How Christians Should React To Persecution And Hate

How should believers react to persecution and hate? Jesus tells us how. Proactive and Not Reactive When we are persecuted for righteousness’ sake or for being a Christ-follower, we shouldn’t be surprised at all. You can simply read some of the comments reader leave and see that you and I will be insulted, name-called, and have derogatory insults about our character hurled at us, but that’s actually a good thing. The Apostle Peter wrote, “do not be surprised at the… Read more

The Fall Of Mankind: Genesis 3 Bible Study And Commentary

The fall of mankind took place in a perfect environment, so why Adam and Eve fall into sin? Genesis 3:1 Many people think that only if the world were a better place, they would not be enticed to sin and in a perfect world, there would be no need to sin, but what was more perfect than the Garden of Eden (Gen 2)? There was no poverty, pain, or panic in the Garden because every need Adam and Eve had was… Read more

God’s Promise to Joshua And Believers: A Bible Study And Commentary

Read how God encouraged Joshua (and us) after Moses’ death to lead Israel into the Promised Land. Joshua 1:2-3 After Joshua was taking over for Moses who had passed away, God must have known Joshua needed encouragement, so He told Joshua, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot… Read more

John 15: Jesus Is The True Vine Bible Study And Commentary

Here is a look at Jesus the True Vine in John 15. John 15:1-2 When Jesus was speaking to His disciples, He told them, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit” (John 15:1-2) but the disciples must have wondered what this meant? One of the symbols of ancient Israel… Read more

Where Was Jesus During The Three Days Between His Death And Resurrection?

Jesus was unaccounted for during the 3 days between His death and resurrection, or was He? His Life The gospel is not simply about believing in Jesus and that’s it. It is considerably more than that. The fact that Jesus lived a sinless life was critical to His becoming the propitiation or satisfaction of the wrath of God against sinners as God required a perfect sacrifice, and in Jesus, God received it, and so it was “For our sake he… Read more

Ephesians 6: The Armor of God Bible Study And Commentary

The Apostle Paul warns a visible church in Ephesus about an invisible enemy of spiritual forces. Ephesians 6:12 The Apostle Paul told the church at Ephesus that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12), and I believe it would be easier to face spiritual attacks against an enemy we can see, but… Read more

The Great Commission: A Bible Study And Commentary

Here is a look at the Great Commission as given in Matthew 28:18-20 and see why we’re also given this imperative command. Matthew 28:16-17 Before Jesus gave the disciples the Great Commission, He told them to go “to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted” (Matt 28:16-17). The first step in being a disciple of Christ is to obey what He tells us and He told the disciples… Read more

The Primitive Church: A Bible Study And Commentary

Does the church today resemble the church in the 1st century? Acts 2:42a In the first century church, they were focused on one thing above others, and that was “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching” (Acts 2:42a), so what was the apostle’s doctrine. I would think it would be the things Jesus commanded them to teach others (Matt 28:19-20), so the apostles’ doctrine comes from Jesus and really isn’t their own. If the church was to grow, in the… Read more

The 23rd Psalm: A Bible Study And Commentary

What can we learn today from the 23rd Psalm which was written thousands of years ago? Psalm 23:1 I want to go through one of the most popular and well known chapters in the entire Bible. It’s the 23rd Psalm, written by Kind David and reflects the experiences of a man who had gone through many valleys and had constant shadows of death enveloping him, yet he knew in the end that he would dwell in the house of the… Read more

Six Parables Of Jesus: A Bible Study With Commentary

Here is a look at six of Jesus’ parables with commentary. Luke 10:25-37 In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus tells of a priest who when he saw a man lying on the way who had been beaten and robbed, went out of his way to avoid the man. Maybe he didn’t want to get involved, or maybe he was afraid he’d be next. Then came a Levite, sure he would help, wouldn’t he? Nope. He goes the same… Read more