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Baptism with the Holy Spirit and Fire

John the Baptist proclaimed: “I baptize you with water for repentance, but after me will come One more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire” (Matt 3:11). What is the difference between baptism with water and baptism with the Holy … Continue reading

Lord, Make Us Turn To You

“Turn us again, O God, and cause your face to shine; and we shall be saved” (Psalm 80:3). Why did the psalmist ask God to “turn us again” or “restore us”? What does “cause your face to shine” mean to us? What has it got to do with our salvation? Three times is this prayer … Continue reading

Let Us Abide In The All In All

The Jews have some expressions somewhat like this, when they make reference to God, “things future, and things that are past, are together with thee; what is from everlasting and to everlasting, or from the beginning of the world to the end of it, these are “all” of them in thee, and thou art “in” … Continue reading

We Are Called To Be Good Stewards Of God’s Gracious Gifts

Matthew, in chapters 24-25, records the Lord’s heart of compassion and love mingled with unwavering holiness. This section of Scripture, including the Parable of the Talents, constitutes final warnings, prophecies, and encouragements to His people Israel prior to His departure. He, who is their Lord, is leaving for an undisclosed period of time. He is … Continue reading

The Comparative Readiness of Christian Disciples

As we take a good look at the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1–13), we must acknowledge up front that there has been much debate as to the meaning of these words of our Savior. At least one aspect of this parable can be known with absolute certainty. The bridegroom is Jesus Christ, and … Continue reading

The Cloak and Pretence of Religion

It is said that seeing is believing, but is that always the case when it comes to religion? How can we be more discerning believers, practicing and observing only those things that are pleasing and acceptable to God? What advice does Christ have for his followers? We find not Christ, in all his preaching, so … Continue reading

God’s Guiding Principle

What is God’s guiding principle? What is the word that sums up the life and teachings of Jesus and his apostles? How can we make God’s guiding principle our very own? When a Pharisee, an expert in the law, tested Jesus with a question: “Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?” Jesus declared, … Continue reading

Give To God What Belongs To God

When the Pharisees asked Jesus if it was lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, he replied: “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God” (Matt 22:21). Was Jesus endorsing dictatorship and colonization? Was Christ a teacher of the law of Caesar or the Word and will of God? … Continue reading

Giving Earnest Heed To God’s Gracious Call

What will be our response if God invites us to His son’s wedding feast? Does the all knowing and infinitely wise God have a contingency plan if He foresees a poor turnout? What countermeasures will He use to ensure that the wedding feast goes as planned and there are no trespassers? Let us find the … Continue reading

God’s Vineyard And Its Tenants

Did Christ claim to be the cornerstone of God’s kingdom? Does the kingdom of God belong strictly to a particular race or people? What does God expect of the people of His kingdom? In Matthew 21:23-27, the religious authorities—the chief priests and elders—question Jesus’ authority. Who is this Jesus who comes into Jerusalem receiving the … Continue reading

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