It May Be Closer Than You Think

Several years ago, a family-owned bakery, under investigation for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, was forced to close its doors after a vicious boycott by militant homosexual activists. Sweet Cakes By Melissa posted a message on its Facebook page alerting customers that their Gresham, Oregon retail store would be shut […]

Religious Controversy

No one I know enjoys controversy or strife. In fact, promoting controversy is wrong (Proverbs 6:16-19). However, most brethren do not realize that to run from controversy when truth and souls are involved is also sinful. Galatians 2:11 says, “But when Peter came to Antioch, I withstood him to the face because he was to […]

Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs or Other Music?

All acceptable worship to God must be reverent, sincere, and according to the instruction of God. Our singing is a part of that worship and must fulfill those requirements. Thus, our focus in the song must be on expressing praise and honor to God from a sincere and humble heart so as to please Him. […]

Just One Reason for Divorce?

One of the greatest controversial subjects concerning members of the Lord’s church is divorce. What are scriptural grounds for divorce? There are many viewpoints but only one will stand in the judgment, the one of which Jesus spoke. So what did Jesus say? We will now see. In Matthew 19 the Pharisees came to Jesus […]

Five Views of Mark 16:16

There is a statement of Jesus in Mark 16:16 with four different views of this verse as taught by men that needs to be contrasted with the one plainly stated by Jesus and supported by His apostles in their teaching and preaching. First, “He who believes and is baptized will not be saved.” Two separate […]

Young People and Church Disconnect

On October 25, 2021, Clare Ansberry wrote in The Wall Street Journal about how young people are more disconnected than ever from religion and churches. Several religious groups have seen memberships fall in recent years, including among young adults and teens. About 23% of young people said they attend religious services nearly every week or more, […]

Jeremiah’s Prophecy of a “New Covenant”

Isaiah is generally known as the “Messianic prophet” because of his numerous prophecies regarding both the Messiah and His approaching kingdom. In the same way, Jeremiah is called “the weeping prophet” because of his warnings, through tears, of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, and the exile of his nation. Jeremiah was true to […]

A Silly Season

Hosea 7:11 says, “Ephraim also is like a silly dove without heart: they call to Egypt, they go to Assyria.” Ephraim (northern kingdom of Israel) is said to be acting like a silly dove. How so, by looking to Egypt and Assyria for their safety and security, rather than God. From what I am hearing […]

Has “Religion” Gone Out of Style?

Craig Groeschel, the successful “pastor” and contributor to Fox News, wrote in a recent article, “Recent research indicates that the number of people who do not consider themselves a part of organized religion is steadily on the rise. Interestingly enough, though the number of those religiously unaffiliated is increasing, there is little to no trend […]

The Matter of Fellowship

The matter of fellowship has long been debated, especially among the brotherhood. Some say there is no need to withdraw fellowship from someone walking in error. Others say it is important to do so. We will now look at what fellowship means, the issue of fellowship, especially Romans 14, and finally, we will look at […]