Posts from November 2020

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – The Glory of the Church of Christ, The Church of Christ is Holy, Part 1

The author continues his description of the type of people who belong in Christ’s Church as those who have a holy lifestyle. I have shown that the author’s purpose in this letter has been to persuade his readers not to abandon Christianity for Judaism. He does this by demonstrating how Jesus is more glorious than any part or personality within the Jewish religion. He then goes on to say that God’s people, in every age, glorify Him by being faithful.…

Peak of the Week: Peter The Butterfly, Part 4 of 4

Peter’s Metamorphosis It is now time for Peter to stand on his own instead of in the shadows. Now is the moment Christ had envisioned for him when he gave him the name “Rock” & underscoring that in his reinstatement after the resurrection that he would follow Christ, fish for souls, feed the sheep, & die for the name of Christ. From Passover to Pentecost, a period of 50 days, Peter has now processed the teachings of the Lord that…

Are there lost books of the Bible?

Bible critics have long accused the Bible of being a book developed through politics and through selfish agendas of men. Are these claims true? Critics also charge that early Christians were aggressive in making sure certain writings were included in the Bible and that other writings, which they did not personally like, were excluded. Are there some teachings that were omitted? Are there books that have been lost? Join Denny Petrillo (Ph.D.) as he discusses various Bible references in light…

What’s in a name?

The first step in sanitizing immoral behavior usually begins by giving it a new name. This allows its proponents an opportunity to redefine the activity without constant reference to the image created by the previous term. For example, the term fornication or “living in sin” usually referred to people who had sex outside of marriage or lived together before being married. As this type of behavior increased in our society, the way to describe it changed, and the more accommodating…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – The Glory of the Church of Christ, The Church of Christ Endures, Part 2

In this lesson Mike diagrams and explains the famous chapter that describes the ‘heroes of faith. After having shown Christ’s glory by demonstrating His superiority over the Jewish religion as its fulfillment, the author of the Hebrew letter goes on to exhort his readers to reflect that glory by being faithful to Him. He encourages them not to fall away as some have done, but because they have a great mediator in Christ, go forward in confidence, despite the obstacles…

Same-Sex marriage – Does God approve?

You have heard a lot lately pertaining to homosexual marriage. This “hot-button” topic has been covered by media organizations worldwide as the population of humanity advocating this trend continues to increase. The U.S. Supreme Court has recently ruled against the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. But should the popularity of today’s trends define what is morally right? Since marriage is an institution created by the omniscient God of heaven, it’s only logical that we seek His stand on…

Solomon’s Summary

“The conclusion, when all has been heard is: fear God and keep his commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgement, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Solomon wrote these words as he was summing up his life experiences. He was blessed with a great mind, wealth, political power and the time to seek and find what, in his words, was upright and true. Solomon spent…

Peak of the Week: Peter’s Ultimate Test, Part 3 of 4

Peter’s Metamorphosis “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” These are among Jesus’ most potent and challenging teachings while he was here on earth. They ring out as a warning to us as well as those who heard them in the first century. They are both encouraging as we contemplate Jesus acknowledging us as one of his own before…

People that baptism will not save

Would it surprise you that there are some people baptism will not save? Since the day the Church began in Acts 2, baptism for the remission of sins has been preached. According to Jesus’ own words in Mark 16, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved.” Even though baptism is the point when you come into contact with the saving blood of Jesus, there are some groups of people baptism cannot save. Join Don Blackwell as he discusses…

Preacher Count

It has long been held that preachers can’t count. I suppose it’s because they usually overestimate the size of the attendance or count the unborn babies as present. All humor aside, it is true that preachers do place a certain importance on “numbers” because numbers reveal certain things about a church. 1. Numbers Reveal Commitment You may have 1,000 people at church but if this represents only 50% of your members, what you see is a half-hearted commitment. It would…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – The Glory of the Church of Christ, The Church of Christ Endures, Part 1

Having finished describing Jesus’ glorious life and ministry the author now focuses on the type of church that carries His glorious name. At this point of his letter the author will bring the lesson home to his readers. In the previous sections he has warned them about falling back and the terrible consequences for one who, after having known the Lord, abandons Him. Now, he exhorts them in a positive way by pointing out what they ought to be doing.…

Peak of the Week: Peter’s Struggle to Grow, Part 2 of 4

Peter’s Metamorphosis Today, we will look at several of the steps Peter took up until the time of the cross, noting both the good and the bad experiences that shaped him ultimately into the “rock” that Jesus envisioned. By revealing both the positive and negative experiences in his development, we will see quite clearly how human he was, how much like him we are at times, but also see the transforming power of Christ to use all kinds of experiences…

What if I die on the way to be baptized?

What if you died on the way to be baptized? You have learned the truth, repented of your sins, confessed your faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and you are ready to be baptized. But on the way to the water, your car is struck by a truck and you die….you pass into eternity? Listen as Don Blackwell examines the implications of such a tragedy.  

Recipe for a Successful Spiritual Life

Part 3 of a series looking at family, career and the way to experience a true spiritual regeneration in this life and an eternal existence in the next. I have given you two recipes for success: Family Stew (family success); Personal Pan Pizzaz (career success). Our last recipe is for spiritual success regardless of your family or career situation. In order to have success on a spiritual lever you have to drink the “living water.” 1. Water Who knew 25…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than the Jewish Religion, Part 3

In the final part of the first section of Hebrews, the writer summarizes the reasons why Jesus’ ministry is superior to that of the Jewish High Priest but also that the results of the Lord’s ministry on behalf of all men yields a superior final result. In the book of Hebrews the author is showing Christ’s superiority over the entire system of religion as embodied by the Jewish priesthood and sacrificial rituals in the Old Testament. In this final section…

Recipe for a Successful Career

Part 2 of a 3 part series looking at the ingredients for success in the family as well as the pursuit of satisfying and rewarding careers. We are talking about Mazzalongo’s recipes for success. Yesterday I gave you the success recipe for family because it is the priority in our everyday lives. If our families do not succeed, it affects every other area of our lives. Today I want to give you the ingredients for a successful career. I call…

Is COVID-19 a sign of the end times?

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, some have asked if it is a sign that the end of time is near. Is it an indicator that Jesus is coming soon, or is it related to plagues referenced in the book of Revelation? Please study along with Don Blackwell as he discusses what the Bible says about the end of time, emphasizing the current worldwide pandemic seen with COVID-19.

Peak of the Week: A Promising Beginning, Part 1 of 4

Peter’s Metamorphosis Peter is one of the great Bible heroes. Yet, he was very, very, very human – a guy many of us could easily relate to, due to the ups and downs of his spiritual struggle. We’re calling this series, “Peter’s Metamorphosis” as his development into a strong leader was not an immediate one. For him to blossom into the dynamic apostle who opened the gates of Christ’s kingdom on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem, was the result…

Recipe for a Successful Family

The first of a 3 part series examining the qualities that promote harmony, joy, and intimacy in family settings. One of the best things at Christmas time is that we get to eat some of our favorite foods. Roast Chicken, mom’s fruit cake, ragout de boulettes, etc. So in keeping with the tradition, I thought that I would like to share with you some special recipes of my own. Three actually. I call them “Mazzalongo’s Recipes for Success”: 1. Families…

Pray for your Country

Many people spend a lot of time complaining about the government, but have you ever thought about the fact that God expects His people to pray for the government? Through the Old and New Testaments, we are shown by example and directed by command to pray for the leaders and authorities. Listen as Don Blackwell discusses the Bible’s view of praying for your country.
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