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What Does “Amen” Mean and Why Do We Say It?

“Praise be to the LORD forever! Amen and Amen”. – Psalm 89:52 The word Amen is one of the most familiar and common words in the English language, yet at the same time it is a word that many of us don’t fully understand. Simple as it may seem, the word Amen is actually brimming over with meaning and purpose. Amen as a Closing to Prayer Most of us know the word Amen as a closing to a prayer. When…

God as King

There was a time when God was recognized (at least He should have been recognized) as King in ancient Israel. Israel’s form of government has been termed a theocracy. Boice notes that, “monarchy is a form of government in which rule is in the hands of a single individual, a king. Democracy is government by the demos, or people. Theos means ‘god.’ So, a theocracy is the direct rule of a people by God as king.” Psalms 93 is the…

Learning from the Apostles Song

Do you remember the words of the song you may have learned years ago entitled, “The Apostle Song”? It is the best way to remember the names of the twelve, but have you ever noticed the opening words? “Jesus called them one by one, Peter, Andrew, James and John…”. He called them, but the emphasis is that He called them one by one. Those four fishermen in the first chapter of Mark, who left their nets to follow Him, obviously…

Knit Together in Love

Do you remember your grandmother sitting in her rocking chair and knitting? Her needles twirled and spun as row after row of tiny knots began to form. She examined the pattern, counted stitches, pulled out a few, retied them, and continued. Each knot was held together by the knots surrounding it until she completed her task. In Colossians 2:2, Paul said, “That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance…

Baptism and the Christian Life

There is no subject more debated in Christianity than baptism. The debate ranges from who should be baptized to how they should be baptized. Further, the discussion centers on the purpose of baptism. Is baptism a covenant for a young child to be realized later in life? Is baptism an outward sign of an inward grace? Is baptism essential for salvation or the remission of sins? Entire denominations and religious movements have been founded over the answer to the above…

To the Brotherhood Policemen,

I hope this open letter finds you doing well and living by the hope found in our Lord Jesus Christ. I am writing to encourage you to think and reason using God’s Word and logic. While the local church needs to fight the good fight and stand for the truth of Christ in love, when did it become of need and even more critical for people to search out perceived wrongdoing in other autonomous congregations? Is there not enough for…

All Things Considered, Let’s Be Considerate

I am neither an avid nor casual fan of the Academy Awards. To me, Oscar is a grouch in a tin can on Sesame Street. I am, however, on Twitter. I saw the clips. I heard the vulgarity. I’ve seen the memes. Can you believe it? Will Smith slapped Chris Rock and most of the world is talking about it. But what should a Christian make of it all? Maybe my answer is overly simplistic, and I am certain it…

Be a Tychicus

There are a number of people that are mentioned in scripture. Some are spoken of often, while some are only mentioned once or twice. There is a man named Tychicus that is mentioned 5x in the New Testament. Four of those occurrences are by Paul in his letters, and the other one is in the book of Acts. When you examine all of these passages, there is a great lesson that can be learned from this less-known brother. Acts 20:1-4…

Focal Point 2022

This year’s workshop is scheduled for April 30th – May 5th. It is hard to believe that this will be our 13th Focal Point. The work, sacrifice, love, and effort that this church has put into this amazing week has yielded much fruit for the Lord and His church. If you are new to University, the goals for Focal Point include the edification, education, and encouragement of those dedicated to Bible study, ministry, and the future of the Lord’s church.…

Grocery Carts & The Abundant Life

Just last week as I was entering the grocery store, an older man was heading toward his car with a full cart of recently purchased items. Just by looking, this man appeared to be in his late 60s to early 70s. He had the biggest smile on his face and seemed to be enjoying life (as much as you can enjoy it with the price of groceries these days, but nevertheless…). Then all a sudden he propped one foot on…

Inexpensive But Invaluable

I once heard a preacher say that his wife liked going to a coffee shop to drink coffee because, “she believes that coffee taste better if it costs $5 a cup.” It may not be true, but sometimes we consider something to be better or more valuable simply because of the price tag that is bears. This disposition might lead us to discount things that are discounted. We might miss the value of the inexpensive. In hopes of safeguarding us…

Godly Leaders

Have you ever seen a group of people with no sense of direction? I remember as kids my friends and I would run around our neighborhood building stuff, tearing stuff up, and wreaking havoc on the neighborhood. We had no idea what we were doing but we were having fun. I remember one time in particular, we put together a bunch of bikes. We would take the front tire off of one bike and attach it to the back tire…