THE AGE OF THE EARTH

THE TWENTY-NINTH DAY OF MAY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. A gracEmail subscriber asks if the Bible reveals the age of the earth, perhaps in some covert fashion. Where did the idea come from that the earth is about 6,000 years old? * * * There is much confusion on this subject. No wonder, when even some Bibles that print dates in the margins place the Creation of … [Read more...]

Family Notes 25/05/2016

THE TWENTY-FIFTH DAY OF MAY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. THE WRIGHT STUFF Among the hundreds of Bible teachers and preachers presenting at the recent Pepperdine University Bible Lectures was a pleasant and personable gentleman from Scotland, four-and-one-half years my junior, with the same last name as the late inventors Wilbur and Orville of North Carolina - who were … [Read more...]

WEARINESS, WEALTH, AND WORRY

THE TWENTY-SECOND DAY OF MAY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. A law student has been offered an entry-level position with a large firm. The position carries a lucrative salary but requires its holder to bill 60-80 hours of work each week. The student notes that Proverbs 23:4 advises him not to weary himself to obtain wealth. Does that mean he should decline this well-paying … [Read more...]

Family Notes 18/05/2016

THE EIGHTEENTH DAY OF MAY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WEIGHS IN ON HELL For as long as anyone can remember, writers and photographers for National Geographic magazine have traveled the world to bring its readers illustrated stories of volcanos, geysers, and the like, so realistic that they almost singed the readers' eyebrows. On May 13, 2016, NG … [Read more...]

VARIOUS MEANS OF GRACE

THE FIFTEENTH DAY OF MAY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. A gracEmail subscriber inquires if God provides "means of grace." That expression includes anything we can do to release grace upon us. Liberation by God from all things that hinder uninhibited joyfilled companionship with him. There is finally only one "means of grace." That is faith--trust in God, dependence on … [Read more...]

Family Notes 11/05/2016

THE ELEVENTH DAY OF MAY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. YEARS OF STUDY EVIDENT IN J. JONES' ALL-ENCOMPASSING NEW BOOK ON MARRIAGE, DIVORCE, REMARRIAGE -- BUT ITS WISDOM AND 'HEART' POINT TO HIGHER SOURCE BOOK NOTICE: Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage Seen Through the Character of God and the Mind of Jesus. Jerry Jones. College Press, 270 pages, 2016. Dr. Jerry Jones … [Read more...]

GOD BLESS THE MOTHERS

THE EIGHTH DAY OF MAY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. Today is celebrated as Mother’s Day in the United States, a day for remembering and honoring mothers both living and dead. It seems clear that God approves, since the command to honor one's parents premiered as Number Five on his list of Top Ten Commandments (original Tablet edition). The Bible's wisdom literature … [Read more...]

WHEN WE REACH OUR LIMITS

THE FIRST DAY OF MAY IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. What can you do when you find yourself in a circumstance like this? Your cause is just, your motives pure, and you give it all you've got. When the smoke has cleared you look and find that nothing's changed at all. The problems that you face are real and do not go away. At such a time the Book of Psalms might be just what … [Read more...]