“I Can’t Become A Christian Because I Know That I’ll Mess Up”

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

Over my years of preaching the Gospel, I have been richly blessed to speak with several individuals about lots of different topics.

One of the topics that has come up more times then I can count deals with excuses people make about not wanting to become a Christian.   Continue reading “I Can’t Become A Christian Because I Know That I’ll Mess Up”

Job Bible Class: Job’s Friends-Part One

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

Quotation For Consideration

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? (Abraham Lincoln)

Introduction

Most of the Book of Job is a series of conversations between Job and his three friends: Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. While much of these friends’ attitudes and actions are reprehensible, there are some commendable things about them which stand out.

In this lesson, we will carefully consider some of the more endearing qualities of these men. The main text we will be studying comes from the second chapter of Job:

Job 2:11-Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. For they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him, and to comfort him. Continue reading Job Bible Class: Job’s Friends-Part One

Prophesying In Proportion To Our Faith

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

In the Book of Romans, there is a very interesting passage which the Apostle Paul has left for us:

Romans 12:6-Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;

What lessons may we glean from this inspired Word of God?

To answer that, let us look carefully at three things.   Continue reading Prophesying In Proportion To Our Faith

Not Under Bondage

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

In the seventh chapter of the Book of First Corinthians, the Apostle Paul discusses questions that the Christians in Corinth had posed, especially relating to questions of marriage.

After pointing out that Christians who are married to non-Christians need to do everything they can to maintain their marriage (in the hopes that they might be able to one day save their unbelieving spouses-1 Corinthians 7:12-16), Paul discusses the situation of a Christian whose unbelieving spouse deserts them.

He writes these intriguing words:

1 Corinthians 7:15-But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. Continue reading Not Under Bondage

Original Sin?

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

One of the prominent teachings of our day and age is that children are born as sinners.

This teaching (largely borrowed from the Catholic Church) embodies the idea that humans are born as sinners as a direct result of the sins of Adam and Eve.

Of course, Scripture is clear that children do not inherit the sins of their parents.

For example, Ezekiel the Prophet declared:

Ezekiel 18:20-The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. Continue reading Original Sin?

The Bible And Drugs 

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

Introduction

Our area of the country has been ravaged by the scourge of drug abuse.

When I first moved to Kentucky, a friend of my father was speaking with him about life in Hazard. His advice?

“Tell your son not to move to Hazard, it’s the drug center of America!”

I am thankful that I did move to this area, and I am thankful for all of the addicts that we are blessed to work with.

In this article, I want to examine a very important question: what does the Bible teach about drugs?   Continue reading The Bible And Drugs 

Qualities Of A Godly Mother

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” (Washington Irving, 1783 -1859)

I am convinced that one of the greatest blessings in the entire world is a godly mother.

Of course, there are others who share this sentiment, as evidenced by the holiday known as Mother’s Day.

In researching the history of when Mother’s Day became a national holiday, we find the following: Continue reading Qualities Of A Godly Mother