Verse of the Day

1 John 4:11-12Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

Is Ignorance Truly Bliss?

Have you ever really thought about the assertions made by those who squawk about the supposed need for positive preaching? Arguments are made, such as "why expose someone as a teacher of error, it doesn't do anything other than impugn the character of the man," or "why teach about discipline, it never works anyway," or ''why not just teach about the error, not those who preach it," or "we can never understand the Bible alike." These examples seem silly when read by the diligent student of God's perfect will, but unfortunately there are many brethren today who openly and unashamedly express just these kinds of ideas. There are many brethren who would have you believe that ignorance of things that endanger your very soul is truly bliss. Why is it that so many today will not stand for preaching that exposes error? Is it possible that to be informed about...
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Take a Stand

Have you ever heard the old saying "you have to stand for something, or you'll fall for anything"? I remember my father telling me and my older brothers this when we were growing up as he tried to instill in us the idea that a man should stick to what he knows to be right and never compromise his principles. This belief has guided me to this day, and long before my father instructed me to stand on secular truths, the Bible taught that man should stand firm on the truth of His word in the face of the attacks of the devil. In Ephesians chapter 6 verses 10 through 13 Paul instructs thusly: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For...
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Mother's Day 2017

There is a square on my calendar in the office that reads May 14... "Mother's Day." Mother's Day is a special time for all of us even though it is not commanded in the Word of God. Never-the-less, the day itself causes us to not only reflect upon God's instructions regarding mothers but also the years that have gone by in our lives with our mothers. I remember the times when mom would have a good snack (cookies or a milkshake)waiting for me when I got home from school. I can also remember times when I would get hurt and run to mom for comfort. I remember walking to church on Sundays with Mom. Once I found a quarter on the way and showed it to her thinking I was rich. What ever your memories are of your mom I think that most of us can say that they are...
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Heaven

The apostle John was told to write, "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; for their works follow with them" (Revelation 14:13). The Word of God has much to say about a heavenly rest and those who will be there. What will heaven be like (God's draw; cf. John 6:44-45)? Heaven will be a place of rest (Il Thess. 1:7; Hebrews 3-4; Revelation 14:13), comfort (l Thess. 4:13-18; I l Thess. 2:16), rejoicing (l Thess. 5:16), and peace (l Thess. 5:23). There will be no death, sorrow, heart aches, disease, sickness, pain, tears, hunger or thirst in heaven (Revelation 21:3-4). The heavenly city (New Jerusalem) will be a place of total perfection as is represented by the term "foursquare" (Revelation 21:1-2, 16). The word "foursquare" (tetragonos) = "a square with four equal angles; metaph. Square,...
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The consequences of preaching truth in Love

Synopsis of Il Corinthians 2 I l Corinthians 7:7 reveals the fact that Titus had given Paul good news regarding the spiritual state of the Corinthian brethren. Titus also gave Paul the bad news. There were brethren who were charging Paul with inconsistency (fickleness) (1:17) and self-approval (commendation) (3:1). Due to this information, Paul writes the first epistle (inferential subject of 2:1-4). The first two chapters of I l Corinthians serves to give the Corinthian brethren Paul's mode, method, purpose, and expected product of the first epistle written to them in AD 57. When one examines I l Corinthians chapters one and two a true understanding of what "preaching truth in love" is all about (Eph. 6:15). Paul's MODE behind the writing of I Corinthians: The mode of I Corinthians was love. Paul said, "for out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not...
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