Author: Larry Foster

I am a 61 year old devout conservative Christian. I worked 31 years as a tax professional and recently retired. I became a Christian at age six and have been studying the Bible my entire life. I am editor of this blog and started it to present a defense of the traditional conservative Biblical worldview.

The Gift of Helps


b072215-157_t670I Corinthians 12:28 introduces the gift of Helps – “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”  First, it is clear that God assigns the gifts in the Church per his sovereignty. Second, he assigns them to “some” so no gift is given to everyone as there are diversities of gifts in the Church Body. I Corinthians 12:4.  

The Greek wordtranslated “helps” is found only here in the New Testament; therefore, the exact meaning of the gift of helps

The Fallen Mystique of Baseball

mickey-mantle-roger-maris-signed-photo-bb32eI was recently watching a baseball related movie called “61” about the home run race between Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris in 1961.  They both had a chance to break Babe Ruth’s all time home run record of 60. When Roger Maris hit his 61st homerun on the last day of the season only a small crowd was present in his home stadium and there was little fanfare, including leading up the game. The movie then reverted to when Mark McGwire hit his 62nd homerun in 1998 to break Maris’ record.  There was much hype leading up to the event and the game was delayed for a long time for congratulation and ceremony.

I could not help reflecting

Slaves of Righteousness

unknownEveryone has two choices in how to live their life – either as slaves of sin or slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:16 states “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”  For a Christian, Jesus Christ is their new master to whom they submit and they no longer are a slave to sin but rather are slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:18. Christians are His bondservants (Romans 1:1).  The word for bondservant is “Doulos” which referred in Greek culture to the involuntary, permanent

So This Is Christmas

the-annunciation-gabriel-mary_1163839_tmbIt is Christmas Eve.  The night before we celebrate the birth of our Savior.  A time when, as C S Lewis said, “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.”

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. Personally, I enjoy it all – the music, food, gifts and general good cheer that accompanies the season. But most importantly I love the remembrance and celebration of the birth of Jesus, the reason for the season.  Corrie Ten Boom said it best – “Who can add to Christmas?  The perfect motive is that God so loved…

Glorify God in Your Trials

2eec7f06e6a3add42dfda620cb60b94dWe all sometimes wonder why God allows trials to come into the lives of Christians such as death of loved ones, poor health, loss of jobs or positions, or unhappy family situations.  We understand that we are just passing through this life and Heaven is our ultimate destination but why cannot this life be at least comfortable for us at all times.  God’s purpose in allowing trials is to test our faith and show the genuineness of it and to glorify God by humbling ourselves to submission to God who allows both good and bad things into our lives as He wills in his sovereignty. 

I Peter 1:6-7 states…

Live The Life You Are Called To

jesus-washing-feet-01It is very easy for people to find discontentment with their lives.  Whether it is having less money than thought necessary, family discord, lack of recognition for their accomplishments, their looks, or an unfulfiling job, many Christians face discontentment/disappointment with their lives. God’s remedy for this is his command for Christians to live the life that he has called them to.

I Corinthians 7:17 states “But as God has distributed…

Bear With One Another

intolerance-15-728The fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22 is comprised of Godly attitudes present in the lives of those with the Spirit of God.  The Holy Spirit is the one who produces the fruit through us and these fruits are not produced in any way by our natural self.  In fact, the flesh produces “works of the flesh” by human energy as opposed to the fruit of the Spirit which is grown as a branch abides in the vine (Christ). John 15:5.  The “fruit” of the Spirit is singular as it produces one kind of fruit – Christlikeness.

One attitude of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22 is forbearance.  Forbearance or longsuffering is defined…

The Perversion of Homosexuality

imagesAlthough the Supreme Court may have sanctioned homosexual marriage, the Bible is clear that it is a perversion of God’s way.  Romans 1 states that God delivers homosexuals over to a reprobate mind to do what is morally wrong.  Despite the fact that God has planted evidence of himself and knowledge of what is right and wrong in the very nature of man by reason and moral law the homosexual suppresses the truth…

Forgive Thy Brother

 

02479c1829cc23ebf3485a2973df9feeJesus told his disciples to “Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.  And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.”  Luke 17:3-4. Matthew 18:21-22 raises the bar further by commanding that we forgive persons who sin against us up to 490 times, essentially unlimited forgiveness.  This mirrors the way God deals with our sins, that is, forgiveness without limits…

Properly Helping the Poor

garfieldlazy_2816Verses such as Proverbs 29:7 remind us to “consider the cause of the poor”.  As Christians, we are under a Biblical mandate to help relieve the suffering of the poor.  However, this does not extend to persons who refuse to work to provide for themselves.  In II Thes 3:10-12 we are commanded to work to provide our own bread to the extent possible and that if any person refuses to work neither should they eat.  We do a disservice to any poor person who we provide sustenance who could otherwise…

Honor Everyone

1I Peter 2:17 instructs us to “honor everyone”.  This includes honoring with our submission to the king and governors (our governmental leaders) – verse 13-14; our masters (employers) – verse 18; wifes to husbands – Ephesians 5:22; the church to Christ – Ephesians 5:24; to one another – Ephesians 5:21; and to our Father and Mother – Ephesians 6:1.  As slaves of God we are commanded to submit to our earthly masters and authority figures even if they are wicked – I Peter 2:18.  It brings God’s favor upon us  if we endure grief from suffering unjustly and God’s favor is worth the suffering!

