The Power of Words

Speech can be misunderstood. Here are a few examples when translation became humorous. These are signs (translated into English) seen in other countries: 1. In a Denmark airline office: “We take your bags and send them in all directions.” 2. On the door of a Moscow hotel room: “If this is your first visit to… Read more »

“Whatever Works Is Right”—The Danger of Pragmatism

Ideas have consequences. You and I are often influenced unknowingly by various philosophies and ideologies. One faulty worldview that subtly impacts the lives of many Christians is pragmatism. Many church members have embraced this philosophy, and may have been led into this way of thinking by preachers of today and the recent past. In a… Read more »

The Path to Restoration

One of my favorite Biblical descriptions of a pastor is shepherd, an analogy that Scripture frequently uses. For instance, Ezekiel 34 pictures those caring for a “flock of people” as shepherds. Consider the following passage and notice the imagery: “And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the… Read more »

The Purpose of the Quiet Time – Part 2

It is always important to prepare for an upcoming project or event so that things will run smoothly.  It is also important to prepare mentally for a test so that the stress of a test will not hinder one’s memory of the facts retained in studying.  In the same manner, it is invaluable to prepare… Read more »

The Purpose of the Quiet Time – Part 1

What is the purpose of having a quiet time? Many young people start questioning why things are done in their teen years. Many in authority get upset when this happens instead of directing their questions into a meaningful discussion of Biblical authority. The establishment of Biblical authority will cause the young person to become daily… Read more »

The Temperate Life – The Biblical Example of Temperance

“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.  I therefore so run, not as… Read more »

Controlling the Tongue (Part 2)

The next tip that the Bible gives us in controlling our speech is to know when to keep silent. “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise” (Proverbs 10:19). “He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace”… Read more »

Controlling the Tongue (Part 1)

Words carry immeasurable significance:  The universe was created with words; Jesus healed and cast out demons with words; rulers have risen and fallen by their words; Christians have worshiped through words of song, confession, and preaching.  Even in our technological age, politics, education, business, and relationships center on words.  Since the tongue is such a… Read more »

The Temperate Life—The Biblical Definition of Temperance

There was once a king who desired to have it all.  He desired riches more than anything in the world.  One day his dream came true.  You have heard of it, “The Midas Touch.”  He ran to the coffee table; he ran to the chair; he ran to the bed; he could not stop touching… Read more »

Created for Work

During the middle 1800s a popular set of rules for the office showed up in one form or another across the nation.  Here are a few rules that were posted in Zachary Geiger’s establishment: This office will open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. daily, except on Sunday, on which day it will… Read more »