The Widow and the Fatherless (Part Four)

by Staff
Many mornings of my life have been spent merging from I-20 onto the Downtown Connector in Atlanta, just inching along. Every morning a man stands on the shoulder with a cardboard sign, seeking donations. ...


The Widow and the Fatherless (Part Three)

by Staff
In Part Two of this series, we concentrated on the prophet Jeremiah’s sermon to the people of Judah in Jeremiah 7. Among his criticisms—in fact, nearly the first of them—is a command from God ...


The Widow and the Fatherless (Part Two)

by Staff
In Part One, we considered the apostle James’ definition of “pure religion” as “to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27). ...


The Widow and the Fatherless (Part One)

by Staff
History knows the apostle James, half-brother of Jesus Christ, as a humble man. After Christ's death and resurrection, he oversaw the headquarters church in Jerusalem. In his epistle, ...


Hannah's Thanksgiving

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In the bustle of modern life, it is easy to forget just how good we have it. Comparatively, citizens of today's Western nations own more than even most of the richest people in ancient times ...


Futility, Sovereignty, and Faith

by Levi W. Graham
Whenever a national holiday like Independence Day, Memorial Day, or Veterans Day comes around, we often see the familiar phrase, “Freedom isn’t free” on bumper stickers or on signs along the roadway. ...


Put God First

by John Reiss
In His letter to the church in Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22), Jesus Christ rebukes the members there for failing to put their calling in its proper place in their lives and warns them ...


Is It Salvational? (Part Three)

by David C. Grabbe
The “Is it salvational?” approach can be dangerous in two ways. The first is the obvious risk of misjudging a matter, declaring something to be minor that God considers to be major. ...


Is It Salvational? (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
As we saw in Part One, Adam and Eve fell for Satan’s temptation by weighing only the penalties and the benefits of the fruit that appeared so pleasant to their eyes. They overlooked what their choice would do ...


Is It Salvational? (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
A short time ago, a man asked me about some doctrines that the church believes. In the course of our conversation, he brought up the Sabbath. He noted that we keep the Sabbath and the holy days, ...


Submission (Part Two)

by John Reiss
In Part One, we considered Romans 13:1-7, the apostle Paul’s instruction on Christian submission to governmental authority, concluding that Paul was encouraging church members to live at peace in the world. ...


Submission (Part One)

by John Reiss
Regardless of which political party is in power, God counsels His children in Romans 13:1-7 on how to have peace in an anything-but-peaceful world. ...


Manoah (Part Two)

by Staff
If professors and commentators think so little of Manoah, Samson’s father—as documented in Part One—why would we want to consider him as an example of true masculinity? We need to look more closely at what Judges 13 says ...


Manoah (Part One)

by Staff
In August 2018, the American Psychological Association (APA) issued new guidelines for the treatment of men and boys. The “headline news” within the guidelines was its redefining of “traditional masculinity” ...


God's Correction of His Children

by Mike Fuhrer
It seems that ample correction is occurring in the Body of Christ. Perhaps it might be said another way: There is currently a lot of illness in the Body of Christ. ...


Fearing God's Worthiness

by Levi W. Graham
Competition is everywhere in life. Whether warranted or not, it seems to be the natural order of things. Consider, for example, the plants in one's garden. Though the gardener has no real wish for one tomato ...


Fearing God's Willingness

by Levi W. Graham
Our daily lives are filled with struggle. Just in working at our jobs, paying bills, maintaining relationships, and putting out occasional "fires" that flare up, we are barraged with various trials. ...


Making the Cut (Part Six)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In Part Five, we studied the three qualifications in Psalm 15:4 for those who would dwell with God both now and for eternity. Those specific criteria focus on the idea of honor: The upright individual ...


Making the Cut (Part Five)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In the previous essay, we covered Psalm 15:3, “He who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend.” We found that these three prohibitions reflect ...


Making the Cut (Part Four)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In Part Three, we began our study of the answer to David’s double question: “LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?” (Psalm 15:1). This initial salvo ...


Making the Cut (Part Three)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Last time, we explored Psalm 15:1, which is comprised of the two questions King David asks to open the psalm: “LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?” Though ...


Making the Cut (Part Two)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Part One introduced the scriptural concept that, while a person is justified only by God’s grace through the blood of Jesus Christ, God expects His called-out ones to respond to His merciful election with obedience to His commands and ..


Making the Cut (Part One)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Golf is hard. It may seem easy enough to imagine hitting a little, white ball a few hundred yards down a fairway into a four-and-a-quarter-inch hole on a distant, manicured green, but ...


An Illuminating Prophecy

by Charles Whitaker
Many people miss a vital prophecy embedded in Genesis 1:1-3: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters...."


Flag of Our Father

by Ronny H. Graham
With the celebration of Independence Day having just passed here in the United States, we see many displays of Old Glory flapping in the breeze as we go about our daily activities. ...


Where Is My Rolls Royce? (Part Two)

by Mike Fuhrer
Part One explained that God indeed wants His people to live an abundant life (John 10:10), but He is not in the habit of just giving us everything we desire. He is far more ...