It is distressing… 

Blessed Are the Meek

meeknessOne of the most important traits that a Christian can possess is meekness or humbleness.  Mathew 5:5 states that “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”  Titus 3:2 – “to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.”  Proverbs 16:19 – “It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.”  James 4:6 -“God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

William MacDonald…

Subjects of the Higher Powers

imagesRomans 13: 1-2 states “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers (governments/rulers).  For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”  It is interesting that Paul wrote this passage while the wicked Nero was Emperor who was persecuting the Christians.

This passage reminds us that all authorities and powers…

Lying Tongues

imagesLately we have seen much dishonesty documented by many of our country’s leaders and even by members of the news media.  This dishonesty is not unique in our history for our establishment leaders but it never ceases to be disturbing to a God-fearing person. Proverbs 6:16 reminds us that God hates a lying tongue.  Psalm 5:6 states that “Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing (lies): the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.”  God’s holiness demands…

Be of Good Cheer

 

meme-bible-john-peace-1342009-wallpaperIn reading the Bonhoeffer biography by Eric Metaxas, I was struck by how Bonhoeffer maintained his joy and basic Christian goodness even in the midst of persecution while in prison.  Like Joseph in the Bible, even the prison authorities were drawn to him, finding him genuinely kind and generous – even those guards who were despised by the other prisoners.  Metaxas says that “He was a genuinely good man, a living rebuke to the forces that oppressed them and over which they (both prisoners and guards) had little power.”  He became a confessor to those in the prison – even the guards. Afterward prisoners wrote about…

Innocent Wise and Sophisticated Foolish

imagesMatthew 10:16 instructs us to be “wise as serpents, and innocent as doves.”  Romans 16:19 instructs us to be “wise unto that which is good, and innocent concerning evil.”  Ephesians 5:12 instructs us that “it is shameful even to mention what is done (by the wicked) in secret.”

It is certainly not fashionable today to be considered        “innocent” in regard to evil.  Many people…

The Correct Position

three-men-in-fiery-furnace-39474-wallpaperI was recently reading Daniel 3:16-18 which tells the story about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.  They told King Nebuchadnezzar that they would not bow down and worship his golden image and further that they had a God who could save them from the furnace of fire – which was the penalty for refusal.  They went on to say “But even if he does not (save us), let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you  have set up.”  These godly men were so different from many we see today as they did not follow the “politically correct” way, as all but them and Daniel…

Ghosts in Hell

hqdefaultC. S. Lewis stated in his book Mere Christianity that “Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.”  In his book Perelandra Lewis describes how the Garden of Eden scene might have played out on another planet.  A character in the book, Professor Weston, becomes demon possessed and thereafter loses an independent personality as he becomes controlled by Satan and eventually becomes indistinguishable from Satan.  Weston plays the role of tempter of the Eve character (the Lady of Perelandra) and is described as the Un-man.

Lewis describes Weston…

A Quiet Life

imagesThere are a number of verses in the Bible that command us to lead a quiet life, to provide for ourselves and to mind our own business.   I Thes 4:11 encourages a Christian to  lead a quiet life, to mind their own business, and to work with their own hands.  II Thes 3:12 commands a Christian to work with quietness and eat their own bread.   I Peter 3:4 notes that a meek and quiet spirit is of great value in the sight of God.

These verses contrast…

A Prisoner of God

maxresdefaultThe following passage from the Bonhoeffer biography by Eric Metaxas really spoke to me. Hitler had just came to power (by popular election no less) but had not as yet gained complete power and had to use persuasion to accomplish what he later accomplished by decree.  He was attempting to get the Church to come into league with the State and throw off any doctrine that contradicted Nazi doctrine including throwing out the whole Old Testament as too Jewish.  Part of the Church immediately begin to fall in line with Hitler and most of the rest eventually did as the church leadership and lay persons very much wanted to be part of the fashionable Nazi opinions of the day which were…

Praying Without Ceasing

pray-without-ceasingI Thessalonians 5:17 reminds us that we are to “pray without ceasing”.  But how is this to be accomplished as we go along in our daily lives? The great confederate general and devout christian Stonewall Jackson once explained how he implemented this in his life after a friend complained about the difficulty of obeying this scriptural command.  Jackson insisted that one could so accustom themselves to prayer, that it could easily be obeyed in a christian’s daily life as follows:

“When we take our meals…