“But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:8-9 NKJV).

August 25, 2020

WHERE ARE THE OPEN DOORS FOR THE GOSPEL TODAY? From this passage it appears that Paul was living in Ephesus when he wrote his first letter to the Corinthians. Ephesus was one of the great cities in the Roman empire located on the Aegean coast of Asia Minor in the country we now know as

“If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, till my change comes” (Job 14:14 NKJV).

August 24, 2020

IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH? The grief-stricken Job asked, “Is there life after death?” Or more specifically, “Is there a resurrection of the dead?” Those suffering grief have joined Job throughout the centuries asking the same question. Yet, no definitive answer to this question was given until the coming of Jesus Christ, who answered, “I

“He alone spreads out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea” (Job 9:8 NKJV).

August 23, 2020

JESUS, THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MAN Job viewed God as so great and transcendent as to be unapproachable by man. For God worked in the realm of the heavens and the stormy seas, while man was limited to dry ground. He reasoned that if only there were a “mediator” (9:33) that could stretch out

“To him who is afflicted, kindness should be shown by his friend, even though he forsakes the fear of the Almighty” (Job 6:14 NKJV).

August 22, 2020

WE OWE THE AFFLICTED KINDNESS NOT JUDGMENT Job’s friends came to share his grief, but ended up adding to his affliction. They came to sit with Job after a series of terrible events had occurred. A hurricane had collapsed his oldest son’s house, killing all of Job’s children. Raiding parties had attacked his property and

“…Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 NKJV).

August 19, 2020

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS Esther won King Xerxes’ beauty contest and was crowned as his queen. She went from being a Jewish orphan to a Persian queen. Her cousin, Mordecai, who had raised her as his own when her parents died, asked her not to forget her people and to consider God’s purpose

“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you…” (1 Corinthians 11:23 NKJV).

August 18, 2020

ARE WE PASSING ON THE BATON OF FAITH? The apostle Paul’s teaching concerning the Lord’s Supper was faithfully passed on from the Lord to the church at Corinth. Paul reminded them that his authority as an apostle came from the Lord, as did his message. Having established his credibility, he corrected the unworthy practices of

‘So I contended with the rulers, and said, “Why is the house of God forsaken?”’ (Nehemiah 13:11 NKJV).

August 17, 2020

WHY IS THE HOUSE OF GOD FORSAKEN? After Nehemiah completed the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, he was recalled by King Artaxerxes. When he obtained leave from the king and returned to Jerusalem, he found that those he had left in charge had not kept their promise to support the house of God. Many

“And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem” (Nehemiah 11:2 NKJV).

August 16, 2020

WHEN OTHERS RAN OUT THEY RAN IN After the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt, people were needed to repopulate the city, which had been destroyed some 70+ years earlier. It was a run-down and dangerous place where few wanted to live. So when certain men willingly volunteered to live in the city, the people blessed

“…we will not neglect the house of our God” (Nehemiah 10:39 NKJV).

August 15, 2020

REVIVAL AND REPAIRED WALLS After the rebuilding of the walls surrounding Jerusalem there was great enthusiasm for God’s Word and for the giving of tithes and offerings. The people willingly and joyfully entered into a covenant to be faithful in these things. Yet, before the walls were rebuilt, the people were filled with doubt and

“Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law” (Nehemiah 8:3 NKJV).

August 14, 2020

ARE YOU ATTENTIVE TO THE WORD AND WORSHIPING TOGETHER? Nehemiah led a group of Israelites back to Jerusalem to rebuild its broken down walls. They had lost their nation and freedom to worship 70 years earlier when the Babylonians had invaded. Jerusalem was destroyed and its people and wealth were carried away. But after 70