James 1:1–15—Testing Our Faith

   Send article as PDF    [Note: This MS is available in larger font on our New Uploads page.] Introduction Life is a testing ground, a time of probation. The tests, trials, and challenges come in many forms and from many sources. Some are easily…

Strong and Fully Armed

   Send article as PDF    [Note: This MS is available in larger font on our New Uploads page.] Introduction A recurring metaphor in the New Testament likens the church to a spiritual army and its members to soldiers (Phi. 2:25; 1 The. 5:8; 1…

The Danger of Discouragement

   Send article as PDF    [Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles page.] Given the wickedness of the world and the mounting attempts to drive underground those who dare publicly profess faith in the Bible, it is difficult to…

FOUR HEARTS

   Send article as PDF                The title above doesn’t refer to a “hand” in a card game. Rather, it relates to Jesus’ parable about a farmer who sowed seed in his field (Luke 8:5–15). Of the thirty or so parables He told, this…

IMPLIED PRINCIPLES FOR MAKING MORAL DECISIONS

   Send article as PDF                Every time we encounter temptation to do that which would violate our moral scruples, we must make a decision to resist or yield. When thus tempted (whether by money, pride, sex, et al.), we will have a better…

BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES FOR MAKING MORAL DECISIONS

   Send article as PDF                Confronting temptations to “cross the line” that separates moral from immoral behavior is as old as Adam and Eve. Temptation may involve money, deceit, pride, sex, power, or other elements. For those wise enough to honor the Bible…

FLAWED PRINCIPLES FOR MAKING MORAL DECISIONS

   Send article as PDF    Making moral decisions has to do with confronting day-by-day temptations and behavior options. Everyone operates by some set of “moral standards” that determine his/her behavior, even if they are immoral. Some of the faulty principles men follow are: “Is…

PRINCIPLES FOR MAKING MORAL DECISIONS

   Send article as PDF    Introduction          When we speak of “morals,” “morality,” and that which is “moral,” what do we mean? This family of English words is the transliteration of a Latin term, moralis, meaning “custom.” In modern usage, the adjective, moral (e.g.,…

AN EXPOSITION OF GENESIS 3:1–24

   Send article as PDF    Introduction No one can successfully deny that all but the briefest beginning of the history of humanity is one long tale of wickedness and woe, suffering and sin. The Bible is a book about sin and a Savior. But…

PREACHERS AND PREACHING—AN OVERVIEW

   Send article as PDF    Introduction In ages past God called men to preach His Word by immediate and/or supernatural means. He apparently thus enlisted and inspired all of the Old Testament prophets (Exo. 3:10–4:17; Jer. 1:4–10; Eze. 2:1–7; Hos. 1:1; Jon. 1:1–2; et…