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     Pastor Al Davis is the host of LIVE WITH PASTOR AL, a live, call-in program Sundays at 11:00PM to 12:00AM & Fridays at 1:30PM to 2:00PM on AM 1220 WHKW The Word.

     Pastor Al pastors the Bible Baptist Church in Richfield, Ohio. The Bible Baptist Church meets at 5171 Brecksville Road at the Richfield Holiday Inn Express.
     Pastor Al publishes this blog as well as Live with Pastor Al, and the Bible Baptist Church and websites.
     He is also the author of several ebooks, including:
The Birth of Christ As Recorded In the Scriptures [Nonfiction]
The Coming Arab-Israeli Nuclear War [Nonfiction]
Wildwood [Fiction]
Who Is This Jesus? [Nonfiction]
    From a background in Biology, a stint in United States Air Force, church planting in the South Pacific, and pastoring in Northeast Ohio, Pastor Al brings an uncommon outlook and unique insights to his comments, discussions, and writings.

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If God Exists, Why Does He Allow Evil and Suffering?
Posted: November 2, 2016

I recently saw a video clip of Stephen Fry decrying the existence of a god that allows evil and suffering. In the video, Stephen Fry brings up one of the most common arguments of atheists. That is, if God exists, then why does He allow evil and suffering in the world?

The short answer is this: God did not create a world with evil and suffering. He created a world that was perfect, without evil and suffering, for his glory, honor, and pleasure (Isaiah 43:7; Revelation 411) and He called it "very good" (Genesis 1:31). God choose to populate His creation with beings that would be able to enjoy and appreciate His creation and to love Him freely. In order to do so, God created both human beings (Adam and Eve) and angels with a free will. However, since free will involves the ability to choose between two legitimate choices, God gave both humans and angels the ability to choose between loving Him and not loving Him. Choosing to love Him would allow us to experience His presence and provision. Choosing not to love Him would separate us from His presence and provision. To make the choices legitimate, God not only allowed us to make the choice, but also promised us that He would abide by the consequences of our choice.

Unfortunately, many, like Stephen Fry, refuse to love God. Instead, they rage against God for not sparing them from the consequences of their own sin, while rejecting very means of escape from those consequences that the God who loves them has provided. They are like a man standing outside the house during a heavy rainstorm shaking his fist at the house saying, "How dare you let me get wet! What kind of a house are you that you won't protect me from this storm?" The man rages against the house for his suffering when all he has to do is walk through the open door that the house has already provided.

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Why the Richfield Bible Baptist Church Cannot Be a Member of the Richfield Interfaith Coalition
Posted: April 6, 2016

Richfield has a diverse wealth of religious communities, organizations, and faith traditions. There are various Christian churches, such as the United Church of Christ, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Foursquare Gospel, and Baptist churches in Richfield. In addition, there are also a variety of non-Christian religions such as Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and Jain.

Seeing all these religious groups prompted the formation the Richfield Interfaith Coalition (RIC) in 2015. The Richfield Interfaith Coalition states their principles and goals on their web page ( as:

"We established some basic principles for RIC. We mutually respect each other's faith and culture. No one is trying to proselytize anyone. We gather with an open mind to grow in understanding and collaboration. We agreed to meet in our different places of worship each month.

"Goals? I think that meeting the different religious leaders, sharing a meal peacefully and getting to know one another is itself a big step forward. As we progress, we will work together on projects that serve the broader community."

The Richfield Interfaith Coalition statement seems, at first glance, quite tolerant of diverse beliefs. However, a closer analysis reveals that it is actually not quite as tolerant as it might first appear. In fact, it is only tolerant so long as you agree with their principle, "We mutually respect each other's faith and culture..."

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My Bible Reading Plan
Posted: 31 Dec 15

Do you have a Bible reading plan? I mean a plan that helps you to read your Bible on a consistent daily basis with some goal in mind. A plan of systematic, deliberate, persistent, habitual Bible reading that allows the Word of God to enter into you, fill you, and wash you. A plan that allows you to appreciate, enjoy, experience, and absorb God's Word on a daily basis while feeding, strengthening, and improving your heart and mind.

