Buy Up Your Opportunities

by William J. Stewart

The above phrase appears in the 1912 Weymouth New Testament rendering of Ephesians 5:16 and Colossians 4:5. To the people of Ephesus, Paul wrote, “Therefore be very careful how you live and act. Let it not be as unwise men, but as wise. Buy up your opportunities, for these are evil times.” The Colossians were told, “Behave wisely in relation to the outside world, buying up your opportunities.”

In the financial market, opportunities are always coming and going, and those who are prudent in business take advantage of such occasions and will profit. In the above texts, the apostle calls upon the child of God to be a wise investor in afar greater arena—our labour for the Lord. Continue reading

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A New Creation

by William J. Stewart

There are two texts in the Bible which specifically use the phrase “a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15). That said, the concept is found in multiple places in the Scriptures. Other texts speak of the “new man” or being “renewed” (Ephesians 2:15; 4:23-24; Colossians 3:10), walking in “newness of life” (Romans 6:4), etc.. These images serve to contrast the religious from the irreligious, the righteous from the unrighteous, the good from the evil; but on the most basic level, it contrasts those who are in Christ from those who are outside of Christ. Continue reading

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Brethren And Business Meetings

by William J. Stewart

Each local congregation of God’s people is charged with the responsibility of engaging in the work of the Lord. There is a need for edifying teaching, effective outreach, dedicated benevolence, appropriate discipline, etc.. There needs to be an adequate avenue to discuss and make decisions on these and other items. Continue reading

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I’m Going To Heaven, And I’m Taking You With Me

by William J. Stewart

Several years ago, we had a visiting preacher with us for a weekend meeting. Following the Saturday evening study, while driving one of our visitors home, our enthusiastic evangelist asked how long she had been a member of the church. She confessed that she was not a member, but had been attending occasional Bible studies with us.

“That’s the river down there, isn’t it? he asked of the over occupants in the vehicle. Having received an affirmative answer, we veered off the main street we’d been travelling, down a dark, bumpy side street. As we sped toward the river, our anxious guest gingerly inquired, “Where are you going?”

“I’m going to heaven, and I’m taking you with me!” was the quick reply. It sounded more like an ominous threat than an invitation to obey the gospel. Continue reading

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Do You Know God’s Word?

by William J. Stewart

Hear the word of the Lord, you children of Israel for
the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the
land: ‘There is no truth or mercy or knowledge
of God in the land.’
(Hosea 4:1)

The inspired prophet reveals for those who claimed to be the followers of God a severe charge which the Almighty had against them. Such a charge had gone out throughout the Old Testament Scriptures, revealing that the people of God sadly lacked knowledge of Him and His ways. Isaiah brings the same charge against His people (Isaiah 1:3; 5:13). Jeremiah also said knowledge of God was lacking among His people (Jeremiah 4:22; 5:4). From old time, it would seem that some of the people of God in one way or another, for some reason or another, lacked the knowledge they so desperately needed. Continue reading

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The Daniel Diet

by William J. Stewart

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Daniel diet. A quick search online will show a number of books based upon the food choices of Daniel and his friends as recorded in Daniel 1. I’ve not read through these books, but my guess is the majority of them encourage a vegetarian, perhaps even vegan diet (some for a 10 day cleanse, some as a lifestyle). Faced with a diet of the king’s delicacies and wine, Daniel requested for himself and his friends:

Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants. (Daniel 1:12-13)

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Why did Jesus have to die?

by William J. Stewart

Have you ever wondered why Jesus had to die? Why did God not just wave His hand over our sins and command them to be gone? I have no doubt He is able. Why did He require the death of His Son for our redemption? And how does Jesus’ death affect our sin? Continue reading

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The Crucifixion Chronology

by William J. Stewart

A careful analysis of the four accounts of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection enables us to know the days on which these events occurred, and to see that indeed, Jesus was in the tomb for “…three days and three nights…” (Matthew 12:40) as He foretold. Upon looking at the texts, we can clearly see a succession of five consecutive days, the first of these being Nisan 12 of the Jewish calendar, and the last being the “…first day of the week…” or as is more commonly called today, Sunday. Continue reading

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Counterfeit Christianity

by William J. Stewart

One encounter with a counterfeit bill is enough to make anyone appreciate the high cost of counterfeit currency. Banks will not and cannot honour counterfeits, for to do so would encourage criminal activity and damage the value of true Canadian currency. They will take your fake money, removing it from the market, but you receive nothing in return. A $5 bill may not hurt much, but imagine losing $20, $50 or even $100 to counterfeit. OUCH!!! Continue reading

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You Search The Scriptures

by Jim Mickells | via Meditate On These Things

“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me” (John 5:39).

Our Lord, in the verse above, is addressing the Jews who sought to kill Him. They had accused Him of breaking the Sabbath and claiming that God was His Father, thus making Himself equal to Jehovah (John 5:15-18). In His defense, He pointed out to those who were making the charges, they searched the word of God, thinking they had eternal life, all the while rejecting Him of whom those Scriptures spoke. The Bible is very clear on this subject, unless one believes that Jesus is the Son of God, he will die in his sins (John 8:24). There is no access to the Father, no fellowship nor relationship, unless one comes to Him through Jesus our Lord (John 14:6). Continue reading

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