Speaking the Truth in Love

Posts from November 2018

Hosea 6:3

3 Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” 

Truly Spiritual Worship

Jesus was traveling from Judea to Galilee. Tired, hungry, and thirsty, he and the disciples arrived in Sychar, a Samaritan village in the shadow of Mount Gerizim. While the disciples went to buy lunch, the Lord sat alone beside the well. When a woman came to draw water, Jesus asked for a drink. Astonished, she…

After We Die

All Christians agree that people who die in the Lord will live eternally in his presence. But do true disciples go immediately into heaven when they die, or do they enter Hades, the world of the dead, and there wait for the Day of Judgment? I believe that the Bible supports the latter view, but…

2 Kings 17:38-39

2 Kings 17:38-39 38 Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and do not worship other gods. 39Rather, worship the LORD your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.” 

A Difference of Opinion

 After the Jerusalem council on circumcision, Paul and Barnabas returned to Antioch. In time Paul proposed a second mission trip: “Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are” (Acts 15:36). Barnabas agreed to this plan and suggested that they take…

Is Suicide Forgivable?

We sometimes wonder how God will judge people who commit suicide. The theologian Augustine (AD 354-430) harshly condemned it. He argued that suicide was worse than murder because the perpetrator died in an unrepentant state. Is this argument biblical? The Bible records five cases of suicide. Four of these are in the Old Testament: Abimelech,…