March 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

Do you ever feel that you are in the midst of a spiritual battle? You are. We all are. The battle is good vs. evil. It has been that way since the Garden of Eden. The unseen spiritual world is real and all around us. Sometimes we are aware of the spiritual realm and sometimes we are not, but it is always present. People tend to either underestimate or overestimate the reality of Satan. To underestimate is to think Satan is a fictional super villain. Those who overestimate him, credit him with an overabundance of power. The reality is that human beings are no match for Satan. But Satan is no match for God. The good news is that the battle between good and evil has already been won. Satan was defeated by Christ at the cross. We fight from ...

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March 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

Let’s have some fun. Try matching the birth names of these Hollywood stars with their studio names. The answers are at the bottom of the page.

  1. Marion Robert Morrison
  2. Bernard Schwartz
  3. Archibald Leach
  4. Frances Gumm
  5. Norma Jeanne Mortenson
  6. Issur Danielovitch
  7. Cherilyn Sarkisian
  8. Charles Dennis Buchinsky
  9. Nicolas Coppola
  10. Dino Paul Crocetti

During the golden age of Hollywood, movie moguls often renamed budding stars with names the moguls felt had better box office appeal. Hey, who wouldn’t want to go to a movie starring Archie Leach? Yep, Cary Grant has a bit more star quality to it.

So what’s in a name? Why are names important? Names are important because they put a label on who we...

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March 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

The Rapture of the Church

What is the “rapture of the Church?” Rapture comes from a Latin term meaning to catch up or snatch and describes the return of Christ in the clouds to rescue His Bride, the Church from the coming Great Tribulation. There are multiple positions on the second coming of Christ. Some believe it will be premillennial (before the 1000 year reign of Christ on earth). Some believe it will be postmillennial (after the 1000 years reign of Christ on earth). Some believe it is amillennial (at the end of the Church age, no millennium).

Some who believe in premillennial second coming believe the rapture will be pretribulation (before the Great Tribulation). Some believe the rapture will be mid-tribulation (halfway ...

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March 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

The answer to that question is yes, there are degrees of anger. We will take a look at those degrees in a moment but first let’s consider a couple of characteristics of anger. First, anger is a basic emotion built into us by God Himself. Just as God gets angry so we, who are made in the image of God, get angry. The Bible tells us that God  was repeatedly angry with rebellious Israel and with His children when they sinned. Consider Psalm 30:5 where King David writes, “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime. . .” or Psalm 38:1, “O Lord rebuke me not in Thy wrath; and chasten me not in Thy burning anger.” God is often called a God of wrath and fury (Deuteronomy 29:28, Psalm 6:1).

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February 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

The 2020 election was 3 months ago, but America is not yet able to move forward. In counseling we sometimes refer to this as being stuck and “spinning our wheels”. Spinning wheels are an indication of an unresolved issue. Certainly America has many unresolved issues. The last time we had such a divided country civil war resulted. I believe most Americans are trying desperately to avoid another such event. But how do we do that? What are the hidden issues, and how do we move beyond this moment in time?

Sometimes we need to look backward before we can move forward. That is what the children of Israel were required to do before they entered the Promised Land. Many times the prophets reminded the people of their identity as ...

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February 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

February in Minnesota is winter; there’s no getting around it. Snow is on the ground. Ice houses are on the frozen lakes. The plows and salt trucks are out in full force. The nightly news features a ski report on all the local ski hills, not mountains (hey c’mon, this is Minnesota, not Colorado). When Elsie, the children, and I moved to Minnesota from northern California the good Minnesotans told us to “embrace the winter.” Our California friends told us we’d be dead in six months. They told us, “You’re not used to the cold. You’ve got thin blood like us. You’ll freeze to death!” So they outfitted us with electric dipsticks, woolen afghans, and all manner of winter apparel.

Now I&...

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February 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

Having gone through an incredible year like 2020, it is normal to ask if we are in the end times. Are the last days of planet earth upon us? Is this the time when God will pour out His wrath on wicked mankind and Jesus Christ will return? How will we know if we are in the end times? Theologians call this type of study eschatology which means “study of the last things.”

A question you might ask is where should we start on this kind of study. The disciples admired the beauty of the second temple in Jerusalem and remarked as such to Jesus. Jesus told them that the temple would be destroyed to which they asked when and what will be the signs of His second advent. Signs preceding the second coming of Jesus Christ seems like a ...

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February 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

Last December, the week before Christmas, Elsie and I were remotely watching our grandson’s Christmas concert. On a sidebar chat I noticed a blurb by Aisha who was critical of the concert. I came to the defense of the concert and thus started an interesting chat room conversation. It turns out Aisha is a 14 year old young man who happens to be black. I’m a 75 year old who happens to be white. In the course of our back and forth, I mentioned that this concert was a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Aisha shot back that Jesus was black and he could prove it. I asked how he intended to do that since the Bible never mentions Jesus’ skin color. He declared that scholars have found black tribes of Jews in the holy land ...

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January 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

After King David died, his son Solomon became king of Israel. The son of Solomon, Rehoboam, was the legitimate heir to the throne. But Rehoboam’s right to rule was challenged by an enemy of the king and of the established system of government. Jeroboam, son of Nebat, had fled to Egypt from King Solomon; but when Solomon died, some of the Hebrew people called him back to Israel to be their king. (See I Kings 12-14) Thus Israel was divided into 2 kingdoms -- the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom. The northern kingdom under Jeroboam was composed of ten tribes and was called Israel. The southern kingdom, led by legitimate King Rehoboam, was composed of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin and called Judah.

The original nation of ...

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January 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

In the month of January, we begin a multi-part series on the End Times. Theologians call this eschatology or “study of last things.” Why do a series on the end times? Here’s the reasoning. Few churches are preaching on it. Few Christian podcasts are speaking about it. Few Christian magazines are publishing articles on it. The podcast, Hope for the Hurting, which my daughter, Laura, and I broadcast, is tackling it but few others. Why not? Why aren’t many Christian voices speaking about the End Times especially in light of all we’ve gone through in 2020. Here are three possible reasons: 1. It requires taking stands on controversial End Times doctrines. Some are faint of heart and shy away from controversy. 2. It ...

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