ove Never Fails

John 13:34-35 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Sharing the good news of the Kingdom is something that Christians have been doing since Pentecost 33 C.E. Many millions of Christians have been persecuted, even martyred for sharing the hope that dwells in them. Nevertheless, the identifying marker of being a true Christian in this chapter is what motivated these ones to share their faith. These ones loved God with all their heart, with all their soul, and with their entire mind. Yet, they also loved their neighbor as themselves. (Matt. 22:37-39) This is why Paul’s words are so crucial for our walk with God. He wrote that we are to “walk in love, just as Christ also loved you[1] and gave himself up for us, an offering, and a sacrifice as a sweet fragrance to God.” – Ephesians 5:2.

Let God Use You to Solve Your PROBLEMSThe love evidenced in true Christianity cannot be equaled by any other religion. A magnet is a piece of metal that has the power to draw iron or steel objects toward it and to hold or move them. This is true of true Christianity as well, as its love is able to draw people toward it in sincere, unified, true worship, moving them to love another just as Christ has loved them. Christlike love is not to be confused with emotionalism. Emotionalism is an exaggerated or undue display of strong feelings. While being emotional is fine, this emotionalism or mental imbalance is of false Christianity and is an instance in which “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” to deceive. (1 Cor. 13:8, 11; 2 Cor. 11:14, NASB) True love is,

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

Love is long suffering and kind; Love is not jealous, it does not brag; it is not puffed up,[2] does not behave indecently;[3] is not seeking its own interests, is not provoked, does not keep a record of wrong, does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

True Christian love is not temporary and should not be taken for granted. If we think of a group of Christians on a cold night, sitting around a warm campfire, the chill in the air draws them nearer the fire, bringing them comfort and warmth. What happens if those Christians do not continue to add fuel to the fire? It will go out, leaving them in the cold. The same is true of the Christian congregation and the bond of love shown there. It will go out unless there are true Christians adding fuel to the fire of love. Unlike false emotionalism, true love has a strong emotion, especially righteous anger against Satan and his world, as well as having a strong zeal for truth and righteousness, evidenced in their love for God and neighbor. Paul told us to “walk in love, just as Christ also loved you.” (Eph. 5:2) The question that begs to be asked is, “how can we continuously walk in love until the second coming of Christ?

Widen Our Hearts

The ancient Corinthian congregation received the second letter from Paul, which said, “We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.” (2 Cor. 6:11-13) Why was Paul asking the Corinthians to ‘widen their hearts’?

PROMISES OF GODS GUIDANCEFor the answer, we must go to the fall of 50 C.E., when the apostle Paul arrived in Corinth. Even though Paul had some difficulties with his preaching work, in the beginning, he never gave up on the Corinthians. “He stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.” Many would put faith in him. (Acts 18:5, 6, 9-11) The Christians in Corinth had many reasons for loving and respecting Paul. Nevertheless, some chose to abandon him because he was very direct in his counsel to them. (1 Cor. 5:1-5; 6:1-10) Then, there were those, who were known as the super-apostles, who was slandering Paul, which contributed to others leaving him as well.  (2 Cor. 11:5-6) He had done nothing but bring the Corinthians love and kindness, hoping that his brothers and sisters would reciprocate. Therefore, he implored them ‘widen their hearts’ toward him and others.

How might we apply that same counsel today? How might we show brotherly and sisterly love toward others? Generally, whether, in the congregation or outside, there are human tendencies to draw closer to those like us, in say ethnic background or age. Then, there are those that have similar things in common, like recreation, who bond and spend more time together. Yes, we may stop and idly chitchat (i.e., small talk) for a few seconds before and after meetings but this is only superficial. However, these similarities are actually pulling us apart into what is known as clicks because we easily communicate or work together well. This is nothing wrong with us; like-minded people tend to gravitate toward one another. However, this is why we need to ‘widen our hearts’ toward others. Do we do anything entertainment wise with anyone outside of our social group? Are there certain ones in the congregation that I have failed to draw close to for more than a few seconds of conversation? Have we been to their house, or have they been to ours? Have we eaten out together before? Have we done anything fun together? Have we shared in any sort of ministry together? Do we honestly talk with the older ones, or if we are older, do we talk to the younger ones?

