Bible Talk Articles

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.