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God's Favorite Bible Verses!

Psalm110:1-7, "The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool."The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!Your people shall be volunteers In the day of Your power; In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth.The LORD has sworn And will no...

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Are Only a Few People Going to be Saved?

Luke 13:23-24, "And someone said to him, "Lord, will those who are saved be few?" And he said to them,Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able." One of those in the company of Jesus, as he made his final journey to Jerusalem, asked, "Lord, are there few that be saved? It was the prevalent opinion among the J...

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The Politics of Envy

Proverbs 14:30: A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones. Envy is the most malignant passion in human nature. It's like bone cancer in its crippling and deadly effects. Envy leads to resentment, which eventually erupts into violence and rage, malicious mobs, cancel culture, and the elevation of dysfunctional political systems such as sociali...

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We Have Lost Our Faith in the Transforming Power of the Gospel

Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." Power is the one thing that Rome boasted of the most. Greece might have its philosophy, but Rome had its power. The fear of Rome hovered over the known world that was under the Roman Empire's despotic rule like a dar...

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The King Who Really Rules!

Upon the death of his mother, Elizabeth II, on September 8, 2022, Charles III became King of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms. Despite all the press coverage of the pageantry and prestige surrounding the United Kingdom's new king, the truth is King Charles reigns but doesn't rule! The UK prime minister and parliament are the real rulers. In general, Kin...

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Happiness is God's Essential Nature

Paul tells us that the God who created us was eternally and infinitely happy before He made us. He refers to the "good news" as "the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust" (1 Timothy 1:11). My general observation over the last 56 years as a Christian concurs with Randy Alcorn as he states, "I'm convinced that most people view God's typical em...

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Did Jesus Preach the Gospel?

Is there enough Jesus in our gospel? Did Jesus preach the gospel? Is the gospel primarily about how we can get our sins taken care of so we can miss hell and make heaven when we die? For the most part, this constitutes the standard approach by evangelicals in defining and declaring the gospel. Without question, Jesus' public ministry began with an announcement of the gos...

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Voiceless Vexation

2Peter 2:7, "And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked"(KJV). Peter would call to our remembrance how Lot, the backslidden nephew of Abraham, living in Sodom, daily "vexed" his righteous soul over the lawless deeds that he saw and heard. The word vexed means to torment or grievously pain. Lot had lived such a compromised lifestyle amongst t...

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The Tragedy of Loss of Vision

Proverbs 28:19, "Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law." (ESV) The Christian Standard Bible reads, "Without revelation people run wild, but one who follows divine instruction will be happy." The Berkley Version says, "the people fall into anarchy." Blind and deaf, Helen Keller, was once asked what would be ...

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The Stewardship of Opportunity

Cols 4:5, "Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time." Paul uses the metaphor of the marketplace in Colossians 4:5 where he says in Arthur S. Way translation: "seize every opportunity, like merchants who buy up a scarce commodity." We are to redeem the opportunities that can be grasped for God and His glory. Remember, right now counts forever! 1 Co...

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God's Agenda- Part 1

It seems that in our world today everyone has an agenda, and for the most part it has very little to do with the reason for their being. An agenda can be a formal list of things to do in a specific order, or matters that need attention, or personal motivation (an underlying personal viewpoint or bias, i.e., "he has his own agenda"). God has an agenda also! His agenda is d...

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God's Agenda- Part 2

We learned in part one of our previous article that God has an agenda that was designed with all-knowing wisdom, perfect love, and all-powerfulness. It includes the greatest good for the greatest number for the longest period, for the maximum glory of God. His agenda is called, "The Kingdom of God or of Heaven". We are not left to personal or public opinions to determine...

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God's Agenda- Part 3

Matthew 6:33, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." God has an agenda that was designed with all-knowing wisdom, perfect love, and all-powerfulness. It includes the greatest good for the greatest number for the longest period, for the maximum glory of God. His agenda is called, "The Kingdom of God or of Heave...

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Multitudes of Christians are Suffering from E.N.T.!

With a few revisions, I am republishing an article I wrote in July of 2019. All I ask of the reader is to at least open the post or mail-out and read it to the end, and then pray for a willingness to adjust your eschatology in every area that diminishes the power of the gospel to extend the kingdom of God to disciple the nations. A note of clarification is in order befor...

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God's Triumphant Love!

In Romans 8, the Apostle Paul strains at the leash of language to tell of the triumphant love God made available in the gospel of God. Five times in this great chapter,Paul has asked questions to draw out the amazing privileges of belonging to Jesus Christ. Verse 31: If God is for us, who can be against us? Verse 32: How will he not also with him graciously give us all thi...

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A Good Friday Briefing!

At 9AM on a Friday morning almost two thousand years ago, Jesus was nailed to a Roman cross. Six hours later he declared that the work of redemption he had been sent to accomplish was finished (Jn. 19:30). It's estimated that as many as 30,000 Jews suffered crucifixion at the hands of the Roman government. What made Jesus' death on the cross any different than all the oth...

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Jesus Is Risen -- So What?

In a few days we celebrate Easter. Whatever your opinion may be about the recognition and celebration of Easter, the historical reality is that Jesus the Messiah, lived a sinless life, died a vicarious death, and rose literally and bodily from the dead three days later. The gospel the early church proclaimed had the resurrection of Christ as its central tenet. In thirteen...

