“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”—2 Corinthians 9:15 Though he was a gifted writer, and an eloquent communicator of the gospel, there came a time when the apostle Paul could only pause his pen and say in a profound doxology of gratitude, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2 Cor 9:6-15).… Continue reading A Gift Difficult to Speak Of
On May 14, 2018, the United States of America opened an embassy in Jerusalem while telling Israel, “You are not alone.” Such words are reassuring to a small nation that has been under siege since its modern rebirth 70 years ago on May 14, 1948. On that day Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion pronounced the… Continue reading Israel, You Are Not Alone!
c. 763 BC Of all the prophets, Amos emerges as a leading voice on behalf of the poor, the oppressed, and the downtrodden. Amos longed for righteousness to be found in the land. His concern for justice touches the heart, for his message goes beyond criminal justice to demand that government be sensitive to the… Continue reading A Message of Judgement and Hope
“And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abi-ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is… Continue reading Gideon: God’s Man of Valor
Various church traditions have placed different meaning on baptism. It is important that every mature Christian study the Scriptures in order to be fully persuaded in their own mind the proper Biblical meaning of baptism, its mode, who should be baptized, and who should not. The Meaning of Baptizo The word “baptizo” has come to… Continue reading What is the Meaning of Baptism?
So why did Jesus speak in parables, and what is a parable anyway? The word parable consists of two words in the Greek, para, alongside of, and bola, to throw. A parable literally means to bring alongside of something that is thrown down. It can be said that alongside an earthly story, Jesus threw down… Continue reading Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?
Though some within the Church have taught that Christ could sin, the orthodox position has always been that the Lord Jesus Christ could not have sinned. Christian author, W.E. Best (1919 – 2007), explains. “The point of view that Christ could sin is designated by the idea of peccability, and the fact that He could… Continue reading The Sinlessness of Jesus