303 - Our Bonhoeffer Moment

May 3, 2015
With our society and culture crumbling all around us it behooves the church to assess its commitment to Christ.  Are you hot or cold or lukewarm?  Is Christ on the outside of the church knocking, waiting, for us to open the door and allow Him into His church? (Rev. 3:20).

These are scary times.  But not unprecedented times.  

In fact, it's these very times that bring out the best in the church.  It's times like these where true men and women of God step forward to take their stand for truth.  

It's the time of Daniel, Elijah, John the Baptist and Gideon.

The following is a study on the call of Gideon.

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293 - Credibility and Character

February 23, 2015
What's the big deal with pastors today calling themselves apostles?  Why are they doing that and how can that be justified from Scripture?  

Or, better yet, what are the qualifications for the office of apostle?  And, once we determine the qualifications, do any of these pastors meet them?  Can anyone meet them today?  Anyone?

The lesson to be learned in all of this is that credibility is not communicated by titles or degrees.  Credibility is communicated by character.  True, God-like character.  And the fact we have men calling themselves apostles today shows us how much we still need to learn as a church, doesn't it?

The following is a study on Colossians 1:1-2.

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261 - Down with the “D” Word!

September 21, 2014
In the latter half of Malachi 2 God employs some strong words to convey His feelings about His people and their attitude towards Him.  He uses treacherously five times in 8 verses.  We also find profane or profaning, abomination, and God saying He literally hates something.  

Those two words alone, God and hate, should get our attention.

But what does God hate?  Ah, that's where the "D" word comes in.  

Want to hear more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Malachi 2:10-17.

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259 - Believers with Dirty Faces

September 15, 2014
One of the most sobering and frightening statements by God to the priests, clergy, and believers just like you and me is found in Malachi 2:3.  There God says:

“Behold, I will rebuke your descendants and spread refuse on your faces, the refuse of your solemn feasts; and one will take you away with it."

Just so you know, refuse means dung, fecal matter, excrement.  That's right.  God is saying He will spread or smear excrement on the faces of His priests or clergy or you and me.

Do you want to know why God would do something as drastic as this?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Malachi 2:1-9.

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255 - Shut the Door!

August 25, 2014
Some of the most scathing words spoken by the Lord to those who have committed their lives to Him, the priests, are found in the first chapter of Malachi.  And I mean scathing words.

But what God says in Malachi is not limited to the priests of Israel, but also to the church today.  These words speak to everyone of us.  They are not to be taken lightly.

Consider the following:  

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, where is My honor?  And if I am a Master, where is My reverence?" says the Lord of hosts.

Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Malachi 1:6-14.

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246 - A Warning to the Shepherds of His Church

June 30, 2014
Today we often forget the condemning indictment God levels against those shepherds of His flock, those pastors of His church, that have forsaken the call and left their first love and followed after the things of this world.  We forget God's anger against them, but we see this kind of church apostasy and defection all around us. 

So what does God say about a shepherd that cares not for the flock?  And, more important, what does God promise to do to those shepherds?

The answer is both chilling and frightening.  Keep listening to find out more.

This is a study on Zechariah 10 and Ezekiel 9.

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230 - Win the Saved!

February 24, 2014
Without a doubt, the church languishes as it does today because many, if not most, of professing believers in America are not even saved.  Does that sound harsh?  

Well, consider this: many today have bought into a mind set that allows them to live any way they want and still claim to "belong to Jesus."  

But John said, "If we claim to have fellowship with the light (to be a believer, a follower of Jesus, a Christian), and yet walk in darkness (to live like the world), we lie (in claiming to have fellowship with the light) and the truth is not in us" (1 John 1:6).

Ouch.  Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study of the Lost in the Church today.
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215 - The Indescribable Love of God

August 29, 2013
1 John 2:5 says, "But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.  By this we know that we are in Him." 

But there are just a few key questions that need to be asked.

Whose love is John focused on?  Is it the love of God from man to God?  Or is it the love of God from God to man?  If the love of God means our love for God, then we are the ones who make ourselves "perfected in Him." But, if the love of God means the love from God, then God alone brings us to be "perfected in Him."

The answer has to be one or the other.  Which one is it? 

The following is a study of 1 John 3:1-3.
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119 - The Obedience God Honors

June 8, 2010
What do you think happens when a 15 year old boy who has been forcefully taken from his home determines in his heart and mind that he will not compromise or acquiesce to the foreign, pagan culture that wants to rob him of his heritage, faith and future? 

What happens to a young man like that?  A brutal beating?  Years of unbearable imprisonment?  Painful torture?  Death?

Well, not if that young man is named Daniel and not if his God is the Lord Most High.

God has a way of honoring those who honor Him. 

Just like He did Daniel.

The following is a study on Daniel 1:8-21.
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101 - Pre, Post, and Open Wide as Say,

November 9, 2009
Let's see, first you have the Premillennial View of the 1,000 year reign of Christ as described in Revelation 20.  Then there is the Postmillennial View and the Amillennial View of the same event.

Uh, say what?

Oh yes, and only one of these views believes the 1,000 years spoken of are actually a 1,000 years.  The other two views either don't believe that 1,000 means 1,000 or that years don't mean years.  Maybe years  means, "ducks" or "cars" or "ham sandwiches" or something crazy like that.

Confused?  Then let me invite you to listen.

The following is a study of Revelation 20:1-3
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