The following articles are related to the topic of GIVING

1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 – Election through the Gospel

The theology of John Calvin contends that before the foundation of the world, God elected certain ones (both angels and men) to be saved, and others to be lost. There is no biblical basis for this. In the opening remarks of his first letter to the brethren at Thessalonica, Paul makes an interesting comment which helps put this topic into ... read more »

Zechariah’s Amazing Prophecy of the Betrayal of Christ

Zechariah was a prophet who lived in the 6th century before the birth of Christ. He was one of those captives in Babylon but, under the leadership of a political ruler whose name was Zerubbabel, Zechariah, together with some 50,000 of his Hebrew kinsmen, returned to their native Palestine (cir. 536 B.C.). The record of these events is found in ... read more »

Help My Unbelief!

It is an episode fraught with mystery; one about which we wish we knew more. A man brought his son, who was possessed of a demon, to the Lord's disciples. He wanted the Master's men to cast out the evil spirit, but they could not. Jesus pinpointed the problem; the disciples' faith was lacking (Mark 9:17-19; cf. Matthew 17:20). Accordingly, ... read more »

Who Controls the Kingdoms of This World?

How is Luke 4:5-6 to be reconciled with Daniel 4:17? Daniel says God gives the kingdoms of men to whomever He chooses. Satan, however, told Jesus, during one temptation, "All this authority I will give you, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I will give it to whomever I wish." There are a several things ... read more »

A Tribute to a Nameless Widow

There is a touching narrative recorded in Mark's Gospel account that is brimming with spiritual lessons.The record reads as follows: "And he sat down over against the treasury, and beheld how the multitude cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a poor widow, and she cast in two mites, which make ... read more »

The Me-First Syndrome

"Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandments to depart unto the other side [of the sea of Galilee]. And there came a scribe, and said unto him, Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go. And Jesus said to him, 'The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven have nests; but the Son of ... read more »

What Is the Morning Star of Revelation 2:28?

"Please explain this passage: 'I will give him the morning star' (Revelation 2:28). What is the 'morning star'?" This passage embraces one of the seven promises from Christ to those who "overcome" (the trials and temptations of life), and thus remain loyal to him to the end (see: Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21). To the church at ... read more »

Is It a Sin for a Christian To Be Depressed?

"Is it a sin for a Christian to be depressed? I am depressed sometimes, and I feel guilty about it. Can you give me any advice?" Could anxiety be sinful? Yes - if we accept the testimony of Jesus, and we respect the apostolic command of Paul. But the Bible certainly acknowledges that life's complications can be depressing (the word ... read more »

Paul, the Master Preacher

Next to the Lord, the greatest and most effective preacher who ever lived was the apostle Paul. He evangelized three continents and penned two-thirds of the New Testament's epistles-sacred documents which have revolutionized the world. First Thessalonians 2:1-12 gives us one of the clearest, most helpful and inspirational insights to Paul, the peerless preacher, to be found anywhere in his ... read more »

Of Fathers and Their Sons

For some strange reason, we Californians start baseball early in the year, even before the pros. Once again, I have dedicated a good portion of my time to coaching my son's team. Last year I coached Matthew, my almost-six-year-old, in T-ball. This year, it's Nicholas' turn. For the second year in a row, Nicholas is the youngest player on his ... read more »