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God's Commands and Promises by Robert L. Waggoner

     For human benefit God created heaven and earth and “made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food,” including “the tree of life” (Genesis 2:9). Then God said to Adam, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17).      The command that Adam must not eat of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil was accompanied with the promise that disobedience would bring death. But Adam and Eve disobeyed (Genesis 3:6) and thereby doomed themselves and their posterity to death and separation from God (Genesis 3:24).      Had Adam and Eve obeyed God’s commandment they could have lived forever in close association with God.  Now that they had been separated from God, one might wonder how humanity could ever be reconciled to God. Separated from God, humanity became excessively wicked (Genesis 6:5). God therefore decide

Church Discipline by Andy Erwin

Andy Erwin      The reader will observe this to be an unusually long article for the Gospel Gleaner .  However, we are not without reasons for publishing such a lengthy treatise for our relatively small paper. The subject of church discipline is as biblical as the subject of baptism, the Lord’s Supper, elders, deacons, and ministers.  Yet for many congregations of the Lord’s church, this subject goes without teaching, without understanding, and therefore, without practicing.  To be sure, there are many misgivings about the subject and practice of church discipline.  It is not uncommon to hear someone speak of it as “cruel” or “un-Christian.”  However, this is not at all the way the Bible describes the process.  In fact, Jesus said that it ought to be done with the intention of gaining your brother.      Another person may question the church’s right to discipline a brother for his sins when, in truth, “We all sin.”  Such statements truly serve to illustrate our need as ministers to tea

Honoring Joe S. Warlick by James R. McGill

     Joe Warlick (1866-1942) was born near St. Louis.   The family later moved to Texas.  In 1885, at age nineteen, Joe preached his first sermon in a small west Texas town.  For the next fifty-four years, until he suffered a heart attack in 1939, Warlick continued preaching, debating, and writing without interruption.      His preaching was mostly in evangelistic meetings in which Joe would preach daily and nightly before moving on to preach at another location.  He presented the gospel plan of salvation so plainly that thousands were led to faith in Jesus, repentance, and baptism for the forgiveness of their sins. Preaching and Debating      Joe alternated between debating and preaching.  A significant number of conversions resulted from the debates.  Warlick presented the truth so that it stood out clearly in sharp contrast to the error presented by his opponent.      Warlick participated in 399 debates! Outstanding Education      Joe had a fine education and made the very best use