The following articles are related to the topic of PROVIDENCE

The Intercession of the Spirit

Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmity: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he who searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God ... read more »

Reflections on the Goodness of God

The incident is found in all of the synoptic accounts (Mt. 19:16-22; Mk. 10:17-22; Lk. 18:18-23). A young, wealthy ruler was acquainted with the ministry of Christ. On a certain occasion, therefore, this official ran to Jesus, knelt before him, and asked: "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" In his response, the Lord asked: ... read more »

Making Sense of the Bible

Some books you can take or leave-one way or the other, and it won't make much difference-if any. The Bible is not in that category. If you "leave" it, you've lost the most important body of information in the world-and the key to your access to heaven. If you "take" it (to be the word of God), you labor under ... read more »

Jesus Foretells the Coming Kingdom

Approximately six months before his crucifixion, and just a few days prior to his transfiguration, Christ prophesied regarding his impending kingdom. The prophecy is expressed in all three synoptic accounts. Verily I say unto you, there are some of them that stand here, who shall in no wise taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in ... read more »

The Star of Bethlehem

The Gospel of Matthew records the following intriguing words. Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, Wise-men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and are come to worship him (Matthew 2:1-2). ... read more »

The Biblical Concept of “Time”

Human beings are creatures of "time," and we are preoccupied with that theme. We wear watches so that we can keep account of "time." We ask regarding the criminal: "How much 'time' did he get?" And we ourselves muse: "How much 'time' do I have left?" Our music contemplates this theme. We sing that "time goes on," and at the ... read more »

The Strange Case of Julian “The Apostate”

According to some historians, the influence of that Roman ruler, known as Julian "the Apostate" (A.D. 361-363), was a critical point in the history of the Christian movement. Let us pick up some background on this matter. The new religion of Jesus Christ was scarcely out of its swaddling clothes when persecution hit it hard. First, as the book of ... read more »

Have You Considered The Consequences Of Sin?

The theme of "sin" dominates the Bible. There are at least eight different terms in the Hebrew Old Testament reflecting some aspect of sin, e.g., "bad," "wickedness," "iniquity," etc. Some thirteen different words in the New Testament similarly depict various shades of sin, e.g., "evil," "unrighteousness," "transgression," etc. (cf. Pfeiffer, 2003, 1594-95). Sin has left a deadly legacy upon our ... read more »

Job’s Final Exam

The book of Job is one of the most profound pieces of writing ever to grace the world's literature. Noted novelist Victor Hugo once said that if all the world's literature were to be destroyed, and he could save one sample, it would be the book of Job. The basic theme of the document is familiar to most Bible students. ... read more »

Herodotus and the Bible

Herodotus was a Greek historian of the fifth century B.C. It is believed that he lived approximately 484-425 B.C. For a number of years he traveled throughout the Persian empire, Egypt, and Scythia observing the culture of these ancient peoples. In his later life, Herodotus lived in Athens, finally settling in Italy where he spent the remainder of his days ... read more »