Joel's Articles Published Online (July and August 2012)




Can one love God with all of his heart?
August 30, 2012
Scriptures do not make statements of God’s requirements unless they are to be accepted and obeyed. Some times they are misunderstood to a certain degree but never the less, they are to be obeyed and it is our...

Church history: Lesson 8-Popes and Papal persecution
August 29, 2012
The church meeting in Rome, as mentioned in lesson 7, grew to be of enormous size and when Constantine self proclaimed himself to be head of the church, things grew very complicated. It is difficult to follow the church in...

Church history: Lesson 7- Gnosticism, nationalization, apostasy
August 27, 2012
According to some historical accounts Constantine became emperor in 306 A.D. and following is one version of how he became converted to Christianity.In AD 312 Constantine invaded Italy. Maxentius is believed to have had up to four times...

Church history: Lesson 6, the beginning of apostasy
August 25, 2012
After the death of the apostles, and the death of those Christians whom they had laid their hands on and imparted some spiritual gift, the inspired word had been written and was all that was left as to instructions from...

Church history: Lesson 5, the ending of the apostolic period
August 23, 2012
The period from 70 A.D. to 100 A.D. has but scanty information concerning the church. This is easily understood since the destruction of Jerusalem came at 70 A.D. Jesus had warned his apostles of the coming of...

Church history: Lesson 4, the apostolic age-Gentiles enter the church
August 22, 2012
This is the fourth lesson in a series of the establishment of Christ’s church. In lesson 1, we found God’s guidance in preparing the world for Jesus and his spiritual kingdom. Lesson 2, we covered the...

Church history: Its origin and becoming established
August 21, 2012
This is the third in a proposed series concerning the church which was established and purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ. The purpose of his coming, to establish a way for man to be saved from his sins. The...

The life of Christ to the establishment of his church
August 20, 2012
In a recent article, we studied the circumstances of the world in preparation of the coming of Christ’s church. For those who did not have the opportunity to read it, you will find a link to it below...

The beginning of an in- depth study of the church Jesus established
August 18, 2012
To understand the history of the Lord’s church, it is imperative that we understand the setting in which it began. The environment in which it began not only influenced the establishment and growth of the church, but the...

Is anger sinful? The Bible guides us in emotion control
August 17, 2012
Virtually all people have spells of anger and loss of temper. It is a known fact that more people sin while angry than when they are in control of their emotions. But why do some people become angry far more...

Matthew 5:18 “…one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law…”
August 15, 2012
Many people take the title passage out of context and wrest the scriptures to their way of thinking, causing confusion and error. When the passage is read carefully and thoughtfully and compared to other passages, it can be readily understood...

The Bible requires prayerful thanks from Christians
August 13, 2012
Most people will, at times, have their feelings of discouragement and unhappiness. At such times it is difficult to find many things for which we should be thankful. But, none the less, there are. And it is actually a...

A brief interesting history of the English Bible
August 9, 2012
To cover a long period of history quickly allows only the very basics of the most important events. So let us begin with a time line of the original writings. Some contend there are slight variations in some of these...

Does Jesus now have his body with scarred hands, feet and side?
August 7, 2012
There are differing views as to what state of being Jesus now has. One view is that he continues to retain the physical attributes that he had on earth. This stance is without merit.Some say that he arose from...

A time to be ashamed, a time to blush
August 6, 2012 The famous coach “Bear” Bryant, for the Alabama Crimson Tide, after winning an important game for themselves even though their performance was well below normal and expectations, said, “We return with our heads hung in shame&ldquo...

Poor choices made by biblical characters should make others think
July 31, 2012
Christians, as well as everyone else, sometime make foolish choices in life. And the consequences can be very serious. Some of the best characters in the Bible made horrific mistakes. And even though God held them in high esteem, they...

A modern day discovery adds another confirmation to the Bible
July 28, 2012
If the Holy Bible is as Christians believe, Gods inspired word, then it is of necessity, true and accurate. There have been many times when skeptics have found questionable passages in it, but later archeology has proven it accurate. Never...

The impressive faithfulness of a biblical 15 year old boy
July 25, 2012
In the year 605 B.C. Egypt was trying to take the remaining portion of the Assyrian Empire which resulted in the battle of Carchemish. With the taking of Carchemish, Egypt would control the middle east. But Babylon defeated Egypt...

Suicide: What the Bible teaches about this growing concern
July 21, 2012
The latest statistics for suicides in the U.S. are those from 2009. In this last accounting, there were 36,909 reported deaths by suicide. It is the fourth leading cause of adults deaths. Those figures average 101 suicides every...

The crucial misunderstanding of the church’s part in salvation
July 18, 2012
There are literally millions of people who claim the name of Christian yet they will argue that all one needs is Jesus Christ, not the church. Some often make such remarks as Christ saves one, not the church and on...

Examining what Jesus was teaching when he said, ‘But I say unto you‘
July 15, 2012
We need to keep in mind first of all, that Jesus lived and died under the Mosaical Law. Not the perfect law of liberty which became our standard to live by, at his death. The Law of Moses was nailed...

The Higgs boson or ‘God Particle’ and its effect on religions
July 13, 2012
The Higgs boson particle is yet a hypothetical item which has so far eluded scientists. With the help of the gigantic Hadron Collider, researchers there have announced they have seen what they refer to as the shadow and footprint of...

The Holy Bible instructs by commands, examples and direct conclusions
July 10, 2012
For people who believe in the God of the Bible, few will deny that commands must be heeded and obeyed. Yet, even though they admit it, there are still many who will pick out certain commands and say they do...

Examining the providential intervention of God today
July 7, 2012
Students of the Holy Bible recognize that God circumvented what we now have as natural laws in order create the universe, life and all else which exists today. And he did so throughout biblical times as needed to put his...

The anticipation of the second coming of Jesus Christ
July 6, 2012
There are absolute assurances in the Holy Bible that Jesus Christ will return to take his faithful followers back to the Father. There is no reason to debate that, nor attempt to pinpoint the time of it. The scriptures leave...

Was Jesus actually forsaken by God as he died on the cross?
July 2, 2012
About 3:00 in the afternoon on the day Jesus was crucified, and as he hang suffering on the cross, he called out, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou...






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