Recently, I noticed something very interesting while listening to a local religious radio station. With the unending Christmas carols, I heard four different renditions of Joy to the World
, as performed by different artists, in the space of one hour alone. What was interesting is that none of the artists ever sung the third verse. They all played the first and fourth, and only one included the second verse, but every one of them skipped the third verse entirely.
For the sake… Continue
Added by Michael V. Frazier on December 21, 2009 at 9:30pm —
Tis the season to be Jolly... but how do you balance fact from fiction? Yes, I know Jesus was not born on “Christmas Day” or maybe it’s more correct to say Jesus was most likely not born on Dec 25. You don’t have to go into the origin of Christmas, Mistletoe, Holly wreath, etc., I know this. But, I have gone to Churches where if Dec 25 is on a church day, they preach against paganism, and there sure are a lot of confused and discouraged visitors, especially children. I have also gone to… Continue
Added by Manuel A. Hernandez on December 21, 2009 at 5:30pm —
I have been doing some research and studying lately: looking at various experts’ material regarding business, marketing and the web. I am searching to see if there are common principles in each presentation. So far there is a few. One of them is the idea of risk.
Let me put it in my words:
Those that are successful are willing to take risks.
Those who play it safe will be average.
We remember the risk takers: the Wright bothers, Neil Armstrong, Chuck Yeager (I… Continue
Added by Martin Schmaltz on December 14, 2009 at 4:49pm —
I was at lunch the other day enjoying good food and conversation with some friends. One of them was discussing what he was like before we knew him and made this statement: “I’m not what you are used to.” My mind began to reel! I wonder if Jesus said that: I can imagine him thinking that.
Think about it, Jesus steps on the scene of the pharisees traditional religious world and begins to shake it up a little. He didn’t fast like they did. He did not get involved with all the ceremonial… Continue
Added by Martin Schmaltz on December 10, 2009 at 4:59pm —
I want to share a little news here from the good ol' Bluegrass State of Kentucky. Here is a very condensed version:
My niece and her husband went with a bunch of workers in a very nearby town this past weekend. They went out on the streets of downtown Ashland in the night time and pulled a horse trough full of water on a trailer behind a Jeep. By the time the weekend was over, they had baptized 40 people in Jesus' Name and 110 people received the Holy Ghost. This was happening right… Continue
Added by Donnie Gillum on November 5, 2009 at 7:30am —
It is amazing how two people can look at the same thing and both see something different. Look at the two pictures below and tell me what you see? Now look again, maybe study for a minute.
In the one to the right: do you see the old man with a mustache and hat? What about the
old woman? Do you see a third person: the younger lady?…
Added by Martin Schmaltz on October 21, 2009 at 7:23pm —
In the market place, everything is about being different. Automakers advertise the different features that make their cares distinctly different from the competitors. Clothing designers have a distinguishing style that makes each of them different. Sports teams wear different uniforms to set them apart from the other team.
In personal lives, most people want to be different. In discussions we speak of our achievements, degrees, awards and dreams, all in an attempt to set us apart as… Continue
Added by Martin Schmaltz on October 12, 2009 at 4:16pm —
Question Received - Aug. 26, 2009
I would like to ask you a question. . . . In the following verses, do you have any idea why Azazel was changed to scapegoat?
Leviticus 16:8-10: "8and Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel. 9And Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the Lord, and offer it as a sin offering; 10but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the Lord to make… Continue
Added by Michael V. Frazier on September 23, 2009 at 1:00pm —
I was recently asked what my thoughts were concerning the following comments on Job 13:15 by James E. Smith in his book The Wisdom Literature & Psalms
Job 13:15 as translated in the KJV is one of the greatest statements of faith in the entire Bible: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust Him; even so I will defend my own ways before Him.” As much as one might wish to cling to this rendering for sentimental reasons, the Hebrew rendering points in a… Continue
Added by Michael V. Frazier on September 23, 2009 at 12:00am —
The following is my response to a question posed to me asking if Romans 12:2 implies three separate wills of God, which, in turn, would imply three separate persons in the Godhead (the Trinity).
