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October 7th, 2015 | By admin

by Katt Anderson

Let’s pretend you’re sitting in class and a strange man walks in and asks you to stand if you’re a Christian. You’re happy to do that because you are a strong Christian. Then he asks you to turn your back to him and you hear gun shots and a thump as a fellow student hits the floor. The shots ring out again and again. You’re the last one standing and several have already fell. Would you try to ease back in your chair, knowing that before long you’d be the one shot?

No one can tell you what they would do. It’s something you have to make up your own mind to do. Until the situation arises, we never know how strong we would be. We hope we would be strong and admit we were Christians, but would we?

My prayer is that this never happens in this country, but I’m afraid it will. Right now is the time for each of us, young and old, to start living as Christ would want us to. The Muslim religion wants to take all of the United States. We see more of this happening each day. We must be prepared by being a strong Christian. 2 Peter 3;18 tells us, “but grow in the  grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever, Amen.”

You may be asked to proclaim your faith in God. I pray you never are, but it could happen to any of us. To be prepared, love the Lord, study daily and make your own decision. Be a faithful Christian and give glory to God.

I don’t know what happened in the college in Oregon. This is a hypothetical question as to what happened and what you would do.



September 30th, 2015 | By admin

by Katt Anderson

Zechariah was a prophet in the Old Testament. He heard the Lord tell him to tell the Jewish nation to, “Return to me.” They had drifted away from God on and off from the time they settled in the Promised Land. They had wondered so far from God that he was pleading for them to return to them.

Today we are drifting about as far as we can go away from God. Christians are being ridiculed while those who practice lewd practices are being praised. Our president is even telling gays to stand up for their rights and fight to keep them. Where has God gone?

God has not gone anyplace. He’s still with those who believe and do His Will. Our job is to teach those who are in sin. We cannot exclude anyone whether the color of their skin or their actions. We do not condone what other people do, but try to instruct them in the way that is right. It seems so many people are making their own laws and forgetting the love and teaching of the Bible.

The Bible teaches that homosexuality is wrong, Lev. 18:22, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” Lev. 20:13, “If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.” Romans 1:26,27, “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the women, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”

Many people do not believe there is a God. If you believe in God, you are ridiculed because the scientists seem to know everything. If we trace back in the Bible, we know the earth is around 6,000 years old, not millions. We must accept what the Bible says and not what man says. God is in control. He made the earth. God made the stars in the sky and he made man. This is what Christians believe.

What do you believe, man or the Bible? We need to return to God.


September 14th, 2015 | By admin

by Wes McAdams


I have boycotted businesses in the past. I have said, “Since this company supports X, Y, and Z I’m not going to give my money to this company and I’m going to try to dissuade my friends and family from supporting them as well.” Many Christians believe we are morally obligated to boycott businesses that “support sin,” but are we really? Here are a few things to consider.


1. Let Your Conscience Restrain You

Let’s say, for instance, a company announces that 10% of its sales are going to support a LGBT organization. When you hear this, you are completely distraught because it is one of your favorite stores. “Will I be supporting the gay agenda if I buy things from this store,” you ask yourself. Or you might wonder, “Will I be sending a message to my friends and family that I support homosexual lifestyles by continuing to shop at this store?” This can be a real crisis of conscience.

In this case, the Scripture is clear. We must let our conscience restrain us. If you cannot do something with a clear conscience, then you shouldn’t do it all. If you think, “Well, I really don’t think I should support this company, but I love shopping there,” then you are actually sinning by shopping there.

“But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats [or shops], because the eating [or shopping] is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).

If you cannot do something by faith – knowing it is a good and right thing to do – then you shouldn’t do it all. Every step a Christian takes should be by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

2. Buying Goods and Services

Certainly we can buy things from a business because we like what that business stands for and we want to support them. If a brother or sister in Christ opened a coffee shop, even if the coffee was not the best, I would be more likely to buy my coffee from them than from Starbucks because I would rather support my brethren.

However, just because we buy goods and services from a particular business does not necessarily imply that we support everything that company does, sells, or supports. It most often just means they offer the best goods and services for the money. If I buy a cup of coffee at Starbucks, the only thing I’m saying is, “I would like a cup of coffee,” not, “I agree with everything the company does, sells or supports.”

In case you’re wondering, there is clear biblical support for this.

“I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world” (1 Corinthians 5:9-10).

Paul says, you are not obligated to cut off your association with sinful people in the world; only “with anyone who bears the name of brother” who persists in these types of sins (1 Corinthians 5:11). For one reason, as Paul said, “you would need to go out of the world” in order to disassociate with all sinful people.

