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Obamacare Stands - A Pastor's Admonition
Written by Ben Winslett   
Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:07


Today is a huge day in American politics.

The US Supreme Court has ruled and allowed Obamacare to stand and only parts of it were struck down (which was what I expected).

Lesson to learn: There is a throng of people in a live feed I am watching at present in an absolute panic. All of that emotion is doing nothing but hurting those angry. If you are a believer in Christ, you have more important things to do than fume and stew over it. I can speak this from personal experience, when the bill originally passed I was absolutely infuriated. I stayed up late that night and woke up early the next day genuinely believing the world as we know it was coming to an end. What did that change? Not a thing. Not one single thing.

Here's another thought: WORSE THINGS HAVE HAPPENED. Do I like this bill? No. Is it going to be a good thing for our country in the long run? I don't think so (but I could be wrong). But to be honest, dear Christians, worse things have happened.

As bad as we sometimes think our President is, Nero was worse. No where in scripture were First Century Believers encouraged to overthrow Nero. Again, we have more important things to be doing, so don't let Satan capture you in a snare and entangle you in the affairs of this world.

Vote, share your views in peaceful discourse, pray for the country and our leaders, but beyond that focus on personal repentance, discipleship, and evangelism.

Christians change the world from the inside out, not the outside in. Politics hasn't fixed the problem. Protesting didn't fix the problem. And, to be quite honest, God sent us into the world not to conform government, but to honor Christ as individuals, families, and churches.

May your day be filled with Christ.

Ben Winslett


First Things First...
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 25 June 2012 10:04

We live in a society of distractions. There are technical terms for these distractions like "marketing" and "advertising." Realize it or not, millions of people are competing for your attention, the thoughts of your mind, at any given moment. Every where you turn, something is designed to specifically grab and keep your attention. Think about it...every few minutes of television or radio time there are commercials (TV and Radio doesn't exist simply to inform or entertain you, shows exist to sell advertising. The programming is the bait), on most websites there are advertisements, newspapers and magazines have ads on every page. You can't even drive down the road without seeing billboard advertisements. Suffice it to say, your attention is a desired commodity (can anyone say Facebook??).

Is Hyperactivity Real Discipleship?
Written by Josh Winslett   
Friday, 25 May 2012 20:26



Recently I have noticed a disturbing trend among Christianity. I have been guilty of the trend many times in my life and did not necessarily even know I was guilty. The trend will be detrimental to Christianity in America. The trend is replacing personal discipleship with hyperactivity. You may ask what the last statement means. Replacing personal discipleship with hyperactivity means that although a person may be very active in many church activities, they have almost completely ignored personal discipline and self control. We can easily be active in every church event on the calendar and not walking close to our Savior. People can seek their self fulfillment from religious hyperactivity and not through repentance towards God. A person can be involved in evangelism, feeding the poor and widows, bible studies, and other church events; yet not be pleasing God with their words, actions, ethics, and intentions of their heart. Always remember, we are not just disciples when we are at formal worship or other church functions. We are the Church all the time. When we cuss, steal, fornicate, make sinful jokes, we are displeasing to God even if we are hyperactive in different church activities.

American Christianity is stepped in non-biblical auxiliaries that can often distract the believer from the primary goal of penitent service towards God. I fear that these auxiliaries are more mind numbing distractions then growth mechanisms. Nevertheless, that is a topic for another day. Continuing on, we often equate hyperactivity with true discipleship by quoting many passages from James 1 and 2. Whereas repentance and conversion should always lead to action (faith without works is dead), actions must always first come from a penitent person. Works only come from a person that is self aware and actively trying to conform their lives to emulate that of Christ’s. Yes we often fail but that should not be a crutch for apathy to sin. Notice Christ’s admonitions to two of the seven Churches at Asia; Ephesus and Laodicea.

