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Notes from Isaiah 55

In the book of Isaiah there is a thrilling prophecy of the salvation that was to be made available as a result of the promised Messiah's victory over death. Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without ... read more »

The Second Death — Separation or Annihilation?

There appears to be a growing tendency by a minority element associated with "Christendom" to contend that the fate of the wicked will be utter annihilation (non-existence), as opposed to a conscious suffering in an eternal hell. This departure from biblical truth has been gradual but steady. In his book, Repent or Perish (Ligonier, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1990), ... read more »

Congregational Autonomy: Not a Shield for Error

In the first century, when churches operated under the ultimate oversight of inspired apostles, congregations were independent. There was no superstructure by which they were tied together. There was neither pope, bishop, nor council to regulate the affairs of local groups. It was an abandonment of this pattern that eventually gave rise to the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic system ... read more »

What Is a Missionary Society?

In the mid-to-late 1800's there was a tragic split in the American "restoration" movement - that noble effort that seeks to throw off the shackles of modern denominationalism and return to primitive Christianity. There were two key issues that precipitated the division: - the introduction of instrumental music as an accompaniment to singing in Christian worship - the crafting of ... read more »

The Lord Is My Rock

We are comforted by the words, "The Lord is my shepherd," but what about the thought, "The Lord is my rock"? The word "rock" is used about twenty-four times in the book of Psalms with reference to God. Here is an example. "Jehovah is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; My God, my rock, in whom I will ... read more »

Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

It's "bottoms up" for believers in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. At least, that's what Peter Winkle, the former "reverend" and restauranteur, is hoping. He applied for a liquor license on December 11, 2002, planning to mix the Bible and Budweiser into some kind of spiritual concoction for the shy-of-church. "The focus," said Winkle, "is on getting the message out....If that ... read more »

Wise Counsel About Friends from Proverbs

The book of Proverbs is a unique piece of inspired literature. Couched within its brief, memorable phrases is wise instruction for godly living. This instruction promotes the knowledge of what is right and the strength to live it. These principles are two pillars of divine counsel that permeate this book. Within this general framework, Proverbs touches a variety of concerns ... read more »

Too Late for Tears

Would it ever be too late for a Christian to repent? "Yes." "For ye know," said the Hebrews writer (12:17). You know about Esau and what happened with respect to the birthright and blessing. Esau's example teaches us something about the nature of irreversible consequences, and we must apply the lesson to spiritual things - the eternal inheritance. The inspired ... read more »

I Know My Redeemer Lives

Centuries before the birth of Christ, Job, the suffering patriarch of Uz, exclaimed, "I know that my redeemer lives..." (19:25). Job could not possibly have appreciated the magnitude of his statement, nor how his confident hope would be fulfilled. He was suffering terribly - both physically and emotionally. But he sincerely believed that his pain and anguish were out of ... read more »

He Restores My Soul

Psalm 23 is often called the "nightingale" song because, like the bird of that name, it sings so sweetly at the midnight hour. And life does have its midnight hours! In that song, the shepherd poet extols the qualities of the great Shepherd who, among other things, "restores my soul." Might we reflect upon this phrase momentarily? Soul In the ... read more »