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A Vision for the Future

A Vision for the Future

Several passages in the New Testament describe the end of time and the coming judgment. Jesus’ coming is described as “thief in the night” and at that time the “heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat” (2 Peter 3:10)....

Singing Praises in the Kingdom of God #1

Singing Praises in the Kingdom of God #1

In His closing exhortation to the Hebrews, the writer urged, “Through him let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, continually, that is, the fruit of our lips which make confession to his name” (Heb. 13:15). There are at least three different ways by which we may...

Those Who Won’t Be Saved by Baptism

Those Who Won’t Be Saved by Baptism

If someone diligently follows the Bible, they will no doubt learn that baptism will wash away their sins, thereby saving them (Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27; 1 Peter 3:21). However, men and women have many ideas about baptism now. Because of this, baptism...

The Marvels of Mercy #4

The Marvels of Mercy #4

The fifth marvel of mercy is that God would be willing to be so longsuffering. It is fitting that this marvel is discussed last because the longsuffering of God is perhaps the greatest marvel of all (Matthew 23:37; 1 Peter 3:20). That is what Peter was speaking of...

The Marvels of Mercy #3

The Marvels of Mercy #3

The third marvel of mercy is that God would condescend to reason with sinners. Man is but the “dust” of the earth (Psalm 8:3-4; 103:14). The fact that God offers to reason with us shows how unreasonable we have been in turning away from His will (Isaiah 1:18). God has...

The Marvels of Mercy #2

The Marvels of Mercy #2

The first marvel of mercy is that God would forgive at all. Man sinned in the beginning because the devil came in the form of a serpent and deceived Adam and Eve right after God expressly told them not to eat of the tree (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:4-5). Why should we expect...

The Marvels of Mercy #1

The Marvels of Mercy #1

The Seven Wonders of the World was a list made by the ancient Greeks of the most amazing structures of the ancient world. When one pictures the great pyramid of Giza, the hanging gardens of Babylon, the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, the temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the...

What God Has Prepared

What God Has Prepared

“But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). While this might seem an excellent description of heaven, and some certainly hold this view,...

You Lost Me

You Lost Me

David Kinnaman, author of You Lost Me, makes several great observations about why young people give up their faith after leaving high school. He found that 59% of young people with a religious background dropped out of their church after attending regularly. One of...

What Christ Can Do for You

What Christ Can Do for You

In the 1850s Henry Wadsworth Longfellow could take a worthless piece of paper, write a poem on it, and instantly make it worth thousands of dollars. In the 1890s John D. Rockefeller could sign his name to a piece of paper and make it worth millions. In the 1950s Pablo...

Missed Summit Attempt

Missed Summit Attempt

A recent story made me think of evangelism. An Israeli, Nadav Ben-Yehuda, rescued a distressed climber, Aydin Irmak, who also was his best friend, on Mount Everest instead of pushing onward to the summit. Ben-Yehuda was climbing with a Sherpa guide when he came across...

Thinking About Faith

Thinking About Faith

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). A few hundred years ago, the religious situation our forefathers faced was very different from our time. Before the Reformation, the common people did not have a vast...

A Waste of Faith

A Waste of Faith

Reflecting on all the Titanic coverage over the last couple of weeks made me think of the hymn, “Love Lifted Me.” The first verse reads, “I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more; but the Master of the...

Looking for the Dead

Looking for the Dead

Since the close of WWII, Japanese volunteers have been searching the island of Saipan for the bodies of soldiers killed there. Of the 40,000-50,000 Japanese soldiers and civilians believed to have died there 68 years ago, only about half have been found. The church,...

Are You “Retreating” From the Lord?

Are You “Retreating” From the Lord?

For a long time, a lot of brethren have organized or participated in “retreats,” a daylong or weekend series of meetings for men or women to teach, study, pray, visit, etc. This arrangement provided it is not a church-sponsored recreational event, is not wrong in and...

The Faith of an Atheist

The Faith of an Atheist

Just this past week, I had the opportunity to talk with a self-proclaimed atheist. I found it to be a rather interesting conversation. He discussed several things which he found to be adequate evidence, none of which stood to any measure of inspection. Yet, he...

Do You Have a Cloud in Your Life?

Do You Have a Cloud in Your Life?

In Exodus 20:21, after Moses received the ten commandments, the Israelites were terrified and asked for Moses to speak to them lest they die after witnessing the thunderings, lightnings, and sound of the trumpet. Exodus 20:21 says, “So the people stood afar off, but...

What Is Religious Authority?

What Is Religious Authority?

In Matthew 21:25, Jesus posed a question to the scribes and Pharisees. He asked them if the baptism of John was from heaven or men. The Lord was asking them to make a decision of whose authority must be followed. The scribes and Pharisees seemed to know the answer,...

A House Divided

A House Divided

In Matthew 12:22-30, Jesus performed another miracle, confirming His word and His claim to be the Messiah. Some people thought He was the son of David while others, in hatred, thought Him to be Beelzebub. Jesus responded to the critics, knowing their thoughts. The...

How Are Your Eyes?

How Are Your Eyes?

How are your eyes? The average American gets an eye exam every 2 years. Most people would probably say their eyesight is the most valuable of their senses. We have all kinds of techniques today that are able to improve our vision. But how recently have you checked...

A Thousand Times … NO!

A Thousand Times … NO!

Ever notice that you can say “no” a thousand times, but all those “no’s” are canceled by one “yes”? Parents especially know the truth of the previous statement. “No, you cannot have a cookie, cannot have a cookie, cannot have a cookie! Okay, yes!” The cookie will be...

Eating Bread in the Kingdom of God #2

Eating Bread in the Kingdom of God #2

In the night He was betrayed, Jesus gave a memorial supper of Himself by which all present and future disciples would remember His sacrifice of love for them. He said, “I shall not eat of it until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God” (Lk. 22:16); “I shall not drink...

What is Confession?

What is Confession?

Christians know that hearing, faith, and repentance are essential to salvation (Romans 10:17; John 8:24; Acts 17:30-31). But they are not the only items essential to a man’s conversion; confession is also needed. “Confession” means “to speak the same thing as.” This...

Life, Death, and Judgment

Life, Death, and Judgment

If there is anything certain in this life it is the fact that you will die. In all of recorded history, there are only three individuals who did not die: Enoch (Genesis 5), Elijah (2 Kings 2), and Jesus (Acts 1). Of course, Jesus died, but He overcame death to live...

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