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Charles G. Finney

THE CHALLENGE OF LOVE

Charles G. Finney"Thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbor, and not suffer sin upon him"--Leviticus 19:17. Men are bound to reprove their neighbors for sin, or they become partakers or accessories to their sin. If we really love God, we will feel bound to reprove those who hate and abuse Him and break His commands... Read More
William MacDonald

The Bishops

William MacDonaldFirst of all, we must distinguish between the New Testament concept of a bishop, and the title as it is used today. In the apostolic church, a bishop was simply one of several mature Christians in a local church who cared for the spiritual welfare of that church. Today, in church systems, a bishop i... Read More
J.B. Buffington

The Fall of Noah

Open your Bible to Genesis 9:20-29: And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth ... Read More
J.C. Philpot

The Soul's Growth in Grace

J.C. Philpot"For before the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches. They shall be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the earth--and the fowls sha... Read More
J.W. McGarvey

Church Government

The subject assigned me is too large to be set forth in all its bearings in a single lecture; and the controversies in regard to it which have existed for many centuries, have raised so many questions, that to dispose of them all even briefly, would require a volume instead of a lecture. I am not ex... Read More
Greek Word Studies

Coarse Jesting (2160) eutrapelia

Coarse Jesting (2160) (eutrapelia from eú = easily + trépo = to turn = well-turned, i.e. ready at repartee, jocose) literally means to turn easily and describes witticisms in a vulgar sense. The idea is that the person "turns easily", making quick comebacks with clever words having for example doubl... Read More
Greek Word Studies

Elders (4245) presbuteros

Elders (4245) (presbuteros the comparative form of présbus = an old man or an ambassador) (Click Vine's discussion) referred to men who were older or more senior with no negative connotations but rather a sense of venerability. Presbuteros is transliterated into English as “presbyter” (a leader in o... Read More
Greek Word Studies

Encourage (exhort, comfort, implore) (3870) parakaleo

Implore (3870) (parakaleo from para = side of, alongside, beside + kaleo [ word study] = call) means literally to call one alongside, to call someone to oneself, to call for, to summon. Parakaleo can include the idea of giving help or aid but the primary sense in the NT is to urge someone to take so... Read More
Greek Word Studies

Father (3962) pater

Father (3962) (pater) is the genitor (a begetter), by whom another is begotten. Stated more simply this is a man who has begotten a child. Father is the progenitor, the ancestor in the direct line (a forefather -- thus Adam was the "progenitor" of the Human Race). Thayer's full Greek Definition of p... Read More
Greek Word Studies

From (575) apo

From (575) (apo) is a preposition which means "from", "off from" "away from" and shows separation. Webster's defines "from" as "as a function word to indicate physical separation or an act or condition of removal, abstention, exclusion, release." Apo basically means the going forth or proceeding of ... Read More

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