Category BRENT’S – Biblical Tools of Interpretation

The Preeminence of Christ ~ Part 6 ~ Christophanies ~ The OT Appearances of Jesus*

A Christophany is pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus in the Old Testament.  Major Update – Typology added) Introduction While some competent scholars may disagree with some of the following; the Theophanies (Theophanies: a visible manifestation of a deity) of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament is an accepted doctrine, beyond dispute based solely upon Scripture. One of […]

The Preeminence of Christ ~ Part 4 ~ What God’s Word Says & the Prophecies*

The Preeminence of Christ For the Christian, the first and primary rule of Biblical interpretation (“hermeneutics”) centers on the relationship of the “Word of God” (the Bible), to Jesus Christ, referred to as the preeminence (meaning: “above and beyond everything else in importance” – pre [“before”], eminent [“importance”]) of Jesus Christ (Heb. 2:10), in both the Old and […]

The Preeminence of Christ ~ Part 3 ~ Why the 4 Gospels are meant to be Different ~ A Personal Statement & Introduction*

Introduction The following are some of my personal considerations concerning presenting the four different purposes and functions of the four different Gospels. First, let me say why I think it’s important to examine this teaching – it’s because this teaching is meant to fulfill what Romans 10:17 states; “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word […]

The Preeminence of Christ ~ Part 2 ~ Why the Four Gospels are meant to be Different ~ The Design of God*

Preface (1/2018) Jesus said as is recorded in John 5:38: “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (KJV) Hebrews 10: “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O […]

The Preeminence of Christ ~ Part I ~ Jesus (John 5:39 & Hebrews 10:7)*

All Believers should know that Jesus Christ is our focus, and that He is preeminent in ALL things. Our Focus Our relationship with God is solely and completely contingent upon Jesus the Christ of Nazareth, Who is not only our Savior, our Lord, our King and our Master; but also the Divine Son of God, […]

Murmuring, No Big Deal; Right? ~ “Yet It is the Deadliest of Sins”

Introductory foundation Understanding the Generic Use of a Word As Compared to the Specific Contextual Analysis is the science of studying Biblical words according to the context in which they exist within God’s Word, as opposed to our current usage of them. A good example can be found in the Biblical word repentance which when […]

Christ Said "I am Meek…" ~ This is how we follow his example

Christ Said Concerning Himself: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart3: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”1 [Christ modeled it] Moses Said Concerning Himself: “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.”2 […]

The Bible Says Remarriage is Not a Sin

I believe that the Bible teaches remarriage after divorce is lawful and allowed by God, and that the parties in the new marriage are not to be viewed as adulterers or adulteresses.  To view them as such is a SIN!   This article is an explanation of why this is a Biblical fact, understanding that […]

Eternal Life vs. Eternal Security ~ What is Salvation?

Introduction After publishing this article I decided to change the name because many people misunderstand Eternal Life when it comes to Eternal Security; some think they are antithetical to each other.  They think that eternal security is a heresy, wherein the opposite is true.   But before addressing the article and the text at hand, please allow […]

Dying To Self Series – Part 2 – Wisdom – The Solution From God’s Word.*

General Introduction The reason I started this series is because of how the Holy Spirit has been working in my life in a special way.  Personal Motivation I have experienced a renewed commitment and zeal of the Spirit concerning my service to our Lord and Savior; in holiness producing love – “love the Christian way.” […]

Dying to Self Series – Part 1 – Knowledge – The Problem – Self and Sin.*

Introduction ( Published Annually) I feel led to take a short break from the “Eternal Security Series,” and go down a different road for a few articles, with a series called “Dying to Self Series.” I have always felt that teaching must be based upon God’s Word and not experience, and that being submissive to […]

*The Heart and the Mind ~ What the Biblical word “Heart” Means (12/18)

Introduction (Published Annually) In both the Old Testament (OT) and the New Testament (NT) the word “heart” is used to refer to the whole of the innermost part of the human, NOT merely the emotions. Culturally However, in the twenty-first century English the word “heart” is used to express the emotions as an individual compartment of […]

How does a believer be strong in the Lord?

Introduction The following is a response to a question asked in the comment section regarding my article entitled “Believers do not Pay the Penalty for their Sins, but they May Pay the Consequences” ~ LINK (this is somewhat revised with images added). . . . Comment by Pastor Mike: “How does a believer be strong […]

God, Through a Chicken’s Eyes: Faith*

On one of those lazy sunny summer afternoons, I was sitting in the recliner in our backyard, simply enjoying the calm and pleasant silence. I had opened our chicken’s run and allowed the four of them to free range in our backyard. They happily scratched in the grass, watched over by our dog and two […]

Jesus’ Definition of Salvation ~ Eternal life ~*

Introduction  (Scheduled Release) In defining salvation, I have heard many descriptions, formulas, directions, summations and doctrinal statements.  Over the past 50 years, I have listened to many learned theologians, pastors, and Sunday school teachers wax elegant in attempting to explain what being saved is, and is not.  Heard meaning Liturgical words, terms, and phrases (many times […]

What does God’s Word Really say… Eternal Security & Correct Resources*

Introduction  (Scheduled Release) The aim for any diligent student of God’s Word should be to handle the original languages of both Testaments along with the grammar.  The Old Testament Hebrew is vague, which many times makes this point moot, but the Greek is a very precise and detailed language with many nuances found within the grammar, […]

