Stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching (2 Thessalonians 2:15)

Stand fast and keep a strong grip on the teaching

Sometime after writing to this fledgling church in Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul hears they are being thrown into confusion by fake news that the day of the Lord has already happened. After addressing the issue and reminding them of the doctrinal details, he concludes with this general exhortation to stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching they had received from him. We can benefit from these instructions too. Paul is concerned about the stability of this fledgling Continue reading Stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching (2 Thessalonians 2:15)

Final exhortations to a fledgling church (1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)

Final exhortation to a fledgling church

The Apostle Paul closes his first letter to a fledgling church with these final exhortations. This letter was written after Timothy returned with mostly good news about their spiritual growth in the Lord. It is full of thanksgiving to God for the faith, love, and hope of the new church. It also contains things he didn’t have time to teach them. It answers their questions about the future resurrection and rapture. And, it contains strong rebukes against sexual immorality and Continue reading Final exhortations to a fledgling church (1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)

Who is king of your life?

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Nine out of ten Christians will say that Jesus Christ is the King of their lives. Books have been written about it. Songs have been sung about it. Artwork has been made about it. But is he really the king of your life? Ask yourself who is in control? Do you act like you are the host of your life? Do you act like Jesus Christ is the guest in your life? Do you ask Jesus Christ to do your Continue reading Who is king of your life?

What about alcohol? Can a Christian drink? (Health Update)

Almost all Bible students agree on the basic underlying Biblical principles on the subject of alcohol. But, many disagree on the applications of these principles. When you understand the principles, I believe the Holy Spirit will help your conscience make the appropriate application of these principles in your life. However you decide the Holy Spirit is leading you, I hope you remember that alcohol is an intoxicant that can affect your judgment—and when abused can be dangerously destructive in your life and those around you—and can permanently damage Continue reading What about alcohol? Can a Christian drink? (Health Update)

Walking worthily — lead a life worthy of God

Walking Worthy of the gospel, the calling, the Lord, being saints, love of God

Throughout history and in every other religion on Earth, mankind strives to be worthy of God. Every man-made religion teaches how to become good enough to merit God’s approval. That is the opposite of Christianity. Jesus Christ did all the work. It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God: our righteousness, holiness, and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30). He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised Continue reading Walking worthily — lead a life worthy of God

Abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22)

Abstain from all appearance of evil (the final slam of the door at the end of a contentious argument)

The 400 year war about “appearance of evil” The King James translation of this verse using “appearance” has probably been responsible for more fighting among Christians during the last 400 years than any other verse in the Bible. When it is quoted in an argument about some activity, it is used to enforce one Christian’s belief, conscience, and opinion on another Christian. It is supposed to be the final slam of the door at the end of a contentious argument. Continue reading Abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22)

The teaching and example of the Hebrew Scriptures — live in complete harmony with one another

The Hebrew Scriptures teach endurance to live in complete harmony with each other

The Hebrew Scriptures teach endurance to live in complete harmony with each other Jesus Christ puts a strong emphasis on the importance of harmony in the church. Read A Modern-Day Parable of Romans 14 (How to avoid conflicts in the church) For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. (Romans 15:4 NIV) According to Merriam-Webster, endurance is defined to be the ability to withstand hardship Continue reading The teaching and example of the Hebrew Scriptures — live in complete harmony with one another

A Modern-Day Parable of Romans 14 (How to avoid conflicts in the church)

Group of men who were helped by wisdom of older man to resolve conflicts

Once a week George, Tony, Wallace and their families would gather for a potluck at one of their homes for a Bible study.  They all came from different backgrounds and traditions and it soon became evident that there were conflicts among them. They all loved and appreciated each other but they were afraid their conflicts would tear them apart. They realized they needed help to find a resolution to the conflicts so they all agreed to go visit an older Continue reading A Modern-Day Parable of Romans 14 (How to avoid conflicts in the church)

Are you calling God a liar?

Are you calling God a liar?

If you claim you have no sin, you are calling God a liar If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. and showing that his word has no place in our hearts (1 John 1:8-10) A strange twist of this false doctrine can arise in Continue reading Are you calling God a liar?

The real story of Christmas: Unto us a child is born

There are lots of stories of Christmas and The First Noel. Instead of worrying about which of these are myths, fables, and traditions, let’s read the actual inspired account. This is just a few short pages and it only takes a few minutes, but it’s more thrilling and more uplifting than any mere myth, fable, or tradition could possibly be. Starting with the prophecy of Isaiah written more than 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ… For unto us a Continue reading The real story of Christmas: Unto us a child is born