Idolatry in Parenting

discipline

Righteous Discipline Matthew 10:34-38“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be […]

The Fear of Man

Luke 6:26“Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for their ancestors did the same things to the false prophets.” I could stop right there. I mean, leave it to Jesus to drop the proverbial atomic bomb on people-pleasing preachers. You know what He just said there? “When everyone likes you, Pastor (preacher, […]

The Use of Personification in Scripture

What do I mean by the term “personification?” Personification is the stylistic and literary vehicle of embodying a common nature, establishment, or set of attributes into a personal character. Personification is a special kind of figurative language that writers use when they give inanimate objects and concepts the traits of a human being. Think of […]

Pre-tribulation Rapture: Is It Biblical?

I was raised in the “rapture” belief system. In fact I believed it most of my life, and even taught it to others for the better part of 11 years, after my conversion to Christ. I read all those “Left Behind” fictional books before I ever came to Jesus. If you had debated me on […]

Why Call Him Lord?

Luke 6:46-49“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? This statement of Jesus is one of hundreds that you never hear mentioned in so-called churches today. This one passage alone stands against most false teaching called “Christianity” today. Sadly the plethora of verses in the New Covenant containing the […]

Sacrifice in the New Covenant

Malachi 3:8-11Can a person rob God? You indeed are robbing Me, but you say, ʻHow are we robbing you?ʼ In tithes and contributions! You are bound for judgment because you are robbing me – this whole nation is guilty.“Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse so that there may be food in my temple. Test […]

Does God’s Foreknowledge Denote Predestination?

Within some circles, and especially Calvinistic theology, it is taught that the answer to the title question is “YES”, but nothing is further from the truth. Throughout the scripture there is example after example of places where God foreknew an outcome, yet that outcome DID NOT occur. Well how can that be? I have chosen […]

Law of Sowing and Reaping

Galatians 6:7-8Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. As an old farmer once said to […]

The Keys to the Kingdom

At Caesarea Philippi, also known as the “Gates of Hell”, Jesus is gathered alone with the Twelve in Matthew 16. Jesus is asking these chosen Apostles, “Who are people saying that I am?” Peter, with revelation knowledge answers Jesus, saying, “Master, You are the Christ the Son of Yahweh.” And as anyone with a basic […]

The Fear of the Lord

Proverbs 1:7 declares the key to the Biblical understanding. The passage says….. Proverbs 1:7“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The phrase is repeated many times in Proverbs, stating the same concept using different terms, such as…. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”, […]

The Copper Serpent: Idolatry in the Temple

Numbers 21:6-9So the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people, and they bit the people; many people of Israel died. Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD that he would take away the snakes from us.” So […]

Faith? What is it?

What is FAITH? “Preachers” talk about “Faith” in Jesus? Does the Bible teach it is some cognitive recognition of the fact that Jesus is the Son of God? Does it teach, as many heretics and false teachers are heralding, that Faith in Jesus means that you profess Him, and that what He did on the […]

This is Grace

1 Peter 2:19 “For this is grace (charis), when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.“ There are a lot of voices telling people what Grace is. Some says it is some “covering for sin”. Some say it is where God excuses our humanity and sin issues, because of Jesus. Others say this […]

Apocalypse?

When your hear or see the word, “apocalypse”, what comes to mind? Growing up in American movie entertainment, the term presents an entire genre of films based around the end of the world. A mega-hit that immediately arises, with a term often synonymous in our culture, is “Armageddon.” In that Bruce Willis classic, a meteor […]

Novice Teachers in the Church?

Should new converts and unprepared believers be allowed to “open air” teach God’s Word? 1 Timothy 3:6“He (leadership) must not be a novice or recent convert or he may become arrogant and fall into the punishment that the devil will exact.” A constant problem in today’s western church idea is the use of almost anyone […]

Blessed are the Peacemakers

“Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they will be called the children of God.”-Matthew 5:9 Notice Jesus didn’t say “peaceKEEPERS.” There is a huge difference in the two terms. A peaceKEEPER is a cowardly, passive nature that is tolerant of negative behavior, so as not to have to address it and feel uncomfortable in so doing. […]

Nicolaitans?

Here is an excerpt from the writings of Justin Martyr on the Nicolaitans, and the namesakes of various other similar, false teachers, and the doctrines formed of their opinions. Justin Martyr (in Dialogue with Trypho, 35) discusses the fact “that many of those who say that they confess Jesus, and are called Christians, eat ‘meats […]

The Mark of the Beast?

As per usual, “Facebook Christianity“ is being overrun with what is called “Newspaper Hermeneutics” by biblical scholars. It is the biblically illiterate art of taking every current newspaper headline, and trying to predict the prophecies of the Bible by them. To be blunt, it is foolishness that almost everyone in this country, especially western Christianity […]

Cain’s Wife

Genesis 4:17Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch. I wanted to write a short lesson on the origin of Cain’s wife, because it is a situation that is constantly presenting itself in my […]

Tattoos: Set Apart or Self Indulgence?

“Jesus’ Tattoo Parlor???” Although this title is ridiculous, many today professing love and devotion to Christ live as if Jesus would actually run a place like that, citing that “we are not under law, but under grace.” Folks, such a concept would seem acceptable. I mean after all, look at the imagery in the church […]

Left Behind?

Is it Biblical? Does the Bible teach that the lost, rebellious people who have rejected Christ’s offer of salvation, through the obedience of the faith, to be the ones that get LEFT BEHIND? You know the books and movies by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins? The movie starred Kirk Cameron, and depicted a totally literal […]

1 Corinthians 14

1 Corinthians 14 is a chapter of much debate and confusion addressing the subject of speaking in tongues, a gift of grace new to the New Testament, from Acts 2 onward. So, why would Paul have need to spend so much time on sorting out issues arising from this one gift in this church, when […]

Revelation Chapter 13

THE KING BEAST Who is the Beast? Better yet, in chapter 13 we might ask, “Who are the Two Beasts?” Growing up in the eighties I heard Mikhail Gorbachev could be the Antichrist, due to the birthmark on his forehead and being that he was leader of the Soviet Union, who was depicted as being […]

Delusions of Grandeur

Ruins at Corinth The subject of speaking in tongues is a hotbed of controversy to say the least, but when it comes to the Word of God, our feelings, various views and opinions, and personal or spiritual experiences must bow! A minister once said to me, “Son, if you ever speak in tongues you’ll know […]