What does God’s Word Really say… “work out your own salvation,” and “grace did more abound”*

Introduction    (Scheduled Release) The aim for any diligent student of God’s Word should be to handle the original languages of both Testaments along with the grammar.   The Old Testament Hebrew is vague, which many times makes this point moot, but the Greek language is a very precise and detailed language with many nuances found within […]

PART I ~ The Problem With Using Strong’s Concordance Dictionary ~ Greek Words ~ Word Studies ~ Greek Dictionaries and Resources ~

(Links Added ~ 11/28/2018) Strong’s Concordance and Dictionary      One thing that many believers do concerning the handling of Greek words, is use Strong’s Concordance’s Dictionary to translate Greek words – this is not only a fundamental error but can lead to devastating conclusions regarding the misunderstanding of many Greek words.  (The last Endnote, number […]

The Greek & Hebrew Languages – A Simple Overview (2016)

Greek ~ Genesis 43:13-18                                         Hebrew ~ Genesis 43:13-18  Introduction (Scheduled Release) Both the Hebrew and the Greek have their own particular differences which are utilized by God, and which presents God’s message to man in a diversity […]

James Does Not Contradict Paul Regarding Faith*

Introduction (03/28/2018) Unfortunately, due to the fact that many of us do not understand koiné Greek we are unaware of many grammatical principles which alter the understanding of some verses when translated into the English vernacular. In Koiné Greek, verbs ending in “oo” indicate that what is already on the inside – is then displayed […]

God’s Perspective vs. Man’s

Jesus said, “be not deceived” to Believers. Introduction Man is so limited by the sin-nature that even the born-again believer is plagued with a sinful perception, wherein many times reality is beyond his comprehension.  We must remember:  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as […]

Figures of Speech ~ Part 2 ~ A Few Examples*

Introduction (2/2018) In part one of “Figures of Speech” (LINK), we technically defined what “Figures of Speech” are and provided a few dozen examples of the different categories in regards to Figures of Speech. In part 2, we will give you specific examples of Figures of Speech, however, we will start off with a very basic […]

Figures of Speech ~ Part 1 ~ A Brief Introduction**

Introduction (2/2018) Hermeneutic (how we study the Bible, by what method we interpret it), the study of the methodological principles of Biblical interpretation, is vast in its scope and beyond the intent of this paper. However, due to the nature of this subject matter, it is important to present a caveat by way of an […]

Why the Four Gospels are meant to be Different – Part 2 – The Cherubim, and the Ensigns of Israel.

  General Introduction* (2017)  What is amazing about the 4 Gospels is that they appear to be quite different from each other – on purpose. The Three, the Synoptic Many great scholars have attempted to create what is referred to as the synoptic (Meaning: “of or forming a general summary,” or in the case of […]

Why the Four Gospels are meant to be Different – Part 1 – The Design of God

Preface (1/2018) Jesus said as is recorded in John 5:38: “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (KJV) Hebrews 10: “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O […]

What does God’s Word Really say… Eternal Security & Resources

Introduction (1/17/2016) The aim for any diligent student of God’s Word should be to handle the original languages of both Testaments along with the grammar.  The Old Testament Hebrew is vague, which many times makes this point moot, but the Greek is a very precise and detailed language with many nuances found within the grammar, especially […]

*The Problem With Using Strong’s Concordance Dictionary ~ Greek Words ~ Word Studies ~ Greek Dictionaries and Resources

(ADDED ENDNOTE RESOURCES ~ 11/11/2017)   Strong’s Concordance and Dictionary One thing that many believers do concerning the handling of Greek words, is use Strong’s Concordance’s Dictionary to translate Greek words – this is not only a fundamental error but can lead to devastating conclusions regarding the misunderstanding of many Greek words.  (The last Endnote, number […]

Judging ~ Church Discipline ~ Forgiveness & Turning the Cheek*

Introduction Within our current generation, due to this Ghandi like presentation of Christ, wherein pacifism is the standard; how easy it is to demand that people not use discernment, biblically speaking, judgment; which appears to be so hard-hearted, it appears so unkind. “Let each man stand before his God,” is heard as an excuse to […]

Problems in the Church – Part 2 – A Lack of Discernment in Believers / The Church

Introduction This article was originally released under the title: “Why so Many Christians Make Bad Choices.” We understand that the English word “church“ (Greek: ekklesia) is NOT referring to a building that people meet in, but is believers as a whole (When used as a noun, with the article “the” preceding it), or as a local assembly […]

Problems in the Church – Part 1 – Studying God’s Word & What it Really Means

Introduction I am commonly asked why has a current church lost its power, being of such a non-affect concerning the world around us. I believe that there are two MAIN (Not only) answers of which I will deal within these next two articles: 1) Laziness, which is seen in a superficial handling of God’s word due […]

The Problem With Using Strong’s Concordance Dictionary.

