Steve Hulshizer

They Heard John and Followed Jesus

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.  John 1:6–8 John the Baptist came to bare witness to the Lord Jesus Christ. This he did faithfully as he directed those in his hearing away from himself to the Lamb of God. One day John stood with two of his disciples. "Looking upon Jesus...

The Promise, the Prospect, and the Period

In John 14 Christ encourages his disciples by declaring that while He was leaving them, He would return. "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3) The Promise—Every believer in Christ has the ...

The Holy God

What comes to mind when we think of the word holy? Dictionaries have great difficulty attempting to define it. Usually it is associated with divinity, but never really defined. Of course the religious world makes great use of the word, but as with many Biblical words they are but part of their jargon and empty ritual. Mr. A.W. Tozer in his book, The Knowledge of the Holy, makes the following comments in the chapter on the Holiness of God. "We know nothing like divine holiness. It stands...

Reassembling the Assembly

The question is often asked, "Do assembly principles apply to meetings held outside the assembly?" The answers vary greatly depending on who you ask. The real problem is that Scripture does not address such gatherings, and, as such, in the eyes of many we are left to our own thinking. It is evident from Scripture that in the early New Testament church the local assembly was the gathering place. We read of the Christians "continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread...

The Truth of Headship

(Excerpt from the book by the same title) God is never the author of confusion or disorder (1 Cor. 14:33). He never establishes a situation, or condition where disorder exists. On the contrary, He always establishes peace, and the government, or order of authority necessary to maintain it. Even within the Divine Godhead there is an order of authority. Scripture speaks of the Father "sending" the Son (John 12:49; 17:23), and of the Father giving the promise of the Holy Spirit to the S...

The Overworked Philosophy of Self-esteem

The wholesale club flyer came today and there it was right on the front cover. A picture of a young boy with a Superman T–shirt and cape, and in big red letters were the words, "Empowering your kids: Help them soar with self–esteem." For several decades we have been bombarded with the philosophy of "Self-esteem." Christian psychologists and public school systems have promoted the self-centered philosophy in a great variety of ways. In many elementary schools...

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The resurrection of Jesus Christ sets Christianity apart from all the religions of the world. Scripture presents Christ as a risen Savior on the other side of death, "alive for evermore." (Rev. 1:18) The Christian has a personal relationship with, and is in union with, a living Savior. The resurrection of the body was denied by the Sadducees of Christ’s day. (Luke 20:27) The preaching of Christ’s resurrection was mocked by the heathen of Paul’s day. (Acts 17:18, 32) Th...

Paul's Exhortations to Timothy

As the apostle Paul nears the end of his life, much of which had been poured out for the Lord, his heart is moved towards Timothy and what his son in the faith will face in the coming days. Writing from his dungeon, the veteran missionary pours out his heart and concerns for the younger, and perhaps discouraged Timothy. Surely, the younger saints of our day would benefit from listening in as Paul, who is about to depart this world, gives Timothy his final instructions. A...

Consistency

Consistency—we expect it from the newspaper boy, the weatherman, the local restaurant, our employer, and basically from anyone with whom we do business. Unfortunately inconsistency characterizes many saints and it consequently impacts their marriages and assemblies. In the assembly it is seen most evidently in sporadic attendance. It is difficult to function as a body of believers when you never know what members will be in attendance. Imagine in our own bodies if various member...

The Mind of Christ

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5) We frequently turn to this passage during our remembrance of the Lord Jesus Christ in the breaking of bread. Though we have been there many times before, each time we are overwhelmed with the downward stoop the Son of God was willing to make in order to accomplish God’s redemptive will. He had a work to do, and He did it completely, despite the fact that it required Him to leave a place of glory, and take up...
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