But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:12

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 10

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We’re moving along in Ecclesiastes and have covered a number of areas that Solomon puts his thinking to, all in an effort to prove his original thesis that “all is vanity” where life is concerned. Is he right? Each person will decide for themselves if they at least agree with him, but I think he’s made a strong case so...

Thursday, 28 January 2016 11:45

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 9

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I’m going to assume that by now, if you’ve been reading these articles on Ecclesiastes since the first one, you’re getting the bigger picture that Solomon is attempting to paint for us. If you just found this article and haven’t started from the beginning, I’d encourage you to that and you can find Part 1 here.

Solomon...

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 19:12

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 8

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Ecclesiastes 2:4-11 is a longer section in which Solomon turns his attention to another area of life that, sure enough, turns out in his estimation to be utterly futile as well. It deals with materialism.

4 I increased my possessions: I built houses for myself; I planted vineyards for myself. 5 I designed royal gardens and parks for myself,...

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 13:17

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 7

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I intended to cover verses 1 – 3 of Ecclesiastes 2 in our last article, but only got through verse 1. We’ll pick it up with verse 3 and cover that and verse 2 in this segment.

Previously, we noted that Solomon is using various situations within the secular arena to prove his thesis, that all is vanity or utterly futile. Most recently,...

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 09:06

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 6

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Chapter one of Ecclesiastes covers Solomon’s attempt to prove that everything in the secular world is vanity. It’s all pointless. Please understand that his emphasis is on things secular. He has not gotten into the spiritual realm yet. He speaks from the point of view of the average person who has no time for God, no concern...

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 08:34

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 5

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16 I thought to myself, “I have become much wiser than any of my predecessors who ruled over Jerusalem; I have acquired much wisdom and knowledge.” 17 So I decided to discern the benefit of wisdom and knowledge over foolish behavior and ideas; however, I concluded that even this endeavor is like trying to chase the wind! 18 For with...

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 15:08

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 4

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In our continuing look at the book of Ecclesiastes, I’m wondering if what I’ve written so far has piqued your interest and curiosity to reconsider the message of this book if you’ve been a person who has always seen it as a huge, depressing read? I hope so. If you’ve always seen Ecclesiastes as a book of hope and truth,...

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 11:12

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 3

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 As I’ve stated already in this series, Ecclesiastes is an oft-misunderstood book. I think people shy away from it because it sounds like the ravings of a guy who is thoroughly depressed and has absolutely no joy in life. To think that is, in my opinion, a huge mistake. As we’ll see, Ecclesiastes is a book of hope and truly sets the...

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 08:26

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 2

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In our last article – the first in this series – we touched on the overall summation of Ecclesiastes, as well as the fact that it can first appear as though Solomon (the author), has had it with life in general and has come to a very low point because of it. What we learned (I hope) from that first article is that this is not&nbsp...

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 07:03

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 1

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The book of Ecclesiastes – generally acknowledged to have been written by King Solomon, most likely toward the end of his life – is a book that, on the surface, tends to come across as almost depressing in nature.

I recall while attending Bible college in the late 1970s, it was taught that Solomon had become jaded by this point in his...

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 08:09

Tranformation of the Prodigal Son

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A father’s heart for a son he can now have fellowship with…

I keep returning to this particular parable or story, found in Luke 15, beginning with verse 11. There, Jesus tells us of a young man who went through a tremendous change in his life. But to get there, he caused great sadness to his father and himself. Before he was able to...

Saturday, 16 January 2016 08:35

Israelites Went In and Out of Fellowship Constantly

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Achan’s disobedience to God cost him and his family their lives.

Many people view the nation of Israel as simply being “under the Law” and because of that, see them as either being in the Land (when things were good between them and God) and being tossed out of the Land (when things were not good between them and God). In reality,...

Friday, 15 January 2016 20:19

Knowing God in 1 John, Part 7

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 9 But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:9-10

Confession is good not only for the soul but for our walk with God. In order to have fellowship with Him, we must not have...

Friday, 15 January 2016 12:03

Knowing God in 1 John, Part 6

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As you’ll no doubt have realized, I’ve shortened the title of this series to simply “Knowing God in 1 John” as opposed to the longer, previous title. We’re still in the same series so I wanted you to be sure to know that. Only the length of the title has changed. The content remains the same.

