Not Understanding Is Not a Sin
on January 21st, 2023
Sometimes the journey to understanding can be filled with frustration. Sometimes that frustration becomes guilt when understanding just isn't reached. How did people discover God's truth in the first century, and what can we learn from it?   Read More
Why Are We Asking Birds and Beasts to Praise God? (Reflections on the Hymn, "Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah")
on January 14th, 2023
"Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah" was a hymn written well over a hundred years ago. In spite of its age, it maintains its relevance and is still sung in churches around the world, perhaps owing in part to its connection to Psalm 148. Let's dig into both the words and thoughts of this hymn to ensure that we can sing it with understanding.  Read More
What's a Beatitude?
on January 7th, 2023
The text of Matthew 5:3-12 is often described as The Beatitudes. Do you know what the word "beatitude" means? Hint: It's not just a "beautiful attitude."   Read More
The Baptism of the Sinless Son of God
on December 31st, 2022
Mark's Gospel is known for its brevity, so why does it begin its account of the deeds of Jesus with an account of His baptism? And what about His baptism was so significant that God the Father spoke in approval? Let's reflect upon Mark's account of the baptism of the sinless Son of God.   Read More
Away in a Manger, or Alive in Your Heart?
on December 24th, 2022
Ironically, since December 25 falls on a Sunday this year, several religious groups will be closing their doors for Christmas, a day that was created to honor Jesus. Could it be that in seeking to honor Jesus, some have missed the point? Let's open our Bibles and consider Christmas.   Read More
Christmas Gifts and the Gift of Salvation
on December 16th, 2022
Christmas books and movies commonly suggest that we get gifts when we're good and don't when we're bad. Is that really how gifts work? More importantly, is that how the gift of salvation works?   Read More
The Best Sleep You'll Ever Have
on December 9th, 2022
A Forbes article reported back in March 2022 that Americans purchase $65 billion worth of sleep aids per year. For all of that, some people still can't sleep. How about you? Would you like to know the secret to the best sleep you'll ever had?   Read More
Unequally Yoked: Does 2 Corinthians 6:14 Condemn Christians Who Date and/or Marry Non-Christians?
on December 3rd, 2022
2 Corinthians 6:14 reads in part, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” Is the yoking Paul has in mind in this passage marriage? Let's open up our Bibles and consider these words in their context.   Read More
What John's Baptism Reveals About Denominational Baptism
on November 17th, 2022
John, who prepared the way for the coming of Jesus Christ, baptized people "for the remission of sins" (Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3). So did Peter and the other disciples from the day of Pentecost forward (Acts 2:38). So, why were the disciples in Ephesus who had been baptized according to John's baptism baptized again (Acts 19:1-5)? And, what can we learn from this about Christian baptism?   Read More
The Way of Cain
on November 10th, 2022
Jude 1:11 describes a way of living called the way of Cain. Interestingly, physically killing one's brother doesn't seem to be in the context. What is the way of Cain, and why should it be avoided by those who are followers of the way of Jesus?   Read More
Can Church Funds Be Used for Those Who Aren't Members of the Church?
on November 5th, 2022
For today's Q&A, someone has asked if 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 requires congregations to only use the funds they gather to help those who are already Christians. Let's open our Bibles and study!   Read More
A Sad Story About Someone Who Missed the Point
on October 22nd, 2022
The brief Biblical account of Lamech describes a man who was pridefully murdered another man, following in the footsteps of his ancestor Cain. His recorded words demonstrate that while he was aware of the story of Cain, he missed its point. What can we learn from Lamech and the way he engaged the past?  Read More