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2,500-YEAR-OLD SHIP SAILS AGAIN (Friday Church News Notes, March 24, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “2,500-year-old ship,” The Times of Israel, Mar. 17, 2017: “A replica of a 2,500-year-old trading ship found off the coast of Israel was christened in Haifa Friday morning, ahead of its first voyage out of the shelter of the bay later this month. The keel of the ‘Ma’agan Michael II,’ named after the kibbutz where its ancient forerunner was found in 1985, was laid in July 2014 as part of a joint project by the University of Haifa’s Department of Maritime Civilizations and the Israel Antiquities Authority. On Friday morning, the university and IAA poured.... Read More
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Depression and the Child of God
     Following are some biblical truths that we must understand about depression and emotional melancholy. The quotes from Charles Spurgeon are from Lectures to My Students unless otherwise noted. We quote him because he described his depression so plainly and gave some excellent instruction about it.
    We must understand that depression is part of this fallen life and its reason will not always be known (Psa. 119:28; Rom. 8:22-23; 9:2; Phil. 2:26; 1 Pet. 1:6).
    “I note that some whom I greatly love and esteem, who are, in my judgment, among the very choicest of God’s people, nevertheless, travel most of the way to heaven by night” (Spurgeon)
    “I am the subject of depression so fearful that I hope none of you ever get to such extremes of wretchedness as I go to” (Spurgeon).
    “Hours after, I have been myself depressed, and I have felt an inability to shake it off” (Spurgeon).
    “I could weep by the hour... Read More
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Learning From Creation in Christ’s Kingdom
     The Word of God will go forth from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth, and the nations will come to Jerusalem to see Christ and to hear His Word and to see the priestly sacrifices that picture His cross-work. Priests will explain the meaning of eternal redemption. As we have seen, there will be a great ministry of teaching and preaching by Spirit-filled ministers. And by Christ Himself!
    Another of the ways that we learn of God is by the exploration of His creation, which is a textbook of God’s character and a revelation of spiritual wisdom.
    “And out of the ground the LORD God formed... Read More
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Careful Child Evangelism
     Unless young people are saved, they can’t be discipled. This is a frightful fact in light of the shallowness of evangelism in so many churches. The church I grew up in probably didn’t have even one saved young person, though we all knew the right things to say. We “talked the talk,” but we didn’t “walk the walk,” and the reason was that we prayed a sinner’s prayer and made a “profession of faith” and entered the waters of baptism, but we didn’t know the Lord by life-changing conversion experience.
    Suggestions for dealing with children about salvation
    1. Fill their minds with God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:15; Heb. 4:12; Psa. 19:7; 119:130).
    Of one of his daughters, Pastor Kerry Allen says, “I began a program of memorizing salvation Scriptures with her, and rewarding her for her efforts. In less than one month, with numbers of these same Scriptures at work in her heart, she fell under... Read More
Feedback From “A Plea to the Clark Family” and “A Plea to Southern Gospel Fans”
     Following are some of the responses I have received from the free eBook A Plea to Southern Gospel Music Fans and the report “A Plea to the Clark Family” (published March 14, 2017) -
    POSITIVE RESPONSES
    “Thank you, Brother Cloud. I appreciate your excellent spirit blended with zeal for righteousness. You remind me of my Saviour.”
    “God Bless you Bro. Cloud! Continue to ‘Cry aloud.’”
    “[O]n Facebook you were called Satan, and a jackass and all kinds of things. ... If these responses are the fruit of the Clark’s ministry then I'd have to really question if you were not overly gracious in your article. It’s almost a Hyles cult like loyalism. The way I see it, these people are addicted to fleshly music and they respond just like an addict when confronted about their addiction.”
    “Thank you very much for the book ‘A Plea to Southern Gospel Music Lovers.’ I was both amazed, challenged and saddened when I started reading it. I have generally ignored warnings about Southern Gospel because I associated it with groups like the Gaithers, the Cathedrals, the Blackwood Brothers, etc - groups that... Read More
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DDICTION EXPERT CALLS EXCESSIVE SCREEN EXPOSURE “DIGITAL HEROIN” (Friday Church News Notes, March 17, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “Doc claims too much screen time,” CBSMiami, Mar. 3, 2017: “Smart screens are everywhere these days and it seems like everyone has them including young kids. The debate over ‘how much screen time is too much’ is nothing new but there’s one doctor who says the problem is so severe, he’s dubbed it ‘digital heroin.’ In his book Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids and How to Break the Trance, author Dr. Nicholas Kardaras likens the effects of excessive screen.... Read More
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Sensual Singing Techniques
    God instructs His people to sing spiritual songs (Colossians 3:16). Spiritual means holy. It refers to that which is separated unto a holy God from the unholiness of this world.
