An Act of Father Abraham by Olawale Ogunsola
Sometimes it takes careful examinatin to see the truth of a matter especially when it is a spiritual one. So it is with Father Abraham. Was Sarah Abraham's wife or sister?
The Unbelief of Assumptionby Steve Countryman
Assumption leads to unbelief. When you rationalize what you feel is truth verses what God says is truth then you are walking by assumption instead of walking by faith. That is what Martha did here. Because Jesus didn't come when the messenger found Him, she assumed Jesus didn't or wouldn't heal her brother. Though she knew who Jesus is and that Jesus healed people everywhere He went, she flat ignored her own two statements of faith and fell into unbelief of assumption.
1 Peter 4:1-6; 5:10 and Victory Over Sin, Part 2by Karl Kemp
We discuss 1 Peter 4:6 here in Part 2. This verse has been interpreted quite a few different ways, but the verse is rather easy to understand once we see that the apostle Peter was speaking of spiritual death, not physical death. We also discuss 1 Peter 5:10. The translation of the NASB communicates the wrong idea that God will strengthen, etc. us "after [we] have suffered for a little while." God wants to strengthen us now!
1 Peter 4:1-6; 5:10 and Victory Over Sin, Part 1 (of 2 Parts)by Karl Kemp
1 Peter 4:1-6 (along with 1 Peter 1:13-25 and 2:24, 25; and many other passages in the New Testament) demonstrate that Christians are called, enabled, required, and privileged to be dead to sin and to walk in the righteousness and holiness of God through the atoning death (and resurrection) of the Lord Jesus Christ. This includes the requirement (and privilege) to walk by the Spirit on a continuous basis, who enables us to live in accordance with the will of God.
Baptism in the Holy Spirit Is for New Christiansby Max Aplin
Baptism in the Holy Spirit is intended for Christians from the time that they first become believers. The idea, found in some Pentecostal circles, that a Christian should aspire to reach a level of spirituality where they are ready for baptism in the Spirit, is a mistake. If someone is a Christian, then he or she is ready for Spirit baptism.
Insisting That the Gospels Are Works of Pure History Causes Problemsby Max Aplin
Modern Western Christians often simply assume that the four Gospels are historical in every detail. However, although they are basically historical, they were never intended to be works of pure history. Insisting that they are completely historical leads to dishonest use of the Bible, encourages extremely unnatural interpretations of biblical passages, and puts people off the Christian faith.
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 11by Karl Kemp
Much of the discussion here in Part 11 is devoted to God's creation of man ("Let Us [us] make man in Our [our] image" [Gen. 1:26]) and God's plans for man (believers), including His ultimate plans. We also discuss the original vegetarian diet for man and animals and the seventh day (Gen. 2:1-3).
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 10by Karl Kemp
We continue the discussion of the firmament that God created on the second day, above which He placed the large amounts of excess water that was on the earth (Gen. 1:2) when His recreation began. And we discuss God's creation of the sun, moon, and stars on the fourth day (Gen. 1:14-19).
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 9by Karl Kemp
The first two-thirds of Part 9 are excerpts from Extended Note F, "The Use of 'Day' and the 'Seven Days' in the Creation Account of Genesis 1:1-2:3." Then we come to Gen. 1:7, 8, where God created the firmament and put the excess water on the earth above the firmament. That same water was undoubtedly poured out on the earth at the time of the flood of Noah's day.
You Gave Your Word!by Steve Countryman
John 1:1-5 "1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World; Part 8by Karl Kemp
The first two pages are under the heading, "Brief Discussion Regarding the More Traditional Interpretation of these Verses [Gen. 1:1-2:3]." Another heading here in Part 9 is "Some Key Reasons [Six Reasons] for Not Seeing Literal Twenty-Four Hour Days in this Passage."
Genesis 1:1-2:3; God Creates Our World, Part 7by Karl Kemp
We finish the study of the Hebrew verb "badal," which means to separate, to distinguish between, etc., which is quite important for the interpretation of Genesis 1:1-2:3. This verb is used five times in this passage. Then we come to a section titled, "A Discussion Regarding Symbolic/Spiritual Language in the Bible." And finally we begin to discuss God's removing the large amounts of excess water on the earth and putting it above the firmament He makes on the second day.