I believe your question focuses primarily on the section of text that reads, "that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
That portion in the Greek reads, "εἰς τὸ δοκιμάζειν ὑμᾶς τί τὸ θέλημα τοῦ θεοῦ τὸ ἀγαθὸν καὶ εὐάρεστον καὶ… Continue
Added by Michael V. Frazier on September 23, 2009 at 12:00am —
I received the following request around September 2009.
Brother Frazier, This grammar stuff is a little over my head, can you explain this in more simpler, understandable language. Part of it I understand, it's the grammar that has me confused.
2.‘Waw’ is the name of the Hebrew letter which is used as a conjunction. It can mean ‘and’, ‘but’, ‘now’, ‘then’, and several other things depending upon the context and type of waw involved.’… Continue
Added by Michael V. Frazier on September 22, 2009 at 11:30pm —
The following text was taken from Is Baptism Necessary for Salvation? A Critical Analysis of the Doctrine of Baptismal Regeneration
(1995), by E. Calvin Beisner. Edited and transcribed to html by Joanne Ruhland/1997 (www.rickross.com/reference/icc/ICC122.html
This is one of the favorite verses of those who believe baptism is necessary for salvation. They point out… Continue
Added by Michael V. Frazier on September 21, 2009 at 2:00pm —
One of the pluses of traveling is you have time to think and ruminate over things. As I am returning from the Philippines, I have been thinking about the miraculous things God did. To those who were hungry He imparted an understanding and ability to operate in apostolic authority. In two services, there were those who received healings. Longstanding health issues were instantly eliminated; back, leg, should and heart problems to name a few. Yet there were those who did not receive a… Continue
Added by Martin Schmaltz on August 26, 2009 at 6:44am —
Though things are not looking so well, this is something that is well worth the time to look at: http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/568/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27275
Added by Donnie Gillum on August 20, 2009 at 9:23pm —
This book was written by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh.
Although there is some Salvation differences in this book, I learned alot.
It gives you a great prespective on how to identify 25 of the most common lies that this world tries to get you to believe. It brings out some good points about dating and relationships, the lies that can be told. It describes how you can get so caught up in a lie that it starts destroying your life instead of "fixing it"; which every lie evetually… Continue
Added by Anna Delaney on August 15, 2009 at 10:14am —
It seems to have a hold on me, but I know with God's help I can truly overcome it. Ive been trying to talk about it as much as possible and bring it out into the light so it can be worked on, and ever so slighty get rid of things causing this pride. Slowly but surely its been working its way out of my life. Of course my pride still shows its ugly face sometimes, but with grace, truth, and time it will be out of my life for good. I used to believe i could make it with this pride in my life, but… Continue
Added by Anna Delaney on August 15, 2009 at 10:01am —
The obvious answer to the above question is NO!! In fact, you may even think that is a dumb question. My follow up question is: “Why not?” Now you’re really thinking I’m a few fries short of a happy meal. You reply, “Because they are not old enough!” The reality is, a child is not mature enough to be trusted with the responsibility and power of an automobile, they still act like children.
In his first letter to the church at Corinth, Paul addressed the people as infants. They were… Continue
Added by Martin Schmaltz on August 3, 2009 at 1:05pm —
Regarding "prehistoric" animals, i.e. creatures that are presumed to predate recorded history, as a Biblical Creationist, I cannot truly ascribe to the concept. I believe the Bible clearly defines the boundaries of all history, and thus all of history is recorded. :-)
Seriously though, I believe those creatures such as dinosaurs and other extinct animals were part of God's original created kinds, spanning Days 5 and 6. This, of course, runs contrary to the generally accepted theories… Continue
Added by Michael V. Frazier on July 30, 2009 at 11:30pm —
Recently, I was in service and someone defined the church as, “Those that are called out of darkness into His light.” While this is true, I believe it is only a limited part of what the true church is and its authority.
In a previous Apostolic Note, “The Real Church,” we presented the original meaning of the Greek word for church – ekklesia. Unfortunately, in the church world, we have relegated it to a religious context and miss the full impact of it’s meaning. The following is from… Continue
Added by Martin Schmaltz on July 29, 2009 at 2:26pm —
Not much activity on this site. Where is everyone???
Added by lorne on July 23, 2009 at 8:21am —