We Have A Race Problem: But Thank God Congress, The Department of Education, Science, and Churches Are Working On It!

The first man Adam was made a living soul. We all descend from Adam. 1 Cor. 15:45. Of one blood God made all the nations. That’s referring to Noah. We all descend from Noah. Acts 17:26

Adam sinned. His children imitated him. Then the whole world became corrupt and full of violence. That’s the story of the human race from Adam to Noah. God destroyed the people with the flood because of violence. There was no other remedy. They denied God, as a result, they hated man created in God’s image.

Yes, we have a race problem. We are descendants of Adam and Noah. We are mortal, as a result, we sin. That means we don’t love God, as a result, we lash out at each other.

—-Two Men: Adam and Christ

Paul says, “By one man sin entered into the world.”

“One man” solves any nationality issues. We are all descendants of Adam.

“Sin” is root of all our problems. Why do men abuse power and harm each other? Because of sin. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

We don’t believe in the One true and living God. We don’t believe in Jesus Christ who is the image of the invisible God. We usually use God’s name as a slogan to promote some endeavor. We don’t honor God in our work or rest. We don’t honor our parents. We kill the unborn, each other, and glorify unjust wars and militarism. We have an enormous divorce rate. Single moms and fatherless children are everywhere. We steal. Marriage, family, and property are under constant assault. We make up stories about others in order to get our way. We’d rather hate and vilify others for what they have instead of working hard to get those things ourselves. In short, we are sinners! We despise the commandments of God.

We aren’t VICTIMS, we are SINNERS.

Sin came through the one man, salvation also comes through one man. As in Adam all die, even so, in Christ, all shall be made alive. Christ came to save mankind. Christ is the Savior of all “races” of sinners.

—-Can Man Solve This Problem?

Public Schooling? Nope. The Bible and Prayer are outlawed and Evolution is taught as if it were a scientific fact. As a result, Schools don’t believe sin is a problem. The Bible is a mythological book to the Department of Education. The first lessons we teach our kids WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS is there’s no God, no Sin, and no Savior.

Evolutionary Science? Nope. There’s no such thing as God, Adam, Sin, or Jesus Christ according to evolution. An Evolutionist can’t even ask the right questions. If he asked the right questions he’d have to turn to God – oh the horrors of it!

Government? Nope. Does anyone expect a twisted “separation of Church and State” mentality to create just laws? Congress outlawed God, funds evolution, legalizes theft, authorizes illegal wars and the slaying of millions of unborn babies.

Churches? Nope. The majority of those who say they are Christians have forsaken the Biblical concept of a local church. That’s because the Bible isn’t taken seriously by Christians. God’s total Word is watered down. Churches have become “mega.” They are in the business of entertainment, shallow programs, celebrity Pastors, and church planting schemes. Don’t expect these Pastors to be faithful to God’s total word when they’ve got large budgets that require them to attract the “un-churched”, un-offended, and sensitive donors. Don’t expect much from the Congregations applying God’s word faithfully either. They showed a lack of Biblical thinking by attending these “arts and cultural centers” in the first place.

—-What’s The Solution?

Public Schooling, Evolution, and Government deny God, Adam, Sin, and Jesus Christ, as a result, they have no answers. They are powerless and useless entities. If evolution is true, there’s no God, no Adam, no Sin, and no Savior. There’s only man. When there’s only man there’s only chaos and violence.

When problems occur on a personal or national level, people ask, “Where is God? Why won’t He help?”

We kicked Him out of our Lives, out of our Homes, out of our Schools, out of our Work Ethic, out of our Government, and out of our Churches, and we have the nerve to ask where He is?

He’s there! He always was, He always will be! We just have to apply His remedy! THERE IS HOPE! But to find it you must DENY your Public Schools, your Government, and fake Science. Here’s the hope:

Repent and turn to God. Acknowledge you have sinned. Return to the Creator. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins. He was buried. He rose again the third day. God will judge the world in righteousness through the man He has ordained – Jesus Christ. He proved this fact by raising Christ from the dead. One day things will be set right!

So repent, turn to God, and do good works. Love God and love your fellow man. Read your Bible every day. Live right and love always.

Sin is universal, it effects all races. Redemption is universal too, it effects all races.

Problem solved. Let the Department of Education and Congress mock all they want. It’s Back to the Bible or it’s Back to the Jungle!