(08/25/2017)       (The last Endnote, number #5; lists what Bible resources use which Greek New Testament, with colored fonts and a star grading system (the higher the blue star, the better), and some insights into these common Bible research aids – If I get anything wrong please let me know.  Thank you, Lisa.  […]

***The Heart and the Mind ~ What the Biblical word “Heart’ Means (7/29/16)

Introduction  In both the Old Testament (OT) and the New Testament (NT) the word “heart” is used to refer to the whole of the innermost part of the human, NOT merely the emotions. Culturally However, in the twenty-first century English the word “heart” is used to express the emotions as an individual compartment of the inner […]

Jesus’ Definition of Salvation ~ Eternal life ~

Introduction In defining salvation, I have heard many descriptions, formulas, directions, summations and doctrinal statements.  Over the past 50 years, I have listened to many learned theologians, pastors, and Sunday school teachers wax elegant in attempting to explain what being saved is, and is not.  Heard meaning Liturgical words, terms, and phrases (many times a benefit […]

Eternal Life vs. Eternal Security ~ What is Salvation?

Introduction After publishing this article I decided to change the name because many people misunderstand Eternal Life when it comes to Eternal Security; some think they are antithetical to each other.  They think that eternal security is a heresy, wherein the opposite is true.   But before addressing the article and the text at hand, please allow […]

God’s Perspective vs. Man’s Perspective

Introduction Man is so limited by the sin-nature that even the born-again believer is plagued with a sinful perception, wherein many times reality is beyond his comprehension.  We must remember:  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, […]

Why the Four Gospels are meant to be Different – Part 1 – The Design of God

Preface (Revised – 2/2017) Jesus said as is recorded in John 5:38: “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (KJV) Hebrews 10: “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy […]

James Does Not Contradict Paul Regarding Faith*

Introduction (02/10/2017) Unfortunately, due to the fact that many of us do not understand koiné Greek we are unaware of many grammatical principles which alter the understanding of some verses when translated into the English vernacular. In Koiné Greek, verbs ending in “oo” indicate that what is already on the inside – is then displayed […]

The Greek & Hebrew Languages – A Simple Overview (2016)

Greek ~ Genesis 43:13-18               Hebrew ~ Genesis 43:13-18  Introduction (Updated: 07/2016) Both the Hebrew and the Greek have their own particular differences which are utilized by God, and which presents God’s message to man in a diversity of style and effectiveness that complement each other. The Hebrew (Old Testament) language […]

The Rapture and the Second Coming, 2 Events or 1 ~ Compare & Contrast

Introduction* (2017) Regarding the Second Coming, the inconsistencies concerning a single event are staggering, therefore, by necessity, there must be two separate events, with the only answer being the Rapture as one, and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ as the other. One of the arguments of the opponents to the idea of the Rapture is […]

THE DATE JESUS WAS BORN* (Revised)

Introduction  When was Jesus born?  This is not an attack on Christmas, it is a correction of the traditions of men, yet it is the Savior of this universe that is important, not when men choose to celebrate His birth, please see my conclusion in order to gain a greater understanding of what I mean. […]

What does God’s Word Really say… “work out your own salvation,” and “grace did more abound”*

Introduction The aim for any diligent student of God’s Word should be to handle the original languages of both Testaments along with the grammar.   The Old Testament Hebrew is vague, which many times makes this point moot, but the Greek language is a very precise and detailed language with many nuances found within the grammar, especially […]

God, Through a Chicken’s Eyes & Faith

On one of those lazy sunny summer afternoons, I was sitting in the recliner in our backyard, simply enjoying the calm and pleasant silence. I had opened our chicken’s run and allowed the four of them to free range in our backyard. They happily scratched in the grass, watched over by our dog and two […]

Parables & Israel Calling Upon Jesus*

Introduction Parables have often been misunderstood or not taught correctly.  The error was not in the way they are presented but that full and complete information has been missing. A wise scholar once said the problem of the Pharisees was not in their execution of the law, but was instead that they did not go far enough with […]

Judging ~ Church Discipline ~ Forgiveness & Turning the Cheek*

Introduction Within our current generation, due to this Gondi like presentation of Christ, wherein pacifism is the standard; how easy it is to demand that people not use discernment, biblically speaking, judgment; which appears to be so hard-hearted, it appears so unkind. “Let each man stand before his God,” is heard as an excuse to […]

Eternal Life vs. Eternal Security ~ What is Salvation?

Introduction But before addressing the article and the text at hand, please allow me to lay down the foundation in order to better deal with eternal life and those doctrines in which it is a part of, which include statements regarding faith, salvation, Strong’s Concordance & Dictionary in regards to New Testament Greek, and 2 […]

Figures of Speech ~ Part 2 ~ A Few Examples*

Introduction In part one of “Figures of Speech” (LINK), we technically defined what “Figures of Speech” are and provided a few dozen examples of the different categories in regards to Figures of Speech. In part 2, we will give you specific examples of Figures of Speech, however, we will start off with a very basic introduction […]

Figures of Speech ~ Part 1 ~ A Brief Introduction*

Introduction (8/6/16 update) Hermeneutic (how we study the Bible, by what method we interpret it), the study of the methodological principles of Biblical interpretation, is vast in its scope and beyond the intent of this paper. However, due to the nature of this subject matter, it is important to present a caveat by way of […]

Why the Four Gospels are meant to be Different – Part 1 – The Design of God

Preface (8/2016) Jesus said as is recorded in John 5:38: “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (KJV) Hebrews 10: “Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O […]

Jesus ~ Our City of Refuge (Original)

“Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses: That the slayer that killeth any person unawares and unwittingly may flee thither: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood.”  (Joshua 20:2-3) In this passage we have […]

