• The Law of the Lord

    The Law of the Lord


    The Bible is one unit, and every word is inspired by God. In it are sixty-six books—thirty-nine in the Old Testament and twenty-seven in the New Testament—1,189 chapters and 31,173 verses. The Bible was written over approximately fifteen hundred years by forty different authors living on three different continents. Some...

  • Agape: Know God's Love

    Agape: Know God's Love


    1 Corinthians 13

    1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

    2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that...

  • The Book of Ruth

    The Book of Ruth

    JANUARY 2018

    Adapted from the Daybreak and Discovery curriculum series.

    Background: The Book of Ruth provides a historical picture of the plan of redemption. The events in the book transpired between 1375 and 1050 B.C., and the placement of the book in the Bible causes it to bridge the time between the period...

  • A Focus on Forgiveness

    A Focus on Forgiveness


    Forgiveness is a topic that is probably thought about and discussed much more often than it is applied. This is because forgiving others can be a challenge. Like dieting and exercising, people know the benefits of forgiving, so they talk about it, but when there comes an opportunity to put...

  • A Goodly Heritage

    A Goodly Heritage


    The word heritage refers to something that comes or belongs to an individual by reason of birth or that is received as an inheritance. In some cases, a grandparent may give away a treasured possession, saying, “I want you to have this before I’m gone.” At other times, the donor...

  • The Overcoming Light

    The Overcoming Light


    In the first chapter of John’s Gospel, the opening verses are a beautiful depiction of Jesus and how His life is the Light of men. In John 1:5 we read about Jesus as the Light: “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” This statement is...

  • The Nature of Sin

    The Nature of Sin

    OCTOBER 2017

    The word sin is a religious term that indicates both willful, defiant acts that transgress divine law, and the underlying condition of opposition to divine law from which those sinful acts originate. Sin separates man from God, and is the root of all resistance to and conflict with Him.

    Sin is...

  • I Will Make You Fishers of Men

    I Will Make You Fishers of Men


    In Matthew 4:19, we read Jesus’ words to fishermen by the Sea of Galilee, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” That invitation extends to us as well, because in the Great Commission, Christ charged His followers to go into all the world and “preach the gospel...

  • Forsake and Follow

    Forsake and Follow


    On February 12, 2017, thousands of people forsook their homes and belongings, and fled for higher ground when an emergency evacuation was ordered for people living near America’s highest dam, located in Oroville, California. An article published a few days later in the Sacramento Bee related, “North Sacramento Valley residents...

  • A Message to Exiles

    A Message to Exiles


    The term “open letter” is used to describe a message that is addressed to a certain individual or group, but is intended to be read by a larger audience. Someone might write an open letter to a politician or celebrity and, rather than delivering the message directly to the recipient,...

  • A Purpose in Pain

    A Purpose in Pain

    JULY 2017

    As a physician and orthopedic surgeon who specialized in the treatment of people with leprosy (Hansen’s disease), Dr. Paul Brand became convinced of the value of pain through a frightening personal experience.

    While suffering is something we would prefer to avoid in the natural, we need to understand that pain...

  • The Law of Faith

    The Law of Faith


    The Lord has given each of us a measure of faith. Sometimes we feel like we need more faith, but maybe we could use what we have better. When we see athletes performing at their peak in a professional game or the Olympics, we are inspired. Isn’t that how we...

  • A Call to Contentment

    A Call to Contentment

    MAY 2017 | DARREL LEE

    During a recent three-week trip to Nigeria, I found myself in the state of flying, in the state of riding in a car, and in the state of sitting in church. I experienced a variety of states with regard to sleeping conditions: I slept while traveling in a car, when...

  • 1 Corinthians 12-16

    1 Corinthians 12-16

    MAY 2017

    (Click here to read Part 2 of this study.)

    Overview Purpose: Paul’s intent in writing to the Corinthian church was to expose evil that persistently threatened to destroy true Christianity.

    Author: Paul the Apostle

    Date Written: About A.D. 55

    Setting: Corinth was a large seaport city in southern Greece, and a major trade center. Its...

  • Return to the Lord

    Return to the Lord


    Manual typewriters are archaic in today’s world, but we had one in our house when I was growing up. It was a keyboard machine operated entirely by hand, used for producing characters resembling print. When a key was pressed, a little arm with a raised letter on the end flew...

  • 1 Corinthians 5-11

    1 Corinthians 5-11

    MARCH 2017

    (Click here to read Part 1 of this study.)

