Thanksgiving wasn’t so happy for everybody

More Volunteers Needed To Serve The Homeless All Year, Not Just During the Holidays by Rev. Paul J. Bern Another Thanksgiving has gone by, and I have once again seen the usual fanfare on various media about hundreds of volunteers coming out to feed the homeless this past week. It then occurred to me that, […]

Bible study this week will be the first half of 1st Timothy chapter five

Giving Proper Respect To Women and the Elderly [1st Timothy chapter 5, verses 1-15] Last week when we finished chapter 4, we read the apostle Paul’s warning to Timothy about false prophets, phony healers and deceitful teachers. Do not hesitate, Paul wrote, to put these individuals out of the church, and to warn everyone he […]

The Real Origins of Thanksgiving

The True Origins of Thanksgiving by Rev. Paul J. Bern Each one of us was taught back when we were kids that the tradition of Thanksgiving has its origins dating back to the early 1600’s when the Pilgrims celebrated it for the first time. But did you know that the first Thanksgiving celebration was based […]

This week’s Bible study will be 1st Timothy chapter 4

Warnings About Organized Religion [1st Timothy chapter 4] Last week as we closed out 1st Timothy chapter 3, we found the apostle Paul giving Timothy, his former understudy and pastor-in-waiting, additional pointers about church administration as well as the fine points of choosing those who were to be serving under him. The qualifications for such […]

Exhortations and Rebukes From Our Lord

Of Blessings and Warnings [Luke chapter 6, verses 17-26] by Rev. Paul J. Bern There are a lot of afflicted, hurting and just plain exhausted people in the world today. People whose lives are filled with sadness, who are poverty-stricken, as well as the tremendous number of people who experience loneliness. The world we live […]

This week’s Bible study will be 1st Timothy chapter 3

Some Advice For Today’s Church Leaders From the Apostle Paul [1st Timothy chapter 3] Today we will continue our ongoing study of the apostle Paul’s writings, taking up where we left off last week at the end of chapter two. In this letter to Timothy, Paul cautions him about certain individuals who crave to be […]

Defining the word ‘repentance’ in modern terms

What Does ‘Repentance’ Mean? By Rev. Paul J. Bern Having spent last week commenting on politics as it applies to Christianity, it has come to my attention that more of my readers want me to focus on preaching and teaching the Word to the very best of my ability (so help me God) and a […]

This week’s Bible study will be 1st Timothy chapter 2

Settling the Debate About the Role of Women In Church [1st Timothy chapter 2] When we last left off at the conclusion of 1st Timothy chapter one, I concluded with the words, “Love, unconditional love, always wins and triumphs over hate, aggression, fear, and greed.” Today, I will do my best to go deeper with […]

For this week’s Bible study of the Book of Romans, we’ll be moving on to chapter 12

Contributing To One Another [Romans chapter 12] Today in our continuing series of studies of the book of Romans, we move on to chapter 12. In this chapter, Paul talks about how we can initiate fundamental change for the better from within ourselves. He then explains how this renewal of self can affect our place […]