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Friday Church News Notes
FALLING IN LOVE WITH A FANTASY CHARACTER (Friday Church News Notes, April 21, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - In this age of fantasy multitudes of people live in a mythical world. Of course, this began in ancient Babel, but modern technology has taken everything to a new level. Consider the Japanese anime dating simulation video games that have captivated the hearts of multitudes of young men. The fantasy games “allow users to engage with anime characters in dating and sexual encounters” (“Japanese video game maker,” UPI, Apr. 15, 2017). The most popular is Niitzuma Lovely xCation (Niitzuma means “new wife”), and for the rollout of the 2017 edition, a select number of users will be invited to participate in... Read More
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Old Baptist Churches Were Discipling Churches
    Beginning in the 16th century, Baptist churches multiplied greatly, and they were discipling churches. They renounced infant baptism, requiring a regenerate church membership and exercising strict discipline.
    Baptist churches practiced church discipline for centuries. In the book Corrective Church Discipline: with a Development of the Principles Upon Which It Is Based (1860), Patrick Hughes Mell, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, stated, “The views which are presented in the... Read More
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Training for Song Leaders
     The position of song leader is important. Just as orchestras need good conductors and armies need good officers, churches must have the right song leaders if they are to have effectual song services.
    An individual can worship God alone effectively if he is so inclined, but a congregation must be led. That is why God has ordained leaders and has set forth high qualifications for them.
    It is true that the New Testament does not spell out the position of song leader or music director, but the Old Testament plainly sets forth this pattern and there is no need to restate it in the ... Read More
A Testing Mindset
A Testing Mindset
     The heart and soul of discipleship and separation is a testing, vigilant mindset. This is the path of spiritual growth and protection.
    Consider some Bible passages that instruct God’s people to have this mindset:
    Psalm 119:128 - “Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.”
    The Psalmist esteemed all of God’s Word to be right. This is the foundation for a testing mindset. The believer has an absolute standard of truth. Christ said the Scripture is truth (John 17:17). It cannot be broken (Joh. 10:35), meaning it is correct and authoritative in every point. Peter said the Scripture is a light in a dark world that we are to... Read More
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Friday Church News Notes
CARY SCHMIDT’S CHRISTIAN ROCK CONCERT (Friday Church News Notes, April 14, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - I received the following information from a friend: “Several months ago I wrote to you about my sorrow for the church I was a member of for many years. Emmanuel Baptist Church of Newington, Connecticut, was the first place I was introduced to your ministry. For many years it held public stands on separation, and music was at the forefront of that battle. I told you that... Read More
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Biblical Shallowness in the Churches
    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 learned to use such tools, and knew little to nothing... Read More
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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.
    A really strong, effectual preaching ministry can often build a decent church even when some other things might be lacking. I have seen this many times. I don’t mean to refer to preaching merely as shouting and story telling and reproving. I don’t mean to refer merely to a “good pulpiteer.”.... Read More
“Mirrored in that cup the Lord Jesus saw a whole world’s sin;”
The Cup of the Lord
     The following is from John Phillips’ commentary on Psalm 75:8
     Our attention is now drawn to the cup of God’s wrath: "For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and He poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them." Let us study that cup.
     The Depths of the Cup - This thought will take us to Gethsemane. We see our Lord prostrate in agony as Peter James, and John fall asleep. From His lips escape such groans and cries as would melt the heart of an archangel. Upon His brow the sweat stands out to run down His anguished face in rivulets of blood. He is... Read More
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Friday Church News Notes
ARCHAEOLOGISTS IDENTIFY JERUSALEM WALL BREACHED BY ROME IN AD 70 (Friday Church News Notes, April 7, 2017, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Uncovering Jerusalem’s Ancient Walls,” Israel Today, April 2017: “[W]orkers were breaking ground for a new campus of the Bazalel Academy of Arts and Design ... when they stumbled upon the very spot where Roman soldiers breached Jerusalem’s city walls 2,000 years ago. Archaeologists were summoned to examine the evidence of the Roman breach which occurred at the end of the Second Temple .... Read More
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