In the time of the apostles, what was it that produced primitive godliness in the church? “ ‘Jesus only’—in these words is contained the secret of the life and power that marked the history of the early church.” The Acts of the Apostles, 64.
There were also ordinances in the Old Testament in regard to drinking and also feast days. (See Leviticus 23.) Some of these feast days were called sabbaths. There were also ordinances in regard to new moons. Paul says, “Don’t let anybody judge you in regard to these things which are a shadow of things to ... Read more
There are a number of definitions of freedom, so before looking at this subject we must make sure we understand about what we are talking. From www.dictionary.com we learn that freedom is a noun, defined as the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint: He won his ... Read more
I ask myself and you, where is my treasure, and yours? Where is my heart, and yours? If our hearts and our treasures are not with God in heaven, we will not be able to answer in the affirmative any of the questions above.
As we think of how Christ came to our world to die for fallen man, we understand something of the price that was paid for our redemption, and we realize that there is no true goodness or greatness apart from God.
Children’s Story – Grandmother’s Birthday
Eighty-three years old to-day! Grandmother Wells leaned back in her easy chair, her poor, crippled hands resting in her lap. For six months she had not left that chair except to be carried to the bed, or the lounge by the window. She was a lovely old lady.
Current Events – Worship in Public Venues
The United States Supreme Court recently sided with New York City officials who say letting churches worship in school buildings violates the separation of church and state. But Charlotte-Mecklenburg [South Carolina] Schools [CMS] doesn’t plan to change its practice of letting churches rent space after hours. …
Keys to the Storehouse – You Choose!
If no changes are made when light is given and behavior against heavenly principles continues knowingly, these are no longer considered sins of ignorance, but become presumptuous sins, showing that self has not been crucified to sin.
In Noah’s day there were men who laughed to scorn his words of warning. They said that nature was governed by fixed laws which made a flood impossible, and that if there were any truth in what he said, the great men, the wise and prudent, would understand the matter. There was total disbelief in ... Read more
Questions and Answers – Three Phases of the Judgment
Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14, states, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”
There are many studies coming forth to help people understand the cause of Type II diabetes. I would like to share a few of these which are truly interesting studies.
Did you know that every part of the squash plant can be eaten, including the leaves and tender shoots? In North America, squash is loosely grouped into summer squash or winter squash, depending on whether they are harvested as immature fruit (summer squash) or mature fruit (autumn squash or winter squash).
Recipe – Sauteed Squash and Onions
2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, and cut into 1-inch dice 1 Tbsp. olive oil, divided 1 Tbsp. Salt 1 small onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat baking sheet with cooking spray. Place squash, 1 Tbsp. oil and salt in large bowl and toss. Heat remaining oil in ... Read more
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July 29, 2012 - August 4, 2012 - The ceremonial law was to answer a particular purpose in Christ’s plan for the salvation of the race. The typical system of sacrifices and offerings was established that through these services the sinner might discern the great offering, Christ.
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Bible Study Guides – The Pot of Manna
August 5, 2012 - August 11, 2012 - What was the manna like, how long was it to be used, and why? Numbers 11:7–9; Exodus 16:35; Joshua 5:10–12. Note: “For forty years they [the children of Israel] were daily reminded by this miraculous provision, of God’s unfailing care and tender love.”
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Bible Study Guides – Lusting after Flesh Meat
August 12, 2012 - August 18, 2012 - Although other foods are also mentioned, after what did the people actually lust? Numbers 11:10–13, 21–23, 31, 32. How long did they eat flesh on this occasion, compared to the first? Exodus 16:12; Numbers 11:18–20.
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Bible Study Guides – The Pot of Manna Rejected
August 19, 2012 - August 25, 2012 - By departing from the plan divinely appointed for their diet, the Israelites suffered great loss. They desired a flesh diet, and they reaped its results. They did not reach God’s ideal of character or fulfill His purpose. The Lord ‘gave them their request; but sent leanness into ... Read more
Customs of Bible Times – Conducting Negotiations to Secure a Wife
The customs of the Arabs in certain areas of Bible lands when they negotiate to secure a bride for their son, illustrate in many respects Biblical practices. If a young man has acquired sufficient means to make it possible for him to provide a marriage dowry, then his parents select the girl and the negotiations ... Read more
All Bible texts, unless appearing in quoted references or otherwise identified, are from the New King James Version.