Paul exhorted us to “welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Rom. 15:7.) The Greek word (proslambanesthe) translated “welcome” means “to receive kindly or hospitably, admit to one’s society and friendship.”[4] (Acts 28:2; Rom. 14:1, 3; 15:7) In Bible times, hospitality was very important. When ones came into the home of another, the host went out of their way to welcome them and make them feel at home. Jesus has welcomed us similarly into his flock, and we are to do the same for others.

thirteen-reasons-to-keep-living_021When we are around fellow Christian, be it at a get-together or a meeting, we can make a special effort to speak with ones that we have not spoken with lately. We can go over and spend a few minutes catching up from the last time we spoke with them. If it is at a Christian meeting, this means coming early as opposed to the last minute and staying after instead of rushing out. Once we get to know all of our brothers and sisters, it will be easy to engage any of them in a conversation. Of course, there is no need to try to have conversations with everyone in one meeting. Select a new person each meeting to talk with for a few minutes before the meeting and choose a different person to speak with after the meeting.

Give of Ourselves to Others

We want anyone in the congregation to feel comfortable to approach us for conversation. Jesus was this way. Even little children felt comfortable around him. “And [people in the crowds] were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.’ And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.” (Mark 10:13-16, ESV) We can only imagine the joy in the hearts of those children.

THE OUTSIDERAs a Christian, we must examine ourselves, asking, “Do I give of myself to others?” On the other hand, “Do I come off as always being busy”? “Am I always in my own little world?” “Am I always deep in conversation with my social group”? “Am I always using my cell phone?” While certain patterns of behavior might not be wrong in and of themselves, they may be a blockade to being approachable. Wise Solomon wrote there is “a time to be silent and a time to speak.” (Eccl. 3:7) If ones see us always involved with certain ones, or with our face shoved in a cell phone, or sitting off in a corner researching something, they may feel that we do not like talking to others.

 When we buy out the time to be upbuilding in conversation with others, we are contributing to their well-being and spirituality. There are many older ones in Christ, who have had a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands throughout the decades of their lives. However, if we ask them, they will say it was others when they were younger, who took time to speak with them. The words of encouragement can mean so much to a young mind and hearts, making them feel even more welcome in the house of God. We need to imitate this buying out the time for other.

Peace Makers Possess Humility

Euodia and Syntyche, two Christian sisters in ancient Philippi, clearly “differences had arisen between them on some subject, we know not what.” “At Philippi, the gospel was first preached to women (Ac 16:13), and the church was first formed among women–evidently in the house of Lydia (Ac 16:15, 40). Paul here makes a request of Euodia and Syntyche. He requests the word is never used of prayer from us to God, he asks, he beseeches. Euodia, and then he repeats the word, he beseeches Syntyche, to be of the same mind in the Lord. But whatever the subject in dispute was, it had become so serious that, instead of the breach being healed, matters had become chronic; and news regarding this lack of forbearance between Euodia and Syntyche had been carried to Paul in his captivity in Rome.”[5]

GOD WILL GET YOU THROUGH THISPaul entreats them, as “the state of Christian life in the church at Philippi gave Paul almost unmingled satisfaction. He regarded with joy their faith and steadfastness and liberality. There was no false teaching, no division; among them. The only thing, which could cause him any uneasiness, was the want of harmony between Euodia and Syntyche. He beseeches them to give up their differences and to live at peace in the Lord. Such is the motive which he puts before them with a view to bringing about their reconciliation; to live in dispute and enmity is not worthy of those who are “in the Lord,” who have been redeemed by the Lord, and whose whole life should be an endeavor to please Him.”[6]

Paul asks “a certain person, unnamed, but whom he terms “true yokefellow” to assist them, that is, to assist Euodia and Syntyche; for each of them, he says, “labored with me in the gospel.” It is uncertain what is meant by “true yokefellow.” He may refer to Epaphroditus, who carried the epistle from Rome to Philippi. Other names have been suggested–Luke, Silas, Timothy. It has been thought by some that Paul here refers to his own wife, or to Lydia. But such a suggestion is untenable, inasmuch as we know from his own words (1Co 7:8) that he was either unmarried or a widower. And the idea that the “true yokefellow” is Lydia is equally wrong because the word “true” is in the Greek masculine Another suggestion is that “yokefellow” is really a proper name–Syzygus. If so, then the apostle addresses Syzygus; or if this is not so, then he speaks to the unnamed “true yokefellow”; and what he says is that he asks him to help Euodia and Syntyche, inasmuch as their work in the gospel was no new thing. Far from this, when Paul brought the gospel to Philippi at first, these two Christian women had been his loyal and earnest helpers in spreading the knowledge of Christ.”[7]

