The Love of Christ in the Song of Solomon

The following is a guest post by my son, Mark Eaton. When it comes to seeing the love of Christ in the Song of Songs, errors can be made in two opposite extremes. Often, every word is presented as part of an allegory of Jesus and the Church, or Jesus is removed altogether and is … Continue reading The Love of Christ in the Song of Solomon

Golden Bowls Filled with Prayer

Revelation gives us a fascinating picture of golden bowls filled with our prayers at the throne of God. What is this telling us? Why would our prayers be presented this way? Let us look at the basic biblical interpretation of this passage and then close with one point of speculation. Our Heavenly Father knew no one in … Continue reading Golden Bowls Filled with Prayer

The First Six Seals of Revelation

It started with the drama at the throne (Revelation 5). The scroll containing the inheritance of the children of God was sealed with seven seals, and no one could open it. No one, that was, until the slain Son of God appeared. Because he died and rose again, he is worthy. He had borne the wrath they deserved. Because of this, he is both just and … Continue reading The First Six Seals of Revelation

When Downcast, Look to the Throne

Put yourself in this situation. It is somewhere between 70 and 95 AD, and the church is under siege by the world. You have seen Nero take some of your brothers and sisters in Christ, tie them to poles, cover them in tar, and set them on fire to light his parties. The enemies of God have even … Continue reading When Downcast, Look to the Throne

Sin is Only as Hidden as God Allows

If we have been nursing secret sin and we have not been exposed, that is because up to this point, God has not decided to reveal it. Nothing we do is unknown to God, and in his omnipotence, he could expose us at any moment if he so chooses. Sin is only as hidden as God allows. … Continue reading Sin is Only as Hidden as God Allows

Set Apart for the Gospel

All believers have been set apart by the gospel, but have we all been set apart for the gospel? This was Paul's reality. God had made Paul a minister of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, but what about us who have not been called to preach? Jesus called Paul to be an apostle. Along … Continue reading Set Apart for the Gospel

“Justified by Works” (Understanding James 2:24)

If faith without works is dead and we are justified by works and not faith alone, as James suggests, is there a contradiction in scripture? Paul says we are justified by faith apart from works. What is going on with these two passages of scripture? This article takes a quick look at this issue. CLICK TO READ…

Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

Why did Jesus speak in parables? The standard answer, in one sense, seems to be the exact opposite of what Jesus told us. The typical response to that question is that Jesus spoke in parables to make his teaching clearer to his audience. After all, they tell us, parables are earthly stories with a heavenly meaning. Most people view … Continue reading Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?

6 Reasons to Proclaim Christ Despite Hostility

If we live boldly for Christ, even in love, many people will despise us for it. However, in Matthew 10:26-39, Jesus gives us six reasons to proclaim his name anyway and not fear. These six reasons are incredibly encouraging and should motivate us all to preach the gospel even if we are not facing adversity for doing so. They remind us … Continue reading 6 Reasons to Proclaim Christ Despite Hostility