But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016 11:17

Level of Corruption Seems to Have Reached Tipping Point

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I really hate dealing with this type of thing that much anymore largely because there seems to be little that anyone can do about it. All around us, we experience corruption on a daily basis. If not outright corruption, then lies that are used for the purposes of self-aggrandizement.

Maybe you also just learned that President Obama actually...

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 13:06

Knowing God in 1 John, Part 8

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In the gospel of John, we learn much about the deity of Jesus. There are so many miracles included by the apostle John that point to Jesus as God the Son, that it is difficult to ignore their import and voice. In John’s three smaller epistles, he focuses on specifics about our salvation that opens the door to fellowship with the...

Monday, 08 February 2016 19:40

We Need to Pursue Fellowship with Christ

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In my most recent article – Weddings Are Easy But Marriage Fellowship Takes Time – I discussed the fact that in order to make any relationship work, especially marriage, people have to actually pursue fellowship with one another. That goes for relatives, friends, and married people. Relationships don’t simply happen....

Monday, 08 February 2016 11:26

Weddings Are Easy But Marriage Fellowship Takes Time

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A piece of paper only makes a marriage LEGAL…

My wife and I “tied” the knot 30 years ago this year. It’s interesting to look back on the occasions and realize that while I thought I was “old” – I was 28 then – from my vantage point now, I was still a youngster in many ways.

On the day of our wedding,...

Friday, 05 February 2016 14:23

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 13

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9 What benefit can a worker gain from his toil? 10 I have observed the burden that God has given to people to keep them occupied. 11 God has made everything fit beautifully in its appropriate time, but he has also placed ignorance in the human heart so that people cannot discover what God has ordained, from the beginning to the...

Friday, 05 February 2016 10:54

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 12

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Note: We’ve talked briefly about the powers that be and their growing stranglehold on the world. One of the things we’ve noted is that they want the world to be essentially gathered together in groupings or unions just like the EU. This will be a serious step toward global unification even though it will appear as though countries...

It’s amazing how quickly things progress in the world, isn’t it? Just this morning, I posted several articles – here and here – regarding a possible nuclear first strike by Russia against the U.S., Great Britain, or both (but probably just against the U.S.), and the increasing tension between Russia and America over the...

Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:09

Russia Supports Syria and US Supports Rebels

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In my last article I talked about “wars and rumors of wars” from Jesus’ Olivet Discourse in Matthew 24 (see also Mark 13 and Luke 21). I also discussed the reasons for war and who profits from them. Clearly, the average person does not profit at all. Most of the time, the average person is seriously maimed or just dies,...

Thursday, 04 February 2016 09:25

Wars and Rumors of Wars Featured

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Most likely, yes it is…

In Matthew 24:6, Jesus said the following: “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is still to come.”

If we consider the context of His words, He was speaking of the end of this age, not long before He would return to this planet as...

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 11:05

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 11

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 Our last article in this series brought us up to Ecclesiastes 2:23. I want to finish up chapter 2 with the few remaining verses – 24 through 26 – in this article.

24 There is nothing better for people than to eat and drink, and to find enjoyment in their work. I also perceived that this ability to find enjoyment comes from God. 25...

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 12:31

All You Need to Know About Conspiracy Theories, Part 7

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It’s coming whether we like it or not…unless you think God is a liar?

Since the first article in this series, we’ve learned that you can’t believe every conspiracy theory. By the same token, you shouldn’t disparage or choose to disbelieve all conspiracy theories because they are labeled “conspiracy...

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 11:28

All You Need to Know About Conspiracy Theories, Part 6

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In our previous article – Part 5 – we highlighted the fact that when the final world empire is resurrected, it will likely be in the same geographical area where Babylon, Medo-Persian, Grecian, and the Roman Empires stood. Even though these empires were not all the same size, they essentially maintained a presence in the same general...

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 09:12

All You Need to Know About Conspiracy Theories, Part 5

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We spoke last time – in Part 4 – that the world is moving toward a one-world system of governance. Whether that’s the case by some sort of intelligent design in the spiritual realm, or simply because human beings seem to think it’s the best way to go is up to each person to decide. However, it seems clear that this is...

