I’ve copied this statement of faith from Aletheia Baptist Ministries which was founded by my dad, Dr. Rick Shrader.  It is helpful to you to know what my core beliefs are as you read my articles.     Statement of Faith The following is our statement of faith. For each doctrine we give a brief but direct statement of what we understand the Bible to abundantly teach in that area. Verses are included for reference and are not intended to be exhaustive but exemplary of the Bible’s teaching.   Section...

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article which was recommended to me by my husband who attended Faith Pulpit Days at Faith Baptist Bible College & Theological Seminary.  I so enjoyed Dr. Doug Brown’s evaluation of the Family Integrated Church Movement which is becoming popular in many conservative fundamental Baptist churches.  I have witnessed some of these FICM values played out in churches that I know, and most often with a divisive outcome; division in good Bible-believing churches, and divisions in...

A refreshing book! So many ladies’ books dwell too much on our need to feel good about our position in Christ, but they let us off the hook when it comes to personal holiness in a sinful world.  Not so here.  Elisabeth Elliot is known most widely for her marriage to martyred missionary, Jim Elliot.  I find in her many books that Elisabeth Elliot...

I’ve so enjoyed reading my Aunt Debbie’s blog, “A Well Watered Garden.”  This post features my grandpa and his garden.  He inspired her to become a Master Gardener.   Peter Slobodian was a farmer at heart, and even when he brought his family from Argentina to the United States in 1957 answering the Lord’s call on his life to preach the gospel, he never lost his desire to grow and cultivate a garden. I remember many trips to see...

Music is a personal thing.  It is such an influential and integral part of our spiritual walk.  I know there are many who won’t want to hear this point of view, but my testimony is a common one among believers, I think.  I do not presume to know what motivates my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to listen to their  favorite music.  I do not know the thoughts or intents of the heart the way God does.  In my own life, though, I have taken...

What does it mean to be a Christian? Have you ever wondered what it really means to be a Christian? With so many opinions, philosophies and interpretations being pushed on us today, we need an answer we can count on. The only place we can get such an answer is in the Bible.   Since the Bible is God’s Word, it alone can give us the answers we need in order to find salvation and the truth about eternal life. This short outline is an explanation of God’s plan for salvation as given in His Bible. Of course, much more could be written...

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