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  • Altars & Altar Calls and how they’re Relevant

    An altar in the Old Testament was typically a raised platform used for offering sacrifices. It’s not surprising therefore that the Hebrew word for ‘altar’ stems from the root zabach (zaw-BAKH), which means “to slaughter for sacrifice.” The LORD instructed that these structures be made from either earth or rock/rocks, albeit uncut likely to avoid […]

  • The Noah’s Ark Account – Real or Fable?

    The account of the global flood and Noah’s ark is detailed in Genesis 6:5-9:3. Skeptics argue that the story is too fantastical to be accepted as history, particularly the Noah’s ark element. However, the account is relayed in the Bible as a factual event and not a parabolic tale. Here are several factoids about the […]

  • Comparing Jesus Christ with… Superman

    Did you know that Superman is the “superhero” version of Jesus Christ? If there’s any doubt, watch the movie Superman Returns (2006) where the parallel is laid on so thick it’s nigh impossible to miss. You could say that Superman is a comic book type of Christ similar to the way Joseph is a biblical […]

  • Can a Certain Style of ART be Evil?

    To answer this question, let’s first define art: Art is creative expression to entertain or share a message. Forms of art include paintings, illustration, sculpture, music, movies, poetry, crafts, photography and storytelling. Styles of art refer to the differing types of art in any form. Even the works of architects, engineers and landscapers — buildings, […]

  • Should You “Obey” Your Pastor?

    There’s only one verse in the Bible where it suggests that believers are to “obey” their spiritual leaders: Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be […]

  • Can Christians Drink Alcoholic Beverages?

    Drinking an alcoholic beverage is not a sin in and of itself. But it can be a sin – or, at least, unwise – for certain people or in certain environments, not to mention anything done without moderation becomes negative by default. Obviously someone with an alcoholic past must stay away from alcoholic beverages altogether […]

  • What Does it Mean to “Go the Extra Mile”?

    Let’s read Christ’s specific instruction: “If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” Matthew 5:41 At that time the Holy Land was under Roman control and Roman soldiers, who walked everywhere, were permitted by law to enlist non-citizens to carry their packs or equipment, but the limit was one Roman […]

  • What Does “Shake the Dust off Your Feet” Mean?

    To answer this question, let’s go to Christ’s instructions to his twelve disciples when he sent them out to various towns to minister: Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, […]

  • What Does Love “Always Protects” Mean?

    Observe the definition of agape love: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, […]

  • Dealing with Personal Offenses vs. Criminal Acts

    There’s a huge difference between dealing with personal offenses as opposed to dealing with severe criminal acts. The former is a matter of peace between people in the Church, as well as society (relatives, co-workers, neighbors, etc.), whereas the latter is a matter of acquiring justice and protecting the populace from wicked thugs. In this […]

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