Topical Studies

A Christmas Message

Published: December 13, 2019 (Originally published: December 24, 2014)

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Let’s take just a moment to look beyond the controversy over when the Lord came and focus on why He came.  I think Isaiah gave us the best explanation the Bible offers. What follows is my adaptation of Isaiah 53.


The Feast of Hanukkah … History And Prophecy

Published: December 11, 2019 (Originally published: December 17, 2014)
He will be succeeded by a contemptible person who has not been given the honor of royalty. He will invade the kingdom when its people feel secure, and he will seize it through intrigue. (Daniel 11:21)

Messianic Prophecy In The Old Testament

Published: December 4, 2019 (Originally published: December 9, 2015)

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In the time after their sin and expulsion from the Garden Adam and Eve must have felt incredible despair. They had experienced life both before and after the curse, the only ones to do so, and had first-hand knowledge of the difference.


The God Without … A Thanksgiving Message

Published: December 2, 2019 (Originally published: November 25, 2015)
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100)

God’s Blessing Game

Published: November 27, 2019 (Originally published: November 21, 2015)
When the Pilgrims had experienced their first successful harvest in the New World, they decided to give thanks for the Lord's provision, even though half of them had died in the year since their arrival. Inviting the neighboring natives to join them, they held a three-day celebration patterned after their knowledge of the Feast of Tabernacles.

Want To vs. Have To: Discovering the Joy of Giving

Published: November 25, 2019 (Originally published: October 8, 2014)
We don't give because He needs our money, but because we need His blessing.

From This Day On I Will Bless You

Published: November 20, 2019 (Originally published: September 27, 2008)

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Seek His Kingdom

On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Haggai: “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Ask the priests what the law says: If a person carries consecrated meat in the fold of his garment,


And All These Things Will Be Given To You As Well

Published: November 4, 2019 (Originally published: September 25, 2010)

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

When times are uncertain, there’s a lot of talk about what we should be doing to protect ourselves. The internet is rich with advice. Some is competent and some is not, but almost all of it involves applying the ways of this world.


Spare The Rod And Spoil The Child?

Published: October 30, 2019 (Originally published: April 10, 2008)

This popular verse cannot be found in the Bible because it’s neither a Bible verse nor a Biblical principle.  It’s like that other non-Biblical verse, “The Lord helps those who help themselves” in that it’s quoted by people who know little or nothing about the Bible to elevate certain kinds of behavior from mere human tradition to spiritual truth.


What Did Jesus Do In Hell?

Published: October 28, 2019 (Originally published: September 1, 2012)

Commentary by Jack Kelley

“I believe in God the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth and in Jesus Christ, his Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell;