The following articles are related to the topic of PRAYER

God’s Plan of Salvation for His Lost Children

It is truly a tragedy that so many Christian people labor under the illusion that it is impossible for them ever to be lost. Unfortunately, though, the Calvinistic dogma of "once-saved, always-saved," has infected the brotherhood of Christ-at least practically, if not intellectually. It is a grim reality that there may be more lost people in our Sunday morning assemblies, ... read more »

Are Christians Required to “Lift Up Holy Hands”?

"In his letter to Timothy, Paul said that men are to pray, 'lifting up hold hands' to God (1 Timothy 2:8). Why don't people lift up their hands when they pray today? The "lifting up holy hands" is more than likely an expression borrowed from the Old Testament because of a common (though neither mandated or rigid), ancient practice of ... read more »

A Poignant Invitation to a Wayward People

One of David's burning ambitions was to build a "house" for his God. He was not permitted to engage in that enterprise, however, because he had "shed much blood" (1 Chronicles 22:8). It therefore fell to Solomon, a less-aggressive ruler, to build the temple on behalf of Jehovah (1 Kings 5:3-5). The temple must have been magnificent beyond description. The ... read more »

What Is a “Necessary Inference”?

"I frequently hear ministers talk about a 'necessary inference' in connection with the issue of Bible authority.What is a 'necessary inference,' and is this a legitimate method of establishing scriptural authority?" The word "inference" derives from Latin roots that signify "to gather in."In logic (the science of critical thinking), it suggests the idea of gathering in data from various sources, ... read more »

Apostasy – A Clear and Ever-Present Danger

The sectarian notion that it is impossible for a child of God to so sin as to be lost eternally is widely believed by a host of sincere people. But the idea is fallacious. It was first vocalized in the Garden of Eden by Satan, who lied to Eve by telling her that disobedience to God would not result in ... read more »

Luke 11:13 — Asking for the Holy Spirit

It is common knowledge that members of the Pentecostal sect believe that God is constantly pumping miraculous surges of the Holy Spirit into them in response to their prayers. With hands uplifted, they beseech, "Lord, send the power just now," which petition is usually followed by violent jerks somewhat resembling an electrocution. One of the passages employed to buttress this ... read more »

Be Confident of Your Salvation – Studies in 1 John (Part 2)

"And this is eternal life, that they should know thee the only true God, and him who thou didst send, even Jesus Christ." (John 17:3). Knowing the Father and His Son isfundamental to Christianity.How wonderful it is that we have the living Word of God that teaches us how to know God and live according to His will. John said, ... read more »

In Christ – Neither Male nor Female

The notion has long been prevalent in sectarian circles (and is growing in the church of the Lord) that there are no sexual distinctions to be observed in Christ. The claim is made that Paul, in Galatians 3:28, abolished sexual differences so that men and women may function in identical capacities in public church activity-preaching, leading prayers, perhaps even serving ... read more »

The Divine Pattern of Acceptable Worship — Part 1

Human beings are instinctively worshiping creatures. When the Psalmist declared, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God" (42:1), he perhaps expressed a need that is basic to the human soul. As far back as the time of Cicero in the first century B.C., or even earlier, pagan thinkers had observed that ... read more »

Terror from the Sky

Perhaps "numb" is the best word to describe the condition of most Americans on September 11, 2001, as many of us sat mutely staring in horror at the events that unfolded before our eyes via television. The petrifying spectacle of "human missiles" being deployed to bomb the World Trade Center, and Washington's Pentagon, was seen again and again. News analysts ... read more »