First Principles Part Eight: Praise

PRAISE IS A MIGHTY weapon and the sign of a healthy Christian. In fact, it facilitates access to God, enlarging our perception of Him. He must always be our focus regardless of the circumstances. Merriam-Webster defines praise as 1 a : an expression of approval : commendation; b : worship; 2a : value, merit.(1) Paul …

“Don’t Blame the Mirror!”

THE APOSTLE PAUL WROTE, "Look at what is before your eyes" (2 Cor. 10:7a). He continued, "Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves... when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding" (2 Cor. 10:12). We must …

A Poem About Change

Pain,stronger than hope,well within the scopeof eternity. Never ending,always bendingmy mind into theshape of anger. Going insane withlack, butwhen I look backit’s all just pain. The kind youwelcome just the same,hoping it sizes you upenough tochange your ways. I know whyyou stayed awaywhen I needed you most. So, go ahead,boast about how youtaught me andbrought …

The Revelation: Part Nine (the Rapture)

THERE IS A LONG-STANDING history of competing beliefs regarding when Jesus will scoop up the church of believers during the end of days. This event is typically referred to as "the Rapture." The word “rapture” is an English version of the Latin word rapio, from which we get the word “raptor,” a kind of bird …

The Revelation: Part Eight

AS WE MOVE THROUGH the seven seals—which John MacArthur(1) identifies as the SEAL judgments of the tribulation—it is worth reading Matthew 24 where Jesus explains what will occur as each seal is opened. The seven seals closely parallel the signs of the approaching end times. In Matthew 24, Jesus speaks of three distinct periods: (i) …

The Walls of Jericho

ARCHAEOLOGY HAS ESTABLISHED the biblical history of Jericho—one of the earliest settlements, dating back to 9000 B.C. Jericho (Arīhā in Arabic) is known today as a tel—an artificial mound formed from the accumulated refuse or deposits of people living on the same site for hundreds or thousands of years—layer upon layer, holding the secrets of …

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