The Theology of Balaam’s Donkey (Revelation 2:14)

The theology of Balaam's Donkey

Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Revelation 2:14

In the Bible, God’s Holy Word, we find two accounts of animals that spoke human language. The first took place within the Land of Eden, in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis 3, a Serpent speaking to Eve. Then, in Numbers 20-24, the wicked prophet Balaam was rebuked by his donkey for beating him. Continue reading

Glory that Surpasses Suffering (Romans 8:18-25)

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Romans 8:18-25

When I was a Youth Director, my good friend and mentor was diagnosed with breast cancer. Miss Debby, as she was affectionately called, had been the Christian Education Director and director of the church’s daycare and school for decades. She never married or had any children of her own. Her life was fully dedicated to Christ and nurturing children and adults alike. Miss Debby suffered two rounds of chemo over the next year. It was hard on her. It was hard for us to watch. Continue reading

Do You Know The Ten Commandments? (Matthew 5:17-18)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Matthew 5:17-18

There was a time in the American culture when children and adults knew what the 10 Commandments were. They memorized them and attempted to apply them to life. Unfortunately, most Christians today cannot name them. Continue reading

A Christian Response to COVID-19 (Romans 8:38-39)

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Romans 8:38-39

At the time of writing this article, toilet paper and hand sanitizer are nowhere to be found. Flour and sugar are quickly disappearing from shelves. There are over 179,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide, resulting in over 7,000 deaths. No vaccine is yet publicly available. In Pennsylvania, testing kits are in limited supply and schools are closed. Continue reading

Extinguishing Hell (John 16:11)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

John 16:11

Since the fall, since pride and sin contaminated the world, men have tried to deny or explain away Hell. God’s judgement is that there are consequences to our sin, evil thoughts/deeds and behavior. Hell is the ultimate consequence of our unbelief and our choices. Continue reading

Why did Jesus keep his ministry a secret? (Mark 1:29-34)

The Gospel of Mark
Mark 1:29-34

There was a peculiarity about Jesus’ ministry that may surprise you in today’s content-driven, media-crazed culture. Throughout most of his earthly ministry, Jesus kept his identity under wraps. If social media had existed in Jesus’ day, he would not have used it. He would have been the person at the party saying, “No photos online, please!” Continue reading

The Pandemic (Matthew 4:4)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Matthew 4:4

There is a pandemic that has silently moved through the world. It is particularly acute in our region. It is not the Coronavirus or Avian Flu. It is Bible Illiteracy. Continue reading

A Commitment Whose Benefits Far Outweigh its Cost (Mark 1:16-20)

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Mark 1:16-20

Commitment is waning in our society. Sociologist Peter Berger once said, “The modern mind is distinguished by this: to the modern person, our needs and our own fulfillment is more real to us than any other obligation.” Berger is saying that if it comes to choosing between fulfilling our own desires or fulfilling our commitment to another – say a child, parent, boss, our membership in a group, etc. – we have a greater tendency to choose fulfilling our own desires than we did several decades ago. Many sociologists say this trend has only gotten worse since Berger said this. Continue reading

The Amnesia of Sin and The Plague of Pride (Psalm 10:4)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Psalm 10:4

Sin gives us amnesia; it makes us forget.

Our amnesia has its roots in our sin nature and in our world. We forget how faithful God has been in the past. Even now his steadfast love, grace and mercy is at work. We know this, yet… Continue reading

The Mission of God’s Kingdom (Mark 1:14-15)

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Mark 1:14-15

The Gospel of Mark, and Jesus’ mission on earth for that matter, can be summarized in one verse: “‘The time has come,’ Jesus said. ‘The Kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’” (Mark 1:15) Continue reading