    There are clear biblical principles that are to be applied to every aspect of the Christian life, including music, and by examining these biblical principles we can to discern spiritual from worldly music.
    We listed principles of biblical separation in the chapter on rhythm, and the same principles apply to vocal styles, so we will repeat them here.
• Spiritual music is music that is not conformed to the world (Romans 12:2).
• Spiritual music is music that is not according to the realm of spiritual death (Ephesians 2:1).
• Spiritual music is music that...
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From Bro. Cloud's Mailbox - March 2017
    From time to time, I publish some of the goodies from my mailbox, since many people have told me that they enjoy reading these things.
    THEY LIKE THE PREACHING
    “Thanks for sending this article out [‘American, Politics and Spiritual Light’]; I needed the exhortation therein. It’s so easy to get caught up in the political fervor of this time and forget about the Lord and the light in his Word. The Lord used this article to set my mind right again.”
    “Amen and Amen and AMEN!!! Thank you my brother. I know you have your critics and I know the ‘pond’ of truly conservative, biblical fundamentalists is shrinking, but these warnings [‘Soft Separatism,” July 7, 2016] need to be sounded. I appreciate the fact you aren’t holding a grudge against anyone, but just want people to understand the Biblical perspective of what it means to earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 3). Keep pressing on.”
    “... it was your writings and my own issues with the Pentecostal movement and doctrine, which made me leave those Churches... Read More
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A Plea to the Clark Family
    This is a plea to the Clark Family of Solid Rock Baptist Church in Berlin, New Jersey, in regard to their music. The plea is public, because their music is public.
    The pastors of Solid Rock are Charles Clark, Jr. and Charles Clark III. The Clarks have a singing ministry called the Clark Family and have published several albums. Mike Clark has a major role in the singing ministry. They influence many individuals, families, and churches outside of their own congregation by their albums, web sites, YouTube channel, and conferences. ----
    
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:6).
    I am thankful for your profession of faith in Jesus Christ, your modest dress and conservative Christian values, your commitment to the King James Bible...
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Paul Chappell's Son's Contemporary Church Plant
    Paul Chappell's youngest son, Matt, has started a contemporary church called Rock Hill Church in Fontana, California. Paul ordained him for this work on April 25 last year and is tweeting praise for the new work.
    In a blog at the founding of Rock Hill, Paul Chappell tweeted, “Thankful to hear from our son Matt tonight how the Lord is already working as they are planting Rock Hill Baptist Church in Fontana, CA.”
    When Paul tweets or blogs about Matt for his conservative preacher crowd, he shows the young man wearing a tie, but the real Matt...
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Gaston & LeFou in "Beauty and the Beast"

Friday Church News Notes
DISNEY CONTINUES TO ACT AS A SOCIAL CHANGE AGENT (Friday Church News Notes, March 10, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Disney continues to act as a major social change agent by its attempt to normalize and glorify homosexuality. Its new remake of Beauty and the Beast features a homosexual relationship. Movie director Bill Condon says, “LeFou [a companion of Gaston] is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston [a muscular hunter who wants to marry Belle, the ‘beauty’] and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. ... at the end ... it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie” (“Beauty and the Beast ... Read More
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Who Is the Twelfth Apostle?
     ACTS 1:26 — “And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.”
    Revelation 21:14 says there are 12 apostles whose names are in the foundations of the eternal city of God, the New Jerusalem. Also Matthew 19:28 says there are apostles who will sit on 12 thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel.
    Who is the 12th apostle that takes Judas’ place? Matthias or Paul? Sixteen times Paul said that he was an apostle. He was personally called of God for this (2 Cor. 1:1; Gal. 1:1). The argument that Paul took the place of Judas as the 12th apostle is made as follows by George Sayles Bishop: “The one who takes Judas’ vacant place is Paul, not Matthias. Matthias was the suggestion of Peter, and Peter made mistakes. ...
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