Remain alert to the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy

  JESUS is leaving the temple in Jerusalem for the last time when one of his disciples exclaims: Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings! The temple is the pride and glory of the Jewish nation. However, Jesus replies: Do you see all these great buildings? Not one stone here will be left on […]

When is Jesus coming back?

NEARLY two thousand years ago, a question was raised by four of Jesus’ apostles in a private conversation with their friend Jesus on the Mount of Olives. They asked: While He was seated on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately and said, Tell us, when will this take place, and what will be […]

When you are not romantically interested

WHAT DO you do as a Christian when you are approached with unwanted romantic interests?  Recently I received a letter from a Christian woman asking advice on dating and marriage.  The letter included the following: This summer an attractive man at my church fell in love with me. I have never really liked him and […]

Are faith and reason incompatible?

“FAITH is a negation of reason,” writes British philosopher A. C. Grayling. His words sum up the feelings of countless writers, clergy and philosophers who over the centuries have claimed that faith and reason are incompatible. Some religious beliefs do fly in the face of all reason. But consider this: Many strongly held scientific beliefs have proved […]

Jesus wants his followers to be humble

IT IS the final night of Jesus’ life on earth, and he spends it with his apostles in the upper room of a house in Jerusalem. During the course of the evening meal, Jesus gets up and puts aside his outer garments. He girds himself with a towel. Then he puts water into a basin […]

What is love?

Love is one of the most misused and abused words in the English language.  What does the world love really mean to a Christian?  You?  Pastor William Lucas provides insight in to the word love and its biblical meanings in the following article: Love is a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as […]

Respect for God’s Word

THE BIBLE  does much more than answer our questions about life, death, and the future. The Bible is the most practical book in the world. Its counsel is timeless, and those who carefully follow it will lead successful and happy lives. (Psalm 1:1-3.) Genuine Christians have always accepted the Bible, “not as the word of […]

Building a Spiritually Strong Family

“BE FRUITFUL and become many and fill the earth.” (Genesis 1:28) With those words to Adam and Eve, God  instituted the family arrangement. (Ephesians 3:14, 15) Looking ahead, that first couple could envision an earth filled with their progeny—an extended family of perfect individuals living joyfully on earth and worshiping God. But Adam and Eve fell […]

Patience

PATIENCE is hard for us to learn. I don’t know anyone who likes the trait—we simply don’t have time for patience! Life is fast, time’s running out, and we’ve got to get this show on the road, right?  Paul wrote the following on the subject of patience: For when God made [His] promise to Abraham, […]

How do we influence others?

THERE are many ways to influence others as we go about our daily lives.  But are we considering how the things we do and say lead others to God? How does our lives impact others? The apostle Paul wrote that: For what we preach is not ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves [merely] as your servants […]

Strengthen your Marriage

“I WOULD rather spend time with my wife than with anyone else,” said a Pastor in Canada. “Any happiness in life is multiplied and any pain is halved when I share it with her.” A husband in Australia wrote:  In our 11 years together, not one day has passed when I have not spoken with my […]

How to study the Bible

  “I THANK God every morning for helping me to understand the Bible.” The elderly Christian sister who made that statement has read the entire Bible over 40 times, and she is not stopping. A younger sister wrote that Bible reading has helped her to see that God is real. As a result, she has […]