We live during days that are very similar days to the days of the prophet Joel, even though many centuries separate us, our cultures are very similar. At one time during the history of the USA, there was a very healthy fear of the Lord. Children used to pray at school even if they did not come from families that were faithful to God. Many children learned how to read using the Bible as their guide. Bible stories were once the bedtime stories that children heard from their parents. Somewhere along the way, people stopped seeking fellowship with God. It did not happen overnight. It happened little by little until social/secular life became separate from spiritual life and many just completely moved away from spirituality. This discretion is a mirror image of what happened in Israel during the life of the prophet Joel. Society was falling apart then as it seems to be doing now. I would like to examine the root of the problem and see what solution God offers to right was has been made wrong by us, the people. Continue reading
I want to address this topic because the more I teach “What does the Bible say about sex” to teens, the more I realize the confusion between these two sins. I even remember hearing while I was growing up that masturbation is wrong because you spill your “seed” on the ground like that guy in the Bible and God condemned him.
I would like to use this article to clarify the difference between the sin of masturbation and the sin of onanism. Unfortunately, the dictionary calls onanism masturbation but as we will see from the Biblical example, onanism is not masturbation. Onanism is not just simply a man spilling his seed on the ground.
What does the Bible teach about masturbation? Continue reading
I have really enjoyed looking at II Timothy and discipleship together with II Corinthians and Biblical leadership. The two go hand in hand. If we would follow God’s Word, we would learn how to disciple others and be good leaders as we do it. You can read article number 5 here. As a recap, here is what we learned in the last article on leadership.
- A good leader is able to forgive and he teaches his followers to do the same.
- A good leader cares for the well being of his followers.
- A good leader is an aroma of the knowledge of Christ everywhere he goes.
- A good leader does not manipulate people with the Word of God. Continue reading
This summer, I had the privilege of attending a session where the epistle to the Colossian church was studied and taught. I really enjoyed the Bible study and the lessons. I translated for the English speakers at the session. I really had to think through the messages as I translated so the main idea and principles were imprinted upon my mind. I had never studied Paul’s epistle to the Colossian church before so I was excited to learn new things. I want to share some of the lessons via this blog in the form of articles. I will teach this study to the core of our youth group this fall so I want to use this opportunity to refresh my memory. Continue reading
I wrote an article about this idiom on our English website. I invite you to read it because this idiom that we use comes from the Bible.
As we continue our study of “practicing what you preach” we arrive to chapter 6 of Ephesians. This lesson is extremely practical because it covers relationships. How important are relationships? If you have lived very long then you know that every aspect of your life deals with relationships. You have a family relationship with those who live with you. You have relationships with your coworkers or classmates. Continue reading
I went to teach at a college dorm last Tuesday night and was shocked by what occurred. First of all, many of the dorms in Moldova use the co-ed staggering method of housing. For example, a dorm with 6 floors will have a girls floor followed by a guys, repeating the same pattern all the way to the top floor. From talking with a few former college Continue reading