Rahab the Harlot

When we think of faithful individuals mentioned in the New Testament, we would more than likely go to Hebrews 11 and find those of great faith like Noah, Abraham, and Moses. While these individuals are very well known for their faith and the great works they performed, there is one individual we may never have […]

The Gift-Giving Season

It is the gift-giving season, and all of us secretly (or overtly) enjoy receiving presents. No matter what kind they are, the spiritually-minded person realizes that the greatest gift is not physical, but is spiritual; namely, it is salvation. Salvation, like all other blessings, is a gift from God. James 1:17 says, “Every good gift […]

Ignorance About Salvation: A Good Excuse?

Have you ever heard someone ask the question, “What about those people in Africa or some other faraway country that have not read the Bible and cannot possibly know what to do to be saved? Could God be that cruel to condemn somebody forever and ever just because he didn’t know about the plan of […]

The Baptism of Fire

John the Baptist says in Matthew 3:11, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” This statement is sadly taken out of context by certain people […]

Ten Reasons to Reach Out to People

Unless God was mistaken in His concern, we must reach out to people. Unless Gos revelation of Himself in Christ was a meaningless gesture, we must reach out to people. Unless Jesus was mistaken when He created the church, we must reach out to people. Unless the disciples misunderstood what Jesus told them to do, […]

Are Honesty and Sincerity Enough?

There is sufficient evidence to show that this question can be answered negatively. A prominent example in the Old Testament is King Saul. Saul thought he had done God’s will when he spared the best of the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15:15, 20). He seemed to have good intentions in wanting to offer the best to […]

Are You Important?

Ephesians 4:4-6 illustrates the unity of God’s people with the very familiar words, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Paul […]

Eating Bread in the Kingdom of God #1

The night Jesus was betrayed, He met with His apostles and together with them ate the Passover. During the supper, He took a cup and said, “I shall not drink from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God shall come” (Lk. 22:18). These words served to heighten the apostles’ expectation that the […]

The Living Dead

Now that Halloween is over, I wanted to take a little time to reflect on the fact that there were a lot of “horror” movies on television that used the reoccurring theme of the “walking dead zombie.” The “living dead” has been a topic that has piqued the filmmaker’s interests for a long time, but […]

The “Clean Conscience” of Baptism

In trying to decide if baptism is essential to salvation, have you ever thought about the connection of conscience and baptism? Hebrews 9:14 says, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” The […]