Why 153 Fish? (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
As Part One detailed, the apostle John structured his gospel around eight signs that reveal Jesus Christ as the Messiah. He arranged these signs so that the first sign corresponds to the eighth, the second ...


Why 153 Fish? (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
In Psalm 12:6, David compares God’s Word to silver that has been purified seven times. His revelation contains nothing superfluous, and thus each detail, no matter how seemingly insignificant, holds ...


The Forgotten Promises

by Mike Fuhrer
In casual conversations with brethren, fasting has occasionally come up for discussion, and it turns out that it is the rare individual who fasts regularly. Years ago, church members were encouraged ...


Devil in the Details?

by David C. Grabbe
In II Timothy 3:16, Paul tells the young pastor that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. ...


Jihad in Our Streets

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Today is the nineteenth anniversary of what we now call just “9/11." Islamic terrorists hijacked four planes in the early morning of September 11, 2001, and flew two of them into New York City’s World Trade ...


Reciprocity (Part Two)

by John Reiss
Part One explained the principle of reciprocity, in which kindness and service are rewarded with blessings, especially when the person expects nothing in return. In fact, God seems to have ...


Reciprocity (Part One)

by John Reiss
The notes on Luke 6:38 in the New Spirit-Filled Life Study Bible read: There is a universal law of divine reciprocity. You give; God gives in return. When you plant a seed, the ground yields a harvest. ...


Is God Fair?

by Mike Fuhrer
The church has long taught, and rightly so, that God is fair. When meting out punishments, He expects us to be fair also. Under the Old Covenant, He set out the principle of "life for life ..."


Has Humanity Reached Total Depravity? (Part Three)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Remember the old Lay’s Potato Chips commercials on American television with the slogan, “Betcha can’t eat just one”? We could use a similar slogan to describe human sin: “Betcha can’t commit just one!” ...


Has Humanity Reached Total Depravity? (Part Two)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
In Part One, we exhaustively covered God’s declaration in Genesis 6:5 that the humans of Noah’s day were altogether evil, from their innermost intentions to their most public behaviors. ...


Has Humanity Reached Total Depravity? (Part One)

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Just before the Noachian Flood, God declares His assessment of the moral state of humanity, and He pulls no punches: “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and ..."


The Sacred Name Movement

by John Reiss
God says to Moses in Exodus 6:2-3, “I am the LORD. ...


God's Enduring Mercy

by Ronny H. Graham
The greatest example of mercy in the Bible is, of course, found in the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He walked in mercy every day, healing multitudes, feeding thousands, and casting out many demons. ...


Led Outside the Gate

by David C. Grabbe
Meekness, we should understand, is not weakness. Though scoffed at by an assertive and bruising world, meekness demonstrates tremendous strength, for it is power under internal restraint. ...


Why Preach the Gospel to the World?

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
On a street corner of a crowded city, a young man in threadbare clothes stands on a pine box, a worn Bible clutched in one hand. He shouts at the hustling passersby, "God is not mocked! We will reap what we have sown!" ...


Did Eve Really Speak to a Snake?

by Mike Fuhrer
In Revelation 20:2, the apostle John relates what he saw in a vision: “[An angel] laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years." ...


Our Way Forward

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
As God’s instruction manual for His people, the Bible contains the answers and guidance Christians need in times of trouble. Scripture reflects His mind more than any other resource on earth ...


Soldier On! (Part Two)

by John Reiss
We all face trials in life, some of them quite difficult. A few of them may be so devastating that our first reaction is to curl up in a ball and give up. God, though, does not want us to allow ...


Soldier On! (Part One)

by John Reiss
As sunset neared in the Persian Gulf on February 16, 1991, American forces, engaged in a skirmish with Iraqi forces, shot a single TOW anti-tank missile at one of the enemy’s tanks, damaging but not destroying it. ...


Beware the Second Flood (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
Part One drew upon the imagery in Revelation 12:15, in which a flood of words pours from the mouth of the serpent to sweep away God’s people. A ready application arises in our present ...


Beware the Second Flood (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
After the apocalyptic Flood from which God delivered only eight souls, He made a covenantal promise that He would never again send a globe-covering flood. To remind humanity from that ...


