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Our Historical Myopia (30-Dec-16)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As the days have wound down toward the new year, the media have been saturated with news of woe. Many people would say that sorrowful tales have filled the Internet and the airwaves throughout 2016 to such an extent that it has been the absolute worst year in living memory. ...
The Clock Stopped and the Whole World Changed (23-Dec-16)
by Staff
Sometimes, while out and about, you hear something that grabs your attention. I recently heard an elderly lady remembering a certain event in her life. ...
Rightly Defining the Word of Truth (16-Dec-16)
by Charles Whitaker
One of the ways the “unlearned and unstable wrest” Scripture (II Peter 3:16) is to misapply the meaning of a word they find there. Wrongly understanding some word's denotation ...
The Names of Christmas (09-Dec-16)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Christmas is also called Yule, Noel, the Nativity, Advent, and the Feast of the Incarnation. Many were borrowed from other languages; all come from paganism.
What Is the Prophesied 'Pure Language'? (Part Three) (02-Dec-16)
by David C. Grabbe
Beginning with the Feast of Pentecost in AD 31, God opened salvation to those of any human language He chose to call. The miracle of languages seen in the apostles demonstrates ...
What Is the Prophesied 'Pure Language'? (Part Two) (18-Nov-16)
by David C. Grabbe
As we saw in Part One, language is not only a collection of words, but also a reflection of the culture it describes. When a people begin speaking a pure language ...
What Is the Prophesied 'Pure Language'? (Part One) (11-Nov-16)
by David C. Grabbe
Zephaniah 3 foretells of a "pure language," by which people may call on the name of the Lord. Many believe it will be Hebrew, but the Scriptures reveal more.
A Patriot and a Traitor (Part Two) (04-Nov-16)
by John Reiss
In Part One, we discovered that, before he infamously betrayed the young United States of America, Benedict Arnold was an ardent and energetic patriot, training and equipping ...
A Patriot and a Traitor (Part One) (28-Oct-16)
by John Reiss
In the Olivet Prophecy, Jesus Christ prophesies that in the time of the end, “many will be offended, will betray one another, and hate one another” (Matthew 24:10). ...
Are These Your Feasts? (Part Two) (07-Oct-16)
by Mark Schindler
As we closed Part One, we saw that Jesus Himself requested of the Father that His disciples, which we are, be sanctified: "I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, ...
Are These Your Feasts? (Part One) (30-Sep-16)
by Mark Schindler
As we watch the self-centered insanity growing in a world held captive by the perverted mind of Satan, we perceive that God has filled—and continues to fill—its positions ...
Rebellion as Witchcraft (23-Sep-16)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
God looks more favorably on a person who single-mindedly follows His Word than on someone who excuses his failures as "opportunities" to bring God glory.
God of the Pigeonhole (16-Sep-16)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
To see God as accurately as possible, we must refrain from drawing a too-simple mental picture of His nature. We must be continually expanding our conception of Him.
Giving Glory to God (09-Sep-16)
by Mike Fuhrer
Christ expects us to ask for His help, and when He gives it, He does it to glorify His Father. When He thus responds, we should glorify God by praising Him.
Character and Reputation (Part Two) (02-Sep-16)
by James Beaubelle
In Part One, we saw that our character is who we are in God’s estimation, since only He truly knows us. Our reputation, on the other hand, is what other people ...
Character and Reputation (Part One) (26-Aug-16)
by James Beaubelle
We all know that obedience to God’s moral laws, His statutes, and His judgments brings us great benefits. We also know that, by knowing and then living within the framework of what God has revealed to us, ...
Dealing With Change (Part Three) (19-Aug-16)
by David C. Grabbe
Despite the Bible’s repeated injunctions to put God's commands into practice, doing God's sayings cannot justify us—only the blood of Christ has that power. ...
Dealing With Change (Part Two) (12-Aug-16)
by David C. Grabbe
In Luke 6:46-49, Jesus begins a passage, asking, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” He finishes His thought with the metaphor of a man building a house ...
Dealing With Change (Part One) (05-Aug-16)
by David C. Grabbe
When we were baptized and gave our lives by covenant to God, we committed ourselves to a lifetime of change. This change would be partly internal ...
Rejection Hurts (29-Jul-16)
by John Reiss
No one has felt more rejection than Jesus Christ. He was rejected by those of His hometown, and His own physical brothers rejected Him because they did not believe.
Should We Fear Terrorism? (22-Jul-16)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The online free encyclopedia, Wikipedia, keeps a “List of terror incidents” by month and by year. ...
Truth and God's Governance (Part Three) (15-Jul-16)
by David C. Grabbe
... Another aspect of reality, then, is that God puts people where He wants them and gives them the responsibilities that He desires them to fulfill. That was true for Israel, just as it is true for the Body of Christ. ...
Truth and God's Governance (Part Two) (08-Jul-16)
by David C. Grabbe
Moses was perhaps the greatest leader of Israel, yet the Pentateuch clearly perceives no contradiction between great leadership and humility. In fact, they go hand in hand; the best human leaders will be those who recognize that they are not the ones running things. ...
Truth and God's Governance (Part One) (01-Jul-16)
by David C. Grabbe
George Orwell, author of 1984, once noted, “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." While this can certainly be seen within politics ...
Behind Enemy Lines (Part Two) (24-Jun-16)
by Clyde Finklea
Satan is the opponent of God, of believers, and of all that is right and good. He may appear as 'an angel of light', but this is only a façade.
