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THE BEACON - Electronic Edition - 7/17/2007
Selecting A Companion
A happy home being with a wise choice of a marriage partner. We therefore submit the following
questions as a guide for our young people as they seek out their companion for life.
1. Is this person eligible for marriage? There are those who have a right to marry according to
the laws of our state, but who do not have a right to marry according to the law of God. God's
authority is supreme, and the Christian must abide by His law whenever there is a conflict
between His law and governmental law.
God's law is that only those who are divorced for the cause of fornication have a right to remarry.
"And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another,
commits adultery, and whoever marries her ho is divorced commits adultery" (Matthew 19:9). If
one's marriage partner is guilty of marital infidelity, he can put that partner away for that cause,
and marry another. If the divorce is for any other cause, he is ineligible for marriage.
2. Is this person a Christian? Many problems can arise when a Christian is married to a non-
Christian, especially when it is the wife who is the Christian. Before any young lady marries a
non-Christian, she should consider the following problems which often face the Christian in a
mixed marriage.
       Problems in attending services - She should ask herself, "What will I do if my husband
        some Lord's day drives away in the car, leaving me with no transportation to the
        services?" "What will I do if my husband announces that his company is moving us to
        some city where no church of the Lord meets?" Many women have faced these
       Problems in giving - The young lady loves the Lord and His work, and wants to give
        liberally in support of it. Her husband, however, does not share her convictions. He feels
        that a dollar is plenty to give.
       Problems in training children - Some have succeeded in bringing up their children to
        be Christians without the help of their companions. Eunice succeeded with Timothy. But
        the influence of a father is great, and many are the women who have not been able to
        overcome this influence to see their children become Christians.
       Problems in overcoming the influence of one's companion - Marrying with the hope
        of reforming one's companion is a dangerous thing. Often the companion is lifted to a
        higher standard, but seldom to the standard of a Christian.
       Instead, as the non-Christian's standards are raised, the Christian's standards are
        lowered, so that the two meet somewhere in between. The young lady should realize
        that the man she marries will be the greatest influence of an earthly nature on her life,
        and she should ask herself, "Will this man help me to go to heaven?"
       Emotional problems - Recently a godly woman, having just received word of her
        husband's death in an automobile accident, cried, "Why couldn't it have been me or one
        of the children, for my husband was not ready to die?"
Is the reader thinking she will convert her husband after marriage? She may be able to do so, but
statistics show that her chances are not very good. The risk is too great. The only safe course is
for Christians to marry Christians.
3. Does this person possess strength of character? Many boys and girls seem to want to do
right, but are just too easily influenced by their associates or by the circumstances which
surround them. Such weakness of character does not make for a good marriage partner. If one
wants a happy home, he should choose a companion who is dependable, whose word can be
trusted, who has the strength to do right, even when all around him are doing wrong.
After all, if that young man or woman lies to his parents or employer, he will some day lie to you.
If he is excessively jealous and possessive during courtship, he will manifest the same
weaknesses after marriage. If he is quick-tempered -- or flirty -- or a "show-off" -- or a spendthrift
-- or a "tightwad" -- now, he will be after marriage. One cannot marry a moral weakling, and
expect a happy home.
Yes, there will be faults and eccentricities that must be accepted and tolerated in any happy
relationship between two people. But there are certain conditions that are practically intolerable,
and we hope that this article will help some young person avoid such.
                                                                                        - by Bill Hall

Must A Thing Be Prohibited?
Some think they are at liberty to introduce anything into God’s worship, providing God has not, in
so many words, prohibited it. This is evidently a mistake. Such a plan of procedure would open
the flood gates for innumerable innovations. On this principle every kind of food and drink might
be brought into the Lord’s supper, and burning incense might be added to the worship. We must
remember that law is inclusive and exclusive, including the things commanded and excluding all
things else. This principle is too well known to need argument. Besides, in religious matters God
alone has the right to guide men, and when man undertakes to add forms of service or worship
not authorized by God’s law, he assumes prerogatives which belong exclusively to God. He is
presuming to take the office of God, one who has proper reverence for God so regards him.
                                                                                 - by C. R. Nichol

You CAN Do It!
     Have you heard about Rusty Redfern? He’s an award winning artist in Stone Mountain,
Georgia. Marketed through his own company (Redfern Originals), he illustrates and sells note
cards, T-shirts, sweatshirts, even limited edition prints and original drawings. Now, that may not
seem so terribly impressive to you. After all, there are lots of artists in this world who produce and
sell artwork. But there’s one other bit of information about Rusty - HE WAS BORN WITHOUT
     This remarkable man uses his feet to do what most folks do with their hands. He eats with
spoon and fork, answers the phone, drives his car (without special adaptations), plays football,
water skis, golfs, and even plays basketball. There’s a lesson to be learned from such a fella. It is
     Too often we give up before ever making a serious effort. We do it at work, in school, with our
families, and we do it in service to God. Too often we’ve heard Christians say, “I just can’t do it.”
Yes, you can! You simply have to keep trying.
     Is your life hard? Are you battling against some particular spiritual weakness? Do you
struggle constantly to maintain faithfulness? Please take consolation in the fact that God loves
you. He wants you to succeed, and He has made it possible through His Son (1 Cor. 10:13).
     So, keep trying. Never give up. “Be ye stedfast unmoveable, always abounding in the work of
the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (l Corinthians 15:58).

                                                                                     - by Greg Gwin

Trends . . .
A nine-year study of the box office once again confirms that movies with a Christian worldview
make more money than films with offensive content. The findings are the results of a study
conducted by Dr. Ted Baehr, publisher of MovieGuide. “In fact, Christian movies make two to
seven times as much money, and often three to five times as much money, as movies with
explicit sex and nudity,” Baehr wrote in an article summarizing the study.
                                                                        . - via AFA Journal, 6/07
Matthew 5:8 "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."

Some quotes worth pondering . . .
“You can certainly judge the character of a man by observing how he treats those who can do
 nothing for him.”

“If money talks, it usually sends the wrong message.”

News from Collegevue . . .
    We are always thankful for the opportunity to join together in worshipping God and studying
from His Word. We’re grateful for your presence and participation in these services. We
especially greet all of our visitors!
    Continue to pray for the sick, including: Tina Overton, Hubert Morrow, Freeman Riggins,
Dugin Kincaid, Kim Futrell, and others.
    New Member: We welcome Betty Prentice to the Collegevue family – please make her feel
welcome. We’ll try to have her contact information in next week’s bulletin.
    We had a great Vacation Bible School last week. Greg Chandler did his work well and our
own Bible class teachers did a wonderful job in preparing and presenting lessons for the kids that
coordinated with the adult studies. We really appreciate all of their hard work. Thanks to all of
you who attended and participated enthusiastically in our VBS!
This Week:
  Evening services today at 6 o’clock
  Group 3 meets after services tonight
  ‘The Virtual Bible Study’ will be at 8pm on Thursday evening. The program this week will
    mark 2 full years that we have been conducting this online Bible study.
  A gospel meeting concludes this afternoon at Hickory Heights in Lewisburg, and there is a
    meeting this week at County Line near Bon Aqua.

Figures for the week of 7/8/07: Sunday, Bstudy, 138; AM, 156; PM, 132; Wed., 162; Contrib.,

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