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  1. I Samuel 8 By: Jim Crews I Samuel 8: 1 - 3 When Samuel grew old, he made his sons judges over Israel. Joel and Abijah, his sons, were judges in Beersheba. They were corrupt and took bribes, like the sons of Eli. I Samuel 8: 4 - 9 The elders went to Samuel at Ramah. They told him he was getting old and his sons were corrupt. They wanted a king so they could be like all the nations around them. This displeased Samuel, but God had said it would happen. Deuteronomy 17: 14 Samuel prayed to God, and He told Samuel to listen to the people and choose a king. God told Samuel they had not rejected Samuel, but had instead rejected Him, who was their King. God told Samuel this was typical of these people, who He had saved from Egyptian slavery and brought to this land. God told Samuel to warn them about how their kings would treat them. There are some in the Lord’s Church today who want to be like the man-made groups around them. They want basketball courts and fellowship halls just like the denominations. This is as much a rejection of God as the Israelites wanting a king. I Samuel 8: 10 - 18 Samuel then told them how their kings would be. They would take their sons as soldiers and force them to fight their wars. They would take their daughters and force them to be cooks and bakers. They would tax them to give to their own men. They would take their servants and put them to work for them. Basically, if they chose a king, they would be the slaves of that king. When they cried out to God because of the oppression their kings would bring on them, God would not listen to them. They had brought all this on themselves by rejecting Him. I Samuel 8: 19 - 22 The people ignored Samuel’s warning and demanded a king, so that they could be like everyone else. God told Samuel to give them a king. Samuel ordered everyone to return to their homes.
  2. Vol.VI No.XI Pg.4 January 1970 Pats Prayer Language Robert F. Turner Displaying the absurd and unscriptural ends to which some brethren go is not my idea of good journalism, and a steady diet of such serves neither God nor man. But Pat Boone is a widely known figure among brethren, and the Holy Spirit issue is very much alive. Complacent brethren who said it cant happen among us, and who challenge conservative writers for proof of Holy Spirit errors among those in good standing need to know Pats current position. We Quote from An Interview With Pat Boone by Walter Wagner, published in the Nov. 69 issue of a 72 page magazine called CHRISTIAN LIFE. (Wheaton, Illinois 6O187) George Otis (Business associate of Boone, taking part in interview.): I think, I personally feel that the most significant wellspring of power in Christian living today, is the presence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those who have committed themselves to Jesus Christ. He has promised us spiritual power — gifts with which to operate in this world And so I have to say in clear language that the beginning of my new association with the Lord came when I spoke with other tongues.... CHRISTIAN LIFE interviewer: Maybe we should put in context here what the Word of God says about the gifts of the Holy Spirit in 1 Cor. 14: 1, Follow after charity (love), and desire Spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophecy. Does that mean we have an option, that we can choose what gifts of the 5 pint we want?: (Thus, the immediate context of Boones statements following. rft) Pat Boone: Ive heard ministers in my church of Christ worship the Lord in other languages, and I myself do. It appears to me Paul was saying, Look, its better to prophesy, its better to teach, because after all, the person who speaks in this prayer language is only speaking to God. Hes only helping himself and its much better to help others. But in the next verse. (1 Cor. 14:2), Paul also says that when we speak in this prayer language we help ourselves. And man. I need help. And besides, I want to be able to speak to God and I want Him to understand me. I was a graduate with honors from Columbia University. But Im still an illiterate ignoramus when it comes to trying to speak to God. And so I dont have the words or the brain power. I have the feelings. I know what I would like to express within my inner self. but I dont have words to do it. So God says, through this prayer language. Im bigger than you are, I understand your problems and I will communicate with you in a way that maybe you wouldnt understand except inwardly and in a spiritual way. You and I understand it intellectually, but I will commune with you and I understand your needs and I will minister to them. Are you ready for RAPTURE?? Pats singing and witnessing record???
  3. They are muslime adherents who have no loyalty to this nation and should not even be allowed in the military or to hold political office......
