Righteous Prayers Rejected

Prayer is a very powerful thing in the hands of a righteous man. It can change events. God will listen to a request and grant it if the person is righteous. James says in chapter 5:16,

"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

or as the RSV says,

“The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.

The Millennial Generation

Are you a Millennial? (Maybe you’re asking yourself, “What is a Millennial?”) If you were born somewhere between 1980 and 2000 you are classified as part of the Millennial generation (a.k.a. Generation Y). You’ve grown up in a very different time and place then your parents and it has shaped the qualities and personality of you and your peers. It happens to every generation. Every generation has its own characteristics.

Call Upon the Name of Yahweh

In Romans 10:13, Paul tells us that, "whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."  At first glance this might seem like an easy thing to do so that we might be saved.  Some might mistake it to mean that this is all we need to do to be saved.  It makes it sound like such a trivial venture.  But the aspect of calling upon the name of the Lord is a phrase loaded with powerful and weighty implications for us.  It is not a trivial thing and we must seriously consider what it means in a Biblical context. 

Job 38:4 - When All the Sons of God Shouted for Joy

A study into the reference of the “sons of God” in Job 38:4

"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" (Job 38:4-7)

Exhort - I Desire Mercy


During the ministry of Christ, he directly quotes Hosea 6:6 not once but twice.  “I will have mercy, and not sacrifice.”  Quoting a verse more than once is rare for Jesus.   He must be putting emphasis on this verse as a key to what God had sent him to do.  It is a passage that strikes at the nub of the problem with the Pharisees way of thinking.  In typically fashion, Christ provides a short succinct passage expecting the hearer to go search out its fuller meaning.  The first instance is in Matthew 9:9-13,

O Perfect Love

I read this article once about an American who went to the island of Crete and was conversing with one of the natives of the island. A translation problem came up. The Cretian had been reading some Western literature and was confused by the term “making love” and wanted this American to explain it to him. Rather sheepishly, the man had to explain how we use the term “making love”.

Jesus’ Instruction for His Ecclesia

The main purpose of the gospel records furnishes us with how Jesus overcame temptation and sin to ultimately “save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).  Besides that, Jesus gives us vignettes of a time afterwards where many people would come to believe and be saved through the words of the Apostles (John 17:20-21).  Yet, even in this it would be the Lord Jesus who would work through his believers (John 10:16).  The principle verse in this regards is Matthew 16:18,

Fellowship in the Epistles of John

The epistles of John are the quintessential fellowship letters.  From beginning to end, it is the underlying theme.  Not just one letter but all three speak of fellowship in truth and love.  They are connected not only by subject but also by a progression through time on how to practically deal with error under differing circumstances.

The topic of the epistles is established early on in 1 John 1:3.