Articles (Page 3)

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The Greatest Conundrum Facing the Gospel Today

If someone were to sit down and begin writing a list of the greatest problems facing the Gospel today they would end up with a pretty extensive list. Division, confusion, hate, false teaching, comfort-zones, divisiveness, bias, and apathy are some, just to name a few, of the conundrums that the Gospel and those who proclaim it face on a daily basis. No doubt these are some troubling factors contributing to the issues, but they are not the greatest issue. The…
#blessed

THE BLESSING OF CHOSENNESS

The month of November is associated with many things—Election Day, Veteran’s Day, Black Friday, and not shaving—but November will always be primarily associated with Thanksgiving. Our modern version of Thanksgiving is often associated with a three day harvest feast which took place at the Plymouth Colony in 1621. This feast was attended by approximately fifty Pilgrims and ninety Native Americans, and it celebrated the Pilgrim’s first successful growing season. The objective of this feast, as well as other similar thanksgiving…
Bible and Polotics

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT POLITICS? (PART 3)

With politics taking center stage in our society due to a divisive Supreme Court confirmation and pending midterm elections, maybe it is time we consider what the Bible has to say about political matters. For the record, this will not be an investigation or critique of political ideologies, platforms, or parties; instead, it will be a three week study of some key biblical principles affecting the Christian’s relationship with the government. Two weeks ago, we observed the relationship between God…
Path To Glory

THE PATH TO GLORY – PART FIVE

So, you want to bring glory to God? Isn’t it a wonderful thought? Isn’t it almost unbelievable that imperfect, sinful people could bring glory to our Creator, Sustainer, and Savior? And yet, we have studied a passage of Scripture over the past few weeks that has shown us a clear “path” that leads to doing just that. And here we are, at the end of this study of Philippians 1:9-11, to examine the final step in this important and amazing…
Path To Glory

THE PATH TO GLORY – PART FOUR

In the world of sports, the phrase “respect the process” is often used to remind people that there is no “magic wand” or “easy button” that can create a winning team. It takes hard work, discipline, and lots of “behind-the-scenes” effort to be successful, and anyone who thinks otherwise is most likely nothing more than a “consumer” with a lack of understanding about the dynamics and inner workings of these organizations. The process is important. The process is the path…
Bible and Polotics

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT POLITICS? (PART 2)

With politics taking center stage in our society due to a divisive Supreme Court confirmation and pending midterm elections, maybe it is time we consider what the Bible has to say about political matters. For the record, this will not be an investigation or critique of political ideologies, platforms, or parties; instead, it will be a three week study of some key biblical principles affecting the Christian’s relationship with the government. In last week’s article we observed the relationship between…

What Will You Become

Change is an unavoidable and inevitable fact of life. It will happen and does happen to every single person. In some areas of life there might be a need for change, while in other areas of life people would prefer you stay the same. Change is hard to deal with and hard to accept when something happens that you know will threaten your routine, your schedule, and possibly even place you in a state of doubt or worry. However, no…
Bible and Polotics

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT POLITICS? (PART 1)

With politics taking center stage in our society due to a divisive Supreme Court confirmation and pending midterm elections, maybe it is time we consider what the Bible has to say about political matters. For the record, this will not be an investigation or critique of political ideologies, platforms, or parties; instead, it will be a three week study of some key biblical principles affecting the Christian’s relationship with the government. What is the relationship between God and government? In…

Chosen or Frozen

There is no doubt that the people of God are the called out, the elect, the special people, the royal priesthood, the holy nation, and the chosen people of Earth. In fact, the Apostle Peter would blatantly point that fact out in the beginning of 1 Peter 2:9. It would be no surprise for many to open that passage up and think, “Oh yeah, I have heard this verse all my life.” Countless sermons and lessons have been extended and…
Path To Glory

THE PATH TO GLORY – PART THREE

In our study of Philippians 1:9-11, we have observed the first two “steps” towards bringing glory to God in our lives: Step #1: Abound in love Step #2: Use knowledge and discernment In our text, these first two steps seem to serve as a “prerequisite” for what comes next… STEP #3: APPROVE WHAT IS EXCELLENT Paul says in verses 9-10, “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that…
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HOW TO MAKE PEACE

In Romans 12:18, Paul said, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” In issuing this statement, Paul established an expectation that as Christians we would be peacemakers. While peacemaking is a quality valued in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:9), it is not a quality valued in the kingdoms of men, and, as a result, knowing how to make peace is a skill many people lack. Thankfully, God did not establish an expectation of…
Pluto

JUST LIKE PLUTO

Recently, the debate about Pluto was reignited with several astronomers contending for its planetary status to be reinstated.[1] You may remember that the International Astronomical Union (IAU), an “association of professional astronomers” that operates “as the internationally recognized authority for assigning designations and names to celestial bodies” downgraded Pluto from the status of a planet to a dwarf planet back in 2006 based on their newly refined definition of a planet.[2] The demotion of Pluto to the status of a dwarf planet…