30-Jun-17

Our Declaration of Independence (Part Two)

by John Reiss
In Part One, we learned about America’s early struggle for independence and how the founders of the United States pledged their wealth, lives, and honor to bring it to pass. ...

23-Jun-17

Our Declaration of Independence (Part One)

by John Reiss
Here in the United States, we are rapidly approaching our nation’s Independence Day. It was two hundred and forty-one years ago, on July 2, 1776—not July 4 as many people believe ...

16-Jun-17

Lessons From Roots (Part Three)

by David C. Grabbe
In Part Two, we began to consider the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree: "He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none...."

09-Jun-17

Lessons From Roots (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
In Part One, we began to dig into the biblical metaphor of producing fruit and the importance of the root to that process. ...

02-Jun-17

Lessons From Roots (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
Jesus Christ declares that among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist (Matthew 11:11; Luke 7:28). John was the forerunner of the Messiah ...

26-May-17

Patterns of Resistance (Part Two)

by Joseph B. Baity
In Part One, we learned that among the patterns woven through God’s Word is a typical pattern of resistance against God, one that resides at the heart of every human sin: ...

19-May-17

Patterns of Resistance (Part One)

by Joseph B. Baity
English novelist and essayist, George Orwell wrote, “Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.” The claim of intelligence notwithstanding, sometimes it helps ...

12-May-17

Eulogizing God

by Dan Elmore
While considering the Passover season, it occurred to me that God and His Son, Jesus Christ, deserve a eulogy! What is a eulogy? The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “a speech or ...”

05-May-17

The Law Continues

by Charles Whitaker
Deuteronomy 29:29 contains one of the final thoughts of Moses before he went up Mount Nebo to die and before Israel crossed the River Jordan into the Promised Land: “The secret things belong to the LORD ..."

28-Apr-17

Hur (Part Two)

by John Reiss
In Part One, we learned about Hur, the son of Caleb, a Jew whom Exodus 17:8-13 records as helping Aaron hold up Moses’ hands to secure a victory against the attacking Amalekites. ...

21-Apr-17

Hur (Part One)

by John Reiss
Romans 15:4 reads in the New International Version, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures ...

14-Apr-17

Why Do We Observe Unleavened Bread? (Part Three)

by David C. Grabbe
The spiritual strength required to overcome is a result of eating the Bread of Life continually, and that Bread is available only to those whom He has delivered from spiritual Egypt. But to approach overcoming without that is to imply that we can overcome on our own—thus that we have no need of a Savior after our forgiveness. ...

07-Apr-17

Why Do We Observe Unleavened Bread? (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
Exodus 12:19-20 gives a third, vital aspect of this Feast: We must eat nothing leavened nor have leavening in our houses. ...

31-Mar-17

Why Do We Observe Unleavened Bread? (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
When someone asks us why we remove leaven from our homes and eat unusual “bread” for a week, we may say something like, “Leaven is a symbol of sin, and the Feast of Unleavened Bread pictures putting sin out of our lives." ...

24-Mar-17

The Covenant of Blood (Part Two)

by Ronny H. Graham
The well-known proverb, “Blood is thicker than water,” may have come from an older one: “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb." ...

17-Mar-17

The Covenant of Blood (Part One)

by Ronny H. Graham
Most of us have heard the proverb, “Blood is thicker than water.” Many ideas have been proposed as to when and how it originated, so it seems to come down to which origin story a person likes the best. ...

10-Mar-17

Pruning and Cleansing

by Charles Whitaker
In John 15:2, Christ describes two distinct actions on the part of the Father: “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes ...

03-Mar-17

The Word of the Lord Is Good (Part Two)

by Mike Fuhrer
In Part One, we saw that, in some ways, King Hezekiah of Judah was a mixed bag spiritually. Although Scripture lists him as one of the best kings of Judah, he made significant mistakes ...

24-Feb-17

The Word of the Lord Is Good (Part One)

by Mike Fuhrer
The life of Judah’s King Hezekiah, including his prayer life, offers a mighty challenge and example for us today. Note what II Kings 18:3-7 has to say about him: ...

17-Feb-17

Overcoming Troubled Hearts (Part Two)

by Clyde Finklea
In Part One, we considered how fear, when combined with unbelief, can turn us aside from following our Savior Jesus Christ and endanger our chance to be included among God's firstfruits. ...

