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Dating Christ's Birth (27-Dec-13)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
While a minority of Christians insist that December 25 is the actual date of the Nativity, most people realize that proof for this early winter date is quite scanty.
'Like Father, Like Son' (20-Dec-13)
by John Reiss
The first chapter of Genesis narrates about how God created the birds after the bird kind, the cattle after the cattle kind, and so forth—and even plants reproducing after their own kinds. ...
The Shepherd's Guidance (Part Three) (13-Dec-13)
by David C. Grabbe
If sheep choose to become 'without a shepherd,' they reject one of Christ's major gifts to His flock, taking themselves outside of His established order.
The Shepherd's Guidance (Part Two) (06-Dec-13)
by David C. Grabbe
Even though under-shepherds do not always perfectly emulate Christ, He has nevertheless established their roles and has gifted them to serve in this way.
The Shepherd's Guidance (Part One) (29-Nov-13)
by David C. Grabbe
A significant title of Jesus Christ is “the Good Shepherd” (John 10:11, 14), and it is a perfect description for what He does in personally knowing and caring for His sheep. ...
Fear Not (Part Two) (22-Nov-13)
by John Reiss
As Part One concluded, we were considering the fact that, despite our society’s general squeamishness about executing cowardly deserters, God has declared that He will cast the cowardly into the Lake of Fire (Revelation 21:7-8). ...
Fear Not (Part One) (15-Nov-13)
by John Reiss
Last year, my wife and I went to Shipshewana, Indiana, a town with a large Amish population, and while there, we took a tour of the Menno-Hof museum, which recounts Mennonite/Amish history. ...
Listen Carefully (Part Two) (08-Nov-13)
by Clyde Finklea
In Part One, we saw how important listening is in God’s Word and therefore how vital it is for Christians to establish an attitude and habit of hearing. ...
Listen Carefully (Part One) (01-Nov-13)
by Clyde Finklea
Challenging his wife with a riddle, the man began, “You’re the engineer of a train. There are 36 people on board. At the first stop, ..."
How Jesus Reacts to Sin (25-Oct-13)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The episode of the women caught in adultery offers a stark contrast between the scribes and Pharisees and Jesus Christ in terms of their reactions to sin.
Baruch and His Wrong Priorities (18-Oct-13)
by Charles Whitaker
God told Baruch, Jeremiah's scribe, "But as for you, do you seek great things for yourself? Stop seeking!" He thought he could leverage his privileged position.
Are You Blind? (Part Two) (11-Oct-13)
by Dan Elmore
In last week’s essay, we considered that most of us know less than we think we know, that we carry around a lot of misconceptions, and that we have little idea about what it is like to be blind. ...
Are You Blind? (Part One) (04-Oct-13)
by Dan Elmore
Radio conversationalist Rush Limbaugh has coined a term for the people that seem to comprise most of the electorate these days. He calls them “low-information voters.” ...
No Meeting of the Minds (13-Sep-13)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Have you ever done something and almost immediately regretted doing it? It is easy to do such things from our computers, whether it is sending an email critical of the boss or a coworker to the whole company ...
A Look at Christian Suffering (Part Three) (06-Sep-13)
by David C. Grabbe
The apostle Peter provides valuable insight on the place of Christian suffering: "For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. . . ."
A Look at Christian Suffering (Part Two) (30-Aug-13)
by David C. Grabbe
Even suffering that may not be as a direct result of our faith is part of the trials of this age. It will bear positive fruit if it is approached in faith.
A Look at Christian Suffering (Part One) (23-Aug-13)
by David C. Grabbe
If we are merely seeking a crown of glory, hoping to skirt by Christ's suffering, we must ask ourselves whether we really accept the Passover cup.
Truth Revealed to Babes (16-Aug-13)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
While God's Book is frequently read, what it truly means remains a mystery. The sheer number of denominations shows the great disagreement over the Bible's message.
How Revelation Enters the Church (09-Aug-13)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Paul had received the same revelation from God that the original disciples had been given. They all preached from the same Source: Jesus Christ.
Hold Tightly to Revelation (02-Aug-13)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
While not condemned by any means, human reason, scholarship, and logic must take a back seat to two important elements: divine revelation and the Holy Spirit.
Are Our Daily Habits Productive? (26-Jul-13)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The economic woes the world has experienced over the past half-decade or so have exacerbated the perceived—and often real—gulf between the haves and the have-nots. The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement focused ...
The Truth About Deception (Part Three) (19-Jul-13)
by David C. Grabbe
How are we different from those who have fallen away from the truth? How do we know that at some point in the future we will not also follow a path of deception and eventual apostasy? How can we be confident that we will not be deceived?
The Truth About Deception (Part Two) (12-Jul-13)
by David C. Grabbe
Satan is capable of much greater complexity than man is. Still, we can envision how Satan deceives by considering some of the strategies in the world around us.
The Truth About Deception (Part One) (05-Jul-13)
by David C. Grabbe
The Bible frequently warns against deception because all are susceptible. Recognizing one lie does not mean that we are immune to all others.
The Scepter of the Kingdom of God (Part Two) (28-Jun-13)
by Martin G. Collins
When Christ returns, He will take over an existing throne. Jesus is the "Root" and the "Offspring" of David, and He will continue David's dynasty forever.
The Scepter of the Kingdom of God (Part One) (21-Jun-13)
by Martin G. Collins
Matthew 27:29 records that a reed was placed in Christ's hand as a mock scepter. But when He returns, He will take the scepter of the Kingdom of God.
