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Book Studies

God’s Love and Ours

When David finally became king over all Israel, one of the first items of business was to inquire if there were any left of Saul’s house or family. Normally, this would be bad news for the former king’s family because the new ruler customarily killed all remaining relatives to remove the threat of any heirs…

People God Uses

Lawyer and statesman Daniel Webster was a powerful orator who gave early evidence of his quick mind and way with words. One day Webster’s father took a trip and left Daniel and his brother Ezekiel specific work instructions. But on his return, he found the task still undone, and questioned his sons about their idleness….

An Effective Witness

When workers recently removed marble wainscoting from the lobby of the Washington Monument, they found the meticulously carved declaration of a 19th-century graffiti artist on the wall beneath. Now on public view is this three-line statement cut into a white marble block: “Whoever is the human instrument under God in the conversion of one soul, erects a monument to…

Steady With Prayer

John Trapp is quoted as once saying “He that cannot pray, let him go to sea, and there he will learn.”  In those days the mighty ocean was a force that still had not been tamed.  When you would embark on a voyage your return was never certain.. Songs and literature from that era are…

Taking Off and Putting On

When Roman kids reached manhood, they put on the Toga Virilis, the robe of manhood. This day was one of the most important in the life of a youth because it represented a crossing over from the life of a child to that of an adult; from immaturity to maturity. When Hindu youths of certain…


Several years ago now the AMC show The  Walking Dead became a cultural sensation that after 7 seasons has developed something of a cult following.  In the opening series,  Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma, to learn the world is in ruins and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive….

Guard Rails

A Chinese boy who wanted to learn about jade studied with a talented, old teacher. This gentle man put a piece of the precious stone into his hand and told the boy to hold it tightly. Then the teacher began to talk of philosophy, men, women, the sun, and almost everything under it. After an…

Mature In Christ

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been focused on the New Testament book of Colossians. In this letter, Paul zeroes in on the lordship and person of Christ as he seeks to deal with corrupting influences within the Church. In that day it was believed that Rome was the great salvation of the world, Paul…

Introduction to Colossians

We often are wrong when we assume that the ancient Church dealt with completely different challenges than we do today. People are people, and human nature can turn us away from the Lord if we aren’t deliberate about staying connected. In the first century, the church at Colossae was under attack from false teachers seeking…