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Book of Hebrews

A Bird in the Hand

Circumcision: A Foreshadow of the New Covenant

The New Wineskin - Understanding the New Covenant

Sign of the Fig Tree

fig tree
Israel, the Tribulation and the Church

Parable of the Fig Tree

This is Jerusalem

Abraham and the Grace that Works

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Moses the Middleman

Salvation is of the Jews

Many Called, Few Chosen

Withered - The Parable of the Cursed Fig Tree

Understanding the Book of Revelation
Book of Revelation

The Spirit of the Antichrist

Portrait of the Antichrist - Revelation Chapter Six

Strategy of the Antichrist

Knowing the Difference Between the Pre-Tribulation Rapture and the Pre-Wrath Rapture

The Rapture and the First Resurrection

The Seven Flames -The Spiritual Conditions of the Seven Churches -Revelation Chapters Two and Three

The Philadelphian Remnant Church

The Mystery of the Elect
The Sealing of the 144,000

The Blessed Hope - The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ

The First and Second Coming of Jesus
in the Old Testament

Matthew 24

Help for the Hard Times - Keys for Spiritual Survival

bible Insights

An Interview with Jesus

Remembering Gaius, Diotrephes and Demetrius

The Parable of the Wedding Feast, the Ten Virgins and the Bride of Christ

Feed My Sheep

One Fold, One Shepherd

Are You Justified?

The Commandments of Jesus

Conversations with the Apostles

The Eyewitnesses

Born Again

Storm Warnings

The Heart of David - a Man after God's own Heart

The Marriage - Understanding the Principles of Salvation

Inspirations from the Gospel of John - John 15

Justified - Jesus' Parable of the Pharisee and the Sinner

Jacob, Esau and You

"All Things are Lawful" - The Abuse of Grace

Do You believe in
Original Sin?

Upon this Rock

Foundations for the Disciple

Seek and You Shall Find

No Fear

Manasseh's Story of Repentance

The Repentance of Change

The Joys of Repentance

The Parable of the Talents

The Sin That So Easily Besets Us

Amos - A Major Minor Prophet

The Baptism of The Holy Spirit:
Are the Gifts for Today?

In His Image

Experiencing the Religious Spirit

What is the Kingdom of God?

That's Not You - Matthew 13

The Art of Love
I Corinthians Chapter Thirteen
The key to the abundant life

"You are Dirt!"
The Parable of the Sower

Like A Diamond

Lessons for this Hour from Philippians

Inspirations from Colossians - "If"

The Egg and i - A Simple Explanation of the Trinity

Understanding The Trinity from the Scriptures
It's all about God's Love for You

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Is it possible to understand the Trinity? Author H. D. Shively believes that it is God's desire for His children to understand His miraculous construction as far as He has chosen to reveal Himself in His Word. Using the Scriptures as the sole source of this revelation, "Understanding the Trinity from the Scriptures" is a unique, easy to understand explanation of the unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
"If we cannot explain the Trinity from the Word of God, then we have no business teaching it as the Word of God." - H. D. Shively
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Why it's okay to say
God is One
and still believe in the Trinity

Is Jesus God?

"My Lord and My God"-The Deity of Jesus the Messiah and why it is not Idolatry to Worship God through Him

Lord and God

The Deity of Jesus Christ

The Divinity of Jesus

The One on the Throne

The Breath of Life and The Holy Spirit

Trichotomous or Dichotomous?

House of Glory - The Temple of The Messiah

The Similitude of David

Seed of the Woman

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Exploring Messianic Prophecies -
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Exploring Messianic prophecies:
The Prophecy of the Virgin Birth

Is Jesus the Image of God? -
Genesis 18

The Beatitudes Interpreted
Matthew 5:1-12
And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: and when He was set, His disciples came to Him -

      Jesus saw the multitudes, then He left them and went up a mountain and those who were His disciples followed Him; they were willing to make the climb into a deeper relationship with Him and Jesus taught them from the heights.
      I’m sure there were some who remained behind, just as there were those who stayed at the base of the mountain when Moses went to commune with God.
      If we are willing to climb higher we will hear Him, and we can fellowship with Him spiritually face to face.
      Those who followed Him were willing to exert themselves for His behalf. They were not afraid of getting out of breath, or losing track of time or being inconvenienced. They were not worried about what they were leaving behind.
      His disciples came to Him.

