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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
If we fear things other than God, we stunt our spiritual growth. We stop overcoming because any non-godly fear will involve self-centeredness, the opposite of God.
What Do You Fear? (Part Two) (07-Dec-18)
by David C. Grabbe
Fear can be broken down into two broad categories: the fear of God and the fear of everything else. If we fear God, we will not need to fear anything else.
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
Some people seek fame and fortune with every waking hour. They are foolish because their priorities are wrong. What they are looking for has no value beyond the grave.
Knowledge and Wisdom (Part One) (09-Nov-18)
by Mike Ford
Anyone, of any age, with the gift of God's Holy Spirit, through study, prayer, and meditation can gain wisdom, that skill in living that we all need and want.
How Can We Trust the Bible? (02-Nov-18)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
With the culture's emphasis on authenticity, the Bible is dismissed in favor of personal experience. Many consider their spirituality to be more real than the Bible.
Building on a Perfect Foundation (26-Oct-18)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Many hear or read God's Word and think they believe. Jesus says that many say to Him, 'Lord, Lord,' as if in submission, but they never truly follow Him.
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
How involved has God been with humanity since its creation? Is He actively involved in what is going on? Or has He left things to work themselves out?
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 what Jesus Christ did. It also hides key characteristics of God's children.
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
The presence of the Holy Spirit in a person testifies of God, not necessarily by any spoken word, but by the evidence of a changed life.
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. ...
Strangers to the Truth (Part Three) (17-Aug-18)
by Mike Ford
Paul reveals the dividing line between the saved and the unsaved, the undeceived and the deceived: Those who do not have the 'love of the truth' will die.
Strangers to the Truth (Part Two) (10-Aug-18)
by Mike Ford
In any sin, deceit is involved. Society considers lying as a whole to be harmless. Everyone does it, so it must be okay, right?
Strangers to the Truth (Part One) (03-Aug-18)
by Mike Ford
I heard two different people--in the same week--say, 'Truth is relative.' Many people think 'truth' depends on the situation, what is at stake, and who they are.
Missing the Mark (Part Two) (27-Jul-18)
by Mike Fuhrer
How we interact with our brethren matters to God! The many miss the mark. It is our job to make sure that we are among the few hitting it.
Missing the Mark (Part One) (20-Jul-18)
by Mike Fuhrer
What is the mark that we so often miss? Most of the time, it is this newly revealed half, the spiritual intent of the law, the standard that God set for us.
Challenges (13-Jul-18)
by Gary Montgomery
Life is difficult to navigate. Adversity is a common part of life, yet now, having been called by God, we must work hard to overcome and conquer these challenges.
The Fifth Teacher (Part Three) (29-Jun-18)
by David C. Grabbe
As explained in Part One and Part Two, even though the Corinthian congregation had four exceptional teachers—including Jesus Christ Himself—their manifest carnality demonstrated that they were paying more heed to a fifth teacher ...
The Fifth Teacher (Part Two) (22-Jun-18)
by David C. Grabbe
Part One showed that Jesus Christ’s iron-clad rule for recognizing false prophets and teachers was to evaluate their fruit (Matthew 7:15-20)—what is produced not only in their lives but especially by their messages. ...
The Fifth Teacher (Part One) (15-Jun-18)
by David C. Grabbe
Belief always produces conduct, and thus, ungodly behavior signals the presence or influence of a false teacher. Who was the false teacher in Corinth?
'Let Brotherly Love Continue' (08-Jun-18)
by John Reiss
Brotherly love should be a significant part of a Christian’s life, and the Bible instructs us how we can show this love for one another.
Invisible Algorithms (01-Jun-18)
by Steven Skidmore
In 2011, Eli Pariser, CEO of viral content website Upworthy, gave a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk discussing what he called “filter bubbles” and their impact ...
A Virtuous Woman (25-May-18)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The phrase "a virtuous woman" means "woman of worth," "woman of strength," or "woman of noble character." It denotes a woman of skill, aptitude, or achievement.
God's Entourage (18-May-18)
by Ronny H. Graham
Wouldn't it be great if we received a call from a favorite singer or movie personality, or perhaps even the President, who invited us to join his or her entourage?
