Revelation 1:9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. Brother and Companion John wrote the book of Revelation to the seven churches of Asia because...Continue reading
Muhammad (570-632 AD) became a powerful force in Arabia. He made himself abhorrent to everyone who did not follow him. He plundered, murdered, enslaved, owned slaves and traded in slaves, he did what he wanted. He justified everything he did by claiming he was a prophet and was following the commands of his god...Continue reading
In the Nineteenth Century there were two empires glaring at each other in Central Asia. Russia in the southern part of its massive empire stood as a challenger to the English who held India. Between these two lay Afghanistan. The Russians needed Afghanistan as a staging point to rid India of England. England needed Afghanistan...Continue reading
It is an old adage: sin will take you farther than you wanted to go and longer than you wanted to stay. Consider what is stated in Hebrews 11:25. Moses chose to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. The word translated as “passing” in the New...Continue reading
During Jesus’ ministry on earth He had to deal with various persons and their personalities. Looking at just the apostles there are twelve independent varieties of temperaments and idiosyncrasies. Though I do not think it possible their personalities can be documented entirely (some apostles are only known by name with no action outside of a group) I do know that each man...Continue reading
John Alexander Dowie (born 1847) founded the Christian Catholic Church in 1896. It has no connection to the Roman Catholic Church. Originally from Scotland, Dowie preached in Australia and then shifted to the United States after he was suspected of arson in an insurance fraud case. Around 1900 with about five thousand followers, he designed...
While picking blueberries this week many similarities between the Christian life and performing this summer task came to mind. Early at it – It is best getting up early while the day is cool and quiet. Later in the day comes other “to do” items or the heat can keep you from picking. Early...Continue reading
It was a bright, summer day. A fellow preacher and myself were travelling in a country where neither one of us had been. We both took turns at the wheel as we drove mile after mile on gravel and dirt roads from one remote town to another. Eventually we followed a road we believed would...Continue reading
Linus and Lucy are staring out a window. Outside is a heavy downpour. Lucy asks the question, “Boy, look at it rain… what if it floods the whole world?” Linus answers, “It will never do that… In the ninth chapter of Genesis God promised Noah that would never happen...
Judas Iscariot killed himself out of overwhelming despair, disappointment and self-disgust. He had committed the worst sort of action and he hated himself for it. He betrayed the Christ and there is no amount of despondency or self-pity which can change that fact. Judas did what he did, and it is set in reality. A...Continue reading