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The Most Important Way of Life Materials
(July 27, 2016)
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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
(July 26, 2016)
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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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Christ's Sword and Bride
(July 24, 2016)
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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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Friday Church News Notes
(July 22, 2016)
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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, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 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
(July 21, 2016)
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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Maligning Warning and Reproof
(July 20, 2016)

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.. Another reason why I am convinced that most Independent Baptist churches will be emerging within 10-20 years is the maligning of warning and reproof.

A friend in North Carolina wrote recently to give the following observation in regard to the many independent Baptist churches he has visited over the years. The all caps are in the original.

“I don’t think 98% of Independent Baptist churches have ANY type of warning ministry in their preaching and teaching. I wouldn't be surprised if a large number of pastors have NEVER given a warning about anything or any person. I know that you know some preachers who giving warnings. But out in the rest of the Baptist world there is NO warning. Very sad. I’m talking about SIMPLE statements here, not a ministry of warning.” 

Not only do most independent Baptist preachers not give warnings, they believe that warnings are largely unnecessary and...

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Preachers Following the Crowd
(July 19, 2016)
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It is human nature to follow the crowd. We do this as children. We do it as teens. We do it as adults. We even do it as preachers. A major motive in this phenomenon is the fear of man, which is so often and staunchly condemned in Scripture. “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25). “And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, BUT SECRETLY FOR FEAR OF THE JEWS...” (John 19:38).

“For before that certain came from James, he [Peter] did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, FEARING THEM WHICH WERE OF THE CIRCUMCISION” (Galatians 2:12). If Joseph of Arimathaea and Peter were susceptible to the fear of man and were inclined to be crowd followers, it is obvious that there is no preacher who cannot be tempted with this sin...

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The Problem with Pokémon
(July 18, 2016)
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by Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D. - Here We Go Again with Pokémon Go - Pokémon Go becomes global craze as game overtakes Twitter for US users! Pokémon moves into the age of augmented reality using an app on your smartphone. An article in the online edition for the July 12, 2016 theguardian fills us in on some of the details. Pokémon Go takes “gamers out of the living room and on to the streets as they compete to capture, train and battle Pokémon characters using their mobile phones.” The goal is the same as the card game and video game; players battle and capture the “pocket monsters” in a quest to become the greatest Pokémon trainers. However, unlike the earlier video and card games, “players move around the real world looking for Pokémon to capture.” Quoting the article again - “When the app is opened, it shows a map of the area around the player..

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Friday Church News Notes (July 15, 2016)

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ONE WORLD CHURCH ON THE MOVE (Friday Church News Notes, July 15, 2016, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “300 denominations meet for ecumenical gathering in Munich,” Christiantoday.com, July 5, 2016: “Some 1,700 Christians from around 300 denominations have met in Munich for a ‘Together in Europe’ gathering of the Ecumenical Congress promoting unity between Catholics, Protestants and Evangelicals. In a meeting supported by Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I, leaders of the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, several Orthodox Churches, Protestant denominations and free evangelical denominations including some Baptists and Pentecostals debated for three days about how to walk towards ‘encounter, reconciliation and ..

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