Posts by Mike Mazzalongo (Page 2)

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Introduction to Hebrews

This first lesson in the series establishes the historical and religious context for the writing of this book. The first Christians were Jewish. The first congregation of the Lord’s church was made up of Jewish people. The first Scriptures used to prove Christ as the Messiah were the Jewish Scriptures which we refer to as the Old Testament. It took approximately ten years for the Apostles to preach the gospel to non-Jews (Cornelius and his household –¬†Acts 10). In the…

The 3 R’s in Labor Day

The last thing we want to do on the Labor Day weekend is think about “work.” But before we leave for the lake or start on the Labor Day project, let’s spend a moment reviewing a few main ideas that the Bible has about our work that might be helpful when we get back to the job after the holiday is over. 1. There Is Time For Work Solomon reminds us that there is a time for everything, including work.…

Enough hiding out and social distancing from getting things done because of the virus!

Enough cowering! Enough hiding out and social distancing from getting things done because of the virus! Paul said that there would be “in season” and “out of season” times for preaching the gospel (II Timothy 4:2) and for growing the kingdom. He did not mean that sometimes we work and serve, and at other times we should stop because it is inconvenient or dangerous. I believe he was exhorting the church to stay busy even when it was inconvenient and/or…

Bible Warfare: How To Defend Your Faith – How can God die if Jesus is God?

In this last lesson in the series, Mike will be answering more miscellaneous questions posed in the survey. This includes questions about lent, various church rituals and our state of mind in heaven. So last week I said that the remaining question in our series didn’t fit into any particular category, so I divided them up into two sections, those that could be answered from the Old Testament and those that could be answered from the New Testament. Last week…

The Origin of The Bible

This article looks at the history of writing and examines how the Bible originated and closes with information on how the Old Testament was organized. In a given year the faithful Christian will hear approximately 250 to 300 Bible lessons when you count regular attendance, devotionals, weddings, funerals and other occasions where the Bible is preached or taught. That’s a lot of attention to one source, a lot of time spent learning about a single book. Of course we think…

Random Blessings

Sometimes God surprises us. Not just with big things but with random blessings that sprinkle our day with evidence of His constant love and incredible kindness towards us. Here are a few random blessings that immediately come to mind. The sweet smell of newly mowed grass floating into your car as you drive by on a cloudless summer day. An unexpected apology from an estranged friend. A magnificent rainbow after an afternoon rain. Fresh linen on a comfortable bed. The…

Bible Warfare: How To Defend Your Faith – Garden of Eden and Noah’s Flood Questions

This lesson is devoted to miscellaneous questions concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; dinosaurs; the population of the world before the great flood, etc. We’re down to our last two lessons for this series, where I’m trying to answer some of the questions concerning the Bible that were handed in. These are, of course, questions not only you, but others have asked throughout the years; and maybe you didn’t have an answer to this question when…

Preaching or Meddling?

The oldest joke about preachers is that when they begin to deal with our true bad habits and sins in their sermons, we say that “they’ve gone from preaching to meddling”. The implication is that preaching is O.K. so long as it teaches me facts about the persons and history connected to the Bible and religion in general. Many people are of the opinion that preaching is acceptable so long as it affirms my hope that I will go to…

Big Church, Little Church

The first question people ask when they find out that I’m a minister is the name of the church that I preach for and then, without fail, follow up with the query, “How big is your congregation?” The first question people ask when they find out that I’m a minister is the name of the church that I preach for and then, without fail, follow up with the query, “How big is your congregation?” It seems as if there is…