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

Friday, 01 May 2020 04:32

Encouragement in the age of COvid-19

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My mom entered God’s presence November 29, 2018. She was 90. These past few months I’ve wondered what mom’s response would have been to the pandemic. My guess is she would have howled at the jokes and puns, adding her own pithy humor. And my guess is she would have wept with those...

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A brief and limited expression of concern to whom it may concern:

I’m thinking this virus and the shut down is revealing some faulty understanding regarding the church (ecclesiology). Simply put, a family stuck at home, dunking each other in the bathtub calling it baptism or sipping Dr Pepper...

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By Pastor Tedd Mathis

The statement is quite common in my circle of Christianity. I often see it on Facebook. Some of my own Christ-honoring kin state this rather emphatically.

I give the benefit of the doubt those who use it have good motives. No true Christian desires others to merely mouth...

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By Pastor Tedd Mathis

Let me begin by addressing the common idea, “You can’t legislate morality.” Here’s the truth: Not only is morality supposed to be legislated, it always is. The issue is, whose morality.

According to the Bible, there are three permanent institutions God...

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Dear fellow pastors of the Royal Gorge Baptist Association:

I am writing to call your attention to Resolution 9 passed last June at the SBC annual meeting in Birmingham. Below is a link where you can read Resolution 9: On Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality.

The leaders at Pueblo West Baptist...

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Written for the congregation of Pueblo West Baptist Church and originally appearing in the February 2020 church newsletter

There are many sounds I have come to love over the years. But as a pastor there are two I want to call to your attention.

First is the sound during the sermon of people turning...

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O My people!

Their oppressors are children, and women rule over them.

O My people!

Those who guide you lead you astray and confuse the direction of your path.

— Isaiah 3:12

 

This is part of an ongoing series. You can read the previous installments here and here . These were originally...

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Thursday, 21 November 2019 03:34

Gay Christianity and the Local Church

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By Pastor Tedd Mathis

For a previous essay providing background, you can read ithere.

In this essay I address how a local church is to respond when a member practices sexual sin. Since the Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever, let’s remind ourselves of what He has commanded His people...

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Monday, 28 October 2019 02:56

Why Gay Christianity Is A False Religion

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My prayer is you read this in accordance with Colossians 2:8 – See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the traditions of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

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Thursday, 03 October 2019 03:15

On Tom Petty, Rage Against Rage, and Jesus the Christ

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After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.  So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have...

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Tuesday, 06 August 2019 06:17

Letter From Heaven

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A note from the author of ‘Letter From Heaven:’ My mom, Betty Jo Mathis, entered her eternal rest and joined her daughter Mary Ellen November 29, 2018. This was originally written in 1996. Several years later, mom used it in various publications with her introduction below.

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Part Two of series on the Lord’s Day

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In our previous installment on The Lord’s Day we saw seven reasons why we should set it aside. In this installment I want to give two main ways howwe are to do this.

Our Lord does not heap on us picayune rituals and needless ceremonies....

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By Pastor Tedd Mathis

This is a two-part series. This first installment provides reasonswhy our Lord is worthy of making Sunday His day.  The second installment will provide specific ways as tohow we can set apart the Lord’s Day.

God has always directed His people to view and use their...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 23:46

The Lord of Glory Is Not A Salesman

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Set your mind on things above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. – Colossians 3:1-4

For many walk, of whom I often...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 02:28

The gift of blushing

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ON SEXUALITY AND SEX

 ‘You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination…  For whoever does any of these abominations, those persons who do so shall be cut off from among their people. Thus you are to keep My charge, that you do...

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