Robert Gessner

Hope - A Key Word in the New Testament Epistles

    Hope is a keyword in the New Testament epistles and it is one of the keys that opens the door to renewed living in our daily Christian life. We are living in days when despair and fear are becoming more and more an ingredient of daily life. The Christian is very vulnerable to such attacks and the answer is often not in the medicine cabinet but in the hope of the Holy Scriptures. Hope is a word that has to do with the unseen and the future. Faith lays hold of the hope th...

The Family of God

Our Entrance into the Family of God     But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name (John 1:12).     Man in his natural wisdom rationalizes that we are all members of the same family, the human family, when we are born into this world. The Word of God makes it emphatically clear that by nature we are ...

Restraining the Tongue

For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. And if any one does not offend in speech (never says the wrong things) he is a fully developed character, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature (James 3:2). From time to time, we receive much needed instruction about the dangers of the teaching of Speaking in Tongues, but we also need to be instructed about the dangers of carelessly speaking in tongues that God has given to all of us. Below is a list of...

Our Faithful, Unchangeable Friend

God has always been faithful to His people down through the ages. He was faithful to Abraham, Job, Joseph, Moses, David, Daniel, and the hosts of Old Testament saints whose stories we love to read. “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” (Deut. 7:9) His faithfulness to the church through its twenty centuries has been astounding. In spite...

The Old and The New

The ways of man are often a mystery. There are times when we are quick to abandon the old "traditions" for something new. Yet there are other times when we are very reluctant to give up the old for something new. Often the decision is influenced by those around us. If keeping the old makes us seem odd or different, we are ready to adapt the new. If on the other hand, a new challenge in life confronts us, we are slow to respond because it would change our lifestyle and people ...

The Characteristics of a Culture Without God

Every culture has had its opportunities to know God. "What may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse" (Rom. 1:19,20). Certainly our American society has had countless opportunities to know God. What happens to a country or culture that refuses to acknowledge...

Outside the Camp

Hebrews 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. (KJV) Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. (NKJV) Therefore let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing abuse for him. (RSV) Let us then go forth (from all that would prevent us) to Him outside the camp, (at Calvary), bearing the contempt and abuse and shame (with) Him. (Ampified) 1. What is the camp? It is anything where Christ is in name...

The God of Abraham

Just completing a careful study of the life of Abraham in Genesis, the student sat back in his chair, looked at his carefully prepared notes, and asked himself, “What do you think of Abraham now?” He thought for a long time, and then answered, “My opinion of Abraham has not changed very much. He’s nothing but a man as he himself stated, ‘I who am but dust and ashes.’ (Gen. 18:27) But now I am filled with wonder as I think of the God of Abraham. HeR...

Filled Up With All the Fullness of God

For out of His fullness (abundance) we all received (John. 1:16) The story of the feeding of the five thousand is the one miracle of Christ that is recorded in all four Gospels. One of the significant points of the miracle is the proof that it furnishes that Christ is able to give over and above all our needs. Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten" (John. 6:13). Christ gives ...
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