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Total Biblical Thinking

1. God is the Creator of All Things.
2. Man is in rebellion against God.
3. Thus, man’s greatest problem is sin.
4. The only solution to sin is redemption through the total work of Jesus Christ.
5. Then, redeemed man lives a life of obedience to God in terms of His written Word.

The gospel of grace doesn’t stand alone, it has a context. Each of those five items contain the whole story. To lift number four out of that list and downplay the other items leads to a false gospel, it’s to create a “positive thinking” gospel with no foundation in reality. This false gospel makes man a victim, not a sinner. It also makes the Christian life “every man doing what is right in his own eyes.” It’s an evolutionary “faith.”

Those who don’t take the Bible seriously have a God and a Jesus they’ve made up out of their own minds. God’s revelation doesn’t guide them. As a result, they worship a god and a Jesus that has been created in sinful man’s image.

Do any of the five items on this list bother you? If so, consider your ways.

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God and History

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…He upholds all things by the word of His power…then cometh the end that God may be all in all.”

Scripture tells us that Creation has a beginning and a goal. There’s a moral and relational purpose to creation. Creation came out from God and it will ultimately be reconciled back to God. In the mean time He governs the World in terms of His word. Scripture denies both evolution and deism.

If you believe in evolution you believe that history is governed by fate and impersonal forces.

If you believe Scripture you believe that history is governed by God in terms of His word.

These two views can’t be reconciled. We can’t “halt between two opinions.” If evolution is true, follow evolution; if God is true, follow God.

Evolution teaches human potential through accident and force.

The Scripture recognizes sin, death, and redemption as the central points of history. As a result, human advancement is in terms of God’s plan, not the plan-less plan of evolution.

Christians have narrowed the gospel to a limited sphere of life. As a result, humanism governs our thinking in the areas of education, family, government, economics, and even the arrangement and role of a local church!

The Bible presents true history. The Biblical concept of history doesn’t “rapture” us out of history and all our troubles, instead, it sends us into this world as Soldiers of Jesus Christ proclaiming the gospel of peace which governs every area of life.

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Peter’s Faithful Friends

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful…rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.”

Scripture records two occasions in Peter’s life where he messed up. On one occasion he denies his Lord, on another he doesn’t live up to the truth of the gospel.

On both occasions he is rebuked.

When he denied the Lord the Lord simply “looked” at Peter. That look was enough to bring Peter to tears. Later the Lord breaks him down even more when He instructs him to feed His sheep.

When Peter didn’t walk according to the truth of the gospel the Apostle Paul confronted him to his face. This was open rebuke. Paul didn’t speak in a “nice” tone. Paul went toe to toe!

These rebukes came from friends.
These rebukes fell on a wise man.
The wise man was corrected.
The wise man loved his friends for it.

Peter said our Lord is PRECIOUS: “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious…”

Peter said Paul was a BELOVED Brother: “And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you…”

Do you have any Precious and Beloved friends? Or do you only surround yourself with those who “kiss” you all the time?

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I, Even I, Alone Am Left! (I’m The Jam In God’s Jelly Doughnut!)

Elijah had a tough job to do, but he did it. However, the job inflated him with self-importance which led to depression and pity parties.

One day a man named Obadiah met Elijah. He told Elijah about 150 prophets that were hiding out (1 Kings 18:13). Elijah dismissed them outright. Elijah said emphatically, “I, even I ONLY, remain a prophet” (1 Kings 18:22). He said this right after Obadiah informed him about the 150!

Elijah must have thought that since they weren’t doing what HE was doing, they couldn’t possibly be true prophets, right?

Elijah thought he was the only one. He thought he was the jam in God’s jelly doughnut. He had the underdog mentality too – he said he was outnumbered 450-1 (1 Kings 18:22).

Oh really?

This attitude is why God benched Elijah. Right after Elijah’s “I’m the only one” statement God brought the prophets out of the woodwork. They were there the whole time. But Elijah felt that since he didn’t know about them they couldn’t possibly be real.

