Bethlehem of Judah

Matthew 2:5-6 says, “So they said to him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’” This quote from Micah […]

Why “Liberal” and “Conservative” Churches?

During the past several decades many have asked this question. Some sincere brethren who have been caught up in one stream or the other never fully understood, and many who were too young before have now grown to adulthood wondering why. It is therefore a good question worthy of repeated investigation. Labels of “liberal” and […]

The 9/11 Anniversary

After thinking a few days about the upcoming anniversary of 9/11, I was wondering if anyone remembers the unity the country had after those devastating attacks so long ago. The country pulled together and there was a more spiritual feeling in the nation. Many signs and banners mentioned God and I remember preachers who stayed […]

What One Tolerates, the Next Accepts

John Wesley once wrote, “What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.” Both sacred and secular history have proven the truth of this assessment time and time again. Everything from dancing to drinking, from abortion to mercy-killing, has gone from toleration to acceptance. In the home and in the church, everything from immodesty to […]

The Kingdom Is Like Seed and Leaven

From Matthew 13 is taken two of the seven parables recorded there. In Matthew the citation begins, “The kingdom of heaven is likened unto …” but as has been shown in other articles, Matthew is the only one of the four gospels which uses the phrase “the kingdom of heaven.” The other three use exclusively […]

The Kingdom Is Like a Sower

Jesus used parables to teach about His kingdom. Often He would say, “The  kingdom of God is likened unto …” and then would name the particular parable He taught to teach about the nature of His kingdom. The parable of the sower found in Matthew 13:3-9, Mark 4:2-9, and Luke 8:4-8 is not specifically referenced […]

The Kingdom: Psalm 110:1 and 1 Corinthians 15:25-28

It has been seen in Hebrews 1:1-3, 13 that Christ has absolute rule. He will rule until every enemy is subjected to Him. In Mathew 22:42-46, Psalm 110:1 was cited to show that while Jesus was a descendant of David, thus “David’s son,” He was also his Lord, thus God. The use of Psalm 110:1 […]

“A Shadow of Things to Come”

“… Let no man, therefore, judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a feast day, or a new moon, or a sabbath day; which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is Christ’s…” (Col. 2:16-17). Paul has shown the Colossians that the “bond written in ordinances” which was […]