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They Went to the Synagogue

One of the things I have pondered since I have been housebound is what happened on the last night of a meeting that was held in Ft. Pierce, Florida in 1986. In the audience of about forty were two Baptist preachers along with the local brethren, a few Christians from other congregations and various interested persons. The two Baptists had been there every night except Wednesday. On the last night, after things were concluded, the preacher told me that he…

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God’s Word

God's Word is not a mascot, a thing which brings good luck by its mere presence. It is of no value to have a copy of it in the house, or in one's pocket, if it is not read. When we read it, understand it, and give all diligence to walk according to its teaching, it benefits us indeed. So the chief duty of every Christian, in as far as others are concerned, is to do what he can to…

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Father Forgive Them

Do you suppose that Jesus’ prayer on the cross exonerated His murderers, and like the thief that they ended up in Paradise when they died? Do you suppose that without their knowledge that they possessed a golden “Get out of Hell Free” card because Christ had said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”? Perhaps those who Stephen and later Paul prayed for escaped from the consequences of their evil choices and deeds too? If…

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The Five Witnesses (5) – Moses the Accuser

“Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” (John 5: 45-47) The Lord had just mentioned that the scriptures were his witness (39-40). But this is a little different. Here he stated that Moses acted as the accuser of…

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The Five Witnesses (4) – The Scriptures

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will…

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The Five Witnesses (3) – God the Father

The third witness Jesus mentioned to the Jews, who were testing him, is The Lord God Almighty, The Holy Father. Isn't it interesting that he tells them quite directly that they have never seen God the Father and had never heard His voice "at any time?" I can almost hear them thinking the equivalent of “You idiot, don’t you know the history of the exodus?” That meant they were completely deaf. They were spiritually dead on arrival, completely clueless, without knowledge and…

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OMG

It's Saturday morning, early before nine. Some of the neighborhood kids have already begun to explore and play. There are several within earshot and although I can't hear all that they are sending back and forth, I can hear "Oh my God" repeated again and again. That's not much of a problem or anything worth noting to most people. But Christians might cringe. We have become so comfortable with colloquialisms that we rarely blush or blink. Television, print and modern…

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Oprah, Our Great High Priestess

This week is when Lance Armstrong is going to meet with Oprah and confess that he took performance enhancing drugs while professionally cycling. What is this? When did Oprah become America’s high priestess to whom all must confess their sins? Further, why is the person “forgiven” after appearing on her show? Go on the show, sit on the couch, shed some tears, tell the country why your life has been difficult, wait for Oprah to give an approving nod, the…

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The Five Witnesses (2) – the Works

“But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.” (John 5:36) Notice that it appears that Jesus did not appeal only to the works that he had done to this point. He spoke specifically of the “works the Father has given me to finish – the very works that I do – bear witness of me.”…

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The Five Witnesses (1) – the Messenger

While he was working through his earthly ministry, Jesus said that there were present witnesses as to his identity. He had intimated that the evidence itself was enough for anyone including his disciples to sort out who he was and where he had come from (Matthew 16: 13-20). But as if that was not sufficient he listed more and offered infallible logic to proof text his remarks. The Apostle John recorded that there were other witnesses. In John five Jesus…

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