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The Universe Was "Made"

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Evolution teaches that the creation of the universe was self-generated; that it just “happened” (Big Bang Theory). It also teaches that mankind “evolved” over eons of time separating the initial “Big Bang” from the commencement of the human family. These two ideas can easily be refuted by the following biblical evidences:

Who'll Take The Son?

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The above title is from a story by an anonymous author, but the message that is presented in this storyline is very clear. It’s definitely a message that the people of the world needs to hear and seriously meditate upon.

"Will You Not Revive Us Again"

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When it rains, most people go inside to avoid getting wet. But I can remember many a summer day here in Texas when folks would run outside their homes to stand in a downpour. They were exuberant, because after experiencing months of scorching temperatures and crippling drought, the sheer joy of a life-giving rain made getting soaked a pleasure.

Voice-Activated By God

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In a 1999 CNN article, technology experts reported that computer keyboards and other electronic devices would become obsolete as more functions would become voice-activated. Instead of typing a letter to a friend, we would simply speak the words to a computer that would print them on paper. Voice-activation would so permeate daily life, that instead of pressing buttons and twisting dials, we would give verbal instructions to everything from the television to the toaster. When we spoke, it would be done.

Do We Look Back Or Look Ahead?

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The great American baseball player Satchel Paige once said in jest, “Don’t look back: Something may be gaining on you” (source). In contrast, George Santayana, a Spanish-born American author said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (source).

True Spirituality

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On football fields throughout our land, cheerleaders point to the opposing stands and shout, “We’ve got the spirit, how about you?” The opposing cheerleaders reciprocate with an enthusiastic, positive reply. This scene continues with each side, in turn, raising the noise level by several decibels until the whole stadium reaches a deafening crescendo and interest finally turns back to the football game. The word “spirit,” as used in this context, has to do with enthusiasm which raises the emotional intensity level of the athletes.

Guarding Against Temptation

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On July 25, 1911, a circus stuntman named Bobby Leach went over Niagara Falls in a specially designed steel drum and lived to tell about it. Although he suffered minor injuries, he survived because he recognized the tremendous dangers involved in the feat, and he had done everything he could to protect himself from harm.

The True Spirit Of Obedience

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After the death of Moses, Joshua was commissioned by God not only to be the leader of Israel, but given the daunting task of conquering the land of Canaan as well (Joshua 1:1-6).

"Yield Not To Temptation"

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The story is told of a poverty-stricken mother with five children, who was on her way to a pawn shop, with hopes of getting a loan of $60 for her TV set. Then something very unusual happened — an armored truck filled with sacks of money suddenly drove past her, its rear door flew open, and a bag dropped out. The mother stopped and picked up the sack — inside was a total of $160,000 in cash!

Our Reservation In Heaven

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Have we ever taken a vacation where we knew we would have a great time, but on the way we had so many traveling difficulties that we wondered if the journey was worth it? There were car problems, traffic delays, getting lost, sick kids, and irritable fellow travelers. We knew the destination would be great, but the trip was anything but smooth. Yet we kept pressing on, because we knew it would be worth the trouble.

Why Is "Rebellion Is As The Sin Of Witchcraft"?

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Every young Bible student will more than likely know the story about Saul and God’s decree to utterly destroy the Amalekites (1 Samuel 15:1-23). The interplay between Samuel and Saul after the battle is indeed a very sad story, depicting the childish rationalization by Saul regarding his conduct in sparing King Agag, and the best animals (1 Samuel 15:9).

"All The Known Facts Are Not All The Facts"

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In Jeremiah 32:1-44, we see Jerusalem surrounded by Babylonian armies. Resistance was futile (Jeremiah 34:1-3; cf. 2 Kings 25:1-3). The prophet Jeremiah had already warned the leaders that the city would fall (Jeremiah 19:7). Now he languished in prison for prophesying the truth (Jeremiah 32:2).

Want Good Health? Then Let's Count Our Blessings!

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According to various studies conducted by doctors around the country, counting our blessings promotes good physical health. Volunteers who kept weekly gratitude journals, reported fewer aches and pains than those who recorded daily hassles or neutral events.

Diligently Searching For God's Wisdom

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The story is told of a woman who entered a hospital for tests. While she was being tested, her husband wrapped her very expensive 3.5-carat diamond ring in a napkin for safekeeping. In a forgetful moment, the woman’s husband threw the napkin in the trash. When he realized his mistake, he dashed outside, only to see the garbage truck going down the street.

Let There Be No Tug-Of-War Here

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In many colleges around the country, students engage in an interesting annual rite — a tug-of-war. Two teams train and prepare to pull together on their end of a rope to win the competition, hoping to avoid the mud-pit between the teams and gain campus bragging rights for another year. Even though it’s a fun competition, it can become intense.

Whose "Brand" Do We Wear?

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In cultures where slavery existed, it was historically common for slaves to be “branded.” This fleshly mark identified ownership. Slaves usually belonged uniquely to one master and served him. They did not belong to or serve two masters.

What About the Word "Day" In Genesis 2:4?

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A querist asks, “When the latter part of Genesis 2:4 KJV says, “in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,” is it speaking as we would when we say “back in the day” —meaning a period of time and not a single day? Or is it that time is different to the LORD, i.e. a 1000 years as a day; a day as a 1000 years?”

Was Christ An Angel?

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An individual once asked, “Some religious people claim that Jesus is really the Archangel Michael. What and how is the best way to refute such claims?”

The Phrase, "Have Put On Christ"

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A querist asks, “In Galations, Paul states that those who “have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galations 3:27 KJV).  Does the phrase “have put on Christ” mean that we put on Christ’s divine characteristics or nature (2 Peter 1:4; cf. Romans 13:14; Gal. 2:20; Ephesians 4:24-25)?

The Law Of The Land Versus The Law Of God

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An individual once asked, “The great civil rights activist, Martin Luther King, wrote that if the law of the land contradicts the law of God, as Christians we have the moral obligation to the follow the law of God even if it means legal consequences for us. Is this what the Bible actually teaches?”

The Term "Mourn" In Matthew 5:4

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An individual once asked, “In our Lord’s sermon on the mount, He made this statement in Matthew 5:4: ‘Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.

The Doctrine Of Baptisms

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An individual once asked, What is “the doctrine of baptisms” mentioned in Hebrews 6:2? The context indicates that the writer is speaking about New Testament teachings — note the phrase, “doctrine of Christ” in Hebrews 6:1 KJV.

Priscilla --- A Tireless Worker For The Lord

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If ever there was a tireless worker in the early church, it would have to have been the godly woman, Priscilla. From the Scriptures, we know that Paul not only lived with Priscilla and her husband Aquila while in Corinth, but he worked beside them in their tent making business (Acts 18:3). Their close-knit friendship and love for Paul is seen in the fact that they risked their own lives for him (Romans 16:3-4). We can only imagine the discussions that must have taken place as they tirelessly worked side by side with the great apostle. It must have been a treasured blessing to have been so closely associated with someone so strong in the faith (cf. 1 Corinthians 16:13; Philippians 1:27; 1 Peter 5:8-9).

Looking At The Terms "Godhead" And "Trinity"

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An individual once asked me, “What theology does the Church of Christ consider to be correct when considering God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit (Oneness, Trinitarian, Catholic, Arian, or Unitarian)? Please give any scriptural evidence if possible.”

Trusting In Cryogenics, Or In The Lord?

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According to a Wall Street Journal article dated January 21, 2006, at least a dozen multimillionaires have left money to themselves in “personal revival trusts” with the hope of being brought back to life in the future by scientists who will try to resuscitate them. These immortality seekers have arranged to be cryogenically frozen after death.

Will There Be Degrees Of Punishment?

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An individual once asked, “Does Luke 12:47-48 teach there will be 'degrees' of punishment?" The text in Luke 12:47-48  states: “And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

A Look At Realistic Expectations

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In growing older, one of the things this writer has learned, is not to expect too much from people. For example, many folks will say they are going to do something, and they disappoint us when they fail to live up to their promise. It’s also possible to pour a good deal of energy and love into a friend or family member, and see no growth or receive no gratitude for our efforts. It’s even possible that others may receive credit for the work we have done.

Successfully Managing Our Anger

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There are several large theme parks in Orlando, Florida that draw thousands of vacationing families each year. However, in a “Men'sHealth” magazine article, it lists Orlando as the number one city in America displaying the most anger. Their findings were based on things like violent assaults, road rage, and the percentage of men who had high blood pressure.

When God's Firestorm Falls

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Following the October, 2007 news reports during and after the destructive wildfires in southern California, this writer was struck by three intriguing parallels between the southern California fires and another firestorm prophesied by the inspired writer Peter: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).

On Successfully Dwelling With Our Wives

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On successfully dwelling with our wives, Peter issues us as husbands this challenge: “Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:7).

Keep On Inviting, Inviting, Inviting, And Inviting!

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The story is told of a young girl by the name of Becky who, each Sunday morning and Wednesday night, would go next door to invite her good friend Denise to church services. Becky’s question was simple: “Can Denise come to church services with us today?” Most of the time the answer was, “Yes,” and so the visits and invitations continued.

Faithfully Enduring To The End

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How do we feel about someone who starts a sentence but never finishes it? How about someone who starts a job but never gets around to completing it? How about a man who is contracted for a job, but does not finish the job?

Do We Have A Burning Passion To Share The Good News?

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One of the greatest novels ever written is Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace (see Amazon.com). After this long novel was finished, Tolstoy continued to write other novels — sometimes to the point of exhaustion, unable to sleep.

