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


On Becoming An Adult Part 5

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.

Halloween: Celebrating Darkness

The festive occasion known as Halloween is now taken for granted. It is a time of curious, rather morbid activities for children and adults alike when some of the darkest themes of a sin-burdened creation are exhumed from history's graveyard for public display and for the profit of carnal merchants who promote the entire affair. Yet how many people (especially Bible-believers) have given honest, serious consideration to the nature of this seasonal celebration?

The Better Inheritance

1Pe 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1Pe 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

On Becoming An Adult Part 4

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.

Friday the Thirteenth?

Esther 3:5-7
(5) And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence, then was Haman full of wrath.
(6) And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai.
(7) In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.