The Book of Proverbs is a book of contrasts and comparisons. It is also a partial collection of the wisdom of Solomon. As its opening verses state, his purpose in writing the Proverbs is to impart wisdom in a way that the reader would benefit from it and prosper. In Solomon’s Proverbs he introduces us to many people and situations and among them are those who seek after wisdom and their opposites; the fools. There are approximately four different levels of fools and their foolishness marked out for us. The first fool is frequently referred to as simple. In the fourth verse of the bookRead More →

There is a segment of today’s population, including some Christians, who consider parts of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, simply as the stories of an unlearned, primitive people. As such they believe that much more is fable than fact. But over the last fifty years or so archeological sites where the scenes of Biblical action took place are confirming and not disproving the Biblical accounts. At one time Luke, the physician of the NT, was considered a poor observer of the geography of his time, but slowly, through archeology, each one of his observations are being proved correct, so much so, that today hisRead More →

I have heard that if something is worth doing, it should be done well and with your whole heart. Indeed, the results of half-hearted efforts are usually clearly seen. One such person from Scripture who exhibited and professed having the zeal of wholeheartedness was the young Psalmist of Israel David. “With my whole heart I have sought thee; O let me not wander from thy commandments.” (Psalm 119:10) David sought after the Lord; it was his great desire and goal. He sought not with the intention of boasting that he had made it. He made it his objective to not only find God but toRead More →

It seems that every year like clockwork, around the times of Christmas and Easter, one of the major news magazines in the US does a feature article on Christ or Christianity. This past Easter saw yet another which reported the findings of seventy or eighty Biblical scholars. It was reported that their ultimate conclusion was that Christianity was basically a myth, and that Jesus, after his crucifixion, was probably buried in a shallow grave and eaten by dogs. Keep in mind that these were Biblical scholars who teach our children in colleges and seminaries. If this is the educational truth that our youth is growingRead More →

I have often heard that the Greek of the New Testament is a more expressive language than modern-day English. Despite the fact that current English vocabulary consists of over three times the amount of words, we can still lose some of the impact or meanings of the Greek because our words are insufficient enough to make word for word translations clear. I don’t think that any believer wishes to purposely misunderstand Scripture but, because of this wordplay, we can over time, be conditioned to accept certain positions that, though not incorrect, may be a bit lopsided. Taken to the extreme such errors of interpretation canRead More →

Matthew 16:26 is a well known and popular verse of the Bible; “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” We have referred to this verse more than once in past articles, for these questions raised here by Jesus are good points to contemplate. Just as the Bible is called a living book, it’s insights into human behavior, despite its bi-millennial age, continues to reaffirm its accurate perceptions of the conduct of natural man. As this verse implies, our desire for instant gratification regardlessRead More →

“Hi, Ed. Long time no see.” “Hey, Roger, good to see you again. C’mon in.” “I hope I haven’t come at a bad time. I just felt like dropping in and catching up with you a bit.” “No problem. Come on in and sit down. Care for a game of checkers while we visit? You want red or black?” “Doesn’t matter. Red, I guess. I heard you went to Missouri and saw your sister.” “Yeah, we were there last month. We were down when they had those pretty bad storms and twisters all over the place. It was on the news, remember? We were OKRead More →

When we speak of the martyrs from centuries past who died willingly for Christ we have very little, excepting the written accounts, as evidence of their martyrdom. Maybe a monument in a European courtyard or town square designates the place of execution, but it is still hard for us to visualize with our 21st century eyes the true scene of 15th century violence. Which brings us to the unusual evidence of one such martyr named Geronimo. This is not the Geronimo of the 19th century American west; this Geronimo met his fate in the city of Algiers on the Mediterranean coast of Africa. Beginning inRead More →

When one hears the term secret life, the images brought forth are generally those of mystery. It seems our daily news gives us many examples of these secrets, from the person who lived as a pauper but really had millions, to the discovery of a man who had two wives and two families simultaneously hidden from each other. A number of years ago I had an uncle who, when he had passed away, it was found that he had a safety deposit box that no one had known about. Unfortunately, when opened, the box was empty and the secret of what it had held passedRead More →

Nobody I know necessarily enjoys interruptions. If I could take a poll I’m sure we could compile an impressive list; the phone ringing when you’ve just sat down to dinner; a flat tire; or a sudden thunderstorm in the middle of a picnic, would all undoubtedly make our top ten. Although annoyance is probably the most common reaction to an interruption, it is not the response that Christians should exhibit. It is not being like Christ. It does not take much looking to find that during his ministry Jesus was interrupted constantly. He was sought out by Gentiles even though his purpose was towards theRead More →