How in the world (no pun intended) could you possibly buy anything from any business if by giving them money you were supporting their sins? Are you supporting drunkenness if you buy gasoline from a gas station that sells beer? Of course not! If you were, you’d have to drill for your own oil, because I don’t know any gas station that doesn’t sell beer. But if you drilled for your own oil, from where would you buy the oil drilling equipment, or the refining equipment, without supporting a company which supports something immoral?

Do you see the corner we back ourselves into with this line of reasoning? It is simply not a biblical position to say Christians can have no association with worldly businesses, “since then you would need to go out of the world.”

3. Disciplining Immorality

Sometimes I think we want to punish and discipline businesses. When we find out a company “supports sin,” we often want to discipline them by rallying opposition against them. “Fine,” we say, “if that’s how they’re going to use the money I give them, then I’m going to tell everyone I know not to support them.” You certainly have the right to do that. And if you rally enough opposition, they very well might feel the sting.

However, let’s remember that it is NOT our responsibility to discipline those in the world. When our brothers and sisters in Christ are in sin, we have the responsibility to discipline them, but not those in the world. Continuing in the context of 1 Corinthians 5, Paul writes:

“What have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside” (1 Corinthians 5:12-13).

That’s not to say that we don’t “judge” that their actions are wrong. Certainly we do. That’s discernment. But we don’t act as their disciplinarians. Don’t be surprised that the world is worldly and don’t think you’re obligated to discipline them. You’re not.

4. Crusaders for Good

We want to do good. We want to save the world. We see immorality all around us and it bothers us. It should bother us. But let’s remember that Jesus didn’t send His apostles out to boycott businesses, but to preach the Gospel and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16).

We will not save the world by simply withholding our money from certain businesses. We will not save the world by telling our friends and family not to shop at a certain store. We will not save the world by posting on social media how horrible a business is. Those things are NOT the “good fight.” You can certainly do those things if you want, but in order for us to make a real difference we must be about the business of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.

When people become Christians, THEN we can expect them to act like Christians.

I love you and God loves you,

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August 5th, 2015 | By admin

By Paul Holland

    When Jesus came down from the mountain where He was transfigured, there was a daddy there who had a son possessed and tormented by a demon. The disciples could not cast out the demon. Jesus commented to the dad: “All things are possible to him who believes.” The heart-broken daddy cried, “I do believe; help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24).

    That boy’s dad expresses the doubt in our hearts, sometimes. “Lord, I believe, as far as I can go. But doubt is clouding the path.”

    You and I are not God. It sounds pointless to say that and yet, we doubt because we are not all-powerful and all-knowing. Doubt is not skepticism in the sense that we do not want to believe. Nor is it unbelief in that we choosenot to believe. Doubt, to quote the medieval philosopher Anselm of Canterbury, is “faith seeking understanding.”

     Doubt means that we have a pain in our heart that is drawing our attention. It might be pain relative to our own weaknesses or sin or inconsistencies. It might be pain relative to our trust in Jesus to resolve some problem we are having. It might be pain relative to our faith in God that He will, in fact, walk us through the valley of the shadow of death.

    But, as pain can send us to the doctor, so doubt should send us to the Great Physician. Think about the patriarch Job, what he experienced, and how he came through it with a strong conviction in the God of heaven. You and I, too, have to make the decision to put our trust in God, regardless of the weaknesses in our heart: fear, anxiety, confusion.

     Because we are not all-knowing and all-powerful, we have to trust the One who is.

     When you look out at the sky in the mid-day, you do not see stars. Yet, you believe the sky is still full of them. Why? You can’t see them. But you trust, based on what you know, that they are there.

     When we doubt, we feel a sense of discomfort in our heart. This discomfort is not in sync with our knowledge, our reason, or our faith. So, to which do we succumb? Our knowledge? Or our doubt?

     Doubt is a indication that we need to go back to God and His word and strengthen what might be weakened by the onslaughts of the Devil.


July 22nd, 2015 | By admin

By Paul Holland

    Willy Wonka is the character in Ronald Dahl’s 1964 children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The book was made into a movie in 1971, starring Gene Wilder as the eccentric owner of the chocolate factory who wants to give the factory away to some deserving young person. The movie was remade in 2005, starring Johnny Depp as Willie Wonka.

     Wonka hides five “Golden Tickets” among his famous “Wonka Bars.” The five children who find these golden tickets get to take a secret tour of his factory and receive a lifetime supply of chocolate. During the tour, Willie Wonka tempts each child to disobey his orders with something related to their individual character flaws.

