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MASSIVE GAY PRIDE PARADE IN JERUSALEM (Friday Church News Notes, July 29, 2016,, 866-295-4143) - The 15th annual gay pride parade was held in Jerusalem last week, with an estimated participation of 25,000. Some participants waved rainbow flags with the Star of David at the center (“A year after tragedy, big, colorful Jerusalem pride parade is a celebration of tolerance,” The Times of Israel, July 21, 2016). Last year an ultra-orthodox Jew stabbed a 16-year-old girl to death during the parade, apparently convinced that indiscriminate, cold-blooded murder is morally superior to marching in a “gay pride” parade. In light of Jerusalem’s “gay pride,” the description of the city in Bible prophecy as “spiritually Sodom and Egypt” is telling (Revelation 11:5-8).

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Is Proverbs 22:6 a Promise?

.“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

A foundational thing that Christians need to learn is child discipline. The next generation is very important to the cause of Christ. Children belong to God, and they are given to parents to be fashioned as sharp arrows and sent out into the world to engage in spiritual warfare as pilgrims and ambassadors of Christ (Psa. 127:3-5).

Both married and unmarried believers need to learn about...

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The Most Important Way of Life Materials

Way of Life Literature is a Bible teaching ministry that aims especially to provide serious, practical Bible study/training material for sound churches.

Way of Life is not a ministry of reproof or warning. It is a Bible preaching/teaching ministry that has an element of reproof and warning, as every sound Bible teaching ministry will have.

“For the commandment
is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life” (Proverbs 6:23).

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2).

“These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee” (Titus 2:15).

Following are the Way of Life materials that we consider the most important. Most of these are courses that are designed to be used in Bible Institutes, Sunday Schools, Home schooling, and for..

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Rosebuds and Church Standards

Recently I challenged a preacher friend about putting people into ministry before they are spiritually qualified for the task and how that they end up negatively influencing the church, particularly the young people. In viewing that church’s youth ministry, I was convinced that the leader isn’t yet qualified to hold that position. In talking with him, I felt that his thinking and biblical understanding is still weak, and his wife was present at the activity and was immodestly dressed. It was confusion. I wrote the pastor about this, and he responded as follows: “Thanks for your insights. When I remember..

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The following is excerpted from John Phillip’s commentary on Psalm 45:
“Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee” (Psalm 45:3-5).
This song is preeminently a wedding march, but not that of a carpenter; it is the wedding of a King, and a warrior King at that. For if the theme of the psalm is a wedding, the background of the psalm is a war with two major engagements. The first was fought at Golgotha and secured the bride's person for the King; the second engagement will be fought at Megiddo and will secure the bride's property.

The first engagement took place on a skull-shaped hill near Jerusalem. There the armed might of the world together with the principalities and powers of hell were ranged against Him. He wears..

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“Welcome to Trinity Baptist Church... otherwise known as a Pokémon GO Gym”

CHURCHES EMBRACING POKÉMON AS “OUTREACH” TOOL (Friday Church News Notes, July 22, 2016,, 866-295-4143) - Pokémon Go has become a craze. Almost overnight it has become the most popular mobile game in American history, increasing the stock market value of part owner Nintendo more than 50%. “Pokémon Go, the newest iteration of the nearly 20-year-old Pokémon franchise, engages players in an ‘augmented reality’ where they try to find and capture Pokémons hidden throughout the real world. The Australian Business Review has suggested that it may be a ‘watershed moment’ in the development of virtual reality” (“Pokémon Go craze drawing gamers to church,” Baptist Press News, July 15, 2016). The game “uses the mobile phone’s camera to create the perception that the Pokémon characters are actually in front of the players.” Two men recently fell off a cliff near San Diego while engaged in the game. Some churches are even embracing it is as an..

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Biblical Shallowness

Biblical Shallowness
There is a frightful lack of biblical knowledge among members of the average Independent Baptist church, in my experience. Many pastors have admitted to me that the majority of their people are not serious Bible students.

It is impossible to understand the Bible properly and grow in understanding of it effectively without training in such things as principles of interpretation, Bible history and geography, Bible culture, and theology or Bible doctrine, yet most members of Independent Baptist churches are grossly lacking in such things.

Most are like a church member I talked with recently who told me that his Bible reading is “hit and miss” and that he had no Bible dictionary, concordance, or commentary, had never..

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