The following articles are related to the topic of HOPE

Psalm 22: A Brief Analysis

Psalm 22 has been a favorite of mine for many years, the reason being because of its wonderful messianic thrust. It contains so many powerful thoughts regarding the Savior, and His death on our behalf, that the Christian cannot but be stirred by it. The psalm logically divides into five segments. Consider these enriching treasures of truth. Christ's Rejection by ... read more »

Why Was John the Baptist Confused?

"According to a passage in the book of Matthew, John the Baptist questioned whether or not Jesus was the one his nation had been awaiting. Or was there another to come? How could John have asked a question that seems to reveal such weak faith?" Due to his courageous denunciation of Herod's adulterous liaison with Herodias (Mk. 6:17ff), John the ... read more »

Radical Criticism and “Christian” Education

"Higher criticism" purports to be the "science" of exploring the backgrounds of the biblical books so as to discover the"actual" truth regarding the composition of these documents - in contrast to the alleged "superficial and traditional" views that prevailed over the prolonged centuries of a by-gone era. For example, to the modern "critic," who fancies himself a citizen of that ... read more »

Paul’s Instruction to the Saints of Crete

Crete is a large island in the Mediterranean near the southern entrance to the Agean Sea. It is a rugged mountainous region, once inhabited by a people whose reputation was less than ideal. A Greek philosopher, Epimenides (c. 600 B.C.), characterized the Cretans as perpetual liars, evil beasts, and lazy gluttons (Titus 1:12). Jews from this region were present in ... read more »

The Power of the Pen

I recognize that the title of this article is considerably obsolete. No one much uses the pen anymore in literary construction. But it is far more poetic to say, "the pen is mightier than the sword," than to suggest that "the word processor is more influential than the missile." I have always loved to read. When my sisters and I ... read more »

A Prayer of the Afflicted: A Study of Psalm 102

"Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances" (Proverbs 25:11, NASB). In the circumstance of tragedy, a simple statement spoken in sincerity, "I know how you feel," are words that are like apples of gold in settings of silver. When you say, "I know how you feel," to a friend recently diagnosed with ... read more »

The Mystery of God

Why did Paul suffer so much? What inspired him to face five beatings of thirty-nine stripes by the Jews, thrashings by rods, a stoning, and a multitude of other perils (2 Cor. 11:24-28)? The apostle even viewed these experiences as a privilege, and a reason to rejoice, because it was for the "mystery of God" (cf. Col. 4:3). The Mystery's ... read more »

A Study of Heaven

Is heaven real? If so, how does one know? In spite of bogus claims of having visited heaven, such as that professed by Ellen G. White of Seventh-day Adventist fame (1945, 32ff), no one has died, gone to heaven, and returned to earth to tell of the experience (cf. 2 Corinthians 12:1-10). All we really know about heaven is what ... read more »

Adam Clarke & Albert Barnes: Scholars from the Past

Occasionally in these weekly articles I like to depart from the "heavier" subjects and take one of those inviting side-trails that explore interesting facts of history. This week we have a "human interest" piece concerning two renowned Bible commentators. Adam Clarke (1762-1832) Adam Clarke was the most famous commentator the Methodist Church ever produced. As a child he was judged ... read more »

The Rescue of Christ — So-Called

Solomon once declared that "of the making of many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh" (Eccl. 12:12). Truly, books roll from the presses by the millions - year after year. Not infrequently books reveal that they have been buttressed by "much study" which generates a "weariness of the flesh." Some of them ... read more »