Joel's Articles Published Online (January thru April 2012)




The biblical story of Nabal and Abigail…a tragic love story
April 30, 2012
It is not unusual in this Christian age to see a married couple who are almost opposites in so far as their religious morality and/or integrity. One may see a Godly woman whose husband is anything except Godly. Or...

Are Christians obligated to speak out against religious error?
April 27, 2012
The subject question is a loaded one. There are many who believe and teach that no one should speak against another’s religion. That places a Christian between a rock and a hard place. As King David once said...

Comparing biblical answers to man’s answers
April 27, 2012
There are questions extant that man has been unable to answer except with fantasy ideas. These include the origins of virtually everything. Life, matter, different species, space, time, gravity and several more. Yet they are unwilling to accept that some...

“By whose authority do you do these things?”
April 23, 2012
Years ago, in a small southern town, there lived a medical doctor who was an alcholic. It was in the days when all small town doctors made house calls. This doctor had to keep a chauffer because he had long...

God’s warning not to rebuild Jericho ignored
April 21, 2012
Virtually everyone has read, or heard of the destruction of Jericho back in 1451 B.C. or 2553 A.M. Joshua had been given strict instructions from God as to how to take the city. The city was...

Examining the night of Jesus betrayal
April 18, 2012
As people read tidbits of the bible, such as the episode of Jesus and his disciples in the garden when Judas Iscariot led the Roman soldiers to him, or earlier that evening as they partook of the Passover supper, etc...

Part 7 of study in the Acts of the Apostles
April 17, 2012
As mentioned in our earlier lessons concerning the book of Acts, it is unlike any other book in the bible. It is the only one which gives examples of those who were not in the newly established church as to...

Thoughts concerning the Gospel of Mark and who he was
April 16, 2012
Mark, another inspired writer who was not an apostle. Like Luke, he was with the apostles and Jesus in much of their teachings. And obviously, he received the Holy Spirit upon being baptized as Peter instructed in Acts 2:38...

Christians know that faith saves, but knowing how and why is another matter
April 12, 2012
Most people who have read the bible very much at all knows that it says: For by grace are ye saved through faith in Ephesians 2:8. While it is definitely a true scriptural statement, many prefer that it stands...

Noteworthy miracles from God on the day of Christ’s crucifixion
April 10, 2012
The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of the Almighty God was, within itself, an episode of massive importance. It was such that it has dominated the minds of men for two millennia. It fulfilled the purpose of God...

Continuing an in depth study of the book of Acts: Part 6
April 5, 2012
In part 5 of this study, we learned that, following the establishment and rapid spread of the church of Jesus Christ, many of the Jews became strongly opposed to the doctrine that was being propounded by his followers. We also...

The biblical story of a mourning mother…Rizpah
April 1, 2012
After the death of Saul, Israel’s first king, David was anointed as the next king. And, David is remembered as the man “after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). For the most part, God...

Are Christians and were the ancient prophets fanatics?
March 30, 2012
Because many things have been done under the guise of Christianity that should not have been so, those who do not believe in the bible are quick to point out anything that appears to be extreme or even anti-Christian...

Is “Only Son” a biblical contradiction in Genesis 22:2?
March 28, 2012
Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell...

Delving deeper into the book of Acts
March 12, 2012
The study of the book of Acts is a progressive study. It is extremely important that those who desire to learn the value of this book, should read all of the preceding lesson we have now covered. If you have...

More examining the facts found in the book of Acts
March 9, 2012
In earlier studies in he book of the Acts of the Apostles we studied the ascension of Jesus into heaven, the Holy Spirit descending upon and entering into the Apostles and the beginning of the Lord’s church, or...

A closer look at the book of Acts: Part 3
March 7, 2012
It is needful that the Christian students study closely and prayerfully, the book of Acts. Of course it is needful to study all books of the bible, yet the book of Acts is unique…very unique. It is the...

Striving to understand the details of the book of Acts, Part 2
March 1, 2012
Part number one of our study, was concerning only the first chapter of the book of the Acts of the apostles, which covered the gathering of the apostles and other disciples of Jesus as he prepared to ascend to heaven...

Striving to understand the details of the book of Acts
February 29, 2012
Of the 27 books contained in the New Testament, perhaps the book called the “Acts of the Apostles“, or simply “Acts”, is the most unique. It is generally agreed that the book was written by Luke...

Biblical claims with warnings against those who attempt to refute them
February 24, 2012
There are numerous scriptures which make claims for the authority of the bible, of God, Jesus and those who spoke for them via their inspiration. Man has introduced many other sources of authority to supplement or replace portions or all...

Biblical proofs of the deity of Jesus examined in detail
February 24, 2012
The bible explains to us how Jesus the messiah, was physically an ordinary human just as we all are, but that his spirit was that of God. The fact that he was born of a virgin without a physical father...

Why do people say the Holy Bible is God’s inspired revelation?
February 22, 2012
In answer to the title question, there are several strong reasons for accepting the Holy Bible as truly inspired of God. Perhaps the easiest answer is that the writers claim that it is. Also, there is much misunderstanding as to...

Books mentioned by biblical writers, Inspired or not inspired?
January 13, 2012
The writers of the inspired books contained in the Holy Bible often refer to writings of others, in different ages. The question which arises is, are all of those books referred to by those writers inspired within themselves? In most...






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