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Three Marks of Pure Religion PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Thursday, 20 October 2016 19:35

James 1:26-27 - "If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

There are three outward marks that evidence whether or not our heart has been given totally over to the religion of Christ. This is called pure and undefiled religion. John Gill defines pure and undefiled religion "That which is sincere and genuine, and free from adulteration and hypocrisy".
Last Updated on Monday, 24 October 2016 07:50
Christian Revivals PDF Print E-mail
Written by Josh Winslett   
Thursday, 20 October 2016 19:33

Christian revivals generally have not come through positive thinking, trendiness, political movements, or Jesus flavored motivational speeches. Even social change itself has not been a catalyst for religious revival. A gospel centered revival usually brings social change, not the other way around. With this said, revivals have generally come through humble Bible based, God honoring preaching.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 October 2016 19:35
Before the World Began PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Wise   
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 15:22

“…before the foundation of the world…” (Eph. 1:4)


There were many momentous things that occurred before God spoke this world into existence in Genesis 1 that secured the eternal salvation of God’s children before the world that we inhabit was even created. Man certainly can lay no claim to any participation in his eternal salvation because he was not around to mess it up. I’ve heard it said that God created man on the sixth day because if God would have created him first, then Adam would have tried to take credit for all of creation. That’s probably a very accurate statement, knowing the pride and innate carnality of man. That may have been some of God’s intent to fully purpose our eternal salvation before man was created to keep man from trying to take credit for God’s sovereign work, although some still try.  Before the foundation of the world, God loved a people, chose a people, promised eternal life, wrote their names, and prepared an eternal kingdom as the final destination for His beloved.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 15:31
Confession of Sins PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Wise   
Thursday, 08 September 2016 08:51

“Bring forth fruits meet for repentance.” (Matt. 3:8)


John the Baptist is baptizing out in the wilderness many persons from Jerusalem, all Judea, and the surrounding regions in this passage. Those who have presented themselves to John for baptism came “confessing their sins” (Matt. 3:6).  Confession should be an integral part of the baptism experience for the believer in Christ and in joining the church.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 September 2016 08:57
Honour, Love, and Fear PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Wise   
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 07:15

“Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” - 1 Peter 2:17


Peter’s letter to the elect children of God (1 Pet. 1:2) is a letter of encouragement to faithfully persevere in the faith, even in the midst of persecution, tribulation, and suffering.  The readers of this epistle were facing persecution from without, even from the government under which they were under authority. The Roman Emperor Nero had begun a severe persecution of Christians in 64 AD near the penning of this letter.  Nevertheless, in 1 Peter 2:13-17 these believers are instructed to be obedient unto the governmental authorities, and verse 17 is a brief four sentence summary of the attitudes that God’s children must have towards all men, the church, the Lord God, and the ultimate governmental authority.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 07:20
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