  4. COLLEGE is NOT A right....if you can't afford it go to the military or a trade school....
  5. Is Jesus About to Return? There was an ad going around not too long ago titled “8 Compelling Reasons Why: Christ Is Coming Very Soon!” It started out saying, “The evidence for the soon return of Jesus Christ is overwhelming. It could be any moment. One scholar lists 167 converging clues just in the last few years of this millennium. The following are eight:” This is a fascinating claim considering Christ’s own words about the topic. Matthew 24:36-42 Paul says the same thing. I Thessalonians 5:2-3 We are going to take time today to go through the eight “evidences” and see how they stack up against scripture. Their first evidence is Israel’s Rebirth. They write in their ad, “As Jesus prophesied, the Jews were scattered during the Jewish-Roman war of A.D. 70. Also prophesied to occur before Christ’s return, the nation of Israel was miraculously reborn on May 14, 1948. Israel is called ‘God’s time clock.’” They cite Luke 21:24. Notice that one verse is cited concerning the destruction of Israel, but no passage is given for its re-establishment. The phrase “God’s time clock” is in quotes giving the impression it comes from the Bible, but the phrase does not appear anywhere at all in the Bible. They give the impression that the date of Israel’s return was prophesied, but since our current calendars numbering system was not invented until centuries after the Bible was completed, it is obviously a false impression. In reality, God promised the opposite. God promised to destroy Israel when it disobeyed. Leviticus 26:27-39 They would be driven from the land. Deuteronomy 4:25-28 They would cease to be a nation. Deuteronomy 8:19-20 The modern nation of Israel is not like ancient Israel. Ancient Israel was governed by the laws of Moses. Modern Israel has a different set of laws. Ancient Israel was a monarchy. Modern Israel is not. Ancient Israel possessed all the land promised to it by God. Modern Israel only possess a small portion of that territory. Their second piece of evidence is the plummeting morality of the day. They claim, “Studies show a shocking breakdown just since mid-century.” They cite 2 Timothy 3:1-4. It is true that morality had declined. However, it is not the first time in human history that this has happened. If you take the time to read a historical book about the dark ages, you will see the lack of moral standards in those days was shocking. There were drunken orgies in the Vatican, Popes installing their illegitimate children in positions of power, hired assassins, etc. All this has happened before. Paul describes the decay of the Gentile society of their day. Romans 1:18-32. The Old Testament is filled with stories of mankind’s lack of moral standards. Anyone remember how the Bible describe the world before the flood? Genesis 6:5 This is nothing new. Ecclesiastes 1:10-11 It only seems to be new because people have forgotten their past. Paul was warning Timothy that the last days (the Christian Age) would be filled with difficult times as men repeatedly chase after sin. It happened in the past. II Timothy 3:8 It happened to Paul. II Timothy 3:10-11 Therefore, the preacher of God’s word must not think it will not happen again. He must remain diligent. II Timothy 3:14-15 Their third piece of evidence is famines, violence, and wars. They write that, “Jesus said the signs before His return would come as intensifying birth pangs, seeing increased famines, violence, and wars, a clear picture of our planet. One of six people on earth suffers from hunger. Violence is epidemic. A study of wars since 500 B.C. shows a recent dramatic increase. More than 100 conflicts have erupted since 1990, about twice the number for previous decades.” It would naturally follow that as the world’s population increases, the number of conflicts would increase. In the past regional conflicts were just that, regional. With modern communications, local wars are now involving more people. But does that mean the number of wars are increasing or just that our awareness of wars is increasing? Similar arguments can be made about violence and poverty. Is it true our country is more violent today than during the days of say the French and Indian Wars? Is poverty really worse today than during the Middle Ages when the average life span was less than 40? Jesus said poverty will always exist. Mark 14:7 But what I really find humorous is that the passage quoted says that these things would NOT be a predictor of Christ’s return. Matthew 24:4-8 The passage is also discussing when Jerusalem would be destroyed. Matthew 23:37-24:3 Jesus is warning his followers not to become distracted by false prophets using news of disaster to gain followers. Their fourth piece of evidence is increase in earthquakes. They continue, “Also prophesied to be as birth pangs, a recent study shows a dramatic increase in earthquakes worldwide, just since the decade of Israel’s rebirth. In the 1940's there were 51 about Richter 6.0; the 1950's 475; 1980's 1,085; and the 1990's 1,514.” The government’s center for earthquake monitoring has this to say, “Although it may seem that we are having more earthquakes, earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or greater have remained fairly constant throughout this century and, according to our records, have actually seemed to decrease in recent years. A partial explanation may lie in the fact that in the last twenty years, we have definitely had an increase in the number of earthquakes we have been able to locate each year. This is because of the tremendous increase in the number of seismograph stations in the world and the many improvements in global communications. In 1931, there were about 350 stations operating in the world; today, there are more that 4,000 stations and the data now comes in rapidly from these stations by telex, computer and satellite. This increase in the number of stations and the more timely receipt of data