What a sad day when no one was found who cared enough for the people of God to keep them from being destroyed.
I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.
Ezekiel 22.30 NLT
The people of Israel were destroyed because no one sought to stop the idolatry and injustice in their midst. Continue reading
When we call upon God in our affliction, preparation must first be made. Note in this version the “Then.” Something must happen first. We have to make a change before God will rescue us, but the promise still stands: Continue reading
Yes, I actually saw this scene this morning, while I was out and about, a lady rounding the corner of the street, on the sidewalk, with her poodle ahead of her. She needed no leash. The pooch wasn’t going anywhere with any speed. He was as wide as he was long. Continue reading
Can we thank God for our salvation, without making every effort to fulfill our calling as his chosen people and “proclaim the excellencies of him who called [us] out of darkness into his marvelous light”? 1Pt 2.9 ESV. Continue reading
As administrator for a number of websites, I often note, thanks to the WordPress statistics, the words or phrases that people use in the search engines in order to find us. It’s actually sad to see some of the phrases and questions people ask about God, Christ, and the Bible. Continue reading
On Sundays, we have three, yup, count ’em, three Bible readings. One from the OT, one from the gospels, and one from Acts or the NT letters.
This approach allowed me to share this message last Sunday. Continue reading
Our brother Rod Rutherford, evangelist with the Gatlinburg TN congregation, shares this important message, with a fascinating example from Botswana.
Listen to this sermon in the “Simple” series at the Somers Avenue church in N. Little Rock AR, delivered Sunday morning, Oct 6. Thanks to Oran Burt and Sean Ashberrry for the invite. (Source: Somers Ave site.)
Joseph Exell’s Biblical Illustrator quotes an author approvingly on Matthew 18:2-5, “This teaches us all—I. The necessity of humility in order to salvation” (p. 392).
But wait! Isn’t faith alone necessary for salvation? So say the evangelicals. Until they get into the text. Then they contradict themselves and bend over backwards to undo what they plainly read.
Now they may try to wrap humility into faith, place it under the faith umbrella. And that’s fine. But they should also permit that we place obedience under the faith umbrella as well. (Paul does use “faith” as an umbrella term for man’s total response to the gospel.) Continue reading