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”

Death Died Today

Many years ago, a fellow follower of Jesus whom I deeply loved and highly respected, handed me a typed, mimeographed manuscript (are you old enough to remember mimeographed papers?) he had recently written; he wanted me to read it and let him know what I thought of it.  Upon reading his manuscript the first time,Continue reading “Death Died Today”

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, ending theContinue reading “The Christmas Story”

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?”

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”

God’s Purposes For You

Precisely what—if anything—did Jesus of Nazareth accomplish by means of his birth, his life on earth, his tortuous death on the cross, his resurrection, and his return to heaven some 2,000 years ago? Coupled with that question is this: What are God’s ultimate purposes for his entire creation? For you? Are there answers to suchContinue reading “God’s Purposes For You”

God’s Will For You

Don’t misunderstand the title of this teaching! I don’t presume to have the faintest clue about God’s will for you in the day-to-day events of your life. If I claim I do, that’s presumptuous and foolish of me! In fact, don’t let anyone else ever presume to know what God’s will is for you inContinue reading “God’s Will For You”

Eternal LIFE

Got LIFE?! As I visit with various Jesus believers and pre-believers here and there in person and by correspondence and e-mail around the world, I find that many of them have only a vague, nebulous concept of what real LIFE—eternal LIFE—is all about.  Here’s what the Bible teaches: Eternal LIFE is God’s own uncreated, self-existent, imperishable,Continue reading “Eternal LIFE”

Satan: From Beginning to End

When the Bible uses the phrase, “in the beginning,” it is speaking of the origination point of the subject in question. For example, “In the beginning God created the universe and the earth.” Before their creation, there were no heavens and earth. Their creation had a starting point in time—in the beginning.  The Bible declares “TheContinue reading “Satan: From Beginning to End”