Fixating on What’s Important: Change

by Bill Fix What is our focus in discussing religious matters with others and teaching the gospel? Are we merely trying to get someone to switch a denominational allegiance and be “COC”? Are we focused so much on baptism that we downplay the importance of faith and true repentance? May it not be so. BecomingContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Change”

Fixating on What’s Important: Scheduling

by Bill Fix I saw a one-liner recently that the receptionist/scheduler at the dentist’s office will “look you dead in the eye and ask if you’re available for your next appointment in 6 months and one day from now.” Most of us aren’t scheduling a ton of things that far out so it’s easy toContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Scheduling”

Fixating on What’s Important: Converts

by Bill Fix The last six lessons I presented examined conversions from the book of Acts. Breaking down the Latin root words, vert meaning “turn” and con meaning “against,” we can understand how our English word means to change one’s religious beliefs. We studied how five individuals in Acts adapted their faith when presented withContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Converts”

Fixating on What’s Important: Memorials

by Bill Fix Every American around the age of 25 or older likely remembers September 11, 2001. We remember where we were, what we were doing, and whom we saw as we heard and watched the terrorist attacks unfold that day. We remember how we felt and the uncertainty of that week. I remember theContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Memorials”

Fixating on What’s Important: Grieving

By Bill Fix I’m not sure the average age where one starts seeing longtime friends and old classmates deal with major health issues, but I’ve recently begun to notice (at age 42). It used to be that when I heard of a peer dying the cause was a suicide or accident, but getting older seemsContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Grieving”

Fixating on What’s Important: Adoption

by Bill Fix Over the last week and a half, I helped complete a guardianship and an adoption case. While these two cases involved different circumstances, what they both shared is that a child needed responsible adults to care for them in the absence of parents, whether stepping in as the adoptive parents or legalContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Adoption”

Fixating on What’s Important: Priorities

by Bill Fix Approximately 17 months ago, we were told that a virus was so horrible and devastating that we needed to drastically change our everyday lives to avoid getting sick. Entire industries deemed “nonessential” were shut down, and many couldn’t go to work. Schools closed their doors for the rest of the school yearContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Priorities”

Fixating on What’s Important: Salvation By (Fire)Works…

By Bill Fix A large church in Knoxville hosted its annual “boom bash” yesterday, advertised as its “family event of the year.” The attraction included the following:  free food, family carnival fun zone, music, classic car cruise-in, and a firework show. Hey, I enjoy fun as much as the next person, but it seems likeContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Salvation By (Fire)Works…”

Fixating on What’s Important: Persisting thru Pressure

By Bill Fix One aspect I have usually enjoyed about watching the Olympics on tv is seeing the inspirational stories of the athletes—how these individuals overcame poverty, disabilities, fears, etc. to push themselves beyond physical limitations to achieve excellence in their respective sports. A new wrinkle has been added this year, however, as arguably theContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Persisting thru Pressure”

Fixating on What’s Important: Biblical Understanding

By Bill Fix When reading or studying the Bible, it is helpful to consider the context and primary audience for a particular text. Sometimes we might be able to take a text with a specific meaning and extrapolate that out to make a more general application, but we must always be cautious to let theContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Biblical Understanding”