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 07:02

All You Need to Know About Conspiracy Theories, Part 4

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I think we started to get to the heart of the matter in our last article, Part 3. The biblical truth appears to be that there is coming a one-world order that will fully engulf the entire world. That final empire will be headed up or controlled by one man, known as the Antichrist. I wish I could tell you who that person was, but I have absolutely...

Monday, 01 February 2016 13:21

All You Need to Know About Conspiracy Theories, Part 3

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Nimrod wanted to rule the world…

As we’ve noted in our previous articles in this series – Part 1 and Part 2 – whether or not many conspiracy theories are truth or not is probably something we will never be able to prove one way or another. Ultimately, it comes down to what each person believes about specific events and...

Monday, 01 February 2016 12:14

All You Need to Know About Conspiracy Theories, Part 2

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In our previous article – the first in this short series – we introduced the subject of conspiracy theories and why it is next to impossible to ever learn the truth about them. We truly cannot ever actually know the truth about an area that appears to have huge question marks over it. Did President Roosevelt know about...

Monday, 01 February 2016 08:41

All You Need to Know About Conspiracy Theories, Part 1

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We’ll get back to our ongoing series in Ecclesiastes, but I wanted to take a short detour to highlight a subject that has been around for eons: conspiracy theories. As we know, some conspiracy theories hold more water than others and of late, it seems that so many people see a conspiracy in just about everything that the whole area of...

Friday, 29 January 2016 08:50

All is Vanity Including Politics

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Politics is more about catering to a few and demoralizing the rest.

Leaving our ongoing commentary on Ecclesiastes aside for a moment, I wanted to broach the subject of politics and the fact that, in keeping with Solomon’s reasoning, it also is utter futility and vanity. Why do I say that?

To be sure, the tone of society is often...

Thursday, 28 January 2016 17:12

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 10

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We’re moving along in Ecclesiastes and have covered a number of areas that Solomon puts his thinking to, all in an effort to prove his original thesis that “all is vanity” where life is concerned. Is he right? Each person will decide for themselves if they at least agree with him, but I think he’s made a strong case so...

Thursday, 28 January 2016 11:45

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 9

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I’m going to assume that by now, if you’ve been reading these articles on Ecclesiastes since the first one, you’re getting the bigger picture that Solomon is attempting to paint for us. If you just found this article and haven’t started from the beginning, I’d encourage you to that and you can find Part 1 here.

Solomon...

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 19:12

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 8

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Ecclesiastes 2:4-11 is a longer section in which Solomon turns his attention to another area of life that, sure enough, turns out in his estimation to be utterly futile as well. It deals with materialism.

4 I increased my possessions: I built houses for myself; I planted vineyards for myself. 5 I designed royal gardens and parks for myself,...

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 13:17

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 7

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I intended to cover verses 1 – 3 of Ecclesiastes 2 in our last article, but only got through verse 1. We’ll pick it up with verse 3 and cover that and verse 2 in this segment.

Previously, we noted that Solomon is using various situations within the secular arena to prove his thesis, that all is vanity or utterly futile. Most recently,...

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 09:06

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 6

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Chapter one of Ecclesiastes covers Solomon’s attempt to prove that everything in the secular world is vanity. It’s all pointless. Please understand that his emphasis is on things secular. He has not gotten into the spiritual realm yet. He speaks from the point of view of the average person who has no time for God, no concern...

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 08:34

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 5

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16 I thought to myself, “I have become much wiser than any of my predecessors who ruled over Jerusalem; I have acquired much wisdom and knowledge.” 17 So I decided to discern the benefit of wisdom and knowledge over foolish behavior and ideas; however, I concluded that even this endeavor is like trying to chase the wind! 18 For with...

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 15:08

Ecclesiastes and Vanity of Life, Part 4

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In our continuing look at the book of Ecclesiastes, I’m wondering if what I’ve written so far has piqued your interest and curiosity to reconsider the message of this book if you’ve been a person who has always seen it as a huge, depressing read? I hope so. If you’ve always seen Ecclesiastes as a book of hope and truth,...