Encouraging or Coddling?

It’s not uncommon to hear someone say, “Brother Lukewarm and Sister Wayward need encouragement!” Is this the end-all solution to unfaithfulness? Someone throws a childish tantrum and quits the church. Another gets angry over something said in Bible class or sermon and forsakes the Lord. Is it just a matter of needing to be encouraged […]

Doing the Really Hard Things

There are some difficult things that God commands us to do. It’s hard, for example, to go to a brother or sister who has sinned, look them in the eye, and tell them that they have to repent, like Peter did with Simon the sorcerer (Acts 8:22). It would be much easier to simply look […]

“Ye Are the Sons of the Prophets”

“Ye are the sons of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Servant, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from […]

A Good Man

The world respects a good man. Every man who has done good in this life is respected and held in high esteem by others. Psalm 112:5-10 instructs us how to be good in the sight of God. Five qualities are listed and will be considered in this brief space. First, a good man is generous. […]

A Good Friend

Onesiphorus, a citizen of Ephesus, visited Rome while Paul was a prisoner. He showed himself to be a good friend, and Paul said this of him in 2 Timothy 1:16-18: “The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain: But, when he was […]

The Bible From a Gay Perspective?

A few years ago, it was called “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” a disgusting parody of “The Greatest Story Ever Told” — the Bible. It was presented at the taxpayer-supported University of California Santa Cruz. “It’s a takeoff on ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told,’ which was, of course, the Bible,” Sammy Scheie, a UCSC […]

A Few Things

Because of lack of space in this post, we can only discuss a few things. While it is im- possible to condense the teaching of Jesus into few words, I have selected a “few things” that would be good for you to dwell on this week. First, Jesus said few are saved (Matthew 7:13-14). Although […]

A Father’s Prayer

Give me, O God, the wisdom that I need to mold the tender lives within my care; give me the power that I may subtly lead them into righteousness for true joy is found there. I ask for them no rainbowed path of ease; I ask for them no store of wealth or fame; I […]

Advice Worth Following

We all need a good word of advice from time to time. Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” When people embark on new experiences such as college or in preparation for a new job or marriage, good advice is appropriate. David, in Psalm 119:9-11, offers […]

“A Dry Morsel”

The Spirit said, “Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife” (Proverbs 17:1). Some Christians, as well as others, have homes filled with strife. They do not lack for any material goods, nor bickering. The husband is overbearing on the wife (cf. 1 Peter 3:7). The wife is […]