The Samuel Complex

by William J. Stewart

When he was an old man, the elders of Israel approached Samuel, who served as a prophet, priest and judge among his people, and said, “make us a king to judge us like all the nations” (1 Samuel 8:5). The prophet was broken up (Strong’s 03415) over their demand. The LORD assured Samuel, “they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me” (1 Samuel 8:7). Continue reading

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Gossip

by Keith Sharp

Arkansas is unusually blessed. There are only four kinds of poisonous snakes in North America, and all four are found here!

The deadliest is also the smallest, the coral snake. It reminds me of the tongue – small but dangerous. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21; cf. James 3:1-12). The use of the tongue produces fruit, and if we love to use the tongue, we must eat its fruit.

One of the chief dangers of the tongue is gossip. What does the Bible teach about gossip? Continue reading

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Introduction to Proverbs

by Keith Sharp

As the psalms of Israel reached their apex with David, the wisdom literature of the Hebrews ascended to its pinnacle with Solomon, the son of David.

When Solomon ascended the throne, the Lord appeared to him in a dream, telling him to ask what he would, and Solomon humbly requested the wisdom necessary to rule Israel (1 Kings 3:4-9). The Lord was pleased with Solomon’s request, and granted him wisdom, prosperity, and honor (verses 10:13). Solomon’s rule was peaceful and prosperous, giving Solomon and others time to reflect upon the nature of things and the means with which to experiment (1 Kings 4:20-25). King Solomon was the wisest mere mortal who ever lived and the wealthiest person of his day (1 Kings 3:16-28; 4:29-34; 10:1-9,23-24). Continue reading

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The Most Difficult Sermon

by William J. Stewart

What do you think is the most difficult sermon to preach? A host of topics might be suggested, but I doubt what I have in mind is one of them. The book of Revelation can be intimidating, but that’s not it. Refuting Premillennialism, Calvinism or some other false doctrine effectively demands a lot of preparation, but none of those are the most difficult sermon to preach. So, what is it? What is the most difficult sermon to preach? This may surprise you, but it is attendance. Continue reading

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Question About the Sabbath and Clean and Unclean Animals

Question

Please if you have any information about the Sabbath and clean and unclean animals. We can eat now. Please help. I’m confused about the Sabbath. I think God cleansed all animals to eat now?

Answer

Thank you for your good question. The Sabbath and laws concerning clean and unclean animals were part of the Law of Moses God made with national Israel (Deuteronomy 5:1-3, 12-15; 14:1-20). When Christ died on the cross, He removed this law and replaced it with His own (Colossians 2:13-17; 6:2). The Sabbath has been done away with (Colossians 2:16-17), and we have the liberty to eat any kind of meat (1 Timothy 4:1-5).

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Correspondence with South African

Message from South Africa

I’d appreciate it if someone could help me study the Word of God. I do study it on my own but I feel the need for the guidance of a seasoned man of God.

My parents are both born again Christians and my dad is a Pastor. I turned away from Christ due to a couple of factors, namely 1) Witnessing people calling themselves Christians indulging themselves in all sorts of sins, 2) The difficult circumstances of my upbringing brought about by my parent’s choice of a lifestyle, 3) Witnessing criminals and corrupt people prospering in life, 4) Witnessing the Church persecuting my father in unspeakable ways and 5) My father’s ill temper when I decided to ask him any scripture related question. Continue reading

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The Roman Road to Salvation

by Keith Sharp

(I borrowed the idea for and basic approach to this lesson from a sermon by Randy Cavender.)

Introduction

Rome is located on the banks of the Tiber River, fifteen miles from the west coast of Italy and built on seven hills. The “Eternal City” was already eight centuries old at the time Paul wrote to the Christians there. It was so important politically and economically in its day that it is hard for modern people to comprehend. In an empire that had a total population of perhaps thirty million, the populace of Rome numbered perhaps four million. It was the capital of its own empire, the most extensive empire of its day, ruling the Mediterranean world, with provinces from the Euphrates River in the east to Spain in the west, from Britain in the north to Egypt in the south. Continue reading

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Instrumental Music in the New Testament

by William J. Stewart

We have in previous articles looked at instrumental music in the book of Revelation, and in the Old Testament. This week, we focus on the occurrences of instrumental music in the New Testament, from Matthew through Jude, investigate the manner of music to be used in New Testament worship. Continue reading

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Question from Nigeria about a Christian Married to an Unbeliever

Question

Good afternoon my preacher. I Worshipped today at … and I was shocked at the lesson taught by the preacher on marriage. Text: 1Cor 7:39. The summary of the lesson was: (1) Any Christian and not just widows who marry an unbeliever would be disfellowshiped. (2) He no longer is a Christian. I asked two questions in writing (1) If a christian marries an unbeliever and he is disfellowshiped, what would be his fruit of repentance for him to be restored? (2) If the unbelieving wife of this brother wants to be a Christian and request baptism, would she be baptized? His answer: (1) He needs to do away with the wife before he is restored and (2) The unbelieving wife cannot be baptized. Brother for me this is serious because it seems to be a well established practice among them. Any material on this will help. Thanks. Continue reading

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Question from Sri Lanka about John 5:25

Question

John 5:25 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

Is that true, all dead people will live in the future?
What is the deep meaning of ‘the hour is coming’ ? Continue reading

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