April 30, 2017

“Avoiding All Appearance of Evil” 1 Thessalonians 5:22

Kevin Schaal This verse is used commonly to provide a Biblical foundation for condemnation of people and deeds of all kinds. The idea is that this passage forbids not only doing those things that the Bible specifically condemns as sin, but also doing anything that looks like it might be sinful or associated with something […]

The Song of a Faithful Man

Chris Kundert Not far from my childhood home of Onekama, Michigan is a lonely, snow covered road which quietly passes by a dilapidated old farmhouse. The house looked as if it was at any moment willing to give itself over to the constant urging of gravity. Anyone driving by could only assume the derelict is […]

What a God!

Matthew Johnson A personal testimony in honor of our all-sufficient God. A throw-back post… I wrote this poem back in 2009. That was a tough year for me, mostly because as immature as I am now, I was far more immature then. By August of 2009, it had been two years since I had been […]

The Three Dimensions of Discipline — Part 3

Jerry Sivnksty In the last two articles I’ve presented the areas of discipline that are crucial in our lives. First, the discipline of the mind by memorizing and meditating on the Scriptures. Second, the discipline of the body by eating properly and exercising regularly. Now I’m going to discuss the third area of discipline, which […]

The Three Dimensions of Discipline — Part 2

Jerry Sivnksty The second area of personal discipline that is needed in our lives deals with the discipline of the body. This is a very difficult area, and many of the Lord’s people struggle in combating the appetites of the flesh. Many have a desire to see improvement but feel defeated in the constant “battle […]

Leonardo S. Mercado: The Story of a Hispanic Missionary Pioneer

Dick Mercado Leonardo S. Mercado’s family emigrated from Mexico City to Arizona during the days of the Mexican Revolution. Leonardo’s father, Gumecindo Mercado, chose to relocate his family away from the dangers of the Revolution and to the peace and quiet of Northern Arizona. The family’s travel by railway pushcart from Mexico through the El […]

Amid Trials and Earthly Conflicts

Kathleen Barbee It is interesting to watch people from diverse cultural, economic, educational, political, and social levels respond to threatening situations. Their responses, oddly enough, are very similar. Often trials and conflicts aid in bonding those who simultaneously experience such circumstances. Christians must be especially careful during times of trial not to let their guards […]

A Worthy Walk – Part 4

Jim Oesterwind “You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own […]

The Blood of Their Witness

Chuck Phelps Endurance is the theme of Hebrews 12. (See vv. 1, 2, 3, 7, 12, and 20.) In order to encourage the Hebrew believers to “endure,” the author declares, “Ye have not yet resisted unto blood striving against sin” (Heb. 12:4). Because the battle for faithfulness is a battle fought in every era by […]

A Challenge for a Clear Testimony in a Dark World

Levi Crumley In a recent service we were ecstatic to have a new couple in our church get baptized. That is such a great encouragement to see people making a public declaration to follow the Lord. It seems far too often these days that Christians are timid and afraid to display their faith publicly. While […]