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The book of Acts is one of the most exciting books to me. It is about the early church. It is about how things began in the church. It describes what was done at the beginning.

Thirty-seven years ago, I asked God to take me to a church like I was reading about in the book of Acts. The early church described in Acts was on fire, there was boldness, there was commitment, there were souls being saved and discipled. There was power manifested in their lives and in their prayers. And mostContinue Reading

When asked about homosexuality

Before sharing your thoughts about homosexuality, first, ask three questions of those asking for your position on homosexuality. Ask the person asking whether he considers himself a tolerant or intolerant person. Ask if it is safe to express your opinion without being judged for your point of view. Ask if the person respects diverse points of view or condemns others for theirContinue Reading

Who bought the potter’s field?

Acts 1:18 claims that Judas purchased the field saying, “Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.” But Matthew 27:5-8 says, “And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went andContinue Reading

Numbers in the Bible

A good way for some to remember Bible facts and stories is to note how some numbers repeat themselves throughout the Bible. In many cases, the narrative in the Bible defines the meaning of numbers. In other cases, numbers are regularly associated with meaning. In all cases, it is important to remember that numbers doContinue Reading

Public speaking quotes

“Words have incredible power. They can make people’s hearts soar, or they can make people’s hearts sore.” -Dr. Mardy Grothe   “Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.” Plato   Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21Continue Reading

Public Speaking Tips

Overcome being nervous Being nervous is natural. A severe fear of public speaking is called Glossophobia. Everyone is nervous when it comes to public speaking, but every leader speaks publically regardless of nerves. Being nervous is physical response to prepare for a challenge. The feeling of being nervous is a very natural, physical response toContinue Reading

For want of witnesses, love, and faith

For want of witnesses, hearing is lost. 1 For want of hearing, the message is lost. For want of the message, faith is lost. For want of faith, believing is lost. For want of believing, souls are lost. For want of souls, calling on the Lord is lost. For want of calling on the Lord,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

For want of a nail

The earliest known written version of the rhyme is in John Gower’s “Confesio Amantis” dated approximately 1390. 1 For want of a nail, the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe, the horse was lost. For want of a horse, the rider was lost. For want of a rider, the battle was lost. ForContinue Reading

When bad things happen to people

Does God allow bad things to happen in order for better things to occur? Sometimes He does. Consider the following examples. Deuteronomy 8:5 says, “Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.” Hebrews 12:6 says, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Blessings for those who believe

Text: John 20:29, “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Believers are blessed, and the celebration of this day is the reason we are blessed. Jesus conquered death, hell, and the grave not for Himself, but for allContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Priesthood of the believer

There are five verses referring to believers being priests. First Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. First Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Satan’s attack on church leadership

Please be sure to have pen and paper ready. There is a lot to cover, and important ideas and questions will be lost if not written down. If you are writing notes for yourself, I want to ask that you also keep a page to turn in to me. As I speak, write down pointsContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Have you been touched by evil?

Sermon: Do you believe in spiritual warfare? Do you believe it has influence on you? In order to engage your worst enemy you must acknowledge more than his existence. You must acknowledge his influence. Second Corinthians 4:4 says, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lestContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Insults and imbeciles

“He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.” – Groucho Marx To answer a fool or not. That is the question. Proverb 26:4 advises, “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.” And yet,Continue Reading

Personal or environmental choice to follow Christ?

It has been said by many that children raised in a godly home and church will most certainly choose to follow the Lord. And yet, so many do not. The conclusion is that the home and the church were not truly godly or godly enough. Or, it may be that in spite of the godlinessContinue Reading

Bible translation thoughts

A reader sent the following note to me to entice me to purchase a book. I declined because of the errors I saw in the note. I am posting this for the value of the critique. Many comments made in this note are all too common and all too wrong. So, I thought it wouldContinue Reading

Wrested verses

Following are a list of verses sent to me for explanation. The person sending the verses said he was confused by the doctrinal conflict between “once saved always saved” and “works for salvation.” Wrested Verse 1: Philippians:2:12, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more inContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Why I rejected evolution

As an atheist, I believed in evolution as fact. It was the only explanation for existence. But after attending a lecture on creation science, I began to rethink the question of origins. The speaker had pointed out several things that I knew were true, but I never considered the implications. He also said some thingsContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Virgin Power

The vast majority of teens (87 percent) surveyed said they do not think it is embarrassing for teens to admit they are virgins. [National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. (2000). The Cautious Generation? Teens Tell Us About Sex, Virginity, and “The Talk”. Washington, DC: Author.] All methods of birth control have a failure rate, ranging from 0.05 percentContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Before You Marry

God’s Word is the definitive authority on what is right and what is best. Morality is not determined by feelings, logic, or popular opinion. Physical intimacy is to be avoided until you are married. First Corinthians 7:1-2 “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touchContinue Reading