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Anointing with Oil – James 5:14

In the book of James, the inspired writer exhorts: "Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up" (5:14, 15). The ... read more »

Five Alleged Mistakes in the Bible

A recent article entitled Five Mistakes in Your Bible Translation which appeared in the Huffington Post , a liberal online newspaper, alleges that the Bible contains numerous translation errors. Let us consider some of the examples mentioned. Covet Doesn't Mean Covet Supposedly, the command, "You shall not covet" (Ex. 20:17), has been mistranslated. It really means "Don't take." Is that ... read more »

My Cup Runs Over

Psalm 23 has been called the "Nightingale" song, because it sings the sweetest at the midnight hour. The "title" suggests it is a "Psalm of David." These superscriptions (116 of them) are not a part of the original text, but they are very ancient, going back at least to the third century B.C. (in the Greek version). The Psalm falls ... read more »

What Was the “Manna” in the Wilderness of Sinai?

"The Interpreter's Bible (a popular commentary set), in commenting on the 'manna' that fell when the children of Israel were in the wilderness of Sinai, suggests that this 'manna' substance was merely a sweet, natural material from certain trees of that region (e.g., the tamarisk tree), and that there was nothing miraculous about this food.Would you comment on this?" The ... read more »

Unity — Its Aesthetic and Practical Value

There is, perhaps, no greater exhortation to unity, anywhere in the Bible, that surpasses that of Psalm 133. "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity. It is like the precious oil upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard; that came down upon the collar of his garments; ... read more »

The Record Buried in Coal

Buried within the bosom of the earth are billions of tons of "bottled sunshine"-more commonly known as coal. How did this material come to be there? And how much time was involved in its deposition? There are two general theories regarding the formation of coal. First, there is the uniformitarian view, which asserts that coal is the result of "the ... read more »

Exploring the Concept of Priesthood

The theme of priests and priesthood is prominent within the Scriptures. One is first introduced to the concept of a priest in the book of Genesis, and the role lingers until the sacred canon closes. The office of the priest is mentioned some 700 times in the Old Testament, and approximately 80 times in the New Testament. It is obvious ... read more »

What About the “Sacraments”?

"Do you know the actual history of 'Seven Sacraments'? Were all of these brought about at the same time?" The term "sacrament" derives from the Latin sacramentum, the meaning of which is "a thing set apart as holy." The New Testament never isolates certain acts of obedience from others by designating them as "sacraments." However, as the early church (late ... read more »

Archaeology and the Book of Jeremiah

The Old Testament book of Jeremiah is a powerful document in many respects.It records the ministry of a great prophet whose heart was broken by the rebellion of his people, the Hebrews (Jer. 9:1).The book reveals his valiant attempt to bring these wicked Israelites to repentance, and finally, it contains the prophet's warning of the judgment that was to be ... read more »

Is It Always Wrong to “Hate”?

"I am confused about the Bible's teaching on 'hate.' Sometimes hate is condemned, at other times it seems to be encouraged. Can you comment on this?" There are two basic biblical words that represent the concept of hating. In the Old Testament, sane (used about 145 times) means to "to hate, to set against." In the New Testament, the word ... read more »