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What is Zeal?

We are commanded to be zealous, but what is zeal? We’d love to follow this directive of God, but we may not know exactly what it is. The Greek word used here is zelos. Its meaning is to boil over; to be hot; fervor; passion. Notice a few of these verses: 1. Commanded to be Zealous a. Colossians 4:13, Titus 2:14, Revelation 3:19, Galatians 4:18, Ecclesiastes 9:10   2. Biblical Examples of Zeal a. Numbers 25:11-13, 27-29, Exodus 2:12, 11:8,…

A Song on my Lips

We often sing this lyric: “I will cling to my Savior and never depart -I will joyfully journey each day. With a song on my lips and a song in my heart, That my sins have been taken away.” Many times we get caught up in the idea that I want the musical side of the song to sound great. In doing this we sometimes overlook the wording. As faithful children of God we ought to live with a song…

Gazing Up

Acts 1:9-11: “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen…

What will I do in 2024?

As 2023 passes away and 2024 moves into position, we often take an account of how well or poorly we preformed in the last year. We look at health, our diets, our family and our jobs. We take stock of how the year went and our expectations of that year. We vow to have the incoming year to be closer to our expectation. We have named this process our New Year’s Resolution. While the taking of stock of our expectations…

Short-Changing

Hebrews 10:26- “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” (emph. added bh) When we purposely “skip” bible class, we do not serve ourself or our family. Take a few moments to understand this idea. 1. We short-change our CHILDREN Proverbs 14:26, Proverbs 20:7, Ephesians 6:4, Psalm 127:3 2. We…

How Can a Man be Born Again?

We ask questions about everything. I think our questioning mindset is why internet search engines do so well. We ask Google for everything. As a matter of fact, if I ask a question in the teen class, I will have them look up the question in order to see what is being said about that subject. Sometimes that is a great idea -sometimes! If I really want to know the authoritative answer on any subject, I will try to go…

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

We often sing this song during these next few weeks. It kind of puts our minds into the holiday mood. This song places our minds in a giving mood and a happy mood. However, I would contend that every day is the most wonderful time of the year. I’ll explain. If I paid off all the debt you have for your whole lifetime, would that be wonderful? What if I paid that debt and gave you a great living salary…

God Gives Man the Choice

God allows us to live our lives how we want to. He gives us free will. He does not control every move that we make. We are not predestined individually to be saved or lost. God made all things and made the rules. God provided what we need for salvation and what we need to live. He told us how we need to live but did not control us to live in that very way. God has given us free…

The Resurrection of Christ

Jesus Christ came to earth from heaven and was made a little lower than the angels. He became flesh John 1:1–3 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” He lived a life that was full of servitude to the Father and made the choice to…

Choosing Friends

We need to ask ourselves a few questions as we go through life. What kind of person do I want to be? How do I want to be seen? Do the kind of people that I hang out with have an effect on those things? Do I need to be careful of who I choose to consider my friend? The answer to all of these is yes, but we do not always see it that way. Maybe when considering the…

The church and city of Philadelphia

The city of Philadelphia is 25 to 30 miles southeast of Sardis. It is on a plateau extending from The north slopes of the Timolus/Boz Mountains toward the Hermus River, today called Gediz but along this specific stretch, Cogamis. They city was established in the second century B.C. and it was named in honor of the brother of Attalus II, king of Eumenes. The king loved his brother very much and thus one has the city of “brotherly love” or…

Is Abortion Acceptable?

Abortion from Society’s Standpoint…How does society view human life? The earliest generations respected the word that God gave us and saw human life as sacred. The values of human life have changed drastically because man is no longer seen as being made in the image of God but has downgraded so much that “the present generation sees man as a highly sophisticated miniaturized computer [sic] (Simpson, 1977).” They have lowered the importance of human life in general. Laws in the…