Christian Education

by Dr. E. Claude Gardner Education coupled with Bible teaching has been vital to the success of all efforts to truly get back to the Bible. Col. 1:18 -- “Christ is the Head of the body, the people called out by God. Christ is the Beginning, the Source―the first one to rise from death so that he could be first in everything.” (quoted from the International English Bible) Luke 2:52 -- “Jesus grew taller and continued to learn more and more. People liked him, and he pleased God.” (from the IEB) It is reasonable and right to call…

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An Old Testament Restoration

by George E. Goldman The concept of restoration is not new. The theme is a familiar one, but it is proper to be constantly reminded of its Biblical basis. The theme of restoration is contained in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is a valid principle because it is taught throughout God's Word. The restoration of man is an all-important, Biblical subject. The Restoration Principle from the Days of Adam and Eve Before sin entered the world, Adam and Eve needed no restoration. They were living in harmony with God's will. They were in a…

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Do You Believe The Bible?

by Farrell Nicholson The question “Do you believe the Bible?” — though not uttered explicitly in Scripture — is certainly not without Scriptural precedent. Paul turned the tables on his interrogators by asking Herod Agrippa II, “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.” (Acts 26:27, NKJV). In other words, did the temporal king of the Jewish state believe the Old Testament prophecies about Jesus the Messiah? Or conversely, we can hear this question in its declarative sense within Paul’s rebuke to the Jews of Pisidian Antioch: “Brothers, you must understand what we…

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The Gospel Is Relevant

by Malcolm L. Hill We hear much these days about the relevancy of preaching or the relevancy of the gospel. Just what does the word “relevant” mean? Webster says, "Having something to do with the case being considered; pertinent." Thus, when we talk about the relevancy of the gospel we are saying that the gospel has something to say to humanity now; that the gospel is pertinent as to the condition or state that man finds himself in today. We are saying that the gospel is not out-of-date but has a message for mankind in the 21st century.…

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Standing for Truth

Johnny Ramsey Idealists are rare these days. Everything is supposed to be relative and not absolute. The humanists are absolutely positive about their relativity! But the clarion call of truth still demands that we take a definite stand for truth. The only way we can be free is through the liberty that Christ provides in the standard of truth (John 8:32-36). The Word of God has always been precious (1 Sam. 3:1). No man can really be wise if he has a disdain for Scripture (Jer. 8:9). The words of eternal life flow from Jesus (John 6:68) and…

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A New Zeal For The Old Paths

by Jon Gary Williams Introduction What a tremendous title for a lesson! As I looked at this topic I could not help but think that it strikes at the heart of one of the greatest needs of the church today! There is nothing lacking more in the kingdom of Christ. There is nothing we need more today than a greater zeal among members of the body of Christ. When we consider the subject of zeal we cannot help but be reminded of the church in the city of Rome. The ekklesia in Rome had a degree of zeal…

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How Followers Of Christ Are Made

by Linda Claassen Mitchell April 6, 2015 I left off on Saturday with: Matthew 28:18-20 (IEB) After Jesus rose from death he met with the 11 followers in Galilee and said "All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore, after you've gone out, make followers for me from every ethnic group. Immerse them by the authority of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I commanded you. Remember, I will always be with you -- even until the end of time." I'm looking at the scriptures that tell…

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To Each One He Has Given Eternal Life

by Linda Claassen Mitchell April 3, 2015 Today I am continuing to follow the Footnotes for the story of Joseph being told by the angel to take Mary and the infant Jesus to Egypt. I left off yesterday in the Footnotes for; Isaiah 49:3 (IEB): "The Always-Present One told me: 'Oh Israel, you are My Servant.(b) I will show My glory through you'!"(c) Following the footnotes for Isaiah 49:3: (b) continued: And, Christ is the Head of the body, the ekklesia, Ephesians 1:22-23 (IEB): "God put everything under Christ's feet. God appointed him to be the Head over…

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Faith In Jesus As Messiah

by Linda Claassen Mitchell Faith in Jesus as the Messiah is secure and reasonable - Day 1 Today I am looking at Hebrews 1:1-5 using the IEB Study Bible, following the footnotes as I go. The Introduction indicates this letter was written to the Jewish believers to reassure them that their faith in Jesus as Messiah was secure and reasonable. Hebrews 1:1-2 (IEB): "Long ago, God used the prophets to speak to our ancestors many times and in many ways. But during these last times, God used His Son to speak to us. God appointed him to inherit…

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