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Seven Basic Concepts About Scripture

“Sanctify them by the Truth; Your Word is Truth” (John 17:17 NIV).  Things do not change suddenly, until they do. Growing up becomes growing older. Only God can say, “I the Lord do not change” (Malachi 3:6 NIV). For many things, what was once a necessity to know is no longer so. Surviving, coping, and…

Christian Liberty – Part 1

“Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1 NIV). Would it surprise us to find that the Apostle Paul’s statement from nearly 2,000 years ago was an emancipation declaration that changed the lives of not only his first century readers, but broke the chains of addiction, servitude, and bondage of untold numbers of readers since then?…

Christian Liberty – Part 2

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13 KJV).  The natural tendency of anyone liberated from the necessity of keeping a list of rules to get to heaven is the extreme of “I have the right to…

“Starlight and Time”: An Amazon Book Review

Why Would a Young Earth Creationist Promote a Better Appreciation of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity (GR)? The actual review is at the end of this article, which I precede with some explanatory remarks. I survived my college introductory course in calculus, but I had the practical sense to later be steered toward the humanities…

Who Can You Trust?

When I was a senior in high school, my teacher prepared us to participate in a debate. In his collegiate days, he was on a debate team from the University of Redlands that won a competition against the USAF Academy on the topic, “How to lie with statistics.” In the face of facts and figures,…

The Promise of Giving

A Promise for Giving Tithes, Offerings, and Contributions “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38 NIV).

The End of All Things

Brief Comments on Isaiah 54:1-17 Especially Addressing “Why Are We Still Here?” “The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray” (1Peter 4:7 NIV). 1- Why are we still here? The world is still here ONLY because God still continues to hold all things together. “He is…

Exquisite Uniqueness of God

“There is no one like the God of Jeshurun [a poetic name for the people of Israel, meaning ‘upright people’], who rides across the heavens to help you and on the clouds in His majesty” (Deuteronomy 33:26 NIV). Only God’s wisdom and knowledge are unlimited (Romans 11:33-36). Only God’s words are unstoppable (Isaiah 55:6-11). Only…

Help My Unbelief

A Brief Commentary on Mark 9:1-29 Especially Addressing the Plea, “Help Me Overcome My Unbelief,” or Overcoming Our Jadedness Verse 1 “And He said to them, Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power” (9:1 NIV).The “Some Who…

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