God

Never Alone

“You’ll never manage on your own. Is there someone who can help you after surgery?” I live alone. These words from a spine surgery veteran stripped away my protective layers of independence and lay bare my deepest fear: What will I do if I’m unable to take care of myself? I’d dealt with other health […]

This We Believe

Statement of Faith 5 The Church   This we believe: The church of God in Scripture is a spiritual body of believers who hold the faith of Jesus and keep the commandments of God. Under the lordship of Christ and the authority of His Word, the church exists universally and locally for purposes of worshipping […]

Thoughts on the Sabbath School Lesson

LESSON FOR FEBRUARY 6, 1937 TRUE LOVE Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:9-16. Golden Text: 1 John 3:11. Last week we learned from the first verse of the reading, 1 John 3:1, that we are children of God by adoption, that is, God calls us His children. Now with the beginning of the reading we have […]

God and My Money

“How irresponsible you are!” My mother-in-law’s face flushed red below her graying curls. “You’re expecting the rest of the family, or me, to pick up your bills! I can’t believe it!” Her words put a nasty spin on our most recent decision.   Job loss A few years earlier, my husband resigned his long-held overseas […]

Yahweh: God Shares His Name

Considering our “Knowing God” theme, there is no better word to explore in this first “In a word” feature than the personal name of God. Found about 6,800 times in the Old Testament, much mystery and meaning surround the Tetragrammaton, a term referring to the four Hebrew consonants yod, he, waw, he that make up […]

How to Study God

“There weren’t a lot of books on leadership in those days, so I studied leadership by reading biographies of leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.” When my mentor shared how he had studied leadership as a young man, it initially took me by surprise, especially when I mentally surveyed my growing library […]

Did Jesus always exist with God the Father?

Our statements of faith say that Jesus always existed with God the Father. Can you share scriptures for this belief?    Eternality is an attribute of Deity. It says that God has neither beginning nor end. As the great I AM, Yahweh always is. The biblical evidence points to the conclusion that Jesus Christ the Son, in […]

What does the Church of God teach about hell?

Jesus taught us that, to be like our Father in heaven, we should love our enemies, bless them that curse us, do good to them that hate us, and forgive those who sin against us seventy times seven. Elsewhere, the Son and His Father speak of horrific punishment reserved for their enemies in the final […]