     Charlie Bucket is pictured as a kind, brave, but poor young boy who wants to win the golden ticket more than anything else. Yet, when he gets into the chocolate factory, his vice is that he listens to “Grandpa Joe” in drinking the Fizzy Drink, breaking one of Wonka’s rules. He too is initially refused the grand prize, even though he was the only child who remains until the end.

     But, his redeeming virtue is that he apologizes to Willie Wonka at the end and returns the everlasting gobstopper given to him. That was enough for Willie Wonka and Charlie to win the grand prize – a lifetime supply of chocolate and ownership of the Willie Wonka Chocolate Factory.

     Jesus’ system of ethics is based on His character, that is, the fact that He is the Son of God. As we study “Jesus Holds Your Golden Ticket to Heaven,” let’s look at a few facts – His perfect character, His perfect teachings, and His perfect example.


    Philippians 2:5-8 – In this passage, we see that Jesus led the life of a servant, a bond-servant. Today, we recognize that selflessness is one of the greatest virtues among men. Nobody likes selfishness. The whole world prefers selflessness in others. Jesus taught selflessness and He practiced a life of selflessness.

     The New Testament shows us that Jesus was perfect in His obedience, that is, He did not commit any sin. Think of that. He never had an evil thought. He never spoke an evil word. He never committed an evil act. He never went to an improper place. He never thought an irrational thought. He never taught anything false or misleading. He never had a bad attitude toward others. He never disobeyed the will of God in any way. He never made a false statement.

     We need a perfect standard, right? A standard which we can always use in every situation? A standard in which we can put our faith and confidence? A standard which never changes? Jesus is the standard in His character.


    The teachings of Jesus truly deal with what is the best for man, for him as an individual, for him socially, psychologically, and obviously eternally.  As we have said, the teachings of Jesus do not contain any false statement. They do not contain any illogical argument. Jesus holds before man the best challenge, to do and to be the best possible person he can do and be. He gives us, then, the highest motivation we can have to develop ourselves to the best of our ability – to serve the highest and greatest being of all – the Sovereign and Eternal God of heaven.


    Jesus left us an example that we should follow in His steps – 1 Peter 2:21.

     Jesus is our perfect example in practicing and preaching love for all mankind:

  1. For those who love us;
  2. For those who do not love us;
  3. For those who hate us;
  4. For those who strike us;
  5. For those who speak evil of us.

    Jesus is the perfect man. He is divine. He is perfect in character, perfect in example and perfect in His teachings. Now, we have a system of ethics which can help us make decisions in life.

     Pure and simply, Jesus holds your golden ticket to heavenand the key to living an abundant life here and now. Love Him; serve Him; obey Him.


July 15th, 2015 | By admin

By Paul Holland

     Imagine just a moment that you walked into the kitchen at home and saw your mom or wife washing dishes. Let’s say she was washing all utensils, all silverware – forks, knives, spoons. You watched her washing dishes and noticed as you looked at the clock that she washed one item every minute. You watch her for ten minutes and, sure enough, she has washed ten utensils in those ten minutes. One item every minute. And you wonder, How long has she been doing this?

     Now, that question is the same question that paleontologists and geologists ask themselves when they are dating something. How old is this rock? How old is this tree? How long has the Niagara Falls been falling?

So, how would you determine how long your mom/wife has been washing utensils? You would count the washed utensils, right? Both of those behaviors are scientific – examining the rate – one utensil per minute; and counting the end product – let’s say 35 utensils. So, you draw the conclusion that she’s been washing dishes for 35 minutes. Is that accurate?

     Well, you have to make certain assumptions before you know that this rate is accurate…

     First, you have to assume that Mom/Wife has been washing those utensils at the same rate the whole 35 minutes. Is that a safe and/or reasonable assumption? You do not know if she has sped up or slowed down over those 35 minutes.

Second, you have to assume that Dad has not removed any of those utensils, dried them and put them away. Whether you actually see Dad or not does not matter. Has he removed any of those utensils? You do not know if he has and, simply by observation, you cannot know if he has.

Third, you have to assume that there were no washed utensils beside the sink before Mom/Wife even started washing. Maybe she had already washed some earlier, maybe not. Simply by observation, you cannot know if all those 35 utensils were washed during that 35 minute time period.

Now, these three assumptions are exactly what evolutionists do when they try to date the earth, especially with the dating of rocks.

