I post papers I have written, some during my graduate and post-graduate studies, some in response to other papers, and some written for other purposes like Sunday school classes or Bible studies. I also post observations on whatever comes to my mind and videos from teaching sessions.
Today I received in the mail a copy of the 54 page Winter 2020-2021 Christmas Gift Guide from the Pentecostal Publishing house. I was grateful to discover on page 4 a full page advertisement for my newest book, The Holy Spirit: A Commentary.
In addition, two of my other recent books are offered: Reading Between the Lines: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament and Looking Forward: A Clear View of Biblical Prophecy.
I hope these books will be helpful to those who receive them as Christmas gifts this year. Discounts on products listed in this catalog are available, as can be seen below.
Proverbs 10:27 (NKJV) — 27 The fear of the Lord prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
Long life or short life? The life of those who fear the Lord may be prolonged because their fear of Him prevents them from doing harmful things that tend to shorten life. The years of the wicked may be shortened because, in their wickedness, they do risky things that tend to shorten life.
Proverbs 10:26 (NKJV) — 26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy man to those who send him.
Do not send a lazy person. Just as people are annoyed by smoke in their eyes or vinegar on their teeth, so those who use a lazy person will regret doing so. Things of importance should be entrusted only to those who are faithful. Faithfulness is demonstrated in small things.
Luke 16:10 (NKJV) — 10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
2 Timothy 2:2 (NKJV) — 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Proverbs 10:25 (NKJV) — 25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
The transitory nature of wickedness; the permanence of righteousness. The wicked are as unstable as a whirlwind; the righteous are solid and enduring. Righteous persons will not be a “flash in the pan.” Their light will continue to shine through tests and trials.
Proverbs 10:24 (NKJV) — 24 The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted.
Faith and fear. In some ways, faith and fear are two sides of the same coin. Faith is trust in God; fear is a lack of trust in God. There is a result of trusting God, and there is a result of failing to trust God.
Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) — 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.