Articles by Sharon Hardy Knotts and R. G. Hardy
A Bible college student, anxious to get his diploma and get on with his ministry, went to his professor and asked if there was a way he could take an accelerated course for his class. The professor said, “Well, that all depends on what you want to be. Do you want to be an oak tree, or do you want to be a squash?”
It began with my daughter Sarah’s interest in learning more about her ethnic heritage. There is a lot of buzz these days about Ancestry.com, as well as several popular shows on cable TV featuring adoptees and others searching for long-lost loved ones, and/or their genealogical family trees back to Europe and Africa, etc.
April 15 marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The builders of this great ship boasted that she was unsinkable. Their reckless thinking resulted in the deaths of over 1500 passengers. Even after she had hit the iceberg and was quickly going down with many perishing, the New York Times newspaper printed: “all on titanic safe.” Western Union telegrams were also stating that all was okay.
A month before my grandson Brayden turned two years old, Benny and I watched him while his mom and dad attended a formal wedding. We were to bring him to the outdoor reception later, as children were not allowed at the ceremony. Up until that point, he had been riding in infant car seat that was rear facing.
This Jewish festival takes place in winter, usually December, and lasts for eight days. This year (2017) it falls on December 12-20. It is not one of the major feasts of the Lord that was given to Moses for the Jewish people to keep as part of their covenant with God. The reason it is not in the Jewish Bible? It occurred during the intertestamental period—the 400 years between Malachi and Matthew, the old and new covenants, when the heavens were silent.
It was quite a shock when we recently received this news that a major Christian network was canceling our radio program Sound of Faith on 19 stations they own, because they are against women preaching in the pulpit. This shock was punctuated by the remark “as soon as possible.” We had been on these stations for two years; some longer.
According to the Genesis creation account, God created both male and female in His image. Eve could not have been inferior to Adam, or her seed, Jesus Christ, would have been inferior. God blessed them and gave them joint dominion over the earth and all living creatures (Genesis 1:26-28). But when they sinned, the rules of engagement changed. They lost their dominion, and Satan usurped it. Banned from Eden, God pronounced judgment on all parties: The serpent, Eve, and her husband Adam.