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The Greatest, Fastest, and Most Important Building Project Ever!

John 2:19-21, "Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."The Jews then said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?" But he was speaking about the temple of his body." There have been massive, magnificent, and important building projects throughout history, and they all had one thi...

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The Great Transition

We are told that we are living in the time of the Great Reset. Without question we are in a time of Great Transition. The predominate lie of our day is promulgated under the title of pluralism and the insistence that we are living in a pluralistic society. What is "pluralism"? It's the lie that says all beliefs are equal, except some beliefs and they are more equal than ...

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The Proclamation of the Gospel of the Kingdom

Luke 4:18-19, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." It is my firm conviction that we have been detoured from the proclamation and demonstrat...

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Most Christians Need An Expectations Alignment- Part 1

When a person's back is out of alignment, there's pain and an inability to walk straight. When an automobile's tires are out of alignment, there's uneven wear and a pulling to the side. When an engine or electric motor is not properly aligned with the work that it's to do, there's great stress, vibration and breakdown. When a Christian's expectations are out of alignment w...

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Most Christians Need An Expectations Alignment- Part 2

In last week's blog we looked at Jesus-Based Alignment Expectations. The summary was that Jesus is the Right Man, in theRight Posture, in the Right Place with the Right Power made available to the Right People to accomplish His Mission! In part two we will consider what a Christian's alignment with Jesus' expectations looks like. When a Christian is in alignment with Jes...

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Christian! You Are Being Pursued!

Psalm 23:6a, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life..." Many Christians live with the constant awareness of being pursued by problems many in the form of persons. Throughout his life David knew what it was to look over his shoulder and see the relentless pursuit of persistent problems and persons hunting him down. Yet years of walking with G...

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Are You Suffering from Gospel Amnesia?

As believers, it is possible to live our lives from a wrong perspective brought on by gospel amnesia. If Christians do not understand or misunderstand what it means to be a child of God and operate from the premise that they are at best only forgiven sinners whose primary desires are still toward self and sin, then they will be forever baffled and beaten by problems and pr...

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America is Becoming Increasingly "Weightless"

Sometime ago, Dr. Christopher Wright wrote an article about a tragedy that happened in Britain: "'All our gods have failed'.These poignant words come at the end of an editorial in a British newspaper, The Sunday Independent, commenting on the mood of acute moral self-examination and despair that has gripped the nation in the wake of the abduction and murder of a two-year o...

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The Best of Times- The Worst of Times

Charles Dickens summarized the conditions of France at the time of the French Revolution with his opening statement in his book, The Tale of Two Cities: "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times." That is much like the condition we are living in America the best of times and the worst of times. However, this was not a situation that originated in France. In fa...

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A Great Recovery is Needed

Across our nation and around the world, masses of believers are praying for revival, spiritual renewal, and reformation. The little prefix "re" in all the aforementioned words, means "back to the original place". If we go back to the original place, what will church look like? At the height of the Cold War, Billy Graham visited Russia to meet with their political and reli...

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Universal Reconciliation

A blog post by David Shibley this morning, stated, "Today, we're battling a surge of teaching espousing universalism. This is the belief that all people will eventually be saved. And this teaching is never a friend to evangelism or missions. Instead of a loving yet firm rebuttal (which, I pray, this post will be), there is an eerie silence, even among many staunchly evange...

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Jesus' Family Portrait for Christmas

The biblical account of the First Advent of Christ begins with a look at Jesus' Family Portrait. And in His family tree the real meaning of Christmas is revealed. There aren't very many bright lights on this family tree, and you'll find a whole lot of knots and kinks in the line! However, it's a tree of grace and glory because it presents Jesus as the Rightful Sovereign a...

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Birthday Thoughts

On this my 74th birthday, I've had several thoughts occupy my attention today, none more sobering than that of "TIME". Where has it gone so quickly? It's obvious that I have far more time behind me than I do in front of me. With the average life expectancy of men around 78 years, I wonder if I'll just be "average"? We are the most time-conscience people in history. We ha...

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Reformation Sunday!

This Sunday, October 31, will mark the 504th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Philip Schaff, a noted church historian, writes: "The Reformation of the sixteenth century is, next to the introduction of Christianity, the greatest event in history.The Reformation was, at its heart, a recovery of the true gospel of Jesus Christ, and this restoration had an unparalle...

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When Faith is Low and Unbelief is High!

Mark 9:19, "He answered him and said, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me." To whom is Jesus calling the "faithless generation"? Amazingly it's his disciples. Although they were not altogether destitute of faith, their faith was very low and their unbelief was high. At this point in their walk with Jesus, ...

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Happiness- Heaven's Serious Business!

In his excellent book, Happiness, Randy Alcorn writes, "Among Christ followers, happiness was once a positive, desirable word." He then notes, "Only in recent times have happiness and joy been set in contrast with each other." Alcorn adds, "I believe this is biblically and historically ungrounded and has significant downsides " After reading and rereading Alcorn's book, H...

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The 'Flying Away' Blues!

Vast numbers of Christians are living full of fear at what they see happening around the world in general, and in America in particular. They have all the symptoms of what I call, "The Fly Away Blues!" The national anthem of this group is, "Just a few more weary days and then, I'll fly away." Numerous conspiracy theories have spread on social media, particularly on TikTok...

