What did Jacob take when he took Esau’s birthright?

The birthright was the natural privilege of the firstborn son. Receiving the birthright, the firstborn would become the head of the family, and would have charge of the family, including the family property.

Why People Do Not Understand the Bible

People know more about more things than ever before. Technology. Art. Health. Business. Music. Ecology. Accounting. Fitness. Relationships. Architecture. History. Math. Physics. Botany. Computers. Engineering. Film. Medicine. Economics. Genetics. People know less about the Bible...

First-Century Christianity

Is it possible for people living today simply to be New Testament Christians? Can we be first-century Christians in the twenty-first century? So much is said today about “change”—and much change is evident. Computers,...

Keynotes of the Books of the New Testament

Reviewing key words, verses, phrases, and messages from the Gospel accounts refreshes our memory (2 Peter 1:12) and helps us to find key ideas as we read.

The Privilege of Knowing God

Paul confided, “For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have...

The Bible on One Page

Chronologically, the Old Testament ends with the book of Nehemiah. Every book coming after it can be placed somewhere in the framework of events covered from Genesis through Nehemiah.

Are We Living in the Last Days?

Yes, we are living in the "last days." It should not be a cause for alarm, however, because we have been living in the last days for almost two thousand years!
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By What Standard of Authority?

By what authority do you and I practice the things we do in religion? Consider the following questions:  Is the majority the correct standard of authority? Surely not. Where was the majority in the flood?...

What About the Thief on the Cross?

There is no doubt that the man we know as the thief on the cross was saved by Jesus. Jesus told him, "Today shalt thou be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). The question...

Can One Rely on the Bible?

Yes, absolutely. While we do not have an original copy of the Bible, it has been faithfully handed down from one generation to another.