God said,

“You think you da man Elisha? Listen here bud! First, there are seven thousand who haven’t bowed before Baal. Second, there are more prophets than you can invite to a church picnic! There’s the 150 you despised. Then there’s Elisha. Oh, by the way, Elisha is replacing you at quarterback, you’re being benched the rest of the season. Then there’s a bunch of others like those in 1 Kings 20:13,28,35. So, you see Elijah, the REALITY is, first, you ain’t the jam in my jelly doughnut, there’s over 7000 like you. You are about as unique as a guitar player that can’t read sheet music. Second, the prophets of Baal are the ones who are outnumbered. The score is: Jehovah 7000, Baal 450! And it’s only the first quarter. My offence is high powered buddy. You got that my sensitive little pumpkin? So quit your pity party, give your helmet and the football to Elisha, and grab some bench. The water cooler has fresh Gatorade, get yourself re-hydrated, and cheer on your team.” (Sheridan Non-Literal Idiomatic Version of 1 Kings 18-20)

It makes you wonder if Elijah’s attitude is what kept his name out of the “Hall-Of-Fame” in Hebrews 11.

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The Half Was Not Told Me!

The Half Was Not Told Me!

1 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions.
2 And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.
3 And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not.
4 And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon’s wisdom, and the house that he had built,
5 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.
6 And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.
7 Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.
8 Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.
9 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.

Solomon is a type of Christ:

Solomon means “peace”. Christ is the Prince of Peace.

Solomon was the wisest man in the world. Christ is the Wisdom of God.

Solomon was a King of kings. Christ is The King of kings.

Solomon had great riches. In Christ are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Solomon had a reputation. Christ has a reputation.

The Queen of Sheba heard about Solomon from others. The reports were true, but they weren’t the whole truth. She couldn’t get the whole truth until she came and found out for herself!

Many hear about Christ from others. The reports are true if the the reporter is faithful to the word, but they aren’t the whole truth. We can’t get the whole truth from second hand reports, we must open the Word for ourselves.

That’s when the full joy comes. We can hear from others, but we are told to “prove all things” for ourselves, just like the Queen of Sheba did. Then we will declare with the Queen of Sheba:

“It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.”

Are we only getting less than half because we aren’t going to the Word ourselves? Do you like to be “TOLD” things? Do you like to be spoon fed like a baby? You are missing out on so much.

Search and see.

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The Bible #16 Man Is A Living Soul – Total Depravity and The Immortality of the Soul, True or False?

4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Moses gives details in chapter two that he omitted chapter one. Here days three and six are expanded on.

—-The Finishing God

In the last article we discussed the different Divine titles. “God” is the God of power, “LORD God” is the God of perfection. He reveals Himself in the character of LORD God in Exodus 6. He’s the God who brings a promise to completion. Our God is powerful and perfect. God speaks and brings to pass. Paul says:

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ…”

God begins and brings to a conclusion. What God promises He is also able to perform (Romans 4).

—-Generations of the Heaven and Earth

The word “generations” means “birthing.” The “generations of the heavens and the earth” has to do with their creation as well as the history of what is taking place in them. It’s the beginning of a great drama where heaven and earth are the stage.

There is some controversy surrounding the “generations” in Genesis. Are they referring to what went before or what is coming after? For instance, is the generation of the heavens and the earth talking about Genesis 1:1-2:3, or Genesis 2:4-4:26? Some think the generations in Genesis sum up what went before. That would mean Genesis 2:4 is referring to 1:1-2:3. But when I read Genesis 5:1 it seems obvious to me that the phrase is referring to what goes after in 5:1-6:8. The same holds true for the other references in Genesis. So, in my opinion, I think the phrase ” the generations of the heavens and the earth” is referring to what comes after. The title “LORD God” is the big giveaway in support of my view. LORD God is the title suitable to the details of this section, not chapter one. Note too that in Matthew 1:1 “the generations of Jesus Christ” are a reference to what is written afterward.

There are fourteen generations in the Scriptures. Eleven of them are found in Genesis: 2:4; 5:1; 6:9; 10:1; 11:10; 11:27; 25:12; 25:19; 36:1; 36:9; 37:1. There’s one in Numbers 3:1 and Ruth 4:18. And the only one in the New Testament is found in Matthew 1:1.

—”In The Day”: Is This Referring To A Single Day?

In the day. This is literally “when.” God didn’t create everything in a day. “When” refers to the whole time referred to in Genesis 1:2-2:3. It may even go as far back as Genesis 1:1.

This history begins before man planted anything in the field. The garden was created a lush place, but the fields were awaiting their husbandman to work them. God made the originals that contained the seeds for their reproduction. Man had to take those seeds and get to work planting. There was no rain at this time. God put in place a natural irrigation system that came up from the ground.

Bullinger reads it a little differently in verse 6:

“And there went up no mist from the earth to water the face of the whole ground.”

