Slop Bucket Religion and the Tithe

If you’ve been around church for very long, you’ve probably heard a message from today’s Bible reading* about robbing God. In fact, Malachi 3:10 is probably one of the most-used verses when it comes to encouraging God’s people to give a “tithe”. Many preachers preach against people robbing God by withholding the tithe. Under the…

Free Will?

Today’s Bible reading* raises an interesting question: “How free is our free will?” Many people hold very strongly to the view that everyone has free will. There are even Free Will Baptists. Second Chronicles 36:22 and Ezra 1:1 are obviously parallel passages; they say the same thing about Cyrus of Persia. In the first year…

The Lord is Their Inheritance

God tells Ezekiel He will restore the priesthood today’s Bible reading* and reminds him that the Lord is their inheritance. He reminds them of His original charge and requirements of the priests. Obviously, they had forgotten. When God’s people took the land that God had promised Abraham, each tribe was given a portion of the…

Dem Dry Bones

Today’s Bible reading* is the basis of the old Spiritual chronicling the reconnection of dry bones to form a mighty army. “The foot-bone connected to the ankle-bone. The ankle-bone connected to the leg-bone….” God asked Ezekiel if the dry bones could live. Ezekiel answered that only God knew the answer to that question (Ezekiel 37:3)…