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Author Larry Eubanks

Larry Eubanks is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Frederick, Maryland.

Revelation is the most challenging and confusing book of the Bible for most Christians. People have difficulty reading and understanding that admittedly strange book. Once you get past the seven letters to the seven churches, things get weird. So people tend to stop reading it. Then, they either never think about Revelation again, or they […] Read More

Something notable occurred in May in Indonesia: Muslims came to the defense of persecuted Christians. As reported in Christianity Today and CNN, 300 Islamic leaders from 30 countries came together to denounce religious extremism within Islam, which has led not only to violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims but also to the persecution of Christians […] Read More

A new law that took effect on July 3, 2016, in Virginia made it illegal for a 13-year-old girl to get married. It applied to 13-year-old boys as well, but the reasons the law was needed was mainly because of the exploitation of girls. According to a Washington Post report, from 2004 to 2013 more […] Read More

What does it mean to “accept Christ”? What are we asking a person to do? Traditionally, this has involved believing as true certain things about Jesus: that he is the Son of God and, thus, divine himself; that he was born of a virgin; that he died on the cross for our sins and was […] Read More

Can we admit that sometimes Christians act badly? In the history of the church – along with many, many good things – you will also find anti-Semitism, torture, witch hunts, slavery, apartheid, misogyny and other things over which we now blush. Most of us, anyway. Remember, however, that all of these things were done in […] Read More

The topic of Christian persecution came up during a pastor’s roundtable luncheon I attended a few years ago. I was gathered with a dozen other pastors who met three to four times a year for fellowship, a nice meal in a private room at a nice restaurant and a discussion on some topic related to […] Read More

There is little about the fourth Beatitude – “Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for righteousness” – that we get right. Let’s start with our concept of “righteousness.” We have made it a general term for “sinlessness” – “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). This is the verse I was told […] Read More

The Beatitudes are not prescriptions on how to be blessed. “I need to be poor in spirit (or just plain poor) so I can be blessed” misses the point and leads to some interesting interpretations of how to live the spiritual life. It can sometimes lead us away from properly understanding what Jesus is getting […] Read More

When did Bethlehem become the “city of David”? That title had always been given to Jerusalem. Forty times in the Old Testament, Jerusalem is referred to as the city of David, and no other city in the Bible is ever called by that name. Until Luke’s gospel. “Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth […] Read More

Three times in Luke’s birth narrative (Luke 2:1-20), angels appear to people and their first words are “Do not be afraid.” It’s an understandable statement. I’d be frightened if an angel appeared to me and started talking, especially if “the glory of the Lord shone round about them,” as it did with the Bethlehem shepherds. […] Read More