Posts by Neil Silverberg

Posts by Neil Silverberg

Matthew 1 | Jesus: A Man With A Story

When my older brother heard the Gospel and believed, he was instantaneously delivered from drug addiction and began praying for my salvation. Due to the fact that my own drug use caused heightened tension with my parents, I decided to run away from home in Miami and return to Philadelphia. The night before I left home my brother called, and I told him of my plan to run away. He again told me that he was praying for me and…

II Thess. 3 | The Lost Art of Church Discipline

“If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother” II Thessalonians, 3:14-15  Paul’s instructions at the end of the Thessalonians epistles stands out as strange in light of today’s modern church experience. Most of us have never been in a church where this was even taught, let alone…
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Acts 6 | A Subtle Attack

The early chapters of Acts record the first advances of the Gospel after our Lord died, rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and poured out his Spirit on the Church. It is a rather idyllic account of the powerful workings of the Spirit of God through the ministry of the apostles. One can easily assume that such movements of the Spirit will continue unimpeded as the Church continues its forward progress. But such a romantic view of these early…

1 Cor. 10 | Written For Our Learning

“Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.” I Cor. 10:11 All of the instruction Paul gives to the church at Corinth in this chapter is taken from the Old Testament. Drawing from its rich history, he makes parallels between the story of the Exodus and the subsequent wilderness wanderings and the Christian life. Paul is indeed right to do so for…

Romans 12 | Renewing (Not Removing) of Your Mind

Soon after my powerful conversion in 1971, I joined my first church in Miami Beach, Florida. I was glad for the passionate preaching and Spirit-filled worship I experienced each week in our weekly gatherings. The presence of God in that church made me look forward each week to come and gather with the saints. But in those days I thought that Romans 12:2 actually read, “be transformed by the removing of your minds” rather than the “renewing of your minds.”…

I Tim. 3 | Character Builds

“An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach” (I Timothy 3:2, CSV). A good friend of mine, a brilliant Bible teacher, once made the statement, “What a man builds with his gift he destroys with his character.” That was uttered during a time when many well-known television evangelists and preachers were exposed for sexual misconduct, financial misgivings, and ill-treatment of staff. His point was that while many of these ministers were powerfully gifted individuals who built their entire ministries on their…
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King of Things or King of Kings

Anyone who even perused John’s Gospel will realize how different it is from the other three that precede it. The first three Gospels view Jesus’ life and ministry from a similar perspective. For that reason, they are often referred to as ‘Synoptic’ Gospels; a word derived from two Greek words meaning ‘to view’ and ‘together.’ They view the life of Jesus from a similar storyline, all beginning the story of Jesus’s ministry from about a year after it started. They…
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Matt. 23 | Are You A Play Actor?

The twenty-third chapter of Matthew is unique from all the Gospels. It contains a scathing rebuke of the scribes and Pharisees, the Jewish religious leaders of Jesus day. In Matthew’s account (along with the other Synoptic writers), Jesus encounters the Pharisees’ varied attempts to catch Jesus in something he said so as to have a reason to condemn him. But He who is the fount of all wisdom sees through their hypocrisy and has an answer to each of their…
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Do You Love the Truth?

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.  Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” II Thessalonians 2:9-12 This is admittedly,…
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Ephesians 1 | Why We Are Trinitarian

Opponents of the New Testament doctrine of the Trinity point out the word (trinity) is not found anywhere in the Bible. While that is true, the concept is found in almost every book. The term was created to describe a biblical idea: the God of both the Old and New Testament is comprised of three glorious persons, each of who make up the blessed triune Godhead. Christian scholars and teachers argued long and hard over the first three centuries to…