Why The Church Should Love The Jew

On Saturday, October 27, America experienced its latest senseless tragedy when a lone gunman entered a synagogue shouting anti-Semitic words and killed eleven innocent lives. For those who thought anti-Semitism was a thing of the past, this incident came as a fresh...

Too Good To Be True: Christ Died For Sin

In a previous blog, I called attention to the fact the Gospel, with its central claim that God became a human being, is among those things often said to be “too good to be true.” In this second blog in the series, we continue to present another primary Gospel theme...

Blessed Is He Who Reads

One of the joys of teaching the Scriptures for over forty years has been those times when I have taught the book of Revelation to a particular church or group of saints. Indeed, to this day, Revelation is the most requested series in our library. People...

Too Good To Be True: The Man Christ Jesus

Most of us are familiar with the saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” We all know how this applies from personal experience with advertisers. I recently received a fake check for one million dollars which I was told I could cash upon...

Why Legalism Won’t Tame Lust

Pope Francis finally admitted the Catholic Church’s problem with priests who abuse children and others. This problem has surfaced over many years, but the Pope finally took responsibility for the failure of the Church to protect the innocent. To say it was long...

Itching Ears

Twin letters penned by the Apostle Paul to Timothy, his young son in the faith, are commonly referred to as pastoral letters. They contain pastoral instruction for a young leader, written by a seasoned veteran who is about to depart this earth (see II Timothy 4:6)....

Maintaining the Unity

Reflections on an Escatological Lovefest I spent last weekend attending and participating in a unique gathering of leaders in Minneapolis. It convened to share differing views of Eschatology: the study of last things. A friend of mine called these leaders together,...

What Is The New Covenant? Part IV

“And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.” Hebrews 8:11 In this final installment of our study of the New Covenant, we focus on the incredible...

What Is The New Covenant? Part 3

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33 In the last blog in this...

What Is The New Covenant? Part 2

In the previous blog, I introduced the new book I invested a significant portion of 2017 writing, New Covenant Life. The book will be available digitally later this month. My last blog introduced how the old covenant, which was given by God, failed to produce...

What Is The New Covenant?

I have spent the last several months working on the text of a book called, New Covenant Life available digitally this February. Why would I spend time writing on this topic? Isn’t there much already written on this subject? The answer is both ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ ‘Yes’ in...

Jonathan Edwards And His Resolutions

With the dawning of each New Year, it is natural that our minds drift towards the potential the next 365 days may hold for us. Things we had every intention of accomplishing last year and that were all but given up on by midyear, now challenge us to take hold of...

Values First, Then Goals

On Sunday, the individual house churches that make up our church discussed the importance of setting goals for the new year. I thank God that I am part of a church which challenges its members in spiritual development each year. Various plans for reading through the...

Can We Know For Sure?

One of the sweetest doctrines of God’s Word is the doctrine of assurance. It is the divine truth that a man or a woman who has truly repented and trusted Jesus alone for their salvation belongs to Him and possesses eternal life. Such assurance is critical to living a...

What Are Your Hands Filled With?

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life.” John 1:1 I’ve been thinking a lot lately about old Simeon. Do you remember Simeon who only...

The Real Problem Is Within!

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery. But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28 For the past several weeks, I have had a plethora of...

Beautiful, But A Shadow

“But when Christ appeared as a high priest o the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation).” Hebrews 9:11 Israel is breathtakingly beautiful. Yesterday, we spent the morning and...

The Tragedy of the Ages

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. Romans 9:1 Since arriving in Israel two days ago, I began to experience what the apostle Paul speaks of in...

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