Posts by Neil Silverberg (Page 3)

Posts by Neil Silverberg (Page 3)

Neil Silverberg

Gathering on the Lord’s Day

Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.    I Corinthians 16:1-2 In this concluding chapter of First Corinthians, Paul continues to answer the Corinthians’ questions by addressing their inquiry regarding the offering for the…

1 Cor. 1 | Saints Or Aints?

“To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints” (I Corinthians 1:2). If I were searching for a word to characterize the church at Corinth it would not be the word ‘saint’. Remember, this is the church where an incestuous relationship was occurring without being challenged (see I Corinthians 5:1). Not to mention some believers at Corinth were involved in lawsuits against other church members (6:1). And if that wasn’t…
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Romans 2:12-16 | Why Everyone Is Guilty

This portion of Romans is not easy to understand. Paul uses somewhat archaic language to describe why even the non-Jewish world, who lived without the written Law, was guilty before God. This is what he means when he opens this section with the statement, “all who have sinned without the law” are guilty before God.  He is addressing the guilt of the Gentile world that were without the law in terms of having it in written form. How then can…
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He Is Glorified! (The Reason We Preach)

“Then after speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the accompanying signs” (Mark 16:19-20). Each of the four Gospels contain an account of Jesus Christ’s resurrection since it is arguably the most important event affirming the truth of his claim to be God’s Son. But what often gets lost is…
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Would You Leave the Multitudes?

“And he went up on the mountain and called to him those whom he desired, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach and have authority to cast out demons. He appointed the twelve” (Mark 3:13-16). It is possible to read this section of Mark’s Gospel and miss the real point. This is Mark’s account of Jesus’ selection of…
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The Great Offense

“And he said, ‘This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.’ After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him” (John 6:65-66). The sixth chapter of John contains an in-depth teaching of the Lord regarding the way he saves men. It is a long discourse between himself and many Jews after the miracle of feeding the five thousand. It also contains our…
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Word And Power

“But Jesus answered them, ‘You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God’” (Matthew 22:29). During the last week of Jesus’ life and ministry on earth, several religious experts approached Jesus and tried to catch him in something he said in order to have a basis to condemn Him. But He who was Wisdom Incarnate demonstrated that He was aware of their duplicity and could not be fooled. One such group that came during Passion…

Jude | Fight for the Faith

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.                …
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Who Does God Swear By?

“For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater to swear by, he swore by himself” Hebrews 6:13 Here’s a funny question: When God swears, whom does he swear by? We know when people swear an oath they almost always do so by swearing to God. For example, when people are sworn in as witnesses in a court of law they are asked to put their hand on the Bible and ‘swear to God that…
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Good News — God Chose You

We always thank God for all of you, remembering you constantly in our prayers. We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work of faith, labor of love, and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, knowing your election, brothers loved by God,” I Thessalonians 1:2-3, HCSB If I were the devil, at the top of my agenda would be to take the really best aspects of what makes the good news — good news and…