Christianity, the Bible & Jesus
Living Your Life Before a Watching World- Titus 2:1-10
In Titus 2:1-10 Titus is charged by Paul to teach sound doctrine, as it applied to the various Christians who would hear his teaching. This is not just head knowledge but living a life that glorifies God before a watching world in hope that they may be enticed to follow Christ as well.
The Fourth Portion: Jacob’s Ladder – One Step Short
Eight steps are needed to get into Heaven. Israel has only seven steps. A step is a "week".
Spare the Rod Spoil the Child: Does the Bible Promote Child Abuse?
Spare the rod, spoil the child - this is a touchy subject. Does this mean that the Bible condones spanking? There's more to this than we should know. As parents we need to discipline our child properly. We all want what is best of our kids. But how we do it varies greatly.
Silencing False Teachers- Titus 1:10-16
God wants the leaders of His church to hold fast to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ because there are many rebellious men who seek to corrupt it and to lead God's people astray. We have to recognize and silence all who will do such a thing.
Celebrate Thanksgiving on a Deeper Level
Some people limit the celebration of Thanksgiving to eating, drinking, and being merry. There is nothing wrong with doing those things as long as people also celebrate the holiday on a deeper level as a holy day.
Teaching, Rhetoric and the Middle Path
Some may say a genuine Christian orientation is 'being in favor of what is good' instead of 'opposing or being in favor of what is considered worthy or unworthy by others' (it aligns with other faiths too) ... and guidance on the matter is hidden in the strangest of places in the "New Testament".
Finding Good Church Leaders- Titus 1:5-9
Titus 1 is one of two places in the Pauline writings where we can find the characteristics of a New Testament local church leader. Those who are leaders within the church should seek the Lord to help them develop these traits. And the church should seek for leaders who model them in their lives.
Pleading the Blood of Jesus Is Not Biblical
You have probably heard the statement, "I plead the blood of Jesus." Perhaps you have used it yourself because you heard others saying it. However, the statement appears no place in the Bible. Read why it is not appropriate to "plead the blood of Jesus."
The Third Portion: God Is Walking, Catch Him If You Can
God has made himself available to be found by all of mankind.
Feast of the Holy Innocents: What I was Taught in Catholic School
For Catholics, this is an important day and its a good idea that others learn about it.It centres around Herod ordering the massacre of young children.
The Qualifications of a Christian Mentor - Titus 1:1-4
The book of Titus was written by Paul to Titus, one of Paul's sons in the faith, whom Paul had left behind in Crete to organize the believers who belonged to that new church. He is writing to him as a spiritual mentor and advising him. From it we can learn much about spiritual mentorship in our day.
Lesson from Two Widows on the Value of Sacrifice
Two widows in the bible give us a remarkable lesson on the value of sacrifice. The widow in Zarephath received the promise of the Lord. In the gospel, Jesus hailed the poor widow for giving more than the others because she gave all that she had. Here is a reflection on these Bible passages.
First Portion - The Olivet Discourse: The Issachar, the 1st Resurrection and the 2nd Pentecost Weeks
There is no tribulation week. All weeks have tribulation. What are the weeks of the Olivet Discourse?
Rational Interpretations of 'God' Destroying Cities and Biblical Prophecies
Was God responsible for the utter destruction of cities and salting the Earth so nothing could grow for generations? It seems the answer is, "No" - research shows the culprit was a meteorite. A similar commonsense cause may also be responsible for failed prophecies ... poor translations.
Water Striders vs Miners aka Converts vs Disciples
Social media is rife with those whose ability to fathom the Word of God is limited to skimming the surface, and avoiding the meat of the scriptures. Their diet consists only of that which abides above the surface, for what dwells beneath the surface could destroy what they believe to be the truth.
Contending for the Faith- Jude
The book of Jude is a warning against false teachers that were infiltrating the Church of Jesus Christ, given to a local Christian Church that was currently experiencing this problem. Jude wrote to encourage the church to earnestly contend for the faith that was once for all given to the saints.
Signs of a Healthy Church
In order to stay healthy, people go to see the doctor on a regular basis for checkups. The same goes for their cars to keep them operating properly. Wouldn't it be wonderful if churches were checked to determine if they are healthy?
Did Jesus Really Resurrect From the Dead?
The crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus are at the core of Christian belief. But what does the resurrection of Jesus mean? And how does that relate to the life and death of other Founders of religions?
From the Bible: Prayer Is My Little Antidote for Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety is an indication of our lack of faith in God. Matthew 6:33 is a piece of helpful Christian advice to overcome this anxiety. It is a call from our Lord Jesus Christ to have faith and believe in God who is a loving father to us all. Here, we meditate on this uplifting message from God's word.
What is Systematic Theology?
Rather than a bag of jewels spilled out on the floor for us to marvel at individually, Systematic Theology helps us see the Bible as a string of pearls that are united, connected, and of one purpose. Systematic Theology ensures we are consistent.
Honoring the Truth Through Christian Hospitality- 3 John
The book of 3 John is a letter from the apostle John to a man named Gaius. It is a letter about being hospitable to those who are traveling and spreading the gospel of God's grace to the world. At the same time it condemns those who seek their own self-interests and not of the gospel or others.
What the Bible Says About Healing
The Bible says a lot of things about a lot of things, including healing. Therefore, if you need healing in any part of your body or mind, God wants you to know that He is the great healer and there are some things you can do to participate in your own healing. Please READ!
Guarding the Truth- 2 John
The Book of 2 John is an urgent plea that the readers of John’s letter should show their love for God and His son Jesus by obeying the commandment to love each other and live their lives in obedience to truth of the Scriptures. It demonstrates that love and truth cannot be separated but both matter.