With more and more small computers coming on the market, you may have been wondering whether you could use one to care for many record-keeping functions in your church. Properly used, a small computer can make you more effective. But there are pitfalls.
The Bible does not teach that salvation is by grace alone——it is always by grace through faith. Faith on the part of the sinner is essential. However, faith involves more than simple mental assent, or belief. Saving faith insists on trust. And trust involves two parties, one trusting the other. When the sinner trusts Jesus for salvation, then there comes into existence a saving relationship. When the sinner accepts salvation by faith there is more than a legal declaration in heaven. There is the beginning of a relationship with God, followed by ethical results and expectations.
A firm belief in predictive prophecy leads us to the conclusion that only the return of Jesus, as outlined in Scripture, can provide an all-sufficient solution to the problems sin has brought into every area of life.
Marriages may be "made in heaven," but they are coming apart in ever
increasing numbers right here on earth! The church itself is not immune, as any pastor knows who has been in parish ministry for more than a few years. Is there anything we can do to slow the escalating divorce rate? Part of the answer may lie in what happens before the marriage takes place.
Last week I looked at the way God has painted our world. A span of blue overhead, variegated greens spread across the land, and with the hands of a master artist He brushed color for contrast. The color of spring!
More than a hundred years ago a dedicated German scholar discovered 129 large parchment leaves of a Biblical manuscript in a wastepaper basket and rescued portions of Scripture older than any copies then known.