2016 Resolutions

People joke about how they break New Year’s resolutions within days or weeks of making them. I kept only one from 2016: losing weight. My goal was 50 pounds. I lost 16 pounds, which is 1-2 clothing sizes. All my slacks and capris are baggy. But at this rate, it will take me two more…

Judgment is Coming

One week ago today, Isaac McCord found a soaking, burned page from a Bible under a bench at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The theme park is less than ten miles from Gatlinburg, where a fire destroyed hundreds of buildings and killed nearly fifteen people. What did this page say? “The day of the LORD…

Hurricane Matthew: Is the Antichrist Here?

President Obama told coastal residents of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas to “pay attention to Hurricane Matthew.” This hurricane has killed nearly 150 people in Haiti. It hits the Bahamas today and southern Florida late tonight. What’s eerie about Hurricane Matthew is that it had the face of a skull in a satellite image while crossing Haiti (Weather.com). Is…

Jacob and Esau: Deception

“Is not he rightly named Jacob? … He hath supplanted me these two times.” – Genesis 27:36[1] Jude, a half-brother of Jesus Christ, warned his readers about “certain men” who had “crept” into the church “unawares” (4). These men “speak evil of those things which they know not. … What they know naturally, as brute…

Silver and Gold: Abraham

Silver and gold, silver and gold Ev’ryone wishes for silver and gold How do you measure its worth? Just by the pleasure it gives here on earth – “Silver and Gold” [lyrics by Johnny Marks] I have fond memories of this Burl Ives song, from the Christmas cartoon Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). Yet silver and…

Judaizers

“If I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? Then is the offence of the cross ceased. I would they were even cut off which trouble you.” – Galatians 5:11-12 (KJV)[1] After Pentecost, the apostles battled Judaizers – false Jewish converts who preached circumcision for salvation (Acts 15:1, 5). Faith in the atoning…

CCM Apostasy

Margaret Becker, Matt Maher, John Michael Talbot, and Kathy Troccoli are Roman Catholics who move in evangelical circles. Many Protestant musicians have publicly associated with these people – writing, singing, touring, etc – and/or the Pope. The ecumenical church of the New World Order (NWO) will embrace all religions and denominations. So are these musicians Christian…

Righteous Judgment

“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” – John 7:24[1] Cain was a farmer, Abel a shepherd (Genesis 4:2). Esau was a “skillful hunter” (25:27). Jacob, a “mild” man, preferred to live in tents (25:27). King Saul was “handsome” and “taller” than the rest of the men of Israel (1 Samuel…