Friday Church News Notes
POLYGAMY SANCTIONED BY TOP RABBIS IN ISRAEL (Friday Church News Notes, January 13, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “In Defiance of Israeli Law, Polygamy Sanctioned,” The Times of Israel, Dec. 27, 2016: “Each year, a number of Israeli rabbis affiliated with the rabbinate give permission for dozens of Orthodox Jewish men to take a second wife, despite the fact that polygamy is illegal under state law, an expose by Channel 10 television revealed on Monday. An organization [The Complete Jewish Home] catering primarily to the Jewish Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox communities actively encourages and facilitates polygamy, claiming the practice will help reduce.... Read More
Clothing Is a Language
It is important to understand that clothing is a language. It is a “social message,” a fashion “statement.”
Wikipedia defines fashion as “a prevailing mode of expression.” It acknowledges that “every article of clothing carries a cultural and social meaning” and observes that “humans must know the code in order to recognize the message transmitted.”
The knowledge of this is the engine that drives the fashion industry, and the child of God needs to understand it, as well. I need to ask myself what message is my clothing broadcasting?
American fashion designer Rachel Zoe said, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak” (goodreads.com).
“Clothes change our view of the world, and the world’s view of us” (Feminist writer Virginia Woolf, Orlando, chapter 4).
“Choose your clothes for... Read More
Lessons on the Use of the Name “Jesus” in the New Testament
In the Gospels, Jesus is called Jesus often because that is His human name, meaning Saviour (Matthew 1:21), but the disciples never address Him directly by the name “Jesus” alone. Even the two disciples who were the closest to Him in affection, John and Mary Magdalene, do not call Him “Jesus.” When John was “lying on Jesus’ breast” at the Last Supper, he addressed Jesus as... Read More
The Biblical Preaching Ministry
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:1-4).
In this passage we see the major characteristics of a sound preaching and teaching ministry. Few things are more needed in Bible-believing churches today. A sound preaching/teaching ministry is a major part of producing disciples of Jesus Christ and disciplining the church. It is a major part of building godly homes and raising up youth who know and serve Christ.
This key passage reminds us that there are many necessary elements to a sound preaching... Read More
Friday Church News Notes
BARACK OBAMA AND HIS POLICIES ARE NOT GOING AWAY (Friday Church News Notes, January 6, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143) - Obama and his policies have not been defeated by a Trump win. Any such thinking is shortsighted in a spiritual sense, for the election changed absolutely nothing on the spiritual front. America is a wicked nation; wickedness is the source of her ills; and wickedness can be defeated only by spiritual weapons, not by the carnal weapons of politics and... Read More
Another reason why I am convinced that the average fundamental Baptist church will be well down the emerging path within 10-20 years is the prevalence of “soft separatism.”
Soft separatism is separatism that is ineffective to protect the Lord’s people from spiritual dangers. It is characterized by professing to believe in separation but doing things that make the separation ineffective, such as focusing on positive truth and avoiding “negativism and criticism”; avoiding dealing with “personalities”; refusing to distance oneself properly from those who are headed in a wrong direction in order to cut off the leaven of compromise from one’s personal life and family and church; and messing with dangerous things such as compromised authors.
Soft separatists are more concerned about the danger of “fragmentation” and... Read More
The Blues Were Born of the Seedy Side of Black Culture
What many histories about rock & roll do not plainly state is that the blues, speaking generally, represented the ungodly side, the dark side, the “red light district,” of black music and culture.
Blacks in America in the first half of the twentieth century were notably religious and more often than not were churchgoers. They were divided into two distinct categories, though: Pious and impious; those who lived a sincere Christian life and those who maintained merely a veneer of Christianity. Pious blacks who took Jesus Christ and the Bible seriously and who were faithful to biblical churches, condemned immorality and drunkenness and violence as well as the blues and boogie-woogie music that was associated with those things. On the other hand, those who played.... Read More
A major emphasis in the International House of Prayer’s (IHOP) charismatic worship is to gain intimacy with God. It is spiritual romance. It is a romantic encounter with God. Misty Edwards, one of the prominent IHOP worship leaders, says that she appreciates Kevin Prosch because of the romantic intimacy of his worship songs. (Prosch must be a very romantic man, as he has had two wives and has committed multiple adulteries.)
On her 2014 album, Misty Edwards [pictured] sings Prosch’s “The Gift” because, she says, it describes “the joy of being lovesick.” Consider the lyrics: “You are the Bridegroom/ take us in Your arms./ .... Read More
Friday Church News Notes
OBAMA WHITE HOUSE ALLOWS LYING UN RESOLUTION TO PASS (Friday Church News Notes, December 30, 2016, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143) - In what has been called Obama’s parting shot at Israel, the White House allowed a UN Security Council resolution to pass last Friday that refers to the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem as “Palestinian territory occupied since 1967” and demands a halt to Israel’s construction in those places. The Temple Mount, including the Western Wall and the Temple Mount plaza, are located in eastern Jerusalem. “In actuality... Read More
The Most Important Way of Life Materials
Way of Life Literature is a Bible teaching ministry that aims particularly 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... Read More
The Bible Knowledge Test
We are pleased to announce the publication of The Bible Knowledge Test in print and as a free eBook download from www.wayoflife.org.
The Bible Knowledge Test is designed to challenge God’s people as individuals and as churches about their level of Bible knowledge.
After 40 plus years of experience, I have concluded that though Bible believers love the Bible as God’s Word, oftentimes they remain ignorant of it. They might read it from time to time. They might even read it regularly, but they don’t understand it very well, because they aren’t Bible students and they lack the necessary training and tools for effectual study.
Having preached in more than 550 churches in 49 states and more than two dozen countries, I have observed that a great many church members are not serious Bible students. They don’t write anything down during the sermons. Many don’t even... Read More
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