After all, a good Bible reading plan is as essential to the growth and development of a Christian as milk is to a baby. First Peter 2:1-3 says, "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious."

As we read the Bible we begin to grow stronger in our faith. Lack of reading stunts our spiritual growth, as illustrated in Hebrews 5:12-14: "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."

A good Bible reading plan goes hand in hand with Bible study. For instance, Paul writes in 2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." Or, as the Old Testament puts it in Joshua 1:8, "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."

The more we read the Bible, the more we will find ourselves echoing Jeremiah's sentiment, found in Jeremiah 15:16: "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts." The more we echo Jeremiah's words, the more we will find ourselves reading God's Word, meditating on God's Word, and growing in the knowledge and understanding of God's Word. After all, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

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Shemitah Dates & Jubilee Years
Posted: August 28, 2015

Dates converted using the Hebcal online date converter

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The Blood Moon Tetrad Dates
Posted: April 12,, 2014

Basically, the blood moon tetrad (BMT) is a succession of two total lunar eclipses occurring on two Jewish holy days in one year and another two total lunar eclipses on the exact same holy days in the following year, with no other lunar eclipses, partial or total, in between.

Interestingly, the Jewish holy days involved always include the first of the seven feasts mandated in Leviticus 23, Passover, and the last of the Levitical feasts, Tabernacles, also known as Sukkot.

Lunar eclipses are called blood moons because of the reddish color the moon takes on during the eclipse. While lunar eclipses are not uncommon, the blood moon tetrad phenomenon is.

Here is a list of the blood moon tetrads that have occurred since the time of Christ:...

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The Pre-Ezekiel 38 Battle Part Three: Why Those Not Mentioned are Not Mentioned and the Coming Middle Eastern War
Posted: September 15, 2012

