The Power of Influence

The Enemy of Souls Is at Work

Satan is warring against God’s people. His purpose is to destroy the very essence of their spirituality. The enemy is crafty and aware of every weakness. While temptation to sin is a reality, the greatest danger often lies in the influences that are exerting themselves over time against the children of God.

All Are Susceptible to Influence

Influence is the power to change the behavior or character of someone. As long as man is in this mortal flesh, he will be subject to the power of influence. Paul and Barnabas declared that they were “men of like passions with you” (Acts 14:15). Hence, Jesus warned His disciples to “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak”
(Matthew 26:41). Be not ignorant of the power of evil influences. Many Christians are participants of worldly activities and entertainments which are polluted with the corruption of sin. They wonder why they don’t have victory and power with God. “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?” (Proverbs 6:27). Read more

The Church of God

The Church Is a Divine Institution of God

The practical truths on the subject of the church illuminate God’s will and purpose for us in this life and reveal much of the fallacy of religious institutions in society. The world has been inundated with religions and churches of all different standards and belief systems. While many people today espouse the theory to “attend the church of your choice,” the Bible teaches that there is only one narrow way that leads to life (Matthew 7:13-14).

Definition of ‘Church’

The first mention of the word church in the Bible is found in Matthew 16:18. “…Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The word church is a translation of the Greek word ekklesia which means ‘called out.’ The scripture uses the word church again in Acts 2:47. “…And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” The church is not a building or a place of worship but is composed of individuals who have been saved from their sin. True people of God have been ‘called out’ of sin, the world, religions, etc. They are in fellowship with God and in unity with the Spirit, walking in the faith of the Word of God.Read more

The End of Time

The Scripture Is Our Guide

The second coming of Christ and subsequent events are of vital significance. There are many scriptures and prophecies concerning the end of time. “Theory and speculation amount to nothing with respect to future things” (D.S Warner). It is important that the scripture be the guide rather than intellectual and philosophical pursuits in understanding this subject. The scripture points forward to a time that Jesus will return. There will be a universal resurrection of the dead, a general judgment of all people, eternal rewards and punishments dispensed, and this earth will be destroyed. Read more

The Kingdom of God

The Jews Sought Political Deliverance

The Jewish people, under the power of the Roman government, were looking for the Messiah to come and deliver them politically as a nation when He set up His kingdom. They read the prophets foretelling of a time when the Son of God would reign with authority and there would be peace, healing, and deliverances. Before the disciples received the Holy Spirit, they too asked Christ, “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6). The Jews, as a people, rejected Christ as the Son of God because their earthly kingdom was not restored. They and many professing Christians are looking for a time in the future when the Messiah will come and set up a kingdom on this earth. That day will never come. The Word of God teaches clearly that the Kingdom of God was established with the first coming of Jesus Christ. People waiting for a future day to come are missing out on the pleasure and joy of the Kingdom of God which is here and now.Read more

God’s Greatest Desire

God’s Pursuit of Mankind

From the dawn of creation, God has desired to have a relationship with mankind. We read of God walking in the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day desiring to fellowship and be in communion with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:8-9). While the Bible is a history book and a book of theology, it is chiefly a record of God’s desire and pursuit of a relationship of love with humanity.

Sin Breaks the Connection with God

God created the human race and His greatest desire is to be connected with His creation – not by force or coercion, but by love. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and their sin separated them from the close communion that they had previously experienced. Sin always breaks the connection between man and God. However, God was not content to leave us separated by sin and unrighteousness, sentenced to death.Read more