Archive for August, 2009

How do you Interpret Prophecy?

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Last week we studied how to handle the Bible accurately.

We should study all the Bible says on the subject, accept the Scripture at face value, and let the Bible interpret or explain itself.

But still there are many who proclaim that prophecies in the OT and Revelation have not been fulfilled and will speculate about their application to modern day events.

This morning we will study some Bible principles so that you can know how to interpret prophecy and not be deceived by the false prophets.

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Always Learning

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

While we become expert in the minutiae of other people’s lives, our knowledge of God’s will fails to increase. More to the point, it declines as the things we once knew disappear (see Matthew 25:29). Is the danger not obvious? Where Ezekiel and John were instructed to ingest God’s word as a symbolic acquisition of the message, we are surely starved in the spirit if we do not adopt just as rounded a diet. God’s word is milk for the novice, meat for the mature. Continue reading

How to Handle the Bible Accurately

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

The Bible says, “Be diligent (study- KJV) to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

This morning we will study principles that hopefully will help us to obey this command.

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Committing Menticide

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Due to the proliferation of murder mystery stories and police procedurals on television, most people are familiar with the term homicide. The term comes from the Latin “homo” ‑ (man) and “cide” ‑ (killing). There are many examples of menticide in the scriptures. Remember, they can’t kill your mind if you don’t let them. Your faith is your own, and will remain so if you cultivate it and protect it. If we will do so, we are promised that no “created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39). Continue reading

Partisanship

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

The continuing health care debate has seen partisans on both sides of the dispute. Webster says a partisan is “a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person; especially: one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance”. The origin of our English word is traced to the Latin word pars meaning “part”. Continue reading

Gluttony

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

The word “glutton” is found only twice in the KJV (Deut. 21:20; Prov. 23:21). Similarly, the word “gluttonous” is only found twice in the KJV (Matt. 11:29; Lk. 7:34). (By comparison, the ASV, NKJ, and ESV include Prov. 23:20, 28:7, and Titus 1:12.) When we look up “glutton” in a Bible dictionary and other similar references, we see that the word means something far deeper than just someone eating too much at a meal. Therefore, let us study this word and learn the truth. Continue reading

Incentives

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Incentives, it seems, have become the norm in the automotive business. In spiritual matters, I am afraid some churches are taking lessons from the automotive industry and are offering “incentives” of their own to get people in the door. Continue reading

Forwarding Error

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, have you read through and thought hard about what you are so quickly forwarding on to others? Continue reading

Have Faith in Trials

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

When life gives you a lemon make lemonade! Instead of being a victim of your circumstances, become a victor. Throughout the Bible are people of faith who endured through their trials and overcame.

You can overcome whatever you face if you apply God’s word to your life!

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Immodesty: Style or Sin?

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Lately, I have been seeing young Christians putting up photos of themselves on social networking sites, and I am appalled at what I am seeing. There are a few basic principles that every Christian, male OR female, should follow. First of all, let’s look at what God says about nakedness and immodesty in the Old Testament. Continue reading