     Part one of this series looked at the nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38. By comparing the ancient nations of Ezekiel's day with the modern nations of today, we saw two great alliances. The first alliance, which invades Israel, appears to be led by Russia and includes the Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Turkey, Germany, Armenia, and some of the Baltic countries. The second alliance, which opposes the invasion but apparently does not take action to prevent it, appears to be made up of Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and possibly India and the countries of South and Central America.
     In part two of this series we looked at several nations of Ezekiel's day who are not mentioned in Ezekiel 38. These nations, for the most part immediately adjacent to Israel, do not appear to be involved in the events of Ezekiel 38, either by invading or opposing. They correspond to the modern countries of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and, in the case of Philistia, the Gaza Strip. Also not mentioned is Babylon, which corresponds to Iraq today.
     As pointed out in part two, the countries not mentioned in Ezekiel 38 were not overlooked, nor should we just assume that they are included with those that are mentioned. There is a reason why they are not mentioned. That reason, I believe, helps set the stage for the prophesied invasion of Israel in Ezekiel 38. And that reason is what I plan to explore in the third part of this series.
     A clue to the reason why these countries are not mentioned in Ezekiel 38 is found in verses 10-12...
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The Pre-Ezekiel 38 Battle Part Two: Who Is Not Mentioned In the Ezekiel 38 Invasion of Israel?
Posted: April 20, 2012
     In Part One of this series I looked at the various nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38. The nations identified were a part of two separate groups. The first group, which invades Israel, is composed of Gog, Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer, and Togarmah. These represent the modern countries of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Persia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Germany, the Baltic countries, Turkey, and Armenia. The second group, which protests the invasion, consists of Sheba, Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, "with all the young lions thereof." These appear to be the modern nations of Great Britain, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and possibly India and the countries of South and Central America.
     Now, in Part Two, I want to reexamine Ezekiel 38 to see who is not mentioned. Not just any nation or people not mentioned but, rather, those who we would expect to be mentioned but who are not. Samoa, Fiji, and Vanuatu, for instance, are not mentioned but, then, I would not really expect them to be. Nor would I expect Guam or Papua New Guinea. I would expect, however, to see the nations and peoples that bordered Israel and Judea in Ezekiel's day...
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On What Day Was Jesus Crucified?
Posted: March 29, 2012
     What day was Jesus Christ actually crucified on? If you are like most people, you probably answered, "Friday." After all, that's what the Bible says, right?
     Well, I used to believe that, too. That is, until I got to thinking about a specific, prophetic statement that Jesus made regarding His death, burial, and resurrection. In Matthew 12:38 the Bible tells us that "certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees" said to Jesus, "...Master, we would see a sign from thee." Jesus answered in verses 39-40, "...An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."...
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The Pre-Ezekiel 38 Battle Part One: Who Is Mentioned In the Ezekiel 38 Invasion of Israel?
Posted: March 20, 2012
     I have often taught on Ezekiel 38 over the years. It is an amazing prophetic passage that speaks of a coming invasion of Israel by a coalition of Middle Eastern and North African states led by a great northern power. However, there have been several pieces of the puzzle that I have always struggled to fit in place. For instance, why is Israel described in Ezekiel 38:11 as "...the land of unwalled villages...them that are at rest, that dwell safely...dwelling without walls...having neither bars nor gates"? And, why are such nations as Egypt, Edom, Ammon, Moab, and Babylon not mentioned?
     Here is what I mean. The prophecy in Ezekiel 38 begins by saying in verses 1-6:
     "And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee."
     These are the main nations involved in the Ezekiel 38 coalition that invades Israel. Now, when you first look at this passage you may not recognize too many of the nations mentioned right away. That's because the Bible uses the names of various people groups existing in Ezekiel's day instead of the modern place names. If we can identify who those people groups in the Bible are and where they were located, we can identify the modern nations represented by those groups....
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The Candy Man - Physics Version
(Sung to the tune of: The Candy Man)
Posted: 27 January 2012
     Who can take a photon, send it through the sky,
     Send it at the speed o'light until it hits your eye?
     The Candy Man, oh the Candy Man can,
     The Candy Man can 'cause he mixes it with quarks* and makes the theory taste good...
     *In case your wondering, quarks have flavor...
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Is It Wrong to Worship on Sundays?
Posted: April 7, 2010
     After Jesus Christ died on the cross Joseph of Arimathaea, along with Nicodemus, took the body of Jesus, wrapped it in a linen cloth with spices, and laid it in Joseph's tomb. Three days and three nights later, according to the Scriptures, the resurrection occurred. Jesus rose from the grave, victorious over death and sin...
     Now, considering that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to Christianity, it seems reasonable that the early Christians would put some importance on the first day of the week, even meeting that day to worship. But did they?...
     So just what does the Bible say about this subject? Is there any evidence in the Bible of Christians meeting and worshiping on the first day of the week?...
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1 Kings 21 (New American Patriot Version)
Posted: March 24, 2010
     1. And it came to pass after these things, that the American people had a system of healthcare, which was in jeopardy, hard by the palace of Obama the would-be-king of America.
     2. And Obama spake unto the American people, saying, Give me your healthcare, that I may have it for a garden of socialism, because it is near unto my house: and I will give ye for it a better healthcare system than it; or, if it seem good to ye, I will give ye the worth of it in money.
     3. And the American people said to Obama, The Constitution forbid it us, that we should give the inheritance of our fathers unto thee.
