Bible Talk Articles

Things That are “For Sure”

11For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. 12As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. 14For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. – Psalms 103:11-14 In this brief passage, David declares his confidence in some…

3 Choices Christians Need To Make

I have often said to my eldest son as we discussed serious issues that life is a series of choices. Where you will live? Who will be your friends, marry? How you will react to what happens to you? What you will do with your time, talent, and energy? When you look back at your life you can usually see the line it took by plotting out the choices you made along the way. The Christian life is like this…

How do I Deal with my Anger?

24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. 25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, – Ephesians 4:24-26 Paul is encouraging the church to grow in Christian maturity and grace. One sign of that new maturity, that new balance, that new person is…

Sitting on the Puck

I hated the Toronto Maple Leafs. Back in the fifties and sixties, they were the arch-rivals of the Montreal Canadiens when hockey in Canada only had six teams. My dislike of the Leafs stemmed less from hometown prejudice than their style of play. You see, Toronto was notorious for “sitting on the puck.” In hockey language of the day, this term described a team that would immediately go into a defensive mode upon scoring a goal. Unlike my beloved Canadiens,…

Is Baptism Really Necessary?

Today I want to answer the question “Is Baptism Really Necessary? It seems that sooner or later every idea in the Bible is challenged in one way or another. One hundred years ago no one would even think of trying to excuse the sin of homosexuality because the teaching on it in the Bible seemed so clear. Today, entire denominations accept this practice without hesitation, even ordaining homosexual ministers. In the same way there was a time when the teaching…

Catching Up

In Joshua 24:3, we read that God gave a homeland to Esau (the land of Seir) long before He gave one to Jacob, Esau’s brother, and his descendants. Esau had a 400-year head start on building cities and fortifying towers. He had a great advantage in establishing an army and a permanent culture. Jacob’s descendants, on the other hand, were slaves in Egypt for four centuries and spent an additional 40 years in the desert before going in and settling the…

Dirge For An Atheist

Go, brave thinker Into the night Holding forth In faulty might. Pride’s parade You valiantly led A final rejection Of the dread To reconcile Your own life’s course To one Whose presence You wouldn’t endorse. Seduced by ancient Lure to see Yourself sufficient Only to be Reduced to just A whimper, a plight Extinguished by The one who might Have opened your heart To see the light. Comment on the death of Atheist, Christopher Hitchens, who stated that only the…

Humble Beginning

It is interesting to note that Judah, the man from whose human lineage Jesus would eventually come, was born under questionable circumstances. His mother, Leah, was given by trickery in marriage as a substitute for her sister, Rachel. She conceived, but not in love, and struggled with her sister for the affections of their common husband. Aside from the issue of polygamy which was allowed in those days. Judah was not born into the greatest of circumstances. However, in God’s…

Roadside Shrines

The cross and the plastic flowers along the side of the highway usually appear unexpectedly. You’re rounding a curve or cruising along and suddenly someone’s marked a spot where a life tragically ended in some terrible crash that is all but forgotten save for this roadside shrine. I’ve been to many cemeteries but am never so aware of death as when I see these homemade memorials. I suppose it’s because of the proximity of this unfortunate person’s death as I…

Little Pumpkin

I made my mother laugh. Not just a quiet smile or chuckle, but a stomach cramping, bent over, a shriek of laughter that came in waves of delirious joy that caused her to smile and laugh all over again long after the initial surge was gone. This was quite a feat for an 82-year-old woman with stage-one Alzheimer’s disease! The cause of this spontaneous happiness was a little picture of me that I sent her as a part of a…

Living on Less

Cross-country moves sure have a way of getting certain things into perspective. Take creature comfort for example. By the last days before we left Oklahoma, every lamp, comfortable chair, toothbrush holder and coffee cup had been packed away. We lived like gypsies; eating out of paper plates, sleeping on mattresses stripped of box springs and comforters, sitting on those chairs and boxes we felt could be stowed away at the last minute. Our menu was reduced to chocolate milk and…

The Inspiration of the Bible

Nobody just reads the Bible and says, “I think this book is inspired.” It’s not just a logical deduction. The Bible actually says this about itself in different places. Doesn’t it seem natural that an inspired book would claim this about itself? The Old Testament takes this idea for granted since it continually describes a dialogue between God and man. The New Testament states the idea in different ways: 19 But when they hand you over, do not worry about how…

In Defense Of Martha

I believe Martha’s gotten a bad rap as far as Bible characters go. The most quoted reference about Martha is where Jesus gently admonishes her concerning this good woman’s frustration at not receiving help from her sister, Mary, in serving their guests. This story recorded in Luke 10:40-41 has become, for many, the defining image of this woman, a worrier, a person consumed with tasks, and a disciple not attuned to spiritual things like her sister, Mary. Martha was probably…

Plane Thinking

It’s amazing how being thirty thousand feet in the air can give you a whole new perspective on life. Recently, I flew out to California and, as the plane cruised far above the desert and mountains, I realized how different life seemed from this precarious angle. For example, I could actually see how insignificant human beings really are. Mountains look like wrinkles, rivers are ribbons, and great cities are not more than dots of light. From this height, people are…

Planning for Death

The news of the passing of famous people reminds us once again that in the end, we all must die, even celebrities. For any loss, there is a time for grieving. This grieving, however, will only be complete when we accept that another’s death points to our own inevitable end. This realization should motivate us to plan for that sure event. Planning for our death means we have accepted the reality of it and are ready to go on living…

Duck Dilemma

The duck people have gone and done it now. The patriarch of reality television’s Duck Dynasty has actually shared his Christian perspective on the subject of homosexuality with a reporter for trendy GQ magazine. Of course, the reaction to his unfiltered view of homosexuality as a sin and the comment that he didn’t get why gays preferred men to women was, to say the least, a cardinal offense to that group and those who saw this as an attack on their…

What Does Your Child See?

There is nothing more joyful than watching our children “grow” in the wisdom and admonition of the Lord. This thought leads me to wonder if children receive the same joy and encouragement from seeing their parents “grow”. I believe that much of the development we seek in them may be directly related to how much growth they see in us. When it comes to spiritual growth, you can’t just teach it, you’ve got to show it. In the area of…

Playing it Safe

In this day of roller-coaster markets and the threat of entire nations collapsing because of financial downturns, it’s easy to get into the “play it safe” mindset. Of course, there is nothing wrong with a prudent approach to investing and money management but some people think that prudence means never taking a risk. It is interesting to note that in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, where Jesus is teaching on stewardship, He says that the least one…

Gay Nation

It seems that the surest way to secure your fifteen minutes of fame in America these days is to declare to the world that you’re gay. Homosexuals are literally tripping over each other in order to be the first in their respective fields of endeavor to “come out” and thereby clinch their spot in the Gay Hall of Fame. Whether it be in sports or politics, entertainment or academia, being gay now comes with some kind of mystique that simply…

Winning The War

The old adage, “Winning the battle, losing the war”, is a warning to those involved in a struggle that it is important to keep one’s eye on what you’re fighting for. You often see this principle at work in amateur sports where a player will lose control and strike out in revenge against an opponent who is provoking them in some way. The momentary satisfaction is lost when the referee penalizes the team which usually leads to losing the game,…