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Controlling the Gap (Part One) (28-Dec-12)
by Bill Onisick
It is there for but a moment, a mere fraction of a second of time, and then it is gone, never to be seen again. It is how the training of our true character is tested, sometimes under the most severe circumstances. ...
A Christian's Information Filter (21-Dec-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
People make judgments--sometimes consciously, but probably more often unconsciously--about what goes into their minds, and this has an effect over time.
Consequences of a Wrong Focus (Part Two) (14-Dec-12)
by Clyde Finklea
In Part One, we saw that it is necessary to concentrate on what we are doing. If we let our minds wander or allow something to distract us, bad things are likely to happen. ...
Consequences of a Wrong Focus (Part One) (07-Dec-12)
by Clyde Finklea
While a right focus leads to progress, endurance, and growth, the consequences of a wrong focus is a downward spiral that can end tragically.
Do We Remember Who We Are? (30-Nov-12)
by John O. Reid (1930-2016)
Though we are the weak in the world, in God's eyes we are precious. Although we are right now lower than angels, we will be set over the works of His hands.
Sending Thank-Yous (23-Nov-12)
by Dan Elmore
During this past Christmas season a discussion on the radio station that we listen to during the drive to work each morning focused on sending thank-you cards for Christmas presents. ...
Every Slave and Free Man (16-Nov-12)
by Charles Whitaker
In the essay two weeks ago, we considered the spiritual state of the people dwelling in caves in the apostle John’s vision recorded in Revelation 6:15-17: "And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, ...
Past the Tipping Point (09-Nov-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Every four years here in the United States, we hold a national election that is billed by many as “the most important election in the history of this country.” It is often framed in black-and-white terms ...
End-Time Cavemen (02-Nov-12)
by Charles Whitaker
Among the visions given to the apostle John on the isle of Patmos, he witnesses an assortment of people from “the kings of the earth” to “every slave and every free man” hiding themselves under the mountains, saying: “Fall on us and hide us ...
Recovering Civility (26-Oct-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
We must ask ourselves if we have allowed fleshly works to creep into our lives. A little civility could go a long way in restoring unity among God's people.
Little Choices (19-Oct-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
True Christianity is a religion of constant vigilance in a conscious endeavor--striving, struggling, and making choices--to do what is right to please God.
What Is Truth? (12-Oct-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The goings-on in this world constantly remind me why a certain quotation from the late novelist Michael Crichton, author of The Andromeda Strain, Timeline, The Great Train Robbery, State of Fear, and many other bestselling books, resonates so much. ...
Sins in the Balance (Part Two) (28-Sep-12)
by David C. Grabbe
The Bible is full of commands to forgive and examples of forgiveness, and none of them stipulates that we wait for the sinner to repent before we forgive.
Sins in the Balance (Part One) (21-Sep-12)
by David C. Grabbe
Forgiveness is not a feeling that washes over us, but a conscious choice. It does not mean that the offense will never come to mind, nor that all the pain vanishes.
Interesting Times (14-Sep-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
A purported ancient Chinese curse says, “May you live in interesting times,” and so we do. Important events seem to occur about once a week these days ...
The False Morality of Compassion (07-Sep-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Flipping channels on Wednesday night during a commercial break in the Giants-Cowboys football game, I landed on the local PBS station that was airing the speeches from the Democratic National Convention here in Charlotte. ...
Leaders With Character (31-Aug-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
“When little men cast long shadows,” said Walter Savage Landor, an English author of the turn of the nineteenth century, “it is a sign that the sun is setting." Mr. Landor was not speaking of short-statured men ...
A Warning from Jude (Part Three) (24-Aug-12)
by David C. Grabbe
Korah and his ilk had a message of equality and populism, but were really interested in enhancing their own positions. God places people as He pleases.
A Warning from Jude (Part Two) (17-Aug-12)
by David C. Grabbe
Blinded by greed, Balaam used whatever mental gymnastics necessary to arrive at the answer he wanted. He turned the grace of God into a license for evil.
A Warning from Jude (Part One) (10-Aug-12)
by David C. Grabbe
The stories of Cain, Balaam, and Korah help us to understand Jude's urgent warning to the church for all time. These men's ways are continually repeated.
Benaiah (03-Aug-12)
by John Reiss
Benaiah was loyal to God and His purpose. He did much more than just what was required; David's wish was his command. He did not give in to intimidation.
