Posts from 2021

Posts from 2021

What Does It Mean to “Turn to God”?

In the book of 1 Thessalonians Paul is so thankful for these Christians faithfulness. In Acts 17, Paul established this church and had to leave very soon because of persecution. Since that moment, Paul had worried about these Christians. So, he sent Timothy to them to check on them and make sure they were going to be okay (1 Thessalonians 3:1-3). When Timothy reported back to Paul, Paul was thrilled to hear that these Christians had remained faithful and continued…

Bully Fellowship

Our Lord has the most beautiful bride in the whole world. She is a “pure virgin” (2 Cor. 11:2) and worth dying for (Eph. 5:22-33). In this latter reference, Paul makes sure that we don’t miss the comparison by noting, “This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church” (Eph. 5:32). That beauty is both showcased and enhanced by the harmony, fellowship, and peace that exists among those who comprise his precious bride. For…

I Am Not Alone?

You can almost hear the pain in His voice as Jesus speaks to His disciples regarding the impending trials He will soon endure. It is considered by many to be the darkest hour in the life of Christ and a prelude to humanity’s darkest hour. The religious leaders of Christ’s day will soon be so moved with envy that they will sanction and even demand the death of the innocent, precious, sinless Son of God. In the hours surrounding those…

What is the Lord’s Supper?

What is the Lord’s Supper? Is it a funeral? Is it a celebration? Is it a memorial? Paul, in 1 Corinthians, had to remind the church of what the Lord’s Supper really was all about. They had become divisive and sinful, and needed a reminder. Paul lays out 3 things in the book of 1 Corinthians that show us what the Lord’s Supper actually is. 1. The Lord’s Supper is a Fellowship (1 Corinthians 10:16) Paul, in this passage, is…

The Christ of Christianity

There is perhaps no more significant study in Christendom than the study of Jesus Christ. Without the humanity and deity of Christ, there no longer remains a fruitful approach to the Christian lifestyle. We have to come to terms with Jesus being the King of kings in addition to our propitiation. As God, He demands our obedience to live as His people (Ex. 19:5). As man, He seeks to develop a deep and eternal relationship, one that could be described…

If the Devil Had A Social Media Account

Just a few years ago, we never could have imagined having such a resource as social media. Though email was a big deal, the reach and impact of such sites as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram is nothing short of remarkable. None of these sites is good or bad in themselves, but how they are used decides the proper use of them. Knowing that, I just wonder how it would look if our enemy, the devil (1 Peter 5:8), opened an…

The House of The Lord

People often travel to faraway places and visit the ruins of kingdoms and empires that once were. But imagine witnessing ancient Egypt during the age of the Pharaohs or walking through the city of ancient Babylon during the days of Nebuchadnezzar. Even more awe-inspiring would be attending the gladiatorial games at the Colosseum or the chariot races at the Circus Maximus. Or what could com-pare to witnessing the grandeur of Trajan’s Forum with its shops, vendors, library, law courts, and…

Close Yet Distant

Upon reading the title for this, you may be wondering “what does this even mean?” It may be confusing, but it does convey the message I want to get across this week. Although growing up in the city, for a short time Chloe and I lived in a small town (something new and difficult for both of us). The term “culture shock” is often experienced by those who move from an urban area to a more rural one or vice…

Preaching With Patience

What makes a preacher? Is it his clever outlines? Is it his “preacher” voice? Is it his intimidating presence in the pulpit? Is it his vast library or his years of experience? Most of us would agree that the previous questions are somewhat superficial and that these things do not truly identify what makes a preacher a preacher. However, the idea expressed in our title (no matter how Biblical it is), is not usually considered the measure of a preacher…

God’s Expectations of Humanity

The topic of pride and humility is often drawn out in just about every book of the Bible. Theses adjectives are typically associated with certain individuals. Depending on the character, this characteristic may be the only trait that some people know them for. One thing that can be noted concerning these two attributes is that they can either lead to someone’s demise or success. They are contrasting characteristics. With that being said, Saul and David are two examples of these…

Blue Bell or Broccoli?

That’s not a tough choice for me. It’s Blue Bell every time. Spinach? Carrots? Artichokes? Get real— who would choose either of them over a bowl of Mocha Almond Fudge? Don’t tell me “they’re good for you,” because I want what I want, and it sure isn’t broccoli! To be perfectly honest, the previous remarks are very close to my true feelings, and that may be obvious to all. While I still may not eat everything I should, I learned…

Headline: Apostasy a Thing of the Past

Just a quick internet search will yield any number of results linking net travelers to articles expressing the same amazement at or offering medical reasons for the drastic decrease in flu cases. Healthline.com shared an article entitled “Why the Flu Almost Disappeared This Year.” Another study provided by Harvard Health Care addressed the issue in an article titled, “Amid COVID-19, a Stunning Reversal in Flu Seasons Around the World.” On the CDC’s official website, you can also find an article…
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