Posts by John Stephen Smith (Page 24)

Midweek Connection 08262015 What Difference Does it Make

What Difference Does it Make Ed Boggess   What difference does it make if one believes in the Genesis creation record or the theory of evolution? As long as God is behind it, what difference does it make? The truth is it makes a world of difference! Either we are created in the image of God or we are evolved in the image of a monkey! Either we are both body and spirit or we are simply physical with no…

MWC 08192015 Bible Has All the Answers

Our Bible has all the answers for us Glenda Williams Dr. Ben Carson, speaking at the Faulkner Benefit Dinner recently, suggested we read something educational for 30 minutes each day in order to grow mentally. Every time I pick up something to read, I remember what he said. Learning my new iMac is certainly a new learning experience for me, so I feel like I am keeping my pledge to him.   The greatest book and one that provides the…

MWC 08192015 Hear the Silence

If you don’t hear the speaking, you won’t hear the silence Eugene Adkins   The principle of silence is an important aspect of rightly dividing the word of God (2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 7:14). Unfortunately it’s a concept that’s hard for many in the religious world to grasp despite the fact that it has a biblical basis. What makes it even more difficult to understand is when an individual fails to first hear what’s spoken, because if you don’t hear…

Steve’s Stuff 08.16.2015 Not Very Far Exo 8:28

And Pharaoh said, “I will let you go, that you may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only you shall not go very far away. Intercede for me.” When I think of the story of the exodus from Egypt of the Hebrew people the 10 plagues come immediately to mind. Upon reading the story I can’t help but wonder why it took so many plagues. Then I read Exodus 8:28 above. Pharaoh was a great one to…

Steve’s Stuff 08092015 God Hardened Pharaoh’s Heart

One very troubling passage in God’s holy word is to be found in Exodus 4:21…the LORD said to Moses…. I will harden his heart, so he will not let the people go. How can God hold Pharaoh responsible to do His will if he is making it impossible for him to obey? Certainly, if this is the case then God is capricious. But is there more to this statement than meets the eye. Surely it is true the foolish man…

Mid-Week Connection 08052015 There’s A Change in my Life Since You Came Along

Acts 3:19 The Biblical definition of repentance is “to change one’s mind.” The Bible also tells us that true repentance will result in a change of actions (Luke 3:8-14; Acts 3:19). Cf. Acts 26:20. The full biblical definition of repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of action. In terms of the kingdom, it involves… A change in one’s allegiance. Kingdom citizens submit their own will to the will of the King. Cf. Matthew 6:10; Romans…

Steve’s Stuff 08022015 Transparency Exodus 5-6

Have you ever thought of the Bible as God’s tell all book?  2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture…” is a passage the reveals much of the use for the scriptures. But did you ever wonder why God in His word was so transparent. Moses is a prime example. Surely we know of the plagues that forced Pharaoh to let the Hebrew nation free. But look closer and we will see the failures, as Moses had perceived them of Himself, the Hebrews,…

Mid Week Connection Calling Abortion Good! Really?

by           Eric Lyons, M.Min.   What do Americans call it when a doctor uses a knife-like device and suction from a powerful hose and pump (“29 times more powerful than a household vacuum cleaner”) to chop and suck a human being out of the mother’s womb (“Abortion Methods,” 2010)? What is it called when a doctor uses plier-like devices to twist and tear a four-month-old unborn baby into pieces? (Usually this procedure requires crushing the baby’s skull and snapping…

Steve’s Stuff Familiar Excuses Aren’t They Exodus 3:1-4:17 2 of 2

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.                       Benjamin Franklin Last week we noted the first two excuses of Moses. He made these two to God when told to go to Egypt to free the Hebrew people from cruel bondage. Moses excuses are not that unfamiliar to use though. Often we have found reasons to not start and or finish a task. We, like Moses, need to consider at least two deciding factors in…

Mid-Week Connection Peer Pressure

Peer Pressure : A New Look By Don Loftis Recently a lady who was celebrating her 104th birthday was being interviewed by a local reporter. He asked her, “What is the best thing about being 104 years old?” Without hesitation she replied, “No peer pressure.”   The pressure to conform to the crowd or to follow the advice of another has always been around. Eve influenced Adam, Rebecca influenced Jacob, and Ananias influenced Sapphira. Teens are pressured to drink alcohol…