The Purpose of Prophecy

by Mike Fuhrer
What is a prophet? At its most basic, a prophet is an assistant who speaks for the leader. We have the perfect explanation of this in Exodus 7:1-2, where God tells Moses that his elder brother, Aaron, ...


The House of Annas

by John Reiss
The evangelist Luke writes in Luke 3:1-2: “Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, . ... while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, ...


Fear and Faith (Part Three)

by Mike Ford
As we close this series on the choice between faith and fear, we need to consider one more example from the events of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. Moses sets the scene for us in ...


Fear and Faith (Part Two)

by Mike Ford
In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses recounts the history of the Israelites’ travels up to that point. About eighteen months into the Exodus, the Israelites had come to Kadesh Barnea, which God had ...


Fear and Faith (Part One)

by Mike Ford
The story of the children of Israel fleeing from Egypt never gets old even though we return to it routinely every spring. There seem to be endless lessons we can learn from it, and in that vein, the . . .


Heirs of the Kingdom

by Mike Fuhrer
In my studies, I happened across Matthew 8:5-13, the story of Jesus’ conversation with a centurion whose servant had become paralyzed and was in great pain: "Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, ... "


Let Us Examine Ourselves

by Ronny H. Graham
With the Feast of Unleavened Bread less than two weeks away, many of us are well into our de-leavening. Some may even be finished and feel a sense of relief that the job is done. ...


Deliverance and Unleavened Bread

by John Reiss
In a few weeks, members of the church of God will be observing Passover and then the Feast of Unleavened Bread. These springtime festivals memorialize the redemption and exodus of ...


Avoiding Prayer? Consider Carefully

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
The alarm sounds, jolting the sleeper from deep slumber. He lifts his head and peers through slitted eyelids at the bedside clock. Five-thirty am. Hitting the snooze button, he sighs ....


Ditching Tithing? Consider Carefully

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
Times are hard. Money is short. Bills need to be paid. Taxes are due. The car needs new brakes. The baby has run out of diapers, and mama needs new shoes. The self-centered human mind can always come up with “needs,” ...


Skipping Services? Consider Carefully

by Richard T. Ritenbaugh
After a long week of work, Fred arrives home early Friday evening and drags himself inside. He is looking forward to the Sabbath and the extended rest God allows us to enjoy on His day. ...


The Patience of God

by Ronny H. Graham
A while ago, while driving in Charlotte, I was stopped at a red light. Someone behind me started blowing his horn, and I immediately thought, "What's his problem?" ...


Divine Providence (Part Two)

by Mike Fuhrer
In Part One, we stuck a toe into the waters of divine providence and found that the subject is far deeper than we may have imagined it to be. God's care for us goes well beyond fulfilling ...


Divine Providence (Part One)

by Mike Fuhrer
God’s providence is a subject that few people, even in God’s church, have a full grasp on. Most look on it too narrowly. Providence is defined as “the protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power.” ...


A City on a Hill (Part Two)

by John Reiss
In Part One, we considered the examples of two men, Dirk Willems and Desmond Doss, both of whom lived out in public what they believed, the first showing love toward an enemy and the second selflessly caring ...


A City on a Hill (Part One)

by John Reiss
Three hundred and eighty-nine years ago, John Winthrop sold his properties and joined with other pilgrims leaving England in search of religious freedom. ...


The Elijah Syndrome (Part Three)

by David C. Grabbe
We can draw several lessons from the prophet Elijah’s experience recorded in I Kings 19, particularly his belief that he was the only one left whom God could use. First, no matter how bleak ...


The Elijah Syndrome (Part Two)

by David C. Grabbe
Last time, we saw that, even though God used the prophet Elijah powerfully in opposing the wickedness of Ahab and Jezebel, performing extraordinary miracles through him, the man’s perspective ...


The Elijah Syndrome (Part One)

by David C. Grabbe
Elijah the Tishbite stands as one of the greatest prophets in the history of Israel. He is not known for any prophetic books, but instead, his fame arises from the great miracles associated with him. ...