What Does It Mean To Fear The Lord?

The Bible teaches that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, so what does it mean to fear the Lord? Why type of fear is it?Beginning of Wisdom Human beings have seemed to always seek out more power, money, and influence, yet the most pressing need, and indeed, the most crucial need isn’t even sought, and that’s the wisdom of God. Humanity has a lot of knowledge, but without wisdom, this knowledge can self-inflict a lot of harm to our species…and it has, but until you have a knowl … [Read more...]

Gifts for the Homeless

What can you do to help the homeless or should you do anything at all? Here are some gift ideas for the homeless if you choose to help someone.Growing Homelessness There are probably not very many of us who know someone who is homeless, and most people wouldn’t go out of their way to meet them, but the numbers of homeless people is growing today. Growing numbers of homeless people come from growing rents which are pushing people living on the margins into homelessness. I was able to break t … [Read more...]

Dying For Company

James said that pure religion is visiting the orphans and widows in their affliction (James 1:27), so how can you begin a nursing home ministry in order to practice “pure religion?”Reasons for a Ministry Every ministry that Jesus commanded the church to do is laid down in Scripture; from the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20; Acts 1:8) to the admonition to care for the poor and to feed the flock. Jesus said His body will be visiting the sick, those in prison, making strangers feel welcomed, an … [Read more...]

What Causes Churches To Die Or Close?

Why do some churches close while others flourish? Why do churches die or close their doors?Church Closings Churches close every single day in this country, and even though some have been around for over a century, like our church has, some end up closing their doors, or they simply fade out of existence due to irrelevance, population shifts, societal changes, corrupt church leadership, and sometimes it’s no one’s fault at all. Churches are like human beings. They are born, they live, they th … [Read more...]

How Can I Control My Anger?

Are there ways we can control our anger? How can we receive God’s help?Be Angry The Bible actually says that we can be angry, just as long as it doesn’t lead to sin. Some things ought to make us angry. Things like child abuse, terrorism, and political corruption, so anger in itself is not wrong, if it’s for the right reason, however it should never lead to criminal behavior. This is contrary to God’s will (Rom 13:1-5), so when we’ve done all we can, we must trust God to ensure justice will b … [Read more...]

How Can Studying Prophecy Be Bad?

Does the Bible tell us to study prophecy? If so, how can that be bad?Studying God admonishes all believers to study the Word, so it’s not just for teachers, pastors, parents, elders, deacons, or Sunday school teachers. The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy, telling him, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2nd Tim 2:15). If Timothy didn’t study the Word sufficiently, he might have been ashamed, as … [Read more...]