Old Church Buildings, Empty Parsonages, New Opportunities

What do you do when church attendance shrinks, consolidation follows, and the meeting house and parsonage is left empty? A small Arkansas church moved their location from a remote part of their farming community to a main highway and used the empty parsonage and the old church building to house women seeking freedom from addictions. […]

A Gift or a Bargain?

My wife likes “Flea Markets,” and is always looking for a bargain.  She has found some, but always pays something for the bargain.  They are not free! Check out the following two flea market finds: NORTH CAROLINA – A man bought an old cowboy photo at a flea market for $10, which is estimated to be […]

Free in Christ

In Romans 8:28-29 Paul revealed this truth:  “A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s […]

An Appointment

I will be 79 in January. My brother John would be 81 in February. I write “would be” because it is expected that his life will end soon. He was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer several months ago.  Hold on! My brother is not in despair. He talks openly about his death, and what will […]

Church Governance

By Jim Woodell How a congregation is governed will have a direct impact on growth. Conversion, biological, and transfer growth are all affected by how a congregation is governed. From the beginning of the church there was governance. “God gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to […]

How Do You Read?

John 12:44-45 “Then Jesus cried out, ‘When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me.’” “I can only imagine” is the title of a popular and inspirational song. What will it be […]

Vision Casting

Vision: “The goals that an organization would like to achieve or accomplish in the future.” Vision is intended to serve as a clear guide for both current and future courses of action.  A vision’s effectiveness, whether good or bad, depends on how it is brought together and executed. It is almost, if not completely, impossible […]


Fasting is not a command but a privilege.  Perhaps the most familiar fast to the Bible student is that of Jesus in the wilderness.  He went without food for 40 days. (Matthew 4:1-11)  It was assumed by Jesus that his disciples would fast (Matthew 6:16-18).  The disciples of John the Baptist engaged in fasting and […]


Jesus said, “Go make disciples…” Are we missing something? I heard a preacher say once, “When reading the book of Acts, you will not read of one person who ate a bite, drank a drop, or slept a wink after hearing the gospel before he surrendered his life to Christ.” I suspect I have repeated […]

The Christian and Politics

Jesus said, “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” (John 15:19) Can Christians avoid being political? One definition is “activities within an organization […]

The Lord’s Church

Jesus said, “Upon this rock I will build my church.”  The Lord’s church was “bought with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).  It is described as the “body of Christ” (Ephesians 1:22-23), and the “family of God in heaven and on earth”(Ephesians 3:15). Early in my Christian walk I thought, was even convinced, that the Lord’s […]

Free in Christ

  Free in Christ I served in the U.S. Navy for 8 and one-half years, five of those years on the same Submarine, the USS Trout (SS-566).  When I first became a Christian some of my shipmates said, “Woody has got religion!” There are many religions in the world including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.  Each […]

Afraid of the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit may be like slick okra – we are afraid to take in anything that we don’t have control over!  Even to the most intellectual and sharpest among us the Holy Spirit is a mystery.  In the words of Jesus he operates like the wind (John 3:8) coming and going as he likes.  […]

If I had only one message to share

Jesus.  He is the source of our salvation.  You would think the message of scripture is so plain that there would be no debate here.  Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)  There is no other name under heaven through which mankind can be saved (Acts 4:12).  By a”single offering he […]

Wonder of Amazement

Jim Woodell Director of John 3:17 Ministry Remmel Church Newport, AR 72112 Paul was the greatest of the Apostles.  That is if you judge him by the number of books bearing his name in the New Testament canon.  He was a champion of grace.  Several times he pointed out that, it is not works that […]

Baptismal Regeneration

Recently a Baptist Pastor was invited to speak at the Church I was working with. I thought it wise to let him know that if he invited people to respond to Christ, he should not be asking them to simply pray a “sinner’s prayer.” I pointed out the Church here believes that a person surrenders […]

Book Review: “Muscle and a Shovel”

This book was copyrighted in 2011 and has been a popular read among members of the Churches of Christ in the last several months. Those who read it are encouraged to purchase at least ten copies and pass it on to their neighbors. Recently it was passed out at the Church of Christ where I […]