Salvation is Free, But It Is Not Cheap

Jesus never said grace. Believe it or not, the Bible does not record where Jesus ever used that word. It was used of Him (Luke 2:40; John 1:14, 16, 17) but never by Him....

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).

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...

You Should’ve Seen What Happened on Sunday

The view from the pulpit is often interesting. People are so used to watching unresponsive TV and computer screens that they forget preachers can see them! After a while, the unexpected becomes commonplace, and...

This is Going to Sting a Little

Life has internal stings as well-broken hearts, crushed ambitions, crashed dreams. These usually smart for much longer than the kind nurses inflict. Do you ever wonder, "Why me, Lord? I'm a Christian. I walk...

The King of the World Obeyed His Mother

The Ten Commandments are divided into vertical (religious) commands and horizontal (moral) commands. The first four are man’s duty to God. The second six are man’s duty to man. Thou shalt have no other...

Once Saved, Always Saved?

Robert R. Taylor, Jr., comments that the possibility of apostasy is taught in over 2,500 places in Holy Writ. Old testament Consider a sampling from the Old Testament: "And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the...

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

Many thousands of people search out a new church each year. They often research congregations in their area, ask around, and then personally visit the short list in a month of Sundays. Let’s consider some...

The Great Invitation: The Spirit and the Bride Say Come

The 31 words of the 30,997th Bible verse, in its 1189th chapter, are quite remarkable. They contain the last invitation God would offer for two thousand years. They echo across the centuries, inviting each new...

Compassion

God has always shown compassion to His children (Psalm 86:15; Psalm 117:2; Isaiah 49:15; Ephesians 2:7; Titus 3:4), and He expects His children to pass along compassion to others. How do we do that?