No mystery in the gospel message.
Many preachers preach on subjects that are mysteries to them so that what is passed on helps no one to learn God’s plan or explain His care for people on the rocky road of life. This is disappointing. Mysteries do exist and maybe more often in the complex book of the Bible. The book of […]Read the rest
There are many little-known facts about Jesus (Yeshua) that are not taught to His followers by those who ought to be knowledgeable. Sometimes it is because it seems irrelevant and other times it seems the truth might damage a preconceived tradition of some denominational doctrine. Most frightening is when those educated to teach the Bible have […]Read the rest
Baptism was an essential feature of the first century apostolic message of Christian discipleship. Immersion in water was an ancient rite of Jewish cleansing performed by both men and women who were aware of their “uncleanness.” The Jewish law commanded such ritual cleansing, which had very little to do with dirt on the body but […]Read the rest
“What must I do to be saved?”
What must I do to be saved? The coming of Jesus Christ was an answer to the promise that was made to the first Jew named Abraham. This man lived in the post flood world of pagan men who had created their own religions. Abraham rejected their presumptions and waited for something better to happen. […]Read the rest
By Whose Authority?
By whose authority? You’re not the boss of me! How many times I must have said that to my brother and sister. They were bigger and older. They knew it and I knew it. But they were not in authority over me unless that authority came from someone I knew to be in control – […]Read the rest
Old Testament vs New Testament: Law vs Grace.
In this series of articles on Bible study, important differences between the New Testament and the Old Testament need to be understood to discern the plan that God has had since before time began. The OT was a covenant agreement between God and a single nation, the Jews. It was based on laws and ratified […]Read the rest
“The Legal Tangle” by Carl Ketcherside: Death of legalistic religion.
As a Johnny come lately, I have not had the pleasure of reading but few of the works of Carl Ketcherside (now deceased). He was a man of great faith and energy and like myself was blinded for some time by proud and partisan politics brought into the fellowship of believers who fell under the […]Read the rest
Repentance Leads to Life!
I heard a sermon recently aimed at the fallibility of people in understanding and correctly teaching the good news about the kingdom of God, which Jesus established through his death, burial and resurrection. Even preachers get it wrong according to this pastor. His message centered on the grace of God and how this grace is […]Read the rest
Introduction to the New Testament – Lesson Four
Overview: The events recorded in the section of the Bible we refer to as the New Testament (NT) were recorded during the last years of the global kingdom known as the Roman Empire. The writings of the NT must be considered in light of the people, government, laws, religions, cities and politics of the […]Read the rest
The Bible – Lesson Three
In lesson 3 of our study of the Bible, an emphasis is made that the Bible is a great book. The reading and studying of the great book have made men and women great. Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Napoleon, Queen Victoria, Daniel Webster, Robert E Lee, John Quincy Adams, even Immanuel Kant, Charles Dickens, Sir […]Read the rest