There Is a Rest

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered
into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. —Hebrews 4:9-11

The subject this quarter deals with the theological issue of eternal security or “once saved always saved.” The doctrine of eternal security is one of the primary tenants of Calvinism. The opposite perspective would be one of Arminianism. These two theological camps are divided on God’s sovereignty, man’s depravity, election, Christ’s atonement, grace, man’s will, and perseverance. These subjects are interwoven as one affects the other. Rather than detail all of the various interpretations of scripture, because of the space constraint, I had to deal very directly with the scripture in a brief summary. While I believe Arminianism is generally more correct than Calvinism, our guide should be the scripture, not the teaching of a certain theological persuasion. Often there are bits of truth on both sides that can be neglected by a theologian’s pursuit of drawing a distinction between the two.Read more

Stewardship

Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
—Proverbs 27:23b

The subject this quarter is on biblical financial stewardship. I stand in awe at the amount of information on the subject that is contained in God’s Word. It was a challenge to reduce such a large subject into this small forum. Stewardship is taught too little among God’s people and there has been a price to pay in marriages and in the gospel work due to mismanagement and poor stewardship.Read more

Following Jesus Sincerely and Completely

Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
—1 Corinthians 2:13

The subject this quarter is biblical nonresistance or pacifism. There are some differences in the two definitions as pacifism can imply a resistant attitude to war and government— which is contrary to the New Testament teaching of nonresistance. For this writing, pacifism relates to the refusal to bear arms on religious grounds.Read more

Fasting and Prayer

And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes. —Daniel 9:3

If more men and women of God would set their face to the Lord and seek Him in fasting and prayer, I am convinced that we would see more spirituality, more anointing, and more power with God. The subject this quarter is on the subject of fasting. It has been an abused and misunderstood subject and is becoming a lost practice among many professing saints.Read more

The Privilege of Trusting God

[God] hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. —Ephesians 2:6-7

The graces of the Lord Jesus Christ are still flowing down to us in this present age. What a blessing to be personal recipients of love and kindness from the Saviour. The topic this quarter is divine healing. This subject, in its practical application, has proven controversial for many throughout history. This periodical is designed to promote biblical teaching, irrespective of generational teachings and understandings. Even in the Church of God, there has been an ebb and flow of different applications and standards from minister to minister and from generation to generation. This is why it is imperative for us to preach the Word and recognize the Spirit will give it life and lead us in the way God would have us to live.Read more