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The Besetting Sin of the Church in the 21st Century

Hugh Welchel asserts that the theology that divided the Church into the spiritual (or sacred) and the secular could be "called the besetting (or troubling) sin of the church in the 21st century." I agree. This divide is responsible for the creation of two gigantic problems in the Church that automatically spills over into culture: 1.) The massive reduction of the workforc...

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No Mixed Drinking Allowed!

You probably have rightly assumed that I'm not referring to the way one drinks alcohol. The title means that the gospel must be imbibed straight, with nothing mixed in with it. The gospel of God is unique. It won't mix or blend with any other religious system in any measure. You cannot mix the gospel with Roman Catholic or Orthodox sacramentalism.You cannot mix the gospel ...

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Why Are We in This “Big Mess” in America?

When one of our grandsons was a little fellow, he looked into his grandmothers food pantry and exclaimed: "It's a BIG MESS!" Even the casual observer cannot but note that America is in a BIG MESS morally, spiritually, politically, socially, and economically. How did we get here? Although the changes have accelerated to warp speed, it didn't happen overnight. So, where ...

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A Bullet Point of Critical Race Theory

Dear fellow believers, we are at war, having been invaded by one of the most pernicious, seditious, and poisonous worldviews in modern history. This invasion operates under the plan of the Critical Race Theory for world revolution and conquest. It is a demonic, power religion intent upon forcing itself into and over every domain of our culture. There are no safe spaces. We...

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Stumbling From the WAY!

"For My people have forgotten Me, they burn incense to worthless gods And they have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths, not on a highway," (Jeremiah 18:15) For the most part, the Western world in general and America in particular, has stumbled and strayed, not from the "good-old-days," but far from the ancient paths. How does a nation ev...

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The Church’s Loss of Faith in the Gospel

This article is a collection from numerous other men's writings that concur with my belief that the major issues of the world exist because the Church of the Living Christ has lost faith in the power of the gospel. We are looking for top-down solutions found in social activism backed by the strong arm of civil government, or in the ultimate top-down event the Second Comin...

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Rediscovering The Unshakable Foundations

Matthew 7:24-27, "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who buil...

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You Don't Need a Better You - You Need a Better View!

A few days ago, I watched an excellent video by Chris McRae, the pastor of the Sojourn Church in Carrolton, Texas. He was teaching about the issue of identity as a believer. Apart from the three main points of the message, what really stuck in my mind was the sentence that I'm using for the title of this blog: You Don't Need a Better You You Need a Better View! Unfortuna...

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Holy Love On the Move!

"The God of all grace" (1 Peter 5:10a) is a phrase that only occurs once in Scripture. This encouraging, hope-giving title of our God reminds us that His dealings with us are not based on what we deserve, but on His attitude and actions of love to us. As believers, no matter how painful the trial or how fierce our testing, we can always be confident that we aren't now, nor...

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The God Who Has Two Arms!

Isaiah 40:10-11, "Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young." Based on the text, we see that God has a "ruling arm' and a "carrying arm...

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The God Who Has Two Arms! Part 2

Isaiah 40:10-11, "Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young." In our last article, we saw that God has a "ruling arm" (Omnipotence). In...

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Is The World A Sinking Titanic?

In 2016, pastor, theologian, and seminary president, John MacArthur of Grace Community Church and The Master's Seminary, spoke on a panel about the upcoming presidential election. When asked for his final thoughts on the election and what it meant for all parties involved, he said amidst laughter and clapping in the crowd, "We're rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic....

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Hardened By The Deceitfulness of Sin

Hebrews 3:13, "But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin." When Ravi Zacharias died of cancer in May, 2020, at age 74, he was one of the most revered evangelists in the United States. Former Vice President Mike Pence spoke at his memorial service in Atlanta, calling him, "a man of faith ...

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Resisting the Tendency to Do Nothing for Fear of the Future!

Ecclesiastes 11:3-4, "If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie. He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap." During these shaky, scary, uncertain times, we will do well to heed the many millennia old coun...

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What Shall We Do?

There is a story in the Bible in 2 Kings 6:15-20 in which the Prophet Elisha's servant awakens one morning and goes outside only to see several thousand well-armed enemy troops surrounding their little town. Overwhelmed with fear, he cries out to the prophet, "Alas, what shall we do?" A vast number of American Christians are beginning to feel the same way, especially as t...

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Rearranging the Price Tags

Isaiah 5:20, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" The Danish philosopher Sren Kierkegaard tells a parable of a man who broke into a department store one night. Rather than stealing merchandise, he rearranged the price tags on many items. The next morning the clerk...

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Thou Changest Not!

The second verse of the famous hymn "Abide With Me" was written by Henry Francis Lyte. The verse reads, "Change and decay in all around I see; O Thou who changest not, abide with me."Lyte wrote the poem and set it to music while he lay dying from tuberculosis. In fact, he only lived for three weeks after completing the hymn. For us as 21st Century citizens, change seems ...

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A Comprehensive Hope!

Considering the tumultuous, deadly, violent, and disappointing events of 2020, multitudes of people in America and around the world have lost hope, becoming disillusioned, depressed, and despairing. But if that's you, "Hope Up"! Not in trying to make America great again or in the confidence that the newly inaugurated administration will be able to bring us back to a "new n...

