Present

When you think of the word “present,” what comes to mind? As you might have guessed, around here we love words. It is our primary medium of communication. We love playing with words and enjoyed comedians of yore like Abbott and Costello and their use of word play with routines like “Who’s on First?” Now we’re dating ourselves… But what of the word “present”? All by itself it could mean many things. It’s a word … Continue reading

‘Look, here is the Christ!’

In Matthew 24:23 Jesus forewarns His followers to be aware of deception and deceivers to come, saying, Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. This warning is also recorded in Mark 13. Why is He warning them? For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. (Matthew 24:24) … Continue reading

Jesus is Lord

Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Scientists, Mormons, some New Agers and other non-Christian groups would cheerfully say, “Jesus is Lord” if they are put on the spot to do so. This becomes puzzling to some in light of Paul’s words to the church in Corinth. He wrote: Therefore, I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in … Continue reading

The How and Why Questions of Life

We all know how often the “how and why questions” are utilized by human beings, and we all know that often they either cannot or will not be answered to our complete satisfaction. A mother walks into her young child’s bedroom – which is a disaster area – and asks, “How did this room get to be such a mess?!” Of course, mother already knows exactly how it happened and who did it, but will … Continue reading

Who Raised Jesus From the Dead?

(Originally printed in the Fall 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal page 5) Compiled by Corkey McGehee (All Scripture quotations are from the WTBTS New World Translation of the Bible.) When, though, he was raised up from the dead, his dis­ciples called to mind that he used to say this, and they believed the Scripture and the saying that Jesus said. (John 2:22) God raised Jesus: Acts 2:32 This Jesus God resurrected, of which fact … Continue reading

They Were My Friends

When someone leaves a cult or spiritually abusive religious group, it often means they will be abandoned by everyone who was their friend when they were inside the group. This practice is called shunning, and cult members take very seriously their spiritual “duty” to shun former friends and even family members who leave the group. So, for many former cult members, the statement “they were my friends” brings on terrible sadness and angst. Were they … Continue reading