First, evolutionists have to assume that the rate at which elements lose neutrons, changing from one element to another, has been constant over the past four billion years.

     Second, evolutionists have to assume that the rocks have not gained or lost either “parent” or “daughter” element (except through the decay process) throughout those whole four billion years.

     Third, the biggest and weakest assumption of evolutionists is that there would be no “daughter element” in the rock at the beginning. When God created the world, how much lead was in the rocks of the earth (which results when a certain uranium isotope loses neutrons).

Now, creation scientists – and evolutionary scientists who will be honest with the facts – have shown and know that all three assumptions cannot be proven and are false.

     So, never let so-called “dating techniques” shake your faith in the Scriptures. We do not know what rocks looked like the day God created them. Nor do we know what effects the destruction of the world in the flood would have had on rocks and the decay process.

     Geology does not prove evolution is true nor that the Genesis account of creation is false. It actually shows that Genesis is very consistent with what we know about the history of the earth: A sudden creation of fully formed organisms and a catastrophic change killed a whole lot of organisms!


June 29th, 2015 | By admin

By Paul Holland 

    The text reads: “Yield now and be at peace with Him; Thereby good will come to you” (NASV). The ESV reads: “Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.” The NIV has: “Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” And the NKJV reads: “Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you.”

    Yield. Agree with. Submit to. Acquaint yourself with. The verb (skn) means “to be of use.” If you will look back up at verse 2, Eliphaz says, “Can a vigorous man be of use to God, or a wise man be useful to himself?” Both those words – “of use” and “useful” are the same word as this verb.

    So, the idea is to be of use to God but the meaning of the verb carries the idea of being acquainted with God intimately or personally so that you know how or what you can do to be of use to God.

    Thus, our purpose here is to discuss what it means to “know God” personally as Eliphaz here challenges Job.


    Getting to know God personally involves changing our character. If we know God personally, then that knowledge will form our character and our personality to be like Christ (Rom. 12:2).

    We also change our environment when we know God personally. By that, I mean that we will obey Christ which will move us out of the kingdom of Satan and into the kingdom of God’s Son (Colossians 1:13). This process of changing our environment once we know God personally means that we are new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17).


    We can know God. We can know God personally. Jesus tells us it is possible to know God by having a relationship with Jesus, John 14:1-9. Jesus says in John 8:19: “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”

    John further states in 1 John 2:3 that we know that we know if if we keep His commandments.

    To know God personally is our highest and greatest privilege as well as responsibility. Take a look at Philippians 3:8-11.


    When we have a relationship with Jesus Christ, then we have peace with God – Romans 5:1. Paul says later in Romans 8:1 that we are no longer under the condemnation brought about by the law of sin and death.

    This relationship with Christ is not just removing a badrelationship between us and God. It is also creating a new relationship. We have moved from being enemies of God to being friends with God.


Looking back at our text, Eliphaz tells that if Job will “yield now and be at peace with God; then good will come to him.”

    Job was also blessed by God with ten children and twice as many livestock, and to live 140 years and see his great-great grandchildren born. He died, an old man and “full of days,” a reference that usually means living a full and happy life (Job 42:12-15).

    The “good” that comes in our day, because of our spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ, is richer, fuller, and deeper (Phil. 4:13, 19; Romans 8:28).

    Know God personally. Peace and good will result.


June 22nd, 2015 | By admin

 but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.
1 Peter 3:4, NASB
“I need a new wardrobe.” “I wish I had her body.” “I guess I’ll never look good enough.”

Ever had a thought like that? We may not be in the habit of saying these shallow things out loud, but all of us have thought them. We find ourselves filled with anxiety over our appearance—to the extent that we quickly slip into compare-and-criticize mode. It’s a common feeling among women, and it is obviously contrary to what the Bible says.Our beauty should come from within us, not outside us. The Bible tells us that beauty is found in having a gentle and quiet spirit. Loveliness grows out of living a life centered on God and the contentment found in his love. Outward beauty will fade. But a gentle and quiet spirit is unfading beauty. True beauty really does come from within.

We women have such beautiful potential in Christ—he has created us to bless the world in ways that men cannot. But sometimes we reject this potential without even realizing it, by simply choosing to focus on the temporary, fleeting, and false sense of beauty.

How do we develop a gentle and quiet spirit? Sometimes it’s in the little things—looking in the mirror less often, for instance. When I am tempted to stare at myself and criticize, I choose to stop and praise God for blessing me with a working body—a body that can be used to further God’s kingdom. It may be posting verses about true beauty in your bathroom. Most importantly, it’s finding time to just sit and rest with God. Set aside the world’s and your own expectations and allow him to work in your life. Let him develop in you the “unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.”


