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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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....

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...