Who is the chief, or foremost, sinner?


Towards the end of his life, the Apostle Paul wrote a pastoral letter to Timothy. In this letter, he gave amazing instructions, commands, encouragements, warnings, and personal testimony. He revealed that he was a sinner. Not just any sinner, he said he was the chief, or foremost sinner. This is completely contrary to the common perception of a devout, pious, holy man of God. What did he mean?


What about born again?


During the early months of Jesus’ ministry, an influential member of the Sanhedrin, came to Jesus at night to seek assurance that Jesus was from God. But, Jesus, reading his heart, answered the hidden problem. Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NLT) Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, except anyone be born from above, he is not able to Continue reading What about born again?


Is circumcision required for salvation?

The Bible describes 2 different religious rituals of circumcisions. The first is the physical circumcision as a visible sign of the Old Testament covenant between God and Abraham (and all of Abraham’s descendants), which is not required for salvation. The second is a spiritual circumcision, which was preached, prophesied, and practiced in the Hebrew scriptures. Spiritual circumcision is required for salvation. If you are surprised or offended, I hope you will be like the noble Berean’s, who “received the word with all readiness of Continue reading Is circumcision required for salvation?


101 Verses on Humility and Meekness


Now the man Moses was very humble, above all the men who were on the surface of the earth. (Numbers 12:3) “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.” (1 Kings 21:29) if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, Continue reading 101 Verses on Humility and Meekness


Characteristics of Godly Wisdom


True wisdom comes from God therefore it has characteristics that are God-like. If the Holy Spirit indwells me and I am growing in God’s wisdom, these characteristics will be present in my life. If I know that they are not present or are rarely present, I should ask myself, “Why not?” If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are Continue reading Characteristics of Godly Wisdom


All the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes


Let’s consider a verse that is often used to justify dictatorial over-lording in Christian fellowships. The reasoning goes something like this: when there were no humans to control them, these people did whatever was right in their own eyes, so you need to submit to those humans that are over you in the Lord or else you will fall into the same sins. This gives them an excuse to order your lives. It ignores your salvation, it ignores the Holy Spirit, Continue reading All the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes


Halley’s Bible Handbook by Henry H. Halley


Please consider adding this highly recommended book to your library. This is the closest thing I have ever seen to a behind-the-scenes edition of the Bible. It is a great place to start understanding the Bible. Halley’s Bible Handbook was born out of Henry H. Halley’s conviction that everyone ought to read the Bible daily. From its first edition, a small give-away booklet of 16 pages, it has grown into a 864-page “almanac” of biblical information, used regularly by hundreds Continue reading Halley’s Bible Handbook by Henry H. Halley


Christian vs. the bunker mentality

German WW2 bunker

God never intended for Christians to become weird introspective hermits living in ghostly religious bunkers separated from the world. If this is where you have ended up, please prayerfully consider the following… Adam’s disobedience brings curse on the entire world (Genesis 3) Mankind’s disobedience brings curse on the entire world (Genesis 6) Abraham’s obedience brings promise of blessing to the entire world (Genesis 12; Romans 4) The Jews to be an example to the entire world (Isaiah 43) Jesus Christ died Continue reading Christian vs. the bunker mentality


Luke 15 – The Divine Seeker


Have you ever wondered if you’ve gotten so far away from God that he doesn’t notice you anymore? Or maybe you feel like God notices you, but he’s either angry with you for what you’ve done or doesn’t think you’re worth his time. In this message from Luke 15, Claude Hickman walks through three stories Jesus tells that all make one point.


Give us Barabbas


The man named Barabbas was no accidental coincidence, his name was {Βαραββᾶς, Βαραββα, ὁ (from בַּר son, and אַבָּא father, hence, son of a father} which includes all of us. Every human son/daughter of a father was set free of the curse of sin by the death/burial/resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, the ultimate Son of the ultimate Father. The murderous terrorist, who deserved to die, went free and the harmless, undefiled, free-from-sin, lamb of God was sacrificed in his place. Please read Continue reading Give us Barabbas