Amos 1:1-2:8 How frequently have we become the victim of our own attitudes? How often are we guilty of using a double standard to justify ourselves and condemn our enemies? Is it not true that we are guilty of doing what we condemn in others? The author, Amos, gives us three ways to date this … Read more“Get them God!… Uh-Oh!”
Text: Jeremiah 18:5-10 Among the most difficult biblical topics is the one of God’s interaction with people. Among the reasons for it being a difficult topic is the nature of the situation. The situation involves the interaction of an eternal being Who has creative powers with a physical being who deceptively believes he can manipulate … Read moreThe power of human choice
Text: read the Book of Amos (9 chapters) King David, the second King of Israel, ruled well. Though he made some personal mistakes, there was never a question he belonged to God. When he became aware of his mistakes, he accepted personal responsibility for the mistakes (rather than resorting to self-justification), and repented. He ruled … Read moreAmos; Important Background
I believe we often baptize people before they’ve been properly taught. But then again, it’s often hard to determine what a person should know before they are baptized. Since baptism is only the beginning point, it is only necessary those who are baptized have basic understanding of Christian theology, doctrine, & practice. But what exactly … Read moreWhat do they need to know before they’re baptized?
Jesus preached, in the Sermon on the Mount, “Judge not, that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1, KJV). But what did He mean by that? Did He mean His followers should never criticize someone else’s behavior? Did He mean we should all just “mind our own business”? How can we call the world to repent … Read moreMatthew 7:1 re-examined: Judge not, lest ye be judged.
BY WAYNE JACKSON Jim Minter, a former editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, produced a brief essay (12/1999) that was published in The Atlanta Journal. It was titled, “Which Version Should We Teach?” Mr. Minter, an entertaining writer, commences with a grievance about all of the controversy over prayer in the school. He complained that it … Read moreThe Curse of Religious Diversity
How can everyone read the same Bible and come to different conclusions about what it means? If we’re all reading the same book, why don’t we all believe and practice the same things? Here are some thoughts about why we don’t all understand the Bible alike. Not the Reason First of all, you need to … Read moreWhy don’t we all understand the Bible alike?
From the beginning of time, God ordained that in the realm of nature seed would reproduce after their kind (Genesis 1:11-12). This is a consistent and immutable law of nature. Every farmer knows that if he plants corn seed he will reap corn, not wheat or soybeans. Every gardener knows that if she plants squash … Read moreReaping what we sow
I believe human beings are the pinnacle of God’s creation; God’s image-bearers in the world. There is absolutely nothing on the planet more valuable than a single human life. Therefore, I consider myself pro ALL life. I believe all humans ought to be loved, valued, and protected. But that position has several implications. Let’s think … Read moreSome Implications of Being Pro ALL Life
by Richard Thetford The calendar reads “Easter Sunday.” As a result, many people throughout the world will be attending the “church of their choice” to remember the resurrection of Jesus. It won’t be the “normal” service, but rather a “special” service of remembering the resurrection of our Lord that no doubt will include different plays, … Read moreRemembering His Resurrection Annually?