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Christmas as a Religious Observance

Something that disturbs me about the church today is the great variance of opinion that brethren have on certain holidays, particularly Christmas and Easter. One brother finds these holidays unscriptural when paired with the commemoration of Jesus, while another views them as a good thing especially when men associate these holidays with Jesus. There are many other views between these two but what we are left with are brethren in disagreement and churches that do not have a firm stance on truth and therefore leave their members and the world confused. These two viewpoints could not be further away from […]

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He Must Increase and I Must Decrease

When the apostle John through the Holy Spirit recorded the words of the gospel of Jesus Christ he had one primary goal in mind: that every reader would further their belief that Jesus is the Son of God, and would continue to have life in Christ (John 20:30-31). To fulfill this goal, he recorded several events that would sufficiently deepen the faith of his readers (Remember, John’s gospel is unique in that He wrote his to Christians). Today, we will consider just one of these events and the spiritual application that must not be overlooked. Toward the end of the […]

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Sweet and Sour

In Revelation chapter ten, the apostle John sees a mighty angel coming down from heaven. In the hand of the angel was a little scroll that was already open. Let’s read the text to see what happens next: “Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth.” So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and […]

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Are we like Judas?

One of the most astounding accounts to read in the bible is the betrayal of Christ. Not just the betrayal, but the events which lead up to it never fail to boggle the reader’s mind. Reading the gospel accounts leaves us wondering “How could Judas do that?” The text is not merely a historical narrative, but a far more personal event for everyone who is a disciple of Jesus; for, if we’re not careful, we may find ourselves not too far from Judas. Consider the text with me for a moment, and then we’ll draw some applications. Beginning in Matthew […]

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Rethinking “A Man after God’s own Heart”

“A man after my own heart” is a very common expression in our culture today, and its meaning is well established: “a kindred spirit – someone who you are in good agreement with.” However, this expression did not originate from man but from the word of God. It was in the 1600’s when men became familiar with this statement in the English bible that became available to all, the King James Version. Soon the statement made its way into extrabiblical communication and remains that way today. I don’t think there is anything wrong with using the expression as it is […]

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A Question about God’s Difference in Character

Question: “We say that God is unchanging, but there is enough difference in character between the OT and NT that it spawned a different sect of Christianity: Gnosticism. Why is God so different between eras? Do include today when compared to the time of Jesus.” The immutability (unchanging character) of God is affirmed throughout the old and new testaments, without this aspect of God’s nature, there could be no true faith in Him, for then we would not know whether He will change course or not; how could His words of promise be trusted? His unchanging character is linked to […]

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The Family of God

The space provided does not allow any exhaustive explanation of the family of God, but I would like to make a few points on this subject. I won’t attempt to write down the most important things about the family of God, I only wish to make note of a few thoughts I’ve had recently on this subject. It is interesting to consider what the family of God (the portion of it that lives on earth) was like during the early days of the church.  In Acts 2:42, 44-47, we hear of the church immediately acting like the family that they […]

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What is the Godhead?

Let’s start with the simple definition of the word “Godhead”. The word means “divine nature”, that is, the characteristics or nature of God. We do not have the characteristic necessary to be God, we do however possess the characteristics and nature of Man, thus we have “Manhead” or “Manhood”, but we speak of God in terms of His “Godhead” or “Godhood”. Now, the word Godhead does not refer to how many have divine nature, whether it is one or three. I grew up learning that the Godhead is 3-in-1, but I don’t think that is understandable to anybody, at least […]

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David’s Three Mighty Men

Many will be able to recall the well-known acts of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Samson, David, and many others who did amazing things for the LORD. But how many can also recall the deeds of Adino the Eznite, Eleazar the Ahohite, and Shammah the Hararite? Although these three men are not famous like the others, they are certainly worthy of study and discussion, and this we will do within this article. In 2 Samuel 23:8-17, we find a record of the great deeds of Adino, Eleazar, and Shammah. They were all mighty men of war who served under King David. David […]

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Harnessing the Subconscious Mind

The subconscious areas of the brain are in control of the majority of the survival of the human body. This is what controls breathing, the cardiac muscles, blood pressure, and the smooth muscles of the digestive system, though it can also take control of our skeletal muscles when it needs to. The subconscious is in full charge of pain and exactly how much pain it wants us to feel. It is here where most information is processed and stored (whether we want it stored or not). The subconscious can process 11 million pieces of information every second! This stands in […]

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