And He opened His mouth and taught them saying –

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven
–Blessed are the “needy” in spirit, those who need the things of God, who are not satisfied with the kingdom of this life. Blessed are those who long for the riches of the Kingdom of God, and this Kingdom will be theirs.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. – Blessed are they that have suffered loss in this realm, for there is hope (John 11:25,26). Blessed are those who can grieve for another’s loss and comfort them with the comfort that they have received from God, (II Corinthians 1:3,4).
     Blessed are those who can mourn, grieve and emphasize with the lost and hurting.
      Blessed are those who are endued with the Lord’s compassion.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. –For that which has been stolen shall be restored to those who were powerless. To those who were victims, they shall be victorious and rule and reign with Christ, for he that was last shall be first.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled –For blessed are those who value holiness and desire virtue as jewels; for they shall be royally adorned within.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy – For they have learned how to love and they shall reap what they have sown.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God – Blessed are those who can come as little children. In these there is no guile.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God – Blessed are those who do not sow dissention but in their mouths are God’s eternal words of reconciliation. Blessed are those who sow the Gospel between enemies and so make two one.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven – Blessed are those who will not compromise.

“Blessed are you – all of you – My disciples, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven. For you loved not your lives on this earth and were willing to sacrifice them for Me on the altar of service. You were willing to take up your cross and carry it for Me wherever I chose to lead you; even when the path you followed was strewn with the fires of persecution, you were willing to endure the flames and you refused to deny My name.
      Blessed are you who were willing to suffer for My name’s sake, for your reward is as the prophets who have gone before you
and you will be crowned in gold as one of them.
      Blessed are My needy ones, who need Me, and have mourned for the lost who do not. Blessed are you who possess My meekness, My rulers, My righteous, holy merciful bride, who runs into My arms with a child’s pure heart, My peacemakers, My evangelists, My martyrs who are willing to die for Me.
      Blessed are you all who were willing to climb this mountain and sit at My feet – for you are My disciples.”

Copyright 2007 by H.D. Shively

You Can't Get to Heaven Without a Space Suit
The "Spiritually Scientific" Reason Why You Need Jesus

The Origin of Christianity

The Road to Emmaus

Saved by Grace Alone

The Sabbath Rest

One Direction, One Way

The Struggle with Christianity

The Three Tenses of Salvation

The Baptism That Saves

Sermon on the Mount book
Mountain - The Sermon on the Mount: A Training Manuel for Disciples

From Children to Sons

With and In

The Proper Use of The Allegory

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ -
What Really Happened?

You Shall Be with Me in Paradise

Seven Steps to Intimacy with God
Based on The Lord's Prayer

     "You Can't Prove Christianity!"

"You can't prove Christianity!" was the first line of an email I received from someone who was intent on trying to discredit my faith. How would I answer him? What could I say to him that would "prove" my Christian faith is real?

First of all, I would say that Christianity doesn’t need to be proved. Jesus said no one could come to Him unless they were drawn by the Father. Those who are called by the Father accept the Truth by faith. Then these believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit who “Manifests” Himself to them. A believer can experience the Presence of God as a tangible reality. He sees his prayers answered. Personally I have learned to live on miracles. When I was in dire need of funds, on at least two different occasions, total strangers came up to me and said, “The Lord told me to give you some money.”

The believer can hear the Still Small Voice of God.

I suppose you could recount how Jesus fulfilled scores of Old Testament Prophecies concerning the Messiah. You could relate how there is more documentation closer to the original sources than any other ancient writings including Shakespeare. You could relate the endless testimonies of miracles. I personally know a woman whose firstborn daughter was born without eyes. She was convinced that Jesus would put eyes in her baby. And one day, supernaturally, miraculously– He did.

I suppose we could say all that, but it isn’t necessary, because the Bible makes a distinction between the wicked and the just. While all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God, the Word of God defines the wicked as the proud who refuse come to God. To these wicked ones no amount of arguing the Christian position is going to move them. God knows the hearts and He knows who are His.

Like the angry mob at the foot of Jesus’ Cross who demanded that He come down and prove to them that He was the Messiah, He chose instead to reveal His resurrected Glory to a handful of the called – as He continues to do to this day.

Copyright 2002 by H.D. Shively

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