It was truly “sad then that any difference should exist between them. How sad that it should last so long! He asks Clement also, and all the other Christians at Philippi, his fellow-laborers, whose names, though not mentioned by the apostle, are nevertheless in the book of life, to assist Euodia and Syntyche; he asks them all to aid in this work of reconciliation. Doubtless, he did not plead in vain.”[8] What we learn from this brief account is that even true Christians, with impeccable records of accomplishment of working for Christ, are not immune to having differences, even disputes. Clearly, God makes available to us the help and determination to overcome any disputes and repair friendships. Yes, personal differences will arise, but they are overcome with humility. – James 4:10.

Esau was a Son of Isaac, twin brother of Jacob. “The young Esau was fond of the strenuous, daring life of the chase–he became a skillful hunter, ‘a man of the field’ (‘ish sadheh). His father warmed toward him rather than toward Jacob because Esau’s hunting expeditions resulted in meats that appealed to the old man’s taste (Ge 25:28). Returning hungry from one of these expeditions, however, Esau exhibited a characteristic that marked him for the inferior position, which had been foretokened at the time of his birth. Enticed by the pottage which Jacob had boiled, he could not deny himself, but must, at once, gratify his appetite, though the calm and calculating Jacob should demand the birthright of the firstborn as the price (Ge 25:30-34). Impulsively he snatched an immediate and sensual gratification at the forfeit of a future glory. Thus he lost the headship of the people through whom God’s redemptive purpose was to be wrought out in the world, no less than the mere secular advantage of the firstborn son’s chief share in the father’s temporal possessions. Though Esau had so recklessly disposed of his birthright, he afterward would have secured from Isaac the blessing that appertained, had not the cunning of Rebekah provided for Jacob. Jacob, to be sure, had some misgiving about the plan of his mother (Ge 27:12), but she reassured him; the deception was successful, and he secured the blessing. Now, too late, Esau bitterly realized somewhat, at least, of his loss, though he blamed Jacob altogether, and himself not at all (Ge 27:34, 36). Hating his brother on account of the grievance thus held against him, he determined upon fratricide as soon as his father should pass away (Ge 27:41); but the watchful Rebekah sent Jacob to Haran, there to abide with her kindred till Esau’s wrath should subside.”[9] – Genesis 27:42-45.

Esau, who was about forty, “had taken two Hittite wives, and had thus displeased his parents. Rebekah had shrewdly used this fact to induce Isaac to fall in with her plan to send Jacob to Mesopotamia; and Esau, seeing this, seems to have thought he might please both Isaac and Rebekah by a marriage of a sort different from those already contracted with Canaanitish women. Accordingly, he married a kinswoman in the person of a daughter of Ishmael (Ge 28:6, 9). Connected thus with the ‘land of Seir,’ and by the fitness of that land for one who was to live by the sword, Esau was dwelling there when Jacob returned from Mesopotamia. While Jacob dreaded meeting him, took great pains to [appease or pacify] him, and made careful preparations against a possible hostile meeting, very earnestly seeking Divine help, Esau, at the head of four hundred men, graciously received the brother against whom his anger had so hotly burned. Though Esau had thus cordially received Jacob, the latter was still doubtful about him, and, by a sort of duplicity, managed to become separated from him, Esau returning to Seir (Ge 33:12-17). Esau met his brother again at the death of their father, about twenty years later.”[10] – Genesis 35:29.

In Jacobs meeting with Esau in Genesis chapter 33, it had been some twenty years since the bitter dispute over the birthright, and all Jacob knew was that his brother wanted to kill him. Meeting after all that time, “Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed.” He knew it was possible that Esau was going to assault him. Therefore, Jacob, the one who had the birthright, who, in essence, was the head of the patriarchal family, he humbly bowed “to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.” What happened next? “Esau ran to meet him and embraced him and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept.” – Genesis 27:41; 32:3-8; 33:3-4.

The Bible contains outstanding guidance on overcoming conflicts. (Matt. 5:23, 24; 18:15-17; Eph. 4:26-27) If we cannot humble ourselves to the point of applying that guidance, making peace is highly unlikely. Many times it becomes a waiting game, both waiting for the other to humble themselves, when both hold the key (God’s Word), to overcoming differences.

