There was nothing haphazard in God’s creative work. He deliberately separated things that should be kept separate, such as light and darkness, dry land and the oceans. He created environments that were specifically designed to support different forms of life, such as the seas for fish and the sky for birds. God also named certain [Read more....]

 

The Greek noun zymē refers to leaven or sourdough, something fermented that was used in making bread. It required time to fulfill the process, so unleavened cakes were used when food was required at short notice (Genesis 18:6; 19:3; Exodus 12:8). The Israelites were forbidden to use leaven for seven days at the time of [Read more....]

 

The difference between admonishing and rebuking another person lies in the distinction between teaching the correct way versus simply warning against the wrong way. A parent, for example, might rebuke a child for hitting a sibling, simply telling him not to do it again; or the parent may admonish the child, teaching him how to [Read more....]

 

And [Adam and Eve] heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3:8, ESV) This tragic situation arose shortly after Adam ate of the [Read more....]

 

And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places.  (1 Kings 3:3, NKJV) New Year’s is traditionally a time of introspection, reflecting on how one can improve himself in the coming year. Many people make new year’s resolutions, a firm [Read more....]

 

Why lies He in such mean estate, where ox and ass are feeding? Good Christians: fear–for sinners here the silent Word is pleading. (from What Child is This? by William C. Dix) John tells us that Jesus is the Word, the agent of God’s creation, and “all things were made through him, and without him [Read more....]

 

Come, Desire of Nations, come! Fix in us Thy humble home. Rise, the woman’s conq’ring seed; bruise in us the serpent’s head. Adam’s likeness now efface, stamp Thine image in its place. Second Adam from above, reinstate us in Thy love. (from Hark the Herald Angels Sing, by Charles Wesley) When Adam faced the serpent [Read more....]

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