Faith

Beyond our five senses, beyond our mind, beyond our own thoughts, beyond our consciousness or subconsciousness . . . lies an inner, limitless expanse of faith “residing” in our spirits. What is faith? How many definitions of faith have you read or heard in your life? Confusing, isn’t it? I’m not going to spring anythingContinue reading “Faith”

Divorce and Remarriage

Down through almost 24 centuries of time echoes this exclamation by God:  I hate divorce!” That statement (found in Malachi 2: 16) troubled me for many years.  Why would God make such a statement?  First, you need to read the statement in its context; God made the statement remonstrating Israelite men who had literally divorcedContinue reading “Divorce and Remarriage”

The Christmas Story

          The following is a contemporary English version of the Bible’s Christmas story, designed to be read aloud (serially or at one sitting) to children of all ages during the Christmas season. If you choose to read it serially, please read a portion each day for about a week. Long, longContinue reading “The Christmas Story”

Change Your Mind

change:  to cause to become different; alter; transform; a radical transmutation of one’s character or core  nature.  “You better change your mind, young man, or you’re going to be in serious trouble!” The “serious trouble” my mother was referring to was a spanking I would receive when  Dad came home from work.  That’s an expressionContinue reading “Change Your Mind”

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

In the mid-twentieth century, a worldwide phenomenon called “The Charismatic Renewal” began almost simultaneously in three locations: Seattle, Washington, New York City, and at Notre Dame University in Indiana in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s—and continues to this day. That event was preceded by a similar event a generation or so earlier that began inContinue reading “Baptism in the Holy Spirit”

72 Hours of History

Dear Reader, we’ve been “sold a bill of goods” which we’ve “swallowed hook, line, and sinker.” Those are antiquated terms, but it’s true: we’ve been hoodwinked, bamboozled, and flim-flammed—the victims of a seemingly innocent, but serious, falsehood foisted upon hundreds of millions of Jesus-believers for almost 1,700 years! What in the world am I talkingContinue reading “72 Hours of History”

4 Views: Who Has the Final Word?

You may not want to hear it. You may not believe me. But I want to tell you an astonishing truth right up front: not all Jesus believers on this planet believe exactly the same as you do, but they’re still believers in Jesus! I know, I know . . . that’s a real shockContinue reading “4 Views: Who Has the Final Word?”

Whole in One

At age 18, shortly after I became a follower of Jesus God called me and began to equip me to be a teacher of the Bible and related subjects. In fact, He “spoke” to me these words: “Bill, I have called you and will equip you to be a teacher of the Bible and relatedContinue reading “Whole in One”

Salvation

Salvation is a concept many people don’t understand. It’s a word that remains a mystery to many. For many people, it’s an old-fashioned term—this thing known as “salvation” or being “saved.” Why salvation at all? What do people need saved from? Obviously no one needs saved unless they’re in some kind of peril. Many wouldContinue reading “Salvation”

The Image of God

The Bible makes the startling claim in Genesis 1: 26 and 27 (and Genesis 9: 6) that human beings were created in the “image of God.” That’s what the reference says, but what does it mean to be created in God’s image? By basic definition “image” means a “representation of something.” We know from manyContinue reading “The Image of God”