Prayer is one of the great privileges of God’s children. The Lord has an open-door policy. We may approach his throne at any time. We may ask anything of him, according to his will. We may express any sentiment from the heart. He hears and answers our prayers.
Besides being a great privilege, prayer is also a great duty of the Christian. It is required in order to maintain and strengthen our relationship with God. It is a must for advancing the gospel in the world. Brotherly love requires that we pray often for the family of faith.
One small indication of the duty of prayer comes from the Lord Jesus, as Luke introduces one of his parables. Continue reading “Prayer as the Christian’s duty”
The sight of the three greatest men of God on a mountaintop must have been awe inspiring at least.
Simon Peter was so overcome with the sight that he wanted to build a shelter or shrine for Moses, Elijah and Jesus and asked the Lord’s permission. Before the disciple could utter another word he was interrupted. A “bright cloud overshadowed them,” and a voice was heard from the cloud. The voice said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5 NASB). The sound of the voice was so alarming Peter, James and John fell to the ground afraid. Continue reading “Listen to him!”
The following points are one side of an amicable online conversation I had last week with some social-media friends. One is an atheist. I’m not sure about the others. You can read the whole thread at this link. The text has been slightly edited for readability.
¶ The New Testament shows a distinct line between saved and unsaved. The difference between the two is one’s reaction or reception of Jesus: “And there is salvation in no one else [besides Jesus], for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved” Acts 4.12 NET. Continue reading “An online conversation about salvation, restrictions, and literalism”
Who likes being ordered around? If anybody is used to ordering others, it’s the rich. In the church of God, however, the rich have to take some orders. Continue reading “Command the rich”
With the elections coming up in just a few weeks, John Fugalsang’s popular socio-political meme about the “Radical Revolutionary Jesus” is making the rounds and is a perfect example of man creating God in his own image.
Fugalsang asserts that Jesus was never…
• mentioned abortion or birth control
• justified torture
• fought for tax cuts for the wealthiest
• asked a leper for a co-pay. Continue reading “What Jesus never said”
Why do I have to do something if my brother doesn’t have to? Such an attitude is infantile, but it exists even in adults. On the other hand, we often want to be free of obligations imposed upon others. Never do we question why they have to do things that we’re not obligated to do. Continue reading The Christian Offering and the Ordinances of God
Alan Highers writes, “There is no divine authority for instrumental music in New Testament worship. There is no command for it, no example of it, no record of it in scripture, no support for it in history, and no mention of it in religious service for hundreds of years after the New Testament era. If we believe in the authority principle then there simply is no place for the use of instrumental music in sacred worship.”/1
People counter by saying that “it doesn’t say we can’t use them.” This claim cannot withstand scrutiny. Continue reading “Authorized Music in Worship (Part Three)”