John Calvin and Calvinism—No. 5

Views: 96[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles-1 page.]             The fourth plank in the Calvinistic platform relates to the grace of God and the free will of man. This point flows naturally from the previous one. If man is…

John Calvin and Calvinism—No. 1

Views: 82[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles-1 page.]             The name of John Calvin is still nearly a household term although he has been dead over four centuries. As a religious reformer, he rode the crest of the sixteenth…

Does God Really Answer Prayer?

Views: 118[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction Is everything that happens to each one of us determined by the positions of the heavenly bodies (Astrology)? Is everything that occurs to us predetermined, foreordained by God (Determinism, Calvinism)? Is…

Blessings That Are Burdens

Views: 73[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] I once heard a corny story about a bunch of crows that gorged themselves in a California prune grove. When they had finished, they jumped up on an old plow handle…

Spiritual Freedom

Views: 76[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2 page.] Introduction Surely, one of the most appealing themes of the New Testament is freedom or liberty in Christ. Sadly, many have mistaken liberty for license, freedom for lack of law…

Too Good to Be True

Views: 70[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles  page. Introduction When the women who discovered the empty tomb of the Lord brought the news back to the apostles, they were at first incredulous, labeling it “idle talk” (Luke 24:8–11). This…

God’s Grace is Exclusive

Views: 79 [Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1  page.] While God wills that all men be saved (1 Tim. 2:4), this is the statement of his ideal will. His ideal will and His conditional will are not the same,…

The Church and the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic

Views: 113[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2  page.] As some have probably learned from visiting various church Websites, our brethren are responding in different ways to the current COVID–19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic. Some have canceled Wednesday night meetings while continuing…

Exposition of Jeremiah 1:4–10

Views: 121[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction             The time was about 1500 B.C. The chilling words of warning from Jehovah to Israel through Moses were these: But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto…

Principles for Making Moral Decisions

Views: 147[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts  page.] Introduction             When we speak of “morals,” “morality,” “mores,” and that which is “moral,” what do we mean? This family of English words is the transliteration of a Latin term, moralis,…