Wade Trimmer is the founding pastor of Grace Fellowship of Augusta. He is a gifted preacher, teacher, writer and student of the Word of God. After serving 30 years as our pastor, he felt led of the Lord to devote the rest of his life to the training and discipling of pastors and key lay leaders. Through his non-profit organization, Training for Reigning Institute of Disciple-making, he focuses much of his effort on Third World countries that otherwise have little access to quality training. Pastor Wade is committed to training people to live in loving relationships with other believers, and serve in kingdom partnership to fulfill this Great Commission. Going to the ends of the earth, his ministry is seeking to make disciples of all people groups, baptizing and teaching them all things that Jesus commanded. Since 2008, Pastor Wade’s influence has grown dramatically throughout the world. Making numerous international trips each year, he is teaching disciple-making principles to thousands of people all over the world. Wade continues to be a vital part of our church community. As our Missions Pastor, he is expanding our reach in the earth and is putting us in fellowship with quality ministries that we can partner with in the advancement of the Gospel. In addition, he serves as one of our Overseers, giving valuable oversight and accountability to the ongoing ministry of Grace Fellowship.

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Inaccurate Eschatology

Eschatology is the study of last things, i.e., death, resurrection, Second Coming of Christ, judgment, etc. "Prophecy" and "eschatology" are often used interchangeably. Thus, the most common way to express an interest in future and final events is to speak and write in terms of "Bible prophecy", "end times", "last days". Inaccurate eschatology has, for the most part, left ...

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The "Narcissistic" Church!

The term narcissism originated more than 2,000 years ago, when Ovid wrote thelegend of Narcissus. He tells the story of a beautiful Greek hunter who, one day, happens to see his reflection in a pool of water and falls in love with it. He becomes obsessed with its beauty and is unable to leave his reflected image until he starves to death. After his death, the flowernarciss...

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Quick Fix Politics

The United States is in the middle of a Presidential election year like no other. We can expect increasing levels of vitriolic ads and political rallies. The political battle lines have been drawn. It's republicans versus democrats, with an independent candidate thrown in as a potential spoiler for one or other of the two parties. The current political climate is what som...

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God's Commentary on the Cross

As we approach "Good Friday" and the death of Christ on the cross, we would do well to pause and consider a brief glimpse from Matthew's account as to the meaning of the supernatural events that attended the crucifixion. A few years ago, an Anglican Priest caused quite a furor as he declared "that the church's traditional understanding of the cross of Christ is both 'repu...

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I'm Kind of Homesick

Hebrews 11:10, "For he (Abraham) was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God." Hebrews 11:16, "But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city." Hebrew 12:22,"But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the livin...

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Falling Short of the Glory of God

Romans 3:23, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" What does it mean to "fall short of the glory of God"? It means that none of us has trusted and obeyed God the way we should. Instead we have trusted ourselves. We have turned from his commandments. We thought we knew a better way. InRomans 1:2223it says, "Although they knew God they did not glorify him...

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Inappropriate Joy!

One pastor shares the testimony that he heard from a Chistian lady concerning a fellow believer that had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. While undergoing the painful treatment, he radiated an inexplicable joy that was astounding and puzzling to the medical professionals at the treatment center. The nurse overseeing the treatment wrote in the margin of the medica...

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The People Who Miss Christmas!

An old pioneer traveled westward across the Great Plains of America until he came to an abrupt halt at the edge of the Grand Canyon. He gawked at the sight before him: a vast chasm one mile down, eighteen miles across, and more than a hundred miles long! He gasped, "Something must have happened here!" What if we brought someone from the rain forest of South America to our...

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Christmas - Heaven's Rescue Mission!

Christmas is about an incredible mission effort from Heaven to bring liberation to a sinning people and suffering planet. Christmas was the occasion of God the Father sending God the Son to the Middle East on a deadly rescue mission. Jesus said inLuke 4:18,"The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to he...

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Thy Kingdom Come!

Matthew6:9-10,"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come.Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Commentator Adam Clarke said concerning the second petition in the Model Prayer: "The ancient Jews did not hesitate to say: "He prays not at all, in whose prayers there is no mention of the kingdom of God....

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Reflecting on the Five Greatest Truths of the Reformation!

As we approach the 506th year since a Catholic monk named Martin Luther initiated what has come to be known as "The Protestant Reformation", on October 31, 1517, we should be prompted to review five truths that not only reformed the church, but literally transformed the world. Among the multiplicities of errors promulgated by the Roman Church, none angered Luther more tha...

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Rapture Fever Has Exploded- Again!

Rapture fever has been around for around 180 years, originating in Plymouth, England around 1830. The virus was carried in a container that has been labeled "Dispensationalism". It remained at a relatively low-level fever until 1970. Then it surged to "raging" levels with the publication of Hal Lindsey's book, The Late Great Planet Earth, which sold 35 million copies. The ...

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Jesus Met Me on the Morning of My Funeral!

Jesus Met Me on the Morning of My Funeral CEDRIC KANANA WITH BENJAMIN FISCHER|AUGUST 14, 2023 (This article was taken from Christianity Today magazine.) Rwandan, Cedric Kanana was dressed for burial when Jesus gave him a mission to proclaim his name. "Your blood cleanses me. I praise you, Savior." I heard them singing these words as I approached the church. When she sa...

