Jim McKendrick

A Good Study

In the summer of 1988, I was privileged to come under the ministry of Dr. David Gooding for the first time. I enjoyed it thoroughly and decided to make it my business to avail myself of the opportunity each summer to spend a week under the guidance of this able and humble servant of the Lord in a Bible Study Seminar at Greenwood Hills, PA. Not only has he enabled me to learn something of the passages of Scripture we were studying, but has taught me some valuable lessons...

Character Witnesses

The Bible's content is primarily historical. God has chosen to reveal Himself in the histories of men and women, nations and peoples. As they move across the stage of human history, our Bible follows them and comments on them from God's perspective, thus giving us a revelation of God and His ways with men. As history progresses from the beginning of time, we see God's purposes unfolding until, in the end of time, He is all and in all, and all glory and honor is given to...

Quiet Moments with Friends

My wife is away from the house for the day, and it is quiet--not even any phone calls (which is highly unusual). I have spent the time with two of God's choice servants who have stirred my mind and warmed my heart. Of course they were not here physically, but they have spoken to me just as if they had been. Who were they? Mr. Bill MacDonald and Mrs. Madge Beckon. What wonderful companions they have been! Both of them directed my mind and heart to the Lord Jesus Christ...

Mysterious

Some folks like to sit down in an evening with a good "mystery" book. As the reader tries to follow the twists and turns of the plot, he is drawn on to the end of the book where finally the villain is captured. Right triumphs over wrong and all live happily ever after. That's what happens in fiction books, but the real stories of life don't always turn out quite that neatly. We live in a world where many happy beginnings don't end that way. The tragic snuffing out of ...

Revive Us Again

Much has been written in the last fifteen years or so on the subject of "renewal" and "church growth." This has resulted in much division and discouragement because it has tended to turn our attention away from biblical principles. Instead it has turned our eyes to Madison Avenue hype, business management techniques, and pop-psychology. No one can deny the necessity of real revival and a resurgence of good gospel preaching. It should be noted that revival and gosp...

What You Think, You Are

Many years ago I sat in tenth grade Biology class, arguing with my instructor about evolution. Charts were produced that seemed to point to the fact of evolution. After all, who could argue with known facts derived from fossil data? One day, the teacher showed me that even the Bible was open to the facts of evolution. The fourth day the "waters brought forth" the living creatures and then in the fifth day the land creatures arrived. That certainly agreed with the scien...

Eagles and Crowns

Something about the eagle's size, power, and regal look stirs me. My favorite coffee mug has eagles painted on the side; I have a calendar (last year's) that has drawings of eagles for each month. The text of Isaiah 40:31 with a cross-stitched eagle hangs on the wall of my of my study, and a molded brass eagle paperweight sits on my desk. But I have never held a real eagle, and very seldom seen one up close--except once, in the San Diego Zoo. I stood in front of the...

A Glorious Book

Paul would tell us in Philippians that the knowledge of Christ Jesus his Lord was supreme over all other knowledge. The letter to the Hebrews begins with the fact that in God's Son is the fullness of the message that He has given. The Lord Jesus is better than angels, better than the first Adam, than Moses, Joshua, and Aaron, for He is supreme in His position and in His person over all of these. He is the One to whom all the Old Testament points and all the New Testame...

Faith Works

A professor I had in college once said, "Knowledge is the amassing of facts, while wisdom is the ability to use those facts in a correct way." Not bad for a college professor. There is a group of Old Testament books known as "wisdom literature." Proverbs is one of those books and the word "wisdom" is used 59 times in the 31 chapters. There is one book in the New Testament that gives us some of the same "wisdom literature" flavor. It is the book of James. We do not see m...

According to Rome

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 thesis on the door of the Wittenburg Church and officially the Reformation had begun. On March 29, 1994, a number of leading evangelicals signed a joint declaration titled, "Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the 3rd Millennium." This document had the approval of the Vatican and was the culmination of more than two years' work. It essentially says that Evangelicals and Catholics are on the same...
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