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Not of This World

Standing, unafraid before the haughty Roman governor, we find our Lord declaring one of the great truths of His kingdom. It is not of this world! His servants do not fight for His cause here. They are not of the world, even as He was not of the world. The centuries have passed and still […]

Standing for Moral Marriage

Is there any difference between love, desire, and lust? If we’re listening to today’s conversations, not much! Tolerance and equality, it seems, can also be tainted to mean accepting what isn’t moral or good. Allow me to explain. A friend — we’ll call him George — dearly loved three young women. This reciprocal relationship quickly […]

Day of Worship Patterns in the Book of Acts

Did early Christians have a set day of worship and rest? If yes, was it the biblical Sabbath, the seventh day of the week? Or was it Sunday? Even a casual reading of Acts shows that the Sabbath is prominent. There are ten occurrences of the word sabbaton, “Sabbath,” as compared with one for the […]

A Call to Holiness

From the archive • March 1968 A Call to Holiness • by John Kiesz   There should be seen a vast difference between sinners and saints. According to the Scriptures a sinner is one who transgresses the law (1 John 3:4), while a saint is one who keeps the law (Rev. 14:12). Eventually sinners will […]

For This Cause

Is he a king or not? Pilate wanted to know, but Jesus hadn’t really given him a straight answer. If he is a king, even a wannabe king, one of those messiahs the Jewish rabble is always talking about, he’s unlike any I’ve ever seen. And I‘ve seen a few! “My kingdom is not of […]

A New Covenant Ordinance

I’m confident that 90 percent of my Lord’s Supper experiences as a child and youth were positive ones. Based on the family I grew up in, the folks in our local church, and the men who served us as pastors, it could hardly have been otherwise. Why is it, then, that I find it easier […]

Memories and Yearning

The year 2018 is my 52nd time observing the Lord’s Supper. Surely this qualifies for “often” (1 Corinthians 11:25, 26), as did the high priest’s entering the holy place every year (Hebrews 9:25). Settings for the Supper have been in large and small churches and at the bedside of elderly saints. Some years we traveled […]

Of Bread and Brethren

“Till we meet at Jesus’ feet . . . God be with you till we meet again,” the voices echo in the church’s vestibule. These words often have a difficult time escaping my mouth. Now tears creep into my eyes as our small congregation sings this profound song, holding hands in a circle that encompasses […]

The Last Miracle

Unlike Jesus’ first miracle when, astonishingly, He changed many large jars of water into wine, or unlike some of the succeeding miracles and signs He performed before His followers, Jesus’ last miracle may seem small by comparison. Yet it is just as indicative of His nature as is any of the acts of compassion carried […]

A Memorial Service

As I reflect on the upcoming Lord’s Supper service, I wonder what Jesus was thinking the night of the first Lord’s Supper. How was He feeling, knowing that within a few hours, He would be betrayed by Judas, denied by Peter, abandoned, accused falsely, and crucified by those He came to save? In Luke 22:15 […]