We all have loved ones that we long to see converted and saved. What will save the sexually immoral homosexual, fornicator and adulterer? That which will forever change man from the power of darkness to light is to see Jesus as did the Apostle Paul. Seeing Jesus will cause the murderer, thief, thug, agnostic, atheist, pessimists, evolutionist, pro-abortionist, prejudice, drug user and alcoholic to repent and obey God (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Seeing Jesus will transform the mind from corruption to righteousness (see Romans 12:1-2 and Colossians 1:12-14). A mind opposed to Christ will only come to receive Christ by seeing him. Saul of Tarsus was baptized for the forgiveness of his sins because he saw Jesus (see Acts 22:16). Continue reading » Have You Seen Jesus?
Guilt and shame have their proper work in our lives yet they can be great obstacles to overcome. Guilt is good to experience and a must if repentance is to occur; however, some let it drown them in shame and never move on it (see 2 Corinthians 2:5-7). Continue reading » David, The Meek King of Israel
Babylon is first mentioned in the book of Revelation at chapter 14:8. John writes, “And another, a second angel, followed, saying, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, that hath made all the nations to drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” The Babylonian Empire had already fallen hundreds of years before these words were written. What then is John writing about? Who is Babylon? Why is Babylon falling? A study of the book of Revelation reveals Babylon to be the world of sin and sinners. She is Satan’s realm (see John 12:31; 16:11; 1 John 5:19). Babylon is used, throughout the book of Revelation, as a personification of things opposed to the authoritative will of God. She is powerful, seductive, and terrible (see Daniel 2:31). Knowledge of Revelation’s Babylon will better equip the saints today to identify sin and avoid it rather than participating in it (see Revelation 18:4). Continue reading » Babylon in the book of Revelation
Babylon goes down in Biblical history as the great harlot of lust, pride, and vain glory (see Revelation 17:5). A study of her rise to power, sin, and fall yields great lessons for the Christian of every generation. Continue reading » Babylon
To look into the life of Jeremiah is to gain a greater understanding of our Lord’s character. Jesus once asked his disciples who men say that he is. They answered and said, “Some say John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others Jeremiah, or one of the prophets” (Matthew 16:13-14). What was it about Jeremiah that caused the people of Jesus’ day to say he reminded them of the prophet of God? A study of the book of Jeremiah bears out two glaring characteristics of the prophet that forever associates him with the Christ. Jeremiah was a meek and fearless preacher who faithfully preached God’s message to a lost and dying people. The prophet of God writes, “If I say, I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name, there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot” (Jeremiah 20:9). Continue reading » Jeremiah
The question, “How are people saved from the consequences of their sins,” is answered in Galatians chapter 3. God revealed to Abraham that justification is by faith far before doctrines such as circumcision, Calvinism, Mormonism, Islam, or denominational-ism in general came to be. When someone tells you that you must “Say the sinner’s prayer” or “Accept Jesus into your heart to be saved” know that before these doctrines came to exist the word of God said, “Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned unto him for righteousness” (Galatians 3:6). All who emulate the faith of Abraham today are made righteous by the blood of Christ. Galatians chapter 3 demands that we understand the faith of Abraham that we too can be justified. Secondly, Galatians 3 demands that we respect the authorized word of God and never change it by adding or subtracting from it. Continue reading » How are People Saved? A Study of Galatians 3
A Bible book that is most likely neglected in our studies is Psalms. Many people read Psalms yet fail to notice marvelous lessons that cannot be found by surface or casual reading. To begin a study of Psalms is a daunting task. Psalms has 150 chapters. Once one does decide to not only read the Psalms but to dissect each chapter they will be a better and more enlightened man or woman. This study is intended to get all Christians excited about the Psalms. Psalms chapter 7 may not excite you much until you really dig in and see the grand lessons for us today.
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Gospel preachers are in the public spotlight and that is exactly where God wants his faithful ministers. Sermons are delivered in the most public manner. Articles they write are read throughout the world. Their daily activities are watched and put to the test of hypocrisy due to the public nature of their work. Lives can be changed for the better or worse depending upon the content of the message proclaimed. The command of God is to “preach the word” not our personal convictions and opinions (2 Timothy 4:1-2). A preacher is disqualified from the work of an evangelist when he preaches or writes about his personal opinions and convictions as though they represent truth. Continue reading » Qualified and Disqualified Preachers
Most of us have heard the accusation hurled our way or at someone else. The accuser says, “You have a holier than thou attitude.” Could this accusation ever apply to a member of the body of Christ?
