The Church That Fell Out Of Love
In Revelation 2:1-7 we have record of the letter Jesus dictated to the apostle John concerning the church of Ephesus. Jesus describes Himself as “He who…walks in the midst of…the seven churches” (2:1 with 1:20). This affirms His presence among local churches and the fact that He knows what’s going on in His churches. As [...]read more
God’s Approved Pattern for Submission
The church at Ephesus was established during Paul’s second evangelistic journey. While Paul spent little time at Ephesus on his second journey, we know the church was established because Aquila and Priscilla and other brethren were there when Apollos came to Ephesus (See Acts 18:18-28). During Paul’s third evangelistic journey, he kept his promise to [...]read more
God’s Approved Plan of Waiting for Jesus’ Return
The church at Thessalonica was established during Paul’s second evangelistic journey when some of the Jews “and a great multitude of devout Greeks” were persuaded that Jesus is the Christ predicted by the Old Testament Scriptures (see Acts 17:1-4). In Paul’s first letter “to the church of the Thessalonians” he reminded them how they “turned [...]read more
Taking A Break
There are times when people choose to take a break from their given responsibilities. This “break” may come as time off, a vacation, a sabbatical, etc. Depending on the reason for the “break,” people might use the time to rest and to “recharge.” These breaks might even be a time for reflection or a time [...]read more
Is Jesus Your High Priest?
Do you know why Jesus Christ is the perfect High Priest? Let us consider the question by starting with the following passage from Hebrews: “For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high [...]read more
Trends, Traditions, & Motives
The New Testament reveals limited information regarding the work of the local church. From this information, we understand the work of the local church, the purpose of the local church, how the local church uses the funds collected as well as how and when the local church is to worship the Lord. However, there are [...]read more
Twice in the last month I’ve run across “religious advertising” that has featured the phrase that entitles this article. In one instance, a local religious organization was promoting some kind of holiday program and the banner in front of their facility invited the general public to “Come Experience God”. The other circumstance is a bit more pronounced and permanent, as one of the prominent “community churches” in Beaumont has erected a high-tech sign outside of their building which features notread more
Can We See the Bible Alike?
It has always amazed me that there are so many different religions today. How can there be so many different interpretations to the Bible? The question of whether or not we can all see the Bible alike is often asked and the answer is yes we can if we see it at all. There are [...]read more
Is It Possible To Stand In The Way of Sinners?
The question is one that all Christians must ask ourselves. Are we as elders, deacons, preachers, and members of the church shutting up the kingdom of heaven against men? The following scriptures suggest that it is possible. “Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path [...]read more
“I Will Build My Church”
It is Jesus Christ who said: “I will build My church” (Matthew 16:18) The church Jesus said He would build had its beginning nearly two thousand years ago on the day of Pentecost, fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Acts chapter two records that as people obeyed the commands to believe in Jesus, [...]read more
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