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Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying!

In one scene of the movie, Shawshank Redemption, Andy sits with Red after the two become friends and Andy dreams of being free. Red states that it could be dangerous to hold hope around starting a new life when it really doesn't seem to be a possibility. To this worry Andy replies, "I guess it comes down to a simple choice really, get busy living, or get busy dying". This...

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Little "god-players"!

America is reaping the harvest of "postmodern relativism". This worldview has been taught from college classrooms for two generations are more. Postmodernism denies the existence of a real world "out there" that we must conform to. There is no God, no transcendent morality, no good or evil, and no absolute truth. Rather, truth and reality are personally and socially constr...

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A Spirit of Hatred Has Been Loosed in America

Titus 3:3, "For we also were once thoughtless and senseless, obstinate and disobedient, deluded and misled; [we too were once] slaves to all sorts of cravings and pleasures, wasting our days in malice and jealousy and envy, hateful (hated, detestable) and hating one another." (Amplified Bible Lockman) A level of hatred most of us have never seen in our lifetimes has been...

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Should Christians be Involved in Politics?

There is a multiplicity of responses to the question of Christian involvement in politics. For the most part, the majority of evangelical believers for the last 100 plus years have answered no and abandoned almost every arena outside the church. Just as nature abhors a vacuum, likewise does institutions and all other fields in society. This abandonment has allowed Marxists...

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Do Modern Day "Whites" Need to Repent for the Sins of Their Ancestors?

Am I guilty of systemic racism because I'm an American whose skin color happens to be white? Am I guilty of bigotry and racism because white Europeans who first came to America owned slaves? Multitudes would loudly declare, "YES"! My response is "NO"! From a Christian perspective, those arguing that Whites bear guilt for historic sins like slavery, appeal to three main a...

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If We Lose Our History, We Lose Our Country!

George Orwell said, "The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history." Orwell went on to say, "Whoever controls the image and information of the past determines what and how future generations will think; whoever controls the information and images of the present determines how those same people will view the past...

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Good Evening Everyone- There's Good News Tonight!

Gabriel Heatter(September 17, 1890 - March 30, 1972),the son of Jewish immigrants from Austria, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He went to work forWOR, radio station as a reporter and commentator. His audience expanded when in 1934, WOR became the flagship station of the newest network,Mutual Broadcasting. Heatter gained a reputation for trying to find upliftin...

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Justice Is A Gospel Issue!

Social justice has become the primary mantra of the 21st Century. When people become "woke" they look for enlistment opportunities to sign up and start protesting for social justice to be implemented. Most are not quite sure what the expression "social justice" means, but because it sounds right and so many influential people are joining the marches for it, they feel that ...

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The Deadly Virus of Negativity

In the Old Testament account of the wilderness experience of the children of Israel, we see a "budding" nation allow the sin of negativity to become a powerful, destructive stronghold in their midst. The Apostle Paul writes and warns us not to emulate the Israelites in the desert in 1 Corinthians 10:10: "do not murmur as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed by th...

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Correcting Our Misunderstanding of the Size and Success of the Gospel

In last week's blog, I dealt with the subject of the most powerful force on the planet the gospel of the kingdom of God. (http://tridm.org/v1/the-most-powerful-force-on-the-planet/) I used a quote from Pastor Chris Strivel and repeat it in part: "To our shame, we have lost our faith in the transforming power of the gospel. Few Christians sincerely believe that the gospel...

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The Most Powerful Force on the Planet!

In light of the current global events in general and those happening in the USA in particular, many Christians feel as if the enemies of Christ are winning and we are left almost hopeless until King Jesus returns to recuse us. Our faith seems so little and our fears so large. The enemies of God seem so many and we seem so few and feeble. "To our shame, we have lost our fa...

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Why Are So Many People Running Wild?

Proverbs 29:18, "Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law." (ESV) The Christian Standard Bible reads, "Without revelation people run wild, but one who follows divine instruction will be happy." The Berkley Versions says, "the people fall into anarchy." America is being threatened by anarchy in unprecedented ways...

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Christians Must Re-suppose What Most Pre-suppose!

Buddy Hanson asserts that "Future historians will undoubtedly shake their heads in amazement at our cultural conditions. Think about the scenario we're providing for them: Non-Christians who don't believe in absolute truth, and in some cases even reject the concept of truth, are busily trying one idea after another to bring about cultural improvements. "Meanwhile, Christi...

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Living In The Father's House!

(This is a re-post of a blog I did several years ago. Happy Fathers' Day to all you Dads!) John 2:16, "And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise."John 14:2, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." God is called "Father" 15 tim...

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Who Is In Charge Here?

On Sunday, July 16, 2017, appearing on CNN'sReliable Sources, Carl Bernstein, a flaming leftist and dyed in the wool Trump hater,who along with Robert Woodward, broke the story of Watergate forThe Washington Post, claimed, "We are in the midst of a cold civil war in this country, a political and cultural civil war, and all of our reporting is taking place in the context of...

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The Unholy Trinity- Part 2

In last week's article, we dealt with the issue of shame as the two-faced tormentor. Having considered its symptoms and the suffering it causes, in this blog we will look at how the Christian is to deal with false, toxic, illegitimate shame. The Only Solution for the Unholy Trinity is Provided in the Gospel! The astounding truth is that the gospel of God provides all tha...