    Overview Purpose: Paul’s intent in writing to the Corinthian church was to expose evil that persistently threatened to destroy true Christianity.

    Author: Paul the Apostle

    Date Written: About A.D. 55

    Setting: Corinth was a large seaport city in southern Greece, and a major trade center....

  • The Sanctity of Marriage

    The Sanctity of Marriage

    MARCH 2017

    Marriage is a sacred institution originated by God. According to Scripture, it is a covenant relationship which establishes a bond between a man and a woman that is dissolved only when death causes the inevitable separation.1

    God’s design for marriage goes back...

  • When Jesus Said,

    When Jesus Said, "I Will"


    The Word of God is instructive, encouraging, and full of promises. Some of the most beautiful and powerful of those promises are the words of Jesus himself. Over thirty times in the New Testament, the Lord stated “I will” do this or that. That number does not include instances when...

  • An Unshakeable Trust in God

    An Unshakeable Trust in God


    The Book of Job examines the problem of human suffering. It is the account of a man of integrity, Job, who was the instrument in this divine object lesson. In Job 1:1 we read a description of Job: “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was...

  • The Way of Holiness

    The Way of Holiness


    The New Testament church at Thessalonica was established during difficult times. When Paul and Silas first went to that city with the Gospel, there was no greeting committee that we know of except those who opposed the men of God. However, there were some who wanted a way out of...

  • 1 Corinthians 1-4

    1 Corinthians 1-4

    JANUARY 2017

    Overview Purpose: Paul’s intent in writing to the Corinthian church was to expose evil that persistently threatened to destroy true Christianity. The Gospel was applied to a host of issues, including immorality, marriage and adultery, intellectualism, public worship, and spiritual gifts.

    Author: Paul the Apostle

    Date Written: About A.D. 55

    Setting: Corinth was a...

  • A Formula for Overcoming

    A Formula for Overcoming


    The Book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John while he was in exile on the island of Patmos around A.D. 95. Throughout the Book, it is apparent that the Lord looks at the Church and wants His people to have victory. He wants us to be overcomers.

    John was...

  • A Heart of Mercy

    A Heart of Mercy


    The Sermon on the Mount begins with what is known as the Beatitudes. These are a list of blessings that result from having proper attitudes of the heart. We might think of them as the “be attitudes”; attitudes that we should have as believers. They were pronounced for the children...

  • 2016 Camp Meeting Sermon Excerpts

    2016 Camp Meeting Sermon Excerpts

    OCTOBER 2016

    Reach Out  The Bell System telephone company (later to become AT&T) came out in 1979 with the advertising slogan, “Reach out and touch someone.” That slogan resonated with people’s emotions and was effective.

    The Bible tells of a woman who reached out and touched Jesus. She had been sick for twelve years,...

  • A Defining Identity

    A Defining Identity


    Recently a lady who was filling out a form for me asked what ethnicity I identified with. Her question reminded me of our culture’s confusion over gender identity. That confusion did not exist when I was born. In fact, the first words spoken in the delivery room upon my arrival...

  • Guard Your Mind

    Guard Your Mind


    In today’s world, spiritual mind invasion is prevalent in all age groups around the globe. It even impacts the church as the enemy of our souls seeks to overcome those who serve God. As Christians, we must guard our minds. We are instructed, “Let this mind be in you, which...

  • Take a Stand

    Take a Stand


    Who? What? When? Where? Why? And how? These are six questions considered foundational to good journalism. Let’s consider how these “Five Ws and One H” relate to Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of...

  • Designed By God

    Designed By God

    JULY 2016 | DARREL LEE

    Most of us probably do not look in the mirror in the morning and say, “Lord, You did an amazing job here.” However, He did do an amazing job. He made you! God’s involvement with you did not begin at your birth, but at the moment when you were conceived....

  • Going Up Against a Goliath

    Going Up Against a Goliath


    Imagine playing basketball with a guy who is so tall he has to duck to avoid hitting his head on the backboard or getting his ears caught in the net—and with equally foreboding bulk and brawn. Then, imagine having to take on that guy in a wrestling match with a...

  • Powered by the Holy Spirit

    Powered by the Holy Spirit

    JULY 2016 | JOHN BAROS

    Have you ever wished your efforts for God were more effective? Have you ever felt the need for more boldness or strength or ability to work for God? The Lord has promised the gift of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire to give us the power we need....