We often hear from grace believers who have been told, by someone who should know better, that those who belong to a denomination could not possibly be saved because they have no understanding of the Grace message. In their mind, they are entangled in a form of “religion” and … ➡
This past spring I was out for one of my regular bike rides when I noticed that one of the lawns in my neighborhood was sprinkled with fallen leaves. It caught my attention because that’s the kind of thing you expect to see in the fall, not in the … ➡
“One of the famous Greek stories…is the story about the conquering of the city of Troy. Greeks, you remember, laid siege to the city of Troy for over ten years. They were unable to capture it. In exasperation, a man by the name of Ulysses decided to have a … ➡
Mahatma Gandhi wrote: “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” Since the word “habit” is a synonym for pattern, this quote reminds me of the even … ➡
To teach his teenaged son about the dangers of alcohol, a father dropped a worm in a glass of water, and it just kind of wiggled around, the way worms do on your hook when you go fishing. But then he dropped another worm in whiskey, and it promptly … ➡
You’ve probably heard the old saying, “Discretion is the better part of valor.” This Shakespearean expression is said to mean that good judgment is better than rash bravery, and prudence is preferable to careless courage. That’s good advice, wise counsel that many an aged soldier has passed on to … ➡
Back in 1980, boxer Sugar Ray Leonard squared off with opponent Roberto Duran in what has become known as the No Mas fight. Late in the eighth round of this epic battle, Duran turned away from Leonard and said to the referee, “No mas!” which is Spanish for “No … ➡
Nearly 2,000 years ago, the Apostle Paul gave some advice to a young man named Titus that all Christians would do well to take to heart:
“In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works…” (Titus 2:7).
If you’re not sure what a “pattern” is, do you remember … ➡
After the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and just before He ascended into heaven, He made a promise to His apostles, saying,
“…ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you…” (Acts 1:8).
The power of which the Lord spoke was … ➡
“If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward” (Eph. 3:2).
Could it be that those to whom Paul addressed his Ephesian letter had not yet heard that God had committed to him “the dispensation of grace”?
Next to the … ➡
The last great book of the Bible opens with the words: “The revelation of Jesus Christ,” and from these words it derives its title: “The Revelation.” In this book St. John deals largely with the return of Christ in glory to judge and reign.
II Thes. 1:7,8 tells us … ➡
The Apostle Paul wrote that “young women” with “husbands” and “children” should be “keepers at home” (Titus 2:3,4). And as you may know, this phrase is the subject of much controversy among Christian wives and moms, most of whom desire to understand it clearly so that they can obey … ➡
In Paul’s epistle to Titus, he gives some instructions for “aged men” that contain good advice for believers of all ages, saying,
“That the aged men be… sound in faith, in charity…” (Titus 2:2).
The word “sound” means strong, healthy and wholesome (cf. Isa. 1:5,6), and all of God’s … ➡
Recently I came across a web site called, “Lies That Moms Tell Their Kids To Get Them To Behave.” One mom told her kids she had a new phone app that could tell her when they were misbehaving behind her back!
Well, while children should heed Paul’s advice to … ➡
“Matthew says the chief priests took the money Judas cast down in the temple and bought the ‘field of blood.’ Peter, in Acts, says that Judas bought the field with the ‘reward of iniquity.’ On the surface, this appears to be a contradiction.”
First and foremost, the Word of … ➡
“…speak thou the things which become sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1).
The word “become” here means fitting or appropriate. Even if you never served in the military, you have probably heard that if an officer misbehaves he can be charged with “conduct unbecoming an officer.” That serious charge is … ➡
“Unto the pure all things are pure…” (Titus 1:15).
Boy, a verse like that sure begs the questions, “Who are these pure people, and why are all things pure for them?”
Well, the word “pure” just means “clean,” as we see when Solomon asked,
“Who can say, I have
“Les Feldick taught that Isaiah 53:2 doesn’t mean the Lord Jesus was ugly, but that there was nothing in Him that would attract the Jews to Him as their King and Messiah. What do you say?”
I never thought about it that way, but Les is right! Isaiah wrote:… ➡