December 13, 2017

Who Should You Marry & Why? (Part 1)

Matt Recker

Getting married is one of life’s most revealing, most character making (or breaking) decisions. In Malachi’s day God’s people were dealing “treacherously” against God and one another. (This word appears five times in Malachi 2:10-16 and means to betray) How? By marrying unbelievers or those who worshiped “strange gods” (Malachi 2:11), and divorcing the wife of their youth (Mal.2:13-16). Yes, Israelite men were divorcing their wives, some in order to marry Gentile girls who maintained their pagan idols. This was an inarguably clear violation of God’s Word (See Deut.7:3), yet it was one of the biggest problems in Israel when they came out of exile. Ezra 9-10 and Nehemiah 13:23-31also deal with this widespread sin during a time similar to the days of Malachi.

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God Made Visible (2)

George Stiekes

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (I Timothy 1:17)

The Spirit of God reveals a four-fold description of our God that every believer ought to understand and cherish if he is to truly know God and experience an intimate relationship with Him. Furthermore, it is important for us to understand that the Christ of Christmas is also known by these same descriptions. This is the second of the four descriptions. (See here for part One.)

2. IMMORTAL

The word literally means “undecaying,” indicating not subject to death. The same word is translated “incorruptible” in I Peter 1:4 and 23. God alone has immortality (I Timothy 6:16), an inherent part of His being.

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Virtue

Don Johnson

An article at The American Conservative explores virtue in our modern culture. Virtue no longer is a matter of character, where the individual controls his passions while pursuing an ideal higher than he is. Virtue is instead now found in the measure of empathy for victims, whether they be individuals, groups, cute animals, or the weather.

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The Seeking Shepherd

Charles Melring

FrontLine • November/December 2006 10

What man of you. having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance (Luke 15:4–7).

The Word of God continually reveals aspects of truth that should encourage and enliven our devotion and dedication. Certainly, aspects of oft taught and well-known parables should revitalize our discipleship.

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Relating to the Law

Don Johnson

“Can Christians eat pork?” A fellow visiting our church asked that question a couple of weeks ago. Again, someone else asked me, “In the law, some foods were not allowed. Was it because they were not healthy to eat? Should we eat those foods now?”

Both of these questions are responses to teaching picked up somewhere along the way. Some will be surprised by the questions in our modern context – the answers seem so obvious in our “anything goes” culture. However, “anything goes” isn’t the standard by which Christians live. We live according to the Bible, not the opinion of men or the assurances of our worldly culture.

How, then, do we answer questions like this?

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