Lying is a sin. Little lies, little white lies, stretching the truth, all fit in the same category. There are no big lies and little lies. A lie is a lie is a lie. It’s plain and simple. Continue reading
THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTEXT IN STUDYING THE SCRIPTURES
The sixty-six divinely inspired documents that constitute our Bible are the totality of God’s revelation to mankind. Every specific text must be studied in the light of its context, and no immediate text is to be understood in such a way as to conflict with the total text of divine scripture. Continue reading
“Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).
“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me
from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions and my
sin is always before me” (Psalm 51:2-3).
In referring to Jesus the Bible says, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29)!
“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15).
“And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16).
Sin is that which is contrary to the law of God. Sin is doing wrong, and violating the requirement of what is right.
The Bible defines sin as “transgression of the law,” that “all unrighteousness is sin,” and “whatever is not from faith is sin” (1 John 3:4; 5:17; Romans 14:23).
There are two forms of sin:
1. The sin of commission, which is, doing anything forbidden by the law of God.
2. The sin of omission, which is, not doing what is required by the law of God.
The Bible has much to say about sin. Jeremiah 51:5 states, “their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel,” and 1 John 5:19 says, “The whole world lies in wickedness.” From the time that Adam and Eve first sinned, people have always been guilty of sin. The Bible says, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Because of sin God destroyed everyone by a flood, except Noah and his family. In view of the above thought, we can understand and know that, sadly, sin is rampart in our world today. Young’s concordance lists about 700 references to sin. We can see that the Bible has much to say about sin.
Sin is a terrible thing to God, and separates people from Him. The Bible lists sins in Matthew 15:19; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 21:8, and says sin cannot enter heaven. But God has made it possible for us to be forgiven of sin as we obey Jesus who died on the cross for us.
- Douglas M. Williams, Sr.
“Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; Do
not be silent at my tears” (Psalms 39:12).
“Put my tears into your bottle” (Psalms 56:8).
“Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy” (Psalm 126:5).
“For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, because the Lord’s flock has been taken captive” (Jeremiah 13:17; 9:1).
“Jesus wept” (John 11:35; Luke 19:41; Matthew 23:37).
“And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:17; 21:4).
As shown above and in other verses, the Bible has much to say about tears. Jeremiah speaks of shedding tears in the books of Jeremiah and Lamentation, and is referred to as “the weeping prophet.” We are told of a woman who washed Jesus feet with tears (Luke 7:37-50).
Recently I read a very interesting article from Creation Moments entitled, “In the Blink of an Eye.” So many things in our world show the wonders of God’s creation. Even our bodies as stated in Psalm 139:14, “For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Every time you blink, you bathe the surface of your eye with an amazing fluid called tears. Tears are made up of water, oils, electrolytes, and sticky carbohydrates. Tears also contain antibacterial and antiviral substances.
Tear fluid that has bacteria or virus in it has a 95 percent chance of being dead in 10 minutes. Blinking of the eye keeps the surface properly moisturized, as our vision remains clear. Without this, our eyes would become red and painful, and, if untreated, would probably cause blindness. Tear fluid also provides needed oxygen to the surface of the eye.
Perhaps the most amazing property of tears is that humans are the only creatures that cry emotional tears. Tears help us cope with emotional situations, but some people are unable to cry tears and they cannot deal well with stress.
Tears are a blessing in many ways, but we are thankful that God will wipe away all sorrowful tears in heaven.
-Douglas M. Williams, Sr.
When you hold a Bible in your hands, do you know how much it cost?
I’m not looking for a fiscal answer. The Bible cost more than any financial total that can be tallied.
Long before any red-letter edition was published, pages of the Bible were colored red . That’s because the book we can hold in our hands cost men and women their lives. Some died at the hands of false-Christians and others at the hands of violent unbelievers. Regardless of who took their life, men and women of the past gave their life because they had faith, a desire for the common man to read the word of God, and a love for God’s message.
Consider that, and then consider how the church has a hard time getting Christians to show up and study the Bible today. Some congregations don’t even have Bible-study classes. Brothers and sisters – that’s a problem!
The Bible is the best-seller that most Christians aren’t sold on studying. Do you see the irony?
Wake up, get up and show up at Bible-study tomorrow.
“I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word. Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.” (Psalm 119:15-18)
Years ago when we worked with the Cedar Grove church of Christ, Andalusia, AL, we were fortunate to secure brother James Benson to preach in a gospel meeting. One night he preached the chart lesson below. He had it drawn off on a chalkboard completely, and as he made each point he wrote CHRIST across it. My husband, Douglas, has preached it using an overhead projector with a clear transparency sheet on top to write CHRIST in red over each point. James Benson was both a fine man and a wonderful gospel preacher. Brother Benson would be happy for you to save this and use it any way possible.
Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.
Here are the topics that you will find:
- How to do a Topical Study (Dewayne Bryant)
- Words of Wisdom for Better Bible Study (Cody Westbrook)
- How to do a Word Study (Kevin Cauley)
- How to Study a Book of the Bible (Richard Rutledle)
- How to do a Character Study (Randy Robinson)
- How to Study Apocalyptic Literature (Sam Dilbeck)
- Terms and Tools (John Haffner)
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