     4. And Obama came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which the American people had spoken to him: for they had said, We will not give thee the inheritance of our fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.
     5. But Pelosi his comrade came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?...
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It's All a Conspirancy!
Posted: January 4, 2010
     I was standing with a group of people at a health care reform conference when an intense, skinny guy with a sparse beard, sharp features, and piercing eyes came over to me. I saw him trying to engage others earlier and would have avoided him except that I was waiting to speak to one of the conference organizers.
     He fixed me with an intense stare and started to lecture me on the dangers of a government takeover of health care. From there he branched off to a variety of conspiratorial rants, ending with why he KNEW that the United States government blew up the World Trade Center towers and sent a missile into the Pentagon on 9-11. Then, looking at my Air Force hat, he said emphatically, "And we NEVER landed on the moon."...
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Security Features and the Word of God
Posted: August 22, 2009
     The bank teller pulled two $50.00 bills out of our church deposit and regarded them suspiciously. They were both dated 1977, making them older than the teller...
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New Chapter Begins
Posted: June 13, 2009
     Lives, like the biographies and memoirs that recount them, are often composed of a number of chapters. Last January the Bible Baptist Church began the process of closing one chapter of its life and opening another. We were about to lose the building that had been home to our church for the last 16 years.
     The opening chapter of the Bible Baptist Church [in Richfield, Ohio] began in September 1982...
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Change We Can Believe In
Posted: January 21, 2009
     More and more scientists are claiming that global warming appears to be giving way to global cooling. It's probably only a matter of time before they begin predicting the arrival of a new ice age, like they did back in the 1970's. Of course, when the earth enters another warming cycle they'll stick global cooling back in the freezer and pull global warming off the back burner. At least until the next cooling cycle occurs. Maybe that's why they are starting to use the term "climate change" more and more.
     Of course, there is a danger that the public might get wise to the climatological doomsayers...
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Who are You Fooling?!
Posted: November 24, 2008
     Are you familiar with Captain Penny's Law?It goes something like this: "You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time; but you can’t fool mom."
     Captain Penny did not originate that thought but he did much to popularize it on the Captain Penny show in the 1960's. And, though it may have been what mothers wanted their children to believe, it isn't completely correct. Captain Penny may have had good intentions but he was wrong on the last part. It might be difficult to fool mom but the only one you cannot fool is God...
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Pushing Agendas or Defending Truth?
Posted: October 26, 2008
     "Why is my church telling me to vote for Barak Obama?" the caller asked. "We're supposed to be pro-life! We're supposed to support the family! We're supposed to stand against homosexuality! We're supposed to believe the Bible!"
     Why indeed? Could it be that the caller's church has an agenda that is more important to it than Biblical morality?...
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Come Into My Parlor
Posted: September 26, 2008
     Have you ever walked outside on a summer morning and found a dew encrusted spider web glistening in the sunlight? It’s a beautiful sight, unless you are a fly...
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The Weapons of Our Warfare
Posted: July 4, 2008
     Abdel nervously glanced down at his watch. Again. It hadn't changed much since he had looked at it a few moments ago. Less than three minutes to go now. Unconsciously, he rubbed his free hand across his stomach, feeling the lumpy hardness of the vest beneath his coat.
     He closed his eyes and thought for a moment of his family. They would be well take care of, he reminded himself, and well honored. His lips moving slightly, silently, as he quoted several verses from the Qur'an to steady his resolve...
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The Tale of a Reformed Calvinist
Posted: April 15, 2008
     I was sitting at the counter enjoying a donut and a cup of coffee, conversing with the owner and another customer, when a bearded gentleman walked in. Since we were talking about the Bible he decided to join us. Eventually, the conversation turned to the character and nature of God.
     Seeking to make a point, the man reached into his pocket and pulled out a pen and held it up. "See this pen," the man intoned before dropping it to the counter. "God determined before the foundation of the world that I would walk in here on this day at this time and drop this pen on the counter."...
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If I Were a Muslim, I'd Join Al Qaeda
Posted: February 11, 2008
     The Muslim caller to my radio program was upset. He was unhappy because I had implied that members of Al-Qaeda, and similar fundamentalist Muslim groups, were acting in accord with Islamic law and tradition. "No," he assured me, "That is not true. They are not true Muslims. True Muslims do not engage in violence. Islam is a religion of peace and the Prophet Muhammad was a man of peace."
     Now that got me to thinking. On the one hand there are Muslims, such as my caller, who claim that Islam can coexist with peacefully with Christianity, Judaism, and the other religions of the world. On the other hand, there are other Muslims, such as the members of Al-Qaeda, who insist that Islam cannot coexist peacefully with any other religion. Yet, both sides claim to believe the same Qur'an and follow the same prophet. Obviously, then, their understanding and application of Islam must be radically different. So, how are we supposed to know which group's right?
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Where Am I Going?
Posted: February 5, 2008      Imagine that you are standing in a vast parking lot. An attendant approaches and gives you a set of car keys. Looking down at them you see a tag bearing a number corresponding to one of the many cars in the lot.
     "Be sure to follow your map," the attendant says as you turn away in search of your car.
     As you make your way through the lot you see every kind of car or truck imaginable. There are sports cars and luxury cars, old clunkers and restored classics. You pass by row after row of minivans, SUV's, pickup trucks, compacts, sedans, until finally, in a back corner of the lot, you find the car bearing the number on your keys.
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All the World's a Stage
Posted: December 8, 2007