10-Feb-17

Overcoming Troubled Hearts (Part One)

by Clyde Finklea
Without question, we live in a strife-ridden world, one torn by wars, by famine, by disease and sickness, by destructive natural disasters, by injustices and corrupt governments run by self-seeking politicians ...

03-Feb-17

Life Doesn't Work on a Balance Sheet (Part Three)

by David C. Grabbe
The fact that God Himself grieves over human sinfulness and the separation it causes—which we learned in Part Two—begs the question of why God created an order where even He and the Word are not immune to suffering. ...

27-Jan-17

Life Doesn't Work on a Balance Sheet (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
As we saw in Part One, Hebrews 5:7-10 describes a facet of Christ’s suffering: "... who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications ..."

20-Jan-17

Life Doesn't Work on a Balance Sheet (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
We hear the phrase so often that it has become a cliché: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” It is typically asked in times of catastrophe, such as when natural disasters strike or the apparently undeserving suffer violence. ...

13-Jan-17

Compassion (Part Two)

by John Reiss
Having learned in Part One about biblical compassion, we can see no better example of it than the sacrifice our Savior made for us. ...

06-Jan-17

Compassion (Part One)

by John Reiss
The apostle Paul instructs us in Colossians 3:12 (New International Version), “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion." We all like to think that we are tender-hearted ...

30-Dec-16

Our Historical Myopia

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 to such an extent that it has been the absolute worst year in living memory. ...

23-Dec-16

The Clock Stopped and the Whole World Changed

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. ...

16-Dec-16

Rightly Defining the Word of Truth

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 ...

09-Dec-16

The Names of Christmas

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As I hustled through an office park on my daily morning walk, a woman arriving for work responded to my “Good morning” with, “Merry Christmas!” I waved politely and walked on. ...

02-Dec-16

What Is the Prophesied 'Pure Language'? (Part Three)

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 ...

18-Nov-16

What Is the Prophesied 'Pure Language'? (Part Two)

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 ...

11-Nov-16

What Is the Prophesied 'Pure Language'? (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
Acts 2 records the giving of the Holy Spirit on that notable Feast of Pentecost. In Peter's sermon that day, he explains the miraculous events by quoting Joel 2:28-32 ...

04-Nov-16

A Patriot and a Traitor (Part Two)

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 ...

28-Oct-16

A Patriot and a Traitor (Part One)

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). ...

07-Oct-16

Are These Your Feasts? (Part Two)

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, ...

30-Sep-16

Are These Your Feasts? (Part One)

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 ...

23-Sep-16

Rebellion as Witchcraft

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
About four centuries before the time of King Saul, the Amalekites had “ambushed [Israel] on the way when he came up from Egypt” (I Samuel 15:2; see Exodus 17:8-13), and with God’s help, ...

16-Sep-16

God of the Pigeonhole

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
A stroll through just about any cathedral in Europe, not to mention many a church just about anywhere in the world, would bring to the eye the sight of perhaps a handful or even dozens of ...

09-Sep-16

Giving Glory to God

by Mike Fuhrer
A good friend recently told me of an experience he had several years ago. ...

02-Sep-16

Character and Reputation (Part Two)

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 ...

26-Aug-16

Character and Reputation (Part One)

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, ...

19-Aug-16

Dealing With Change (Part Three)

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. ...

12-Aug-16

Dealing With Change (Part Two)

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 ...

05-Aug-16

Dealing With Change (Part One)

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 ...

29-Jul-16

Rejection Hurts

by John Reiss
Sometimes when we talk after church services, we review instances that have happened in our efforts to obey God that have put a strain on our relationships with others. ...

22-Jul-16

Should We Fear Terrorism?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The online free encyclopedia, Wikipedia, keeps a “List of terror incidents” by month and by year. ...

15-Jul-16

Truth and God's Governance (Part Three)

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. ...

08-Jul-16

Truth and God's Governance (Part Two)

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. ...

01-Jul-16

Truth and God's Governance (Part One)

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 ...

24-Jun-16

Behind Enemy Lines (Part Two)

by Clyde Finklea
In Part One, we saw that Satan, the covering cherub who rebelled against God (Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12-17), does not want to be revealed for what he is and how he operates. ...

17-Jun-16

Behind Enemy Lines (Part One)

by Clyde Finklea
While the world is at odds, and leaders busy themselves with strategies to fight physical wars, it should come as no surprise to God’s people that we are engaged in a great spiritual battle. ...