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“Calling On the Name of the Lord”

“Calling On the Name of the Lord”

The expression “calling on the name of the Lord” occurs 13 times in various forms in the Bible (Genesis 4:26; 12:8; 13:4; 26:25; 1 Kings 18:24; 2 Kings 5:11; Psalm 116:13, 17; Joel 2:32; Zephaniah 3:9; Acts 2:21; 22:16; Romans 10:13). “Call” means “to appeal, to ask...

The Arm of the Lord

The Arm of the Lord

Isaiah 52:9-12 reads, “The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye...

Why I Cannot Convert My Neighbor

Why I Cannot Convert My Neighbor

A question that has always plagued me is, “Why can't we be more effective in teaching our friends and neighbors in the gospel of Christ?” We hear sermons impressing us with our duty and some go out and make an honest effort to convert the lost. Why are we no more...

Accountability

Accountability

“And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord …” 2 Samuel 12:13 Of all the scorned words in America’s mind, accountability must be near the front. Accountability has become a by-word in a nation that seeks to blame other people or events for their own...

A Great Earthquake

A Great Earthquake

On April 18, 1906, San Francisco experienced what has likely become America’s most famous natural disaster: an earthquake that killed an estimated 3,000 people. The quake was caused by a slip of the San Andreas Fault over a segment about 275 miles long, and shock...

The Sacredness of Human Life

The Sacredness of Human Life

Every week brings the sad tale of murder in this country. It’s almost as if man has found the ultimate solution to problems with his fellow man: kill them. Surely all people realize the sanctity of human life, but each week reminds us that there are those out there...

Who Is a Prophet?

Who Is a Prophet?

The first individual to be identified as a prophet was Abraham (Gen. 20:7). The word “prophesy” means to “bubble up like a fountain,” signifying that there is an inner source which moves him to speak. There are three words pertinent to our study are prophet,...

A Divided Body

A Divided Body

In 1 Corinthians 1:10-15, Paul tells us one of the issues that the Corinthian brethren were dealing with. It says, “Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you agree, and there be no divisions among you, but you be made complete in the...

God’s Plan for Man’s Salvation

God’s Plan for Man’s Salvation

Before you begin reading this, I ask you to write down the answers to the following questions: Have you been saved? How were you saved? When were you saved or in other words, how old were you when you were saved? Have you been baptized? If so, were you immersed, or...

Some Who Are Not Christians

Some Who Are Not Christians

A lot of people will tell you they are Christians. Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is...

Are We Looking for Questions of Answers?

Are We Looking for Questions of Answers?

A lot of Christians have encountered Christians (particularly younger ones) who are experiencing a great deal of doubt. A disciple of Jesus, Thomas, had an issue of doubt. Jesus did not rebuke him. Instead, He gave him the opportunity to have his questions answered...

Are We Saved by Grace Alone?

Are We Saved by Grace Alone?

We are not saved by grace alone, nor are we saved by faith alone, but Ephesians 2:8-10 says we are saved by grace through faith, both are required in order for man to have redemption from his sins. The very fact that God loved us enough to put into action a plan to...

Why Did the Angel Appear to Cornelius?

Why Did the Angel Appear to Cornelius?

In Acts 10:3-6, an angel appeared to a good man named Cornelius. Cornelius was a “devout man, and one that feared God with all his house” and he “gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always” (Acts 10:2). Most people would say that an angel appearing to them...

The Book of Life

The Book of Life

Have you ever had your name in the newspaper or been interviewed for the news? Did you go out and buy multiple copies of the newspaper or record the interview? Most of us would love having something like this happen to us! Thinking about this spiritually, there is a...

“Flesh and Blood Cannot Inherit the Kingdom”

“Flesh and Blood Cannot Inherit the Kingdom”

We began these articles on the kingdom with no intention that so much time and space should be consumed in the study of it. The articles have stretched through many weeks, in fact several months, and still there is more, much more, which could be written regarding...

Questions for Righteous Recreation

Questions for Righteous Recreation

Recreation is necessary for a well-balanced life, and righteous recreation for a Christian is not impossible to find. A decision about which activity we can do that will agree with our convictions should be based, just like so many of our other decisions, on biblical...

Why You Should Be a Christian

Why You Should Be a Christian

Job said, “What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?” (Job 21:15). Do you really need to obey God? Is there any benefit to becoming one of God’s children? Moses made the decision to follow God although it looked to be a foolish choice to the world (Hebrews...

Flee From the Wrath to Come

Flee From the Wrath to Come

In Luke 3:7, John the Baptist was condemning the hypocrites of his day and he asked, “Who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” John expresses astonishment that sinners so hardened and hypocritical had been induced to flee from the coming wrath. They had been...

Portrait of a Prospect

Portrait of a Prospect

Prospects are not strange creatures whom someone else finds and reports to the preacher. Prospects are real live people whom you meet every day. The grocery store clerk, the cosmetologist, the bank teller, the mail carrier, the school teacher, the close friend — all...

Buried With Christ

Buried With Christ

Romans 6:3-4 says, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so, we also...

The Sower

The Sower

“And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow” (Matthew 13:3). In this well-known parable spoken by the sea, the teacher is presented under the figure of a sower — one who sows or plants a precious seed. In the course of...

Will You Give or Receive a Gift?

Will You Give or Receive a Gift?

Christians who respect the authority of Christ know that God did not ask for the birth of Christ to be commemorated. However, it can be a special secular holiday with exchanging gifts and spending time with family. If you give a gift this season, what will it be? Will...

You Can Triumph in Christ

You Can Triumph in Christ

In 2 Corinthians 2:14-17, Paul discusses our triumph in Christ. What Paul probably had in mind was the “triumphal procession,” which was a time of great rejoicing. When a Roman general would take out his army for war and defeat the enemy, they would enter the city of...

“36,000 Scripture Quotations”

“36,000 Scripture Quotations”

While doing some study concerning the lives of Christians who lived in the first through fourth centuries, I came across some facts that amazed and humbled me. I learned that the writings of Christians living in those times were Bible-centered, focusing most of the...

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