"I, for one, believe that such prayer would change things."

Lack of Prayer
   The following is excerpted from the latest edition of Why Most Independent Baptist Churches Will Be Emerging, available from Way of Life Literature in print and a free eBook edition, www.wayoflife.org.
   Prayer is the spiritual dynamo of a church, and the frightful lack of serious prayer is another reason why we are convinced that most Independent Baptist congregations will be emerging within 10-20 years. I attended a mid-week prayer meeting recently at an Independent Baptist church that is all too typical. It consisted of about four minutes of silent prayer closed by a ... Read More
Friday Church New Notes
Presidential Election
   COMMENT ON THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION (Friday Church News Notes, October 21, 2016, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
   PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLS FOR TAMING OF WILD WEST MEDIA ENVIRONMENT (Friday Church News Notes, October 21, 2016, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - President Barack Obama’s greatest legacy is oppression, lawlessness, and division. The Obama government has exalted the homosexual lifestyle above freedom of speech and... Read More
Mystery Parables
    Mysteries of the Kingdom: The Course of the Church Age (Mat. 13:1-52)
   Jesus got into a fishing boat and preached to the people who were on the shore. A likely location is a cove near Tabgha that forms a natural amphitheater. For photos of this place see “Christ’s Ministry on the Sea of Galilee” in
Bible Times & Ancient Kingdoms, June 2016 edition.
   1. The background of the parables
   a. Jesus came and presented Himself to Israel as the promised Messiah and King (Mat. 1-10). We know that Jesus did not come to establish the Messianic kingdom; He came to die for man’s sin; but He did present.
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Christ as Reprover
   Christlikeness is compassion and gentleness and patience, but it is also firmness, even toughness, in regard to God’s holy laws. The Lord said, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (Revelation 3:19).
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   Consider how forceful Christ can be in reproof to His own people (not to speak of His millennial rod of iron and the issue of eternal judgment for the unbeliever):
   “But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, GET THEE BEHIND ME, SATAN: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men” (Mark 8:33).
   “Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and
UPBRAIDED THEM with their unbelief and hardness of heart.Read More
Redeem the Time
    “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16).
   Don’t waste the precious time God has given you (Ecc. 12:1). Using one’s time wisely is an important part of spiritual victory and fruitfulness.
   The book of Proverbs warns frequently about being a sluggard (Prov. 6:6-11). We deal with this in the Way of Life Literature Advanced Bible Studies Series course on Proverbs.
   Consider some of the greatest time wasters today:
Video games. We have looked at the danger of video games, but here we consider its role in wasting time. The average gamer spends eight hours per week playing video games. This equates to 416 hours per year. Last year, a teen told me he wanted to learn to study the Bible on his phone, but when I asked to look at his phone, I found that it was filled with games. I challenged him to get rid of them and to spend that time on Bible study and other profitable things. I told him that until he was willing to put aside wasteful things, he wouldn’t make much progress in his spiritual life. One young Christian lady we know became concerned about how much time she was spending on video games, and she decided to figure it up. She concluded....Read More
Worship in Christ's Kingdom
   Christ will rule in the midst of worship.
   “And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised” (Psa. 72:15).
 The continual praise that will characterize Christ’s kingdom is a major theme of prophecy.
   “All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah” (Psa. 66:4).
   “Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee” (Psa. 67:3).
   “Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah” (Psa. 68:32).
   “A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. 2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and....Read More
Friday Church New Notes
    DAWKINS: THE BLIND BOOKMAKER (Friday Church News Notes, October 14, 2016, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Richard Dawkins, author of The Blind Watchmaker, claims that there is no evidence for intelligent design in nature. He ridicules the argument from design, claiming that design, though “apparent,” is not real, because Darwinian naturalism can explain everything. He says that atheists should be proud of their position because it is superior to and more reasonable than belief in a Creator God. The Bible says, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world ARE CLEARLY SEEN, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). If the invisible things of God are clearly seen in creation, why can’t Richard Dawkins see them? The answer is that he is spiritually blind. I have a blind preacher friend who lives in the Himalayan mountains and has preached in our church in Kathmandu. If he were to say to me, “Brother Cloud, I have heard that there are beautiful snow-covered mountains nearby, but I don’t believe it because I haven’t seen them,” I would say to him, “Prem, you can’t see them because you are blind. I can describe them to you, but you still won’t be able to see them.” Prem won’t be able to see until he has his resurrection body, and Dawkins won’t be able to see as long as he is spiritually blind. To obtain spiritual sight would require that he humble himself before the Almighty Creator God, admit his fallen condition and rebellion against... Read More

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