A Burning Fire Shut Up In My Bones

Jeremiah had reached rock bottom.  He was ready to surrender.  And yet he didn’t.  Instead, he chose to cast aside his fears, his despairs, his doubts and anxieties.  He chose to replace them with the courage of his convictions.  He couldn’t hold in God’s message.  One could say that even though it wore him out to preach to such a unresponsive, hostile people, it wore him out even more to keep God’s message to himself.… Read More A Burning Fire Shut Up In My Bones

Biblical Unity in Diversity

There are some differences about which Christians must unite.  There must be unity among believers of diverse nationalities, social standings and genders (Galatians 3:26-28).  No matter who we are – Asian or Caucasian, black or white, employer or employee, rich or poor, man or woman – those who have “put on Christ” in baptism stand on equal ground before God and each other, worthy of being embraced as brothers or sisters.  Only the cross of Christ could bring this about (Ephesians 2:14-16; Philemon 15-16).… Read More Biblical Unity in Diversity

Bible Q&A: Will There Be Romantic Affection in Heaven?

Matthew 22:30 says that there aren’t any marital bonds in heaven.  However, we will be known.  Will there be romantic affection for our loved ones? In answering this question, the principle of Deuteronomy 29:29 must once again be kept in mind.  “The secret things belong to God.”  In spite of the several biblical indicators described… Read More Bible Q&A: Will There Be Romantic Affection in Heaven?

Bible Q&A: When Did Jesus Realize He Had Miraculous Powers?

When did Jesus realize that He had miraculous powers? Mary asked Him to help at the wedding feast. This somewhat implies that she had seen His wonders before. John specifically said that turning water into wine at the wedding feast was “the first of his signs” (John 2:11).  Thus, Mary would not have seen her… Read More Bible Q&A: When Did Jesus Realize He Had Miraculous Powers?

What the Bible Teaches About Infant Baptism

A reader recently told me that their child had not been baptized as a baby, and they now wondered if their child was saved. The Bible clearly teaches that baptism is essential to salvation and forgiveness of sins (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Peter 3:21) and is needed in order to become a disciple of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20; Galatians 3:26-27). The question is whether infants should be baptized. Let’s look at what the Bible says about baptism.… Read More What the Bible Teaches About Infant Baptism

Bible Q&A: Please Explain 1 Timothy 2:8-15.

Since the New Testament commands all Christians to pray (1 Thess. 5:17), specifically mentions Christian women praying (1 Cor. 11:5), and also commands that Christian women not “exercise authority” over Christian men (1 Tim. 2:12; cf. 3:14-15), then we conclude that the directive in 1 Timothy 2:8 is that Christian men lead the prayers in mixed-gender worship assemblies, and do so only if they are holy in nature (“lifting holy hands”) and not a hot-tempered or contentious person (“without anger or quarreling”). Thus, it would be good to view 1 Timothy 2:8 as the biblical qualifications for all who would lead acts of worship in the church assembly. When a Christian man who is living a clearly unholy, ungodly life, a brother in Christ who might be infamously known as a hot-head and a very contentious person, stands before the church to lead them in prayer, song, or other acts of worship, it can be very detrimental to the goal of worshiping in spirit and truth (John 4:24). … Read More Bible Q&A: Please Explain 1 Timothy 2:8-15.