Family revival

The family is the first unit that God created, right after He created Adam, and well before government or even church. It is logical that revival must move from the personal to the family level. The ones we live with on a daily basis know us best and will sense what is happening in our […]

Why do Christians try to get morality put into law?

There are times that people will ask, “Since we live in a pluralistic society in our country, why do Christians try to get their morality put into law?” Or they will ask, “Why do Christians back certain candidates for office?” The answers to these questions involve much Bible study and a knowledge of the Word. […]

Is morality a Biblical requirement for leadership?

This question has been dealt with in the media, in discussion groups, and in the minds of many citizens in the light of the scandals that have dominated our political scene. Some feel that a leader’s private life is no one’s business. They feel the real test of a leader is how well he can […]

Predestination or the freewill of man?

Predestination and the freewill of man is our topic today as we consider the major doctrines of the Bible. Perhaps, no two doctrines seem farther apart from each other than these two. Predestination teaches that God controls the destiny of each person, and freewill teaches that each person makes his own choices, using his or […]

Where is your sacrifice for sin?

No sooner had sin entered the world, with the eating of the forbidden fruit, than God gave the principle of a sacrifice for sin. Genesis 3:21, ” Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” An animal died, blood was shed, to provide a covering […]

Where does it say that in Scripture?

Sometimes we go looking for something, and we are just sure we know where it is. We hunt and search, but it is not where we thought it would be. After a while, that item shows up in another place and we realize we would never have found it in the place we originally searched, […]

How to be happy

Perhaps you have said, “I will surely be happy when….” Or “I will be glad when….” We spend a lot of our lives looking forward to some event or the completion of some project that is to make us happier than we have ever been before. In doing so, however, we miss a tremendous amount […]

What rewards or honors are there in Heaven for Christians?

While salvation is free and available to all without cost, rewards in Heaven are promised in various places in the Bible and for various reasons. In Revelation 14:12, we read, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. 13 And I heard […]

What is meant by justification by faith?

What does it mean to be justified? Jesus gave a parable of two men to demonstrate justification by faith. Luke 18:10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am […]

What happens when a Christian sins?

We have here a doctrine that has caused some confusion among Christians. Some believe that sins prior to the new birth are forgiven, but sins following that are another matter. Others believe that all sin is forgiven at the time a person receives Christ as personal Savior and there is “therefore no condemnation to them […]

What does the Bible teach about the rapture?

The Bible teaches a “snatching away” of believers to Heaven, a special departure that does not involve the death of the Christian. Some will not study the teaching on the rapture because they say the word “rapture” is never found in the Bible. This is true, but neither is the word, “trinity” or “choir” or […]

Sanctification or the road to holiness

Sanctification at the New Birth The act of becoming a Christian is described by our Savior as the New Birth. That often confuses some who are not serious Bible students. If you ask some people when they became a Christian, they may say that they have always been one, or they are trying to become […]

What does the Bible say about hell?

We do not hear too much about the future of unsaved people. Probably it is not considered politically correct or kind to talk of eternal retribution. The word Hell is heard a thousand times more on the street as a slang word than in the pulpits of our churches. However, its neglect does not diminish […]

What does the Bible say about Heaven?

A little boy was busy drawing a picture with crayons. His mother asked him what he was drawing. He looked up and said that he was drawing a picture of God. His mother smiled and said, “But, honey, no one knows what God looks like!” He said, “I know, but they will as soon as […]

Should a Christian make New Years resolutions?

Some feel that this is a secular idea, and so Christians should not get involved. Others point to the fact that most resolutions are never kept, so they should not be made. Still others feel it is a good thing for Christians to do some soul searching and resolve to do some things differently. While […]

Should a Christian have a Christmas tree?

This question comes up each year around Christmas time, and the reason for the question is a passage in Jeremiah 10:2-5. The prophet says: “Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of […]

Must I be baptized to be saved?

The plan of salvation is very simple and some try to make it very complicated. When Jesus described salvation as a new birth, He was describing it as a new beginning, only in a different dimension. A person is saved by admitting he or she is a sinner, deserving of Hell because of sin, but […]

Can I understand the Bible?

The questions come in various forms, but the theme is the same. Some feel that Bible study is only for the professional clergy and professors who can delve into the original languages and determine the meaning of the Bible. When God inspired, or breathed through men the Bible, He had them right in the language […]

Is the Bible really God’s Word?

What about the inspiration of the Bible? How do we know it is God’s Word? John Burton, Sr. wrote about this book, Holy Bible, Book divine, Precious treasure, thou art mine: Mine to tell me whence I came, Mine to teach me what I am. Mine to chide me when I rove, Mine to show […]

Dealing with sin in the life of a fellow believer

Much sin is tolerated or overlooked because may Christians do not want to get involved in a process that God has outlined for His people. Others shun their duty because they know that they have sin in their own lives that has not been dealt with properly. Still others think that they dealt with the […]