Bully is saying that the reason there was no planting and growing is because there was no rain, no farmer, and no mist. See the Companion Bible for the information. Commentator John Gill says this reading could be valid and he cites some ancient authors in support of it.

I report, you decide.

—God Causes Rain

Mother nature has replaced God in the modern world. Rain comes at God’s pleasure. At times it’s withheld. Note the reason why:

Amos 4:7 And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.
8 So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

—-Living Soul

Man is a living soul. The LORD God formed man like a Potter forms his clay. Before we address some misconceptions, let’s take a moment to praise God:

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

“The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life…I also am formed out of the clay.”

Amen! Now we can agree or disagree on the meaning of the passage in the right spirit.

The LORD God used soil from the ground to form the man. Then He blew into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. Soul is the result of the union of the dust, or literally, soil, and breath. Death is a reversal of this process.

Man is a soul, he doesn’t have a soul. People are identified as souls throughout Scripture. The soul isn’t eternal or immortal. First, the soul didn’t exist until the body and breath were united. That means the soul didn’t exist before Genesis 2:7. Second, souls die. The soul that sinneth shall die says Ezekiel. Death is a return according to Genesis 3:19. When Adam died he returned to the same condition that existed before Genesis 2:7. Adam’s soul was neither eternal or immortal.

This is important to get right, especially if we want to preach the gospel correctly. The gospel isn’t a solution for what happens AT death, the gospel is the solution TO death. Those who get this passage wrong ask, “Where will you go when you die?” But those who understand this passage ask, “If a man die, shall he live again?”

The gospel is the solution TO death. Christ died, was buried, and rose again. Resurrection life is only possible in Him. Without Christ we would all perish, that is, remain dead forever!

—-Is The Human Body Vile?

The Geneva Bible has a note in verse seven:

“He showeth whereof man’s body was created, to the intent that man should not glory in the excellency of his own nature.”

This is a Calvinistic idea. Every Calvinistic commentator makes mention of man’s creation from the ground as proof of man’s “vileness” or “humble” state. This is not what God intended us to get out of Genesis 2:7. Calvin had some good ideas, and some bad. We all do. But his teaching here is bad.

God didn’t make man from the soil to “humble him” or to show him how bad his nature is. First, Adam had nothing to be proud or humble about. He was a new creation with no experience either way. Second, there’s absolutely nothing inherently wrong, vile, or sinful about the man’s body even after the fall. Man is mortal. The body is a vehicle for sin. However, the same body is also a vehicle to glorify God (Romans 8). God would never ask us to present something sinful or vile to Him.

The KJV promoted this Calvinistic idea in Philippians 3:20, but not in the margin. Give them credit for that! The translation says we have “vile bodies.” No, that won’t do. Paul never said our bodies are vile. The subject there is service. It should read like the margin says, “body of humiliation.” It’s referring to the fact that those who serve Him do so in a humble way. Read very carefully Philippians 2-3. The issue is not the condition of the human body, but the disposition of the human mind. Paul encourages us to have the mind of Christ. The opposite of the mind of Christ is minding earthly things, that is, human religion based on un-Biblical ideas.

—-The Book of Job

The truth of man’s creation was known from the earliest days:

“Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay.” Job 33:6

Read the whole book of Job. The details of Genesis are mentioned throughout that book. God’s revelation was well known from the earliest days. Ancient religions are corruptions of Biblical truth, not evolutionary developments as the Darwinian Professors want us to believe.

—-Total Depravity and the Immortality of the Soul

The ideas that say flesh is evil and the soul is immortal have come as a package deal. Let’s make sure we stick close to Scripture when discussing the nature of man. Let’s not become holier than God by condemning what He doesn’t condemn. Let’s not add to the nature of sin and its wages either.

—-The Earth

Bad doctrines like the immortality of the soul; common ideas about heaven, purgatory, and hell; and wrongly dividing the word of truth; these teachings have given us false ideas about this earth and God’s plan for it. Let’s readjust our thinking:

1. We are made out of the earth – 1 Cor. 15:47
2. Our mother’s womb is called the earth – Psalm 139:15
3. Our food comes from the earth – Job 28:5
4. Death is a return to the earth – Job 1:21, 10:9 Genesis 3:19
5. Resurrection takes place on this earth – Job 19:25-27
6. The earth is God’s gift to men – Psalm 115:16
7. Jesus Christ will return to this earth – 1 Th. 4, Matthew 24, Acts 1, John 14, Revelation 19

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The Instruction of Grace

11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world…

Grace is a teacher. Those who are justified are taught how to live. Romans 1:18-3:20 tells us about sin. Romans 3:21-31 tells us how God justifies the sinner. Ponder a few questions:

Who does the sinning in Romans 1:18-3:20?