Where Is My Rolls Royce? (Part One)

by Mike Fuhrer
Many of the evangelists on television are of the 'name it and claim it' variety, preaching what is called the 'Prosperity Gospel'. The following verses are among their favorites: ...


Addiction and Self-Control

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
People the world over are plagued by addiction. Countless individuals struggle with their addictions to street drugs, pharmaceuticals, alcohol, and tobacco. Many will not admit it, ...


Each Other (Part Three)

by David C. Grabbe
Through Parts One and Two, the focus of our attention has narrowed to the instruction in Hebrews 10:24-25. It is the author's advice to a people who, though they had long experience in God's church ...


Each Other (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
The book of Hebrews, written to mature, long-time members of the church, does not concern itself a great deal with sin. The author's emphasis is elsewhere—particularly on the superiority ...


Each Other (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
The book of Hebrews was written to a group of people who were well-established in the faith and doctrines of Jesus Christ. In terms of the subject material and the way it is presented, Hebrews may be the most advanced of the New Testament writings ...


What Does It Take to Be a Hero? (Part Two)

by Ronny H. Graham
In Part One, we began to consider heroes and why some people are heroic. We recognize heroes when we see, hear, or read about them: They are people, as dictionaries tell us, who are noble, courageous, and achieve great things. ...


What Does It Take to Be a Hero? (Part One)

by Ronny H. Graham
While growing up in the 1960s, I lived on a dirt street in a small neighborhood, and many times after school, several of the neighborhood kids would gather to play baseball in front of my house. ...


Was Jesus Christ's Body Broken? (Part Three)

by David C. Grabbe
Conceptually, the image of a “broken body” is one of defeat. An image that springs to mind is of a warrior beaten and dead on the battlefield. However, Jesus Christ was not ...


Was Jesus Christ's Body Broken? (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
In Part One, we saw that the word “broken” does not actually appear in the oldest and perhaps best Greek manuscripts of I Corinthians 11:24: “.. . and when [Jesus] had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body ..."


Was Jesus Christ's Body Broken? (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
How often have we heard the phrase “Christ’s broken body”? Many have heard it throughout their lives and have used it countless times. It rolls off the tongue easily and with hardly a second thought. But is it accurate? ...


Lessons From a Worm

by John Reiss
The old Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course on Passover (Lesson 33) exhorts the reader to study Psalm 22, which prophesies of Jesus Christ’s suffering. In particular, Psalm 22:6 ...


The Peter Principle (Part Four)

by Staff
Over the past three essays, we have been distinguishing between the Physical Peter Principle—a person rises to the level of his incompetence—and the Spiritual Peter Principle—God provides ...


The Peter Principle (Part Three)

by Staff
In Parts One and Two, we learned about the two kinds of Peter Principles, the Physical and the Spiritual. ...


The Peter Principle (Part Two)

by Staff
In Part One, we differentiated between the two Peter Principles: The Physical Peter Principle posits a person rises to his or her level of incompetence. ...


The Peter Principle (Part One)

by Staff
We have all been in a restaurant, a store, or a bank, and the employee serving us—perhaps newly hired or in training—just cannot complete the task. We ask to see the manager, and ...


Friends of the Friendless (Part Two)

by John Reiss
As we saw in Part One, friendship is a constant theme throughout God’s Word. We could even say that His plan of salvation is to restore friendship between Himself and humanity ...


Friends of the Friendless (Part One)

by John Reiss
Recently, an old I Love Lucy show came to mind. After a bit of research, I found that the episode I had recalled was titled, “Lucy’s Last Birthday.” Thinking that everyone has forgotten ...


The Spirit of Babylon (Part Three)

by David C. Grabbe
In Parts One and Two, using the writings of Enheduanna, an ancient Babylonian priestess of the goddess Inanna, we have seen that today’s progressive thought mirrors its ancient counterpart ...


The Spirit of Babylon (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
As we saw in Part One, what seems to be modern and progressive now is simply another iteration of something that began long ago. Even before the time of Abraham, the Babylonian priestess Enheduanna taught ...


The Spirit of Babylon (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
Genesis is the book of beginnings. In a well-known passage early within its pages, we find the beginning, not only of humanity, but also the source of humankind’s separation from its benevolent Creator ...


A Pattern of Persecution

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Wise Solomon comments in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” ...


Who Is Your Adversary?

by Levi W. Graham
The many ages of man parallel the continuous rise and fall of nations and empires, advancing and receding like the tides of the sea. As one empire sinks, another rises. We, whenever and wherever we live, are subject ...


Refuting a False Proverb

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Every culture creates and passes on bits of common wisdom. These sayings—whether they are called proverbs, adages, aphorisms, maxims, or even saws—concentrate prudent thought and behavior ...


Iron Sharpens Iron (Part Three)

by Ryan McClure
In Part Two, we broached the subject of how we can sharpen the countenance of a friend, as Proverbs 27:17 recommends in its illustration of iron sharpening iron. ...


Iron Sharpens Iron (Part Two)

by Ryan McClure
In Part One, we began to study into the wording of Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend." . . . Most of it is simple and self-explanatory, but how does one sharpen the countenance of a friend?


Iron Sharpens Iron (Part One)

by Ryan McClure
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to catch up with an old friend after work. We talked in general about how things were going and also touched on a few spiritual items ...