The Greek & Hebrew Languages – A Simple Overview (2016)

Greek ~ Genesis 43:13-18               Hebrew ~ Genesis 43:13-18  Introduction (Updated: 07/2016) Both the Hebrew and the Greek have their own particular differences which are utilized by God, and which presents God’s message to man in a diversity of style and effectiveness that complement each other. The Hebrew (Old Testament) language […]

*The Problem With Using Strong’s Concordance Dictionary ~ Greek Words ~ Word Studies ~ and Greek Dictionaries

(ADDED ENDNOTE RESOURCES ~ 11/11/2017)   Strong’s Concordance and Dictionary One thing that many believers do concerning the handling of Greek words, is use Strong’s Concordance’s Dictionary to translate Greek words – this is not only a fundamental error but can lead to devastating conclusions regarding the misunderstanding of many Greek words.  (The last Endnote, number […]

The Heart and the Mind ~ What the Biblical word “Heart’ Means (6/10/16)

Introduction  In both the Old Testament (OT) and the New Testament (NT) the word “heart” is used to refer to the whole of the innermost part of the human, NOT merely the emotions. Culturally However, in the twenty-first century English the word “heart” is used to express the emotions as an individual compartment of the inner […]

How does a believer be strong in the Lord?

Introduction The following is a response to a question asked in the comment section regarding my article entitled “Believers do not Pay the Penalty for their Sins, but they May Pay the Consequences” ~ LINK (this is somewhat revised with images added). . . . Comment by Pastor Mike:  “How does a believer be strong in the Lord?” […]

Problems in the Church – Part 2 – A Lack of Discernment in Believers / The Church

Introduction This article was originally released under the title: “Why so Many Christians Make Bad Choices.” We understand that the English word “church“ (Greek: ekklesia) is NOT referring to a building that people meet in, but is believers as a whole (When used as a noun, with the article “the” preceding it), or as a local assembly […]

Problems in the Church – Part 1 – Studying God’s Word & What it Really Means

Introduction I am commonly asked why has a current church lost its power, being of such a non-affect concerning the world around us. I believe that there are two MAIN (Not only) answers of which I will deal within these next two articles: 1) Laziness, which is seen in a superficial handling of God’s word due […]

God’s Perspective vs. Man’s

Introduction Man is so limited by the sin-nature that even the born-again believer is plagued with a sinful perception, wherein many times reality is beyond his comprehension.  We must remember:  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, […]

Does James Contradict Paul Regarding Faith

Introduction* Unfortunately, due to the fact that many of us do not understand koiné Greek we are unaware of many grammatical principles which alter the understanding of some verses when translated into the English vernacular. In Koiné Greek, verbs ending in “oo” indicate that what is already on the inside – is then displayed on […]

My Puppy is Broken – Sin

I know this may sound like an unusual title for an article, but please bear with me and maybe you’ll see a connection. Due to my occupation at the time and being single, I was unable to own a dog in my mid-30s through my late 40s.  For some people this is no big deal, […]

Christophanies ~ The Old Testament and Jesus

A Christophany is pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus in the Old Testament.  Introduction While some competent scholars may disagree with some of the following; the Theophanies (Theophanies: a visible manifestation of a deity) of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament is an accepted doctrine, beyond dispute based solely upon Scripture. One of the examples which proves that God visited the Earth, […]

The Preeminence of Christ ~ Part I ~ Jesus (John 5:39 & Hebrews 10:7)

All Believers should know that Jesus Christ is our focus, and that He is preeminent in ALL things. Our Focus Our relationship with God is solely and completely contingent upon Jesus the Christ of Nazareth, Who is not only our Savior, our Lord, our King and our Master; but also the Divine Son of God, […]

What is Christianity?

Question;   “What Does the Word of God Have to Say About What Christianity Is All about?” 1 – Jesus is God (Revised 02/07/2016) John 10:24-33 “Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I […]

Faith made Simple ~ Biblical Faith ~ Faith Defined

Biblical Faith (02/12/2016) One of the major areas wherein this ministry spends an excess amount of time concerns the subject of Biblical faith, which has more to do with establishing a relationship of trust in God, then understood by many as simply a tool of petition (And there is always a place for petition). This […]

*What does God’s Word Really say… “work out your own salvation,” “grace did more abound,” and Insights into Greek Grammar Resources, as well as Lessons from Kenneth Wuest

Introduction (1/17/2016) The aim for any diligent student of God’s Word should be to handle the original languages of both Testaments along with the grammar.  The Old Testament Hebrew is vague, which many times makes this point moot, but the Greek is a very precise and detailed language with many nuances found within the grammar, especially […]

The Rapture and the Second Coming, 2 Events or 1 ~ Compare & Contrast

Introduction (2017) Regarding the Second Coming, the inconsistencies concerning a single event are staggering, therefore, by necessity there must be two separate events, with the only answer being the Rapture as one, and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ as the other. One of the arguments of the opponents to the idea of the Rapture […]

THE DATE JESUS WAS BORN* (Revised)

Introduction  When was Jesus born?  This is not an attack on Christmas, it is a correction of the traditions of men, yet it is the Savior of this universe that is important, not when men choose to celebrate His birth, please see my conclusion in order to gain a greater understanding of what I mean. […]

