Bible Talk Articles (Page 3)

Polite Conversation

One of the more subtle mistakes we make in our spiritual lives is to substitute polite conversation for heartfelt prayer with God. Polite conversation tends to review the things we know God likes to hear; praise for His kindness, petition for our needs, a reference to others and their needs. It’s neat and orderly, all the bases covered and when it’s over you feel that a duty has been done and you can go on with the rest of your…

Seniors and Sin

In Genesis 27 we read the story of how Isaac’s attempt to bless Esau (against God’s will) was foiled by Rebekah’s devious intervention. Isaac’s disobedience and Rebekah’s scheming demonstrate that even in old age, as they were, it is possible to fall into serious sin. This being so, it would do well for senior saints to remember the following ideas concerning their own struggle with sinfulness; 1. GOD IS YOUR SENIOR. It is easy to get into the habit of…

The Use of Media in Ministry

In this lesson we’ll talk about the use of computers in ministry later but first I’d like to put these types of ministry tools into the larger context of the proper use of the media. Media is the big picture and computers are a part of that overall scheme. So let’s first talk about media in ministry. Media is the vehicle for communication and you as Bible/Mission/Preaching/Education majors are really in the business of communication. In your particular case it…

Power of Love

I saw Mohammed Ali making an appearance on TV the other day. He was frail and shaky, a victim of Parkinson’s disease. His spokesperson said the former champ was here to promote love and unity and Ali’s eyes lit up when the kids approached to hug him and shake his hand – a response of love. What a difference from the brash kid who shouted, “I am the greatest” nearly 30 years ago. Now he was gently urging the crowd…

The Passion As Witness

In the book of Acts we read repeatedly about the power of the Holy Spirit being displayed in mighty ways. Men spoke unknown languages by His power (Acts 2:1-4) and others were struck dead for daring to lie to the Holy One without fear (Acts 5:1-11). In our teaching on the topic of spiritual gifts, we also speak of the end of the age of miracles at the close of the apostolic era and in so doing deprive ourselves of…

Soft Rebellion

There are no new arguments in the effort to expand women’s role in the church to include those tasks that have traditionally been given to men. Some women want to lead prayer as well as teach and preach in public assemblies, and find support for their aspirations by disregarding Paul’s instructions on these matters as first century cultural bias against women. Others argue that Jesus did not specifically forbid women from doing this, so it must be acceptable. They point…

FAQs on Prayer

Here are a few commonly asked questions regarding the act of praying. 1. Do only Christians have access to God in prayer? “We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him.” John 9:31 “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 God created all things, knows and…

Do People Become More Religious With Age?

It seems that older people are the ones who are interested in religion and younger ones have little time for spiritual things. Two doctors at Duke University studied this phenomenon by surveying a group of older people over a twenty year period to see if they had become more religious with time. What they found out was that for these older people, their faith remained the same as they grew older. Some activities dropped off because of illness, etc., but…

Why are there so many churches?

Contemporary religious scholars and historians estimate that there are approximately 38,000 denominations in the world today. Have you ever wondered if the true church still exists today? Does it really matter to which church I belong? If the true church does exist, how can I find it? Learn about the fascinating history of the first century church of the Bible and how it still exists today! Learn about God’s true church, the origins of denominationalism and God’s scheme of redemption…

Too busy?

In our fast paced society it is often difficult to determine the difference between busy and too busy. The following 7 statements should help busy people (especially Christians) draw the line between busy and too busy. Statement #1 – If you are too busy to pray each day, you are too busy. Statement #2 – If you are too busy to help someone with a personal problem, you are too busy. Statement #3 – If you are too busy to…

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.