writings

Biblical Writings

The First 12 Hours of Day One

I have spent nearly two weeks looking at the first three sentences of Genesis chapter one, and as I write this, I feel as if I know less than what I knew before. Like every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, the never-ending depth of his message (even the seemingly simpler passages) is such an identifiable quality of God’s word. In this article, we’ll begin looking closely into the first day of creation. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 Most people are familiar with the statement “Let there be light”, and how […]

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The Language of the Nomads

The ancient Hebrews were rovers, considering themselves foreigners wherever they roamed. This nomadic lifestyle gave them a unique perspective on life that is manifested in their written language. Their words, manner of speaking, and alphabet, reveal that the ancient Hebrews had an inspiring outlook on life. As their entire lives consisted of traveling and wandering, the shape of their language had everything to do with the journey. Their alphabet consisted of pictographs that illustrated things like the trail, the sun on the horizon, the tent, the tent peg, the foot (walking), the staff, the ox, the plow, and the seed. […]

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With all your Heart, Kidneys, and Gut

In our culture and language, the word heart is used two ways, there is the physical muscular organ, and there is the figurative heart, the seat of love and emotion. While there are some similarities with this figurative use of the heart, the ancient Hebrew culture and the Old Testament scriptures make use of other internal organs to figuratively represent various feelings and emotions. The Hebrew language had separate words for the various ways that we use only the word heart. In this article, we will examine these words and how they are used in the Old Testament text, in […]

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Spirit and Soul

Note: In this article, when I refer to the Hebrew Language, I am speaking of the original words used in the Old Testament text, and when I speak of the Greek language, I speak concerning the language of the New Testament text. Differentiating the Soul from the Spirit It is popular today to think that the spirit and the soul are synonymous; that they are simply two ways to talk about the same thing, but the reality is not that simple. A brief pass over the Greek or Hebrew lexicon may satisfy the curious mind to see that the definitions […]

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Misconceptions Concerning David and Goliath

The account of David and Goliath has been told and retold countless times; it stands to reason that some details have been told that are not actually in the bible. Especially with an account that has been slimmed down for children’s stories and has been subject to numerous Hollywood versions and cartoons, we would expect to see a deviation from the facts. However, it is important that we are well versed in the facts and understand the details that God had given us long ago. David, his stature, and his association with king Saul prior to the conflict with Goliath […]

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POWER – Psalm 29

It is midnight. The people of Israel lay in peaceful rest, when all, with one accord, rise at the startling crack of thunder above their heads. A great and terrifying storm has formed during the night. The powerful rumble of thunder shakes the walls of every house in Jerusalem, and the commotion in the heavens has both man and beast unsettled. The rain pours down in a forceful flood and the streets soon flow like rivers of water up to the entrance of every house. The people grow more concerned through the night as the damaging storm persists in its […]

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Our DNA Confirms the Bible’s Account of our Ancestry

The story of our ancestry has been contained for thousands of years in the word of God. The book of Genesis plainly gives us the account of mankind’s existence and how we all came from a single male (Adam) and female (Eve). For those who trust in God as a provider of pure truth, this story of our existence has always been accepted. But to those who seek to reject the word of God, the idea that we all came from one man and one woman has been a source of great mockery. However, recent technological advancements in the last […]

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Worshipping God

Not all who worship choose to worship God. Historically worship of some kind has been offered to some perceived deity almost from the beginning of time. The children of Israel often turned away from worshipping God to serving the idol gods of the people round about them. Worship generally refers to an act of reverence or adoration offered to another. It seems to be part of our human nature to worship something or someone greater than ourselves. The people in the city of Athens were very religious, even having an altar “TO THE UNKNOWN GOD” (Acts 17:23). Obviously God desires […]

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Nothing But The Truth

(Does it really matter?) I vaguely recall having to testify in a court proceeding concerning an accident, and I believe that witnesses are still required to swear or affirm that they will tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” Questions are asked to hopefully determine whether the witness is truly telling the truth. The object of the trial is to uncover the truth and punish lawbreakers. And yet it seems that often in spiritual things truth is not always the object. The purpose of this study is to raise the question, “Does it really matter?” Does it matter if what […]

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The Oracles Of God

There is a concerted effort to change the attitudes of the world and of Christians specifically about standards of right and wrong. We are being challenged to accept homosexuality and all forms of sexual immorality as an acceptable lifestyle. I have no personal animosity toward those who choose to be homosexual, and have no desire to prevent any person from their rights to make their own choices or to have whatever benefits may come with their jobs. But I cannot take a stand in favor or that lifestyle and be consistent with the oracles (statements, utterances) of God. Peter wrote: […]

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