“Behold an Israelite indeed…” (John 1:47).
Jesus said this about Nathanael (aka, Bartholomew).
The word “indeed” implies a different understanding of the word Israelite than the one commonly held. What was the common understanding of the word Israelite in the days of Jesus?
Most Jews (since the days when Jacob’s name was changed to Israel) were known as, and identified themselves as Israelites. But this name always had more than mere tribal or geographical connotations to God. Continue reading “Indeed, who is an Israelite?”
In a world that considers everything relative except relativity, Christians need to feel sure of their faith and to find certainty in the truth of the gospel. God is a competent and willing revealer of his eternal plan.
The Bible presents us with proven facts, a coherent history, and verifiable written prophecies of the Lord. There need be no embarrassment about possessing truth. Continue reading “Jesus Christ gives certainty”
Jonah’s story has fascinated readers for centuries.
Called to preach to the Ninevites (Jonah 1:1-2), Jonah runs away, boards a ship and finds himself in a terrific storm (Jonah 1:4). Jonah is thrown into the sea, swallowed by a great fish, and vomited onto the shore three days later (Jonah 1:10-17). Continue reading “Jonah faces monsters”
We must study to show ourselves aware. Continue reading Vision
We must remain in the Bible, so we don’t get lost. Continue reading Fallen empires
I was at home with a nine month old who still wasn’t sleeping through the night. When the phone rang that Tuesday morning, I stumbled towards it. I’ll never forget the anguish in my friend’s voice when she said, “Turn on the TV.” Continue reading Where Were You?
One of my most cherished possessions is an old Bible that sits on a shelf in my front room. My grandmother’s name is within the front cover, written in beautiful script. Penciled next to her name is the date, August 28, 1927. Continue reading Some Things Change
“History is bunk,” said Henry Ford. At the other end of the opinion scale, poet and philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” So which is it? Continue reading Remember