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I love Ecclesiates.  If I could summarize, it is this:  Enjoy your blessings from God as a righteous believer. There are no guarantees in life, for we do not know the mind of God who controls and directs in the course of history and in the progress of your life.  Our life is in His hands alone. “For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love...

 Honour widows that are widows indeed …she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.   (1 Timothy 5:3, 5). Widows were a prominent figure in the epistles as well as the early apostolic churches of the 1st through 3rd centuries.  The Bible encourages special honor be given to these godly women of the church, and their role became more and more organized and formalized in the early...

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...

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