The Bible has former and latter’s, and an Old Testament and New Testament, but there are more dualities in the Bible than you may realize. The Captivity of Sin After King Solomon’s reign, the nation of Israel split into two different nations. One was known as the Northern Kingdom and was referred to as Israel, so when Israel is mentioned in Bible prophecy, it refers to the Northern Kingdom, which consisted of ten of the tribes of Israel. The Southern… Read more

Why caused Lucifer to fall from being over the throne of God to being cast out of heaven? The Fall When God created the angels, long before He created the earth (Job 38:4-7), they were holy and blameless. It was only later that Lucifer rebelled and brought one third of the angels with him in trying to overthrow the throne of God. More than that, he wanted to be worshiped as God is worshiped. He wanted to sit in the… Read more

It’s easier to find the will of God than you might imagine, so here’s how we can find God’s will in order to do God’s will. God’s Will Verses Ours When the disciples came up to Jesus and asked Him how to pray, they must have seen how much of a Man of prayer He was. They knew the intimacy He had with the Father, and they wanted that same intimacy, so one of the first things Jesus taught them… Read more

How did it feel for a former convicted fellow to go back to prison? Shut-In Ministries Our small church not only has a nursing home ministry, but also a prison ministry, and we based our nursing home ministry on James 1:27 where for many years I just read over that. It was only when one of our elderly church members had to enter into a nursing home facility that it occurred to me that these are some of the orphans… Read more

Is it true that there are more school shootings today than ever before? What does history show? Early School Shootings The earliest known United States shooting to happen on school property was the Pontiac’s Rebellion school massacre on July 26, 1764, where four Lenape American Indians entered the schoolhouse near present-day Greencastle, Pennsylvania. There, they shot and killed schoolmaster Enoch Brown, and nine or ten children (reports vary). In 1927, Andrew Kehoe, a farmer who was outraged about the property… Read more

Everyone that I know has endured a time of grief, so what do you say to a grieving friend when they’ve experienced a great loss in their life? Life and Death Dying is part of living. All things that are born will live and then die, and no one knows exactly when that end will come in most cases. Being human is 100% fatal. Death comes to all (unless Christ appears first), and at best, we can only guess, so… Read more

It’s such an exciting time waiting for the birth of a baby, so here are some encouraging lessons from the Bible for parents to consider. Wonderfully Made! As a parent and now grandparent, I can tell you that there are times when it seems the baby will never come. I can’t speak for my wife, but the waiting might be the hardest part of all. When we knew it was about time, it was suddenly as if there wasn’t enough… Read more

It seems that the world is teetering on the brink of disaster, and it may be only the beginning. Cold Wars I am old enough to remember having Civil Defense drills in our neighborhood so that we’d know what to do if a nuclear war broke out. I still remember doing the drills and hearing the sirens in our community when they went off. Many of us though, “Was this it or was this just a drill?” Even in elementary… Read more

Everyone has to go through troubles, but you don’t have to go through them alone. Read how the storms of life help bring us safely into the harbor of heaven. Piles of Trials An old Moody Blues song once proclaimed that we can face piles of trials with smiles, but it’s hard to smile when it seems you’re being buried by piles of trials, so smiling is fine, but smiles don’t banish piles of trials, believe me…but faith can! There’s… Read more

What is “free range parenting?” Why is it suddenly becoming so popular, and is it safe for children? Utah’s Law When Utah introduced the first free-range parenting law, the very first state in the nation to do that, it opened up a whole new frontier for young children, and not a good one, and one that could be more like Pandora’s Box than what we might have imagined. What is “free-range” parenting? If you’ve seen any of the old westerns,… Read more

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