Do sinners have any excuse for their sin?

Is Satan mentioned in Romans 1:18-3:20?

How do we live now that we are justified?

Are there any instructions for a justified believer?

Are we lawless?

Paul says in the above passage from Titus that grace instructs us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts and to live soberly, righteously, and godly.

Questions:

What is ungodliness?

What are worldly lusts?

To where shall we go to find out what these things are?

What does it mean to deny them?

Is denying an active word?

Who does the acting in these verses?

Is Paul wrong for telling us to DO something without qualifying his words?

Did Paul think behavior was important?

What is soberly?

What is righteously?

Who defines righteousness?

Do we make up these standards of righteousness ourselves?

Does God’s law have anything to do with defining righteousness? (Romans 8:4)

What is living godly mean?

Is there any area of life where Paul’s instruction doesn’t apply?

Should we live righteously at work?

How about at school?

How about at home?

Does our faith effect our ethics?

Ponder these questions in the light of Paul’s gospel of grace which instructs us how to LIVE. The just shall LIVE by faith. Paul never says the just are SAVED or JUSTIFIED by faith. A justified person is a believer. A believer is to LIVE a certain way.

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David’s Two Concerts: A Flop and a Success

In 2 Samuel 6 David brings the ark of God to set it in its proper place.

In verses 1-11 they bring up the ark with music and joy. Yet, for all that, we read, “the LORD’s anger was kindled.”

In verses 12-19 they bring up the ark once again with music and joy. This time it was a success.

Questions:

1. Is music and joy a sign things are right?
2. Why was the LORD’s anger kindled?
3. In verse 9 David asks a serious question, “HOW…” There was something wrong with what they did. David didn’t understand what it was. So what did that question lead David to do? (Hint: 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
4. Where did David turn to find the answers to his question? (Hint: Contrast 2 Samuel 6:1-6 with Numbers 4 and 7:1-9)
5. Could David plead ignorance for not knowing the proper procedure? Why not?
6. What did David do differently in verses 12-19?
7. What lessons can we glean from this passage?

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Balance of Truth – Is Reading The Bible Regularly Legalistic?

I remember years ago a woman asked J. Vernon McGee to do more topical sermons. His response was,

“We are going through the Bible verse by verse, when God brings a topic up, I’ll bring it up.”

Vern’s point was that when you read the whole Bible you’ll cover everything God wants you know. You dig?

Now good ole McGee wasn’t against topical messages completely since he gave some himself. What he was against was lazy preachers. He said:

“Topical messages are excuses for lazy preachers.”

His point was this: So many “teachers” of God’s Word come up with ideas. They are incomplete ideas based on a superficial reading of God’s word. Then they sprinkle their ideas with more verses out of context to make the “sermon” appear Biblical. These preachers use methods of oratory and appeal to emotions and women. They lean on oratory and cleverness rather than mature Bible teaching.

This is where we are at today! This is why I encourage people to read through the Bible cover to cover. The shallow teacher’s greatest threat is an informed Bible reading public! The celebrity preacher prefers that you remain ignorant so he can appear as “Sir-Oracle.” He loves his “direct-hotline-to-God” aura just like the Pharisees loved the chiefest places and public recognition!

Recently someone faulted me for encouraging people to read their Bible cover to cover. His reasoning was that it’s legalistic and it reminded him too much of his “Church” days. He also said, “We only need portions of Paul and a general view of the Old Testament anyway.”

I asked him: “Are you saying that now that you have found “truth” you should give up Bible reading? What about Paul’s legion of quotes from the Old Testament?”

His answer: “Legalism. Don’t put your standards on me.”

This man’s shallow understanding was only proved when he equated reading the Bible regularly with legalism. He doesn’t know what legalism is! So the question is this – did he really find truth in the first place? Or was he looking for a way to ignore truth?

Many “Bible Students” are like the guy who looks for advice. He asks around and around until he finds the person who gives him the advice he wants to hear!

Anyone who gives up Bible reading sure can’t be trusted with Bible teaching. Don’t give up God’s Word just because you were “abused” with it in the past. God’s Word is the solution, not the problem. Read it. Enjoy it. Get all you can get.

There’s no virtue in ignorance.

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