Joel's Articles Published Online (Feb-March 2013)

Poor decisions made by biblical characters
February 2, 2013
Unlike fiction stories and books, the Bible tells its stories as they actually occurred. Some of God’s most favored characters, such as Abraham (called a friend of God: James 2:23), David...

The Bible on abortion, a time for life - a time for death
February 3, 2013
The Asian elephant has a gestation period of 616 days. That is 20 and one-half months. Several other animals have approximately one year. The other extreme is just as fascinating ...

Moral and ethical decay sadly are not new
February 4, 2013
One only has to turn on the television to become inundated with unacceptable materials. Things which children especially should not see, nor are they fit to be watched by adults. It is impossible to turn...

Jesus Christ’s fulfillment of over 300 prophecies
February 5, 2013
Biblical scholars have catalogued more than 300 amazing prophecies that find precise fulfillment in the life and labor of the Son of God...

Higgs boson, Holy Bible, God, and the end of all matter
February 20, 2013
The Higgs boson (Higgs particle) is not known to exist. It is a theory sought to be able to answer many of the questions which have tormented many physicists and other scientists over the years...

Only God could build Australia’s Salamanderfish
February 23, 2013
The Salamanderfish of Australia is not to be confused with the regular Salamander, which is a lizard-like amphibian of some 550 species...

Chameleon: God’s amazing handiwork
February 25, 2013
According to the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, chameleons (family chamaeleonidae) are a distinctive and highly specialized clade of lizards. The chameleon has several very distinctive features not found in ordinary lizards...

Only God could build a praying mantis
February 27, 2013
“Mantodea (or mantises, mantes) is an order of insects that contains over 2,400 valid species and about 430 genera in 15 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats. Most of the species are in the family Mantidae...

Examining the mysteries of the dinosaurs
February 28, 2013
In studying and proclaiming the creation of this universe by an omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent Spirit God, we are sometimes asked if we believe in dinosaurs. What kind of senseless question is that? Of course I believe in dinosaurs...

The human body: Strong evidence for the existence of God
(March 2, 2013)
It is amazing that numerous people ridicule Christians for their “superstitious” beliefs in an almighty God. First of all, the belief in such a God is well founded with proofs of such in every way one turns.

A closer examination of God the Father and God the Son
(March 4, 2013)
Those who do not fully understand the Holy Bible and those who refuse to understand it, often ask how Jesus could possibly have been God...

Righteousness: Established, specified and required by God
(March 5, 2013)
The world is laden with those who feel they are righteous and yet do not know what is involved in the term. One thing that it is not is that determined by the individual.

We must fight spiritual, rather than carnal, warfare
(March 6, 2013)
The apostle Paul tells Christians the type of warfare in which we are to participate. Read this...

Another gift from God: Our complex immune system
(March 7, 2013)
God has given mankind an innumerable amount of gifts, the greatest of which was His Son who died for our salvation. But there are so many things which we rarely consider.

Determining which church Jesus established
(March 11, 2013) is a website with a massive number of statistics concerning world religions. These statistics are acquired by surveys and...

Have all of God’s promises been conditional?
(March 12, 2013)
The Holy Bible contains numerous statements made by God which form some type of promise. Many of these pertain to promises made to mankind...

Adam: God’s first human creation studied
(March 16, 2013)
The scriptures explain that the creation of this universe was not a spur of the moment decision of the triune Godhead. Although not a lot is said about that...

Examining the ‘unforgivable blasphemy’ of Mark 3:29
(March 16, 2013)
Much has been written and said concerning the episode covered by Matthew, Mark and Luke on one occasion of Jesus healing those who had evil spirits tormenting them...

How a Christian manages to increase his strength
(March 18, 2013)
It is easy for a young Christian who is facing temptations on a daily basis, to slip and fall. Often they see others who seemingly have the strength of the apostle Paul...

Why the Old Testament is still of value
(March 19, 2013)
The number of people who still do not realize the difference or the reason behind the Old and New Testaments is astounding. It sometime appears that...

The early church…before the Gentiles
(March 20, 2013)
After Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension, the Holy Spirit descended upon the twelve apostles on the first Pentecost. These men were filled with the...

Establishing Biblical authority: Part one
(March 21, 2013)
The Holy Bible was written for every one. Not just the ones whose parents tried to live by it, but every one. Our series is not designed for, or intended to...

Establishing Biblical authority: Part two
(March 22, 2013)
Our first part of this subject concerned direct commands and the necessity of obeying them to the letter. We were considering specific commands.

Establishing Biblical authority: Part three
(March 23, 2013)
Part one and part two of this study covered the direct commands that are given in the Bible and then discussed the general commands which allow certain...

Establishing Biblical authority: Part four
(March 24, 2013)
We have covered three facets of Biblical authority in the first three parts of this study. These were: Direct command, expediencies (general commands) and then the apostolic examples.

Establishing Biblical authority: Part five
(March 25, 2013)
In this series of lessons concerning Biblical authority, we have covered direct commands, general or expedience commands, apostolic examples and...

Examining alleged Biblical contradictions
(March 26 2013)
It is rather amazing how far many will search in hope of finding a verse of scripture which will contradict another. Even though it appears minor, they will still...

God's amazing miracles through the prophet Elisha
(March 30 2013)
God saw fit to do many miraculous things from the creation through the period of Jesus and his apostles. Up until Jesus came, many of the miracles were to...

Hope: A gift from God for the taking
(March 31, 2013)
During the early years of origin and development of the Lord’s church, or kingdom, many miracles were performed by Jesus and the inspired apostles in order...

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