The Endurance of the Firstfruits (Part Three) (11-May-18)
by David C. Grabbe
“Hardness of heart” is used several ways in Scripture, but a person can develop this sinful attitude toward both God and man. ...
The Endurance of the Firstfruits (Part Two) (04-May-18)
by David C. Grabbe
The Parable of the Sower and the Seed exemplifies a number things that can happen to prevent us from having a place in God's spiritual harvest.
The Endurance of the Firstfruits (Part One) (27-Apr-18)
by David C. Grabbe
The seven Sabbaths in the count to Pentecost represent the process of the firstfruits becoming spiritually complete, that is, perfect and blameless.
From Dust to Dust (20-Apr-18)
by John Reiss
The frailty and brevity of this life are bitter truths, but they are realities that we must confront. Yet there is life beyond the grave, as Scripture shows.
The Anointed Cloth and Healing (13-Apr-18)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Paul anointed handkerchiefs and sent them to the sick. The church follows this example and sends anointed cloths to members who lack an elder to anoint them.
Baptism and the Last Day of Unleavened Bread (05-Apr-18)
by Ronny H. Graham
On the last day of Unleavened Bread, God symbolically baptized Israel in the Red Sea. But they could never see past their physical needs and fleshly desires.
Keeping Godly Traditions (Part Two) (28-Mar-18)
by Mark Schindler
In Part One, we saw that godly tradition is an essential facet of life for a Christian. While Jesus rebuked the Pharisees in Matthew 15 and Mark 7 for exalting their manmade traditions over God’s commandments, ...
Keeping Godly Traditions (Part One) (23-Mar-18)
by Mark Schindler
The traditions of men have perverted the Sabbath, but if we keep His law with the intent in which He gave it, we can produce actions in line with His will.
Are You Zealous? (Part Five) (16-Mar-18)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As Part Four demonstrates, the apostle Paul was so grateful for God’s calling—despite his having persecuted the newly formed church—that he spent his life zealously serving God by preaching ...
Are You Zealous? (Part Four) (09-Mar-18)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
At the end of the previous essay, we considered the zeal of Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry, showing that His enthusiasm for God and His way of life fueled all of His efforts. ...
Are You Zealous? (Part Three) (02-Mar-18)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As we have seen in Parts One and Two, Christian zeal is an interest, an earnest desire, and a pursuit of all that pertains to God, His way, and His Kingdom. ...
Are You Zealous? (Part Two) (23-Feb-18)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In Jesus Christ’s letter to the congregation at Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22), He pulls no punches in His evaluation of their works, essentially saying that they sickened Him with their lukewarm attitude ...
Are You Zealous? (Part One) (16-Feb-18)
by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
On a physical, secular level, Theodore Roosevelt embodied the virtue that we call “zeal.” He expressed a passionate enthusiasm for the things he believed in, and he pursued them with all the energy at his disposal....
The Surety of Our Salvation (09-Feb-18)
by John Reiss
Can we grasp the enormous cost of the payment that was made to enable our eternal future? Could we dare ask for more? Jesus laid His own eternal life on the line!
Did God Know You Before Your Birth? (02-Feb-18)
by Pat Higgins
Notice this remarkable statement from the apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:4: "Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy" ...
Appearing Before God (Part Three) (26-Jan-18)
by David C. Grabbe
The specific instruction in Deuteronomy 16:16 is that, during the three holy day seasons of the year, we should not appear before God “in vain” or “with futility. ...
Appearing Before God (Part Two) (19-Jan-18)
by David C. Grabbe
As Part One closed, we considered what God says in Isaiah 55:10-11: "For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud ..."
Appearing Before God (Part One) (12-Jan-18)
by David C. Grabbe
When God speaks, His words are never futile or useless. He never utters a word in vain. Genesis 1 shows what resulted from God speaking just a handful of sentences!
The Pursuit of Unity (05-Jan-18)
by Levi W. Graham
Jesus was confronted with a situation that could have stirred up pride to fight back. Despite having all power, He chose to work toward unity rather than destruction.




 

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