The following articles are related to the topic of HEALING

Common Sense Courtesy

The Bible sets forth many specific positive commands by which the Christian is to be directed. Additionally, explicit negatives are provided as well. Here is an example of where both types of obligations are postured within the same narrative. In his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul enjoined: "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him ... read more »

Lessons from the Catacombs of Rome

The term "catacomb" derives from a compound Greek term with the components kata (down) and kymbe (hollow). The word is used of that vast network of tombs beneath the city of Rome (and at other places as well) where ancient Christians buried their dead-and even met for worship during times of severe persecution. It has been estimated that this maze ... read more »

How Does this Man Know “Letters”?

"What did the Jews mean when they described Jesus with these words: 'How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?' (John 7:15 - KJV, ASV).If he had never learned, how did he write on the ground (John 8:6,8)?" Some appreciation of the background behind John 7:15 is helpful in understanding the meaning of this passage. In chapter 5 of John's ... read more »

The City of Ten Thousand Memories

"Jerusalem," "the city of David," "Zion" - these are a few of the names of that ancient place that has been called "The City of Ten Thousand Memories." When David moved Israel's capitol to this location, Jerusalem became the heart of Hebrew history. It was in Jerusalem that Solomon fashioned the Temple, for which David, his father, had prepared the ... read more »

Are Logic and Scripture Compatible?

Some religionists are opposed to "using logic" or "reason" concerning spiritual things. We are informed, by these guardians of rational thought, that the use of logic is the reason for much of the division in the church today. This position is perplexing, for those who reject the use of "reason," reason that binding "our conclusions" produces much of the religious ... read more »

Jesus’ Sayings on Sin

When Joseph learned that his betrothed was pregnant, he was minded to put her away. But an angel of the Lord revealed to Joseph that Mary's conception was miraculous and that the virgin would bring forth a son (Matthew 1:23). He was instructed to name the child Jesus, "For it is he that shall save his people from their sins" ... read more »

Will Only “Your Bunch” Be Saved?

The question that constitutes the title of this article was submitted recently to this writer. It is an inquiry that is not infrequently posed by those who deny the exclusive nature of the Christian system.Perhaps any person who ponders this question could discern the answer for himself - with just a friendly nudge. Questions for Personal Reflection Do you believe ... read more »

The Fragrance of Christian Influence

People have long been aware of the value of influence. Plutarch said that "a word or nod from a good person has more weight than the eloquent speeches of others." Just as plants yield fragrances, so people exert influence - for good or ill. What Is Influence? Influence sometimes is defined as the "ability to produce an effect without apparent ... read more »

Matthew’s Use of the Term “Fulfilled”

The general thrust of Matthew's Gospel record is to establish, on behalf of the Hebrews, that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah of Old Testament Scripture. The Greek New Testament (Aland et al. 1983) lists approximately sixty-eight Old Testament references cited in the Gospel of Matthew. In addition, the technical expression, "it is written," in the perfect tense (gegraptai), ... read more »

Is America Too Big to Fail?

For the past year or more of campaigning, we have been bombarded daily with news about our nation's terrible economic condition. Here in California, we've seen our property values plummet and our fuel prices soar to record levels over the summer. Now our unemployment rates are skyrocketing and our state government is on the brink of bankruptcy due to overwhelming ... read more »