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Do You Have Enough Oil? (Part Two) (26-Dec-14)
by David C. Grabbe
The Hebrew word translated as “oil” literally means “fat” or “grease,” but figuratively, it means “richness,” an important idea to keep in mind. The word is also translated as “fruitful.” ...
Do You Have Enough Oil? (Part One) (19-Dec-14)
by David C. Grabbe
The Holy Spirit is only a portion of what oil represents. If the Holy Spirit is all we think of when we read about oil, we will miss miss much meaning.
Planning and Preparation (Part Two) (12-Dec-14)
by Mike Ford
Allen Saunders, an American writer, journalist, and cartoonist, once said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans." So, why bother with planning? ...
Planning and Preparation (Part One) (05-Dec-14)
by Mike Ford
A Yiddish proverb reads, "Man plans, God laughs." A variation on it advises, "If you want to hear God laugh, tell him you have a plan." ...
National False Witness (28-Nov-14)
by John O. Reid
In a letter to subscribers, WND.com’s David Kupelian writes: "Half way through 2014, it’s incredible to behold what has happened to America. ..."
Laying Aside Every Weight (Part Three) (21-Nov-14)
by David C. Grabbe
Our sins can drag us down, but there are other weights that impede our progress, limit our usefulness to God, hold us back, and hinder us in our race.
Laying Aside Every Weight (Part Two) (14-Nov-14)
by David C. Grabbe
The apostle Paul endured tremendous hardship, and his example teaches us that we have the ability—and even responsibility—to choose how we let our circumstances affect us. Paul had to decide whether to let his circumstances weigh him down or to rise above them so God could use him. ...
Laying Aside Every Weight (Part One) (07-Nov-14)
by David C. Grabbe
Even though all of mankind has had to deal with the devastating effects of sin, most of us know people who seem to be unburdened by the disappointments in life. Some appear to be essentially immune to bitterness and discouragement, despite having endured a tremendous amount of pain. What allows them to take the hits that life throws at them and keep going, while most people tend to become mired in the muck and bogged down by life's troubles?
Are You a Worrywart? (31-Oct-14)
by Dan Elmore
Our anxieties reveal that we do not trust God's providence and care as much as we should. Worry is a false god that does nobody any good.
The Rain Comes Down (24-Oct-14)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Now that a little more than a week has passed since the Last Great Day closed the fall festival season, we have had a chance to digest a lesson or two from our experiences during that time. ...
The Feast: Vacation or Holy Time? (03-Oct-14)
by Mark Schindler
The Feast of Tabernacles has aspects of a vacation, yet its purpose is far more serious and spiritual. We know this, but what do we practice?
The Peculiarities of Atonement (26-Sep-14)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
It should not come as a surprise that the Day of Atonement is the most unusual holy day of the year. Each holy day has its distinctive traits. ...
Does the Bible Endorse Spanking? (19-Sep-14)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Why Christians support spanking is not that difficult to figure out: The Bible endorses it as a valid method of child discipline, yet without suggesting abuse.
A Heavenly Homeland (Part Three) (12-Sep-14)
by David C. Grabbe
In Christ, our earthly citizenships are essentially inconsequential. Paul writes in Philippians 3:19 about the enemies of Christ who "set their minds on earthly things" or "side with earthly things." One area in which we can evaluate how much our heavenly Kingdom means to us is how much we set our minds on earthly kingdoms.
A Heavenly Homeland (Part Two) (05-Sep-14)
by David C. Grabbe
The congregation at Colossae was being troubled by people who likely once had spiritual understanding but who had become enemies of Christ, having chosen to focus on the physical and temporal rather than the benefits and obligations of their heavenly citizenship.. ...
A Heavenly Homeland (Part One) (29-Aug-14)
by David C. Grabbe
When Jesus Christ began His earthly ministry, He started by preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 4:23; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 4:43). ...
A Unique Curriculum (Part Two) (22-Aug-14)
by Gary Montgomery
God fashions our experiences, trials, and lessons for us on an individual basis, and as we learn from them, He desires that we help others get the most out of their experiences with Him. ...
A Unique Curriculum (Part One) (15-Aug-14)
by Gary Montgomery
Several years ago, I was driving in downtown Springfield, Missouri, and came to a stop light. I was heading east on a very busy day. As I watched the traffic ...
Why Is Life So Hard? (Part Three) (08-Aug-14)
by David C. Grabbe
The author of Hebrews 12:5-11 teaches us not to despise the rigors, the difficulties, that come from God, but to take them as evidence of God’s work with us: "And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons ..."
Why Is Life So Hard? (Part Two) (01-Aug-14)
by David C. Grabbe
In Part One, we saw that pressure, hardship, and anguish are not elements of a Christian’s life that suddenly disappear because of faith and God's calling. It also became clear that trial ...
Why Is Life So Hard? (Part One) (25-Jul-14)
by David C. Grabbe
Entrance into the Kingdom of God will not happen without many tribulations (Acts 14:22). We may need to adjust our expectations of what discipleship entails.
From Glory to Glory (18-Jul-14)
by John Reiss
The apostle Paul writes in Colossians 3:1-2, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. ...
Did Christ's Resurrection Change the Day of Worship? (Part Two) (11-Jul-14)
by David C. Grabbe
The timing of Jesus Christ's resurrection has nothing to do with establishing which day God made holy, and everything to do with whether He is the Messiah.
Did Christ's Resurrection Change the Day of Worship? (Part One) (04-Jul-14)
by David C. Grabbe
Protestants will not concede Papal authority. Instead, they justify Sunday-worship by saying they are honoring the day on which Christ rose from the dead.
