Rushing to their demise

Mark 14:55-58, “Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’”  Have you ever been accused of something you did not do? What did it feel like? I bet you were angry. Nothing is more infuriating than…

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The “other” types of confession in the NT

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (Jam. 5:16). In the previous article, I discussed the need to confess our Savior, Jesus Christ, as the Son of God. I mentioned there were three different types of confession in the New Testament and that the first led to the other two. Today we will look at the second and third types, starting with confessing our sins to one another. One of the advantages we have and should use…

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By no means the least

“He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’” Simon Peter replied, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’” (Matt. 16:15-16). There are three kinds of confessions in the New Testament. The first, confession that Christ our Savior is the Son of God, leads to the other two.  Without that, nothing else matters because the end of anyone who does not is eternal damnation in the fiery pits of hell.  Confessing Christ as the Savior of the world is the foundation of everything it is to be Christian, and it is the only way…and…

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Keep the knot securely fastened

“Therefore, we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.  For since the message declared by the angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” (Heb. 2:1-3). One of the greatest dangers facing many Christians is the possibility of drifting away from their faith. The Greek word for “drift” conveys a gentle sliding away of a boat from its mooring, rather than a sudden movement. Years of conscientious obedience gradually begin to wain as the…

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Repentance is not an option

“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself” (Acts 2:38-39).  If you ask people what “repent” means, far too many reply, “to ask for forgiveness.” They think saying, “I am sorry,” “Come into my heart, Jesus,” or reciting a prayer is all they need to do. God will…

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To believe or disbelieve

John 20:30-31, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in his name.” God inspired more than 40 writers over a period of 1500 years to put on paper their experiences or that of people they knew. As a result, we would have an accurate record of the history of humanity. The Old Testament is the history of the beginning of the world,…

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No, “Made by God” sticker

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psa. 19:1). The words of David in the psalm above could not be more accurate. If you look at the magnitude of the universe and the complexity and beauty of our galaxy, it is impossible to deny the existence of God. Who else could have placed the sun, moon, and stars precisely in the right place in the heavens? Who else would have the power to take nothing and make it into such a beautiful masterpiece? How can all that be attributed to “chance”? It surely…

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Happy marriage 4

“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him’’’ (Gen. 2:18). We have already stated that God was the creator of marriage and not man, and the above verse bears testament to that fact. There can be no doubt, at least not for any professing Christian, that God was behind the idea and that it was created for love and companionship. But, too many people fail to understand that fully. The world views marriage as a convenience more than commitment. As long as everyone receives…

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Happy marriage 3

Happy marriage 3.   Gen. 2:24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” In one of the previous articles, I made the following statement, “Marriage was not an invention of man. Society did not, over time, establish the boundaries of what constitutes a successful one.” When discussing marriage and its ability to be happy long-term, it is crucial to understand that man was not the inventor. We didn’t make the rules, and we don’t get to change them. Society has changed its ideas of marriage,…

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Happy Marriage (part 2)

“He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5. and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6. So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.’” (Matt. 19:4-6).  In part two of “Happy Marriage”, we will take a look at some information printed by the CDC/NCHS on cohabitation, marriage, divorce, and remarriage in the United States.  While it is older, the…

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