Behind Enemy Lines (Part One) (17-Jun-16)
by Clyde Finklea
While world leaders busy themselves with strategies to fight physical wars, it should come as no surprise that God's people are engaged in a great spiritual battle.
Altruism (10-Jun-16)
by John Reiss
Last month, a town hall meeting was held at my place of employment, and a minister opened the meeting with a story, which went something like this: A long time ago, a king traveling through his kingdom ...
Using Our Spiritual Vocabulary (03-Jun-16)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As much as we talk, we should all be experts on language, at least the one we grew up speaking. When we were just infants, we began absorbing the broad strokes of our native tongue, and within a few years ...
Belief and the Firstfruits (Part Three) (27-May-16)
by David C. Grabbe
In John 6:35-40, Jesus expands on His earlier saying that believing in Him is the work of God: "And Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me ...'"
Belief and the Firstfruits (Part Two) (20-May-16)
by David C. Grabbe
In John 6:26-29, Jesus upbraids the 5,000 people who had followed Him because they had sought Him out for the wrong reason. Instead of desiring the truth He taught them, ...
Belief and the Firstfruits (Part One) (13-May-16)
by David C. Grabbe
In his book State of Fear, author Michael Crichton thoughtfully observed, “The past history of human belief is a cautionary tale. Crichton went on to demonstrate that mankind does not at all have a good record of holding beliefs ...
Winners Never Quit (06-May-16)
by Clyde Finklea
In my high school yearbook, quotes were placed under the pictures of each senior. I do not remember the quote that was under my name, but I do remember one of them. It was ...
Remember (29-Apr-16)
by Ronny H. Graham
Remember when? Remember the time? Remember the Alamo! Remember the good ol' days? A recent Internet article proclaimed the 1950s to be the good old days, as many remember it fondly. ...
Freedom the Right Way (22-Apr-16)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
April 19, Tuesday of this week, marked the anniversary of three major events in American history. Not only is April 19 the day the American Revolutionary War began in 1775, but it was also ...
This Life of Sacrifice (15-Apr-16)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Selfishness in any form turns Christianity on its head, making a mockery of the many sacrifices that form its foundation and the grace of God that makes it possible.
What Is Repentance? (Part Three) (08-Apr-16)
by David C. Grabbe
In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus defines the two great commandments of His law—the two highest principles: “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” ...
What Is Repentance? (Part Two) (01-Apr-16)
by David C. Grabbe
To understand repentance, we must understand what sin is, since sin is the behavior that we need to turn from when we repent. Simply, sin is breaking God's law.
What Is Repentance? (Part One) (25-Mar-16)
by David C. Grabbe
Repentance has fallen out of favor in mainstream Christianity, yet neither genuine baptism nor remission of sins can occur until the individual repents.
God's Goodness and Severity (18-Mar-16)
by Charles Whitaker
In Romans 11:22, Paul uses opposites: goodness and severity. The apostle means that God's character runs the gamut from overt compassion to utter harshness.
Uprooting Righteousness (11-Mar-16)
by Levi W. Graham
The primary lesson of the Parable of the Wheat and Tares is relatively easy to see. However, an interesting detail appears in it that is easily overlooked.
This Little Light of Mine (04-Mar-16)
by Gary Montgomery
No sincere and humble Christian lives in vain. Even the feeblest light at midnight is of use. How brightly has our light shined this past year?
The Signs of God (Part Three) (26-Feb-16)
by David C. Grabbe
God equates belittling His signs with rejecting Him. The signs of the weekly and annual Sabbaths are emphasized by God, but commonly cast aside by men.
The Signs of God (Part Two) (19-Feb-16)
by David C. Grabbe
Correct actions become a sign--a witness--even without any preaching, which is why God's words are symbolically bound to the hand rather than the tongue.
The Signs of God (Part One) (12-Feb-16)
by David C. Grabbe
In Matthew 12:39, Jesus Christ says that "an evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign. ...
Elisha and the Double Portion (05-Feb-16)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Elisha was chosen as Elijah's successor, first to serve the older prophet and later to be God's spokesman. How was he prepared for this responsibility?
Ask God for the Little Things (29-Jan-16)
by John O. Reid (1930-2016)
People used to look to God more than they do now. It was common for people to take all their needs to God, confident that He would listen to and provide them.
The Heart of a Leader (Part Three) (22-Jan-16)
by David C. Grabbe
...If David had accepted the subtle bribes of these three men, he would have encouraged more of this sort of behavior, and justice would have been overthrown in the land. But by clearly establishing justice at the beginning of his reign, those under him could trust him, knowing that he operated by a higher standard. His people could see that he was not easily swayed by things that might otherwise appeal to his human nature. ...
The Heart of a Leader (Part Two) (15-Jan-16)
by David C. Grabbe
As we saw in Part One, when the prophet Samuel was sent to anoint one of Jesse’s sons, God says, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (I Samuel 16:7). ...
The Heart of a Leader (Part One) (08-Jan-16)
by David C. Grabbe
Each year, we observe Pentecost—also called the Feast of Firstfruits—a holy day that looks forward to the final redemption of a tiny portion of mankind, those who are called by God. ...
The Biblical New Year (01-Jan-16)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
God gave Israel a calendar, including a starting point for the year. He tells Moses simply, "This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you."




 

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