The Devil’s Favorite Sermons

The devil does not mind preaching that much. In fact, there are sermons that he likes. Since the power is in the Word (Romans 1:16; Hebrews 4:12), he only fears sermons that effectively communicate Scripture....

Does Mark 16:16 Belong in the Bible?

Some modern Bibles cast doubt as to whether the end of Mark (including Mark 16:16) belongs in the Bible. Some omit Mark 16:9–20 altogether. Others have a shorter ending after verse eight that says,...

How Can I Be Happy in Heaven, If My Loved One Is in Hell?

The prospect of being in heaven without someone dear to us is a troublesome thought. Will everyone in heaven have survivor’s guilt? How heartless, it would seem, to enjoy heaven if people we love...

What does it mean to be forgiven?

A poet defined forgiveness as “the fragrance a flower gives the foot that crushes it.” Webster has “pardon, acquittal, to cancel, remit, or give up resentment against.” Forgiveness is found only seven times in the...

The 22 Most Important Words Ever Spoken on Marriage

Words are important (Proverbs 18:21; Matthew 12:36–37). Marriage is important (Hebrews 13:4; 1 Timothy 5:14). So words about marriage must be especially important. Which are the most important? The twenty-two spoken at the first wedding: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

You’re Not Going to the Prom?!

How many times have Christian teens faced a bewildered friend who says, "You're not going to the prom? This is the biggest event of your senior year! Why are you not going?" Patiently, yet confidently, they explain why they don't dance.

Saved from Hell in a Philippian Jail

Salvation has been found in many unlikely places. Men’s hearts have been warmed by God’s love in Antarctica and their bodies baptized in deserts. Christ has been confessed in Muslim countries, risking persecution, and in...

I’m Looking for a Church That Is Not So Negative

There is a lot of negativity in our world. The daily news cycle feeds on the scandals, crimes, and suffering dredged up from across the world. The dog-eat-dog business world wears a person down....

How the Church of Christ Began in Philippi

Every congregation has a beginning. The church at Jerusalem began on Pentecost with the coming of the Holy Spirit and the preaching of the apostles (Acts 2). The church in Samaria began with Philip’s preaching the word (Acts 8). The church at Corinth began with Paul at the end of the second missionary journey (Acts 18).

Advice for the Grieving

There are two types of people in the world: those who grieve and those who will grieve. We can’t escape it; therefore, we should prepare of it. What are some considerations for one facing grief?

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