A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART?

In 1 Samuel 13:13,14, the prophet Samuel tells the then-current king of Israel that none of his sons will sit the throne after him; instead, he says, “Jehovah hath sought him a man after his own heart” to be Israel’s second king (14). That man’s name was David. But the thing is, when we read

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TO DRINK, OR NOT TO DRINK?

One of the rules of correct Bible interpretation (“lesser” though it may be) is this: On any given topic, interpret the more obscure passages in light of the more obvious ones. In other words, view a difficult passage through the lens of a clearer passage on the same subject. An easy example is Luke 14:26, where Jesus

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THINGS JESUS AND HIS APOSTLES NEVER SAID

When we open the New Testament, we have the blessing of reading two invaluable things: 1. The inspired record of the things Jesus did and taught. 2. The inspired record of the things Jesus’ chosen apostles did and taught. In no other place can one find these treasures. In no other place on planet Earth

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THE TEST OF A CHURCH

Did you know there are over 30,000 various “Christian” “churches” in the world today? Did you know that—in the New Testament (NT)—there is only ONE church (Matt. 16:18; Rom. 12:4,5; 1 Cor. 12:12,13,20; et al.)? That leads to this eternally important question: HOW DO I KNOW WHICH CHURCH IS THE CHURCH? In the NT, we can read

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WHAT ABOUT “TONGUE-SPEAKING”? (PT. 2)

RECAP: (1) A “tongue” is simply a “language”; (2) The “tongues” that some first-century Christians spoke were actual, intelligible, human languages, the knowledge of which was given to them miraculously by the Holy Spirit. Hence, “the gift of languages.” But there is more. In 1 Corinthians 14, over half of the chapter is dedicated to admonitions concerning

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WHAT ABOUT “TONGUE-SPEAKING”? (PT. 1)

What does it mean to “speak in tongues”? Most would likely say “tongues” are languages that are unknown to the human race, and that only God (and perhaps angels) can understand. But they would be wrong. The first thing we must understand is that the word “tongue” is simply a synonym for “language.” Thus, to

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GOD’S 5-POINT CHECKLIST FOR RELIGIOUS UNITY

What is religious unity? Many would say that the essence of “religious unity” is “agreeing to disagree,” or getting along despite your differences. Well, God is certainly a proponent of “getting along” despite differences (cf. Rom. 12:18); but He is NOT a proponent of “agreeing to disagree” in matters of religion. In The Test of

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“DO THIS” = “DON’T DO THAT”

Without controversy, one can declare that God does not change (Mal. 3:6). But what many may not realize is that the same is true of God’s spiritual principles. Among these is the exclusive nature of God’s “positive” commands—that is, “When God says, ‘Do THIS,’ it means, ‘Don’t do THAT.’” Let us briefly consider the clearest

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