has allowed us and other seismological centers to locate many small earthquakes which were undetected in earlier years, and we are able to locate earthquakes more rapidly. The NEIC now locates about 12,000 to 14,000 earthquakes each year or approximately 35 per day. Also, because of the improvements in communications and the increased interest in natural disasters, the public now learns about more earthquakes. Why the seeming increase in earthquakes. We simply have more recorders today, so we are aware of more small earthquakes, but major earthquakes have been relatively stable and for a number of years have been below average. Then again, we have Jesus’ statement that the number of earthquakes was not a predictor of the impending destruction of Jerusalem. Their next piece of evidence is the explosion of travel and education. They claim, “Two key conditions described about 2,500 years ago for the Second Coming are that ‘travel and education shall be vastly increased’. In all of history, the vast increase in travel has come just since mid-century with the explosion of both ground and air transportation; in education, with the advance of science and computers.” They then quote Daniel 12: 4 from the Living Bible as their proof text. We should always get suspicious when people quote the Living Bible, since it is a paraphrase and not a translation. Let’s read Daniel 12:4 from a legitimate translation. The angel is telling Daniel that many will seek to understand the prophecies written (that is the meaning of to and fro - scurrying through the pages). Their search will increase their understanding, but it will not reveal the meaning until the proper time. In other words, people will not understand what Daniel recorded until after the events take place. Then people will say, “Oh! So that is what God meant!” I Peter 1:10-12 Their next piece of evidence is the explosion of cults and the occult. They say, “Counterfeit spirituality is everywhere with cults and false Christs, psychic phenomena, spiritism, Satan worship, witchcraft, nature worship and the New Age movement.” Once again the author applies a characteristic of the life in this world and tries to pin this common occurrence to the return of Jesus. Occult practices and most Cults are nothing more than idolatry which has plagued mankind for centuries. They install a false god for people to bow down before and worship. Jesus warned his followers not to be mislead by false teachers and false Christs before the fall of Jerusalem and thereby be caught in its fall. Matthew 24:24 Paul told Timothy that the future held a falling away from the truth. I Timothy 4:1-3 Notice that Paul said in later times (the future) and not in the last days before Christ comes. Paul is not saying this is a predictor of Christ’s return. The falling away was warned of in other places. Acts 20:28-30. Another piece of their evidence is the new world order. They continue, “Increased centralization of world financial and political power is a prelude to the soon-coming world power system in the hands of “Antichrist,” who will be the incarnation of Satan and who will deceive most of the world. Beware of ‘the mark of the beast.’” There is so much trash in this quote, it is hard to pick a starting point. They completely pervert what is being prophesied in the scriptures they use for this. They begin with Daniel chapters 7 - 12. Daniel 7-12 contains prophecy about the first coming Messiah and when that would happen. They contain prophecies about the future political situations up to the first coming of the Messiah. Finally, they prophesy about the new kingdom that the Messiah would establish, the church. They then pervert Matthew 24:15. This passage is about the desolation of the Temple by the Romans just before the fall of Jerusalem. It was the main sign Christians were to be watchful for so they could escape the destruction of Jerusalem. Finally, the completely destroy Revelation 13. Revelation 13 is about the growing political and spiritual strength of Rome before its defeat at the hands of God, not some dictator called the antichrist, as they claim. Revelation is a book that mostly talked about things shortly to take place. Revelation 1:1,3 The word antichrist comes from the letters of John. But John tells us exactly who the antichrists are. II John 1: 7 I John 4:2-3 There is no singular “antiChrist”. This is not a single person, but anyone who puts themselves against Christ. Their final piece of evidence is an increase in both apostasy and faith. They go on, “The Bible predicts in the last days, ‘A form of godliness, although they have denied its power’. Today many churches deny the eternal truths of Scripture and power of the Holy Spirit, replacing them with ungodly, temporal and ‘politically correct’ values. But also, a prophesied outpouring of God’s Spirit is causing hundreds of millions worldwide to come to true faith in Christ in record numbers, virtually unnoticed by the media.” They use II Timothy 3: 5 as their proof text. Let's look at it. II Timothy 3: 5 Once again the author takes a verse dealing with a characteristic of the Christian age and applies it as a predictor of Christ’s return. It is much like saying “go east on I-10 and when you see a tree you’re getting close to Baton Rouge.” The phrase “the last days” in II Timothy 3:5 is referring to the Christian Age – the last age before the end of the world. Paul is warning Timothy that the Christian age will have its share of false teachers. The article also makes an allusion to prophecy about the start of the church, recorded as fulfilled in Acts 2 and applies it to today. This it a complete perversion of God’s Word. II Timothy 3:5-9 is a very good description of these people and the article they wrote. The gullible will be persuaded by it. The faithful will easily see through their lies and errors. We do not know when the Lord will return. There will be no advance warning signs. This is why we must always be prepared. Matthew 24:42-44 Are you ready?