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Facing The Future Without Fear!

Psalm 27:1-3, "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident." Never before in my l...

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The "Greek" Commission

Far too many Christians and churches are following what Bob Moffit calls the "Greek" Commission instead of the "Great Commission" as commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ. What in the world does that mean and what does it look like as it is employed in ministry? Moffitt explains what he means as he says, "There is no Greek commission, but if there was it might say: 'Go and m...

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Many Believers Have Been Infected With a Deadly Virus!

Never in history has one word so frequently fallen from human lips as has the term "coronavirus." If you Google "coronavirus" you will get about 2,580,000,000 results! As of May 12, there were a reported 1,342,594 cases with 80,820 deaths in the USA. The pandemic has resulted in the largest number of shutdowns/lockdowns worldwide at the same time in history. A report by...

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The Unholy Trinity- Guilt, Shame, and Fear

Adam and Eve's original sin in the garden of Eden introduced a real unholy trinity of humanly unsolvable problems: guilt, shame, and fear! Gen. 3:10: "And he said, 'I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.'" When Adam and Eve broke God's law, they were in a position of guilt. When they broke God's relationship, they...

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There's Hope For Unbelieving Family Members- Part 1

1 Corinthians 15:7, "Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles." No doubt, most of you are like me, having family members who do not believe in Jesus. If so, we are in good company. So did Jesus. And this should give us hope. According to the Apostle John, "not even his brothers believed in him" (John 7:5). In spite of what the Church of Rome teaches, Jesus gr...

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There's Hope For Unbelieving Family Members- Part 2

In our last study we examined the Scriptures that revealed the unbelief and disrespect of Jesus' siblings, as well as most of the citizens of Jesus' hometown, for over thirty years. According to Mark 3, James, the half-brother of Christ, had gone with his family to try to get Jesus to quit publicly asserting His true identity. James seems to be saying to Jesus, "You're te...

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How To Live A Life Full of the Fear of God!

Never in my seventy-two years of life have I seen so much fear, fear-mongering and panic precipitated by the potential devastation and death of the coronavirus. Great numbers of leaders, medical experts, and church leaders are assuring us to be cautious and play it safe, but all in all, we have nothing to fear. Yet, in spite of their "FDR" type of "we-have nothing-to-fear...

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Disciple-Making Can Transform Institutions!

A clear and convincing illustration of how God can use one man to transform the institutional church is in the life and ministry of Charles Simeon. He was born on September 24, 1759, and at the age of nineteen, was soundly converted to Christ while a student at King's College in the University of Cambridge. For the next three years after his conversion, Simeon often walked...

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Heaven is Not My Home - I'm Just Passing Through!

Revelation 21:1, "Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea." Many years ago I was taught a presentation of the gospel devised by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy that began with probing questions asked of the potential convert to Christ. The first question was: "If you were to die today do yo...

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Can Small Groups Become Missional and Make Disciples?

Can Small Groups Become Missional and Make Disciples? by Neil Cole and Wade Trimmer Pastor Brian Jones tells of the response he got from one "nationally recognized" pastor when Brian told him that he hadn't figured out the whole small group thing yet. Brian said the pastor's response was something like this: "Well, Brian, that's because they don't work. Small groups a...

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Everything Sad is Going to Come Untrue!

There is an immeasurable and universal amount of suffering and sadness in our world. This isn't new, but has been true throughout history since Adam got us kicked out of the Garden of Eden. Having spent fifty years in vocational Christian ministry where I did my share of conflict counseling and funerals, and now facing, like never before, the reality of my own mortality, ...

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Does Islam Have a Lot in Common With the Christian Faith?

The Muslim's message to Christians in the West these days is," We have a lot in common, we are similar, accept us, listen to us" Pastor Sam Storms reports on the contents of a billboard in Oklahoma City: "On the right side of the sign, in huge letters, is the word ISLAM.On the left side, under the title One Family, are the names of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad." S...

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Must Christians Choose Between Being Happy or Having Joy?

Until 2017, when I read Randy Alcorn's excellent, 450 page book titled, Happiness, (a book that I highly recommend and one that exhaustively covers the subject), I had believed, preached and taught for 47 years that Christians are to experience joy but not happiness. I asserted that happiness was a bubbly, superficial, and circumstantial feeling that comes and goes. In con...

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A Perfect Witness Isn't Enough to Convince Loved Ones to See and Believe the Gospel!

1 Corinthians 15:7, "Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles." The James mentioned in 1 Cor. 15:7 is the half brother of Jesus, who was the oldest remaining son of the family that grew up in Nazareth. John tells us that Christ's brothers did not believe Jesus was the Messiah (Jn. 7:5). Hegesippus(c.110c.180), wrote five books ofCommentaries on the Acts of th...

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No Contact- No Impact!

It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glo...

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Wrong Confessions of Anti-Faith in Anti-Christ!

Dr. Norman Shepherd asserts that, "One of the most insidious weapons which Satan has been able to wield against the advancement of the Kingdom of God is the inculcation of the belief that though the Kingdom must be proclaimed throughout the world, the church really cannot expect that such proclamation will meet with any significant degree of success. One prominent writer i...

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The Key to a "Sow and Tell" Lifestyle!