Like a Growing Seed (Part Two) (14-Jun-13)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Like its physical counterpart, spiritual growth happens slowly. A newly baptized Christian will not produce the fruit of the spirit as easily as a mature one.
Like a Growing Seed (Part One) (07-Jun-13)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Mark 4 contains a parable that is not often discussed, probably because it does not appear in Matthew 13 or among those well-known parables that Luke alone records, like the Parable of the Good Samaritan. ...
Necessary Strength (31-May-13)
by Gary Montgomery
Many times in our lives, we undergo periods of extreme pressure and stress. Circumstances occur that seem completely out of our control. We can become frustrated and feel that the whole world is coming down on us. ...
A Sign of Moral Decline (24-May-13)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As the week ground to a close, one of America’s last bastions of nominally Christian morality succumbed to the forces of tolerance and liberalism. On Thursday, during the Boy Scouts of America’s ...
The Harvest Is Almost In! (17-May-13)
by John O. Reid (1930-2016)
I used to work with a man named Bill. He was a good salesman and, as I recall, a good pilot as well. He liked to sell, and he seemed pretty well-adjusted ...
Whom Do We Trust? (10-May-13)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
This past week, Reader’s Digest released a nationwide, 1,000+-respondent poll managed by a marketing research firm called The Wagner Group. The poll’s purpose was to find out which people and ideals ...
Souls Knit Together (Part Two) (03-May-13)
by Ronny H. Graham
Jonathan apparently had no qualms about David receiving the kingship. His recognition of God's hand was so strong that he humbly submitted to God's will.
Souls Knit Together (Part One) (26-Apr-13)
by Ronny H. Graham
The friendship of Jonathan and David is one of the greatest friendships of the Old Testament. Jonathan's loyalty and integrity stands out in everything he does.
How Did They Overcome? (Part Three) (19-Apr-13)
by David C. Grabbe
We all know the titanic struggle Paul describes in Romans 7, where he talks about wanting to do what is right yet doing what is wrong instead. He cries out, “O wretched man that I am! . . .”
How Did They Overcome? (Part Two) (12-Apr-13)
by David C. Grabbe
God is keenly interested in whether His people overcome Satan, including this world, which the Devil has shaped, and our own human nature, which he has corrupted and continues to influence. ...
How Did They Overcome? (Part One) (05-Apr-13)
by David C. Grabbe
Those whom God has called understand the importance of overcoming, but how do we overcome? In Revelation 12:10-11, God describes those who will overcome.
Do Not Confuse the Lessons (Part Two) (29-Mar-13)
by Mark Schindler
In Part One, we saw that it is to our benefit if we keep the feasts of God in the way He instructs us in His Word. Even so, deleavening our homes and then traveling to a designated location to spend the entire Feast ...
Do Not Confuse the Lessons (Part One) (22-Mar-13)
by Mark Schindler
Valuable lessons may be learned when we observe the feasts God's way, but they would get lost if we tried to apply to them what we believe are good ideas.
Hidden Anger (Part Three) (15-Mar-13)
by David C. Grabbe
Secular sociologists and psychologists have done extensive research and observation on most human behaviors, and anger in its various forms is no exception. During World War II, military psychologists first used the term “passive-aggressive” ...
Hidden Anger (Part Two) (08-Mar-13)
by David C. Grabbe
Anger can be outwardly visible, but it can also show up in ways that are subtle, indirect, and deceptive. Proverbs 26:24-26 provides an example of this...
Hidden Anger (Part One) (01-Mar-13)
by David C. Grabbe
'Of the seven deadly sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the ...'
Sackcloth: A Spiritual Tool (22-Feb-13)
by Gary Montgomery
Putting on a spiritual garment of sackcloth in mourning is necessary in humbling ourselves as a part of the process in examining and scrutinizing our lives.
A Pope Resigns (15-Feb-13)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
On Monday of this week, February 11, 2013, the world was shocked to learn that Pope Benedict XVI had announced his resignation from the papacy, effective February 28. ...
Whither the Holy Spirit? (08-Feb-13)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Most Bible students realize that most of the New Testament books are letters—epistolé in Greek and our “epistle,” which is a written communication between parties. ...
Breakfast by the Sea (Part Two) (01-Feb-13)
by David C. Grabbe
Most translations fail to bring out that two different words are translated as "love" in John 21:15-17. Twice, Jesus asks Peter if he had agape love for Him, and both times ...
Breakfast by the Sea (Part One) (25-Jan-13)
by David C. Grabbe
An incident in John 21 contains a powerful lesson that must be kept in mind when considering our part of our Father's business. The first half of John 21 contains a significant miracle, the eighth and last of the Messianic signs found in the book of John. The miracle--a great catch of fish--is a strong echo of the time when Jesus called these fishermen three and a half years before. ...
God's Orchestra (18-Jan-13)
by John Reiss
The symphony orchestra may be the most "finely tuned" metaphor of unity and cooperation. Musicians in an orchestra can teach us about working together.
Cleansing the Temple and Economics (11-Jan-13)
by Charles Whitaker
In John 2:13-17, the apostle John records Christ's cleansing of the Temple near the commencement of His ministry: "Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem...."
Controlling the Gap (Part Two) (04-Jan-13)
by Bill Onisick
In Part One, we saw that true Christians must learn to control the momentary gap between stimulus and response. We need to recognize its existence and learn to utilize this time properly. ...




 

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