The directives Paul gave to the young preacher Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:8-15 are among the most controversial and misunderstood passages in the entire Bible. Parts of these verses have been taken out of their immediate context as well as away from the overall context of the rest of Scripture (cf. Ps. 119:160a). This has… Read More A Misunderstood Passage — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: September, 2021)
Solomon wrote, “Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right” (Prov. 20:11). I can recall my dad using a certain phrase to make a point as my sisters and I were growing up: “If it has feathers like a duck, quacks like a duck, and waddles like… Read More Does My Identity Come From What I Have Done? — Samantha Harvey
The Bible is a library of many books. The process of composing the biblical documents began in the late second millennium BC and finished at the end of the first century AD, a span of roughly 1400 years. This process has been mischaracterized and misunderstood by both believers and skeptics. As such, it is worth… Read More How We Got The Old Testament (Part 1) — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.
As the Psalmist speaks of the seven abominations, it is interesting to note how many of these are associated with how one chooses to use his tongue. Among these sins are “a lying tongue…A false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:16-19 says,“These six things the Lord hates, yes,… Read More Abominable Uses of the Tongue — Johnny O. Trail
In a large majority of modern churches, there will be male members who profess to be Christians but are also members of the Freemasons. Members of this well-known organization are frequently leading citizens and respected business and civic leaders in communities across the United States. Famous Americans and even U.S. presidents were Masons. These include… Read More The Threat of Freemasonry — Tim Bench
The responsibilities of the apostles were to, by divine revelation, make known the mind of God to the world. Inspiration tells us this in Ephesians 3:1-5, one of Paul’s epistles: “For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God… Read More Lessons From Paul’s Conversion — John B. Daniels
While instructing Moses concerning the construction of the sanctuary, the ark of the covenant, the table for the bread of the Presence, and the golden lampstand in Exodus 25, God commanded him, “And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain” (v. 40, ESV). Have… Read More “Make Them After The Pattern” — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: July/August, 2021)
In January 2019, my beloved Nana passed from this earth. I was able to fly home to Texas to be with her as she took her last breath and attend the funeral. During the funeral, many people spoke of the good things Nana did and how she blessed others. My mother’s parents attended the funeral… Read More Am I A Sinner Because I Sin? — Samantha Harvey
Jesus is the most significant figure in history. Polls and surveys often recognize him as such, even if they only gauge his impact through the influence of Christendom in the last two millennia. Christians understand his work to be farther-reaching, not only impacting and improving the lives of human beings but securing salvation for our… Read More Jesus: Both God and Man? — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.
In several ways Zechariah is similar to the New Testament book of Revelation. Both describe visions; both give considerable attention to angels; and both contain apocalyptic symbolism. Zechariah is considered the most difficult of the Minor Prophets. It is rich, however, both in its historical significance and in its New Testament connections. With the exception… Read More Truth From Zechariah — David R. Pharr
The prophet Haggai began his work in the second year of Darius I (1:1), 520 B.C. He played a vital role in the return of God’s people from Babylonian captivity. He had one goal given from God: “Complete the Building of the Temple.” But the people were only seeking their own well-being. When the Babylonian… Read More Truth From Haggai and Malachi — Roger Leonard
Habakkuk and Zephaniah are all too often overlooked in Bible study. This is unfortunate; these books are rich in what they present to the serious student. According to rabbinical tradition, Habakkuk was of the tribe of Levi; aside from that, we know nothing of his personal history. He simply describes himself as a “prophet” (Hab.… Read More Truth From Habakkuk and Zephaniah — David W. Hester
An important goal of Bible study is to make application to our lives. In studying the Bible, you and I need to intentionally seek lessons and principles that will strengthen and embolden us. This is the focus of this study from the books of Micah and Nahum. Micah Micah 1:1 states, “The word of the… Read More Truth From Micah and Nahum — Bruce Ligon
If you have not read the book of Jonah recently it may be well worth your time to refresh your memory on this short but powerful book and examine the events surrounding one of God’s reluctant prophets. Though many lessons can be drawn from the book, here are but a few. First, running with God… Read More Truth From Jonah and Obadiah — Roy Knight
The books of prophecy written by Hosea and Joel are the first two books of the Old Testament division referred to as “Minor Prophets.” Hosea consists of fourteen chapters while Joel has only three chapters. Though small, these books of Scripture are important. They give us much insight to the nature of God and His… Read More Truth From Hosea and Joel — Michael Grooms
The apostle Peter recognized the great necessity of Christians being “stir(red)…up by way of reminder” (2 Pet. 1:12-13, 15; 3:1-2). Along these lines, this preacher believes there are a few topics which should be preached and taught from once to several times a year. Withdrawing of fellowship, commonly known as church discipline, is one of… Read More Some Thoughts on Church Discipline — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: May/June, 2021)
There are few issues in American society today more volatile than those dealing with human sexuality. Anyone looking at our culture with an objective eye would be right to conclude that sexual mores are in a virtual free fall. Topics like homosexuality, transgenderism, and pansexualism dominate everything from Facebook posts and tweets from celebrities to… Read More Is Homosexuality Hereditary or a Choice? — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.