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What About the Thief on the Cross?

What About the Thief on the Cross?

A couple of weeks ago, we ran an article titled, “The Baptism Of Desire.” A man called us, taking issue with the statement that one has to be baptized in order to be saved. He urged us to look at the thief on the cross. In Luke 23:43, Jesus said, “Verily I say unto...

Don’t Quit!

Don’t Quit!

Paul is a fantastic case study in perseverance. There are several places in his considerable body of work where this is evident, but a notable example of this is 2 Corinthians 4:8-9: “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in...

Equipping Ourselves to Teach the Lost

Equipping Ourselves to Teach the Lost

When it comes to equipping ourselves to do the Lord’s word, there is certainly no substitute for a study of the Word of God. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,...

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

The Pearl Harbor attack demonstrated that a whole nation was unprepared for the attack. Nearly everyone, in their satisfaction with the trivia of everyday living, ignored all the evidence that an attack was coming. U.S. civilian and military intelligence forces had,...

Who Will Be in Hell?

Who Will Be in Hell?

Rob Well, a preacher from Grand Rapids, Michigan, has ignited a debate on the Internet over the subject of who will be in hell. An eye-catching promotional video for the book posted on YouTube criticizes the belief that a select number of Christians will spend...

The Baptism of Desire

The Baptism of Desire

On the April 25, 2011 broadcast of “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bill O’Reilly had as his guest a “pastor” who believes that there is no hell and that no one will be punished for eternity, not even Pol Pot, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, etc. O’Reilly, giving the Catholic view...

Can We Talk?

Can We Talk?

“And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but has shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house …” (Acts 20:20). A lot of people in the Lord’s church would admit that there is something peculiar happening. Perhaps it is more...

Does Heaven Exist?

Does Heaven Exist?

In an interview published Monday, May 16, 2011 in The Guardian newspaper, Stephen Hawking -- the world-renowned theoretical physicist -- finds no room for heaven in his vision of the cosmos. The 69-year-old says the human brain is like a computer that will stop...

Whatever Happened to the Bible?

Whatever Happened to the Bible?

An article in the paper a few weeks ago dealt with the use of a building by a church that was destroyed in a storm. The church had planned a long time ago to use the building for a school but one of the members said after the storm, “We sensed it was not for a school,...

Religion Headed for Extinction

Religion Headed for Extinction

Parts of the world are literally losing their religion, according to a new study. The study, conducted by the American Physical Society, finds that religion is dying out in nine countries. The findings unveiled at an APS meeting in Dallas show that religion may become...

Do You Have to Go to Church?

Do You Have to Go to Church?

In many places the church building is filled on Sunday morning, half-filled on Sunday evening, and one quarter filled on Wednesday evening. Fortunately, our congregation has a little better attendance than the previously mentioned example. However, the difference in...

A Loyal Heart

A Loyal Heart

The writer of 2 Chronicles stated, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (16:9). God told King Asa that He continuously watches for those who are steadfast in Him....

“He Gave Gifts to Men …” #2

“He Gave Gifts to Men …” #2

When Jesus ascended on high, “he led captivity captive and gave gifts to men … and he gave some to be apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers…” (Eph. 4:8, 11). These gifts were for the “perfecting of the saints, unto the work...

What Is Man?

What Is Man?

An astronomer once remarked to Fulton J. Sheen, a Catholic Archbishop, “To an astronomer, man is nothing but an infinitesimal dot in an infinite universe.” “An interesting point of view,” Sheen responded, “but you seem to forget that your infinitesimal dot of a man is...

The New Birth #2

The New Birth #2

Direct Operation of the Spirit? The fourth of the five points of Calvinism is the doctrine called “irresistible grace,” the theory that says that God sends His Holy Spirit in the heart of His “elected one” to create faith, which action sinners cannot resist, it is...

The New Birth #1

The New Birth #1

Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, came by night to see Jesus. His confidence that Jesus was a God-sent teacher was based upon the miracles Jesus wrought (John 3:2). There are five witnesses to the truth of Jesus’s claims and origin given in John 5: God the Father, John...

The Most Valuable Discovery

The Most Valuable Discovery

In 1847, Sir James Simpson of Edinburgh discovered the use of chloroform as an anesthetic in surgery. Some claim this to be the most significant discovery of modern medicine. In his later years, Sir James was lecturing at Edinburgh University and a student asked,...

The Urgency of Personal Evangelism

The Urgency of Personal Evangelism

It will not be long until our next gospel meeting, and the following are some shocking statistics that emphasize the urgency of teaching others about Christ. When you arrive for services next week, there will be 1,000,000 more lost people in the world than when you...

Only a Nail

Only a Nail

A man wanted to sell his house in Haiti for $2,000. Another man wanted to buy it but because he was poor, he could not afford the full price. After some bargaining, the seller agreed to sell the house for half the asking price, with one simple stipulation. He would...

Near the Kingdom

Near the Kingdom

“And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God” (Mark 12:34). In Acts 2:39, the apostle Peter spoke of those people who were “afar off.” Those people were the Gentiles or those who did not know God, His Son...

Righteousness and Self-Control

Righteousness and Self-Control

If someone really wants to be righteous, they must have self-control. Self-control is simply being able to “hold yourself in.” Galatians 5:23 proclaims it is part of the Spirit’s fruit. But you’re not in control of yourself unless … You control your thoughts (2...

Courage Like Ananias

Courage Like Ananias

Have you ever been intimidated or afraid to do something you know you should? Acts 9:1-19 tells the story of a man’s conversion to Christ. He was a vicious persecutor whose nasty reputation already preceded him. Of course, I’m talking about Saul who we know as the...

“He Gave Gifts to Men …” #1

“He Gave Gifts to Men …” #1

Paul wrote, “Whereby he saith, when he ascended on high he led captivity captive and gave gifts to men. (Now this, He ascended what is it but that he also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended far above all the...

A Future Date to Repent?

A Future Date to Repent?

Because all mankind is in sin (Romans 6:23), God demands that we repent (Acts 17:30). For most people, they realize the seriousness of this responsibility and they gladly conform, “looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God” (2 Peter 3:12). But there...

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