The word miracle means different things to different people. To some it can simply be the birth of a child, while to others it would need to be on par with over a million Israelites passing through the Red Sea on dry land to qualify. Yet, I think we could agree that God is in both events, the natural and simple and the large and earthshaking. However, we seem to rarely ever see these blockbuster types of miracles anymore. Why not? What does it take for God to perform major miracles? Let’s look at the account of the Israelites departing Egypt in Exodus 14. AfterRead More →

“And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook; and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.” (I Sam 17:40) The Philistine in this verse was Goliath and his adversary with the five stones was the shepherd boy David. Most of us know what happened next and that David only needed one stone to fell his giant opponent, but we can attach some meanings to those five stones he collected, meanings that were applicable to DavidRead More →

There is a popular Christian hymn in which we sing in the chorus, “Lord, lift me up and let me stand by grace on heaven’s tableland; a higher plain than I have found, Lord, plant my feet on higher ground”. What is this higher ground? Isn’t it enough to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Yes, it is enough for your salvation but Christianity isn’t a one-time commitment; it is a life that begins with your rebirth and, as it is in the natural, grows into maturity. Advancing unto higher ground means exercising your faith and there are several ways by which we canRead More →

In John 10:10 Jesus says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Also in John’s gospel the Apostle says, “in him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4), while Jesus described himself in John 14:6 with “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” If there was ever a word that so perfectly recounted the nature and purpose of Jesus Christ that word would be life. And what do we do with such a life, theRead More →

The Bible is full of promises, particularly the promises made by God. God promised the Israelites blessings that they would receive for their obedience, but also promised curses for their disobedience. God also promised the Israelites a Messiah for their once and future king. Later in the New Testament there are promises made by Jesus concerning His church and its age, and also promises made to the Gentiles. What are some of the promises of God? Most of them are simple statements such as, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Heb 13:5) If we believe in a God who never lies (and weRead More →

It was about a year and a half ago in this space that we examined the Biblical model of modesty. In particular we looked at women’s apparel as it is singled out in I Tim 2:8-10 and found, comparing Scripture to practice, a general disregard for modest dress even among believers. The principle of modesty however is not only for women; it is for men, too. There is a difficulty in expanding upon this premise because there are no direct Biblical references to what men should wear to be modest. Current church standards can vary between black pants and long sleeved buttoned down shirts inRead More →

In both I Chronicles 11 and II Samuel 23 are nearly identical passages describing the mighty men of David. The descriptions of their courage in battle are absolutely astounding. And although Jashobeam, Eleazar, and Shammah were the top three of the mighties, we’re going to take a look here at the next man below them, Benaiah. Benaiah had a long career in Israel’s military history, beginning as a chief in David’s guard and eventually becoming the commander of Israel’s army during the reign of Solomon. His exploits as written in I Chr. 11:22-23 explain to us why he was so honored. “he slew two lion-likeRead More →

If we would stop to consider it we would discover that our sense of hearing is literally bombarded throughout the day. It could be by TV or radio, a CD of our favorite music; cell phones or plain workplace conversation, even just the noise of cars on the street. Add to this cacophony our inner voice, our conscience, and realize that rarely does anyone experience total quiet. There’s almost always a voice intruding or beckoning. Turn to John chapter 10. We have referenced the verses in this chapter before when discussing Jesus as a door and also the nature of Christian sheep, but this timeRead More →

If we would think about it there are three basic questions that cause us all, at one time or another, to pause and contemplate. Three questions that philosophers and poets, adventurers and statesmen, and probably each one of us have asked, pondered, and tried to form answers. The three questions? Where do we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? For some of us, answering these questions is a lifetime search. Where do we come from? I would say that we all come from God. Each one of us being a tiny, little miracle formed in our mother’s womb, a human beingRead More →

There are many challenges awaiting missionaries when they go forth to serve Christ in foreign lands, the language barrier being one of the first tests he faces, for how can they understand the Gospel if they can’t understand what you’re saying. Harsh climates and unsanitary living conditions are also waiting for those whose desire is to reach the unreached. Besides all of these the persevering missionary will also discover an alien culture, with values not only different from their own, but also one that just doesn’t think the same way you do. I know a man and his family currently serving the Lord in BeninRead More →