What are we to do if we take the initiative and humbly seek peace only to be rebuffed? Well, Jacob spent twenty years apart to allow Esau’s rage to simmer. Certainly, no one is seeking to kill us, and there is no need for twenty years, but time does heal wounds. Therefore, we should not give up, but rather, allow some time to pass so the other can work through their feelings. In time, the heart can be repaired, and our sincere interest in reconciling and restoring our friendship will be seen. If we do not have and make peace among ourselves in the fallen world, the Christian congregation will lose its unity and joy will be no more. – Colossians 3:12-14.

In Deed and Truth

1 John 3:18 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

18 Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.

Nisan 14, 33 C.E., In Jerusalem, Just before Jesus’ death, in an act of great humility, after the Passover feast had been eaten, Jesus washes the feet of his apostles. (Joh 13:1-20) At that point, Jesus said, “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.” (John 13:15, NASB) This was no mere ritual, and it was not some act of kindness. Consider the words of the apostle John, just before he tells of the feet washing account. He wrote, “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” (John 13:1) Washing the apostle’s feet was a service that would have normally been carried out by a slave, which evidences his great love for his disciples. This act of humility was an example that they too must now follow, as they show love for one another throughout the first-century, setting up a Christian congregation that would be over a million just after John died in 100 C.E. In these last difficult days, we need to possess genuine brotherly love, which will move us to exhibit affection, compassion, and empathy for the whole of our Christian brothers and sisters.

While Peter did not initially appreciate what Jesus had done for him by washing his feet, he would later as he would grow to become one of the leading apostles. On this, he wrote, “The souls of you having been purified by obedience to the truth, for an unhypocritical love of the brothers, intensely love one another from the heart.” (1 Pet. 1:22) The apostle John, who has his feet washed as well, wrote, “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” (1 John 3:18) We need to develop such a heart condition that will move us to express our brother love in deed.

Review Questions

  • How can we “widen our hearts” in brotherly and sisterly love?
  • How can we give of ourselves to others?
  • How does humility play an important role in making peace?

• Why should we care deeply for our fellow believers?

[1] One early ms reads us

[2] I.e., self-important or made proud

[3] Or is not rude

[4] προσλαμβάνω | Teknia, https://www.teknia.com/greek-dictionary/proslambano (accessed September 22, 2015).

[5] Euodia – International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, http://www.biblestudytools.com/encyclopedias/isbe/euodia.html (accessed September 23, 2015).

[6] IBID

[7] IBID

[8] IBID

[9] Esau – International Standard Bible Encyclopedia,

http://www.internationalstandardbible.com/E/esau.html (accessed September 23, 2015).

[10] IBID

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REVIEWING 2013 New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses is going to challenge your objectivity. Being objective means that personal feelings or opinions do not influence you in considering and representing facts. Being subjective means that your understanding is based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or ideas. If the reader finds these insights offense, it might be a little mind control at work from years of being told the same misinformation repeatedly, so ponder things objectively …

REASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURESREASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURES: Sharing CHRIST as You Help Others to Learn about the Mighty works of God

Use of REASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURES should help you to cultivate the ability to reason from the Scriptures and to use them effectively in assisting others to learn about “the mighty works of God.” – Acts 2:11. If Christians are going to be capable, powerful, efficient teachers of God’s Word, we must not only pay attention to what we tell those who are interested but also how we tell them. Yes, we must focus our attention on…

REASONING WITH OTHER RELIGIONSREASONING WITH THE WORLD’S VARIOUS RELIGIONS: Examining and Evangelizing Other Faiths

God’s will is that “all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.” (1 Tim. 2:4) God has assigned all Christians the task of proclaiming the Word of God, teaching, to make disciples. (Matt. 24:15; 28:19-20: Ac 1;8 That includes men and women who profess a non-Christian religion, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam to mention just a few. If there are Hindus, Buddhist or Muslims are in your community, why not initiate a conversation with them? Christians who take the Great Commission seriously cannot afford to ignore these religions…

CONVERSATIONAL EVANGELISM: Defending the Faith, Reasoning from the Scriptures, Explaining and Proving, Instructing in Sound Doctrine, and Overturning False Reasoning, [Second Edition]CONVERSATIONAL EVANGELISM, [Second Edition]

Evangelism is the work of a Christian evangelist, of which all true Christians are obligated to partake to some extent, which seeks to persuade other people to become Christian, especially by sharing the basics of the Gospel, but also the deeper message of biblical truths. Today the …

THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST: Always Being Prepared to Make a Defense [Second Edition]THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST: Always Being Prepared to Make a Defense [Second Edition]

