Joel's Articles Published Online (November and December 2012)




The significance of all the 'ones' in Ephesians 4
December 28, 2012
Many read over the scriptures contained in the forth chapter of Ephesians and fail to give serious thought to the meanings involved. Let us first read some preparatory references before we begin to examine that chapter. In the first chapter...

Were demons extant during New Testament times? Now?
December 27, 2012
The subject question(s), are still asked today and by a range of different people. Many people who have dreams and other psychological aberrations are convinced that demons do still exist.Our efforts here will be to show what the...

Armageddon now, very soon, or never?
December 24, 2012
The word "Armageddon" appears only one time in the Holy Bible (Revelation 16: 15-16) and is used in a very ambiguous set of verses. There are a number of varying explanations of what it is referring to...

2 Timothy 2:15 “…handling aright the word of truth”
December 23, 2012
If one is determined to serve God properly and inherit everlasting life, it is imperative that we do what the little title verse says: “Give diligence to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be...

Examining the relationships of Jesus, Elijah and Moses
December 20, 2012
The Bible mentions many times, “Moses and the prophets”. There is much to understand concerning these men in their time and Jesus in his time.From the creation until the time of giving the Israelites the ten commandments...

God's patience is longsuffering, but ‘after birth’ abortion?
December 18, 2012
The pro-abortionists have long argued that a zygote is not a human, that the resulting fetus is not a human, at least until the second or third trimester. They know full well that there is no possible way to...

Herod, eaten of worms: instantly or later? Acts 12:21
December 18, 2012
The story of Peter’s incarceration, miraculous release and the following incident of Herod’s death, as recorded in Acts chapter 12, is interesting and sometimes people jump to conclusions which may not be accurate.First, we need...

When the innocent die by evil hands, who wins?
December 16, 2012
Last weeks horrendous slaughter of beautiful and innocent children is difficult to take, even to those who knew none of them. Such a calamity shakes the entire nation and even the world of those who have feelings for others. And...

Hosea's prophecy: Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind
December 11, 2012
A study to understand the warning contained in Hosea's prophesy: "they have sown the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind", as it may apply to us as well as those Israelites.Under the covenant God...

The mystery of Pharaoh's horses resolved
December 10, 2012
Question: "Where did the Egyptians get the horses they used to pursue the Israelites, after all of their horses were killed off during one of the plagues?" "Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh...

Examining the question of just who is following blind faith
December 10, 2012
Many atheists delight in accusing theists of following superstitions with blind faith in a non- existent god. I acknowledge that there are such, and many millions of them. But not all theists are following superstitions or non-existent gods. And...

Priests: What they were and what they are
December 8, 2012
The Bible has much to say concerning priests and the priesthood. We know for a certainty that there were/are priests under the Patriarchal dispensation, the Mosaical dispensation and in the present, Christian dispensation. You won't find much...

The Lord's suggested prayer Luke 11:1-4
December 6, 2012
It is interesting to study the above verses and the context in which they were given. Most refer to the verses as "The Lord's Prayer". And of course it was the Lord Jesus who responded to...

Origin of the universe: Intelligent design or fantasy?
December 4, 2012
The never ending controversy of how the universe originated seems to be a virtual standoff seeing that neither view can offer empirical proofs. Empirical meaning evidence that you can see, feel, or that you can duplicate. No one living today...

Did God have two laws in effect at one time?
December 2, 2012
There has been much misunderstanding concerning the three laws that have been issued by God since the creation. And people should keep in mind that, under each of those laws, or dispensations, much of the same things were expected of...

At what age does a child become accountable for sin?
November 29, 2012
This is a question which arises regularly among those of religious faith. There are innumerable estimates and thoughts concerning it. Let us examine the facts that we can be assured are correct in discussing it.[1] Can we know that...

Bridling the tongue, a chore seldom accomplished
November 27, 2012
God loathes an unruly tongue. It is up to those of us who desire to live in harmony with His word, to strive and control our tongues. A multi-faceted task.These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven...

