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Iron Sharpens Iron (Part Three) (11-Jan-19)
by Ryan McClure
In Part Two, we broached the subject of how we can sharpen the countenance of a friend, as Proverbs 27:17 recommends in its illustration of iron sharpening iron. ...
Iron Sharpens Iron (Part Two) (04-Jan-19)
by Ryan McClure
How do we 'sharpen' another's countenance? Most importantly, the imagery implies proximity, closeness. Nothing can be sharpened unless there is contact.
Iron Sharpens Iron (Part One) (28-Dec-18)
by Ryan McClure
Honing a blade re-forms or re-aligns the blade, while sharpening removes metal to expose or create a sharper edge. This happens within friendship, too.
Reasons for Not Celebrating Christmas (21-Dec-18)
by John Reiss
Jesus was not born on December 25. The roots of Christmas are found in Saturnalia, and many of the trappings of Christmas are directly imported from paganism.
What Do You Fear? (Part Three) (14-Dec-18)
by David C. Grabbe
In Part Two, we began to consider the antidotes to the wrong kinds of fear by parsing Paul’s instruction to Timothy in II Timothy 1:6-7: “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God ..."
What Do You Fear? (Part Two) (07-Dec-18)
by David C. Grabbe
Theologian Richard Halverson is quoted as saying, “Men who fear God face life fearlessly. Men who do not fear God end up fearing everything.” To put it another way, fear can be broken down into two broad categories ...
What Do You Fear? (Part One) (30-Nov-18)
by David C. Grabbe
The matter of fear is significant enough that God consigns the fearful to the Lake of Fire! Why does fear (timidity) prohibit entrance into God's Kingdom?
Knowledge and Wisdom (Part Three) (23-Nov-18)
by Mike Ford
After distinguishing godly knowledge from wisdom in Parts One and Two, and realizing our need for both, we need to look more closely at a detail in Proverbs 2:4: "If you seek her [wisdom] as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures." ...
Knowledge and Wisdom (Part Two) (16-Nov-18)
by Mike Ford
In the previous essay, we noted the difference between knowledge (having information, knowing facts, possessing skills acquired through experience or education) and wisdom (knowledge of what is true ...
Knowledge and Wisdom (Part One) (09-Nov-18)
by Mike Ford
Author Sandra Carey writes, “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.” Put another way, knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.
How Can We Trust the Bible? (02-Nov-18)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
One of the buzzwords of this generation is “authentic." Young people, especially, want to live authentic lives, eat authentic foods, travel to authentic places, enjoy authentic music ...
Building on a Perfect Foundation (26-Oct-18)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As we all know, a foundation plays an essential role in the construction and preservation of a building. One look at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the freestanding bell tower of the Pisa Cathedral, ...
A God Near at Hand (Part Three) (19-Oct-18)
by Ryan McClure
In Parts One and Two, we examined examples of the great God of heaven and earth interacting with His creation, particularly with human beings like Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Hagar, and Jacob. ...
A God Near at Hand (Part Two) (12-Oct-18)
by Ryan McClure
Deists believe that a Creator God exists but that He does not intervene in its affairs. Yet Genesis is filled with rich examples of God's close involvement.
A God Near at Hand (Part One) (05-Oct-18)
by Ryan McClure
As we begin, we will jump aboard a metaphorical spaceship to take a speed-of-light journey through the cosmos. Our journey starts on the first day of January, and we exit Earth’s atmosphere ...
The Three Witnesses of Christ (Part Three) (21-Sep-18)
by David C. Grabbe
The Trinitarian controversy surrounding I John 5:7-8 overshadows the record of who Jesus Christ was and what He did. It also hides key characteristics of God's called children and what they should be doing ...
Why Two Goats on Atonement? (Part Two) (14-Sep-18)
by David C. Grabbe
On the Day of Atonement, the one goat's blood cleansed the altar of all the sins, while the azazel took them away. Jesus Christ fulfilled both these roles.
Why Two Goats on Atonement? (Part One) (07-Sep-18)
by David C. Grabbe
In Israel, sins were symbolically placed on the altar throughout the year. On Yom Kippur, one goat's blood cleansed the altar; the second took away the sins.
The Three Witnesses of Christ (Part Two) (31-Aug-18)
by David C. Grabbe
As we saw in Part One, the apostle John was the only gospel writer to record John the Baptist’s threefold testimony—of the water (covered in the last essay), the blood, and the Spirit. ...
The Three Witnesses of Christ (Part One) (24-Aug-18)
by David C. Grabbe
Years ago, I had a discussion with a man whom I had known for quite some time, so we generally knew where the other stood on various religious topics. ...




 

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