The Spirit Realm, #3

by William J. Stewart

In the spirit realm, there are good spirits, identified at times in the Bible as angels, but there are also evil spirits, identified at times as demons. There are references to demons in both the Old and New Testaments, though by far, the majority are in the gospels. Continue reading

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The Spirit Realm, #2

by William J. Stewart

There are several occasions recorded in the Bible of interaction between the spiritual and physical realms. This should not surprise us: our Creator is a Spirit and He has made us in His image (despite being in the flesh, we are spirits). As we have previously noted, spirit beings were given duty over the nations before the coming of the Messiah. Oh, and let’s not forget, we have a spiritual enemy, the devil. Having said all this, one might think we would see occurrence after occurrence of interaction—that it would be commonplace. It is not. The connection between the two realms is continual, but the incidents of interaction which are visible, audible and experienced by humanity are relatively few. Let’s notice some of them now. Continue reading

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The Spirit Realm, #1

by William J. Stewart

The existence of a spirit realm and activity in that realm is mentioned throughout the Bible. In fact, there are a number of texts that seem to indicate the Lord gave angels a measure of responsibility over the nations. Deuteronomy 32:8 from the LXX reads:

When the Most High divided the nations, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the nations according to the number of the angels of God.

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Joining The Disciples

by William J. Stewart

Saul left Jerusalem, headed for Damascus, intending to arrest any Christians he found there (Acts 9:1-2). On the way, he met the Lord, and in Damascus, he was taught the gospel and baptized by Ananias (Acts 9:17-18). Immediately he began to associate and work with the Christians in Damascus (Acts 9:19-22). However, a plot against his life (Acts 9:23-25) made it necessary for Saul to leave Damascus.

He returned to Jerusalem and tried to join the disciples there (Acts 9:26). They did not receive him. He claimed to be faithful to Christ, but they did not believe him. Continue reading

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Messianic Prophecies

by William J. Stewart

In 1958, Peter W. Stoner published a book entitled Science Speaks. In it, he looked at the probability of a single man at some point in history fulfilling just 8 of the messianic prophecies in the Old Testament. The odds are not good. The probability that Jesus could fulfill just 8 messianic prophecies is 1 in 1017! If you are unfamiliar with exponents, that is 1/100,000,000,000,000,000. I’ll be frank with you—I don’t understand that number. It’s too big, or I guess I should say, too small. It is the epitome of the proverbial needle in a haystack. Continue reading

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Forgiveness (2)

by Greg Gwin | via collegevuechurch.com

continued from last week

Under instructions to forgive others “just as God in Christ also hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32), we have observed that God is 1) willing to forgive, 2) anxious to forgive, but 3) He forgives only when we have met His conditions of forgiveness, including repentance. We continue our study with some additional and important points about God’s forgiveness. Continue reading

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Forgiveness

by Greg Gwin | via collegevuechurch.com

Jesus was clear that forgiving others is absolutely critical to our own salvation: “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15). It is, therefore, essential that we properly understand this important subject. Continue reading

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Today

by William J. Stewart

Did you make some new year’s resolutions for 2017? Perhaps you’d like to improve your health, or your financial position, or a relationship, or some other thing. I hope as you take stock of where your life is and the direction it should go in for the coming year that you focused not only on the physical, but the spiritual. Continue reading

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Keeping the Christ in Christianity

by William J. Stewart

A common maxim postulated by some this time of year is the need to keep the Christ in Christmas. Such vehemently affirm Jesus was born on December 25; and He is the reason for the season. I’ll simply reference a text for folks to carefully consider (Luke 2:8), and move on to a more important topic.

There is a much bigger issue facing those who claim to be Christians than whether Jesus was born on December 25 or not. As indicated by the title, this more critical matter is whether Jesus is welcome in our lives and assemblies. Sadly, there are some who identify as Christians who neither know the Christ nor are known by Him. Continue reading

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The Lord’s Day

by Sean P. Cavender | The Bald Knob Builder

The New Testament church has had the long-standing practice of meeting and assembling for worship on the first day of the week since the church began. In keeping with the practice and example of the first century church, we continue to meet on Sundays even today. “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and he prolonged his message until midnight” (Acts 20:7). Continue reading

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