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Pastor Bob and the Holy Spirit

We receive a considerable amount of mail from religious people who regularly visit our website. Some are angry because their beliefs have been challenged and that frustrates them. They don't know how to respond other than by the "explosive" method. Others are more meditative, and willing to study. In fact, increasingly we are hearing of people who have been led ... read more »

The Preposition “Eis” in Acts 2:38

For several generations God's people have conducted debates with our denominational neighbors as to the meaning of the word "for" (Greek, eis) in Acts 2:38. Peter commanded on that occasion: "Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for [unto ASV] the remission of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of ... read more »

Have You Been Called by God?

"Many teach that before a person can be saved, he must be 'called' by God. Can you explain how this happens?" God calls every person who is saved. Not only does God pardon the sinner (cf. Rom. 3:26), but he also teaches him of the need and means of forgiveness. The Lord Jesus said, "No man can come to me, ... read more »

Lord, Teach Us How To Pray

The disciples saw something in Jesus that they lacked. So one asked him, "Teach us how to pray" (Luke 11:1). Can we develop this spiritual quality? Can we learn how to pray? Certainly we can, and we must, in order to stay strong through the temptations and trials of life. Think of the times of day when Jesus was found ... read more »

Is a Church Obligated to Support Mission Work?

"A missionary was recently passing through our area. He called to ask a local preacher whether he might be able to make a presentation regarding his work to the congregation. The preacher told him that at this time they were not taking on any mission work. The missionary asked if he could simply inform the congregation of his mission work ... read more »

Dealing with Mail

A wise scholar and prolific writer, who received a terrific amount of correspondence even in a by-gone era, once was asked why he did not respond to a certain critic. His reply was to this effect: "I do not draw my bow against every pygmy that squeaks in the forest." That is a prudent observation and one that every journalist ... read more »

The Gwen Shamblin Controversy

Gwen Shamblin is a weight-loss instructor who operates out of Nashville, Tennessee. In a span of eight years (from 1992 to the present) she has taken her weight-control program from an in-home operation to a multimillion-dollar enterprise. Her book, The Weigh Down Diet, has sold more than a million copies in the last three years. Seemingly at the peak of ... read more »

What Does “Amen” Mean?

"Occasionally, while the preacher is presenting a lesson, someone in the audience will say, 'Amen.' Is this practice in keeping with the Bible? If so, what does 'Amen' mean?" The term "Amen" is common to both the Old Testament and the New Testament, and it has a variety of uses, depending upon the context in which it is found. The ... read more »

Paul’s “Mother”

The last chapter of the book of Romans is highly personal. Therein Paul alludes to no fewer than twenty-nine people in Rome, about a third of whom he knew from earlier associations. Amidst this listing is this curious passage. "Salute Rufus the chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine" (Rom. 16:13). It is widely believed, due to certain ... read more »

Harold Camping’s New Revelation: “Leave the Church!”

In 1992, Harold Camping, a syndicated television preacher operating out of Oakland, California, penned the following words: "The results of this study indicate that the month of September of the year 1994 is to be the time for the end of history" (1994?, New York: Vantage Press, p. 531). Some 3,500 years earlier, Moses wrote: "[W]hen a prophet speaks in ... read more »