Posts from August 2013

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When Facing Desperate and Critical Times

by Rev. Tom Shelton

PRAY There are times when we feel incapable and sense deep, intense inadequacy. When those times occur we need to cry out to the Lord and He will answer.  The LORD will meet our most desperate need.  He will help and equip us to handle the difficult situation: “I am the vine, and you are […]

“Tongues” – Survey of the New Testament

by Rev. Tom Shelton

I Corinthians 13:8-13 Tongues are no longer discussed after 55 A.D. when I Corinthians was written.  References to prophecy and knowledge in the church pass away entirely so that by 94 A.D. there is nothing of these mentioned in the letters to the seven Churches of Asia (Rev. 1:4, 3:22) except for a false prophetess […]

“The Mirror and Me” by Linda

by Rev. Tom Shelton

Here’s a thought!  What if I had a mirror, visible only to me, that I could use to watch my face to see how it looks, reacts and changes as the day goes by.  Would I be happy or pleased with what I see?  God sees it, others see it, but do I really  “see” […]

HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE

by Rev. Tom Shelton

INTERPRETING SCRIPTURE When interpreting the Bible, our general rule is to interpret a passage literally unless the context or just plain good sense dictates otherwise.  We can be certain, for example, that when Jesus referred to the Pharisees as “white sepulchers” (Matthew 23:17), He did not mean they were literal white-washed tombs. Some words are […]

Getting Up When Down

by Rev. Tom Shelton

You are probably doing this study because you have asked for help working through a trial, just feeling plan lousy and maybe even depressed [having lost hope].  Good, you have recognized that you need something or someone besides yourself.  The first step in recovery is seeking the help we need. This study will point you […]

Parable of the Four Kinds of Soil

by Rev. Tom Shelton

Matthew 13:3-8; 18-23 Introduction: Jesus taught in parables many times, so what does a “parable” mean?  It is a comparison.  It is the placing of an illustration alongside of another subject.  Sometimes Jesus used things, sometimes people, and sometimes stories, but always recognizable by those who were listening to Him. In this parable there is […]

OBM News by Linda

by Rev. Tom Shelton

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11 What  more reason and encouragement do we need to learn, study and memorize verses that make up the Bible, God’s Word.  It’s a command.  On our website, openbibleministries.net, we have selected memory verses to read and learn. That’s […]

Following the Path to Jesus by Linda

by Rev. Tom Shelton

Following the path to Jesus requires getting off the wide path of sin and merging into the narrow path of salvation and Christian living. Charles Spurgeon says Jesus has set before us an open door, so don’t be so slow to enter.  The door is large enough to be thrown open with an assured welcome […]