We ended our last article...

Thursday, 14 January 2016 16:05

What Does John Mean by Knowing God in 1 John, Part 5

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Can you imagine marrying someone and rarely talking with them, doing things with them, or simply enjoying their presence? We all recognize that a relationship like that is not a relationship at all. We would rightly ask why those two individuals chose to get married in the first place?

People who spend little time talking, sharing, knowing, and...

Thursday, 14 January 2016 13:00

What Does John Mean by Knowing God in 1 John, Part 4

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Do you believe Jesus was/is God and Man?

Let’s continue with our study in 1 John. We left off last time introducing the purpose for the apostle John writing 1 John. As he did in the gospel of John, he emphasizes the deity of Jesus. He spends much of his time in 1 John pointing out the fact that Christians not only have the privilege of being...

Thursday, 14 January 2016 09:29

What Does John Mean by Knowing God in 1 John, Part 3

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Even though we kind of jumped into the middle of 1 John, I think it’s best to start over, don’t you? We’re missing things from the first section of 1 John that are relevant to what John says later in this short epistle.

Like the gospel account also written by John, this epistle we call 1 John emphasizes the deity of Jesus. It...

Thursday, 14 January 2016 08:53

Can Authentic Christians Deny Jesus? Part 5

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 John 15 can really be summed up in three words: Abide, love, and testify. In John 15, Jesus speaks of the fact that He is the Vine and we are the branches. Branches cannot survive when they are removed from the source of their nourishment – the vine itself.

Clearly, Jesus is referencing Israel here because as Constable and other...

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 11:30

Can Authentic Christians Deny Jesus? Part 4

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For me, trying to understand my relationship with God in Christ has always been difficult. I think it’s because mentally, I’ve consistently overshot it. By that I simply mean that I have tended to think about it in unrealistic terms, which has always left me frustrated.

It’s when I pull back and start to think in terms of a...

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 20:09

Can Authentic Christians Deny Jesus? Part 3

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In Genesis 20, Abraham told Sarah to lie about their relationship. He actually wanted her to deny that they were husband and wife. She obeyed and was promptly taken to Pharaoh’s harem. Abraham was concerned about the Egyptians killing him if they knew that he and Sarah were married. This is a perfect example of a husband denying tha...

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 17:54

Can Authentic Christians Deny Jesus? Part 2

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I didn’t mean to start another series while I was in the midst of my series on 1 John. I’ll get back to it very soon. I promise. In the meantime, I wanted to get another article in on the Christian’s ability to deny Jesus as introduced in part 1. We determined in that first part that yes, true Christians can, in fact, deny...

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 12:49

Can Authentic Christians Deny Jesus? Part 1

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The short answer is unfortunate: absolutely. Please read on.

The tragic truth is that Christians are quite capable of being moved in fear to deny Jesus. But you are probably thinking of a situation where a Christian stands before “accusers” or just prior to being beheaded or persecuted to death in some other way and like Peter,...

Sunday, 10 January 2016 20:57

What Does John Mean by Knowing God in 1 John, Part 2

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I almost think that maybe I should start at the beginning of 1 John and go from there because there is quite a bit involved in this short epistle. We’ll see how things go.

The thing I am constantly aware of is the connection between what John teaches in 1 John and the truth of the Prodigal Son parable that Jesus taught in Luke 15. I used to...

Friday, 08 January 2016 17:10

What Does John Mean by Knowing God in 1 John, Part 1

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I’ve been wanting to write on this subject for a while because when you read through 1 John, it can almost appear as though John contradicts himself. First, he’ll state that Christians can and will sin, then he’ll say that Christians don’t sin. I’ll highlight chapter and verse shortly.

First, is it possible that there...

Friday, 08 January 2016 13:44

Jesus’ Life was Not Easy By Any Stretch

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Tsk, tsk, according to the religious leaders, you can’t “pick” food to eat on the Sabbath…

I want to consider just a few examples from the life of Jesus because in these examples, my hope is that we will see how He lived and how He responded to the circumstances that life presented. Too many times, He was diametrically...