Common Slaves

Common Men; Uncommon Master


June 2016

Choosing Better, pt.5

Ignorantly entering hell is better than apostasy, 2 Peter 2:21

…if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.

Here is one of those warnings that doesn’t seem like it should need to be there for the person who has raised the hand, walked the aisle, prayed the prayer, and signed the card. Continue reading “Choosing Better, pt.5”

Choosing Better, pt.4

Drowning is better than ruining Jesus’ children. Mark 9:42

Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.”

This is a powerful statement, and I’d have loved to see Jesus’ eyes when He made it. Jesus is a big brother of the first order here. Mess with one of His, and you’ll wish you hadn’t. This is a warning shot to false apostles, false teachers, lawmakers, and anyone who would feel so inclined, for whatever reason, to destroy the young faith of a believer. Continue reading “Choosing Better, pt.4”

Choosing Better, pt.3

Mutilation is better than hell, Matt. 5:29-30

If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.”

Without spending a lot of time working through the fact that Jesus isn’t speaking of a twisted form of works-based salvation through mutilation, the larger point is that self-mutilation, as awful as it is, is better than hell. Continue reading “Choosing Better, pt.3”

This Sunday, June 26, at 4:30pm the Common Slaves would like to invite you to join us at Lifespring Church in Crosby, for an evening of worship through song, preaching, and enjoying the company of brothers and sisters in Christ from various congregations associated with our little band of brothers.

Thanks in advance to Pastor Eric and the Lifespring congregation for hosting this event. May our hearts be blessed!

Choosing Better, pt2

Dying and living with Jesus in heaven is better than Life on Earth

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. Phil. 1:21-24

The word that stands out to me in this text is the last word of v.22, “choose.” What’s intriguing is that it seems that as Paul was sitting in prison, he was presented with two options, presumably by God Himself – suffer martyrdom in the near future, or be released for further ministry, and suffer martyrdom later. Continue reading “Choosing Better, pt2”

The Master Who Rewards

Oh brethren! who would not study and pray, spend and be spent, in the service of such a bountiful Master! Is it not worth all our labour and sufferings, to come with all those souls we instrumentally begat to Christ: Continue reading “The Master Who Rewards”

A Theology of Preaching

by Tim Killillay

One October morning the preacher taught the congregation what he thought was an amazing pearl of truth from the prodigal son in Luke 15. At the beginning of the message he said, “No one has ever seen this before and all the commentators I have read got it wrong, but the Spirt of God has shown me this truth.” Continue reading “A Theology of Preaching”

Choosing Better

The Bible contains several passages where two things are set in a scale and weighed in order to determine which is of greater value, and it is those passages that have caught my eye over the years, and I’ve just sort of tucked them in the back of my mind and thought someday I’d like to put a bunch of them together into a series of sorts. So, here is my introduction to the subject, and following articles will begin breaking down some of those fascinating texts. Continue reading “Choosing Better”

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