Facing Persecution (27-Jul-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
How does Jesus Christ expect us to face persecution? The Scripture show how Jesus, the apostles, and the prophets approached the persecutions they endured.
The Relationship Deficit (Part Three) (20-Jul-12)
by David C. Grabbe
In Laodicea, the people judge, but they are judging according to themselves. They are not seeking the will of Christ, and thus their judgment is distorted.
The Relationship Deficit (Part Two) (13-Jul-12)
by David C. Grabbe
The letter to Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-21), the Parable of the Faithful and Evil Servants (Luke 12:35-40), and the fifth chapter of the Song of Songs all picture Jesus Christ standing behind a door, waiting for His people to respond. ...
The Relationship Deficit (Part One) (06-Jul-12)
by David C. Grabbe
In the unsettling letter to the Laodiceans, Jesus paints a picture of Himself in relation to the church that reveals His people care about other things.
Peter, a Sketch (29-Jun-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Of all the disciples, the one that we usually consider to have the most personality is Simon Peter. No other disciple's words and actions are so often recorded.
Recent Finds (22-Jun-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The insular world of biblical archaeology always seems to be waiting with the proverbial “bated breath” for the next big find that will stun the world. More than a hundred years ago, the great archaeologists of the day ...
The Overlooked Work (Part Two) (15-Jun-12)
by David C. Grabbe
Waiting is a foundational aspect of faith, hope, and love, and is sometimes one of the hardest works of all. ...
The Overlooked Work (Part One) (08-Jun-12)
by David C. Grabbe
Waiting on God is a work that demonstrates faith in Him, just as much as any other Christian deed. It is often one of the most difficult of all works.
Vain Repetitions (01-Jun-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Memorizing the Lord's Prayer is a wonderful thing to do. But we must go further and teach our children that the prayer is not one to be mindlessly repeated.
The Faith of Joseph (Part Two) (25-May-12)
by David C. Grabbe
When Joseph gave the command regarding his bones, he was contemplating the resurrection! Significantly, there is no record of a resurrection before this.
The Faith of Joseph (Part One) (18-May-12)
by David C. Grabbe
From all the events in Joseph's life, God highlights a single one in Hebrews 11. The pinnacle of Joseph's faith happened literally at the very end of his life.
Christ as Redeemer (11-May-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The idea of redemption is that of 'buying back,' of paying the cost--often a steep one--to restore someone or something to a former condition or ownership.
Christ as Righteous Judge (04-May-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Boaz is a type of Jesus Christ. Boaz' actions toward Ruth give us insight into the character of our Savior, particularly in His office of Judge.
Christ as Provider (27-Apr-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In Boaz' instructions to Ruth, we see the concern of Christ for His people. These instructions will keep us nourished, satisfied, and safe from harm.
The Work of the Firstfruits (20-Apr-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Pentecost emphasizes the Christian's work, both in the field, his external labors, and his house, his internal labors. Being converted takes a great deal of work.
Count for Yourselves (13-Apr-12)
by Pat Higgins
Deuteronomy overflows with admonitions to be careful to observe God’s words. As an example, notice Deuteronomy 12:32: "Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it." ...
Christ, the Way (06-Apr-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
During the Passover service, we always read John 14 in its entirety. It is chock-full of insight and instruction that we, as Christ’s disciples, need to live fully as Christians ...
We Are the Enemy (30-Mar-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The trend has been noticeable over the past few years, particularly in popular books, television shows, and movies, but also in the culture at large. It runs something like this: ...
Rehearsing God's Plan (23-Mar-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
God's holy days are a carefully crafted series of memorials that tell the story of God's magnificent plan of salvation, told in a set of parable-like vignettes.
Christianity's 'War on Women'? (16-Mar-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, announced on January 20, 2012, that, as part of preventive health services for women, all health plans must provide no-cost coverage—including deductibles and co-payments—for all contraceptives ...
The Specter of Transhumanism (09-Mar-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
"Maximum Ride" is a popular science-fiction/action-adventure series, ultimately to be eight books, written by novelist James Patterson. These books, aimed at teens, are loosely based ...
'Potential Persons' and 'After-birth Abortion' (02-Mar-12)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The latest abomination to come down the medical-ethics pike is the February 23, 2012, publication of “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?” in the Journal of Medical Ethics. ...


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