God's communication strategy has always been to wrap truth in a person and use that person as the seed of the kingdom to re-present and reproduce the sons of the kingdom. Matthew 13:38, "The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one." Jesus visualized and verbalized the reality of the kingdom of Heaven. He...

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Are You Suffering From E.N.T.?

No, I am not referring to ear, nose or throat problems, but toEnd Time Paralysis. It's symptoms are experienced by young and old alike. For example, Lance Wallnau shares a comment that his young daughter made as he was tucking her in bed: "My normally buoyant daughter, Joy, made a comment curling up to go to bed.'my school is worried about Ebola and all this talk about th...

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The 'Why Didn't God' Syndrome

Suffering is a universal reality. At one point or another, every human being encounters it in some way, shape or form. Many Christians struggle to reconcile this reality with the fact that we serve a loving, all-powerful God. We trust God and firmly believe in His sovereignty, yet still wonder why He allows suffering to happen. So many of us frequently find ourselves with...

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I've Been Doing Some Figuring!

The expression "doing some figuring", is an idiom common to the Southern dialect which means to logically calculate, or to reason. One often hears the older generation say, "Well, the way I've got this figured." Or "I think I've got this all figured out." Paul does some "figuring" in Romans 8:18, and he shares his conclusion:"For I reckon, or consider that the sufferings ...

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The A.B.C. Culture

Secular humanism is rapidly turning America into an A.B.Cculture Anything But Christianity. What is secular humanism? Secular Humanism can be defined as a religious worldview based on atheism, naturalism, evolution, and ethical relativism. Secularism represents a view of life which challenges Christianity head on, because it excludes all considerations drawn from a beli...

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The Sin of Laying Out of Church!

Hebrews 10:24-25"And let us consider to provoke unto love and good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves togetheras the manner of some is: but exhorting one another ; and so much more as we see the day approaching." Since the time of my conversion to Christ in October of 1966, there has never been a time when I was not active and in faithful attendance and part...

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Dissolving the Sacred/Secular Myth

Does the Bible divide life into the sacred (i.e. other worldly) and the secular (i.e. pertaining to this world only)? Do you believe that Sunday is more important than Monday through Saturday? Do you think the only work worth doing happens in a church building or some ministry setting? Do you see a sharp divide in your life between the things you do for God and the things ...

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Why Does Any Life Really Matter?

One of the more recent movements vying for public attention in America is the group, "Black Lives Matter." Black Lives Matter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted.The founders of the BLM were thr ee "queer" women (to use their own terminology): Opal Tometi, Patrisse Cullors and Darnell L. Moore. In an interview, Darnell Moor ...

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Resurrection Power Can Fill You This Hour!

I continue to write about the importance and imperativeness of emphasizing the resurrection of Jesus because, after Easter Sunday, most Christians give little thought to it. But it is an historical event with experiential life and power that we are meant to live and operate in every day! True Christians know that by repenting and believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savi...

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Priceless Gifts from the Empty Tomb

There are a number of priceless gifts that are a part of the believer's inheritance. All these gifts flow from an empty cross, an empty tomb, and an occupied throne in Heaven. The good news of the gospel, as declared by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15, is that five of my deepest longings are being met by the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul states these in negative te...

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Marrying a Resurrection Life

Christians should celebrate the Resurrection daily and not just annually at Easter because it is the day in which the "SON" came out of the tomb and all of history was changed forever in that historical event. Theologian Eric Sauer rightly asserts, "The present age, for us as Christians, is Easter time, it begins with the resurrection of the Redeemer, and ends with the re...

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Upper Room Futility

John 20:19, "On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews," In spite of the fact that several women had encountered the resurrected Lord Jesus on that first Easter Sunday morning, and Peter and John had visited and seen with their own eyes the empty tomb, their fear of the Jews was still greate...

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The Climax of History!

The final week of Jesus' life in which he went from death by crucifixion to bodily resurrection in the space of three days, was literally the climax of human history. Many wrongfully think that the climax of history will occur at the Second Coming of Christ. But the Second Advent will result in the consummation of history. Thus, the first Advent of Christ is the most signi...

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What Is True Christian Spirituality?

Is being spiritual some mystical, ethereal, existential experience that happens inside you and is to be kept private? Is it primarily about striving to become more like Jesus in inner essence of character, being a faithful church attendee, and learning to have your own personnel quiet time, until you can get off this old corrupt world and go to heaven? Or is it something ...

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The Jews are God's Chosen People!

It is my firm persuasion that the Scriptures teach that no one can be made right with God. i.e. saved, without being chosen in Christ, becoming a true Jew, and being saved by Christ alone, through grace alone, by faith alone. Immediately you perceptive Bible students will pick up on a phrase I used and accuse me of heresy. That being that everyone must become "a true Jew"...

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Standing With and United for Israel!

It's my firm conviction that all Christians should stand with and be united for Israel. In fact, the very title of "Christian" ("Christ-like follower") is contradicted when we fail to do this, since standing with Israel is the foundation of our faith. Also permit me to add one more confession and conviction: In addition, I have abandoned replacement theology. However, le...

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The Goodness of God

Romans 11:22a, "Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God..." Many of us were taught to return thanks at the dinner table by beginning our prayer like this: "God is great. God is good." Some years ago a phrase became very popular and spread throughout the church around the world. It was used in a call-and-response pattern. The worship leader or pastor would sho...