     Back in high school some friends and I kept up a running joke based on a line in Shakespeare's play, As You Like It. "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages." We joked that all you needed to do to have a successful life was to find and edit the script.
     Actually, there is some truth to the idea that "all the world is a stage." According to the Bible the universe is a vast stage where a great drama is playing out, with planet Earth at center stage. It is a vast panorama of triumph and tragedy stretching from the very beginning of time, of rising hopes and crushing despairs, and of the desperate struggles between good and evil over the souls of all who have ever lived or will live.
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Grasping the Trinity
Posted: October 22, 2007
     Probably one of the more difficult theological concepts to grasp is the Trinity. The concept of the Trinity, the idea that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are one God has divided denominations, confused Christians, and given rise to critics. Other religions call it polytheism. Unfortunately, many pastors themselves do not understand it either....
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Did Jesus Go To Hell?
Posted: July 30, 2007
     The crowds gathered at the foot of the cross hurled insults and abuse at the dying man hanging above them. Even the two convicts crucified on either side of him mocked him. However, one of the condemned men had a change of heart. He watched the man on the middle cross patiently endure the abuse heaped upon him and realized that there was something different about him. He realized that the man in the middle, Jesus, was the Christ, the Messiah...
     A few hours later all three were dead. The bodies were removed. The bodies of the two thieves, unless claimed by family or friends, were likely cast into the Valley of Hinnom, a repository of trash, refuse, and filth running along the south side of Jerusalem. Jesus' body, however, was placed in a borrowed tomb...
     That much of the story you know. But what do you know about what happened to Jesus between the crucifixion and the resurrection?...
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A Reasonable Basis of Faith
Posted: July 21, 2007
     Back in the 1980's, while stationed in England with the United States Air Force, I encountered two individuals who had an interest in knowing the future. One was a man who was excited about discovering a book containing the prophesies of Nostradamus. The other was a young woman who was seeing a fortune teller in London. Both were bright, educated USAF members serving in sensitive positions...
     I told the man that I knew a book that was much older and far more accurate than Nostradamus. In fact, I said, every single prophecy that it made has come true, with the exception of those that are yet future. He was excited until he found out that I was talking about the Bible.
     The woman, however, was much more receptive when I told her about the Bible's prophetic accuracy. In fact, she eventually stopped seeing the psychic and ended up trusting Jesus Christ as her Savior...
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True Revival
Posted: June 12, 2007
     A good friend of mine once asked me how you can schedule a revival. He had a point. After all, should we expect God to meet us at OUR appointed time and place? It is almost as if we are telling God to show up on Wednesday night and expect that He will have revived us by Sunday night.
     Sounds good in theory but I have yet to see it happen in reality...
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Wars and Rumors of Wars
Posted: April 20, 2007
     Wars and rumors of wars. You cannot turn on the radio, watch the television, or pick up a paper without hearing about wars and rumors of wars. Matthew could have been writing about our day when he wrote in Matthew 24:6, "And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars..."
     Each day tension in the world ratchets up another notch. North Korea threatens to turn America into "a sea of fire." War in Iraq seems endless. Iran publicly warns that, sandwiched between Iraq and Afganistan, it might be next on America's hit parade. The possibility of a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan has not completely disappeared. Islamic terrorists still threaten "spectacular attacks" in America and Europe. Communist China rattles its swords and threatens to invade and forcibly reincorporate Taiwan. Civil wars, unrest, and insurrections sweep across parts of Asia, Africa, Central and South America...
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Why the Hate?
Posted: March 14, 2007
     I had just gotten home from dropping my daughter, Anna, off at school when the phone rang. It was my wife, Kim, calling from the nursing home where she works as an R.N. "Turn on the TV," she said. I asked her what channel. When she replied, "It doesn't matter." I knew something bad had happened. Little did I realize at the time how bad.
     The second tower had just been hit when Kim called and I saw the beginning of what seemed like endless replays of the impact when I turned on the television. We talked briefly and then Kim had to return to her busy morning routine. Our nation might have been under attack but her patients still needed attention...
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For Such a Time as This?
Posted: February 20, 2007
     The Bible tells us in Nahum 1:2, "God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies." In addition, Romans 12:19 says, "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."
     Now, let me ask you, how does God carry out His vengeance against His enemies? He could, and has, sent avenging angels from time to time. In 2 Kings 19:35 we read "And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses." However, I believe God chooses more often to use human instruments and agencies instead...
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How's Your Vision?
Posted: February 5, 2007
     How's your vision? I don't mean your physical vision or whether or not you need glasses, I'm talking about your spiritual vision.
     Some people have no spiritual vision at all. They are, in effect, spiritually blind. And no wonder, after all, for the Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that Satan, the god of this world, has blinded those who have not trusted Jesus Christ as their Savior, "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them." ...
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Hello, My Name Is Bob...
Posted: December 30, 2006
     "Hello, My Name Is Bob..." You hear it every night in Alcoholics Anonymous and related 12-step meetings across the country and around the world. The details may change but the basic line remains: "Hello, my name is Bob, and I am an alcoholic." Just drop in the appropriate name and problem and you are set for the evening.
     Unfortunately that very line raises some obstacles to full recovery. Surely there must be a better path to victory than constantly reaffirming bondage to your problem for the rest of your life...
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The Birth of Christ
As Recorded In the Scriptures

