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The Fruit of Disobedience

Ministering in a farming community is a privilege with many perks. Most of the younger generation I deal with are not afraid of hard work. The sense of community is very strong in our area. And one of my most productive times for visitation is early in the morning at the breakfast cafe. But lately, I’ve noticed the conversation has shifted from fishing and family to politics and unrest. It’s almost as if our community is sitting in the bleachers in disbelief, mouths hanging open in shock as we watch the news pour in from all corners of our great nation. God’s Word has plenty to say about the current state of our country. In fact, we can find many similar instances in the history of Israel. Numbers 14 is the record of one such story. The scene opens as Moses’ twelve spies have just given their reports of the [...]

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Securely Woman

Karen Hightower, Rochester Hills Baptist Church, Rochester Hills, MI God: Are there really words to describe Him and His awesomeness? Absolutely not! In the beginning GOD created the heaven and the earth. That verse often rolls off our tongue as we teach our Sunday School class or as we sit at home teaching our children or grandchildren about our wonderful Savior. We talk about how God made night and day, land and sea, plants and animals, and how God made Adam and Eve. We truly believe that He created all things-- including man and woman; but do we really? When we believe something God says, then we live according to His instructions and His guidelines. When God created Adam and Eve...man and woman...He created them with distinct differences. We are all well aware of the godless society we live in which undermines God’s distinct creation of man and woman. The [...]

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Practical Wisdom

  Interview Questions: E.L. Bynum Q.     Please introduce yourself to our readers. Tell us a little about yourself - your family, ministry experience, current place of service, how long you have been there, etc. A.     I was born May 13, 1926 at Comanche, Oklahoma and graduated from Comanche High School in 1944. I was born three miles west of the famous old Chisholm Trail over which millions of longhorn Texas cattle were driven to the Kansas railheads in the post Civil War era until about 1874. In my last year of High School, I enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Force. I never went into combat, as I was still in training on a new plane that only saw combat one time, when they bombed Japan. I organized and pastored for one year the Manhattan Baptist Temple in Manhattan, Kansas. I spent a total of [...]

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Three Things Eve Did to the Word of God

Genesis 2:16-17 says, “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Eve’s interpretation of what God said is in chapter 3:2-3: “And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” The Bible is God’s infallible Word. It is the verbally inspired Word of God. There will be no attempt in this meditation to prove that. I am simply stating what I believe to be a fact taught in the [...]

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Calling Evil Good

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20 The prophet of God pronounced a strong warning against those who were confusing the distinctions between right and wrong. His message was certainly timely when it was delivered and would be equally appropriate in our day. These words clearly describe the result of generations of humanism, Biblical ignorance, and apostasy in a society. The lines of morality have been blurred. Biblical standards have been replaced by situational ethics. As unbelievable as it might seem, men who claim to be God\’s servants are sometimes guilty of promoting this erosion of values. What the Bible calls evil, people are now calling good. Immorality is glamorized, slothfulness is rewarded, and dishonesty is respected. At the same time, what was once accepted as good [...]

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Pastoring the Missionary

Every God-called and qualified pastor has a "pastor's heart." He deeply loves and cares for his people; he ministers to their needs; he feels their hurts and losses; he rejoices over their blessings, victories, and spiritual growth. He desires to be their spiritual "shepherd," but how can you be that for someone who is a member of your congregation, but who lives thousands of miles away, perhaps on the other side of the planet? This can prove a daunting challenge, but one that is essential, nonethe­less. This pastor recalls in the early days of his pastorate, knowing he needed to be a pastor to the church's missionaries, but not really know­ing HOW. Often, a pastor craves this relationship (We may all wish we had missionaries sent out of our church!), but the actual doing of it is a whole other matter. How can we "pastor" our missionaries?   COMMUNICATION IS [...]

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Except Ye Repent – A Perspective on the Florida Massacre

EXCEPT YE REPENT IN THE EARLY HOURS OF JUNE 12TH our nation experienced its worst terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11. Forty-nine people were slaughtered by a fanatical follower of the religion of Islam; many others grievously wounded. The physical and mental scars of this unspeakable horror will linger far beyond the shock and political posturing of the moment. Most of those who were killed or injured were (presumably) engaged in unnatural behavior. This raises some important questions: Was this attack God’s judgment upon the so-called LGBTQ Community? Should Christians at least have a sense of satisfaction that a “bunch of Sodomites” were eliminated (while at the same time expressing their condemnation of the attack)? What should the attitude of the followers of Jesus Christ be toward this tragedy? After all, we could be next! The Koranic attitude toward Christians, Jews, and others is well known. Islam’s hatred is [...]

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Judgment Is Not Coming

Yes, that's right. Judgment is not coming. How can it not be coming, you ask? With wickedness waxing stronger and stronger. With every perversion paraded in pride. Babies’ parts are sold, and we are shocked for a few days and then go back to living life. The only people who are really confused about the whole gender identity issue are those who dare to consider it perverted. Couples openly and habitually live in fornication, but no one even notices that any more. How can I possibly say judgment is not coming to the United States? JUDGMENT IS HERE! All of the aforementioned issues do not call for judgment; they are the judgment! When God wants to judge a nation, all He has to do is let sin run its course. Every sin carries its own consequence. Every perversion harbors the seeds of destruction. Man left to himself self-destructs. It is [...]

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Donkey Doctrine

In 2009 our family took a camping trip leaving our home in South Africa and travelling to Maun, Botswana. Along the five-hour trip between Francistown, Botswana and Maun we began to see donkeys, many donkeys. We began to count them, and by the time we reached Maun, we had spotted around 220 donkeys. Upon arrival in Maun, we came to a traffic circle which was fenced with five or six donkeys on the inside grazing next to a sign that read, “Donkey Capital of the World,” and I believed it. But when we come to our text in Numbers 22, we learn some lessons about Balaam’s donkey that should make every New Testament church a literal “donkey capital.” One of our supporting pastors has suggested that Noah did not take horses on the ark, but that donkeys were bred and crossbred in Egypt millennia ago to produce what we now [...]

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Handling the Word of God

Nehemiah 8:1-3.  Of course, this is after the judgment, not during the rebuilding work.  "And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel. 2. And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. 3. And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law." Nehemiah 8:5,6,8; "And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all [...]

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