The following articles are related to the topic of PARABLE

Why Couldn’t Jesus Perform Miracles in His Hometown?

Both Matthew and Mark state that Jesus left the region near the sea of Galilee and came "into his own country" (Matthew 13:54; Mark 6:1). Undoubtedly this has reference to the environs of Nazareth, the city in which Christ grew up in the home of Joseph and his mother, Mary. In connection with the Lord's visit to this region Mark ... read more »

God and the Nation of Israel

Premillennialism is the notion that Jesus will return to this earth before he commences a one thousand-year reign on David's throne in Jerusalem. Premillennialism, and its theological sister, dispensationalism, argue that in connection with the second coming of Christ, God intends to reestablish a Jewish kingdom in Palestine. The doctrine contends that there is yet a purpose to be served ... read more »

6 Reasons Why Some Prayers Are Never Answered

When the apostle Peter penned that first epistle which bears his name, it was directed to "the elect who are sojourners or the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia" (1 Pet. 1:1). The basic design of this divine narrative is to encourage saints who are suffering persecution. In times of hardship, prayer-the blessed privilege of communicating with Almighty ... read more »

Will There Be Personal Recognition in Heaven?

Does individual personality survive the death of the body? Does recognition of friends and loved ones exist beyond this present life? The question is of more than passing emotional interest; it involves the very essence of the human spirit. The biblical evidence firmly supports the position of personal identity after death. Contrary to the misguided theories of philosophical and religious ... read more »

Does Luke 17:31ff Predict the Destruction of Jerusalem?

"Could you please discuss Luke 17:31-37? Is this context speaking of the coming destruction of Jerusalem or the Second Coming of Christ? Or both?" Let us place this text before us for careful consideration. "In that day, he that shall be on the housetop, and his goods in the house, let him not go down to take them away: and ... 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 »

The Indestructible Church of Christ

Have there been members of the true church of Christ since Pentecost? Some answer yes, based upon certain biblical texts; others doubt it since there appears to be no continuous historical record of such. Daniel, in considering the future administration of the Roman Empire (63 B.C. - A.D. 476), declared: And in the days of those kings shall the God ... read more »

The Emotions of Jesus

In addition to possessing a divine nature, Jesus Christ was also flesh and blood (John 1:14), a human being. He thus shared with us the full range of human emotions. He could be happy or sad. What circumstances of life made our Lord weep? What made him joyful? A study of this theme is both thrilling and rewarding. The Tears ... read more »

Why Racists Hate Christianity

On the Fourth of July weekend in 1999, a young man named Benjamin Nathaniel Smith went on a murderous rampage. He wounded nine people and killed two, before turning the gun upon himself. He was a hate-filled, unhappy person. Prior to his death, Smith was interviewed for a documentary by a student filmmaker. In that interview, he revealed a bitter ... read more »

The Tragedy of Racism

No one with a modicum of awareness will deny that racism-the inclination to judge a person solely on the basis of his skin pigmentation or ethnic background-has been a human problem for centuries. Paul addressed this problem before the haughty Greeks in Athens; there he affirmed that: "God made of [out of] one [masculine - one man, an allusion to ... read more »