THE PASTOR IN HIS SERMON: “The English Says, …”

How many times have we been in church listening to the preacher do a good job expositing (explaining) the text?  At some point, he says “Now, what the Greek actually says is…” At that pronouncement, the congregation grows a little quieter and a little more attentive.  Why is that?

ROMANS 8:18: The Glory that is to be Revealed

When Rome came to think that Christians were traitors of the State, she ruled over them in cruel and unmerciful repression. Says historian J. M. Roberts: “Many Christians in the capital [Rome] certainly perished horribly in the arena or were burned alive.” (Shorter History of the World) Of these Christian victims of Nero’s persecution, another report states: “Some were crucified, some were sewn up in the skins of animals and hunted down by dogs, some were covered with pitch and set alight to serve as living torches when darkness fell.”—New Testament History, by F. F. Bruce.

The Word of God Builds Faith

The very first Christians who were disciples of Christ had a bit of an advantage, as they traveled with Jesus, they heard and saw him. They were assured that he was the Messiah by the things they saw and heard, such as his healing the sick, opening blind eyes, raising the dead, Jesus himself being... Continue Reading →

How We Can Help to Meet the Needs of Others

As God’s servants, we are eager to help people with their spiritual needs. (Matt. 5:3) We seek to help them become aware of their need and then we offer biblical guidance and direction to satisfy it. Jesus commissioned his followers to make disciples. (Matt. 28:19-20) We devote much of our time, energy, and resources to carrying... Continue Reading →

Devote Yourself to the Reading of the Scriptures

1 Timothy 4:13 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Our taking in and applying accurate knowledge of God’s Word can lead to eternal life. (John 17:3) Therefore, all Christian should realize just how important it is to read, study, and apply... Continue Reading →

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