Joel's Articles Published Online (September and October 2012)




An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part three
October 31, 2012
"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6 KJV) This is the fourth statement Jesus made in his sermon on the mount. Links to the previous two lessons...

An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part two
October 29, 2012
In part one of our study, we briefly covered the circumstances preceding the sermon on the mount and the first of Jesus’ remarks, that of “Blessed are the poor in spirit for their’s is the kingdom...

An in-depth study of the sermon on the mount: Part one
October 27, 2012
Let us briefly describe the setting of the most famous sermon in the history of man. Jesus had been baptized and had begun his ministry for approximately a year, when he led his disciples up on one of the high...

Obedience required under Old and New Testaments alike
October 26, 2012
The inspired apostle Paul wrote this admonition in his letter to the Christians in Rome:“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope...

Does the Bible really condemn homosexuality?
October 24, 2012
A recent exchange in "Letters To The Editor" of a local paper where one person had made clear that he was opposed to any candidate who advocated "special benefits" for homosexuals. A response appeared a few...

Hezekiah, 13th king of Judah, a remarkable man
October 20, 2012
From the time of Solomon’s death in 922 B.C., turmoil occurred in the Kingdom of Israel and within 10 years, a schism occurred and the kingdom became separated. The break-away segment followed Jeroboam, the son of...

Why the Old Testament character Uzzah, had to die
October 16, 2012
Many people, more especially those who try and deny God, calling him cruel, feel that the death of Uzzah in the Old Testament was unjust and only a cruel God could have taken his life.If we examine the background...

What Jesus expects from his church
October 15, 2012
Entering this discussion with the understanding that “his church” is the same as saying “his followers” or “his people”. Paul tells us plainly in Ephesians 5:25 that Jesus’ church is subject to...

A Christian’s faith: Vitally important to have and understand
October 13, 2012
Throughout the 66 books of the Holy Bible, the words faith, belief, believe, believed and believer are found over 550 times which is sound proof that it is important. There are many things that one must do to be assured...

Examining the purpose and implications of Jesus’ baptism
October 12, 2012
John, called “the Baptist” because of his mission, was the son of a priest named Zacharias and his wife Elisabeth. This child was granted them in their old age by God and it was for the sole purpose...

The miraculous conquering of Jericho
October 11, 2012
People have heard the story of the Israelites in their conquest of the Canaanite city of Jericho but many have never heard the entire story. Those who do not believe in God or that the Bible is his word, pass...

A study about Daniel the prophet of God
October 9, 2012
Almost everyone has at least heard of the biblical character Daniel, who survived being thrown into the lions den. But many, probably most, do not know the full story of Daniel. The providence of God carried him into captivity as...

The efforts to circumvent God’s laws of thermodynamics
October 6, 2012
The four laws of thermodynamics are important fundamental laws in physics and are just as applicable in other natural sciences. Even though they are basic and accepted by those who really don’t even grasp their depth, they are...

Christians must never be ashamed of their faith
October 5, 2012
Yes, there are those who are embarrassed to acknowledge their faith in Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible’s truths. Many are intimidated when in the midst of unbelievers and especially when those are highly educated. We find some...

Jesus relationship with the Father, equal or not?
October 4, 2012
In considering the triune Godhead, it is difficult to be dogmatic about the three as being one and be able to explain it. One must give their personal views as illustrated in the written word. There are some facts which...

Examining alleged Bible contradictions, one at a time
October 3, 2012
One of the most remarkable things about the Holy Bible is the fact that it can prove itself to be correct even where men think they have found error. There are admitted difficulties with some portions of the Bible which...

The cosmological argument for the existence of God
October 1, 2012
The cosmological discussion is one of the best in the controversy of whether or not God exists. This subject deals with the fact that this immeasurable universe exists. It is an undeniable fact that there has to have been a...

Examining what is involved in ‘calling on the name of the Lord’
October 1, 2012
There are several places where Peter, Paul and others use the phrase “calling on the name of the Lord”. And many people jump to the conclusion that this simply means that you must recite that phrase or call...

If Jesus is deity, how could he be seen by man?
September 30, 2012
Spirits, compared to physical matter are completely different. One large religious group who considers themselves Christian, yet deny that Jesus was a member of a triune Godhead poses a question which should be understood by all who desire to follow...

Examining the Coptic ‘Jesus wife’ papyrus fragment hoopla
September 29, 2012
It is rather amazing how far some will go with their efforts to discredit the Holy Bible. We’ve spent many billions of dollars in an effort to find some other planet, which is capable of sustaining life. Even...

The first step towards salvation is believing two things
September 28, 2012
One must believe that the God of the Bible exists. If not, any other efforts to gain salvation is futile. And there is ample evidence to prove that he does exist, both in nature and in the Bible itself. And...

Those who came to take Jesus fell down when he spoke
September 27, 2012
On the night when Jesus was betrayed and taken captive by the group of men sent by the priests and Pharisees, numerous things took place which were not natural occurrences. First of all, when he was distressed in the garden...

The angel who visited Jesus before the crucifixion
September 26, 2012
The scriptures speak very little concerning the visit of the angel to Jesus as he was praying to the Father just before his entering into the evening of his arrest and ultimate crucifixion. In fact all that is said about...

Pleading for a return to primitive Christianity
September 23, 2012
Primitive:1. Not derived from something else; primary or basic...

A willingness to die for Christ
September 21, 2012
There are different deaths. Death means a separation. Physical death comes when the spirit becomes separated from the body. Spiritual death is when one’s spirit is separated form Christ.Paul, in his writing to the Galatians, explains it...

A study on free will and obedience of man
September 18, 2012
Strangely, many people believe that one may live as he pleases and remain in a safe condition for life after this one. There is not even a hint of this being a fact. John Calvin was one of the first...

Things we know of Tertullian, early Christian writer
September 16, 2012
Although it is not known precisely when Tertullian was born, the approximate time can be determined by his writings. Scholars who have studied them and analyzed the situation from all angles, are mostly agreed that he lived from around 155...

Old Testament types of Jesus as the antitype
September 15, 2012
The word "type" has several descriptions of different usages. The one we are using here is referring to subjects or things found in the Bible and are recognized as types and antitypes. Answers, the online dictionary, gives this...

Things we know about the apostle John
September 11, 2012
John was one the first men chosen by Jesus to be his apostles. There are many things we can know about this man since the Bible plainly tells us of it. There are other things which we can presume to...

A study of Justin Martyr, early Christian writer
September 10, 2012
Although Justin was born in Samaria, near Jacob’s well, he was a Gentile. After he died a martyr’s death, he became known as Justin Martyr. He lived from a.d.110 to 165. Although details of...

Church history: Lesson 10, reformation to restoration
September 9, 2012
It is utterly impossible to give justice to the history of the Lord’s church in 10 limited lessons as has been attempted here. In fact, much of what will have been presented here has been gleaned from a...

Church history: Lesson 9, strong dissatisfaction develops
September 3, 2012
The introduction of a church hierarchy was basic to the massive apostasy which developed in the church of Jesus Christ as he and his apostles formed it. Beginning from a simple informal grouping of worshipers who had no ruler or...






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