Simple Faith (27-Jun-14)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Sometimes we make things a bit too theological, wanting to know all the details of a doctrine, but simple faith is trusting God and believing His word.
Christian Obedience (20-Jun-14)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
What part does obedience play in Christianity? People are urged, "Just believe in Jesus Christ, and you will be saved." But Jesus has more to say on this.
Called to Follow (13-Jun-14)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
If there is one great principle of Christian living, it is walking in Christ's footsteps. Sounds easy, but putting it into practice is one of the hardest tasks.
Our Awesome Calling (06-Jun-14)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Christianity includes the most noble invitation possible: God calls each person to a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ, and thus to Him through Christ. Jesus speaks of this in John 6:44: "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day." He essentially repeats this in verse 65: "Therefore I said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father." ...
The Bible's Claims About Itself (30-May-14)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
We must challenge the Bible to verify its claims, and conversely, we must take up the challenge to put its instructions to the test in our lives.
How Human Nature Came to Be (23-May-14)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Why is human nature so corrupt? Why is it so widespread? How did it come to be? Did God create it this way?
Creator, Sustainer, Head (Part Three) (16-May-14)
by David C. Grabbe
The One who sent forth His Spirit to create and breathe life into the physical world, also breathed on His disciples and endowed them with spiritual life.
Creator, Sustainer, Head (Part Two) (09-May-14)
by David C. Grabbe
Despite being perhaps the oldest text in the canon, Job contains many detailed, even scientific, insights into the creative and sustaining power of Christ.
Creator, Sustainer, Head (Part One) (02-May-14)
by David C. Grabbe
The book of Hebrews resonates for the church of God at this time due to the strong parallels between our circumstances and those of the first century church.
'The LORD Is My Portion' (25-Apr-14)
by John Reiss
If anything epitomizes the futility of trusting in this world, it is pictured by the bankruptcy filing by Detroit last year. The city was once America's manufacturing hub ...
The Unleavened Bread of Perfection (18-Apr-14)
by Clyde Finklea
Keeping the leaven out is very important in its own right. However, our primary focus should not be on the leavened bread but on the unleavened bread.
When Is Passover? (11-Apr-14)
by Pat Higgins
Is Abib/Nisan 14 the right day for Passover? Jewish practice and even some with a church of God background say Nisan 15 is the right day. Which is correct?
Passover and Friends United in Truth (Part Two) (04-Apr-14)
by Mark Schindler
Part One ended with considering Proverbs 18:24—“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”—in relation to the meaning of Passover and Christ’s giving of His life for His friends ...
Passover and Friends United in Truth (Part One) (28-Mar-14)
by Mark Schindler
Out of the entire world, we have been chosen now to develop friendship, not with the world, but with those placed in the love and friendship of the Body of Christ.
A Worthy Manner? (21-Mar-14)
by Pat Higgins
Why does it mean to observe the Passover in a worthy manner? It is not about works. It begins with realizing the depth of our sin, yet our focus must go beyond this.
Determination (Part Two) (14-Mar-14)
by John Reiss
Tatyana McFadden was born with spina bifida, but today she is a Paralympic athlete, competing in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. When she was a child in the Russian orphanage, she would undoubtedly have loved to have a wheelchair, but the experience without one strengthened her arms and gave her the physical stamina she would need for her life's later adventures. ...
Determination (Part One) (07-Mar-14)
by John Reiss
Webster's American Dictionary defines determination as "a fixed purpose or intention." We can see a living example of this word by studying the life of one particular Paralympic athlete and learning some valuable lessons that we can apply to our Christian lives. ...
Without Me, You Can Do Nothing (Part Two) (28-Feb-14)
by David C. Grabbe
John 15:4-5 in the Phillips translation gives us a great deal to consider: “You can produce nothing unless you go on growing in me. ...
Without Me, You Can Do Nothing (Part One) (21-Feb-14)
by David C. Grabbe
We tend to avoid acknowledging our weaknesses, but at some point, each of us will admit our powerlessness and inability to carry out God's will on our own.
Walking in Our Father's Footsteps (14-Feb-14)
by Mark Schindler
The path of righteousness is not an easy one, but if we diligently remain on it, we will be successful beyond measure. Trusting God will produce what we truly need
Witness and Warning to the Powerful (07-Feb-14)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The Bible contains an interesting phenomenon, one found especially in the Old Testament, in which God coordinates events to place one of His servants in a position of high visibility and sometimes great power at the center of world events. ...
Evaluating the Price of Redemption (31-Jan-14)
by John O. Reid (1930-2016)
Of all of God's appointed times, the Passover is one that we should not rush into without thought and preparation, lest we miss the awesome depth of its meaning.
Forgiveness and Forgiving (24-Jan-14)
by John Reiss
Just before Jesus gives the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant in Matthew 18:21-35, Peter comes to Him and asks how often he should forgive a sinning brother. ...
Anarchy in God's Church? (Part Three) (17-Jan-14)
by David C. Grabbe
If we reject the spiritual gifts God gave to others, we put ourselves at risk of being deceived, and altering our belief system in response to every new idea.
Anarchy in God's Church? (Part Two) (10-Jan-14)
by David C. Grabbe
Numerous biblical examples show the authority and structure of the church. However, they will hold little weight if we feel our experience invalidates them.
Anarchy in God's Church? (Part One) (03-Jan-14)
by David C. Grabbe
Anarchism rejects authority and governance. It declares that man is essentially good, and if all restraints are removed, that inner goodness will come out.




 

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