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Faithful.......or successful

May 26, 2107 Dear Friends: In the book of Acts, the first martyr to the Christian faith, Stephen, is introduced explaining the good news of Jesus to a very hostile crowd. At first they listened to him. Indeed, it’s reported that he had the “face of an angel” and they stood still and paid attention. His appearance and speech were attractive and captivating.   Stephen could  have won the crowd over had he told them what they wanted to hear or simply “diluted” the story about Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and divinity.  But he did not speak cautiously and with respect to the power of those listening or the danger of the mob at hand.  He spoke boldly, fearlessly and...

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Legacy

May 25, 2107 Dear Friends: King Jehoshaphat was a good king like Asa his father. But Jehoshaphat’s son, Jehoram, did not make a good king. He only reigned for eight years and did some pretty dumb things.  When he became king for he had his eight brothers executed no reason.  Then followed the bad example idolatrous example of the evil king of Israel and refused to repent or listen to God’s prophets. When he died, at a mere forty years of age, the Bible says, “He passed away to no one’s regret and was buried in the city of David, but not in the tombs of the kings”.    What a pity, a waste. and a horrible legacy.  Who wants...

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From boys to men

    May 23, 2107 Dear Friends: When Christ was betrayed on the Mount of Olives and lead away to tortured, the disciples scattered and ran away.  No one came to His rescue or defended Him. Peter denied Him, later Thomas doubted Him, the rest kept as away from Him as possible. Only John was loyal enough to watch Him die on the cross. Prior to The Passion these young men fought among themselves about who was the most important, they complained amongst themselves and had a hard time taking in all that Jesus was trying to teach them about humility, suffering and desiring God with all their hearts. But in a very short time after the resurrection and the...

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The need to be alone

May 23, 2107 Dear Friends: The Bible says that it is “not good that man (or “a” man) should be alone”, but it also says that it is better to be “alone in the desert than together with a contentious woman”. The point is, I suppose, that there’s a time to be alone and a time to not be alone: all things in moderation. I do think that being alone has many benefits, spiritually speaking. In the scripture the angels, and God Himself, always seemed to speak to people when they were alone. Of course the same could be said of Satan—he prefers to tempt us when we are alone. In fact it might be argued that the real person,...

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A man of his time?

     May 22, 2107 Dear Friends: As I mentioned earlier I am reading a book about the reformation and only have a few pages left.  But last night I stopped and had to quite reading as I read about a man from France named Servetus, the heretic that did not believe in the Trinity. Since the word “Trinity” does not exist in the Bible and there are few direct references to it in scripture, he denied its existence on the ground that it was not biblical. John Calvin and others opposed him in court and had Servetus  convicted of heresy.  He was burned alive at a stake.  Calvin was largely responsible for this. John Calvin.  If you go to...

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