2016

Chapter and Verse Divisions in the Bible

Where did the chapter and verse divisions in our Bibles come from? When Scripture was originally written, there were no chapter and verse divisions. These man-made additions to our Bibles came much later. It was Stephen Langton, an Archbishop... next...

Archaeology: Friend or Foe of Biblical History? Out of Egypt and Into the Wilderness

In previous articles, we have looked at how archaeology can be utilized by Christians who affirm the historicity of the Old Testament events. Though many in our day claim that archaeology causes problems for believers, we have asked whether... next...

The Log of Tribalism

Introduction Now that we’ve reached the halfway point in this series of articles, let’s review where we’ve been and where we’re going. Fueled by a desire to be helpful to our confessional and conservative churches, I’ve... next...

“I Am the Bread of Life”: A Devotional on John 6:35

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” —John 6:35 Our focus in this series will be on the seven “I Am” statements... next...

The Fullness of Time - Understanding the Context of Christmas

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son . . .” —Galatians 4:4a For my family, living in a community with a coal-mining heritage has been a new experience. Since we didn’t grow up hearing the... next...

“I Am the Good Shepherd”: A Devotional on John 10:11–30

We are up to our fourth of seven meditations on the seven “I am” statements of Christ in the Gospel of John. In each of these statements, our Lord reveals something about Himself. He has referred to Himself as bread (John 6:35),... next...

Salt Life Report - RYS Convention 2016

Salt is good, but if salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another. ­—Mark 9:50 This is my third year at the RYS Youth Convention. I can undoubtedly say that... next...

Convention 2016: Salt Life

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver —Prov. 25:11 This year at convention we learned how to live the salt life. Our main sessions taught about being at peace with one another. As Christians, “we are broken... next...

Reformed Youth Services 2016 Annual Convention

In this twentieth anniversary year of Reformed Youth Services (RYS), the fifteenth annual convention was held at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. The week of July 25–29 brought just short of seven hundred youth, sponsors, speakers,... next...

The Tongue, Small Yet Great

For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look... next...
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