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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Monday, 07 March 2016 07:04

Lack of Discernment is Astounding in Some Churches Featured

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Being out-of-town visiting relatives, we went to their church with them. I did some checking on the church after I found out the name of it. I looked at their statement of beliefs and a few of their “position papers” and it was unfortunate that I knew I didn’t agree. The reality seems to be that their position papers did not seem...

Friday, 04 March 2016 15:02

Christianophobia? Not Enough Lions? What?

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Toward the end of 2014, two guys wrote a book about the growing trend that is rising to the surface. No, it’s not homophobia or Islamophobia.

This new phenomenon is best called Christianophobia. The book – So Many Christians, So Few Lions – explores the growing problem of people who simply hate Christians and...

Thursday, 03 March 2016 07:19

Bible Warns of Apostasy and Persecution, Part 6

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Author Richard Abanes tries to prove that earthquakes decreased worldwide. Unfortunately, he is completely incorrect. There are many problems with the information he presents in his book. Clearly, earthquakes have been on the rise and have increased in ferocity as well. (Image created by F. DeRuvo for Study-Grow-Know Ministries.)

We discussed the fi...

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 17:54

Bible Warns of Apostasy and Persecution, Part 5

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We ended our last installment – Bible Warns of Apostasy and Persecution, Part 4 – highlighting the fact that after Jesus had just pronounced the upcoming destruction of the Jewish Temple (Matthew 24:1), the disciples then asked Him several important questions. Culled from Matthew 24:3, they are:

  1. When will these things happen?
  2. What...
Tuesday, 01 March 2016 18:28

Bible Warns of Apostasy and Persecution, Part 4

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Artist’s rendering of what the Temple Mount probably looked like during the time of Jesus.

In Matthew 24, Jesus points out a number of things that He knew would be written down and kept until the end of this current age. In essence, much of what He taught in His Olivet Discourse there was for those living during the final portion of time...

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 08:10

Bible Warns of Apostasy and Persecution, Part 3 Featured

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Remaining faithful to the end is going to be a question for many believers…

In our previous installment – Bible Warns of Apostasy and Persecution, Part 2 – we went over a second biblical sign that indicates we are in the last part of the end times. Aside from the growing derision surrounding the notion of Jesus’ return...

Monday, 29 February 2016 09:35

Is Jesus Our Heavenly Handyman?

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Jesus came to give salvation and to fellowship with us, not to be our Heavenly Handyman…

“Angry? Depressed? Lonely? Uptight? Forlorn? Anxious? – Jesus is the Answer”

We’ve probably all seen questions like the ones above. They point out that Jesus can solve all your problems. In reality – and I want to state this...

Monday, 29 February 2016 07:51

Bible Warns of Apostasy and Persecution, Part 2 Featured

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In our first post in this series – Bible Warns of Apostasy and Persecution, Part 1 – we introduced the subject of the End Times. We also noted that one of the things that will be evident to indicate we are in the end times prior to the physical return of Jesus is the growing denial of the Second Coming....

Saturday, 27 February 2016 15:23

Bible Warns of Apostasy and Persecution, Part 1

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These people have no clue, but they sadly persist in their ignorance.

This is a difficult subject to write about mainly because people don’t want to hear it. Today, many Christians are involved in concerted efforts to bring America back to its roots (whatever that means). They pray for it, attend rallies, pick and choose the...

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 07:40

Portraits of Fellowship, Part 5: Moses

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In our previous installment in this series – Portraits of Fellowship, Part 4: Moses – we continued to highlight the correct way in which Moses responded to the tests and trials that the Israelites faced. Instead of reacting to each situation as if they had arrived to the end of their lives, Moses not only trusted God, but attempted to...

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 08:54

Portraits of Fellowship, Part 4: Moses

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 We wrote most recently of Moses and his ability to follow the Lord in spite of the people around him who acted like they were going to harm him (Exodus 14). Specifically, in Exodus 14:11-12 as we highlighted last time, the people were sarcastic, filled with anger, and had completely ignored the numerous times that God had helped...

Monday, 22 February 2016 08:26

Portraits of Fellowship, Part 3: Moses

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What the parting of the Red Sea might have looked like if Google satellite images existed then.

In Exodus, there are specific examples of Moses, his leadership, and his submission to God, which allowed him to be in fellowship with God. In effect, Moses entered into fellowship with God by submitting to Him in what we could easily call...

Friday, 19 February 2016 10:27

Not All Jews Believe in Any God

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Petra, built into solid rock and once part of Edom, is now an abandoned city in Jordan. Likely thinking they were invincible, they were overcome by the Babylonians in the 6th century BC.

I was reminded again this morning of people who are Jewish by birth but often have no real belief system apart from the lies of the left. Though we Christians tend...

Thursday, 18 February 2016 10:21

It’s Political Season in Case You Aren’t Aware

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The one thing I have grown to hate about politics is seeing the big picture and realizing that no matter what anyone does, the world will become a globally governed one-world system. At that point it will be headed up by one person, the individual Paul calls the “man of sin (lawlessness)” in his second letter to the...

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 17:53

Portraits in Fellowship, Part 2

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Throughout the entire epistle of 1 John, John emphasizes the need for fellowship with God. Yet, too often, many of the verses from John’s first epistle are used in an attempt to prove that Christians can lose salvation. John talks about being “in” and “out” of relationship with God and God being either...

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 08:09

Transformed to Have Fellowship

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Here is the link to the message we preached this past Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Bible Baptist Church in Hampton, GA. The subject of the message was the Prodigal Son from Luke 15, who shows us what it is like to misunderstand our heavenly Father. Interestingly enough, the human father in parable (representing our heavenly Father) is full of love...

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 13:08

Portraits in Fellowship, Part 1

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Last time, we introduced the subject of Two Most Important Aspects of Fellowship with God. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we only got around to discussing  one of those aspects, which was living a lifestyle that allowed us to enjoy fellowship with God. We’ll discuss the second aspect in this article and...

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 08:40

Two Most Important Aspects of Fellowship with God

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If we say we have fellowship with him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth, (1 John 1:6; NET)

The above text is merely a snippet of truth that the apostle John spells out for us in his first epistle we know as 1 John. Please notice that he is clarifying what true fellowship with God means. He states...

Monday, 15 February 2016 18:44

It Really Is All About Forgiveness, Part 1

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Since the 1960s there has been tremendous talk and discussion about “love” and how it looks and feels. It’s been defined as everything from feeling wonderful about someone else, to having sexual relations with many people with no real emotional connection. In essence, what it all boils down to where the world’s...

Saturday, 13 February 2016 08:33

Laodicean Church Falls Hard After 30 Years…

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In Paul’s letter to the Colossian believers, Paul makes a point in his closing remarks to mention a church that was up and coming at the time. It was the church in Laodicea, which as you can see from the map, is on the road between Hierapolis to the north and Colossae to the south. It makes sense that Paul would mention this church in his...

Thursday, 11 February 2016 14:42

You Cannot Forgive More than God Has Forgiven You

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The title of this post is extremely appropriate because it is absolutely true. You cannot out-forgive God. It is impossible, yet we are called to forgive as God has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13).

About three months ago, God started taking me down this path to where I am today, essentially trying to get a better grip on the whole...

Thursday, 11 February 2016 10:46

Fellowship with God Stems from Forgiveness

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In the Prodigal Son (Luke 15), we learn an extremely valuable lesson about the importance of forgiveness. The earthly father of the Prodigal Son does everything correct. In each instance leading up the time the Prodigal Son left to the time he returned, the father continued to extend full and complete forgiveness to his son.

In spite of this...

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....