Posted: December 27, 2006
The Birth of Christ is pieced together entirely from the King James Version of the Bible. Drawing from passages in Isaiah, Micah, Matthew, Luke, John, Galatians, 1 Timothy, and Hebrews, The Birth of Christ provides a continuous narrative of the birth of Christ without any added words or commentary.
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Twas the Night Before Winter Fest
Posted: December 13, 2006

Twas the night before Winter Fest, when all through the land,
Not a Christian was stirring, nor lending a hand.
Their Christmas was hung by the attorneys with care,
In the hope that their pastors soon would not care...

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The Mystery of Godliness
Posted: November 20, 2006
     Have you ever read or watched a really good mystery? I mean the kind that keeps you turning page after page or watching minute by minute until you finally find out "whodunnit."
     Some mysteries, like Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie's stories, tease you with tantalizing clues and red herrings that keep you guessing until the very end. Others, like television's Columbo series, let you know "whodunnit" in the very beginning but the mystery involves how the hero can prove it.
     Still other mysteries do not involve a crime necessarily. They may be based on a mysterious legend or an odd happening that leads to an exciting adventure, or perhaps a chance encounter or revelation of hidden knowledge that profoundly alters the life of those involved.
     In the Bible we are presented with several "mysteries"...These Bible mysteries largely have to do with the revelation of previously unknown or hidden spiritual truths that have profound implications for mankind...
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Let Me Tell You How To Vote
Posted: November 1, 2006
     Warning: I'm about to do something politically incorrect. Something that some would frown on and others would tell me is not just inappropriate but downright illegal. I'm going to tell you how to vote!
     Let me be clear, however. I did not say that I am going to tell you who or what to vote for. I merely said that I am going to tell you how to vote. There is a difference. I am not going to tell you to vote for Candidate A and against Issue X. Instead, I want to give you two biblical principles to help you decide for yourself whether or not you should vote for Candidate A and against Issue X...
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What's In the Can?
Posted: September 26, 2006
     Imagine walking down the canned goods aisle in the grocery store looking for a can of corn or green beans. Shelf after shelf lines the aisle, each loaded with cans of all shapes and sizes. You look closely at the cans and notice that the labels, while colorful and eye catching, are all strangely similar: SELECT VEGETABLES, CHOICE VEGETABLES, QUALITY VEGETABLES, etc. They all sound good but what's in the can?....
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What Does Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Mean?
Posted: September 11, 2006
     On September 11, 2001, the world as we know it changed. The ugly realities of terrorism and Islamic fanaticism shocked America and the world as three jet airplanes flew into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and into the side of the Pentagon, outside of Washington, D.C., while a fourth jet crashed into the ground in Pennsylvania. Horrified, we watched in our living rooms and offices, in our shops and schools as smoke and flames billowed out of the twin towers and the Pentagon. We continued to look on in unbelief as the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapsed into the heart of the city as thousands fled in panic. While our government and military went into war status, taking unprecedented emergency precautions and actions, we looked into the very face of evil itself....
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Will the Real Palestinians Please Stand Up!
Posted: August 14, 2006
     The plight of the Palestinians fills the news daily, even hourly. But who are the Palestinians and where do they come from?...