MOST Christian apologetic books help the reader know WHAT to say; THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST is HOW to communicate it effectively. The Christian apologist words should always be seasoned with salt as we share the unadulterated truths of Scripture with gentleness and respect. Our example …

THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK: How All Christians Can Effectively Share God's Word in Their Community, [SECOND EDITION]THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK: How All Christians Can Effectively Share God’s Word in Their Community, [SECOND EDITION]

THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK is a practical guide (for real-life application) in aiding all Christians in sharing biblical beliefs, the Good News of the kingdom, how to deal with Bible critics, overturning false beliefs, so as to make disciples, as commanded by Christ. Matthew 24:14; …

YOUR GUIDE FOR DEFENDING THE BIBLE: Self-Education of the Bible Made Easy [Third Edition]YOUR GUIDE FOR DEFENDING THE BIBLE: Self-Education of the Bible Made Easy [Third Edition]

The reader will receive eight small introductory books in this one publication. Andrews’ intention is to offer his reader several chapters on eight of the most critical subject areas of understanding and defending the Word of God. This will enable the reader to lay a solid foundation for …

THE CULTURE WAR: How the West Lost Its Greatness & Was Weakened From WithinTHE CULTURE WAR: How the West Lost Its Greatness & Was Weakened From Within 

The Culture War. How the West lost its greatness and was weakened from within outlines how the West lost its values, causing its current decline. It is a forceful attack on the extreme liberal, anti-religious ideology which since the1960’s has permeated the Western culture and …

EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY Jesus' Witnesses to the Ends of the EarthEARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY Jesus’ Witnesses to the Ends of the Earth

EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY will give its readers a thrilling account of first-century Christianity. When and how did they come to be called Christians? Who are all obligated to be Christian evangelists? In what way did Jesus set the example for our evangelism? What is the …

CRISIS OF FAITH: Saving Those Who DoubtCRISIS OF FAITH Saving Those Who Doubt 

Inside of some Christians unbeknownst to their family, friends or congregation, they are screaming, “I doubt, I doubt, I have very grave doubts!” OURS is an age of doubt. Skepticism has become fashionable. We are urged to question everything: especially the existence of God and the …

Investigating Jehovah's Witnesses: Why 1914 Is Important to Jehovah?s WitnessesINVESTIGATING JEHOVAH?S WITNESSES: Why 1914 Is Important to Jehovah?s Witnesses

The intention of this book is to investigate the biblical chronology behind Jehovah’s Witnesses most controversial doctrinal position that Jesus began to rule invisibly from heaven in October 1914. This biblical chronology of the Witnesses hinges upon their belief that the destruction of …

Translation and Textual Criticism

THE COMPLETE GUIDE to BIBLE TRANSLATION: Bible Translation Choices and Translation Principles [Second Edition]THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BIBLE TRANSLATION: Bible Translation Choices and Translation Principles [Second Edition] 

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BIBLE TRANSLATION (CGBT) is for all individuals interested in how the Bible came down to us, as well as having an insight into the Bible translation process. CGBT is also for those who are interested in which translation(s) would be the most beneficial to use.

CHOOSING YOUR BIBLE: Bible Translation DifferencesCHOOSING YOUR BIBLE: Bible Translation Differences

There are more than 150 different Bible translations in the English language alone. Some are what we call literal translations, which seeks to give the reader the exact English equivalent of what was written in the original language text, thus allowing the reader access to the actual Word …

THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT The Science and Art of Textual CriticismTHE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: The Science and Art of Textual Criticism

THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT was copied and recopied by hand for 1,500 years. Regardless of those scribes who had worked very hard to be faithful in their copying, errors crept into the text. How can we be confident that what we have today is the Word of God? Wilkins and Andrews …

MISREPRESENTING JESUS: Debunking Bart D. Ehrman's "Misquoting Jesus" [Third Edition]MISREPRESENTING JESUS: Debunking Bart D. Ehrman’s “Misquoting Jesus” [Third Edition]

Edward D. Andrews boldly answers the challenges Bart D. Ehrman alleges against the fully inerrant, Spirit-inspired, authoritative Word of God. By glimpsing into the life of Bart D. Ehrman and following along his course of academic studies, Andrews helps the reader to understand the …

Biblical Studies

HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE: Rightly Handling the Word of GodHOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE: Rightly Handling the Word of God

