Help Me Go to Heaven

In John 14:1-3 Jesus said, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, […]

How Did Jesus View the Scriptures?

The past century has brought many new and varied opinions as to the value of the Scriptures. There are those who claim to be Christians and at the same time reject the absolute authority of the Bible. In home classes and church classes, I ask the question, “Do you find it difficult to believe every word […]

Prerequisites of Successful Evangelism

Every time our gospel meetings occur, there’s tremendous opportunities to lay the ground work for teaching people the gospel. However, being successful at any endeavor means being smart. If someone has a plan of attack, the chances of success are much greater. Successful evangelism depends on several things: Use the next few weeks to do […]

“I Will Take Up My Cross if It Has a Wheel and a Pad”

For those who live in the Lufkin area, you have likely seen the man who walks around pulling a wooden cross. We have noticed the cross is padded where it rests on his shoulder, and there is a wheel at the base, making it easier to pull. This man has it all wrong. Jesus did […]

Yes, You Can Know!

The Athenians encountered the Paul preaching in the marketplace and asked, “May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak?” (Acts 17:16-19). Paul graciously obliged them and preached to them of the one true God, finishing on the subject of Christ’s resurrection (vv. 22-31). Here’s a couple of observations based on the […]

How Do You Measure Success?

Many become depressed talking to others about the gospel on account of the response they get. Some (possibly most) people simply don’t want to hear God’s message of salvation, and we feel we have failed because they’re not converted. Do you remember how often the apostle Paul was rejected? Do you remember how much trouble, […]

“I Am the Resurrection and the Life”

The account of the raising of Lazarus is the climactic sign in the gospel of John. Edersheim states, “We have here the fullest evidence alike of His Divinity and Humanity; as regards those who witnessed it, the highest manifestation of faith and of unbelief.” A number of scholars isolate seven of the miracles of Jesus […]

Have You Returned?

“But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own vomit,’ and, ‘a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire’” (2 Pet. 2:22). Have you returned to the filth of the world? If you have been born again by believing and being baptized, have you listened […]

Finding Common Ground

After His resurrection, Jesus instructed His apostles, saying, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the […]

The Bias Against Baptism 

In an exchange between a Christian evangelist and a Baptist “pastor”, the latter stated that anything one needs to do in order to be saved is a work, and thus nullifies grace. Surely, he will admit that one needs to believe in order to be saved. Is belief a work that nullifies grace? Some of […]