The following articles are related to the topic of GIVING

Does Starlight Require Millions of Years to Reach the Earth?

"When we look at the farthest visible star, we are looking 4 billion years into the past; the light from that star, traveling at 186,000 miles a second, has taken many years to reach us. How would you explain this as it relates to creation?" First of all, I would dispute the chronological theory which suggests that the Universe dates ... read more »

I’m Looking for a “Friendly Church”

Did you ever hear someone say: "I'm looking for a friendly church"? They hop from one congregation to another, looking for that illusive "friendly church." Why is it that some folks can visit a congregation, and go away praising it: "Those are the friendliest people," while others can visit the same group, and complain that just the opposite is true. ... read more »

The Connection between Religion and Morality

There are exceptions to most every rule. And exceptions are precisely that; they are exceptions. Let me explain. There are some people who have no religious philosophy. They profess not to believe in any Supreme Being. In spite of this, they lead reasonably respectful lives. They do not murder, commit adultery, or embezzle from their employers. On the other hand, ... read more »

Does the Bible Recommend Drinking Alcoholic Beverages?

"Does the book of Proverbs recommend "strong drink" for those who are depressed? Please explain Proverbs 31:6-7." "Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more" (Prov. 31:6-7; ESV). What does this passage mean? Does it encourage drinking an alcoholic ... read more »

Parents, Obey Your Father

Children are the most vulnerable creatures on earth. In the Encyclopedia of Biblical and Christian Ethics, the following astute observation is found: "The human infant is by far the most helpless of all young mammalian life and consequently requires an inordinate amount of care if it is to be nurtured successfully" (Harrison 1992, 302). Sadly, many are not nurtured successfully. ... read more »

The Awesome Responsibility of Church Leadership

James A. Garfield was the twentieth president of the United States, serving less than four months before he was assassinated. He was a member of the church and served as an elder. When Garfield relinquished his role as elder, it is said that he stated, "I resign the highest office in the land to become president of the United States." ... read more »

Are the Gospel Writers Credible?

The writers of the Gospel accounts-Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John-quite definitely affirm that Jesus Christ claimed to be the Son of God, and that he performed miracles to authenticate that affirmation. Further, they allege that even though Jesus was put to death on the cross, after three days he came out of the grave, thus, forcefully demonstrating that he is ... read more »

Luke 1:32,33 – Did Luke Make a Mistake?

Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, & Morality is the title of a recently published (1990) book which viciously attacks the sacred Scriptures. Here is an example of one of the "mistakes" that Allen claims to have found in the Gospel records. Luke writes concerning Christ: "He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: ... read more »

Isaiah 7:14 – Did Isaiah Prophesy the Virgin Birth of Christ?

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" (Isa. 7:14). Of whom speaketh the prophet?Some, of liberal persuasion, argue that the Hebrew term almah does not mean a virgin, and that this passage refers to some "young married woman known to Isaiah" (Willis, 161). ... read more »

Acts 10:6 – Simon, the Tanner

On account of the death of a Christian woman whose name was Dorcas, Peter had been summoned from the town of Lydda over to Joppa - a distance of some eleven miles (cf. Acts 9:38 - note that distance in your margin). After the apostle raised the benevolent saint from the dead, he remained in Joppa for many days. Doubtless ... read more »