Christ's reprimand of the Ephesian church, "You have left your first love," seems odd being said to a church that appeared so busy doing God's will.
A Christian's foremost responsibility is to love God wholeheartedly. A decline similar to the Ephesians' loss of their first love affected the first-century church.
First love is the purest kind of spiritual love we as humans can demonstrate. It is a love that truly shows one's heart is completely given to God.
It is improper to build a doctrine on one scripture, let alone the definition of a word. We need at least two reliable witnesses to establish any teaching.
John Ritenbaugh focuses upon the intense power of music to stimulate the emotions, trigger the imagination, set the mood of the services, and serves as a teaching vehicle for godly instruction. God Almighty, as the inventor of the human voice and the capacity to make music, has repeatedly commanded that we must sing ' exalting …
John Reid, observing that people pull together in camaraderie and productivity in times of national crisis, admonishes that we must also have a transcendental goal, a vision of the finish line, in order to overcome and grow. Sacrifice and discipline rather than self-absorption come naturally when we envision a goal. The faith …
Our conviction reveals itself in living by faith. Moses is a stunning example of how a convicted Christian should live — with loyalty and faithfulness to God.
Far from being just a book about married love, the Song of Songs relates to the present condition of the church of God.
Ups and downs, blessings and trials, have characterized every era of the church. God's people are always battling something negative between the brief highs.
Richard Ritenbaugh, reminiscing about a school science fair project on tree growth rings, draws an analogy to spiritual growth, pondering what our spiritual growth rings look like. Because nature abhors a vacuum, once people rid themselves of sin, they must fill the void with righteous character. God's law'the pure, undefiled …
Bible study provides a personal means of attaining the mind of God, growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
When people test God's promises, they come to appreciate the blessings which follow obedience to His laws. Most of the blessings we receive today are spiritual.
God, as our true Shepherd, provides total protection of His called out-ones forever. Being kept in God's name refers to assimilating the attributes of God.
Kim Myers takes issue with certain portions of the premise "It doesn't matter what group or what church you belong to." Churches within the greater church of God who follow "the Way" should have the following commonalties: 1.) respect for the Sabbath and the preparation day, 2.) adherence to the plan of God, …
The story of God's providence in building the Tabernacle serves as an encouraging example for us today as we collaborate with God in building His church.