireless exertions to spread the gospel to the undeserving prodigals that were our ancestors.
For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. (1 Co 4:9).
Today’s sermon by evangelist Don King is about a lesson learned too late by a young prophet of God. Don’s text comes from 1 Kings 13:18:
He said to him, “I too am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (He was lying to him.)
The young prophet in this passage listened to the lying words of an older prophet and it cost him his life. The lesson that false religious leaders may lie too you is a lesson we need to take to heart right now! We hope you listen carefully to this sermon.
LANDMARK Q&A is an ongoing segment where we attempt to answer questions from our viewers. This week’s inquiry is about the meaning of the phrase, “calling on the name of the Lord.” This wonderful statement is made in the Bible’s books of history, prophecy, poetry, sermons, and epistles, so it behooves Bible students to understand its meaning.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus called Judas His friend?
“But Jesus said to him, ‘Friend, why have you come?’ Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.” (Matthew 26:50)
Why did Jesus refer to Judas in such an intimate way? He was in the very act of betraying His Lord with a kiss! In today’s article we attempt to answer this question and examine how we can truly be the ‘friend’ of God.
Today’s sermon relates the stirring account of David sacrificing to God on Mount Moriah. When offered the oxen for the sacrifice for free, David replied:
“No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.” (2 Samuel 24: 24)
What a remarkable religious ethic David demonstrated!
Evangelist Don King states: “Do you realize it is not a sacrifice unless it costs something? Service to God, if it is to have any genuine and lasting value is always a costly affair.” David’s admirable attitude is far from our modern pampered, indulgent, and coddled ‘padded pew’ air conditioned theology.
Today we post an article by brother Andrew Richardson which addresses a very topical subject. Is it appropriate to use instruments in the worship of our Lord in the church? Many denominations believe so and variously generated musical sound waves waft through the air at any given congregation.
Is God pleased with this? Is this something that a Christian needs to consider? Please read brother Richardson’s article and give thought to Who has Lordship over Christian practices.
Today we are proud to present the first of a number of sermons given by evangelist Don King in a meeting held at the Rice Road church of Christ from October Wednesday 22nd to Sunday the 26th. The topics are varied and brilliantly proclaimed by Brother King. We hope you enjoy.
As a follow-up to our article posted earlier this week on the religion of Islam, Clint De France and Shahe Gergian sit down to discuss some viewer questions. It is our ultimate hope that these posts will help Christians to reach out to their Muslim neighbors with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.
This week on Christianlandmark we consider the titanic Islamic religion which boasts 1.6 billion adherents worldwide. Click on the photo above or the text below for an informative article written by evangelist Shahe Gergian. On Friday we will post a question and answer video. We hope you will join us as we learn about what the Muslim religion teaches!
Have you ever doubted God’s love? If you have, today’s sermon by evangelist Clint De France might encourage you. The text comes from an idea found in the last book of the Old Testament:
“I have loved you,” says the Lord. “Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?'” (Malachi 1:2)
Today’s post is an enthralling sermon by evangelist Clint De France on the Mosaic Tabernacle of God.
This is the tabernacle that young King David fled to escape from Saul, eat holy bread, and receive the sword of Goliath. This is the tent that the High Priest Eli watched over while young Samuel slept nearby. This is the building and its furnishings that point to the magnificent church of Christ that provides safety for all those who will escape the clutches of sin and destruction. Please spend some time listening to this classic sermon topic today and consider the omniscient knowledge of our amazing God.
Today we post sermons from the Eldon Missouri church of Christ gospel meeting about four of the last parables our Lord preached on the Tuesday of the crucifixion week.
Shahe Gergian, “A Man Had Two Sons” (Matthew 21:28-32) MP3 Link
Jeremy Smith, “The Rebellious Vinedressers” (Matthew 21:22-44) MP3 Link
Bart Shaw, “The Parable of the Wedding Feast” (Matthew 22:1-14) MP3 Link
Shahe Gergian, “Some Were Wise, Some Were Foolish” (Matthew 25:1-13) MP3 Link
Friday, August 22nd, Jesus The Bridegroom
Shahe Gergian, “God and His Bride” MP3 Link
Noah Howard, “The Bride and the Bridegroom” MP3 Link
Austin McConnell, “For I Have Betrothed You To One Husband” MP3 Link
Saturday, August 23rd Ephesians 5, Christ and His Bride
Matthew Barnes, “Christ is the Head of the Church” MP3 Link
Jeremy Hykel, “Christ loved the Church and Gave Himself For Her” MP3 Link
Jared Wilson, “The Washing of Water By The Word” MP3 Link
Eric Cox, “Holy and Without Blemish” MP3 Link
Lord’s Day, August 24th
Shahe Gergian, “The Marriage of The Lamb” MP3 Link