Steve Hulshizer

There Arose a Murmuring

And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring…. Acts 6:1 It seems the bigger the group the greater the chance there will be murmuring. Murmuring almost always is an indication of dissatisfaction. In many cases it also involves ignorance, in that the individual who is murmuring and expressing his dissatisfaction is one who has no knowledge of how to correct the situation, or has little appreciation of the work requir...

Beyond Immodest

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety. (1 Tim. 2:9) The hemlines rise as the necklines plunge. The dresses are so tight and short that sitting down is very difficult. In others long slits expose the legs well above the modest hemline. Short tops leave the naval exposed. Tight fitting tops with soft underclothing reveal every detail. Who wears such clothing? While our first thought might be of those we see in the...

The Perfect Assembly

If we only read the opening verses of the letter to the church in Ephesus (Rev. 2), we would no doubt come to the conclusion that the assembly was perfect. The Lord commends them for their works. This was an active assembly. He speaks of their labor. They were not only active, but working to the point of exhaustion. He also commends their patience. Often when we work hard, we quit early. Not so with the assembly at Ephesus. They were active, laboring, and they were n...

Two Sides of Grace

John Newton, the author of the well known hymn, Amazing Grace, was born in London in 1725. During his early years his mother filled his mind with the Scriptures; however, his mother died when he was seven and John was taken by distant relatives who had no fear of God. Later in life, after deserting the British Navy he joined himself with an unscrupulous slave trader in Africa. During the years that followed John had no interest in the things of God, but God miraculously preserved him th...

Sweet Corn in February

Silver Queen corn is hard to beat. Sweet white corn which seems to melt in your mouth. Lots of butter and some salt make it even better! Many freeze corn in late summer to enjoy during the winter months. In the winter the taste of delicious sweet corn makes you forget the hard day’s work that went into preparing it. Our family just finished preparing nearly four hundred ears of corn. We started early in the morning and did not finish to some time in the afternoon—usually we ...

Godliness and Giving

Some define "godliness" as "God–likeness." Others describe it as "behavior which displays the character of God." It is evident from these brief definitions that godliness is the manifestation of God’s presence and character in one’s life. The godly life is one which takes God into consideration in all areas of life. Whatever is being done, is done with a consciousness of God and His will. God is holy and this is to mark the godly believer. (1 Pet. 1:15) God is ri...

All You Can Eat - $6.99

Most of us have been there—the restaurant where you can eat all you want for one low price. The normal mentality at such a place is "the more you eat the cheaper it is." Since you paid one price regardless of how much you eat, the more you eat the more you get for your money. You start with a bowl or two of your favorite soup and a salad. Next you have some roast beef, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and a freshly baked roll loaded with honey butter. You pass by t...

Striving

Growing up as the fourth child in a family of all boys it wasn’t hard to develop a competitive spirit. Even when playing with those older than me I did not give an inch. In fact, I used to get a real kick out of beating some of the older boys—including my brothers! If I could not beat them with my ability, I beat them by way of psychology. Competition in sports is fun, but a competitive spirit can be very destructive in the spiritual world. Many local assemblies have been...

Too Big for pictures

In May of this year my wife Nancy and I did something we rarely do—we took a vacation! Having some credits with an airline we decided to go somewhere we have never been. We chose to go to Arizona. We went north from Phoenix into the beautiful red rock area of Sedona. Here huge and unique red rock formations reach high into the deep blue sky. A six mile drive up a very twisty, rough, and muddy mountain road gave us an indescribable view of the area. We then preceded fur...

Two Essentials for Shepherds

There can be no doubt that one of the greatest needs among the Lord’s people is shepherds raised up by the Holy Spirit (Acts 20:28). Some assemblies have a few shepherds, others may have one, and many others have none. Too many have elders who are elders in name only. Hopefully none of these fit the Lord’s description of Israel’s shepherds. " The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that whic...
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