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

Wednesday, 03 June 2020 18:00

Why do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

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When talking with unbelievers, non-Christians, atheists, etc., the question underlying their objection to the faith is almost never, “Why do good things happen to bad people?” Usually their question is more along the lines of “Why is there evil?” “Why is there...

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:00

Errors in Understanding Biblical Texts

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Sometimes errors in understanding biblical texts stem from not paying close enough attention to the language. They can occur if we do not have a good working knowledge of the time period wherein the text was written and/or the cultural background. Other times errors arise from making assumptions...

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 18:00

Admonishing with Tears

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Very often when we read Scripture we do not enter emotionally into the story. As a result, we miss the very real human elements in exchanges like the one Paul had with the Ephesian elders in Acts 20 as he gave them a charge which included: Therefore, be alert, remembering that for three years I...

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020 18:00

Education and Safeguarding our Children

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In the late 19th Century there was concern over “inroads of secularization in higher education and as a base for the education of lay workers and full-time Bible teachers, evangelists, and pastors.”1“Bible college” The main concern for parents then was how they could protect...

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020 18:00

Journeys in Paganistan (Part 2)

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Editor’s Note: As Carl pointed out last week in Journeys in Paganistan (Part 1), Occult themes abound in children’s literature, on television shows, and in the movies. The entertainment industry has made a handsome profit in selling the supernatural.  In part 2, Carl Teichrib...

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020 18:00

Journeys in Paganistan (Part 1)

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Editor’s Note: Occult themes abound in children’s literature, on television shows, and in the movies. The entertainment industry has made a handsome profit in selling the supernatural. But as this article by Carl Teichrib demonstrates, there is a reality beyond books and TV screens...

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Truth and Meaning As It Relates To History Bart Ehrman, in Misquoting Jesus,1 Bart Ehrman, Misquoting Jesus; San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2005 intends to explain New Testament textual criticism. One theme Ehrman uses to explain textual criticism is that the scribes, copyist, and the people of...

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Wednesday, 15 April 2020 18:00

Abandoned!

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I recently read a critique of Biblical prophecy (specifically, Messianic prophecy), which was alleged to have been taken out of context by selectively quoting a verse or two, rather than quoting the entire passage. This claim stems from either a lack of understanding the Jewish method of...

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Wednesday, 08 April 2020 18:00

A Father’s Love

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I was raised in a Christian home but, in my teen years, I became quite skeptical of Christian claims, the good book, and especially of God Himself. Looking back, I cannot say I really doubted the existence of God, but I did not feel I liked Him all that much, or at least not the […]

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(Originally printed in the Fall 2006 Issue of the MCOI Journal page 14) A labyrinth is a flat circle or square consisting of a path that winds round to the center (not to be confused with a maze, which is enclosed). In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth was the name for the maze-like enclosure for the...

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 18:00

Passover, Catholics, JWs and Communion

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This is one of the times each year that the secular media runs to famous atheists to gain insight into the “myth,” as they view it, concerning Jesus’s resurrection, the very heart of Christian belief. It is obvious that they do not believe that Jesus came out of His grave. They...

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:00

Uncertainty and Revelation

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Uncertainty is a crucible for revelation. My pastor said two things in his sermon two weeks ago when this virus was just looming on the horizon and we had no idea how bad or how mild it was going to be. There were people in my church who thought everyone was over-reacting and others who […]

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 18:00

True Prophecies by False Prophets?

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There is a general belief among Christians that true prophecies cannot be made by false prophets. After all, the thinking goes, false prophets can only give false prophecies. We even have a biblical test to determine if one is a false prophet that is given in Deuteronomy 18:20-22: But the prophet...

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Friday, 13 March 2020 09:00

Richard Rohr and the Enneagram Secret

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It has arrived! The response to the current Enneagram craze which is sweeping through many churches, Bible colleges, universities and seminaries is now available. It is currently available on our website at this link, Richard Rohr and the Enneagram Secret.  Check out the site, scroll down to...

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(Originally printed in the Fall 2010 Issue of the MCOI Journal) Watching a court jury trial and watching a debate have a number of similarities. In both cases, you have one set of evidence, but you have two opposing sides that attempt to explain the evidence in such a way that they will persuade...

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Wednesday, 04 March 2020 17:00

Who do you say that I am?

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In Matthew 16:15 Jesus the Christ asks his disciples an all-important question with eternal consequences, “But who do you say that I am?” It was the follow-up question in an exchange we read in Matthew 16:13-18: Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his...

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020 17:00

God’s Secrets in the Pyramids?

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The Great pyramids of Giza are, as just about everyone knows, large stone structures believed to have been built perhaps 4,000 – 4,500 years ago as tombs for the Pharaoh. They have a great deal to do with their pagan worldview, beliefs about the afterlife and the presumed necessity of...

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 17:00

That’s What I Get for Praying

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In the classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, George Bailey, not a religious man, becomes desperate enough with his life circumstance to pray for God’s help. Immediately following the prayer, an angry man comes over and punches him hard in the jaw. As he picks...

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:00

Not a Waste of Time

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We have often been told that witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and others in cults is “just a waste of time.” “They don’t listen.” To be sure, witnessing to people in cult groups can be quite frustrating. It can be draining. So why do we do it? That is...

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Wednesday, 05 February 2020 17:00

Is it true that God can Use/Redeem Anything?

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This question keeps coming up in connection with the Enneagram. This is especially true with the introduction of Enneagram Coach, Beth McCord and her husband, Jeff, who is a pastor. The claim they make is they have stripped the Enneagram of its false teaching and are teaching a biblical version. In...

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Groups like Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Black Hebrew Israelite Movement and others very often read themselves into Scripture to give credibility to their claims. In their hands the Bible isn’t really about God and His dealings with His creation and His people. The Bible is all about their...

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 17:00

How Should We Respond?

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(Editor’s Note: The following is an adaptation from chapter 15 of Carl Teichrib’s book, Game of Gods: The Temple of Man in the Age of Re-Enchantment.) Professing Christians have three primary options in considering a response to our shifting world. First, we can ignore the worldview...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:00

The Not So Strange Tale of Two Jehovahs

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If we began this post with the words, “Once upon a time…” and went on to tell the tale of two Jehovahs, most would assume it was just a story, perhaps a fairly-tale. In actuality, the story is true, it’s in the Bible, and the One telling it is Jehovah Himself. Since we will...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 17:00

The Games People Play

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In 1969, Joe South’s hit, The Games People Play was released. Actually, it was a re-release. Songfacts notes: Joe South performed all the vocal and instrumental parts himself, and some consider it the first ever Country-Soul album. It was originally released in 1968 as Introspect before being...

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