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Psalm 36 (Pt 4)

We have covered the words that were used to picture the place or state of the dead as concerns punishment. However, there are other words used in the scriptures to describe the place or state of the dead as it concerns those who have been in a covenant relationship with God. Now is the time to look at some of these. As noted in the first essay, there is a place of peace in opposition to that place of torment.…

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Psalm 36 (Pt 3)

Men believe that things will be as they choose to have them to be. “Their inward thought is that their houses shall continue forever, and their dwelling places to all generations, they call their lands after their own names.” (Psalms 49:11) Some flatter themselves because they lead moral and orderly lives. Some flatter themselves because they live in a place where the gospel is powerfully preached among a religious people, where many have been converted. They may think that they…

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Psalm 36 (Pt 2)

Some friends came to North Florida to visit. We ended up taking them to one of the nicest cities anywhere: St. Augustine. It is full to the brim with interesting things to do. There are many historical sites, and it is adjacent to one of the most beautiful coastline areas found anywhere. We had been walking around the old city when it began to rain. So I went to get the car. As I was walking over to the parking…

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Mormonism in Vermont – From the 1831 Burlington Sentinel

(The following is a news account of some supposed early Mormon activities and their result in Vermont.) Mr. John Stewart of Bakersfield, put an end to his existence May 19th, by hanging himself on a tree. The cause of this dreadful deed was the following — About ten years ago, a man by the name of Davidson came into this vicinity, pretending to be endowed with the Holy Spirit, and to be inspired of God to prophesy of things to…

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Psalm 36 (Part 1)

An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flatters himself in his own eyes when he finds out his iniquity and when he hates. The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. He devises wickedness on his bed; He sets himself in a way that is not good; He does not abhor evil. There are…

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Reverend Falls

We had the example this last week of a man titled “reverend” and “pastor” who was teaching one thing while doing other things that had nothing at all to do with what he taught and with what folks believed that he stood for. Many felt that he was a servant of God. His titles suggest that he was not, and his own words suggest that he was not doing things in a godly fashion. For starters, the word pastor is…

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The Depths of God’s Love

A parent has a unique perspective on the love of God that those who do not have children perhaps have a greater difficulty understanding. At least for me, I did not grasp the depths of God’s love until I had children. But when tragedy strikes your children, the pain experienced is greater than any amount of suffering that I could personally endure or have ever endured in my life. Parents would do anything to keep their children from enduring suffering…

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Darrell Scott Testimony

You may have seen this or something like it making its way around on the internet. There were attached remarks that had been added by some electronic editors that were not entirely accurate, so they have been removed by this editor. However, the remarks made by Mr. Scott are worthy of of reading and pondering. Mr. Scott had two children at Columbine that day - one survived the killings. Also It might be useful to recall that this is not…

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Genesis vs. the Babylonian Creation Epic

I had said that I would soon address the Biblical account of creation in comparison to the Babylonian epics, as I had earlier done with the flood accounts. However, although it is a little dated, J. W. McGarvey had written a published response to an article which addressed this very topic along with a synopsis of the Babylonian accounts that I believe some of you might enjoy reading. McGarvey was no lightweight and had while alive been listed by The…

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Noah versus Gilgamesh

I would almost be willing to bet that somewhere along the line you have heard that there are many striking similarities between the story of Noah and a certain Sumerian or Babylonian epic poem. That the story found in the Bible and the Chaldean records of Gilgamesh (sometimes rendered Gilgamec or Gilgames) are perhaps versions of the same “legend,” that they share numerous details, or share a common source. If you have watched any of the many History or Discovery…

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