The Fulfillment of the Prophecy About Marriage

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and…

What Is Sound Doctrine?

But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Titus 2:1 In this passage the Holy Spirit inspired the apostle Paul to instruct the preacher Titus to “teach what accords with sound doctrine.”  He told the preacher Timothy to do something similar in 2 Timothy 4:1-5:  “I charge you in the presence of God…

“There Is One…”

There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:4-6 There are a lot of “one’s” in this…

Baptism and a Good Conscience

Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 3:21 The apostle Peter was writing about how Jesus “suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he…

Ending Hebrews: May The God of Peace Equip You

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be…

Jesus Never Changes

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 Consider everything in this life which changes and the uncertainty and stress those changes bring.  Families change.  Governments change.  Jobs change.  The economy changes.  Our health and the health of those whom we love changes.  Sometimes even Christians change and lose their love…

Thoughts On Brotherly Love, Hospitality, Compassion, Marriage, and Money

So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:6 Almost a year ago, my articles started covering the book of Hebrews verse-by-verse.  Today we start studying the final chapter of the book, examining the divinely inspired author’s final comments to his readers….

Showing Reverence and Awe Out Of Gratitude For Our Unshakable Kingdom

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:28-29 Last week’s column examined Hebrews 12:18-24.  In this passage the divinely inspired Hebrew author harkened back to the terrifying spectacle…

We Have Come To Mount Zion

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to…

Don’t Be Like Esau

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal.  For you know that afterward, when he desired…