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Truth About Submission  

by Doy Moyer Submission has taken a bad rap in today’s world. It is seen as terrible and abusive, and, sadly, that portrayal has often been justified by how people treat one another. The lack of kindness in today’s world is disturbing. People have misused submission through selfish applications that do not glorify God or love fellow human beings. Some pull the “submit” card in order to manipulate and take power over others. But this is not the biblical way. The world has one concept of it, but Scripture shows us something else entirely. Consider these principles: Mutual Submission is […]

Our Most Important Doctrine  

2 John 9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. Typically, whenever the word “doctrine” is brought up, the first few thoughts that comes to my mind are matters like marriage, divorce, remarriage; plan of salvation, the work of the church, and our worship (singing, Lord’s supper, prayer, preaching, contribution). There is no doubt in my mind that we strive to do our best to get all these points right. In some instances, there are disagreements over […]

Criminally Faithful

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. Luke 22:37 For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end. Hebrews 5:8-9 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And […]

Not All Have Faith

2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 Finally brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith. Let me start off with a bang by saying that this is not referencing only people who speak out against God. To further clarify, I don’t believe Paul has atheists (only) here in this text. The reason why I say this is for one, because context matters. If we ignore all Biblical principles regarding what is meant […]

The Impartiality of God

Romans 2:11 For there is no partiality with God. No matter how unbiased people claim to be or try to be, bias usually follows shortly thereafter. It doesn’t matter what type of word you want to use to describe the action or behavior. Whether it is being partial, prejudiced, or unfair, people are these things from time to time. With God, this is not the case, no matter the circumstances or who is involved. Do we truly believe this to be the case regarding God? For the most part, as long as things are going the way that we need […]

False Advertising

2 Timothy 2:3,8-9 (3) Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. (8) Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, (9) for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned. We tell people that the Gospel is the “good news” and yet, if one was to read what Paul is telling Timothy, that doesn’t sound very good to me! Suffer? What do you mean, suffer?! Why should I have to suffer? Christ suffered so that I would not have to! […]

Bad Theology

Theology is the study of the nature of God and religious beliefs; religious beliefs and theory when systematically developed. It is a word that is not used very often by most, but it is important to understand the implications of having good theology over bad theology. Some may disagree but we are all theologians in some way. Each of us have our own opinions about God. Does he exist? If he does, then who is He? What does He do? How does He think or how does He save? This is not an exhaustive list of questions but just a […]

More Than Conquerors (Matthew Bassford)

Yesterday was a difficult day for me. I woke up without fever, breathing issues, or any of the other problems that have kept me from assembling with the saints. However, once the time came to leave, I discovered that my hand didn’t want to cooperate in steering my power chair. In fact, it was a struggle for me even to get back in the house once I left it. Hello livestream, my old friend. I’ve come to watch you once again. As you might imagine, I watched with considerable vexation of spirit. I longed to be with my people, a […]

Blood, Sweat, & Tears

Whenever I think about the phrase, “blood, sweat, and tears”, I think about sports. I am reminded of the times where I would be outside playing, and I would end up sweating profusely from playing so hard. There would also be times where I would end up getting hurt. Especially at a young age, when I would see blood, I would end up crying (tears). I understand that there are many other reasons to shed blood, sweat, and tears. It could be from some sort of work such as construction or carpentry work. Consider pregnant women who give birth, I […]

That No One Deceives You

In Matthew 24, Jesus tells his disciples that many would be deceived as they anticipated His return. Within the text, we do not see Jesus answering the disciples’ specific question regarding “these things” from verse 3. “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (KJV) What Jesus does in this instance is give them a warning to prepare them. This is a warning that still rings true even to this day and unfortunately, many have not heeded this warning. Verse 4 reads as below… “See […]

You Encourage Me (Russ Bowman)

I am thinking this morning of all those who go unnoticed in their faithful service to God — at least unnoticed by other people. So, here’s a nod of appreciation… …to all of the husbands and wives who work hard at their marriage and honor their vows, even when it’s difficult.…to all of the parents who sacrifice their time, energy, and sanity to not merely feed, clothe, and house their kids, but who are teaching them to love and serve the Lord. …to those same parents who make hard decisions regarding priorities, standards, and morals in spite of the conflict […]

Baptism Is and Isn’t

In spite of the fact that the New Testament Scriptures are simple and easy to understand on the teaching of baptism, there continues to be disagreement and controversy over the subject of baptism. I hope that by this simple examination of what the passages teach that we will be able to point out what they reveal about baptism. Many make the assumption of what baptism is and what it isn’t. Let us make a honest attempt to clarify that in this article. Baptism is for taught believers, not the untaught. Matt 28:18-19; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 8:35-37. What precedes baptism in […]

Realizing Our Blessings

Many of us are familiar with the story of King Darius being tricked into signing a decree into law that stated that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ den. (Dan 6:7) If we were to believe the reports of many, they would have you to believe that we are near the end of the earth here in America. Dare I mention the constant propaganda of constant “doom and gloom” about America embracing socialism, communism, fascism, or whatever “isms” you want to consider?! Am […]

God Does Not Want Your Vote

On July 6th, 2012, the “Presbyterian general assembly” took a vote on how to define marriage. The vote would decide if marriage was between one man and one woman or between two people. Depending on your sources, you may find the numbers differing but most of the sources I have found showed that the vote was 338 to 308 in favor of keeping the definition of marriage between one man and one woman. On June 19th, 2014, the “Presbyterian general assembly” took a vote on how to define marriage again. Is marriage to be between one man and one woman […]

High Price Of Sin

Sin takes one farther than he wants to go, keeps him longer than he wants to stay, and costs him more than he wants to pay. Everyone does not agree with this statement. In life, you have people who are “bound and determined” to go against the grain. It does not matter how much truth you present in front of them, if they do not like it, they will simply redefine whatever it is you are talking about. I can think of several examples. I will be brief with these three examples. The first two being Biblical examples, and the […]

Consider It All Joy

James 1:2-4 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (NASB) It is hard to grasp the concept of “consider it all joy when you encounter various trials.” To be perfectly honest, I do not know anyone who cheers to the idea of undergoing persecution. The word translated “trials” signifies affliction, persecution, or trial of any kind. Another thing to note is that James said “when”, not “if”. Other renderings […]