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What Does It Mean to Make Disciples of All Nations?

Matthew 28:19a, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations," That Matthew 28:18-20 is correctly referenced as "The Great Commission" is seldom if ever questioned by evangelical believers, but what that means is a different story. So, what is the Great Commission? Who is to be the object of the mission that we're to co-partner with Jesus in accomplishing? Are we to c...

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Is it Too Late for a Global Awakening?

Far too many believers think that the world, especially America, has already struck the iceberg of judgment and it is too late to live with any worldview other than that America is like the doomed "Titanic ocean-liner." This being the assumption, a "sinking ship" mentality is necessary due to "prophetic inevitability", i.e., the Bible prophecies that this will be the way i...

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Gospel Hope!

I preached at Grace Fellowship of Augusta this past Sunday on the subject of the hope (The sermon can be found on YouTube -https://youtu.be/aV-Be16OmOM) found truly and solely in the gospel of God, using one text in particular Romans 15:13. In this verse, Paul prays that believers will be continually being filled with joy and peace that is the fruit, of which hope is the ...

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America, America, May God Shed His grace on Thee – Again!

In 1776, King George IIIruled the largest empire that planet earth had ever seen, including the 13 American colonies. To revolt against it and declare independence, from a human perspective, was an invitation to disaster and an imposition of an unprecedented tyranny upon the fledgling nation of America. But our founders did it despite the odds against them and the cost bef...

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The Darker State

Matthew 12:43-45, "When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none.Then it says, 'I will return to my house from which I came.' And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order.Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and t...

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Sixty-one Things that were True of Me and Every Other Person before Becoming a Christian!

I was on the broad way (road) leading to destruction (Matthew 7:13). I was lost (Luke 19:10; 2 Corinthians 4:3). I was condemned already because of my unbelief (John 3:18). I was a lover of darkness (John 3:19). I was under God's abiding wrath (John 3:36) awaiting God's coming wrath (Luke 3:7; Ephesians 5:6; Colossians 3:6). I was an ignorant worshipper (John 4:22)....

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Seventy-five Things that are Now True of Me and Everyone that is Saved!

In the previous blog, I listed Sixty-one Things that were True of Me and Every Other Person before Becoming a Christian! Following up, I want to list 75 of the several hundred things that are true of everyone that is saved. Always keep in mind that salvation is God's plan that has existed immutably and eternally in God's mind. God designed the plan, determined the partici...

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Word and Spirit — A Marriage Made in Heaven!

On September 3, 2012, I posted this blog. Reading it afresh last night, I felt impressed to share it again. Much of the materials were gleaned from the pens of men like Jack Taylor, Dudley Hall, R.T. Kendall, etc. Careful observation reveals that the church has been in a state of illegal spiritual separation for many centuries. The estranged parties frequently hurl accusa...

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Only the Lonely!

Most of us Western world "Baby Boomers" readily and fondly remember the 1960 hit song written and sung by Roy Orbison entitled "Only the Lonely. It's the tale of a broken heart produced by a jilted lover. One verse cries, "There goes my baby, there goes my heart, they're gone forever, so far apart. Only the lonely know the heartaches I've been through. Only the lonely know...

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Is God's Love Unconditional?

Love in the Western world is a complex and often contradictory and confusing concept. Little Jimmy Watkins was on the computer in his uncle's office. He started pecking out: "I am seven years old. My uncle's computer is fun to play with. I am going to help him write his book on "What is love?" He begins: "Billy Smith is in sixth grade, and he knows everything. Billy Smith...

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The Myth of Neutrality

Matthew 12:30: "He that is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters."This pithy saying by Jesus clarifies the position into which the Pharisees have put themselves. It divides humanity simply into only two groups; there is no middle ground. With these solemn words Jesus draws the line of cleavage between himself and his enemies then and now. ...

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Where Does Good Government Begin?

We have reached a tipping point in America where most of its citizens believe that our strength is in, and our trust should be in big government. We believe that government somehow has the unlimited capacity that only God possesses. When people reject the Lordship of Christ's rule, they place their hope in an earthly ruler whom they expect to satisfy their wants. The peo...

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We Are at Risk of “Burnout” in a Short-term Sprint for Jesus!

Heb 12:1-2a, "Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of...

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Replacing Discipleship with Dreaming!

Matthew 28:18-20, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." This passage of scripture has been rightly denominated...

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The Wrath of God

Romans 1:18, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth." There are few theological topics that are more unacceptable to the contemporary, Western world than the theme of the wrath of God. The late Dr. J. I. Packer never spoke truer words than when he said, "The fact is...

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Icons of God

Genesis 1:26-27, "Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created the...

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THEN WHAT?

Hebrews 9:27, "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment" Having reached the ripe old age of 75, I have begun to think more seriously and frequently about my mortality and the two appointments that I will soon be keeping (hopeful not real soon!). These thoughts have caused me to reflect more and more on the "then what's next" aspect of my exi...

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God Has Moved!

John 1:14, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." The Bible records many memorable moves. The day when Adam and Eve were forced to move out of the Garden of Eden was indescribably traumatic and tragic. The day the children of Israel left their homes in Egypt was tru...

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Why Are so Few Christians Asked About the Hope That is in Them?

"But sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that ask you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear" (1 Peter 3:15 - ASV). "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope" (Romans 15:13 ESV). Has anyone recently a...

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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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