The ‘If-Then’s’ of the Prophets

[396 words] Working your way through the major or minor prophets, where God is rebuking His people, it can become tedious to read. However, as one reads along, a reader will invariably come across an “if-then” statement. A good Bible student will note and highlight these if-then statements because they indicate application of God’s word to the people to whom they are being spoken. These if-then statements are landmarks NOT to be ignored. They can and will remind us of:  God’s infinite goodness. Like a parent not wanting their child to make a choice that would lead to difficulty, God...

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There Are Only Two Ways

[295 words] Many times we hear people today say, “We are all headed for the same place, we are just going in different ways.” In a sense this is true in that we are all headed first to the Judgment. The Bible says, “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment seat of Christ” (Hebrews 9:27). After the Judgment we will not all end up in the same place. Jesus in trying to warn us says, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads...

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Life Isn’t Fair, But It Isn’t God’s Fault!

[387 words] The atheist would argue that the reason life isn’t fair is because there is no God. The agnostic would say that life’s “unfairness” is “evidence” of why he or she can’t make his/her mind up about God. The apathetic, religious person would point to life’s lack of fairness as the reason why he can’t get excited about God and be busy about His work. I can remember a few well known charities across the nation that were found stealing money from their prospective funds. Of course, only a few people were involved, but the theft gave the charities...

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Feeling North

[303 words] Liviu Babitz can actually feel north. Implanted in his chest is a small device, called North Sense, which vibrates when the wearer faces north, and Babitz is one of the first recipients of the technology (Smithsonian Magazine, January 18, 2017). God gave humans five general senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste. The device mentioned above supposedly provides the wearer with the “extra sense” of direction. While having an implant which guides someone in a physical direction might appeal to some, isn’t vital in saving a human’s life. It’s optional. Spiritually speaking, having an implant which saves a...

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You Make the Choice

  [280 words] Bible study is great because it makes us set our minds on things we ought to consider.  Two Sundays ago in our adult class, we studied Jesus’ miracle in Mark chapter 5 when he healed the man possessed by many demons. Our teacher brought up the point that people were upset with Jesus because he healed the man, and gave the demons permission to go into the pigs. The swine subsequently ran off a cliff.  Later in the same chapter, there is the account of Jairus’ daughter who was healed as well as the woman who had...

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How to Know What God Wants Me to Do

  [321 words] We all face important decisions. These decisions will often have a great impact on us and our families. It may be a question about what job to take, or where to live, or what school to attend, etc. What should we do? Does God offer any help or guidance in making such decisions? We believe the answer is “yes!” How does God give this guidance? In many ways: Through the Word. The vast majority of answers are here. There are positive commands that tell us what we should do. For example, Matthew 28:19 instructs us to teach...

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We Do What We Decide to Do

We can’t control circumstances. We can’t control the weather, traffic, prices etc. We also can’t control other people’s actions, words, and thoughts. It appears that we have no control over anything. If you have good actions, words, and thoughts, who makes you do these things? It is not true that we have no control. You and only you have control of you. You control your actions, words, and thoughts. No matter how much we want to blame someone else for our actions, we must be honest and admit that everything we do is because we have decided that is what...

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