The Sermon on the Mount
1. The place where the Sermon on the Mount was preached
a. We know that Jesus was on a mountain near the sea (John 6:3, 16).
b. The sermon was probably delivered near Tabgha north of Tiberias and west of Capernaum. Jesus had moved to Capernaum when He left Nazareth at the beginning of His public ministry (Mat. 4:13), and at the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount, He returned to Capernaum (Mat. 8:5).
c. There is a large natural amphitheater here on a hill known as Mt. Eremos that could easily fit a multitude of people, and its acoustics are such that a loud voice could carry for a long distance. The Byzantines built a church here in the fourth century, so tradition has connected this site with the Sermon on the Mount for 1,700 years. The Catholic church that exists there today was built in 1938 by Italy. When Pope John Paul II visited here in 2000, Catholic officials prepared for 100,000 people. Though fewer came due to rain, the place was sufficient to.... Read More
Today, 155 years after the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, there are still thousands of scientists who disagree with the Darwinian view of evolution. These can be divided into four general categories: Christian “young earth” creationists, Christian “old earth” creationists, non-Christian theistic evolutionists, and those who believe in an undefined intelligent Designer.
In 1979, Science Digest reported that “scientists who utterly reject evolution may be one of our fastest-growing controversial minorities,” and stated that “many of the scientists supporting this position hold impressive credentials in science” (Larry Hatfield, “Educators Against Darwin,” Science Digest Special, Winter 1979, pp. 94-96).
According to recent research, there are an estimated 113,000 Darwin skeptic scientists and academics.... Read More
Needing a Starving
The following is from John Phillips’ commentary on Philippians 4:
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
I must add one other thing, however, for it is sometimes true that in God’s sight we have a need for that which is not so pleasant. We need to be disciplined, taught, or tested. If that is the case, then it is also true that Philippians 4:19 is a promise of God to supply the unpleasant discipline and testing.
Early in his ministry Harry Ironside had an experience that illustrates this provision. On one occasion he had acted on faith, as he often did.... Read More
More Facts About the Burlington Revival
The “Burlington Tent Revival” ended on July 29 after 11 weeks of services in Burlington, North Carolina. It began in May with a scheduled revival service led by evangelist C.T. Townsend at New Hope Baptist Church, pastored by Randy Hobbs. The meetings were extended and eventually moved into a large tent where there were two services a day, Monday through Friday. Many thousands attended.
We reported on this in.... Read More
Friday Church News
AGENDA-DRIVEN HARVARD PROFESSOR DUPED BY “JESUS’ WIFE” MANUSCRIPT FRAUD (Friday Church News Notes, September 23, 2016, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., “Jesus’ Wife Claims Revealed as ‘Whopping Fraud,’” Breitbart, Sep. 14, 2016: “The Harvard Professor who confidently proclaimed to the world she possessed evidence that suggested Jesus may have had a wife has now been outed as a second-rate academic who allowed herself to be duped by a con man. Dr. Karen L. King, professor at Harvard Divinity School, earned her 15 minutes of fame by staking her reputation... Read More
Bible Study and Concentration
Effective Bible study requires CONCENTRATION.
“O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97).
“I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:99).
If you can’t concentrate upon the Bible, your study time will not be very profitable. It is so easy for the mind to wander as you read the Bible, and we must do whatever is necessary to keep our thoughts on the Scriptures, to hold the words of God in our hearts so that they bring forth good fruit.... Read More
Independent Baptist Pragmatism
Pragmatism is a philosophy and methodology that focuses on the practicality of a decision.
Consider some dictionary definitions of “pragmatism”:
“a reasonable and logical way of doing things or of thinking about problems that is based on dealing with specific situations instead of on ideas and theories” (Merriam-Webster).
“a person or a solution that takes a realistic approach” (Vocabulary.com).
“a practical... Read More
Bible Commentaries and Twittering Swallows
TWO COMMON PROBLEMS IN USING COMMENTARIES:
1. Leaning on them too much. The Bible student should first go to the Bible and dig it out for himself. For this, he must get a good understanding of how to interpret the Bible. The equivalent of a Bible Institute education is the starting point to be able to use commentaries effectually and test them properly so as not to be led astray by any error that might be present.
2. Despising them. On several occasions I have heard people disdain commentaries, but I have learned to love good commentaries and I thank God for them often. I thank God that I read and understand English, because that is where most of the good commentaries... Read More
A Rod of Iron
“He shall ... break in pieces the oppressor” (Psa. 72:4).
“Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel” (Psa. 2:9).
“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. ... For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. ... But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away” (Psa. 37:1-2, 9-10, 20).
“But the wicked shall be... Read More
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