Steve Hulshizer

Reflections on the Virginia Tech Tragedy of April 16, 2007

Many years later I remember exactly where I was on November 22, 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated.  No doubt everyone alive on that date remembers when and where they heard the awful news. We all probably have a list of events, both joyful and sad, which are lodged in our minds and which we will not forget. Sadly, we can now add April 16, 2007 to the list. On this day students at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, VA went to their classes never expecting that th...

Sacrificing Children to Idols

The following article was written around 1985. “For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into the sanctuary to profane it… (Ezekiel 23:39) In this portion of Ezekiel God is pronouncing judgment upon Israel and Judah for their idolatry. They were so far removed from God they even sacrificed their children to idols. Most likely this in is reference to the fire god Molech. It is reported that the image was heated to a glowing red, and t...

Stewardship

For many the word “stewardship” is synonymous with “money.”  While money is a major part of stewardship, stewardship is a much broader subject than just money. In fact, limiting our thinking to money could be a cause for us to fail in our various stewardships. Stewardship is a major theme in the Bible. This may not be apparent at first, but a deeper look will reveal it. Lucifer, for example, had a stewardship. In accordance with  Isaiah 14:12–17 and Ezekiel 28:12

An Urgent Need for Prayer

The Lord’s people are often encouraged to pray for missionaries and the presentation of the Gospel of Christ around the world, and rightfully so. These laboring brothers and sisters face danger, discouraged, and disappointment daily. They need our prayers. Unfortunately, the prophet in his own country is often forgotten, or overshadowed by the rightful care for those laboring abroad. Many laboring saints in their home country are forgotten when it comes to prayer.  Thankfully,...

Is the Church to be a Chameleon?

There is much being written today concerning church growth, and we would be wise to heed to some of it. For example, we cannot expect poor preaching, poor singing and an unfriendly atmosphere to produce either spiritual or numerical growth. Common sense should tell us this. There are those however, who would urge us to take extreme measures to reach the lost. They would treat the Gospel Meeting like a presidential campaign. In such campaigns producing an “image” of the candida...

While He Lingered

These words, "While he lingered," are some of the saddest and most convicting words you will find in Scripture. They are stated in reference to Lot when the city of Sodom was about to come under God’s judgment. We read, "then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city." (Gen. 19:15) A clearer warning of the impending doom of this city could not be given. The end had come, and all that...

The Love of God

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  1 John 4:10 True love is characterized by self-sacrifice. No where is this more evident than with the love of God. (John 3:16) It is a love which is "uncaused" in the sense that there was nothing in the objects loved that "caused" God to love them. He loved them because He is love and chose to love them. God’s love is "unconditional." It is not based on th...

Aprons of Leaves

      …and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. Gen. 3:7 There is a great debate raging today over what is called “Lordship Salvation.” The debate centers around the question, “Does a person need to accept Jesus Christ as Lord when he accepts Him as Savior, or is that a subsequent decision dealing more with sanctification than salvation?” We might begin by asking the question, “Is it pos...

Would you refuse help in time of need?

The red cross has been used for many years as a symbol for emergency aid. Military medics wear a red cross on their helmet. Hospitals, first aid stations, dispensaries, and ambulances are often identified by a red cross. When disaster strikes relief agencies respond and the red cross symbol can often be seen on rescue personnel and emergency vehicles. These agencies are a great help to those suffering personal injury, or great loss due to a flood, fire, or other disaster. ...

It Is Better to Grow Grass

Having had the experience of starting two lawns from scratch I know it is better to grow grass than it is to pull weeds. There is no special formula for having a good lawn, simply grow grass! Good grass keeps out weeds. The better the grass the fewer the weeds. Many people spend a great deal of time pulling or spraying weeds in their lawn, when it would be more beneficial to spend their time growing good grass. When the grass is fed and cut properly weeds will have a difficult time ga...
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