A pastor was very proud of his new "loose-leaf" Bible.
He decided to use it as he began preaching his new series
from Genesis.

On the second week of his series, he was reading his text.
"And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam,
and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the
flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had
taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the
man. And Adam said, ......"

As the pastor turned the page, he looked a little puzzled for a
few seconds.
Then he said, "Hmmm - it looks like a LEAF is missing..."

Matt 22:23-29
23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that
there is no resurrection, and asked him,
24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children,
his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when
he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his
wife unto his brother:
26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.
27 And last of all the woman died also.
28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the
seven? for they all had her.
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing
the scriptures, nor the power of God.
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in
marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

Light from the Word.

The Sadducees were a group of people that didn't believe in the
final resurrection.
Now, they claimed to believe in God; but they didn't want to believe
that God would ultimately raise all people for judgment and
eternal disposition.

They didn't WANT to believe in an eternal hell, so they COULDN'T
believe in an eternal heaven.
The question is raised, "How could they believe in an eternal GOD?"

I guess they were "LOOSE-LEAF" Christians.

Today, some 2000 years later, we still have the same problem.
People claim to believe in God, but sometimes the same people say they
don't believe:
that homosexuality is an "abomination" to God,
marriage is for only "a man and a woman,"
that gambling is sin,
that abortion is murder,
that Christians are expected to grow and mature in faith and action,
and I could go on and on.
But someone might say I'd quit preachin' and gone to meddlin'!

Jesus said, “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures,
nor the power of God.”

God's WORD displays His POWER.
It is by God's WORD that He created the universe.
It is by God's WORD that the universe is sustained even today.

It is by the written Word of God that we find condemnation for
our sin.
And it is also by the written Word of God that we find salvation from
our condemnation through Jesus Christ!

It is by God's WORD that men shall be judged and their eternal
disposition decided.

Christ, the LIVING Word, referred to the WRITTEN Word
as the BASIS for living!

Don’t be “loose-leaf” Christians!
Read & study the WHOLE Word!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce