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[14 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 403 views]

Following is a great illustration from the book, “King Me” by Steve Farrar…
“If you’re an argyra spider, you want to avoid the hymenoepimecis wasp at all costs. This wasp is a parasite. It turns the spider into something it was never intended to be. And it all begins when the wasp stings the spider.
When the stinger enters the spider, the spider is temporarily paralyzed. The wasp then lays its egg inside the abdomen of the spider. The spider soon recovers and does the normal work of a spider, which, of …

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[4 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 480 views]

Accountability is essential for any society to function and ministerial accountability is no different. We are all held accountable in one way or another. For example, there are laws to obey and if we fail to be obedient, we may have to suffer the consequences set by the officials who hold us accountable. Accountability is simply being responsible for one’s actions.
In the church, we as ministers are accountable firstly to God and then to our families, congregations, ministerial organization, and even our fields of labor. An important aspect of accountability …

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[25 Jun 2009 | One Comment | 531 views]
A Brickhouse Incinerator

I was conversing with a friend recently, discussing the issue of preachers among us walking away from holiness and Apostolic doctrine. He made the statement, “Their ‘revelation’ today is building a prison that their children will inhabit tomorrow.”
This statement brought to mind a sobering story heard recently.
Pastor Doug White, from Silsbee, Texas was approached by a father/son team in his church about a ‘job opportunity’ that was presented to them. The Dad is a foreman on large construction jobs, and he was given a proposal to manage a large project …

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[11 Jun 2009 | No Comment | 405 views]

Matthew 18:15
2. YOU
3. GO

“If your brother sins against you, go and confront him while the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.
“If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.
“If a believer does something wrong, go, confront him when the two of you are alone. If he listens to you, …

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[6 May 2009 | No Comment | 347 views]

In the Garden of Paradise, man hid from God in the garden; now man hides within himself.
~ Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979) ~

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[8 Mar 2009 | No Comment | 1,033 views]

I wonder how often we do a disservice to those we love who are out of the Faith?
Abram’s nephew Lot went to the sinful twin-cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. After a time, Lot is taken captive when the cities were besieged, and Abram sets out with his armies to defeat his captors. Afterward, the king of Sodom tells Abram, “you can have the goods, but give me the people.” Lot went right out of the captor’s hands and back into sinful Sodom and Gomorrah. I wonder if the defeat of …

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[26 Feb 2009 | No Comment | 300 views]

I have a 47 year old sister in law, Mary Jo, who is a crack addict… in fact, she is so addicted to her rock and so full of faith that a couple of years ago she walked barefoot 7.5 miles in cold February temperatures with only a twenty dollar bill and faith in her suppliers ability and willingness to meet her at 2 AM in order to make personal contact with her rock.
What would happen if we became as addicted to THE ROCK and filled with so much faith …

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[24 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 344 views]

Though the following story may seem way overboard for us, an interesting note is the reality that the woman has indeed broken the law. She stole.
How easy it is to justify sin that doesn’t seem “that bad”… when in reality, sin is sin.
Jan 24, 2009 03:41 PM US/Eastern
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa woman has been arrested because she failed to return a library book.
Thirty-nine-year-old Shelly Koontz was arrested Thursday night on a fifth-degree theft charge. She is accused of keeping “The Freedom Writers Diary,” which she checked out from …

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[15 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 389 views]

The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.

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[4 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 557 views]

Romans 7:15-25
(Sermon about sin…)
A stranger living on the inside… secretly stealing away valuables and slipping quietly back into hiding. Sounds like that hidden sin in the life of the believer. The stranger that creeps in under cover of darkness and begins pillaging and scavenging the life… first joy, then peace, then prayer, then praise, then…
Pa. family finds unexpected house guest in their attic
Associated Press / Dec. 28, 2008, 1:51PM
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — A family didn’t realize they’d had an unexpected Christmas guest until a man who had been in their attic …