Christmas: How a Golden Calf Became a Green Tree and a Sacred Cow

(Revelation 11:10) And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

Be Not Discouraged

Numbers 20
(A warning against discouragement)
I. Israel's trials and failures are set forth for our benefit. 1CO 10:5-12.
II. Numbers 20 is a concentrated period of melancholy for the church and its leaders.
A. In this chapter Moses (and Aaron) are denied access into the promised land.
B. In this chapter Miriam dies.
C. In this chapter Aaron her brother and the High Priest of Israel dies.
D. These three siblings are all noted as leaders in Israel's exodus. MIC 6:4.
III. The events of these pages occurred in the last year of Israel's wanderings. NUM 33:38.
Numbers 20
vs. 1-6.

Baptism Part 3

Baptism I. There are one hundred references to baptism in its noun and verb forms in the New Testament (excluding references to the word “Baptist”). Only twenty-three of these references speak of something other than the baptism of believers in water. A. Fourteen times the word refers to Christ’s sufferings. MAT 20:20-23; MAR 10:38-39; LUK 12:50. B. Two times the word refers to baptism with the Spirit and fire. MAT 3:11; LUK 3:16. C. Four times it refers to baptism with the Spirit only. MAR 1:8; ACT 1:5; 11:16; JOH 1:33.

Jachin and Boaz

2Ch 3:15 Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five cubits high, and the chapiter that was on the top of each of them was five cubits.
2Ch 3:16 And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the heads of the pillars; and made an hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains.
2Ch 3:17 And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz.

Baptism Part 2

Baptism
I. There are one hundred references to baptism in its noun and verb forms in the New Testament (excluding references to the word “Baptist”). Only twenty-three of these references speak of something other than the baptism of believers in water.
A. Fourteen times the word refers to Christ’s sufferings.
MAT 20:20-23; MAR 10:38-39; LUK 12:50.
B. Two times the word refers to baptism with the Spirit and fire. MAT 3:11; LUK 3:16.
C. Four times it refers to baptism with the Spirit only. MAR 1:8; ACT 1:5; 11:16; JOH 1:33.

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day in America has a noble history of national pausing to give thanks to the Creator for His benefits. But the reverence and humility once associated with the custom has been considerably displaced by what is now truly important to our culture: pleasure (long weekend, football, feasting, shopping). Pleasure in and of itself is not evil, but when it becomes the summum bonum of a nation, watch out!

Baptism Part 1

Baptism
I. There are one hundred references to baptism in its noun and verb forms in the New Testament (excluding references to the word “Baptist”). Only twenty-three of these references speak of something other than the baptism of believers in water.
A. Fourteen times the word refers to Christ’s sufferings.
MAT 20:20-23; MAR 10:38-39; LUK 12:50.
B. Two times the word refers to baptism with the Spirit and fire. MAT 3:11; LUK 3:16.
C. Four times it refers to baptism with the Spirit only. MAR 1:8; ACT 1:5; 11:16; JOH 1:33.

Feminism Part 2

Feminism
I. For at least fifty years, there has been an increased emphasis on women’s rights and the terms women’s rights movement, feminist movement, women’s liberation, etc., have become part of our cultural jargon coincidental with an increased struggle between the sexes.
A. What is a Christian approach to feminism?
B. Does Scripture address the issue?
C. This study seeks to sort out the good and bad of the feminist movement.
II. Definitions.
A. feminism: Advocacy of the rights of women (based on the theory of equality of the sexes).
(O.E.D.)

On Becoming An Adult Part 6

On Becoming an Independent, Responsible, Successful Adult
I. If God gives grace, there comes a time for all to transition from childhood to adulthood.
A. The adult puts away childish ways. 1CO 13:11.
B. This doesn’t happen overnight nor is it pegged to a birthday. An 18-year old may or may
not be ready for independence: it depends upon the level of maturity.
C. Youth needs to gradually develop mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually to
prepare for being an independent, responsible, successful adult.

A Liberated Woman