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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Why We Should Study The Old Testament

by William J. Stewart

The New Testament clearly indicate we are not under the Old Law (Romans 10:4-5; 2 Corinthians 3:7-15; Galatians 3:23-27; 5:4; Ephesians 2:14-16; Philippians 3:3-11; Colossians 2:13-17; Hebrews 8:1-13; etc.). Since we are not subject to the Old Covenant, some have concluded there is no point in studying from it. Consider a few reasons why Christians should be studying the Old Testament. Continue reading

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Read | Study | Meditate

by William J. Stewart

The desire of every Christian should be to grow in faith. Essential to doing so is a focus on the word of God. Paul stated, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Time spent in the Bible is perhaps the biggest contributor to a growing faith. Conversely, failing to devote sufficient time to the Scriptures will keep us from being what we could be spiritually. Any time in the Bible is good, but not all time spent in the Bible is equal. Continue reading

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The Mistakes of Peter

by Jim Mickells | Hickory Heights Messenger

What do people remember most about the apostle Peter? Would it be his great impetuousness? No doubt he acted quickly on occasion without adequate thought. I have certainly been guilty of such one more than one occasion myself. Certainly one of the things he is remembered for is his denying the Lord three times. We must never forget though this lead to tears of sorrow and repentance by this great man. There are some valuable lessons that you and I can learn from this man’s failure. Continue reading

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Super Christians

by Chad Brewer | via Facebook

Please take a few minutes to consider the role of the preacher, and the status he is often given. He is a teacher, an equipper, a watchman, a man.

For several reasons he is often elevated as if he is a super Christian. This shows itself when people hold him and his family to a higher standard than they hold themselves. In example, the clothes they wear, their attendance and promptness, how well their kids sit during services, how they spend their money, and so any more areas. Continue reading

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Courage: Stand Up, Speak Up

by Wayne Greeson | via Connersville Church of Christ

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

While this quote is often falsely attributed to Winston Churchill, its actual author is anonymous. Regardless, it still resonates with truth. It takes great courage to stand up and finish the work of the Lord. “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD” (1 Chronicles 28:20). Continue reading

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