New Church Signs

Installed new church signs.

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Principles of Spiritual Success — Keep Good Counsel (Acts 15:5-7)

Spiritual success is not bred in isolation. Counsel from like-minded spiritual people is not our only resource. In fact, at times it can actually be devastating. Continue reading

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Shrimp Scampi and Homosexuality

One of the latest arguments in favor of homosexuality is to suggest that Christians are hypocrites for feasting on shrimp, which are an “abomination” while condemning homosexuality because it is an “abomination.”  This is not done to Continue reading

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You may only believe homosexuality is good

Cal Thomas: NFL player mocks another player’s Christianity – nothing happens. NFL player reacts to another player’s homosexual display – fined, suspended, sent to the re-education camp.

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Deut. 14:26 Shekhar – meaning sweet drink or strong drink in the Bible?

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Shekhar: noun, fruit-cider; juice from dates, palms, or various fruits (generally other than grapes), whether it be unfermented sweet cider, or else fermented – (i.e. vinegar or any kind of intoxicating hard cider); sometimes even the fruit itself (Hebrew, Strong’s number: 7941).

In Deut. 14:26, shekhar would signify sweet drinks (yayin and shekhar; wine and ‘similar drink’ NKJV). For example, certain types of shekhar (sakar) were permitted amongst the Arabs, and other types of it were not, because of alcohol. Nazarites had no type of wine or shekhar at all – whether alcoholic or not – not even vinegar, nor grapes, nor raisins. The breadth of meaning is apparent throughout the Vulgate and NKJV translations.

S. Reynolds says it was broad: ‘it is unjustifiable to claim that shekar must essentially [exclusively] be an intoxicating drink.’
-Stephen M. Reynolds, 2003, The Biblical Approach to Alcohol, p. 31. Continue reading

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Ephesians — Outline

There is a unique emphasis on the Mystery of the Church as a new Gentile and Jewish unity in the book of Ephesians. The unity is not a unity of purpose, but of nature. This establishes the theme of the book — the church.

The outline of the argument of Ephesians:

  1. The unity of the church. Ephesians 1-3
    1. The members of the church.
      1. Saved. 1:3-7
      2. Sealed. 1:13-14
      3. Seated in heavenly places with Christ. 2:4-6
      4. Sanctified. 2:8-10
    2. The perfection of the church — Jews and Gentiles together.
      1. Wall of separation removed. 2:11-22
      2. The mystery of the church revealed. 3:1-9
    3. The head of the church — Jesus Christ. 1:18-22, 3:14-21
  2. The practice of the church. Ephesians 4-6
    1. The call of the church. 4:1-3
    2. The equipping of the church. 4:7-16
    3. Relationships of the church.
      1. Purity of the church. 4:17
      2. With all. 5:1-2
      3. With each other. 5:18-21
      4. With your spouse. 5:22, 25
      5. With your parents. 6:1-2
      6. With your children. 6:4
      7. With your employer. 6:5-8
      8. With your employee. 6:9
      9. Towards the devil. 6:10-12
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If you’ve been around long enough, you know the Boy Scouts are over

Today I read how the Boy Scouts marched for perversity in Salt Lake City against Boy Scout policy. With no censure for their action, what more would it take to demonstrate that the Oath means nothing to them? The end is more than just not far behind. It has already been here.

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