The Men of Nineveh

“The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah,…” (Matthew 12:41). The reluctant prophet Jonah finally came to Nineveh after his encounter with God in the belly of the fish (see Jonah chapters 1 and 2). God had told Jonah,…

Read More

Jonah in the Fish

“For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” (Matthew 12:40) Jonah was having a really bad day. God spoke to him and told him to go to the city…

Read More

The Shewbread

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.” He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when…

Read More

The Lesson of Sodom and Gomorrah

Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen…

Read More

The Laws about Leprosy

“A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, ‘See that you don’t tell anyone.…

Read More

Flannelgraph Stories: Series Introduction

Do you remember going to Sunday School every week? Do you remember your teacher using cut out figures which magically stuck to a flannel background as she or he told you stories from the Bible? Do you have favorite stories you go back to time and again, telling and retelling, or reading and rereading that…

Read More

In a Better Place

Last week two men in my circle died. The first was a 57-year-old husband and father of four. The other was a 71-year-old husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. I have no doubt that over the next few weeks the families of both men will comfort themselves and their loved ones by saying they are “in…

Read More

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS CALLED GOD

We will end this series with a very well-known passage from Acts 5. But first, a little background. In Acts 4, Luke describes how the believers in that early church treated one another. Acts 4:32, “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own,…

Read More

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

R.A. Torrey asserts, “The name of the Holy Spirit is coupled with that of God in a way it would be impossible for a reverent and thoughtful mind to couple the name of any finite being with that of Deity.”[1] He quotes 1 Corinthians 12:4-6: “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit…

Read More

Is it God, or is it the Holy Spirit?

This indicator of the deity of the Holy Spirit may be a bit subtle, but in his Great Doctrines of the Bible, William Evans offers the following for consideration. Under his proofs for the deity, he says: “Passages which in the Old Testament refer to God are in the New Testament made to refer to…

Read More