The Psalm of the Word (Part 2): Purity

How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord; Teach me Your [...]

The Psalm of the Word (Part 1): Blessing

How blessed are those whose way is blameless, Who walk in the law of the Lord. How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart. They also do no unrighteousness; They walk in His ways. You have ordained Your precepts, That we should keep them diligently. Oh that my [...]

The Psalm of the Word (Introduction)

The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119. Its one hundred seventy-six verses are divided up into twenty-two eight-verse stanzas. The entire psalm focuses on a single theme – the word of God. While the psalm covers a single theme, each of the twenty-two stanzas emphasizes something different about God’s word. As we study [...]

“It Means What It Says”

Almon Beach Green (1808-1886) grew up in Norton, Ohio in the 19th century – a time in which many were beginning to question the conflicting teaching among the denominations. He determined to investigate the Scriptures for himself and began reading through the New Testament. As he read, he became more convinced that the Bible was [...]

Samuel Robert Cassius: “I Had Rather Preach the Gospel for What I Can Eat”

Samuel Robert Cassius (1853-1931) was an African-American preacher and part of the Restoration Movement. He spent most of his years preaching in Oklahoma. During this time, he often struggled to support his family and, of necessity, engaged in other work than just preaching to provide for them. The following excerpt from his book, To Save My [...]

D.A. Sommer: The Same Movement, Yet We Are Different

Daniel Austen Sommer (1878-1952) was the son of the gospel preacher, Daniel Sommer. In 1916, D.A. Sommer debated J. Roy Wright of the Christian church. The debate dealt with several issues, including instrumental music in worship and missionary societies. In his first speech, Sommer pointed out something that he and Wright had in common. “About [...]

The Root of the Problem (Index)

Over the last few months, I’ve been posting chapters from my book, The Root of the Problem: Why We Sin & How We Can Overcome. The list below is an index of all of the posts in this series: Introduction / Preface Part 1: The Problem of Sin Part 2: “We Are Only Human” – Not [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 21): Conclusion

To remove sin from our lives seems like a daunting, if not impossible, task. While is it true that we have all sinned (Romans 3:23), that does not mean that we must resign ourselves to a sin-filled future. Many, even those who would call themselves Christians, are content to remain in sin. This must not [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 20): No Fear of God

When Paul indicted all under sin, he quotes several passages from the Old Testament to describe the sinful state of man: there is none righteous, there is none who does good, their feet are swift to shed blood, etc. (Romans 3:9-17). At the end he reveals the mindset that leads to all these failings: “There [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 19): Lack of Love for God

If we are to put away sin from our lives, we would do well to remember what Jesus describes as the greatest commandment. “And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost [...]