Episode 8: Brother’s Keeper [Podcast]

Arrogant Cain Murders Righteous Abel

Welcome to the final episode of Heroes and Villains: Cain and Abel! Last week’s episode revealed the nature of both the bad guy and the good guy. This episode exposes the wicked heart of Cain and the motivation to murder his righteous brother Abel. Learn why Cain responded to his Creator with the infamous reply, […]

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Discipleship University at First Baptist Dallas

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I will offer an expanded course (Sunday evenings: September 13-November 15) on the Book of Genesis to help provide an in-depth analysis of this foundational book.

Highlights will include the creation week, the fall of Adam and Eve, the pre-flood civilizations, the global flood, the patriarchs, and the foundation of the nation of Israel. Many of the controversies swirling within the evangelical movement today are dealt with in The Book of Beginnings.

Date: October 4, 2015
Time: 05:30 p.m.
Event: Discipleship University at First Baptist Dallas
Topic: The Book of Beginnings
Venue: First Baptist Dallas
Location: 1707 San Jacinto
Dallas, TX 75201
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

3 Wonderful Words of Power: Grace, Mercy, and Peace

Power in the Gift of God's Grace

There is an interesting shift in word emphasis from the Old Testament books to the New Testament books. Each of these three terms—and their associated theological themes—are used throughout the Scriptures, but the way that they are used between the two “Testaments” is intriguing.1 Use of English Terms in Scripture Term Total OT NT Grace […]

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Adam in the City

But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. (Mark 10:6)

Our Lord Jesus made this statement to the religious leaders of His day when they attempted to trip Him up with a trick question. Who were the “them” to whom He was referring? They could only be human beings (not animals), since the question from the Pharisees that prompted the response was about the permission to divorce. It also appears that Jesus was referencing the Genesis account, since He spoke of the “beginning of the creation.” One could therefore conclude that Jesus was speaking about a “historical” Adam and Eve.

Historical—that is the important point. God made a special garden for Adam and Eve to start their lives in. Somehow, in the minds of some, that seems to relegate Adam and Eve (and their real lives) to a rural, even fairytale, existence. But that’s not the case.

The real Adam is vitally important to those who live in the hectic, high-pressured, and intense cities of our world today. The whole of Scripture makes no sense if Adam is not a flesh and blood human being in real history. The “man” in the garden is the “Adam” in the city. (Read more….)

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Stewardship Among the Churches

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Revelation 2:29)

In Revelation, the Lord Jesus dictated seven poignant letters to seven different churches. Two letters contain praise and commendation. Two give grave warnings. Three are mixed.

Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) was faithful in the midst of terrible persecution and was promised a “crown of life” for its steadfast testimony. Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) was commended because of its attention to the Word that was given as an “open door.” These served with favor and were given a promise for victory. Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7) was doctrinally sound but had a love that had grown cold and was in danger of losing the “lamp stand”—the very church relationship that kept them tied to service in the Kingdom. Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) was oblivious to its danger of expulsion. It was neither “cold nor hot” (neutral) and had assumed that being successful and well thought of by the world was the goal of the church.

The opposites reflect the reaction among today’s evangelicals to the foundational issues of biblical creationism and the pervasive impact of the approach to biblical inerrancy. Some, like Smyrna, stand firm in spite of denominational disdain, social ostracism, or limited resources. Larger “Philadelphian” churches boldly minister within their spheres of influence, heedless of the pressure to yield to the majority.

Sadly, many are like Ephesus and Laodicea, so concerned over doctrinal technicalities that they have lost their love for the Word, the lost, and the Kingdom. More are caught up in the neutrality of acceptance and are concerned with “the praise of men” (John 12:43) rather than “sound doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:3). Of all the resources available to us, God’s Word is the most precious and requires proper stewardship. One day, we will give an account for how we used it.

(From Days of Praise)