Topical Studies

Names of Jesus: The Vine

Published: December 19, 2018 (Originally published: December 18, 2015)

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)


Names of Jesus: The Light of the World

Published: December 19, 2018 (Originally published: December 19, 2015)

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Literally this means that those who join Jesus as one of His followers will not be ignorant of spiritual matters but will have the power of understanding especially of the spiritual truth that brings eternal life.


Names of Jesus: The Redeemer

Published: December 18, 2018 (Originally published: December 17, 2015)

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Jesus had to be God to forgive our sins, but He had to be human to redeem us.

“…our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own,


A Christmas Message

Published: December 11, 2018 (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 Christmas Story … Part 2 (Conclusion)

Published: December 7, 2018 (Originally published: December 14, 2013)
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived. Luke 2:21

The Christmas Story … Part 1

Published: December 5, 2018 (Originally published: December 7, 2013)
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. Isaiah 9:6

Who Are We, Anyway?

Published: December 3, 2018 (Originally published: November 28, 2015)
As we begin another Christmas season, let's review exactly what the Lord's arrival on Earth has done for us. It'll help us remember the reason for the season and rekindle our joy in the midst of all the hustle and bustle.

God’s Blessing Game

Published: November 28, 2018 (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.

The God Without … A Thanksgiving Message

Published: November 26, 2018 (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)

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

Published: November 21, 2018 (Originally published: October 8, 2014)
We don't give because He needs our money, but because we need His blessing.