Posts by Mike Mazzalongo (Page 4)

How Important is 1 Vote?

Sometimes when we listen to the news and they talk about the number of people there are in the world and the magnitude of the problems, we feel rather insignificant. Sometimes when we listen to the news and they talk about the number of people there are in the world and the magnitude of the problems, we feel rather insignificant. It seems that corporations and governments are getting bigger and more powerful and we, the solitary citizens are becoming weaker…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than the Angels, Part 1

In this section the Hebrew writer lists the many passages in the Old Testament that demonstrate Jesus’ exalted position above the angels. The book of Hebrews was written to a particular group of Jewish Christians who, because of persecution, were being tempted to abandon Christianity and return to Judaism. In his letter, the author appeals to them to remain faithful to Christ by showing them Christ’s superiority to their former Jewish religion. He does this by comparing Jesus to various…

Satan Unmasked

I want to share with you the first thoughts I had after seeing the 9/11 tragedy in real time on television on that terrible day. Each anniversary of that event brings them back to my mind: I dream about the plane circling against the blue September sky slamming into the tower sending a torrent of flame on the unsuspecting. ~ I am angry that such horror exists and that the media torments the nation with its mindless repetition of the…

Teachers’ Remembered

I don’t recall much of the material we studied in High School an eon ago when I was at that point of my life but I do remember some of my teachers. I can still see Mr. Blanchard trying to teach me the intricacies of Algebra, long after the last bell had rung for the day. We would be at the blackboard just he and I. He would valiantly try to explain some theorem (as animated as if there were…

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…