Author Archives: russellmckinney

Will Explain Later

In his day, Dr. Thomas Guthrie was one of Scotland’s most popular and respected preachers. On the subject of the Christian life oftentimes being difficult, perplexing, and downright confusing, Guthrie said: A man standing on the summit of a lofty … Continue reading

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It’s Hard to Be Still

Be still, and know that I am God… (Psalm 46:10, N.K.J.V.) Our son Royce is 18 years old now, and sitting still continues to be a challenge for him. He’s hyper. He’s active. He’s fidgety. He’s squirmy. He’s, well, you … Continue reading

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If in This Life Only…

Sometimes you’ll hear a preacher say, “Even if there is no heaven, the benefits you receive in this life make it worth it to follow Jesus.” I remember saying this myself a time or two in my younger days as … Continue reading

Posted in Belief, Bible Study, Christ's Resurrection, Church Attendance, Discipleship, Dying To Self, Eternity, Forgiveness, Heaven, Missions, Pastors, Prayer, Preaching, Revenge, Reward, Sacrifice, Salvation, Witnessing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Give God All There is of You

William Booth was one of the most famous ministers who ever lived. When he became a Christian at the age of 15, he wrote in his diary, “God shall have all there is of William Booth.” He then spent the … Continue reading

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Does Heaven Have a Wall?

Perhaps you’ve seen a recent meme that has been making the rounds on social media. There are different variations of the meme, but most of them feature a picture of either heaven’s gates or a wall, along with the caption: … Continue reading

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Will Tartarus Ever Be Emptied?

My previous two posts were my two-part answer to a reader’s question: “Are Hades and Hell the same place?” Now, another reader has asked a follow-up question to those posts. The question is: “Will Tartarus ever be emptied of the … Continue reading

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Are Hades and Hell the Same Place? (post #2)

In my previous post, I offered the first half of my answer to the question, “Are Hades and Hell the same place?” I won’t rehash every last sentence of that information, but here are the highlights: Hades (a Greek word … Continue reading

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