Verse 32 is one of the most well known verses in the Bible…but how I wish more religiously-minded folks were as aware of the previous verse! If more people who professed to be Christians took verse 31 to heart and obeyed it willingly and completely, not only would they truly find salvation…but the sinful division… Read More My Thoughts On John 8:31-32
Each week, those called by the gospel into God’s kingdom (1 Thess. 2:12; 2 Thess. 2:14) gather together to partake of communion (Acts 2:42; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-28). We do this each Sunday because our Lord, while instituting his Supper, spoke of not partaking of it with his disciples again “until that day” when the… Read More Communion: The LORD’S Supper, Not Ours
I read once that the creator of the classic Peanuts cartoons, Charles Shultz, once painted a little picture of Lucy and Linus in their home looking out a window at a thunderstorm. Lucy is worried that all this rain would flood the whole world. Linus responded by referring to Genesis 9:13-14 and God’s promise to… Read More Make Sure of Sound Doctrine
It is my sincere hope that all of us pray to our Father in heaven, and pray often. The Bible says to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17), and we should remember that this verse is a command from God that he expects us to obey. Prayer is not an optional thing if we want… Read More How’s Our Prayer Life?
The New Testament, the law of God which applies to us today (Heb. 8:7-13), tells us that the Old Testament still has much value for the Christian. The accounts of what happened to the Israelites provide instruction, admonition, encouragement, hope, and an example to us today (Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:1-11). Therefore, it is proper… Read More The Zeal of Phinehas
This past Sunday afternoon, I received a call that no minister wants to receive. A dear sister in Christ had just passed away after suffering from a grievous illness for many months, and her family was grieving at the house. Would I please come and be with them? Two months ago, I sat every day… Read More Joy In The Midst Of Grief
Since I started this blog a few weeks ago, I’ve had some really good questions pop up in the comments to my various articles and in private e-mails to me. These questions are legitimate and deserve a biblical, logical answer (1 Pet. 3:15). That’s why I started a “Questions” category in my blog a few… Read More Questions: Does “Breaking Bread” Refer Solely To Communion? Does “For As Often As You Eat This Bread And Drink This Cup” Allow Personal Judgment As To The Frequency Of Observing Communion?
Unity in diversity. Yes, there is such a thing. The Lord Jesus wants his disciples to be united, even at times when there seems to be tremendous differences between them. Both Jesus and his apostles decry division (John 17:20-23; Eph. 4:1-3). Before we discuss this, however, let it be acknowledged that the denominational world generally… Read More “Unity In Diversity”…Does It Exist?