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Why I Left the Lutheran Church

Why I Left the Lutheran Church

Why I Left the Lutheran Church  Richard Hollerman My experience as a searching teenager How the Bible became the Living Word to me What I discovered in my Biblical studies The reasons why I left the church of my youth  A story of interest to members of many mainline denominations:  The Methodist Church the Presbyterian Church the Anglican Church the Episcopal […]

Is there a Biblical Baptismal Formula?

Is there a Biblical Baptismal Formula?

  Is There a Biblical Baptismal Formula?   Must we say:  I baptize you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.   Or must we say:   I baptize you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.   Consider:  Must certain precise words be audibly spoken by the baptizer in order for Baptism […]

Deathbed Salvation?

Deathbed Salvation?

Death Bed “Salvation” Richard Hollerman Many of us have heard sermons or read books and tracts in which the speaker or writer describes an experience of someone who lived his or her life in sin and at the moment of death, they uttered a “sinner’s prayer.” This sort of experience is given to assure us that it is never too […]

Baptism: Should Today Really be Different?

Baptism: Should Today Really be Different?

Baptism  Should Today Really be Different? Baptism: Should today really be different? Should people choose to walk in a different way than did Jesus and His apostles? Should today be different from the way Jesus taught it, the apostles taught it, and the early Christians practiced it? Isn’t it interesting how time changes things and how we view God’s will […]

Baptism: Single or Triple Immersion?

Baptism: Single or Triple Immersion?

  Baptism: Single or Triple Immersion? Richard Hollerman Baptism: single or triple immersion? You may think, “That is an interesting question!” But what does the Scriptures teach about this subject? The question of whether baptism into Christ, the water baptism mentioned in the New Testament, consists of a single immersion or a triple immersion is seldom discussed in religious circles.  […]

Calling on the Name of the Lord

Calling on the Name of the Lord

GUEST ARTICLE “Calling on the Name of the Lord” Considering how many people within “Christendom” teach that an individual can be saved merely by professing a belief in Christ, it is not surprising that skeptics claim that the Bible contradicts itself in this regard. Although Peter and Paul declared, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” […]

Pervasive Apostasy and False Ways

Pervasive Apostasy and False Ways

  Pervasive Apostasy and False Ways Richard Hollerman Many of you who read these words from time to time have some conception of God’s will and what He would want among His people in the world today. We don’t know if you are part of any church body or denomination, but at least you know something about what God wants […]

Responses to the Gospel in Acts of the Apostles

Responses to the Gospel in Acts of the Apostles

Responses to the Gospel in Acts of the Apostles Who Responded to the Message of Christ during the First Decades? Richard Hollerman As we read through the New Testament book, The Acts of the Apostles, we are impressed to learn the positive response to the preaching of Christ. When Luke wrote this interesting and important account of the outreach of […]

What are You Seeking First?

What are You Seeking First?

What Are You Seeking First? (Matthew 6:33) “Seek first His [God’s] kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” The Lord Jesus uttered these radical words in His Sermon on the Mount. In the previous verses, He states that we are not to have great concern about earthly things, such as what we eat, what […]

Are You Saved by What You Do?

Are You Saved by What You Do?

Are You Saved by What You Do? Richard Hollerman How often have you heard the assertion, “You can’t be saved by anything you do but only what God does!”? Of course this is meant to be a safeguard against the erroneous understanding that a person can save himself by what he does or doesn’t do. In other words, people are […]

A Cappella Singing

A Cappella Singing

GUEST ARTICLE   A Cappella Singing There is strong evidence that the only music in the early church was a cappella singing. For one thing, the New Testament speaks only about singing. Jesus and His disciples sang together: “And when they had sung a hymn . . .” (Matthew 26:30; cf. Mark 14:26). Paul wrote, “I will sing with the […]

Christ Our Life (Part 1)

Christ Our Life (Part 1)

Christ our Life! (Part 1) An Earnest Appeal to Those Who Have a Passion To Know Christ Better and Seek a More Intimate Walk with Him Introduction The true Christian knows that Jesus is a living Person who calls us to have a personal relationship with Him! He wants to fill our heart with Himself! He wants us to center […]

Television: The Christian’s Pet Sin

Television: The Christian’s Pet Sin

GUEST ARTICLE Television The Christian’s Pet Sin What is the pet sin of Christians?  Gambling?  Liquor, white-collar crime, sexual immorality? No.  It is the use of television. What began as a scientific breakthrough in the late 40’s with the promise of much good for mankind, has now been used of Satan as an insidious purveyor of filth, obscenity, perversion, violence, […]

Christ our Life  (Part 3)

Christ our Life (Part 3)

Christ our Life (Part 3) Serving Jesus Frequently believers are referred to as slaves or servants of the Lord Jesus. Paul, for instance, called himself “a bond-servant of Christ Jesus” (Romans 1:1; cf. Gal. 1:10). He referred to Epaphras as “a faithful servant of Christ” and “a bondslave of Jesus Christ” (Col. 1:7; 4:12). Timothy also was “a servant of […]

Christ our Life (Part 4)

Christ our Life (Part 4)

Christ our Life (Part 4) Confession of Jesus Our life should be so filled to overflowing with Christ Jesus that it will be natural for us to speak of Him wherever we may be. As Paul wrote, “Having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we also believe, therefore also we speak” […]

Christ our Life (Part 5)

Christ our Life (Part 5)

Christ our Life (Part 5) How Can We Not Love and Serve Such a Savior! If you have followed our line of thought in this article, hopefully you have been able to see that Christ has every reason to be our very life. He created us (John 1:3) and sustains us (Col. 1:16-17). He has redeemed us (1 Peter 1:18-19), […]

Christ our Life (Part 2)

Christ our Life (Part 2)

Christ our Life (Part 2) Our Conversion was Christ-centered In the religious world, people generally are “converted” to a religion, such as Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, or Judaism. They accept a set of beliefs, a system of religion, a collection of rules, a few rituals, and a philosophy of life. Even in the realm of “Christendom,” people speak of “joining a […]

Sins of Speech!

Sins of Speech!

  Sins of Speech Richard Hollerman Why is speech such an important topic? Why is God so interested in our speech? What sinful speech is in your own life? You and I carry a weapon with us that has deadly power and effects!  The Bible says, “There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword” (Proverbs 12:18a).  […]

Are you Truly a Christian?

Are you Truly a Christian?

Are You Truly a Christian? The False and the True  Introduction   If you discovered a cure for cancer, while knowing that millions of your fellow men and women were dying of this dread disease, you would be remiss and guilty in not sharing the desired remedy.  You would share it with all who would be willing to receive it.  Even […]

The Dark Side of Halloween

The Dark Side of Halloween

GUEST ARTICLE The Dark Side of Halloween  Excited children masquerading as witches, pirates, devils, ghosts, Dracula and other creatures bounding through the neighborhood, going from door to door shouting, “Trick or Treat” the party at school or a friend’s house where they tell ghost stories, bob for apples or tell fortunes the visit to the community “haunted house” and homes […]