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Who Are You Fooling?!
Posted: August 8, 2006
     Are you familiar with Captain Penny's Law? It goes something like this: "You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time; but you can't fool mom."...

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Where Did I Come From?
Posted: July 15, 2006
     A young, expectant mother was washing dishes when her four year old daughter came rushing in from playing outside. "Mommy," asked the little girl curiously and slightly out of breath, "where did I come from?"...

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Can I Take Anything With Me?
Posted: June 20, 2006
     Have you ever planned to go somewhere and wondered what you could take?...

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This Do In Remembrance
Posted: June 6, 2006
     Growing up in Richfield I remember riding my bike "uptown" for the big parade on Memorial Day. The high school band, along with a mixed assembly of people, vehicles, tractors, and bicycles gathered in the parking lots of the local library and Masonic hall, awaiting the signal to begin. As the band struck up with the crisp military staccato of a rousing march the parade would move out onto the road...

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The Road To Liberalism Is Paved with Good Intentions
Posted: May 5, 2006
     I don't think most genuinely born-again Christians set out to become liberal Christians...

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Why Am I an Independent, Fundamental Baptist?
Posted: April 5, 2006
     Some questions are easy to answer. Ask me why I am an American and I can answer, I was born in the USA. Ask me why I am a Buckeye and I can honestly say, I was born in Ohio...However, when we come to the question of, "Why are I an Independent, Fundamental Baptist?", the answer is a little more complex...

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Pass the Danish, Please
Posted: March 6, 2006
     More than 10,000 Muslims took to the streets of London on Saturday, February 18, to protest the publication of a dozen Danish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad...

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We Like To Be Liked
Posted: March 6, 2006
     A song I once heard observed, "We love to be loved and we hate to be hated; we like to be liked or at least tolerated." Like most of you, I can identify with its sentiments. I sure would like to be loved, liked, or at least tolerated by everyone. Unfortunately, it just is not possible--especially if you are a preacher!...

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How'd They Know That?
Posted: February 18, 2006
     Everyone knows that lightning streaks down from the sky seeking the tallest object in the area. Anyone who has ever watched a lightning display knows that. However, what nobody knew until the advent of high-speed photography in the 20th Century, is that there is actually a smaller bolt that flashes from the ground up first....
     Now, let me ask you a question, could a man living thousands of years ago know that...?...

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Before & After Ads
Posted: February 18, 2006
     We've all seen them. You know, the ads featuring before and after pictures touting the advantages of weight loss programs, hair restoration products, exercise machines, or even car finish restorers. Combined with personal testimonials, they are one of the most powerful marketing tools available...
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Reading Past the So-and-So's
Posted: January 10, 2006
     Have you ever resolved to read through the whole Bible in a year? Or maybe you just resolved to read it each day? If so, it probably did not take long to realize that there is a big difference between resolving and doing...

