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Obey the Gospel Now!

Obey the Gospel Now!

Before you die! You could die at any time. Be prepared. Be a faithful and dedicated child of God. The Bible declares, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27). There is a horrible price to pay for the person who dies...

A New Heart and a New Spirit

A New Heart and a New Spirit

The expression “a new heart and a new spirit” occurs three times in Ezekiel (11:19, [“one heart”]; 18:31; 36:26). At this point in the book, Ezekiel is writing in 592 B.C. from Babylon and this section (chapters 8-11) is the vision of the exodus of God’s glory from...

The Judgment Seat of Christ

The Judgment Seat of Christ

The week before last, the jury summons on Tuesday morning allowed me the opportunity to get reacquainted with our judicial system. This legal system has inherent respect and seriousness built into it with the title of “honorable judge,” the armed bailiff, the...

Nullifying That by Which We Are Saved

Nullifying That by Which We Are Saved

We are saved by faith, but some may depart from the faith: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils …” (1 Timothy 4:1). We are saved by grace, but some may...

A New Birth

A New Birth

In my trip back home, I got to see my new great-nephew — just a couple of hours after his birth. It’s pretty unusual for the timing to work out, but I sure was glad it did. I pray that I will get the chance to see him grow into a fine young man, to become a faithful...

The “Itching Ears Syndrome”

The “Itching Ears Syndrome”

Paul warned Timothy that the time would come when brethren “would not endure sound doctrine,” but would want something they could say was more positive and ear-tickling. Of course, they would judge that teaching as “so upbeat” and “so encouraging.” The preacher would...

A Christian Is …

A Christian Is …

In Paul’s second letter to Timothy he calls on us for purity of character. He wrote, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in...

Prophets and Prophesying

Prophets and Prophesying

As noted in our first article, the word “prophesy” means to “bubble up like a fountain,” therefore the prophet spoke a message directed by God. “Prophesying” may be either “foretelling” or “forthtelling.” “Foretelling” meant that the message spoke of events in the...

What Is Grace?

What Is Grace?

Our only hope for redemption is grace: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The subject of grace is quite an important topic in the Bible; unfortunately, it is one that many in the religious world misunderstand and even among the...

No Greater Sin

No Greater Sin

If I were to ask you, “What is the greatest sin in the world,” there is no doubt some of you would say murder. But Paul, who was responsible for the murder of many Christians, was saved and in turn, became a remarkable Christian (1 Timothy 1:12-17). The crucifiers of...

God is Satisfied

God is Satisfied

Suppose that a man rented a large field from a landowner and promised to pay a thousand dollars for the rental at the end of the year. The agreement is signed. If the harvest has been poor because of drought, pests, storms, poor fertilizing, etc., the man who rented...

“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...

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