How To Love Our Wives In A More "Princely Way"

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In September 2006, people around the world reacted with shock when the news media reported that Steve Irwin, the “Crocodile Hunter,” had died. His enthusiasm for life and for God’s creatures was contagious, making him a favorite television personality worldwide.

The Sermons We Preach

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We may not realize it, but the first sermon preached on Sunday is not by the pulpit minister, but by each member of the Lord’s church! Let’s look at and think about a few of the sermons we preach by our demeanor and attitude every time we assemble:

Second Hand Faith

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At one time or another, we have all used second hand merchandise, whether it was handed down from siblings or purchased at a garage sale. There are times when we think we are getting a real bargain, only to find out later that we got a lemon. This is the case with those who buy into second hand faith.

James 4:17 And A Question

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A fellow Christian once asked, “As Christians, if we fail to tell people about the saving gospel of Christ, are we not in violation of James 4:17?

What Our Praying Says About Us

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On one occasion, Jesus spoke a parable against those “who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others” (Luke 18:9). The parable depicted a Pharisee and a publican. In his prayer the Pharisee made himself quite transparent (Luke 18:11-12). The publican also revealed a lot about himself by his posture and words.

Reconciliation As An Indicator Of Restoration

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The term “reconciliation” indicates a restoration of friendship and harmony.  For instance, consider a long-standing family feud.  What may have started as carelessness and insensitivity on the part of one leads to separation and ill will. When in humility, wrong is confessed, apologies are said, and trust is restored, reconciliation occurs. When we think about reconciliation on a spiritual level, we are reminded of the many ways we rebel against God. By our sins, we crucified His Son almost two thousand years ago.

One Step At A Time

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If we look too far ahead of today, life’s challenges may feel like a Mt. Everest climb. They can appear impossible to handle if we think we have to achieve them all in one day.The Bible reminds us that we don’t need to worry about tomorrow’s tasks (Matthew 6:34).

Influencing Lives For Christ

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As Christians, we influence the lives of more people than we realize. Just stop and think for a moment all of the people we have known in our lifetime. Think of all of the clerks who have rung up and bagged our groceries at the supermarket; the mechanics who have serviced our automobiles; the strangers with whom we have struck up a casual conversation while watching a football game, or waiting for a flight at the airport, or standing in line at the bank. Could we even reasonably estimate how many people would be on that list of contacts?

A Change Of Address

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If we have ever changed addresses, we have probably received or sent a change of address notice. It goes something like this: “I will no longer be receiving mail at (fill in the blank). My new address will be (fill in the blank). Thank you for making a note of this change.

We Are Writing The Story Of Our Lives

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Do we realize that each day, we are writing the story of our lives by what we say and do? As we are writing this story, are we using the great, but often neglected, wealth of the Bible? The Psalmist wrote: “I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches ….. Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law” (Psalm 119:14,18).

A Visible "Color" Of Our Spirituality

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God has provided us with a total of 168 hours every week. Assuming we attend Sunday morning Bible class, Sunday morning and evening services, and Wednesday evening Bible study, we spend approximately four hours a week attending church services.

Looking Into God's Spiritual Guide

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If we need a weather forecast for El Paso, Texas or driving directions to a restaurant in Chicago, the answer may be just a cell-phone call away. A California-based mobile service called AskMeNow utilizes Internet content sources to send text-message replies to queries from registered users on just about any subject.

How Deep Are Our Roots?

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If a tree puts on a lot of top growth and few roots, it is liable to be weak-wooded and short-lived. If a tree puts down a great deal of roots and adds shoots more slowly, however, it is liable to be long-lived and more resistant to stress and strain.

Our Faith Must Be An Unwavering Faith

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If we were ever invited to a meeting at the White House with the President, we would first encounter a protocol officer who would meet us and outline proper procedures for meeting with him. It would be unacceptable for us to let loose with a burst of undignified verbiage or any kind of negative criticism.

A Question Regarding "Strange Flesh"

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A querist asks, In Jude 1:7 KJV, the passage refers to “strange flesh.” Can you please comment on what this phrase is referring to? Jude 1:7 NKJV reads: “as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Submitting To The Authority Of Jesus

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The chief priests and elders once came to Jesus and asked him, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?” (Matthew 21:23). It was not likely that these “religious” folks were as interested in the truth of the answer as they were in the difficulties it would present for Jesus to answer their questions. Jesus could have answered their question in one of two ways.

Some Bible ABC's

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There are many Scriptures we could have chosen to come up with regarding Bible ABC’s, but these Scriptures are sufficient.

"The Day Of The Lord"

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One of the prominent themes of the Old Testament was “the day of the Lord” (Isaiah 13:6; Isaiah 13:9; Jeremiah 46:10; Joel 1:15). God’s people longed for the day when Jehovah would intervene in the affairs of men and pass judgment on His enemies and deliver His children from oppression (Isaiah 16:1-5; cf. Luke 1:31-33).