A comprehensive book on HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE by observing, interpreting, and applying, which will focus on the most basic Bible study tools, principles, and processes for moving from an in-depth reading of the Scriptures to application. What, though, if you have long felt that you are …

THE NEW TESTAMENT: Its Background, Setting & ContentTHE NEW TESTAMENT: Its Background, Setting & Content

…the author’s intended meaning to his original readers and how that meaning can then apply to us. Marshall gives you what you need for deeper and richer Bible study. Dr. Lee M. Fields writes, “‘Deep’ study is no guarantee that mature faith will result, but shallow study guarantees …

THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST: What Do You Know About Jesus? [Updated and Expanded]THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST: What Do You Know About Jesus? [Updated and Expanded] 

The life of Christ is an exhaustless theme. It reveals a character of greater massiveness than the hills, of a more serene beauty than the stars, of sweeter fragrance than the flowers, higher than the heavens in sublimity and deeper than the seas in mystery. As good Jean Paul has …

THE LIFE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Apostle to the Nations [Updated and Expanded]THE LIFE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Apostle to the Nations [Updated and Expanded] 

Stalker’s Life of St. Paul became one of the most widely read and respected biographies of the Apostle to the Gentiles. As an insightful compendium on the life of Paul, this work is of particular interest to pastors and teachers who desire to add realism and vividness to their account of …

INTERPRETING THE BIBLE: Introduction to Biblical HermeneuticsINTERPRETING THE BIBLE: Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

Delving into the basics of biblical interpretation, Edward D. Andrews has provided a complete hands-on guide to understanding what the author meant by the words that he used from the conservative grammatical-historical perspective. He teaches how to study the Bible on a deep, scholarly …

HOW TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE: An Introduction to HermeneuticsHOW TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE: An Introduction to Hermeneutics

…Linguistic and literary factors are analyzed so that the various genres of Scripture are examined for their true meaning. The importance of having sound principles of interpretation cannot be overstated as to ignore them will result in all manner of erroneous assumptions. Beville presents …

THE CHURCH COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE: Evangelism and Engagement with Postmodern PeopleTHE CHURCH COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE: Evangelism and Engagement with Postmodern People

Once upon a time, Postmodernism was a buzz word. It pronounced Modernism dead or at least in the throes of death. It was a wave that swept over Christendom, promising to wash away sterile, dogmatic and outmoded forms of church. But whatever happened to postmodernism? It was regarded …

DEVELOPING HEALTHY CHURCHES: A Case-Study in RevelationDEVELOPING HEALTHY CHURCHES: A Case-Study in Revelation

church. It offers an appointment with the Great Physician that no Christian can afford to ignore. Developing Healthy ChurchesA Case-Study in Revelationbegins with a well-researched outline of the origins and development of the church health movement. With that background in mind the …

DYING TO KILL: A Christian Perspective on Euthanasia and Assisted SuicideDYING TO KILL: A Christian Perspective on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

…liberties in a multi-cultural society that is becoming increasingly secular. This work provides an ethical framework in which euthanasia and assisted suicide can be evaluated. These issues are on the radar indicating a collision course with Christian values. It is time for Christians to be …

JOURNEY WITH JESUS THROUGH THE MESSAGE OF MARK: Experience the Ministry of Jesus in a Spiritually Captivating WayJOURNEY WITH JESUS THROUGH THE MESSAGE OF MARK

Journey with Jesus through the Message of Mark is an insightful and engaging survey of Mark‘s Gospel, exploring each major section of the text along with key themes. It is a work that can be enjoyed by laypersons as well as pastors and teachers. Pastors will find the abundant use …

ANGELS & DEMONS: The Bible AnswersANGELS & DEMONS The Bible Answers

What are angels & demons? Can angels help us? What does the Bible say about angels? What is the truth about angels? Can Angels affect your life? Who were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2? Who were the Nephilim in Genesis 6:2? Who is Michael the archangel? Can Satan the Devil control …

Bible Doctrines

WHERE ARE THE DEAD? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithWHERE ARE THE DEAD? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

What is the Bible’s viewpoint? Without delving into an endless stream of what man has said, Andrews looks at what the Bible says about death and the like. Why do we grow old and die? What happens at death? Is there life after death, or is this all there is? Do we have an immortal soul? …

IDENTIFYING THE ANTICHRIST: The Man of Lawlessness and the Mark of the Beast RevealedIDENTIFYING THE ANTICHRIST: The Man of Lawlessness and the Mark of the Beast Revealed

