Biblical Expositions

Biblical Expositions

Biblical Expositions

The Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). It leads us to salvation which is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:15) and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness (vv. 16-17). Yet we also know that the Biblical interpreter or exegete must accurately handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). If […]

Knowing the Right Thing to Do and Not Doing it!

Knowing the Right Thing to Do and Not Doing it!

Knowing the Right Thing to Do and Not Doing it! James 4:17 “To one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” The New Testament contains a number of passages that define sin.  It is “lawlessness” (1 John 3:4), it is “unrighteousness” (1 John 5:17), and it includes whatever is not […]

Have You Confessed Lately?

Have You Confessed Lately?

Have You Confessed Lately? To many people, the subject of confession is a foreign matter. It is not something that most people think about, unless under unusual circumstances. Maybe we bump into someone as we are going into or out of a store, and we dutifully say, “I’m sorry.” We may drop something before a person and simply say, “Excuse […]

Romans 12:21: Overcome Evil with Good!

Romans 12:21: Overcome Evil with Good!

Romans 12:21 Overcome Evil with Good! Richard Hollerman The basic command is brief, startling, and even profound. Most people have great difficulty in applying it to their life situation. Paul writes: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21). It is normal and natural for a person to seek revenge of his enemies, but the […]

Are You Open to Reason? (James 3:17)

Are You Open to Reason? (James 3:17)

Are You Open to Reason? Richard Hollerman One of the most attractive characteristics of the winsome Christian is found in James 3:17. In this passage, James describes how “the wisdom from above” is manifested in our life. This is what he mentions: “[it is] first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.” This […]

Junk Food! Why I Don’t Eat Junk Foods!

Junk Food! Why I Don’t Eat Junk Foods!

  Why I Don’t Eat Junk Foods Are you a Christian who wants to glorify God with your physical body? Would you like to eat in a healthy way and avoid the junk food that is so prevalent in our day? What are some of the leading Scriptural and practical reasons why I don’t eat junk food? Preface Junk foods! […]

Lessons From Lamentations

Rich Nuggets in Romans 14:9

GUEST ARTICLE Rich Nuggets in Romans 14:9 Due to our frantically busy lives, there are so many things that we are prone to overlook when we read the sacred Scriptures. Consider, for example, Romans 14:9: “For to this end Christ died and lived, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.” “For” is a conjunction which […]

Revelation 6:9-11 Are the Dead Ones’ Souls Sleeping?

GUEST ARTICLE Revelation 6:9-11 Are the Dead Ones’ Souls Sleeping? There is much Bible evidence to demonstrate that the soul is entirely conscious in the after-death state. One of the biblical contexts which sheds light on this subject is Revelation 6:9-11. Read this narrative very carefully “And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls […]

Songs of Trust

Songs of Trust

GUEST ARTICLE Songs of Trust (Psalms 23 and 121) What does our Shepherd do? Pity the sheep I see almost every day. They have no shepherd, at least not in the Middle Eastern sense and practice. The sheep I see generally fend for themselves; they have no idea of what it’s like to have a real shepherd. “He maketh me […]

Stephen’s Final Prayer

Stephen’s Final Prayer

GUEST ARTICLE  Stephen is widely known as the first Christian martyr. He is mentioned initially as one of the seven servants who ministered to the Grecian widows in the Jerusalem church (Acts 6:1-6). These were Jews born outside of Palestine who frequently returned to the Holy Land in their declining years, to die and there, be buried. Beyond the exercise […]

Making Sense of the “Sense”

Making Sense of the “Sense”

  GUEST ARTICLE Making Sense of the “Sense” Textual Studies  Article description: Words are very flexible tools of communication.  They can take on different “senses,” depending upon the context in which they are found.  In this week’s Penpoints article, we explore this matter. The term “sense” is a common word.  In sentence structure, it has to do with the manner […]

Did Jesus Authorize Situation Ethics?

Did Jesus Authorize Situation Ethics?

  GUEST ARTICLE Did Jesus Authorize Situation Ethics? Matthew 12:1-8 Stan Cox In this article I have been asked to explain, in its context, Jesus’ defense of his disciples in Matthew 12. The Pharisees had accused them of unlawful activity on the Sabbath. This is a difficult passage, and in misusing it, some are led to dangerous conclusions regarding what […]

Does the Marriage of an Unbeliever to a Believer Sanctify the Unbeliever?

  GUEST ARTICLE Does the Marriage of an Unbeliever to a Believer Sanctify the Unbeliever?  “What did Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 7:14 when he said that an unbeliever is ‘sanctified’ by a Christian spouse?” First, the Bible student must understand the meaning of the term “sanctified,” and the various uses of that term that are made by the sacred […]

In Christ Neither Male nor Female

GUEST ARTICLE In Christ Neither Male nor Female Galatians 3:28   Article description: In his letter to the Galatians Paul wrote that “in Christ” there is neither “male nor female.” Does this mean that for Christians all gender distinctions have been abolished? The notion has long been prevalent in sectarian circles (and is growing in the church of the Lord) […]

An Analysis of Romans 14

An Analysis of Romans 14

    GUEST ARTICLE   An Analysis of Romans 14   The fourteenth chapter of the book of Romans is an intriguing piece of literature. Often misunderstood, frequently abused, it offers much instruction for the spiritually minded student. It confronts a variety of issues.   The text arises out of a transitional era in religious history when many converts to […]