June 17th, 2015 | By admin

By Paul Holland

Matthew 22:1-14

    If you could have dinner with any one in the world, who would it be? If you could sit in the presence and talk with any person, who would you choose? What if you were to get an invitation from that person, how would you react? What would you wear? We would all probably dress up. Maybe not formal wear – that would probably be one of our first questions, wouldn’t it? What should I wear?

     A parable Jesus gives in Matthew 22 deals with what you should wear when you enter the presence of the king.


    The wedding feast was an image the prophets used for the blessings of the new covenant. The kingdom is not like a long, dreary funeral procession. It is a festive occasion of warm fellowship and inexplicable delight (Romans 14:17).


    The servants were invited to call those who had already been invited. In the Orient, it was customary to send out an initial invitation to alert people that a banquet was going to take place. Then the second invitation would go out once all the preparations were finalized.

     But observe the key to their refusal in verse 3 – they were unwilling to come. They really had no reason not to come. It was a matter of their will. They found excuses.

     These people in the parable offered excuses not to come to the wedding feast. There was one reason why they did not come – they loved other things too much. They had refused a very generous host (look at verse 4). They had rejected grace. Notice verse 5 – “they paid no attention.” In other words, they didn’t care!

     When you turn your back on grace, hell is the only alternative.


    In verse 8, the king says matter-of-factly that “those who were invited were not worthy.” I want you to observe that what makes a person worthy to be in the presence of the king is simply his/her response to the king’s gracious invitation!

     Compare this with Luke’s comment about the Pharisees in Luke 7:29-30.

So, the servants went to the “partings of the highways.” These people would not expect to find themselves as guests at a royal banquet. They would be even less likely to refuse such an invitation.


    The man was speechless. How could he give an excuse? He stood self-condemned. The banquet was an act of grace. The invitation was an act of grace. The wedding garment may have been an act of grace. And he spurned it. 

     When the world stands before God and are saved or condemned, we will also be speechless. We will know why were we are saved or condemned.

     The wedding garment represents right living (Isa. 61:10; Rev. 19:8), which is only possible if we live in Jesus Christ, which begins with being immersed into Him in the waters of baptism (Galatians 3:26-27).

 CONCLUSION – 22:14:

    The parable teaches us that the ones “chosen” are the ones who responded to the gracious invitation of the King.

     Christ has called you to enjoy the marriage banquet with Him. Respond to His grace by being obedient to His call.


June 15th, 2015 | By admin

By Paul Holland 

    A few years ago, I conducted a Gospel meeting in Owingsville, KY. One of their song leaders is a black brother, a deputy sheriff. During one of the fellowship meals, I sat with him and his wife and visited. I asked him what were some misconceptions that the general public had about police work. One of the things he told me was that people do not understand that when a police officer is called and/or arrives on the scene, they have the authority. It might be your property, but a police officer has the authority while he is present.

     I am reminded of that conversation when we see scenes in the news about police officers arresting people. The scenes that make the news seem to be the ones where white officers are arresting black teens. The most recent scene is from Texas where a white police officer is arresting a black teenage girl at a pool party that was reported to be in chaos.

The investigation is on-going as I write this. Maybe the officer did not follow proper protocol, maybe he did. But one thing that appears to me from the video I’ve seen is that the teenager in question (as well as the other people scene in these cases) are not submitting to the authority of the police officer(s) on the scene.

     I suspect that, in accordance with the general population, too many teens are not taught to respect proper authority. Your parents may be like my parents were. If I got in trouble at school, I would get in trouble at home. Respect authority. Our family recently watched the new movie McFarland, USA (an excellent movie, by the way). In one scene, the mom is sending her sons off to school from picking in the fields early in the morning. Speaking in Spanish, subtitled in English, she says, “Respect your teachers!” Probably one of the major factors in that cross-country program being successful is because most of those boys were taught to respect their coach.

     Respect for authority is one fundamental lesson we, as parents, must teach our children. “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God” (Romans 13:1). Kids begin learning respect for authority when they are babies, from mom and dad. They need to learn to respect other kids’ toys as they respect the authority of the toys’ owner.

     We taught our girls, as our parents taught us, to respect their teachers and principal at school.  We also taught them to pray for their teachers, their principal, as well as their school bus driver.

     The principle of authority is a God-given, God-appointed, God-ordained principle. They exist in their respective domains (school, community, state, nation) “so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2).

     Respect those who are in authority.

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