The Reason for the Season – JESUS

Introduction Due to the corruption of the fallen nature of man, he is a sinner at birth, and no matter what will continue to be a sinner until the day he dies. This is the first fact that we must deal with before going any further in regards to our fellowship with God the Father […]

Dying To Self Series – Part 2 – Wisdom – The Solution – From God’s Word

General Introduction The reason I started this series is because of how the Holy Spirit has been working in my life in a special way.  Personal Motivation I have experienced a renewed commitment and zeal of the Spirit concerning my service to our Lord and Savior; in holiness producing love – “love the Christian way.” […]

The Whole Armor of God ~ A Short Synopsis

Introduction (Updated ~ Sept., 2018) For the mature Christian, we understand that we are NOT simply to do the right thing according to God’s word, but to do it the right way, and at the right time – God’s time. The hardest thing for a trained veteran soldier to do is to stand waiting for […]

A Word From Brent and a Short Article by Warren Wiersbe on the “Whole Armor of God”

From Brent, I wanted to take this opportunity to communicate to the email subscribers and any frequent visitors. Blog-site Practices It has always been my intention to create or republish an article every week.   I believe consistency is very important, though with my outside responsibilities and ministries, far too often I cannot keep up with this commitment […]

Dying to Self Series – Part 1 – Knowledge – The Problem – Self and Sin

Introduction (4th Updated, 11/28/2015) I feel led to take a short break from the “Eternal Security Series,” and go down a different road for a few articles, with a series called “Dying to Self Series.” I have always felt that teaching must be based upon God’s Word and not experience, and that being submissive to […]

Eternal Security Series – Part 2 – Salvation, Repentance, Confession, and Sin Defined

Series Introduction The following article is Part 2 of a series concerning what many refer to as “Eternal Security.”   The term “Eternal Security” is not found in the Bible.  It is a man-made term to describe the teaching that “Once a Christian is saved, they are always saved” – which by its very definition is […]

Eternal Security Series – Part 1 – Galatians 5 – “those that do such things…”

Series Introduction The subject which is referred to as “Eternal Security” has brought major division within Christianity as a whole, whereas some denominations support this doctrine and others deny it. It is a religious doctrine (Meaning: “A teaching of the church”) that many point to and state it was not taught by the church fathers, which […]

The Holy Bible – The Word of God

This book contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and that happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe and practice it to […]

Who & What to Trust Encyclopedia (2015)

– Who & What to Trust Encyclopedia (01-2016) Be sure to click on “Enable Edit” after opening the downloaded document in order for it to present with its pages and page numbers correctly.  The above link is to a downloadable copy of a word document which is a 88 page concise research dictionary and encyclopedia […]

The Prophecy of the Exact Day when the Messiah would Arrive the First Time ~ A Short Synopsis

Introduction One of the most unusual verses found in the New Testament is Luke 19:42-44, where Jesus holds the people accountable for not recognizing the day that the Messiah would come to Israel.   In the King James version of this passage, what is not seen in the English is the imperative that is in […]

The Problem of Using Strong’s Concordance Dictionary ~ Greek Words ~ Word Studies ~ and Greek Dictionaries

(Major Revision ~ 06/20/2016) Strong’s Concordance and Dictionary One thing that many believers do concerning the handling of Greek words is use Strong’s Concordance’s Dictionary to translate Greek words – this is not only a fundamental error, but can lead to devastating conclusions regarding the misunderstanding of many Greek words.   Language Roots This is because […]

Eternal Life vs. Eternal Security ~ What is Salvation?

Introduction After publishing this article I decided to change the name because many people misunderstand Eternal Life when it comes to Eternal Security; some think they are antithetical to each other.  They think that eternal security is a heresy, wherein the opposite is true.   But before addressing the article and the text at hand, please allow […]

What is Christianity?

Question;   “What Does the Word of God Have to Say About What Christianity Is All about?” (06/19/2015) 1 – Jesus is God John 10:24-33 “Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I […]

Judging ~ Church Discipline ~ Forgiveness & Turning the Cheek (Notable Work)

Introduction Within our current generation, due to this Gondi like presentation of Christ, wherein pacifism is the standard; how easy it is to demand that people not use discernment, biblically speaking, judgment; which appears to be so hard-hearted, it appears so unkind. “Let each man stand before his God,” is heard as an excuse to […]

Jesus ~ Our City of Refuge

Introduction Perhaps one of the more baffling statements that Jesus made is found in John 5:39, which states: “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” The term used in the New Testament “Scriptures“, referred directly to the Old Testament which included the […]

Figures of Speech ~ Part 2 ~ A Few Examples*

Introduction In part one of “Figures of Speech” (LINK), we technically defined what “Figures of Speech” are and provided a few dozen examples of the different categories in regards to Figures of Speech. In part 2, we will give you specific examples of Figures of Speech, however we will start off with a very basic introduction […]

Figures of Speech ~ Part 1 ~ A Brief Introduction *

Introduction (8/6/16 update) Hermeneutic (how we study the Bible, by what method we interpret it) , the study of the methodological principles of Biblical interpretation, is vast in its scope and beyond the intent of this paper. However, due to the nature of this subject matter it is important to present a caveat by way […]

Hebrews 6:4-6 Does Not Teach That a Believer Can Lose His Salvation (Notable Work)

Introduction Hebrews 6:4-6 is one of two passages (The other is Hebrews 10:25-27) in the book of Hebrews that has been used to support the premise that believers can lose their salvation, yet the grammar proves this to be untrue. If you would take the time to consider our previous extensive articles on Eternal Security, […]

Short & Sweet – Believers do not pay the penalty for their sins, but they may pay the consequences.