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Where's The Money Come From?
Posted: December 15, 2005
    One sure way to upset people is to preach-or in this case, write-about money. Unless, of course, you run a multi-million dollar television ministry. In that case you can get away with asking for donations of hundreds or thousands of dollars several times during each show-err, service without upsetting too many people. And, remarkably, many will send such amounts in without hesitation....

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Get a Loaf of This!
Posted: November 15, 2005
    I like to hear people try to explain away the miracles of the Bible. Usually its good for a laugh because the explanation is harder to believe than the miracle itself....

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How Can I Tell A Good Church from A Bad One?
Posted: October 10, 2005
    Looking for a church can be a daunting task. Should I pick Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Pentecostal, Nondenominational, or something else? Should I go to the "fastest growing church in town," the "friendliest church around," or the "church on the move." Do I want contemporary, traditional, casual, structured, or unstructured services? Would I feel more spiritual worshiping at that historic downtown building or be more comfortable in the new architectural marvel out by the interstate? What's the difference anyway-aren't all churches essentially the same? How can I tell a good church from a bad one?...
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The Fundamental Difference
Posted: September 20, 2005
    What do Bible-believing Christians, pre-Vatican II Catholics, Ultra-Orthodox Jews, and Wahhabi Muslims have in common? Answer: they are all fundamentalists!
    But, just what is a fundamentalist? To answer that, let's take a look at how the term "fundamentalist" appeared in modern Christianity.
    Without understanding what "fundamentalist" really means, or the difference between the fundamentalists and liberals in Christianity and Islam, it is impossible to fully grasp what is going on in the current war on terror. Why? Because fundamentalist Islam has declared war and liberal Christianity can't - and liberal Islam won't - see it....
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No Vacancies at This Court
Posted: July 11, 2005
    Nine of the most powerful individuals in America serve unseen and unknown by most of their fellow countrymen. With the wave of a hand and the stroke of a pen they are able to alter our lives, our laws, and our liberties. They are the Justices of the United States Supreme Court. Recent rulings, resignations, and rumours of resignations, however, have pushed the Court into the forefront of the news...
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Is It or Isn't It?
Posted: June 8,2005
    The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005 (SCREA)recently passed in the U.S. House and has been sent on to the Senate. To his credit, President Bush has promised to veto SCREA if it reaches his desk. His veto threat, which would be the first of his presidency, has brought the stem cell controversy to the forefront once again....
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A Little Religion
Posted: May 26, 2005
     Many people like to have "a little religion;" just enough to make them feel good, look respectable, or to salve a guilty conscience. "A little religion," they say, "Is a good thing—so long as you don't overdue it."...
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Blowing Smoke
Posted: May 11, 2005

     The world was saddened, but not surprised, by the recent passing of Pope John Paul II....
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Mary, Joseph, & Baby Jesus Appear On Pastor's Wall?
Posted: March 17, 2005

      Well, we have hid it long enough. I guess it is time to come clean. My wife did not want me to advertise it but we owe it to the world…Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus are on our wall. I am not sure where they go during the day but they appear there every night...
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One Flew Out of the Cuckoo's Nest
Posted: February 14, 2005
    The ACLU is currently fighting efforts in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to require teaching Intelligent Design, along with evolution, in public schools. It is, they say, a thinly veiled attempt to promote religion in the classroom. An attempt which, the ACLU claims, represents an unconstitutional establishment of Christianity....
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Making Sense of Nonsense
Posted: January 14, 2005
     "Everyone's religious beliefs are equally valid," the radio talk show host piously intoned, "Nobody is wrong. And no one has any right to tell someone else that what they believe is wrong."....
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How the ACLU Stole Christmas!
(With Apologies to Dr. Suess!)

Posted: December 14, 2004
Every Christian in America liked Jesus a lot
But the ACLU, who lived on the left coast, Did NOT!
The ACLU hated Jesus! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason....

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