Am I Willfully Ignorant ?

    That’s not us, is it ?   Or is that you in the white shirt?  Or maybe that’s you in the high heels?  Are we sometimes guilty of being “Willfully Ignorant”?   Are we sometimes unaware of, or unwilling to believe, what the bible plainly states?  God says some people ARE willfully ignorant. Did you know that we are living in the “last days”?   The writer of the book of Hebrews said,…

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How Do You View The Bible ?

    This is a question for you, the reader.    How do you personally, view the bible?  Do you believe the bible is the 100%, inspired and inerrant word of God?   Or do you believe the bible was written simply by the efforts of man alone, and that the bible expresses the opinions and beliefs of man alone, and is therefore only as “good” as the men who wrote it? …

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What Will Be The Sign Of Your Coming ?

      When, and What Sign   According to  Mathew 24:3,  some of the disciples asked Jesus;  “Tell us when these things will be,  (a more accurate translation would be “when will THIS be”) and what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?”   Jesus had told these disciples that the beautiful Jewish temple in Jerusalem would be utterly destroyed.  He said,  “Truly…

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Like a Rock !

      “The Lord is my Rock”  2 Sam 2:22   The bible uses the word “rock”, many times.   The word appears 118 times in the KJV of the bible, and  32 of those times, it refers to our Savior.   Sometimes those references were to our God, as our Savior, and the other times it refers to Jesus Christ.   You’ve heard the phrase, “The Rock of our salvation”.  That phrase was used one time in the bible,…

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What Is The Tribulation ? – Part 3

        After The Tribulation   This part of our study will actually be focused on what Jesus said would happen AFTER the great tribulation.  In our previous study called  What is the Tribulation ? – Part 2,  we examined the words of Jesus from  Mathew 24:4-28,  Mark 13:5-23,  and  Luke 21:6-24.   These three passages all refer to the same events that Jesus was describing;  Namely, the abomination of desolation, the…

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What Is The Tribulation ? – Part 2

      The Abomination and The Tribulation   In our previous study titled  WHAT IS THE TRIBULATION – Part 1,  we looked at what the bible says about the “Abomination of Desolation” and about the “great tribulation”.   Both of these phrases are used in  Mathew 24:15 & 21,  and also in  Mark 13:14 & 19.   We also looked at  Daniel 11:31,  which prophesied about the “abomination of desolation” being set…

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Thoughts From A Treetop

    The Story Of Jesus and Zacchaeus   In  Luke 19:1-10,  the bible tells us a story about a man named Zacchaeus, who wanted to see Jesus.  I wonder how many people would want to see Jesus today, if He were to come to your town?  Well, Jesus had entered the town of Jericho, and was passing through it, we’re told in  Luke 19:1.   “And there was a man there…

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What Are Sacraments ?

          Almost all Christian religious groups will speak of “sacraments”.  But what are sacraments?  What does the word “sacrament” mean?  Let’s start with the meaning of the word “sacrament”.  The word itself comes from the Latin word, “sacramentum”, and it’s meaning is.. “a solemn oath”.  “Sacramentum” comes from another Latin word, “sacrare” meaning.. “to hallow, or to consecrate”.   And to “hallow, or consecrate” means..  to make something holy. …

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Misconceptions About “The Church” – Part 3

        A Spiritual Dwelling of God   We as Christians, are a “dwelling of God, in OUR spirit”.  The caption underneath the above picture explains precisely HOW the Spirit of God, dwells in our spirits.   God’s Spirit dwells in us ONLY as we abide in the teachings of Jesus, and obey His commands.   “God is Spirit and those who worship Him, must worship in spirit and in truth.”   John 4:24.   Our worship…

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Are We Obligated To Do What The Bible Says ?

    The Body of Christ, Doing What God Says to Do   Individual Christians, members of the body of Christ, each DOING what God has instructed us to do.  That’s how God has set up His congregation of the saved.   Do you ever get the impression that a lot of members of religious groups believe that the DOING is set aside for only a select few, maybe even just for what they call “clergy”?  …

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Spiritual Thoughts – Thankfulness

      Be Thankful to God   “Rejoice always.  Pray without ceasing.  In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”   1 Thessalonians 5:16-18   Lord How We Thank Thee..  Let Us Count The Why’s  Here are ten reasons why we thank the Lord.. #1.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should…

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Misconceptions About “The Church” – Part 2

    The Structure of the Body of Christ   In this second part of our study on  misconceptions about “the church”,  we’ll focus our attention on the “structure” of the assembly of the saved, and we’ll talk about the individual members who make up the body.  And remember this important fact.  “Groups” of people, such as religious “denominations”, do NOT make up the body of Christ!  Individuals make up the body.  1…

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Misconceptions About “The Church”

    The Truth About The “Church”   We already have an article here on the website titled, WHAT IS THE CHURCH ?   But because of the many misconceptions regarding the nature of this entity, another article is appropriate. I would like to begin by addressing the very word, “church”.  The New Testament was originally written in the Greek language.  And the Greek word that is generally translated “church” in…

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I Know Your Deeds

    Jesus Knows Our Deeds!   In the second and third chapters of the book of Revelation, Jesus Christ dictates seven letters, to seven churches located in Asia  (present day Turkey).  And He tells His apostle John to write down what He says.   There’s a statement that is common to five of those letters.  And that statement is..  “I know your deeds..”  In the other two letters, Jesus says,  “I know your tribulation..” …

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What Is The Tribulation ? – Part 1

     The Word “Tribulation”   There is a Greek word that appears 22 times in the original text of the New Testament, and it’s always translated “tribulation” in our English bibles.   The word is “thlipsis”, and it means “pressure, affliction, anguish, persecution, trouble, tribulation”.  The word is used in reference to various tribulations that have occurred to various different people.  Some of these tribulations are specific to certain groups of people,…

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By Whose Authority ?

        Do You Have God’s Authority ?   One day while Jesus was teaching the people in the temple, the Jewish chief priests and scribes and elders came to Him and said,  “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things?”   Luke 20:8   We all recognize that in establishing a teaching or doctrine, or in other words in establishing “rules”, we must have the authority to do so….

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Balancing Repentance And Sin ?

      Is There a Balance Between Sin and Repentance ?   One of the questions that I received here on the website was, “How do we balance our repentance with the level of our sin?” I’m sure the thought behind that question is that if you have sinned a lot, you must repent a lot.  And vice-versa;  If we only sin a little, we only need to repent a…

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Burial and Cremation – Part 2

    What Does The Bible Say About The Burning of Bodies?    There’s a story in  1 Samuel chapter 31  about how King Saul, the first King of Israel, and his three sons were all killed in a battle with the Philistines.  And the Philistines, being a ruthless and godless people, found the body of Saul, and they beheaded it and fastened the body to a wall.  I suppose…

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Burial and Cremation – Part 1

    What Does the Bible Say About Burial and Cremation ?   Actually, the bible gives very few specifics about burial and it says nothing about what we know as cremation.  So to gain an understanding of how God feels about these subjects, we need to look at the few examples that we are given, and also look to what God tells us about the physical body and about death.  We also need to…

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Does Believing Imply Obeying ?

    He Who Believes Shall be Saved   The bible says in several places, that it’s the person who believes, that will be saved.  In the previous lesson titled  WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BELIEVE,  I gave several verses of scripture that say that very thing.  That lesson began with these six verses..  John 3:16, John 3:18, John 6:29, John 6;40, Acts 19:4, and 1 Cor 1:21.  And all those…

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