Introduction (Revised 02/06/2016) All born-again believers are aware that Jesus paid for every one of the sins we have ever committed or will commit, without exception. Yet what we do not feel as comfortable in considering is that many times there are dire consequences that we pay for those sins that we perform in the […]

Christophanies ~ The Old Testament and Jesus

A Christophany is pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus in the Old Testament.  Introduction While some competent scholars may disagree with some of the following; the Theophanies (Theophanies: a visible manifestation of a deity) of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament is an accepted doctrine, beyond dispute based solely upon Scripture. One of the examples which proves that God visited the Earth, […]

Parables & Israel Calling Upon Jesus*

Introduction Parables have often been misunderstood or not taught correctly.  The error was not in the way they are presented but that full and complete information has been missing. A wise scholar once said the problem of the Pharisees was not in their execution of the law, but was instead that they did not go far enough with […]

What is Christianity?

Question;   “What Does the Word of God Have to Say About What Christianity Is All about?” (07/25/2014) 1 – Jesus is God John 10:24-33 “Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered them, I […]

Does James Contradict Paul Regarding Faith

Introduction Unfortunately, due to the fact that many of us do not understand koiné Greek we are  unaware of many grammatical principles which alter the understanding of some verses when translated into the English vernacular. In Koiné Greek, verbs ending in “oo” indicate that what is already on the inside – is then displayed on […]

Problems in the Church – Part 1 – Studying God’s Word & What it Really Means

Introduction I am commonly asked why has a current church lost its power, being of such a non-affect concerning the world around us. I believe that there are two main answers of which I will deal within these next two articles: 1) Laziness, which is seen in a superficial handling of God’s word due to […]

The Trilemma ~ Jesus was Either a Lunatic, a Liar, or Lord ~ The Tool ~ Apologetics ~ Part 2

Introduction Part 1 of this series, “The Facts Concerning Christ ~ Apologetics ~ Part 1,” dealt with External acknowledgments concerning the existence of Jesus Christ in the form of reference to historians and notable individuals who presented Christ as a historical figure. Next we dealt with an external proof regarding the resurrection, that of the […]

The Facts Concerning Christ ~ Apologetics ~ Part 1

Preface Updated (02/2014) Originally the name this Article was: “Apologetics ~ Part 1 ~ External Proofs regarding Christ Existence and Resurrection – The Real Passover.” Perhaps  the most insightful comment made in the New Testament was made by Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit; when he stated: “But if there be no resurrection of the […]

Critically Thinking ~ The Superiority Of God’s Truth Over Man’s Opinions

Brent Writes: I did not write the following article, it is so good I would only muddy the waters concerning this issue.  It was written by Charles Pogue in June of 1996, and published in the “Montana Street Bulletin.” The article‘s content is much needed in the church today, because it stresses our need to […]

Does James Contradict Paul Regarding Faith

Introduction Unfortunately, due to the fact that many of us do not understand koiné Greek we are  unaware of many grammatical principles which alter the understanding of some verses when translated into the English vernacular. In Koiné Greek, verbs ending in “oo” indicate that what is already on the inside – is then displayed on […]

The Preeminence of Christ ~ Part 6 ~ Christophanies ~ The OT Appearances of Jesus*

A Christophany is pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus in the Old Testament.  Major Update – Typology added) Introduction While some competent scholars may disagree with some of the following; the Theophanies (Theophanies: a visible manifestation of a deity) of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament is an accepted doctrine, beyond dispute based solely upon Scripture. One of […]

Figures of Speech ~ Part 1 ~ A Brief Introduction

Introduction  Hermeneutics, the study of the methodological principles of Biblical interpretation, is vast in its scope and beyond the intent of this paper. However, due to the nature of this subject matter it is important to present a caveat by way of an insight into the author’s particular frame of reference in order to maintain […]

Figures of Speech ~ Part 2 ~ A Few Examples*

Introduction (2/2018) In part one of “Figures of Speech” (LINK), we technically defined what “Figures of Speech” are and provided a few dozen examples of the different categories in regards to Figures of Speech. In part 2, we will give you specific examples of Figures of Speech, however, we will start off with a very basic […]

Does James Contradict Paul

Introduction Unfortunately, due to the fact that many of us do not understand koiné Greek we are  unaware of many grammatical principles which alter the understanding of some verses when translated into the English vernacular. In Koiné Greek, verbs ending in “oo” indicate that what is already on the inside is then displayed on the […]

God’s Perspective vs. Man’s

Introduction Man is so limited by the sin-nature that even the born-again believer is plagued with a sinful perception, wherein many times reality is beyond his comprehension.  We must remember:  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, […]

The 4 Gospels ~ Why they are Meant to be Different

Introduction (Reprinting – 05/03/2013) What is amazing about the Gospels of Jesus Christ is that they are 4 different aspects or perspectives of Christ First Coming, and that they perfectly reflect the 4 ensigns (A flag with a symbol representing the tribe) of the 4 tribes as they were located around the tabernacle, which was a shadow (type) of […]