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Pampering Saints or Preparing Sons?

Hebrews 12:5-8, "And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives." It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his fathe...

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The Severity of God

Romans 11:22a, "Therefore consider the goodness andseverity of God..." Our last article was well received because of its theme - "the GOODNESS of GOD."However, the text we used in the previous article contains a second truth that is usually either overlooked and omitted by most believers or denied and vilified by others -- that truth being the SEVERITY of GOD." The word ...

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Attending the Burning Heart Bible School!

Luke 24:32, "They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within uswhile he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?" Our text is the response of the two followers of the freshly resurrected Jesus after they had been His students in the "Burning Heart Bible School" for one incredible afternoon walk and talk. Having listened to their grief-fill...

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Doing The Best of Things in the Worst of Times!

In the midst of very difficult and tumultuous times, a tribute was written to the local pastor of the Harold Church in the village of Staunton, England. It remains today on the wall of the church and reads, "In the year 1653, when all things sacred were throughout the nation destroyed or profaned, this church was built to the glory of God by Sir Robert Shirley whose singul...

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Doing The Best of Things in the Worst of Times! Part 2

In a previous post I identified what I believe to be the "best of things" as consisting of four basic axioms that when pursued by us Christians will always result in our doing the best of things in spite of the times or the trends we find ourselves living in. These are: Desiring the Kingdom of the Father Primarily Believing the Word of God Pervasively Loving the Son o...

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Saxifrage Saints!

Matthew 13:31-33, "He put another parable before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches." He told them another parable. "The ...

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Training For Reigning

Romans 5:17, "For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." Someone called the 5th chapter of the book of Romans, "The Chapter of the Five Kings". In it we see King Sin, for Sin reigned. There is King Death, for "Death reigned." There is King Gr...

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Good Evening Everyone- There's Good News Tonight!

Gabriel Heatter(September 17, 1890 - March 30, 1972),the son of Jewish immigrants from Austria, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He went to work forWOR, radio station as a reporter and commentator. His audience expanded when in 1934, WOR became the flagship station of the newest network,Mutual Broadcasting. Heatter gained a reputation for trying to find upliftin...

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The Lion-Taming Church?

Revelation 5:5, "And one of the elders said to me, "Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals." The Lord Jesus Christ is called the Lion of the tribe of Judah, according to his human nature. This is a reference to Jacob's prophecy in Genesis 49:10. As to His divine nature, Jes...

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Dunkirk or Normandy

Which Mindset Typifies the Church? Upon its release in the summer of 2017, Christopher Nolan's epic movie "Dunkirk", chronicling the rescue of the British army from the beaches of northeastern France in May 1940, became a worldwide box office success. The movie was based on the historical events of May 1940 where Germany had advanced into France, trapping Allied troops o...

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The Not-For-Today Version of the Bible

Since the end of the 7th century, there have been over 450 versions of the Bible translated into English! In spite of the many versions of the Bible available today, there is one that is not on the market, but is used by multitudes of believers and unbelievers. I call it the "Not-For-Today Version." Many moderns use this version as they rant about how the Bible is just n...

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Too Many Shirkers!

In his excellent book Death by Suburb, David Goetz tells about the theory of a biologist who majors on the study of deer and elk that created a lot of debate among other biologists by setting forth the theory of the "shirker bull." Among elk and deer there's a fall ritual called the "rut" in which the bulls square off against each other, butting heads and seeking dominanc...

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"Shut Up!"- The Only Argument Left to the Leftist!

There is an old debater's tactic that says if the points of your argument are weak, shout and pound the podium to distract attention from it. Since history has demonstrated that all of the socialists, big-government, liberal leftists arguments are baseless, bankrupt and untenable, they have discovered that pounding the streets and shouting and screaming accusatory epithet...

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Immorality- Forcing!

Today's most common and powerful tactic of the leftist liberals is to cry, "Stop trying to force your puritanical, dark age morality on me." And then by lobbying, legislating, and loud protesting, they attempt to force their immorality on those of us who believe that there are absolute standards of morality. The unending litany of indignant protests from the "immorality-f...

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Surrounded- What Are We To Do?

2 Kings 6:15-20 The servant of Elisha the Prophet awakens one morning and goes outside only to see several thousand well-armed enemy troops surrounding their little town. Overwhelmed with fear, he cries out to the prophet, "Alas, what shall we do?" A vast number of American Christians are beginning to feel the same way, especially as they look about at the rising tide of...

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The Key to Growing Into A Loving Person

1 John 4:16a, "And we have known and believed the love that God has for us." John 17:23, "I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me." Modern man's concept of love is largely defined and formed by Hollywood and Madison Avenue. If this premise is true, then e...

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The Powerlessness of the Excluded Middle Worldview

By "excluded middle," I am not referring to the principle used in logic that argues a statement must be true or false, allowing no middle position, but rather the middle realm between God and man. In other words, many in the West have a two-tiered view of reality with religion (God, miracles) over science (natural laws, matter), but the realmbetween-- of a devil, demons, a...

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The Many "Races" of People Issue

In light of current events, with emphasis upon the color of a person's skin, and assertions of racial superiority, and the suggestions by some that we are facing a "race war," we need to cut through the morass of false news and views and get to the real issue and its only answer. In a recent conversation with a dear friend, I was asked, "Where did all the races of people ...

