Feel-Good Story Was A Fraud

“Modern Day ‘Good Samaritans Make A Difference” was the title to a post last December on ThePreachersWord.

It was a heartwarming story about a homeless Marine veteran, Johnny Bobbitt who used his last $20 to help a stranded woman, Katelyn McClure, buy gas. As a result, McClure and her boyfriend, Mark D’Amico, set up a GoFundMe page to help Bobbitt, which garnered over $400,000 in donations.

Sadly, we learned yesterday that the whole thing was a scam. Continue reading

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What Shall I Do With Jesus?

This week I’ve been reading what is often called “the most famous trial in history.” The trial of Jesus.

I was reminded that the judge was a man unqualified for the job. His position was the result of the right connections. And a fortuitous marriage to Claudia Proclua, whose father was Tiberius, the Roman Emperor.

So in A.D. 26 Pontus Pilate was appointed governor of Judea. He was responsible for maintaining law and order in the raucous land filled with Jews that hated Rome. He handed out justice. And collected taxes. Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: John 18:36

What does the Bible teach about the Kingdom of God? Has it already been established? Or is it coming at some future time?

Through the ages, the Kingdom and Kingship of Christ have been misunderstood, misrepresented, and misapplied. The Jews in Jesus’ day rejected Him. “He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (Jn 1:12) So, it’s little wonder that Pontus Pilate, the Roman governor presiding over His trial, was confused regarding Jesus’ work and role. Continue reading

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5 Lessons Learned From Jesus’ Prayer

J. Gordon Melton is an American author, theologian, and the founding director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion. Currently, he’s the Distinguished Professor of American Religious History with the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he resides.

The author of more than 45 books, Melton is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of world religions, religious traditions in America, and his research into cults and extremely unusual religious groups. “It’s my little niche,” Melton said.

“In 1900 there were 330 different religious groups,” Melton observed. “Now, there are over 2,000, and I find every one of them incredibly interesting.” Here are a few of the more unusual. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Soldier

Yesterday was Veterans Day in the United States. But it is celebrated as a holiday today.

Known in other countries as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, it celebrates the conclusion of major hostilities of World War I on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

In honor of our military, all non-essential federal offices will be closed. No mail is delivered. And federal workers receive a paid holiday. Many towns have parades or other events honoring veterans. Some businesses offer discounts to those who served in the military.

While we appreciate and honor those who have severed our country and some have paid the ultimate price to maintain our freedom, consider a different kind of soldier. Continue reading

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Are We Saved By Faith Only?

“Faith in Christ is all that is needed for salvation,” wrote one of our readers in response to a recent post.

The doctrine of “faith only” is not a new theological idea. Issues surrounding faith and works have been debated for centuries.  And various religious groups give differering answers to the question, “What must I do to be saved?”

It is important, however,  for us to ask, “What does the Bible say?” Continue reading

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Finding Joy In All Circumstances

I have seen the above snow scene with its accompanying advice posted on facebook several times lately. And most recently by my preaching colleague John Maddocks in Toronto, Canada. I suspect John will have opportunities for a lot of joy this winter.

While this thought may elicit a chuckle, it speaks to a universal truth and a Biblical principle. Accept the inevitable. Learn to be content. And find joy in all circumstances.

The apostle Paul expressed it this way. Continue reading

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