Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Quote – Definition of Sin

| September 23, 2009

E.A. Elam wrote, “No adequate definition of sin can be given; no complete description of it may be had.  Sin is distinctively a Bible conception; the Bible alone sets forth the full meaning of sin.  Sin is to be distinguished from crime, which is an offense against civil law; sin is to be differentiated from […]

Illustration – Railroad Silence and Sin

| September 23, 2009

A train no longer ran through a certain part of town.  Every night, when the train was in the past running, the police department received calls claiming suspicious “going on’s.”  What was the problem?  The neighbors were so used to the sounds, the absence of them caused them concern.   While I know it sounds strange, […]

Illustration – Railroad Noises and Sin

| September 23, 2009

The story is told of a family who lived close to a railroad track, where trains passed hourly with their ringing bells, clacking wheels and shrieking whistles.  Visitors would often ask, “how can you sleep at night with all of that noise?”  They often explained that when they first moved there, they could hardly get […]

Illustration – Sin

| September 23, 2009

Many of you are familiar with the oft-told story about the long church service President Calvin Coolidge attended.  Mr. Coolidge’s mind tended to wonder (some of you might already be thinking, “what did Perry say?”).  President Coolidge’s wife decided to test him, asking what the sermon had been about.  “Sin,” the often verbally brief Coolidge […]