“Do not come any closer, God said. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5, NIV
The opening chapters of the book of Exodus represent a low point in the history of God’s people. From calling upon the name of the Lord in the early chapters of Genesis, they had come, after 400 years in Egypt, to the point where many had adopted the customs and patterns of worship of the Egyptians.
Entering the [...]
Some Bible stories seem to indicate that God’s will was done by ignoring one or more of His commandments. What does this say to us? I would like our readers to suggest some answers.
In response to the lesson plan for “Two Classes of Worshipers,” one of our readers concluded (in an unpublished comment) that “God is not such a rigid leader as we make Him out to be.” Perhaps he’s right. Perhaps God isn’t nearly as “rigid” as we make [...]
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Those who have children often wonder how two children in the same family can be so different? One child may be shy and retiring while their sibling is a social butterfly, glowing with delight when surrounded by others and always ready for a party.
When spiritual issues are at stake, parents often fret over their children. Wondering what they did wrong in raising their child when the child shows little interest in church or God, [...]
Deuteronomy 6:4 in Hebrew
The question of how to properly speak and write God’s name frequently comes up. To answer that question, we first have to determine what God’s name is. It is not “God,” or “Lord,” or “Jehovah.” These are what we would call titles not names. God’s name is “YHWH.” Because the Hebrews considered God’s name too sacred to pronounce, they substituted the word “LORD.” As a result its actual pronunciation has been lost over the centuries. In [...]
The second coming of Christ is the blessed hope of the church, the grand climax of the gospel. The Saviour’s coming will be literal, personal, visible, and worldwide. When He returns, the righteous dead will be resurrected, and together with the righteous living will be glorified and taken to heaven, but the unrighteous will die. The almost complete fulfillment of most lines of prophecy, together with the present condition of the world, indicates that Christ’s coming is imminent. The time [...]
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” Matthew 28:18-20, NIV
Today we commonly meet people who say “I am spiritual but [...]
Razzak stopped at the door of the Christian church in Kolkota (Calcutta), India. Ever since he was a child he had wondered about Jesus. The door was open, and being curious, he walked inside.
The pastor greeted him and told him more about Jesus and introduced him to the plan of salvation. Razzak left the church feeling a sense of peace; somehow he knew that the Christians’ God was real.
He found a Christian church closer to his home and began attending [...]
“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” I Corinthians 15:51-52, NIV
We have all had the experience of shopping for something and finding just the right item across the room while searching for it in a store. Excited, we hurry over. We can [...]
“because she thought, If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Mark 5:28, NIV
Twelve years before, two events had taken place that would come together later on a single day in Jesus’ ministry. At that time, Jesus himself was a young man still working in Joseph’s carpenter shop in Nazareth. He had not yet been baptized by John. He had not called any disciples. Few thought of him as anything but Joseph and Mary’s son, one of several [...]
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“Be very careful, then, how you live— not as unwise but as wise,” Ephesians 5:15, NIV”
It has often been said that the first four of the Ten Commandments is about honoring God, and the last six are about honoring others. How interesting then that right at the head of the last six God places family. Family is meant for a blessing and God associates well-functioning families with long life. That is because family members [...]