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Four Reasons the Church Won’t Go Through the Tribulation

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 in Eschatology | 0 comments

by Ernest Lockngenu – The Tribulation refers to the future seven – year period which the Apostle John describes in the book of Revelation 6-9. It is a period during which God will judge both the unbelieving world and His disobedient people, Israel. It will be a time of such trouble that the world has never experienced. Of this time and its trouble the Lord says that such “has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor will ever shall” (Matt. 24.21). In relation to the Church of Christ, there is a question that has been at the center of many debates: Will the Church go through Tribulation? For centuries now, the Church has been looking forward, watching and waiting for this blessed moment referred to as the “rapture”. At that moment, when the “dead in Christ”...

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God’s Purpose for One Man’s Blindness

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 in Bible Exegesis/Exposition, Featured | 2 comments

by Cory Marsh – An Exegetical Case Study in John 9 Concerning God’s use of Physical Handicaps   Introduction When it comes to theological interrogations, Jesus will not backed in a corner. This is true whether the questioners are antagonists (Matt 22:23-40), or His own disciples as in John 9:2: “And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (ESV). Rather than choosing between personal or genetic sin, Jesus presents a third option in v.3 concerning the man τυφλὸν ἐκ γενετῆς (blind from birth, v.1): that God’s power in Christ be shown in him. This miracle was then accomplished when Jesus re-created the man’s eyes (vv.6-7) and thus demonstrated in tangible form that He, in fact is, the very “Light of the world” (8:1;9:5). Yet it is this particular episode...

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How Lovely Are Your Dwelling Places, O Lord: A Song of Solace, Comfort, and Beauty

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 in Grace, Salvation | 1 comment

by Arnfield P. Cudal   – We live in perilous times. Our generation has witnessed a world that has become increasingly dangerous and uncertain. As Christians are being persecuted and killed in greater numbers than at any other time in history, our hearts wax in grief and sorrow. As we witness the decline in our nation’s morality and testimony, our hearts wane at the rampant evil, degradation, and ugliness that bombard and surround us.   Just as the Psalmist pined, “My soul longs, yea, even faints for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh cries out for the living God” (Psalm 84), there is indeed a place we can go to for rest, respite, and solace. The Psalms are a place of purity and beauty.   The Psalms exclaim that God’s word is pure (Psalm 119). His...

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Does the Church Worship on the Sabbath Day?

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 in Christian Freedom, Featured, Grace | 3 comments

by George Gunn – A key distinction between Israel and the Church involves Sabbath observance. Neglect in distinguishing between Israel and the Church has caused great confusion over the significance of the Sabbath. Traditional supersessionist thinking has caused many Christians view Sunday as the “Christian Sabbath,” and that by going to church on Sunday, one is obeying the Third Commandment (as, for example, the Westminster Confession of Faith, ch. XXI). Others, taking a more literal interpretation of the Sabbath commandment, think that they must keep Saturday as the appropriate day of worship (Seventh Day Adventists, Seventh Day Baptists, and some Messianic congregations). Both of these positions have problems, and observance of proper dispensational distinctions helps us to think correctly about the Sabbath. The very first reference in Scripture to the Sabbath is in connection with the creation week when...

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An Alternative to the Vanity of Life

Posted on May 25, 2015 in Featured, Grace, Manhood, Spiritual Formation | 1 comment

by Cory Marsh – The philosophical and theological masterpiece called Ecclesiastes is framed by the superlative construct “Vanity of vanities” (Eccl 1:2; Eccl 12:8). In the midst of this inclusio, out of his personal experience, Solomon provides ample reasons why he thought “all of life is vanity.” This declaration is the result of Solomon exploring such life-topics as pleasure and work (Eccl 2:1-11), wealth (2:18-26), friendship (Eccl 4:7-16), religion (5:1-6:9), and even wisdom itself (2:12-27). All of these are shown to be, in the ultimate sense, unfulfilling. The translated word chosen to convey this concept in the ESV Bible is “vanity.” While “vanity” conjures up thoughts of selfish pride and conceit here in the West—a nuance lacking in its Hebrew root—the word should be understood in its Semitic context as “vanity” appears in Ecclesiastes a total of 38 times....

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