Saint – Bondslave (Updated)

Introduction I once had the following three questions posed to me in a class (This is a subject I am revisiting today, and all Believers need to remember periodically) I was taking. What is a “Saint,” what is a (Greek) “doulos,” (translated into the English word: “servant” literally rendered: “bond slave” ~ Romans 1:1; Titus 1:1) and […]

The Trilemma ~ Jesus was Either a Lunatic, a Liar, or Lord ~ The Tool ~ Apologetics ~ Part 2

Introduction Part 1 of this series, “The Facts Concerning Christ ~ Apologetics ~ Part 1,” dealt with External acknowledgments concerning the existence of Jesus Christ in the form of reference to historians and notable individuals who presented Christ as a historical figure. Next we dealt with an external proof regarding the resurrection, that of the […]

God’s Perspective vs. Man’s

Introduction Man is so limited by the sin-nature that even the born-again believer is plagued with a sinful perception, wherein many times reality is beyond his comprehension.  We must remember:  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, […]

The 4 Gospels ~ Why they are Meant to be Different

Introduction (Reprinting) What is amazing about the Gospels of Jesus Christ is that they are 4 different aspects or perspectives of Christ First Coming, and that they perfectly reflect the 4 ensigns (A flag with a symbol representing the tribe) of the 4 tribes as they were located around the tabernacle, which was a shadow (type) of God’s Throne […]

Does James Contradict Paul

Introduction Unfortunately, due to the fact that many of us do not understand koiné Greek we are  unaware of many grammatical principles which alter the understanding of some verses when translated into the English vernacular. In Koiné Greek, verbs ending in “oo” indicate that what is already on the inside is then displayed on the […]

Figures of Speech ~ Part 2

Introduction In part 1 of “Figures of Speech” (LINK), we technically defined what “Figures of Speech” are and provided a few dozen examples of the different categories in regards to Figures of Speech. In part 2, we will give you specific examples of Figures of Speech, however we will start off with a very basic introduction […]

The 4 Gospels ~ Reasons they are Different (A Notable Work)

Introduction (10/12/2012 ~ Expanded, Revised, Fixed, & Reformatted) Unfortunately, While this article has been one of the most viewed, due to the insertion of the table necessary to present it; it has been the most flawed due to the editor’s inability to present it properly.  Recently, I have not only reformatted it in attempting to deal with this […]

Apologetics ~ Part 2 ~ The Trilemma ~ Jesus was Either a Lunatic, a Liar, or Lord

Introduction Part 1 of this series (Apologetics ~ Part 1 ~ External Proofs Regarding Christ’s Existence & Resurrection), dealt with External acknowledgments concerning the existence of Jesus Christ in the form of reference to historians and notable individuals who presented Christ as a historical figure.  Next we dealt with an external proof regarding the resurrection, […]

A Short Theological Dictionary

The following theological terms are actually much simpler than they appear. It is because many of the words are transliterated (see below) from other languages, that they sound intimidating. . Angelology: Is the study of angels. Anthropology: Is the study of man. Anthropomorphism: Is describing human attributes to nonhuman things, such as using emotional type […]

Does James Contradict Paul

Introduction Unfortunately, due to the fact that many of us do not understand koiné Greek we are  unaware of many grammatical principles which alter the understanding of some verses when translated into the English vernacular. In Koiné Greek, verbs ending in “oo” indicate that what is already on the inside is then displayed on the […]

Introduction to the Book of Romans

Introduction (update) The book of Romans is perhaps the greatest masterpiece on the Christian doctrine ever penned.  It is elegant, intricate, and concise yet thorough.  Paul systematically addresses salvation (1), starting at the beginning with sin and man’s fallen nature (2), and how that man is judged before God outside the law, the result of […]

Trials & Faith

It is very common to find a mindset within Christian circles that “bad things happen to bad people,” a type of Eastern mysticism which is not supported by the Bible.  This type of karma thinking may seem to make sense, while at the same time making us feel safer – because if we are good, then […]

Faith & Trials

 Simply put, faith in God is cognitive belief based upon a track record of fidelity (trustworthiness), which creates confidence in God, what He has said, He can and will do, and as such it grows into a principle of life for the believer wherein God is trusted to take care of the person; this produces action […]

God’s Perspective vs. Man’s

Introduction Man is so limited by the sin-nature that even the born-again believer is plagued with a sinful perception, wherein many times reality is beyond his comprehension.  We must remember:  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, […]

The Preeminence of Christ ~ Part 7 ~ “Thou madest him a little lower than the angels…” ~ Guardian Angels Addressed

Introduction While this article addresses Angels in general, and what is referred to as “Guardian Angels” specifically; the primary subject is the preeminence of Jesus Christ, as it should be. Guardian Angels are said to be Angels that protect each and every one of us (with specific references concerning children) as individuals, they are said to be the guardians of […]

Meek ~ Christ the Great Example of Humility

Introduction Pride is a funny thing, it can hide itself in so many ways.  Simply put, pride is simply “preoccupation with self,” which can be seen either found in grandiosity or self-loathing, the key aspect is the point of focus which always must be on self.  It is when self must be the center of […]

