Author: Ray Viola

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  • A lesson from Jonah and David about stubbornness
    As we look into the second chapter of Jonah in the belly of the great fish, we must not disconnect the context from 1.17, where we learned that our man Jonah was swallowed up by the great fish that The Lord had prepared for him. The Hebrew word for swallowed here means, “Covered, destroyed,  devoured, […]
  • Whose friend are you?
    James 4.4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy. He or she who sets his heart upon the world, who will conform to it rather than lose its friendship, is an enemy to […]
  • Which Way are You Walking?
    Haggai 1:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: Consider your ways. The prophet Haggai exhorted the lukewarm, self-centered people of God with these words: “Consider your ways.” (Haggai 1:5,7) The word consider means to pay attention to. Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines the word consider this way: to fix the mind upon with a view to […]
  • My Redeemer Lives!
    When we take the Lord’s Supper we celebrate the bodily resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He foretold that His temple (referring to His body) would be destroyed, but in three days He would raise it up (John 2:19,21). Without the resurrection, there is no gospel, and mankind has no hope of salvation (1 […]