Posts by David Kortum

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Passover Instructions

by David Kortum

(These instructions are taken from early guidance provided for properly partaking of Passover in one’s own home.) The Passover In your own home If you are unable to come to a location where there are Services to observe the Passover, you may observe it in your own home alone or with your family, as follows:… Read More

Watching and Preparing

by David Kortum

How many times have we read scripture from John, Ezekiel, Daniel and Christ concerning End Time prophecy and wondered if our interpretation of the prophecy is correct? I am not going to give a prediction concerning when Christ will return. The Bible clearly instructs us in Matthew 24:36 that we would only be guessing, for… Read More

It’s Unforgiveable

by David Kortum

It’s Unforgivable His name was Karl. He was a 21-year-old German soldier who wanted to be forgiven by a Jew for the atrocities he committed against Jews during World War II. As he lay dying in a dark, isolated, hospital room, he told his story to Simon Wiesenthal, a Jewish inmate from a nearby concentration… Read More

Compete Against the Self

by David Kortum

We are currently in the midst of summer, when many are able to spend a little extra time with their family or friends. Children are out of school and the days are long. It is a time when the weather affords us an opportunity to enjoy many outdoor activities, such as camping, fishing, and hiking…. Read More

Conquer Deception Through Christ

by David Kortum

A National Geographic documentary television show called “Brain Games” delves into the human brain and its capacity to be easily manipulated. A test is conducted on the streets of America in which a random person is asked to view a photo image. The image is the famous picture of a Chinese student protestor standing in… Read More

How Does God Grow His Church?

by David Kortum

God’s Church is the body of Christ on earth. “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular” (1 Cor. 12:27). 1 Corinthians 6:15 states, “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? …” “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…. For the body is not… Read More

The Appearances of Jesus

by David Kortum

We have long understood that Jesus Christ was crucified on a Wednesday and was resurrected on the weekly Sabbath, three days and three nights later. He was put in the tomb as Wednesday was coming to an end, just prior to sunset. He came out of the tomb seventy-two hours later, as the weekly Sabbath… Read More

Hope for Ferguson

by David Kortum

Ferguson, Missouri, received nationwide attention in 2014, but not for good things. Seldom, it seems, are places highlighted or newsworthy for good things. Ferguson received notoriety for events that occurred there, and the nation is still debating and grappling with the issues of race relations and police tactics. One side sees it as an opportunity… Read More

Does It Matter What We Think?

by David Kortum

          We may have all heard the quip about patients in a mental institution.  It goes:  “We’re all here because we’re not all there.”  The mind is the most important component of the human body.  Without a sound mind human beings simply cannot function properly.  How we think directly relates to what we think.  In… Read More

Do You Know Where You’re Going To?

by David Kortum

A popular song from the 1970’s began with the question, “Do you know where you’re going to?”  A seemingly simple, yet profound question to ask.  Yet this question, and the answer to it, has confounded humanity for millennia.  It is the difference between wandering around aimlessly, or having a real purpose and goal that you… Read More

Will Aborted Infants Live Again?

by David Kortum

Will aborted infants be resurrected in the Kingdom of God?  Some related scriptures give us an indication that God may indeed give opportunity to those who had their hope snuffed out in the womb; that otherwise would have lived a healthy and normal life. Genesis 2:7 states that “…the Lord God formed man of the… Read More

Do This In Remembrance Of Me

by David Kortum

Think About It… Do This In Remembrance Of Me Let us suppose that your best friend knows that he is about to die, and he has one special request.  Would you do it?  Would you follow through with his request?  “Of course we would,” we confidently state.  Likewise, when we remember an individual who we… Read More

Got This App?

by David Kortum

Got This App? One of the by-product’s from the cell phone age that we live in is the ever burgeoning availability of applications – or apps – that can be downloaded to your cell phone.  Do you have a need for something?  “There’s an app for that” or “I wonder if there’s an app for… Read More

Understanding the Pentecost Count

by David Kortum

For nearly a generation now, the Church of God has reeled from catastrophic changes within the Church itself. These changes have utterly dissipated the power of God’s people. Over seventy years ago, the Church of God recognized two vital doctrines as absolutes—the doctrine regarding divorce and remarriage (that marriage is irrevocable— once a marriage is… Read More

Had Enough of Christianity?

by David Kortum

Think About It… Had Enough of Christianity? Recently, a well-known author of a series of romantic vampire novels has disavowed her belief in Christianity.  Interestingly, just a few short years ago, she had reasserted her belief in her religious roots.  But now she has joined the growing throngs of individuals who want to be spiritual,… Read More

Declaring Your Dependence Upon God

by David Kortum

Think About It… Declaring Your Dependence Upon God July 4, 1776.  A date which all in the United States of America are very familiar with.  From young, school-aged children to those who are many years their elder, July 4, 1776 carries special significance.  For it is upon that day that the Colonists in the New… Read More

Understanding Paul #1

by David Kortum

Understanding Paul (Number One) The failure to understand the writings of Paul is due to ignoring the Gospels, the book of Acts, the General Epistles, as well as presuming that Paul’s Epistles represent the final revelation of the Word of God — a revelation that detaches itself from Old Testament “Jewish teachings.” The result has… Read More

Understanding Paul #2

by David Kortum

Understanding Paul (Number Two) A look at Romans, Chapters 4 and 5, should clarify some of the questions that may have arisen over Paul’s teaching on justification.  Keep in mind that among the Jews there was a very strong belief in justification by works, that is, by works of the law, and often the patriarch… Read More

Understanding Paul #3

by David Kortum

Understanding Paul (Number Three) In chapter 5, of Romans, Paul illustrates that as the sin of Adam led to the death of mankind (not because of Adam’s sin but because all have sinned), Christ’s death led to the salvation of many (Rom. 5:12, 15). The Moffatt Translation gives a clear explanation of this. For if… Read More