The Cost of Contending for the Faith

by William J. McCarrell
 
Abel contended at the cost of his life. Elijah was pursued, fed by ravens and forced to share the widow’s meagre fare while his life hung in balance because he contended for God’s truth versus Baalism. Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, was imprisoned and suffered attempts upon his life through starvation, being cast into a pit of quicksand and in other ways because he contended for the faith. Contending caused Daniel’s three companions to be cast into the burning fiery furnace.

There Is a Difference

by M. H. Reynolds, Jr.

 

The Church: "The Pillar and Ground of the Truth"

Mention the term church to a group of people, and you will receive as many definitions and perceptions of “church” as there are people. Of course, many equate church with religion and pride themselves in their resoluteness to have nothing to do with either. But others will actually claim to be religious and even attend weekly services, albeit sporadically. The reasons given for identifying themselves with a particular religious group and, in turn, their understanding of that group’s function or purpose vary greatly.

Is God's Grace Greater Than His Word?

The popular notion today is that Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection—the essence of Christianity—may be efficacious (i.e., applicable and beneficial) for us as Christians, but we cannot limit God’s love and grace. The argument goes something like this: Although we as Christians believe we know the truth, God may be working in another way with another person, religion or group of people.

Where Should Our Priorities Lie?

This past summer, the Barna Group concluded a study that revealed some startling truth—namely, those who claim to be Christians do not even count their faith to be the priority of their life! From the study:

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