THE MOST AWESOME DAY (Part 2)

THE THIRTIETH DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. The Hebrew verb translated "atone" in the Old Testament is kaphar. The word originally meant "to cover" or possibly "to wash away," but by biblical times it simply meant "to forgive." Leviticus 16 tells what it looked like when God removed the guilt of Israel's sin from them and removed the stain of their sin from … [Read more...]

THE MOST AWESOME DAY (Part 1)

THE TWENTY-THIRD DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. This year it began in the evening of October 11 and ended in the evening of October 12. "Evening and morning" equals one day. That is how the Creator reckoned time at Creation, and so still do the Jews and several million Christians as well. But this year's October 11-12 is not just another ordinary day. It is … [Read more...]

Family Notes 19/10/2016

THE NINETEENTH DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. ZOE WORSHIP CONFERENCE Register online until Nov 1st, for the Zoe worship conference and hear featured presenters Constance Cherry, Luke Norsworthy, Mike Cope, Heather Hodges, Jack & Jill Maxwell, Jeff Barker, and Amanda Roberts. Visit: www.zoegroup.org   COPY ON FACEBOOK A reader asks if he may … [Read more...]

GOD AND THE GOVERNMENT (Part 2)

THE SIXTEENTH DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. As citizens of the USA prepare to choose a new president and many other officials, we who are also Christians note some fundamental scriptural principles about God and earthly governments. Scripture tells us that God raises up governments and puts them down -- both to bless and to punish. The Most High rules … [Read more...]

Family Notes 11/10/2016

THE ELEVENTH DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. POLITICAL CHRISTIANITY: AMERICAN STYLE In today's super-charged political world, the difference between the two major presidential candidates is often defined in terms of which is the greater scoundrel (if not felon) and respected Christian spokespersons are found endorsing them both -- in voices equally judgmental … [Read more...]

GOD AND THE GOVERNMENT (Part 1)

THE NINTH DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. For several years, Sara Faye and I have requested absentee ballots in advance of election day (this November 8), enabling us to vote for our candidates of choice while avoiding the traffic jams and long lines that mark the day. I have carefully avoided stating my personal opinion regarding political candidates or … [Read more...]

Family Notes 4/10/2016

THE FOURTH DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. EDDIE SNYDER (1957-2016) I attended the Chattanooga seminar on the gospel in the late 1970s, excited to meet its sponsor-speaker, Australian Robert Brinsmead, who had helped me understand the gospel through his "Verdict" magazine (earlier "Present Truth"). Also at the conference were Eddie and Leah Snyder, who were … [Read more...]

PROVING THE BIBLE

THE SECOND DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. I was talking recently with a gracEmail subscriber who is using the Bible to teach some Chinese physicians conversational English. Must a reader know and ascribe extraordinary authority to the Christian scriptures in order to benefit from them? If so, how can one person convince another person of the Bible's unique … [Read more...]