Herein Andrews will give the reader exactly what the Bible offers on exposing who the Antichrist and the Man of Lawlessness are. If we look at the texts that refer to the antichrist and the man of lawlessness, we will have lines of evidence that will enable us to identify them. Why is it …

UNDERSTANDING THE CREATION ACCOUNT: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithUNDERSTANDING THE CREATION ACCOUNT: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Throughout the Scriptures, God is identified as the Creator. He is the One “who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it.” [Isa 45:18] He is the One “who forms mountains and creates the wind” (Am 4:13) and is the One “who made the heaven and …

The SECOND COMING of CHRIST: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithThe SECOND COMING of CHRIST: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

The information herein is based on the disciples coming to Jesus privately, saying, “Tell us, (1) when will these things be, and (2) what will be the sign of your coming, and (3) of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3) What will end? When will the end come? What comes after the end? Who …

WHAT IS HELL? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithWHAT IS HELL? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

What Really Is Hell? What Kind of Place is Hell? What Really Happens at Death? What Did Jesus Teach About Hell? How Does Learning the Truth About Hell Affect You? Who Goes to Hell? What Is Hell? Is It a Place of Eternal Torment? Does God Punish People in Hellfire? Do the Wicked Suffer in …

Miracles? - Do They Still Happen Today?: God Miraculously Saving People’s Lives, Apparitions, Speaking In Tongues, Faith HealingMIRACLES – DO THEY STILL HAPPEN TODAY? God Miraculously Saving People’s Lives, Apparitions, Speaking In Tongues, Faith Healing 

Miracles were certainly a part of certain periods in Bible times. What about today? Are miracles still taking place. There are some very important subjects that surround this area of discussion that are often misunderstood. Andrews will answer such questions as does God step in and solve …

HOMOSEXUALITY - The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithHOMOSEXUALITY – The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Today there are many questions about homosexuality as it relates to the Bible and Christians. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Does genetics, environment, or traumatic life experiences justify homosexuality? What is God’s will for people with same-sex attractions? Does the …

Christian Fiction

THE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm's LengthTHE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm’s Length

…desert but none of such significance as a handful of scrolls retrieved from a buried Roman satchel (presumed stolen) at this site. The discovery has since come to be known as ‘The Diary of Judas Iscariot.’ In The Diary of JudasIscariot Owen Batstone relates the observations and feelings …

THE SECRET HIDEAWAYTHE SECRET HIDEAWAY ON BRIDGETON HILL

Rachael Garrison knows all the shrewd ways to successfully close multi-million-dollar real estate deals with her father’s famous New York real estate enterprise. But beyond her savvy to rake in huge deals is her premonition that an impending global takeover of the world’s financial wealth is on the horizon by evil leaders of The Great Ten Nations. From New York City to the Irish Hills of Michigan, and into the streets of Detroit her life takes on enormous purpose as

THE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed WrathTHE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed Wrath

Kevin Trill struggles with the notion that he may have missed the Rapture. With nothing but the clothes on his back and a solid gold pocket watch, he sets off towards Garbor, a safe haven for those who haven’t yet taken the mark of thebeast. While on his way to Garbor, he meets up …

SEEKERS AND DECEIVERS: Which One are You? It Is Time to Join the Fight!

There grew an element in the valley that did not want to be ruled by the Light of the Word. Over time, they convinced the people to reject it. As they started to reject this Light, the valley grew dim and the fog rolled in. The people craved the darkness rather than the Light because they were evil. They did not want to  …

The Shadow Flames of Uluru: Book ONE in the CHAOS DOWN UNDER 

When an ancestor saddles them with the responsibility to purge Australia of a demon threatening to wipe our humanity with black flames, fraternal siblings Amber and Michael Hauksby lay their lives on the line. As the world crumbles around them into chaos, and ancient marsupials wreak havoc in their hometown, they must journey into …

WRITE PLACE, RIGHT TIME: The Pre-Apocalyptic Misadventure of a Freelance Journalist 

“Write Place, Right Time” follows the pre-apocalyptic misadventures of freelance journalist Don Lamplighter. While on what he expects to be a routine Monday night trip to a village board meeting, Lamplighter’s good nature compels him to help a stranded vehicle. Little does he know that by saving one of the car’s occupants, he sets forth a chain of what to him seem to be unrelated events where he must use his physical and social skills to save himself and others from precarious situations.

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