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Torn to Pieces

society encourages us to obey our own impulses. There’s no truth, nothing absolutely right or wrong for everyone, everywhere, all the time. What is right for me may not be right for you. If I’m wrestling with a moral decision, I should follow the feelings produced by my personal experiences. a great flaw in this…

A Letter of Recommendation?

Tom Reynolds started a parts manufacturing company in Detroit. Five years later the business employed more than 500 people. But one day Tom’s own human resources department sent him the following email: “Mr. Reynolds, according to our records you have never submitted letters of recommendation, something required of everyone in the company. Please verify that…

Can We Have Faith and Still Be Preppers?

By Brent Smith Prepping has become so popular that there are television shows devoted to it. There are companies that specialize in food packages with a long shelf life, heirloom seeds, and hidden bunkers. And people are prepping for different “doomsday” scenarios: nuclear war, social upheaval, the zombie apocalypse, a modern plague, a weather disaster,…

House of Horrors

[The Supreme Court vacancy created by Anthony Kennedy’s retirement is reheating the abortion debate. I wrote the following article in April of 2013. Please read it – and remember it every time you see someone on TV hyperventilating about losing the “right” to kill babies.] Kermit Gosnell is currently on trial charged with several counts…

Are there Living Apostles in the Modern Church?

The word “apostles” describes the 12 special representatives appointed by Jesus. He sent them first to the people of Israel and then to all the world — to speak in his name, confirm the message with mighty signs, give testimony to his resurrection, and build up his church. After the suicide of Judas, the number…

Is Universalism a Biblical Teaching?

Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis on March 13, 2013. Celebrating Mass a couple of months later, he made news with the following statement: “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this…

The Father of All Believers

In his letter to the Romans, Paul described Abraham as “the father of all who believe” (4:11). The patriarch deserved this honor, for trust in God characterized his life. He believed the amazing promise that postmenopausal Sarah would bear him a son (v. 19). He even trusted God when commanded to present this precious son…

What Is Our “Anointing”?

Twice in the same verse, John speaks of an anointing: “The anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him” (1 John…

A Lemonade Stand

In 2013, my friends Robby and Kirsten had a yard sale. Their little girl set up a lemonade stand. But Nora wasn’t selling. She was giving. And refreshing drink wasn’t her only gift. Nora offered every customer a copy of John Moore’s DVD “Searching for Truth.” An older gentleman approached the Stocksdales’ house the following…

You Are with Me

Psalm 23 is the best loved chapter in the Bible’s best loved book. The pastoral language of the Shepherd Psalm implies abundance and contentment. The person who trusts the Lord will never lack a thing (v. 1). God provides green meadows and streams of water to rest by (v. 2). The Lord also gives renewal…