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The Dignity of Labor

  Psalm 90:17; 1 Corinthians 7:17 September 4, 2016 (KSYC) • Download this article (PDF) This Labor Day weekend, the nation’s airports and freeways will be full of travelers as usual. This is the last three-day weekend of the summer, and for most, a last chance to enjoy a short vacation, go to the beach […]

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On Augustine, Pelagius, Semi-Pelagians, Evangelicals, Catholics, and Other Sunday School Stuff

I praise God for a lively discussion in our Sunday School this morning, as we watched “Justinian and Gregory” segment of Ligonier Ministries’ Survey of Church History (Medieval Age). In the 4th century, Augustine and Pelagius argued about predestination, original sin, and human “free will.” Augustine Augustine taught God’s sovereignty in man’s salvation, specifically predestination and […]

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4 Crumbs of Fool’s Gold About the Resurrection of Jesus

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  Last Sunday, Easter Sunday, I attached this article, condensed from “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ” by Dr. Jack L. Arnold of Third Millennium Ministries, as a bulletin insert. It is one thing to reject the resurrection fact; it is quite another to try to explain away the biblical record. Men have tried to explain […]

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A Valentine’s Day Meditation

  Big Springs Community Church held its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner Fellowship yesterday. It was a joyous time of fellowship, with many seeing friends for the first time after many years. The program was short and simple, with only a couple of games, a short video, and a short meditation. Most of the time was […]

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The “First Thanksgiving” We’ve Forgotten

Thankful for for pointing to this article by Robert Tracy McKenzie, professor and chair of the Department of History at Wheaton College. This article was posted on November 25, 2015, and I’m re-posting it in its entirety because, as so happens so frequently, the link changes or even disappears in time. Tomorrow families all […]

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The Origins of Thanksgiving Day

  Broadcast on November 22, 2015 at KSYC 103.9FM in Yreka, CA Download this article (PDF) Thanksgiving Day in American History Most Americans are familiar with the Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving Feast of October 1621 in Plimouth Colony, Massachusetts. Fifty surviving Pilgrims, together with 90 Wampanoag Indians, had a three-day harvest festival of wild turkey, duck, geese, […]

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New Sermon Series Introduction: The Gospel of John

This coming Lord’s Day, October 11, 2015, I’m taking a break from our study of Psalms, and will begin a new sermon series. It is a book rich in doctrines and its applications to the life of a Christian. Says Gary M. Burge in his NIV Application Commentary on John: Today, the fourth Gospel is […]

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7 Big Reasons Why Peter Was Never the “Bishop” of Rome, and the Pope the “Vicar” of Christ

  The Roman Catholic Church claims that the first Bishop of Rome was the Apostle Peter himself. They base this on Jesus’ promise, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church” (Matt 16:18), and “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever […]

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The Biblical Doctrine of Sickness and Healing

  September 19, 2015 * Download this article (PDF) The Meaning of James 5:14-15 This morning, in our Men’s Bible Study of the Epistle of James, we arrived at James 5:13-20. Most of the discussion dwelled on the role of elders in praying for the sick, and on the use of “anointing oil.” So here’s […]

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Six Reasons Why the “Millennium” is Simply Heaven-on-Earth Escapism

August 24, 2015 Download this article (PDF) Most Christians believe in a “millennium,” a period of 1,000 years during which Christ reigns over an earthly kingdom from his throne in Jerusalem. They believe in the following series of events in the endtimes, with two major resurrections separated by the millennium: But there are at least […]

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