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When politics go bad


King Baasha of Israel was a drunkard. His servant Zimri murdered him while he was drunk. Short moral of story: A drunken king can’t be trusted to know who the enemy is. Zimri took over and reigned for about a week. Another servant named Omri found out Baasha was dead and came after Zimri. Zimri […]

Color me pessimillennial


Our friends who believe in the postmillennial view of the end times disparagingly refer to the premillennial view as “pessimillennialism.”  Har, har. True enough, the premillennial believer thinks this present world will die ugly.  We don’t think the Gospel is going to win everyone.  Since most postmillennial guys are also Calvinists, you’d think that would […]

Blessed hope, and those who don’t have one


Titus 2:13 refers to the coming of Christ as our “blessed hope.” The context of the passage is that Christians are to lead godly lives while we’re looking for the return of Christ and our final deliverance from a fallen world. And oh, how the world is fallen. One of the hopeful ideas the New […]

Good old days


Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.  Ecclesiastes 7:11 An older Christian was describing his impoverished childhood and said, “If those were the good old days, I don’t want any more of them.”  He has a good life now, […]

Leaving the decay to itself


James reminds us to be small: What is your life?  It’s just a vapor that appears for a short time and then vanishes away.  (Jas 4:14) Things change in unpredictable ways, and so do we.  Everyone who gets old wonders where the years went.  Everyone whose health begins to fail wonders where his strength went.  […]

Speculation and doctrine


Jesus never laughed, so we shouldn’t either.  At least that’s what one preacher taught this morning.  One of the attenders thought it was idiotic, which it was. 1.  Christians, preachers in particular, must distinguish between doctrine and speculation.  The pulpit is a suitable place for doctrine.  Speculation should be reserved for times when you’re sitting […]

A dozen reasons to think Christ really did rise from the dead.


1. Various prophets foretold centuries in advance that the Messiah would be slain for our sins and rise again on the third day which, in fact, occurred. 2. The Lord Jesus Himself predicted His own death and resurrection, including the place and manner of His death, to be followed by His rising from the dead. […]

Changing the world


The phrase in the title of this post gets used a bit too much describing events that didn’t really do a lot of good.  But a couple thousand years ago, an event took place which did change the world, changed it for the better, and did so without pulling any of the levers the Secular […]

How a deed became an identity


Time was, biblically literate Christians looked upon a homosexual act as a sin, period.  As I’ve often said, homosexuality is not the unpardonable sin, but it is a sin.  And people who understood the Bible viewed it this way. But the Bible has some stern things to say about sin.  The one who sins is […]

Free thinkers? Maybe not


A bumper sticker on a car in the parking lot exhorts me to be a free-thinking atheist.  By claiming to be “free,” the car-butt philosopher means he can follow evidence wherever it leads, especially if that is away from God.  One thing he likely does not mean is that he’s free to follow evidence to […]

Premillennialism and government


There is much discussion these days among Christians about the proper role of government in the world.  I do a good deal of that myself at AVFTA.  What makes it interesting for many Christians is how this connects to the subject of end time prophecy. When people believe the church is commissioned to take over […]

Because I said so…


I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy, for I am holy…   — Leviticus 11:44KJV Baptist Theologian Augustus Hopkins Strong often quoted from the poet Tennyson saying, “Right is right and wrong is wrong because God is God.”  This reflects a deeper understanding about the nature of […]

Answered prayer means what?


Luke 18 records Christ speaking at length on prayer.  He described a widow seeking to get a wicked judge to satisfy her vengeance on an enemy.  The judge cared little for either God or man, but to keep from being pestered by the widow, he granted her request.  Jesus then said, “Hear what the unjust […]

The Book of Revelation


Nobody would dispute the fact that the Book of Revelation is mysterious.  With layer upon layer of symbolism, some readers feel at liberty make of it what they please. But when you gain some altitude and look at the general sweep of the book, a rational literary plot comes into easy focus.  The book starts […]

In and of


The Bible speaks of our being in the world and yet not of the world. The subtle shift in these short words speaks volumes about the character of the Christian life. Yes, we are in the world, meaning that we exist here physically and find no escape from its influence. Satan, the world system, and […]