Posts from 2020 (Page 3)

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…