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We Will Serve the Lord – Part 3

  So how does a heart get hardened? Let’s start this way: just as surely as there is only one God, there is only one Bible – just one. No one has added another book to the Old Testament; and there is not a chapter twenty-three for Revelation out there awaiting inclusion in the New Testament. So there is just one finite set of scriptures. It was separated into Old and New Testaments with all of it well settled a…

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We Will Serve the Lord – Part 2

Part Two:  Each Pharaoh of Egypt had grown up being told he was a god, although they surely must have known better. They had probably seen other pharaohs pass into eternity and had to know they were but men or women who had been born into the right family. They all bled if cut. When it came time for the slaves to leave Egypt, and Moses and Aaron stood before the throne of Egypt there were certain things that are…

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Where Did the Denominations Come From – Final Thoughts

The following things can be said of any denomination, no matter its name, when founded, or the motives of those who established it. It is the actual historical record that counts. I am one of those folks who believe that I do not get the option of choosing what to do in order to be pleasing to God. I believe the scriptures clearly state that the option is to serve God and Christ in the manner in which they have…

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Where Did All of the Denominations Come From? Part 5

Here comes a disclaimer of sorts. None of this is written out of meanness. And it is not about people only about what has been done. It is a brief statement of plain facts which may be investigated, taken or flatly rejected as it pleases any reader. And as such it is not going to be filled with very much detail. You can supply those things on your own. I will always suggest that readers should rely upon the scriptures…

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God Handed Them Over

"Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with…

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Movable Type

No event has allowed greater access to the Word of God than Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of movable type printing. It furthered the solidification of several languages including German, Spanish, and English. Since then a huge multitude in every age and country has benefited. Countless thousands have been led to Christ through the dissemination of the Word of God around the world. And untold populations have been taught to read using the Bible for instruction. I do not believe that any…

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Works Alone

“I don’t have to get my healing from sin myself - Jesus got it for me.” This is a quote from Pastor David Crank. It seems harmless at first look, but after listening to Pastor Crank for a few minutes, I believe he meant that now and forevermore Jesus has “healed” him from all sin without him doing any more than saying a single prayer. This is the most common view of Christian salvation today. Too bad you cannot find…

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Reforming the Reformers

There are three works and then three persons, with only one known to history, who had a direct effect on the minds of the early reformers and on the beginning of the reformation of the Catholic religion. The first of these was Dutch, the second German, and the last English. The short title form of the first of these was Imitation of Christ by Thomas `a Kempis (1380–1471). This book was very well known and effected nearly all of the…

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Where Did All the Denominations come From – Seeds of Reformation

Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be the greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him next to him, and said: “Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For the one who is the least among you all will be the greatest.” (Luke 9: 46 – 48). “I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes…

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Where Did All of the Denominations Come From? The Catholic Schism

It is really not an overstatement nor an understatement to say that Catholicism (the Eastern and Western versions) was on its way to overtaking all of true Christianity by 800. All of the remaining digressive churches from the Iberian Peninsula in the west out to Persia in the east, and up to what would become Germany had by the twelfth century ceded their authority either to Rome or in part to Constantinople. And the imperial popes of Rome were assuming…

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