Searching for jewels in the book of Ecclesiastes
November 26, 2012
There are numerous views taken by readers of the Biblical book named Ecclesiastes. Some find nothing of value or interest to themselves there. Others actually become discouraged by reading it. It is a fact that the author uses the term...

Living together without marriage: Sinful or not?
November 24, 2012
Many people have asked this question without searching and considering the scriptures. There are a number of arguments by which they attempt to justify such an arrangement. One lady professed that she and her boyfriend loved each other and never...

Examining the 'corrupted' Bible and its ‘lack of inerrancy’ myth
November 23, 2012
Christians are faced almost daily, with those who contend that the Bible is no longer inerrant since it has been polluted by man over the centuries and that it cannot now be trusted. Many have used this attack tactic to...

The value of a Christian’s hope
November 22, 2012
Hope is a word with much greater significance than that of ‘wish‘. One may wish for anything even if it be fantasy, with no chance of it ever becoming a reality. On the other hand, hope carries a...

'There, but for the grace of God, go I’
November 21, 2012
Virtually all people have heard the above phrase from time to time, and it is even used by some who have denied there is a God. It is not written in the Holy Bible and actually has little, if any...

An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part sixteen
November 17, 2012
This lesson will conclude our study of Jesus’ famous sermon on the mount. And although all of the sermon is of utmost importance for Christians to meditate upon and to strive to live accordingly, this last lesson may contain...

An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part fifteen
November 16, 2012
As we enter the seventh, and final, chapter of Matthew which is devoted to Jesus sermon on the mount, he continues to admonish his followers to be different than those who esteem worldly things above that of spiritual things. He...

An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part fourteen
November 14, 2012
Jesus continues his sermon in the latter part of Matthew chapter 6 and continues to exhort the gathering to put their trust in heavenly Father and not worldly goods. Read these last verses carefully and thoughtfully.Therefore I say unto...

An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part thirteen
November 13, 2012
Part thirteen begins with Jesus’ efforts to convince his followers that things of this world are not what we should seek, but rather the things to come in eternity. We begin with verse 19 in chapter 6 of Matthew...

An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part twelve
November 12, 2012
The Lord’s first recorded sermon, known as the sermon on the mount, has been divided into chapters and verses which sometime gives the impression that there is a break or change in the discourse. And truly, sometimes that...

An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part eleven
November 11, 2012
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for...

An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part ten
November 10, 2012
The next thing mentioned by Jesus in our series of studies of the sermon on mount, is perhaps the most difficult to swallow and to follow for a Christian. Especially in the current age when peoples attitudes have become much...

An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part nine
November 9, 2012
Following his discussions concerning the commandments, “Thou shalt not kill” and “Thou shalt not commit adultery”, as covered in previous parts of this series, Jesus then chose the subject of swearing an oath, which had been...

An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part eight
November 7, 2012
Jesus, continuing on into his sermon after explaining the meaning of the commandment of “Thou shalt not kill”, immediately proceeds to the next one, beginning in verse 27 of Matthew chapter 5.“Ye have heard that it...

An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part seven
November 6, 2012
This seventh article begins with Matthew 5:21 and beyond. It logically follows the preparation Jesus has made to his listeners. If any have not followed these articles, it is recommended that you go back and read parts one through...

An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part six
November 5, 2012
Having spoken to the gathering with the ‘beatitudes’ which opened the sermon with the things required of being his follower, Jesus offers verses 13 through 20 to answer some of the questions that many had concerning him. What...

An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part five
November 4, 2012
The eighth, and final, of the “beatitudes” is somewhat different to the first seven. Jesus makes the statement similarly to that of the others but then he expounds on it some more. But when you realize that the...

An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part 4
November 2, 2012
Parts one, two and three of this study concentrated on the time immediately preceding Jesus beginning his sermon on the mountainside and then covering the first five statements now recognized by most people as the “beatitudes”. This lesson...






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