Meeting a Stranger

Atheism is the belief there is no god to meet. "Deism" is the belief that God made the world and left it to run down and left us on our own. The Bible presents God as a stranger who introduced himself. We have to say God is a "stranger" because he is so different than…

Angels

They are, as it were, in yonder gilded vessel, untossed of tempest; but they have sympathy with us in this poor heavy-laden bark, tossed with tempest and not comforted. I see them there on yonder sea of glass mingled with fire. I hear their harpings, as incessantly their joy goes up in music to the…

Believe in Jesus, Even If You Have to Sacrifice Everything?

Since the Nike campaign unleashed a PR debacle, various Christians have tried to apply their new slogan to Christian living and especially the command to sacrifice.  The book of Leviticus detailed the sacrifices which God commanded the Jews. The Israelites' propensity to sin led them to sacrifice while practicing iniquity, and God refused their sacrifices. Others…

Where is Jesus During the Lord’s Supper?

Jesus said, "Take, eat; this is my body" and "this is my blood" in Matthew 26:26-28. What does it mean? Is that really Jesus' body? Is that really Jesus blood? There are three positions put forth to answer those questions. First, some have said that this means Jesus is actually physically there. This doctrine is…

The Son of God

The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.’ ‘You have said it,’ Jesus told him” (Matthew 26:63–64). But what does it mean to call Jesus the “Son of God”? Does it mean that God the Father created…

JESUS ABOVE FAMILY? MATTHEW 10:37-39

To be Jesus’ disciple, we must love him more than our family or ourselves. INTRODUCTION TO THE TEXT General Douglas MacArthur:  And 20 years after, on the other side of the globe, again the filth of murky foxholes, the stench of ghostly trenches, the slime of dripping dugouts; those boiling suns of relentless heat, those…

Glory to God in the Highest!

There was a time when the Word had not yet taken on flesh (Jn. 1:1), but we live on this side of the incarnation (Jn. 1:14). We live on this side of Jesus' sacrifice. "By this will, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all" (Heb.…

Jesus–The Word

What do you think about Jesus? I’m afraid Jesus may not be the priority and center of your life because you don’t realize just how great Jesus is. In order to understand how great Jesus is, John began by telling us where Jesus came from. We gauge a person by where they are from. If…

Under the Influences?

We are influenced in many ways. “Do not be deceived, ‘Bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33). “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm” (Prov. 13:20). Our families and neighbors that influence us greatly. The eras and locations in which people are born incredibly influence the…