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Personal separation is a sticky issue in Independent Baptist circles.   We live “in the world, but not of the world” (Phil. 2:15; 1 John 2:16).  Some social issues are getting less easy to categorize with the encroaching acceptance of social drinking, dancing, going to movie theaters, length of skirts and necklines, even marijuana use. We mock the old adage “I don’t drink, smoke, or chew and I don’t go with girls that do.” We...

Scripture gives us this juxtaposition of getting out our telescopes and viewing the vastness of His Word and yet using the microscope to really investigate the nitty gritty details.   The great constellations of foundational doctrines are so plain for all the world to see.  It is like coming across the wide plain and seeing the whole mountain range before you.  Viewing those mighty vistas of great truths.  You gaze in awe at one huge mountain, then shift...

I like to learn.  I like to spend some time each day reading articles and books and listening to radio broadcasts.  There are so many good thoughts and ideas and thought-provoking points of view.  As I try to put my own thoughts into words on this blog, I’m reminded that it could be easy for readers to misunderstand my words.  And...

Deborah is one of the most famous of the Old Testament women, for she is the only woman among several men in the book of Judges.  She comes on the scene as did all the judges when the nation of Israel was backslidden an under oppression.  In Judges 4:4, we learn that Deborah was a wife, a judge, and a prophetess.  The argument from egalitarians and Christian feminists (so-called) is that since these women seemed like leaders in spiritual matters, then why is...

It is September, and I just finished reading Jeremiah.  I was so blessed!  Really.  I know the book of Jeremiah can be a difficult read, but it is also full of encouragement.  God feels the same way about the sins of Israel and the surrounding pagan nations as He does today.  We like to think that God is longsuffering and merciful here in our Age of Grace, but He was longsuffering and merciful in the Old Testament too.  Many times He waited a...

In Part 1 of this article, we looked at The Child of God under Law.  I drew a correlation between Law and Childhood because that’s what Paul did in Galatians 3:21-25.  God has treated us differently in the Age of Law than He does in the Age of Grace.  Likewise, parents treat their children differently in the “Dispensation of Childhood”...

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