Author: Douglas Thomas

Bible Knowledge Test

To whom was Jesus talking when He said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.”? (Luke 17) (Some translations render the statement, “among you.”) Clearly, then, the Kingdom and the Church are not the same thing. […]

Why Believe?

Please remind yourself what your reasons are for believing Jesus. Not just believing in Him, but as Paul wrote, “I know Whom I have believed…”, why you believe Him. Do it in several ways: What was the first convincing idea or experience or instruction that caused you to trust Him? What is the most pivotal […]

Your Inheritance

Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints. And coarse and […]


God is our refuge and strength,a helper who is always foundin times of trouble. Therefore we will not be afraid,though the earth tremblesand the mountains toppleinto the depths of the seas,though its waters roar and foamand the mountains quake with its turmoil. (Psalm 46:1-3 Holman Christian Standard Bible ©®) […]

Glory to God

Give your God some glory by asking for astonishingly great things in prayer!  Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think—according to the power that works in you — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. […]

Being Righteous

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.   (2 Corinthians 5:21 English Standard Version ©®) Not taking responsibility for the power and authority and righteousness that are parts of our identities when we become born again and then […]

Doing the Work

It has always seemed strange to me that Yahweh asked Moses (Exodus 14:15) “Why are you crying out to Me?” Crying out to the Source of my Strength and Salvation and Life always seems like the right thing to do, heh? How much of what we ask Jesus to do for us in our lives […]


Why did Jesus teach in parables? Why are some of them still unexplained? When is the last time you asked Him to explain one? Every time His disciples asked Him to explain one, He did… […]


If I give you five pounds of platinum, you can verify the weight of it. You cannot verify the value of it, though. You could verify that someone is willing to trade a certain amount of some other material for it, but someone else would offer a different amount of the same material for it, […]

Good Religion

Wikipedia, the modern displacer of almost all encyclopedias, includes this statement in its definition of “religion:” “…there is no scholarly consensus over what precisely constitutes a religion.” No wonder I have felt so much like it was not a problem to have a different definition for the word “religion” from almost everyone. It is as […]

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