September 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

Why is it so hard sometimes to get a clear and truthful answer? We deal daily with many truth detours. Whatever happened to telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? Why do we fear the truth? Is it because we are hiding something? Is it because we don't know the answer and don't want to reveal that we don't know? Are we too lazy to find out? Are we afraid of being wrong? Are we desperate to avoid conflict?

Children fear telling the truth because they don't want to get in trouble. Is that why so many grownups also avoid straight talk? And what about “little white lies?” What exactly is a little white lie? How about when we tell partial truths, but not the whole truth, in order to ...

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September 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

Should you and your spouse make an appointment to come in for professional biblical counseling?  That depends.  As counselors, Elsie and I see many couples each month for a variety of reasons. They come with a broad range of issues such as depression, anger, addiction, sexual dysfunction, and financial struggles.  Some of the reasons why they seek professional biblical counseling as opposed to another kind of counseling are:

1. Professional biblical counseling is Bible-based counseling.  It combines biblical and doctrinal counsel with marital counseling.  Professional biblical counseling approaches issues from a Christian perspective, viewing them through a Biblical lens.  For example, we know that as ...

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September 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

It was Valentine’s Day of 2001. I came out of church and was on my way to my car in the parking lot when it happened. I stepped onto a yellow-painted curb and down I went like a ton of bricks. I wound up with a spiral fracture of my left ankle. In surgery they installed a plate and a bunch of screws to hold the ankle in the right position. I can walk again but my running days are over.

Now fast forward twenty years to August 8, 2021. Here I am coming out of church, missed a step and went down to my knees. I almost did a face plant and would have had I not put out my right hand to break my fall. Yep, you guessed it. I broke my right wrist and, once again, require surgery and a plate to be implanted. Someone suggested I might want to ...

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September 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

Introduction
Just as there are two resurrections listed in the Bible, so there are also two judgments. The first judgment is called the Bema Seat of Christ. Bema means “court or tribunal” and describes Christ’s review of our works done on earth as believers with an eye toward rewards. Romans 14:10 declares, “. . . For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” Finally, 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

The second judgment is called the Great White Throne Judgment. It is mentioned in Revelation 20:11-15. It is a ...

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August 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

Have you noticed that attitude can make all the difference. It can make our days, relationships, and conversations, easier or harder. Attitude influences whether we approach a situation with enthusiasm or negativity. Attitudes are contagious. A positive attitude brightens a situation, while a negative attitude sends waves of doubt and heaviness. I remember a professor I had who walked into class the day of a test and stated, “The anxiety in this room right now is thick enough to cut with a knife.” It was true. We were all concerned about the test, and the combined anxiety was palpable. So it is with a positive or negative attitude. You can typically pick up the vibe instantly when someone enters a room or a conversation with a ...

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August 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

Yes, those who live in Harmony, Minnesota have heard all the puns. “Finally, dear, we are in harmony!” “Can we be in harmony on this?” “Let’s see if we can sing in harmony.” Elsie and I took a day trip to this wonderful little town of 973 people because we had heard that there was a large Amish contingent of families living in and around Harmony. When we arrived we found a business that took tourists on tours of Amish farms and stopped along the way to shop for the fabulous, Amish-made goods. We took the tour and spent three hours learning about the Amish and their way of life. It’s a simple but very demanding life. They don’t believe in using electricity or motorized vehicles so ...

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August 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

What a pleasant surprise! I recently received a call from a pastor in Florida whom I had discipled while a pastor in Yuba City, CA in 1980. We hadn’t connected in 41 years! Needless to say, we had a lot to catch up on. He and his wife have been married for 52 years, just like Elsie and me. He went to seminary and eventually earned his doctorate. He has been pastoring the same church in Florida for the past 25 years. The frosting on the cake is that his son, whom Elsie and I knew as a baby, is now also a pastor in Florida. What a wonderful reconnection! To God be the glory for I had no idea when he and I met for discipleship that he would hear God’s call to become a pastor. God knew and God gave me the delight of learning about ...

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August 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

We have seen the revelation of the Anti-Christ, an overview of the 7 year Great Tribulation, the building of the Tribulation Temple and the restart of the sacrifice system with the priests, peace on earth for Israel, the Satanic alliance of nations, the Satanic trinity, the Abomination of Desolation, the two witnesses, the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, and the mark of the Beast (666). We now turn our attention from earth to heaven and ask the question:

 What is happening to believers in Christ who have been raptured while the Great Tribulation is happening on the earth?

A.     The Return of Christ for His Bride – While Anti-Christ and the nations rage in turmoil and war upon the earth, the Church is being ...

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July 1, 2021 @ 8:00 PM

These are the closing words of each stanza of our national anthem. The Star-Spangled Banner was written as a poem originally titled “The Defense of Fort McHenry” on September 14, 1814, by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812 (June 18, 1812 - February 16, 1815). The war was a conflict between the United States and its allies and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and its colonies in North America and its allies. During the war, British forces took a prisoner named William Beans of Upper Marlborough, Maryland. and held him aboard a warship in Chesapeake Bay. With permission from President James Madison, two Americans communicated with the British for Beans’ release. The two Americans were Francis Scott Key,...

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July 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

Introduction:
So far in this series we have looked at the signs of the end times, the rapture of the church of Jesus Christ, an overview of the 7 year Great Tribulation, the Revelation of the Anti-Christ, the building of the Tribulation Temple, the time of world peace and the Satanic trinity, the Abomination of Desolation, the two end times witnesses, and the 144,000 Jewish evangelists. Wow! We’ve covered a lot and we’re only halfway done! In this broadcast we will look at the mark of the beast.

Shortly after the midpoint of the Great Tribulation, the False Prophet and the Anti-Christ compel everyone to receive the mark of the Beast on their right hand or forehead. This raises two questions about the mark: 1. The number ...

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