The following articles are related to the topic of PRAYER

What Do You Know About the Holy Spirit?

A golden lamp stand with seven lights was placed in the ancient tabernacle of Jehovah. In the book of Revelation, we find the "seven lamps of fire burning before the throne of God, which are the seven Spirits of God" (Rev. 4:5)-the number seven symbolizing the perfect Spirit of God. What do you know about the Holy Spirit? The phrase ... read more »

Two Questions: Who Died on the Cross? Thee or You?

"At times some of those who offer prayer at the communion table, in expressing thanks for the bread and the fruit of the vine, will frame their prayers somewhat in this way: 'Dear Father, we thank you for dying on the cross and shedding your blood for us.' This troubles me. What can be done to remedy this situation?" Sometimes ... 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 »

The Value of Human Suffering

It has been said that there is no greater education than matriculating through the "University of Hard Knocks." One thing is certain: many who have passed through the crucible of suffering will acknowledge that they have found themselves infinitely better for the experience-bitter though it may have been. Robert Browning Hamilton expressed this thought so wonderfully in verse: I walked ... read more »

The Allegory of the Vine and the Branches

The Holy Scriptures are supremely rich. The Christian who does not plumb the depth of these treasures is poorer indeed. There is a brief context in John's Gospel record that we would like to explore briefly, not only for the instruction and edification that it imparts on its own, but also for the opportunity of illustrating how one may reap ... read more »

Judas Iscariot: From Apostle to Apostate

There is likely no character in the Bible who lives in such infamy as that of Judas Iscariot. But the treachery of the traitor is not the entire story, though it is most prominently displayed. Unfortunately the dark side has become the exclusive characterization of Calvinists. This article will consider two aspects of Judas: First, it will examine the well-known ... read more »

Do the Imprecatory Psalms and Christian Ethics Clash?

Read the following text from Psalm 69. 22 Let their table before them become a snare; And when they are in peace, let it become a trap. 23 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see; And make their loins continually to shake. 24 Pour out thine indignation upon them, And let the fierceness of thine anger overtake ... read more »

Elijah, Prophet of Confrontation

The prophet Elijah was a mixture of emotions and convictions. At times he stands as a giant of faith and courage. On other occasions, he appears to wilt in the face of adversity. Perhaps that is why so many of us are drawn to him; we are cut from the same fabric. In this study, let us survey one of ... read more »

The Jesus Seminar Strikes Again

Elsewhere, we have dealt with the so-called Jesus Seminar (see part one ). The seminar is a panel of liberal theologians who have commissioned themselves for a cut-and-paste job on the text of the New Testament. With an arrogance that is exceeded only by their ignorance (or vice versa), they purport to present a "new Jesus" to the world of ... read more »

A Misguided Statement Regarding Miracles

Genuine miracles, as such events are depicted in the sacred Scriptures, were amazing phenomena. They were manifestations of the awesome power of the Almighty God. While it certainly is true that God employed miracles in the creation of the Universe (cf. Gen. 1; Psa. 33:6-9; Heb. 11:3), it also is a fact that supernatural events mostly were used as tools ... read more »