Christian Rock ‘N Roll Music

Introduction Since the Jesus movement of the 1960s and 70s, the youth culture has vastly influenced Christian music; with the question being asked is the genre of Rock ‘N Roll appropriate for Christian music in general, and worship songs in particular.  The sub-genres within rock ‘n roll music can be: hard rock, acid rock, punk […]

How to be a Christian in an UnChristian World

Subject: The Christian Walk in a Sinful World Topics Covered: Daniel & His 3 Friends, Examples of Bad Christian Leadership, Biblical Definition of the word “Heart“,  Christ’s Example of Humility, A Grammatical Breakdown of Phil. 2:5-8, Thinking & Feeling, Essence vs. Attributes                “Meek,” the Biblical Understanding of the Word The Christian walk: Introspection, Developing Humility, and Fighting Pride A Story by […]

A Gun, a Dog, Burnt Hands, and the Cross; and How they’re All Connected.

This is dedicated to Nonni, as I promised that I would write a “real” blog. Reissued What an unusual title for a post, you might be thinking; and you would be absolutely correct.  Let us see if I can make sense of this enigma in the form of a title. Prelude I am a second amendment advocate.  No, I not only believe […]

The 23rd Psalm

  The Lord is my shepherd (that concerns relationship) –        I shall not lack my Savior I shall not want (that concerns supply) –        I shall not lack provision He maketh me to lie down in green pastures (that concerns rest) –        I shall not lack necessity He Leadeth me beside the still waters (that […]

The Church Gaps

Introduction (updated errors, thank you Jackie) There are twenty-four references in the Bible to gaps (some call them parentheses, wherein according to Daniel’s 70 weeks [Dan. 9:24-27], there is a pause, a parentheses in the timeline where God’s dealing with Israel stops, at their rejection of Jesus and the Church starts the parentheses then when the Church is Raptured the […]

Legalism ~ PRIDE

How it Works In examining legalism in the Bible we do not find the word “legalism”1 used per se, but we see a good example of it in the Pharisees of Jesus’ day.2  They were a prime example of legalism in action.  In the Pharisees’3 particular way of life, who they were determined what they […]

Regarding the Greek & Hebrew Languages – A Simple Overview (2016)

Greek ~ Genesis 43:13-18               Hebrew ~ Genesis 43:13-18  Introduction (Updated: 07/2016) Both the Hebrew and the Greek have their own particular differences which are utilized by God, and which presents God’s message to man in a diversity of style and effectiveness that complement each other. The Hebrew (Old Testament) language […]

Figures of Speech ~ Part 1 ~ A Brief Introduction

Introduction  Hermeneutics, the study of the methodological principles of Biblical interpretation, is vast in its scope and beyond the intent of this paper. However, due to the nature of this subject matter it is important to present a caveat by way of an insight into the author’s particular frame of reference in order to maintain […]

The Preeminence of Christ ~ Part 3 ~ Why the 4 Gospels are meant to be Different ~ A Personal Statement & Introduction*

Introduction The following are some of my personal considerations concerning presenting the four different purposes and functions of the four different Gospels. First, let me say why I think it’s important to examine this teaching – it’s because this teaching is meant to fulfill what Romans 10:17 states; “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word […]

The Preeminence of Christ ~ Part 2 ~ Why the 4 Gospels are meant to be Different ~ The Four Ensigns – Practice

Introduction (Revised: 02/07/2014) On the left Do the four Gospels demonstrate any symbolic or metaphorical relationships with the four ensigns (a flag, banner, or standard that a company rallies behind) mustering the Camp of Israel around the Tabernacle? Yes they do, with amazing consistency within each metaphorical type. But Why –  to Display the Preeminence of […]

The Preeminence of Christ ~ Part 4 ~ What God’s Word Says & Prophecies*

The Preeminence of Christ For the Christian, the first and primary rule of Biblical interpretation (“hermeneutics”) centers on the relationship of the “Word of God” (the Bible), to Jesus Christ, referred to as the preeminence (meaning: “above and beyond everything else in importance” – pre [“before”], eminent [“importance”]) of Jesus Christ (Heb. 2:10), in both the Old and […]

The Titles of God

Introduction In the Bible, God’s wisdom is manifested in that He not only used language to communicate with man. He repeatedly utilized teaching tools such as: object lessons, types, shadows, parables, similes, metaphors, allegories, oxymorons, and other types of figures of speech (There are 217 “Figure of Speech” in the Greek language – see E. […]

Does Paul Contradict James

Introduction Unfortunately, due to the fact that many of us do not understand koiné Greek we are  unaware of many grammatical principles which alter the understanding of some verses when translated into the English vernacular. In Koiné Greek, verbs ending in “oo” indicate that what is already on the inside is then displayed on the […]

Regarding the Greek & Hebrew Languages (2016)

Greek ~ Genesis 43:13-18               Hebrew ~ Genesis 43:13-18  Introduction (Updated: 07/2016) Both the Hebrew and the Greek have their own particular differences which are utilized by God, and which presents God’s message to man in a diversity of style and effectiveness that complement each other. The Hebrew (Old Testament) language […]

Faith Bible Ministries Blog ~ An Online Study of the Bible

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” ~~~~~~ This online Bible study series addresses primary New Testament words in their original language - Koinè Greek - as opposed to mainly using the English translations; which is like adding color to a black-and-white picture.

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