Some Thoughts About Church Discipline — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: September, 2022)

I get it.  I really do. Awkwardness…uncomfortable situations…the probability that someone will get upset at you…the potential loss of friendship…all of that and more is part of the package you unwrap when you go to a brother or sister in Christ who is “caught in any transgression” and tell them, no matter how lovingly and… Read More Some Thoughts About Church Discipline — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: September, 2022)

Abortion and Child Sacrifice: The Similarities — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.

If any one piece of legislation could be cited as the single most definitive legal decision of the 20th century, some would not hesitate to cite Roe v. Wade. It was a landmark case that ensconced a woman’s right to abortion as the law of the land. At the time, American politicians in support of… Read More Abortion and Child Sacrifice: The Similarities — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.

Origins of the Nations: A Lesson in Humility — Will Hester

What is your origin story? Do you know where your great-grandmother’s family originated from? Do you know the meaning behind your last name? These questions make us research historical archives, find a library in a small community that keeps records from the stone age, or send our DNA to be analyzed by super-computers. Our origin… Read More Origins of the Nations: A Lesson in Humility — Will Hester

What Does God Hate? — Chase Green

According to Merriam-Webster Online, hate means “a. intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury; b. extreme dislike or disgust.” Generally speaking, Christians understand the need to love instead of hate (Matt. 5:44), but Christians are supposed to “hate every false way” (Ps. 119:104). “Hate” is a strong word. Have… Read More What Does God Hate? — Chase Green

An Old Testament Lesson About New Testament Joy — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: July/August, 2022)

While answering the Jews’ question about whether to continue their fasts which they had started observing several times a year while in Babylonian captivity (Zech. 7:1ff), the Lord gave Zechariah an encouraging message for those who were rebuilding the temple and “have been hearing these words from the mouth of the prophets who were present”… Read More An Old Testament Lesson About New Testament Joy — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: July/August, 2022)

Proverbs: The Problem of Adultery — Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

The Proverbs contain general truths about common situations in life.  It is not always possible to take a specific set of circumstances and apply them to what one reads in Proverbs.  Proverbs gives general suggestions about various situations that God’s people will face in life.  Still, there are many passages that God’s people would do… Read More Proverbs: The Problem of Adultery — Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

Proverbs: Laziness Vs. A Good Work Ethic — Cougan Collins

God’s Word reveals a lot about laziness. There is nothing wrong with occasionally being lazy to rest from our labors. Even Jesus took breaks from His ministry to relax. However, some abuse being lazy. Instead of resting from their labors, they rest from their rest, but God doesn’t want us to be like this. For… Read More Proverbs: Laziness Vs. A Good Work Ethic — Cougan Collins

Proverbs: Are You Open to Instruction and Reproof? — Chance Blackmer

One of the many challenges plaguing modern Christians is the inability to receive and respond positively to corrective instruction and reproof. Our society has grown accustomed to the “live and let live” disposition insomuch that blatant wrongdoing goes unchallenged and uncorrected. Since many do not know God’s standards for conduct, they do not intervene in… Read More Proverbs: Are You Open to Instruction and Reproof? — Chance Blackmer

Proverbs: The Beginning of Knowledge — Jesse Tubbs

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7). The wise sage was a university professor. He was hounded by a young student that constantly pleaded, “Give me knowledge.” One day the wise man walked along the riverside. The young student was close behind, and continuing… Read More Proverbs: The Beginning of Knowledge — Jesse Tubbs

A Bit of Perspective — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: May/June, 2022)

Paul “(made) it (his) aim to please (God)” because “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”  This is why, “knowing the fear of the Lord,” Paul “persuaded others,” i.e., shared the… Read More A Bit of Perspective — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: May/June, 2022)