To Ephesus: Revelation 2:2-4, I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”

Ephesus seemed to be a very hyperactive church. I dare say that any church would wish to have the description given in verses 2 and 3. Yet Jesus tells the church at Ephesus that they were doing all the right things without the proper motivation. They had left their first love. Instead of serving God from deep love for him, every action was done out of necessity and repetitious tradition. If they would not take heed to Jesus’ words they would have their candle stick taken from them. Hyperactivity without the proper motivation seems to be very serious.

To Laodicea, Revelation 3:14-17, And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:”

Laodicea was a church that I believe best describes general Christianity in America. This church was complacent and didn’t even know it. They were not self aware or self disciplined. The church at Laodicea felt, well, comfortable. God relays to them through John that if they fell to repent, he would vomit them from his mouth. God considers complacent Christians the same as vomit; quite sobering.

You may say, "I am not complacent, I attend all the church functions." As I stated early, actions without proper motivation and/or situational ethics are not true service. This is not passing judgement on anyone. We are our answerable with are own conscience to God. Yet, there is a continually theme of God’s disapproval of sacrificial action without a penitent heart. Study the following verses; Ezekiel 33:31, Isaiah 23:19, Matthew 15:8, Mark 7:6-7.

Take note of these verses for what God truly desires from his children.

Psalms 51:16-17, "For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Dear reader, repentance and discipleship are more than just hyperactivity. Christianity is more than just a show. True service starts from the heart and is self aware, penitent, and ever seeking to glorify the Lord in EVERY action; not just the ones “at” church. God desires more than just lip service. He commands more than an outward show of Christianity. He deserves more than mediocrity. Whether at work, in your family, with your friends, at school; He deserves our ALL. This subject is of a serious nature. It is serious enough that God has taken away the identity of churches and nations over this issue. So, what is the cure? I will step off my soap box, stop rambling, and leave you with Joel 2:12-13.

Joel 2:12-13, "Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil."


Are You Saved?
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 22:12


I attempted to speak tonight at Union PBC near Woodville that there are two types of salvation, or deliverance, found in the Bible. One is the unconditional, eternal, everlasting salvation wrought by Christ on the Cross. The other is conditional, occurring in time, and is based upon our obeying Christ.

However (here is my point), while we know this and believe it to be true, merely understanding temporal salvation on a cognitive level is not the point. Actually saving yourself from the "untoward generation" is the point. There are two roads in this world - one broad and destructive and one narrow which leads to life.

Points to consider about the strait gate:

1. Devote yourself to Christ. Proverbs 3:5 (This is of chief importance, without Christ even Bible based religion is vain - see the Pharisees.)

2. Devote yourself to His Word. Psalms 119:9-12

3. Devote yourself to His Church/Kingdom. Matthew 6:33


Family Integrated Worship - God Ordained and Safe
Written by Ben Winslett   
Friday, 27 January 2012 11:43


Today I received the monthly Newsletter from Family Talk, the radio ministry of Dr. James Dobson. I receive this newsletter and have made good use of Dr. Dobson's books in the past. He has a very Biblical view of parenting, especially concerning discipline, which I appreciate.


This month's newsletter reflected on the tragic allegations of child abuse against former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky and urged parents to keep a watchful eye on their children. Dobson shared that the danger was not just in sports, but anywhere that adults are alone with children, including church.

The Olivet Discourse
Written by Michael Gowens   
Monday, 16 January 2012 13:05

Excerpt from 'A Study of the Life of Jesus from The Gospel of Luke' by Michael L. Gowens

Chapter 41

Lu 21, together with Mt 24 and Mr 13, records our Lord's prophetic sermon to His disciples on the Mount of Olives. The variations in the three accounts of the Olivet Discourse are complementary not contradictory. Each records different parts of the same sermon and a comparison of the three reveals a comprehensive picture of Jesus' message. Luke's account is arguably the most conducive to a Gentile audience.

The Two Functions of the Holy Spirit
Written by Michael Gowens   
Tuesday, 27 December 2011 12:39

It is important to distinguish between what old preachers called "the two functions of the Holy Spirit."

Comments on Various Disputed Passages 1 John 5:4-5
Written by Michael Gowens   
Saturday, 24 December 2011 09:45

1 John 5:4-5 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 

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