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Short Note - There Is Another King PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 09:10

Recently, we've been studying through Paul's writings to the Thessalonian church. This body of believers was the second congregation established in Europe and received the word in much persecution.


When the opposition began in Thessalonica, one of the accusations went as follows:


"...and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus." - Acts 17:7


Election years have become more and more heated and anxious in America in the last couple of decades. I know we live in troubling times. But, notice the reputation of our first century brethren: They affirmed there was another King, one greater than Caesar, Jesus Christ!


Guess what! Jesus isn't up for reelection. And it doesn't matter who is occupying a temporal throne, Jesus reigns eternal. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. So, take a breath and remember things have been before and yet could be a whole lot worse. Regardless of your earthly nationality, if you love Christ you're a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. Be of good cheer!

What Does “Free Will” Mean Anyway? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Cordes   
Monday, 15 February 2016 11:42

One may often hear theologians defend the “free will” of man. The topic usually centers on a belief that man has a choice to accept Jesus and receive eternal life, or reject Him and suffer eternal separation. This is accompanied with an erroneous belief that God is incapable of interfering with the will of man in whatever he chooses to do concerning the offer of eternal life. Needless to say, I have issues with this. I wish everyone would take issue with it because when we do a biblical study of the will of man we will find out what man is really capable (and incapable) of by nature.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 February 2016 11:52
Light Reproves Darkness PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Friday, 05 February 2016 09:38

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." - John 3


This past Saturday at Lexington PBC, I tried to speak on the subject of condemnation with three applications: eternity, time, and a man's conscience. After the message, a brother and I spoke about a text the message reminded him of in John 3, concerning the fact that Christ came not to condemn us, but to save us. This tied in very well with the verse I had shared from Romans 8, expressing that there is now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus.


Also within this text is a great principle for dealing with issues in your daily life. Light reproves darkness.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 10:06
"He That Rules Must Be..." PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 21 January 2016 13:57

"The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God." - 2 Samuel 23:3


While Israel has been God's only endorsed Theocracy, here are two general attributes of any good ruler:

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2016 14:03
Urgent Help Needed! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 21:44


I have had some thoughts in mind as of late which I've wanted to express but have been reluctant to pen down because doing so would likely open the door for being misunderstood. I don't want you to think that I believe myself to be some sort of a lord over God's heritage or a judge over another man's servant. The Primitive Baptists have surely suffered, albeit unintentionally, as a result of “big preachers” and regional “popes” who believed their authority was more than it actually was. There is to be no hierarchy among today's gospel ministry. In God's structure of things, there are no regional bishops (the term bishop is synonymous with elder), no archbishops, cardinals, and certainly no pontiff. Sure, within a local body, the pastor is in a definite leadership role, but above this there is only Christ. I offer this up front for clarity's sake.


At the same time, my father in the ministry warned me when I was first starting to preach to wait until I was older than 40 to offer any corrective advice in regards to the ministry, lest I be labeled a “whippersnapper.” I certainly wouldn't want to be called such. ;-)


Now that this is out of the way, I want to express something that's been burning in my heart and mind for some time: the church stands in need of laborers.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 21:57
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