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Four Roman NONES and One Cardinal Truth!

Romans 3:9-12, "What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, ...

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The Seduction of Moralism

Romans 3:12b, "there is none that does good, no, not one." From the outset of human history according to the scriptures in Genesis 2-3, we learn of the enemy's tactics of seducing Adam and Eve into disobeying God by eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Satan persuaded our first parents to believe that they had an adequate capacity in themselves for being goo...

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The Not-For-Today Version of the Bible

Since the end of the 7th century, there have been over 450 versions of the Bible translated into English! In spite of the many versions of the Bible available today, there is one that is not on the market, but is used by multitudes of believers and unbelievers. I call it the "Not-For-Today Version." One man, who calls himself a conservative atheist, uses this version. He...

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In My Father's House

John 2:16, "And He said to those who sold doves, "Take these things away! Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise!" To the surprise and even disappointment of many in Jerusalem, when Jesus arrived, his actions were not directed at the oppressive Roman army, but at the Temple itself. N. T. Wright comments: "Declaring it [the temple] corrupt he performed one o...

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Rethinking the Way We Do Church

June 5, 2017 For a number of years, I have been of the opinion that if a strategy to reach people with the gospel, disciple them to reproductive maturity, and involve them in a true New Testament type church is biblical, it will work anywhere and at any period of time. In other words, if it requires huge amounts of money to keep the institution operating, years and years ...

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JESUS is THE Central Issue of History!

June 12, 2017 On June 7, 2017, Senator Bernie Sanders (the man who almost won the Democrat nomination for the 2016 Presidential race) angrily shouted down Russell T. Vought, President Trump's nominee for Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. David French, of the National Review, gives an abbreviated transcript of the interaction between Sand...

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A Father's Day Message

June 18, 2017 Living in the Perfect Dream House -- The Father's House! John 2:16, "And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise." John 14:2, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." God is called "Father" 15 times in the Old T...

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God's New Creation Was Launched in the Resurrection of Christ!

As we stated in a previous article, Christians should celebrate the Resurrection daily and not just annually at Easter because it is the day in which the "SON" came out of the tomb and all of history was changed forever in that historical event. Sam Gamgee, a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's, The Lord of the Rings is speaking: "Gandalf! I thought you were dead! B...

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Worshipping the God Who is Eternally Unchangeable- Part 2

"One can almost imagine a smile on people's faces and perhaps long and loud laughter as well if one began to speak on the necessity of immutability for worship and how the immutability of God should move people to worship. We live in a day where things that are new and exciting are thought to be necessary for worship. We want things that move us and things that are old and...

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Resisting the Tendency to Join the God-Shrinkers

Isaiah 40:27...

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Worshiping the God Who is Eternally Unchangeable- Part 1

For us as 21st Century citizens, change seems to be the one constant in life. Times change, technology changes, the topography of the land changes, our bodies and the way they look changes, etc. It has been said that the only people who like change are babies with wet diapers. All of us who are beginning to be chronologically challenged can identify with the old fellow wh...

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Jesus Is the Joy-Bringer That Can Transform Our Disappointments - Part 2

When Jesus came from Heaven to live on earth for 33 1/2 years, He brought the life and reign of the kingdom of heaven with Him. One of the obvious and most appealing dimensions of life in the kingdom of heaven is joy. So the first sign miracle Jesus performed was to demonstrate that life in the Kingdom of God is about a marriage feast of life and joy. In this third article...

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Jesus Is The Joy-Bringer That Can Transform Our Disappointments

The disciple whom Jesus loved, John, tells us in John 2:11 that the miracle Jesus did in turning the water into wine was the "beginning of signs". This creative-miracle-sign points us to a beginning that marks a new creation, a new age, a new world, and a new beginning. The miracles of Jesus in the fourth gospel are like flashing streetlights that signify identification, t...

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Life In The Kingdom of God is About A Marriage Feast of Life and Joy

Why do you think Jesus choose a wedding and the act of turning water into wine as His first miracle? I think He did so for a number of reasons, and one of them being in order to demonstrate what life in the world that He brought with Him was like. By this, we mean that Jesus brought the life and reign of the kingdom of heaven with Him to earth. One of the obvious and most ...

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Assuming the Center and Proclaiming the Crown Rights of King Jesus!

Acts 4:24-30...

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The Struggling Christian- Part 2

Romans 7:14-8:4...

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The Struggling Christian!

Romans 7:14- 8:4...

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Christians Living in the INTENSIVE SCARE UNIT!

Your eschatology matters. What you believe about the future will determine much of how you live your life, how you view relationships, and even to a degree, how your character is shaped. Multitudes of Christians live full of fear due to what they have been told the Bible teaches about the shortness of the world's time, and the nearness of Jesus' any moment return with all ...

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The Box And The Bag

Mark 14:1-9; John 12:6 In the house of Simon, the leper, the Holy Spirit juxtaposes two radically different lifestyles. In Mary, we are shown the broken-box lifestyle. In Judas, we see the bound-bag lifestyle. In Mary we see true spirituality. In Judas we are shown true carnality. In Mary we smell the fragrance of love for the Messiah. In Judas we smell the odor of a love...

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