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Is Anything Really “Prehistoric”?

Is Anything Really “Prehistoric”?

You hear so much about the word “prehistoric” and how it is used to describe wooly mammoths or dinosaurs or other Ice Age creatures. It means that they existed before written history. Is this possible? The Bible gives us a written record of earth history from the very...

Avoiding Immorality

Avoiding Immorality

In 1 Corinthians 10:8, Paul said, “Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day” (NASB). The KJV and ASV say, “Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.” The...

“And There Was Given Unto Him …”

“And There Was Given Unto Him …”

“… dominion and glory and a kingdom that all the peoples and nations and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion which never shall pass away and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” (Dan. 7:13). These words were written of him who...

You Wanna Bet?

You Wanna Bet?

The Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan made an extensive survey that revealed that in 1974 two out of three Americans made a bet and that more than 30 billion dollars were being gambled away every year in the United States. A 1982 Gallop Poll...

What Should We Teach About Evidences?

What Should We Teach About Evidences?

The study of evidences (or apologetics) is the study of evidence that will convict a person of the truthfulness of God’s word. When one ponders what would be good to teach, four proofs are essential. First, the proof for God’s existence is an important part of any...

Does Instrumental Music Matter?

Does Instrumental Music Matter?

The proposition stands: There is no biblical authority for instrumental music in Christian worship. Numerous have been the quibbles and excuses, but no authority for instruments has ever been shown. There is no principle, no command, no precedent, no logical...

One Dimensional Preaching

One Dimensional Preaching

It is the task of the gospel preacher to use the word of God for “doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). He must preach “all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). He must also “be instant in season, out of season;...

A Disgusting Hypocrisy

A Disgusting Hypocrisy

On May 13-15, 1998, in Jakarta, Indonesia, an “ethnic cleansing” occurred which resulted in many Chinese Indonesians being abused, tortured and killed. Hundreds of girls/women (aged 10-55) were sexually harassed and gang-raped. Some victims were raped in front of...

The Church is the Kingdom #2

The Church is the Kingdom #2

In the last post, we examined the textual evidence for the church and the kingdom being identical. There are six more lines of argumentation to consider. God set Christ to be head over all things to the church (Ephesians 1:20-23; Colossians 1:18). God set His King on...

The Church is the Kingdom #1

The Church is the Kingdom #1

A critical question in the religious community is the question of whether the church is the kingdom. Denominations say that the kingdom was not established on Pentecost in Acts 2. They say the church was established, but the kingdom will come in the future when Christ...

Who Is Lord?

Who Is Lord?

And Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go” (Exodus 5:2). Pharaoh’s question, “Who is the Lord?” actually denies any Lord other than himself. Ten plagues follow but are not...

The Babylonian Exile #10

The Babylonian Exile #10

In the interpretation given by Daniel of the four beasts which came up from the midst of the sea (Dan. 7), Daniel was told these four beasts were four kingdoms that would arise out of the earth (Dan. 7:17). Daniel wanted to know more of this fourth beast, which was...

What Islam Wants

What Islam Wants

Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad vowed at his sentencing recently that “the defeat of [the] the U.S. is imminent.” In a 10-minute statement to the court that denounced the post-9/11 foreign policy as it threatened future American bloodshed, Faisal Shahzad warned:...

The Sprinkled Blood

The Sprinkled Blood

In Exodus 24:8, “Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words.” Hebrews 8:5 tells us that these matters are “copies and shadows” for what would occur in...

Our Triumph in Christ

Our Triumph in Christ

Paul wrote, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14). It is naive to think that every question of interpretation in the Bible has been...

More Americans Have No Religion

More Americans Have No Religion

The Program on Public Values at Trinity College conducted a large study on American religious life found that the percentage of “Christians” in the nation has declined and 15% of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2...

Faith

Faith

Faith has been described as taking God at His word and doing whatever He says (cf. Hebrews 11:1, 6). A person who lives by faith is faithful to God (2 Corinthians 5:7). He is reliable and dependable in everything relating to God. He is trustworthy to the cause of...

Isn’t It Peculiar?

Isn’t It Peculiar?

Many people go through life and never obey the gospel. They have no use for the church. They do not support it, either with their money or their presence. Yet when they die, they want their body taken to a church building they did not darken the door of; they want...

Dealing With Sin

Dealing With Sin

In Ezra 9, after leading the second group of captives back to the land of Israel, Ezra had to reform the people spiritually. Although Ezra lived under the Old Covenant, how he did so demonstrates the proper way to deal with sin. He was shocked at sin (vv. 1-4). When...

Counterfeit Happiness

Counterfeit Happiness

I believe that deep down, happiness is the object we crave most. From the size of the entertainment industry in America, one could conclude that we are in desperate need of happiness. It is the “end all of end alls.” But did you know that counterfeit happiness is...

Is Alcoholic Wine to Be Used in the Lord’s Supper?

Is Alcoholic Wine to Be Used in the Lord’s Supper?

We read of Jesus instituting the Lord’s Supper in Matthew 26:26-30, Mark 14:22-26, and Luke 22:14-20 (cp. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26). The bread is unleavened (Matthew 26:17; Mark 14:12), representing Christ’s body. The cup containing “the fruit of the vine” (Matthew...

The Babylonian Exile #9

The Babylonian Exile #9

The book of Daniel does not arrange all of Daniel’s prophecies and his interpretation of dreams and visions of others in chronological order. In chapter 2 Daniel interpreted a dream of Nebuchadnezzar which spoke of four nations that would exercise their power over the...

“That’s Just the Way I Am!”

“That’s Just the Way I Am!”

The statement, “That’s just the way I am,” often is expressed as an attitude among people -- even in the church. “That’s the way I am, and I can’t change the way I am.” It usually is used as an excuse for not making a correction in living that really needs to be made....

Persistence Pays Off

Persistence Pays Off

The Greeks had a race in their Olympic games that was unique. The winner was not the runner who finished first -- it was the runner who finished with his torch still lit. I want to run all the way with the flame of my torch still lit for the Lord. What a great thought...

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