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Friday Church News
AGENDA-DRIVEN HARVARD PROFESSOR DUPED BY “JESUS’ WIFE” MANUSCRIPT FRAUD (Friday Church News Notes, September 23, 2016, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., “Jesus’ Wife Claims Revealed as ‘Whopping Fraud,’” Breitbart, Sep. 14, 2016: “The Harvard Professor who confidently proclaimed to the world she possessed evidence that suggested Jesus may have had a wife has now been outed as a second-rate academic who allowed herself to be duped by a con man. Dr. Karen L. King, professor at Harvard Divinity School, earned her 15 minutes of fame by staking her reputation... Read More
Bible Study and Concentration
Effective Bible study requires CONCENTRATION.
“O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97).
“I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:99).
If you can’t concentrate upon the Bible, your study time will not be very profitable. It is so easy for the mind to wander as you read the Bible, and we must do whatever is necessary to keep our thoughts on the Scriptures, to hold the words of God in our hearts so that they bring forth good fruit.... Read More
Independent Baptist Pragmatism
Pragmatism is a philosophy and methodology that focuses on the practicality of a decision.
Consider some dictionary definitions of “pragmatism”:
“a reasonable and logical way of doing things or of thinking about problems that is based on dealing with specific situations instead of on ideas and theories” (Merriam-Webster).
“a person or a solution that takes a realistic approach” (Vocabulary.com).
“a practical... Read More
Bible Commentaries and Twittering Swallows
TWO COMMON PROBLEMS IN USING COMMENTARIES:
1. Leaning on them too much. The Bible student should first go to the Bible and dig it out for himself. For this, he must get a good understanding of how to interpret the Bible. The equivalent of a Bible Institute education is the starting point to be able to use commentaries effectually and test them properly so as not to be led astray by any error that might be present.
2. Despising them. On several occasions I have heard people disdain commentaries, but I have learned to love good commentaries and I thank God for them often. I thank God that I read and understand English, because that is where most of the good commentaries... Read More
A Rod of Iron
“He shall ... break in pieces the oppressor” (Psa. 72:4).
“Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel” (Psa. 2:9).
“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. ... For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be. ... But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away” (Psa. 37:1-2, 9-10, 20).
“But the wicked shall be... Read More
Friday Church News
HIGH PRIEST SELECTED; JEWISH TEMPLE SERVICE COULD BE REINSTATED IN ONE WEEK (Friday Church News Notes, September 16, 2016, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) - Preparations for the Third Temple continue. The Jewish Sanhedrin has recommended Rabbi Baruch Kahane [pictured] as the next Kohen Gadol (high priest) in case political conditions change and Jews have access to the Temple Mount for sacrifices. Kahane “is confident that if that should happen, Temple service could begin in less than one week” (“High Priest Is Chosen,” Breaking Israel News, Aug. 29, 2016). The Temple Institute, founded in 1986, has fashioned the necessary items... Read More
Gospel of the Kingdom
The gospel of the kingdom is mentioned three times in Matthew and once in Mark and does not appear in any other part of the New Testament (Mat. 4:23; 9:35; 24:14; Mk. 1:14).
It is the gospel that was proclaimed to Israel at the coming of Christ. It was the announcement that the Messianic kingdom was at hand, as preached by Jesus and John the Baptist (Mat. 3:2; 4:17).
The gospel of the kingdom was proclaimed with the signs of... Read More
The Woman's Spiritual Ministry
I received the following e-mail from a missionary’s wife: “I have a question regarding your recent article that included a woman who reproved you. I do agree that a woman should not instruct or usurp authority over a man, however I wanted you to clarify what this means for us ladies in the witnessing of the Gospel to men (as that involves teaching), in teaching secular subjects like English, and in sharing biblical knowledge with men (when in a casual/social setting)? I want to hear what you have to say about this as I have been thinking about this more and am afraid of doing something I should not be doing.”... Read More
The Saltwater Crocodile
On a recent visit to Queensland, Australia, near the Great Barrier Reef, I visited a saltwater crocodile farm and learned some fascinating things about this fearsome reptile. I wouldn’t want to be near a grown croc without a fence or wall between us, but they are indeed amazing creatures, and when Christ establishes His kingdom and the wolf lies down with the lamb (Isaiah 11:6), we will be able to play with all of God’s creatures.
Crocodiles are large reptiles that are members of... Read More
Christ's Glorious Kingdom
“A Psalm for Solomon. Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth. In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth” (Psalm 72:1-7).
“He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save... Read More
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