The Gospel According to Constantine

The Gospel According to Constantine Author: Steve Elwart The First Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church was held in Nicaea, Bithynia, in Asia Minor in 325, convoked by Emperor Constantine to settle the Arian heresy. Of the attending bishops, about 225 in number, almost all were from the East and only four or five bishops represented the Western Church. One of the Western bishops, Hosius of Cordoba, presided over the council. To Continue Reading

Ruth’s confession

Ruth 1:14,16,17 Then they wept aloud again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law [good-bye], but Ruth clung to her. And Ruth said, urge me not to leave you, or to return from following you; for where you go, I will go; and where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God; Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts me from you. “How Continue Reading

The Bible

“I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.” Hosea 8:12 Suggested Further Reading: 2 Peter 1:16-21 Who is the author of it? Do these men jointly claim the authorship? Are they the compositors of this massive volume? Do they between themselves divide the honour? Our holy religion answers, No! This volume is the writing of the living God: each letter was penned with an Almighty finger; each Continue Reading

The City of Jericho

Joshua 2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s hose, named Rahab, and lodged there. Hebrew ‘Yerechow or Yerichow,’ from yareach, the moon or new moon. It was so-called because of the crescent-like plain in which it stood – one formed by an amphitheatre of hills surrounding it. Some think the name is derived from ‘ruwach’, Continue Reading

Introduction: Lamentations

Introduction: Lamentations Lamentations ________________________________________ SINCE what Solomon says, though contrary to the common opinion of the world, is certainly true, that sorrow is better than laughter, and it is better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting, we should come to the reading and consideration of the melancholy chapters of this book, not only willingly, but with an expectation to edify ourselves by Continue Reading

Translation of Enoch. B. C. 3017.

Translation of Enoch. B. C. 3017. ________________________________________ Genesis 5:21-24 21 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. The accounts here run on for several generations Continue Reading

Questions Answered: What is faith like?

What is faith like? =================== Hebrews 11:1 Faith means believing in and obeying God, which requires relying on what we cannot see—God’s promises, provisions and concern for us. An inner attitude alone does not define faith, though. For faith to be present, action is required. Faith proves itself by obedience to the Lord. The writer of Hebrews expressed faith in two directions: faith toward future things (what we hope for) Continue Reading

God’s Ways and Thoughts

 Isaiah 55:9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts. As rain and snow water the earth, in making it fruitful, so God’s word will accomplish its purpose. SIX ASPECTS – His ways and thoughts higher. [Dake] IN PARDON: Men never would have planned pardon for enemies, as God did Continue Reading

Investigating the Bible: What Was Jesus’ Self-Identity?

Matthew 16:13–20 Jesus could be a bit mysterious about his identity. He tended to shy away from forthrightly proclaiming to be the Messiah or the Son of God. Though some people read into his mysterious statements, there were very good reasons for him to remain vague. New Testament scholar Dr. Ben Witherington III addresses this topic straight on: “If he had simply announced, ‘Hi, folks; I’m God,’ that would have been heard as ‘I’m Continue Reading

Questions Answered: If God chooses us, do we have any choice?

If God chooses us, do we have any choice? ========================================= Ephesians 1:4–5 Because we start out spiritually dead, unable to respond to the Lord, only God can give us the gift of life (see Eph 2:1–2). When sin entered the human race, it left everyone helpless. We cannot come to God unless he draws us (see Jn 6:44). It is not our own awareness that we are sinful people that first turns us to God. Rather, it is God who Continue Reading