  6. I Samuel 7 By: Jim Crews I Samuel 7: 1 - 2 The men of Kiriath-jearim took the Ark to the home of Abinadab. He was evidently a Levite, because they consecrated his son to take charge of the Ark. The Ark remained there for 20 years. The people lamented after the Lord. I Samuel 7: 3 - 4 Samuel told the people that if they would get rid of their idols, God would release them from the Philistines. They did this. I Samuel 7: 5 - 11 Samuel had them gather at Mizpah, and he prayed for them there. He confessed that Israel had sinned. He began to judge Israel on that day. When the Philistines heard that Israel was gathered at Mizpah, they went up against them. Israel was scared and told Samuel to keep praying for them. God fought for Israel that day and defeated the Philistines. I Samuel 7: 12 - 14 Samuel took a stone and set it up there. He called it Ebenezer. The Philistines were defeated. God was against them all the days of the life of Samuel. Israel regained all the cities they had lost. There was peace between Israel and the Amorites. I Samuel 7: 15-17 Samuel judged Israel until his death. He didn’t stay in one place and make the people come to him. Samuel went on a circuit through the land to judge the people at their home cities. He lived in Ramah.
  7. Vol.VI No.XI Pg.3 January 1970 Wounds Of A Friend Robert F. Turner Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful (Prov. 27:6). Compliments do not necessarily identify friends; criticism does not always come from enemies. Remember Judas who kissed the Lord — and betrayed him. Some of the most elaborate, gushing compliments I have ever received came from my enemies — often closely associated with a sharp pain in the back where the knife entered! Some of the most unpleasant, painful, and ego deflating comments about myself and my work have come from my best friends. An enemy will tell everyone you have bad breath; a friend might give you a bottle of scope and suggest you try it. Oh, how criticism hurts! How awful it makes you feel! But when the pain of a wounded pride subsides, you realize it was a favor. Ignoring the problem would never have helped. You would not have your friend to act otherwise — though it takes a little time to appreciate the wound he inflicted. It is hard to appreciate a dentist while he is drilling! Genuine interest in soul prompts concern in a friend who observes my path leading away from God. A sharp personal rebuke — thou art the man (2 Sam. 12: 1-7) — may be necessary to set me straight. It is better to suffer a momentary wound than eternal loss. Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? Yet a friend finds no pleasure in inflicting such wounds. I resent the doctor grinning as he probes a sore spot! I know he must do it, but I do not like to think he enjoys it! It is all too easy to become a professional and perpetual critic of everything, and everybody — to delight in finding fault. Such is surely no virtue am evidently rarely profits anyone. An enemy aims his dart to destroy and to maim; a friend never does that. Our parents corrected us. The red welts on the hinder parts were not aimed at our destruction but were wounds of love for our profit. And there is the other side of the coin — being a friend. That is not always easy. Friendship is more than social calls, sharing meals, and enjoying each others companionship. It is caring enough to do whatever needs to be done — regardless how utterly distasteful the task may be. Pauls sharp letter of rebuke to the Corinthians was written out of much anguish of heart... with many tears..., that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly toward you (2 Cor. 2:4). Paul worried about writing the letter and how it would be received, but he rejoiced when he heard of their repentance (2 Cor. 7:6-). His attitude and actions proved him to be a friend. Why do you suppose we often excuse ourselves from all attempts to restore the lost (Gal. 6:1). We know we should; we know it would be a kindness. It is NOT easy! Why do we not reason with our neighbors who are not Christians? We claim to be a friend but we ignore their greatest need — salvation from sin. We dread saying, I fear you are going to be lost. We keep quiet and let them go undisturbed to hell. With friends like us they dont need enemies. Joe Fitch
  8. Its a biconditional.......(think back to your HS Geometry class.....lol...)
  9. https://thefederalist.com/2019/08/15/student-debt-willingly-took-not-problem-solve/?fbclid=IwAR2QEvvLOx0hIYVZImfPIEe3YBiymMbbDzIAslU9c721-MFmqMie-cYwPTM#.Xka6GZoW_78.facebook
  10. That's how the Press Conference would have gone had I been the owner and not that yellow coward Crane........
  11. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/30/us/Danielle-Stella-Twitter-Ilhan-Omar.html?fbclid=IwAR2L_NAoByhjTylap9VVdM3RTZrTn4HRuEyYl6fUnOjBZ8Zty3_MkzRHEuc
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