August 19, 2017

“Settled? … Maybe Not”

Wally Morris Should we accept that a moral issue has reached the point where continuing to fight for Biblical standards is not a wise use of our time and resources? That is the question Christians face as President Trump seems uninterested in the issue of homosexual marriage, calling it “settled law”. In his acceptance speech […]

Tenth Commandment

George Stiekes Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house. Exodus 20:17 Do not desire or lust after what belongs to someone else. To break this commandment is to be guilty of the sin of envy. Our humanistic society is geared toward this kind of behavior. For many people, it is no longer just a feeling […]

The Eighth & Ninth Commandments

George Stiekes Eight: Thou shalt not steal. Exodus 20:15 Keeping in mind that the commandments reflect the very nature of God, as God’s people, we ought not steal because our God is trustworthy. We must also be trustworthy and thereby reflect His glory.

The Fourth Commandment

George Stiekes Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8 This commandment appears to be the easiest to observe. It certainly makes sense that we would desire to stop our work to rest one day a week. However, the children of Israel found ways to change it or redefine it so that they […]

The Third Commandment

George Stiekes Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain (Exodus 20:7). The Hebrew word translated “in vain” can refer to something evil, useless, unreal or without substance. To use language that takes God’s name in vain is to mock God by indicating that He does not exist or at […]

The Second Commandment

George Stiekes Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. Exodus 20:4 Based on the first commandment, this one just makes sense. If we are not to have any other gods before Him, then He alone is the God that we will worship and any image made would detract from His likeness, greatness and […]

The First Commandment

George Stiekes Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Exodus 20:3 There were three different branches of the Law:

God’s Law and Grace

George Stiekes Exodus 20:20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that His fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. Principle: The Law of God manifests the grace of God, though it is misunderstood by many Christians. John 1:17 – The law was […]

The Ten Commandments

George Stiekes By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. I John 2:3 Using the perfect tense, John is saying, in this way, we know that we really know Him. John is revealing that everyone who truly knows Christ keeps His commandments. There are many who claim […]

Ministering among Illegal Immigrants

David Shumate Those with opportunities to minister to immigrant groups are often confronted with the question of illegal immigration. This social and political problem often complicates what would otherwise be a straightforward ministry response. Although the problem most often involves people from Latin America, it is an issue that applies to other groups as well. […]