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A good way to begin our study would be to define the word grace. Grace is defined as, “Favor, goodwill for or toward another… to confer a favor on one” (Liddell & Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon page 882). Moulton’s Greek English Lexicon defines grace as “a beneficial opportunity, generous gift, an act of favor, gracious provision” (Page 433). Thayer’s Greek English Lexicon defines grace as “kindness or favor which bestows upon one what he has not deserved” (page 666). The word “favor” is the common denominator in understanding the word grace. God has done a great favor for man. What is this favor all about? Continue reading » The Grace of God
The Bible (Greek; biblia) is a collection of sixty-six books of divine inspiration. The Bible is a timeless masterpiece that has been printed in 2,454 different languages. Skeptics, humanists and modernists dismiss the Bible’s contents as contributing to a “God intoxicated society” that “shackles the mind and enslaves the spirit.” The Bible; however, reveals a reward of eternal existence where no pain, hunger, or sorrows will be experienced (see Revelation 21:1-7). Let us examine the origins of this inspirational work so that you may conclude that it is indeed a authentic book. Continue reading » The Bible
Solomon wrote, “Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers” (Proverbs 17:6). Most young people look forward to a day when they have a child of their own. Thoughts of children in the home are exciting and joyous. David wrote, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them” (Psalms 127:4-5 / NKJVB). The happiness of having a child is difficult to put in words. The excitement of watching the child grow and develop various abilities is fascinating. Christians must always remember; however, that there are great responsibilities that come with having children. Continue reading » Proverbs on Parenting
The Bible has much to say about the Christian’s victory in this life. The apostle John writes, “For whatsoever is begotten of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that hath overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4). Through “faith” the Christian will be victorious. The word “victory” (Greek – nike) is defined by Liddell and Scott’s Greek English Lexicon as “victory in battle; in the games… victory over opponents… generally, the upper hand, ascendancy… to keep the fruits of victory… Nike, the goddess of victory” (LS 533).
What generally comes to mind when one hears the Greek word nike is the world’s leading supplier of athletic shoes and apparel. The manufacturer of sports equipment led the industry in 2008 with $ 18.6 billion in sales and employed more than 30,000 people worldwide. The company is named after the Greek goddess of victory; i.e., Nike. Grand words of success and triumph are used to define nike. Paul tell us that such triumph in life belongs to the faithful. The apostle writes, “But thanks be unto God, who always leadeth us in triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest through us the savor of his knowledge in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14) (see also John 16:25-33; 1 Corinthians 15:56-57; Revelation 2:7, 10). Continue reading » Victory in Jesus
2 Corinthians 1:12; 4:2
The apostle Paul was accused of “commending” himself to the Corinthians at 2 Corinthians 3:1. Paul answers the accusation in the first 5 chapters of 2 Corinthians by explaining that his preaching was not about gaining a following through teaching his personal opinions, convictions, or reason. The gospel is a divine message with divine origins. To preach any other message would be to pervert the gospel. Unfortunately the factious of every generation seek to bring down preachers of truth. Let us examine 2 Corinthians 1:12 and 4:2 that we may see what real preaching is. Continue reading » Preaching is Not about Me
A Study of Proverbs 31:10-31
Proverbs 31:10-31 sets the tone for God’s expectation of women for all time. While there is much to be said about a man and his duties in the home this study examines the wife and mother. Proverbs 31:10-31 serves as a commentary explaining Paul’s admonition for women to “rule the household” (1 Timothy 5:14) and be “workers at home” (Titus 2:5). The chapter expands upon and removes the cloud of uncertainty as to what being a “help meet” is all about (Genesis 2:18). Keil and Delitzsch remark that “The housewife is depicted here as she ought to be; the poet shows how she governs and increases the wealth of the house, and thereby also advances the position of her husband in the common estimation, and he refers all these, her virtues and her prudence, to the fear of God as their root” (Keil and Delitzsch volume 6, page 480). The worthy woman is a rare person among humanity because she aids the man in every aspect of the home. Not many women have the desire, grit, health, physical strength, and stamina to do what this woman does. To examine the worthy woman of God in the scriptures is to embark upon a journey that leaves a man at awe in relationship to this person’s faith, work ethic, love, devotion, and trustworthiness. This article shall serve to identify the worthy woman as revealed in God’s divine revelation. Continue reading » The Worthy Woman of 2011
The Spiritual Rise and Fall of Solomon the King of Israel
David had purposed to build the Lord a house; however, he would not be permitted to do so due to all the blood that he had shed in war (1 Chronicles 17:1; 2 Chronicles 22:8). The Lord explains the matter to David saying, “Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days. He shall build a house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever” (2 Chronicles 22:9-10).
Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba and beloved of Jehovah God (2 Samuel 12:24). The life of Solomon may best be studied by dividing it into three sections according to the three times Jehovah appeared to the king. Continue reading » Solomon