April 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

The Easter story is declared by Paul in I Corinthians 15:3-7. Paul states that Christ died. He was buried. He was raised. He appeared. Paul’s creedal statement as recorded in I Corinthians dates back to early Christianity. It is written soon after the actual event took place, giving it significant credibility. Jesus’ resurrection is the pivotal aspect of the Easter story. Without the resurrection, the story would have no value. Easter would have no significance. There would be nothing to celebrate. In fact, without the resurrection, Christmas would have no significance. Many martyrs have died for a cause, but none has ever been raised to life again. At the time of Christ there were people then, as there are now, who did not ...

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April 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

[Editor’s note: This article was written by Laura Houle with the approval of Hopewell Counseling. Laura is our daughter and is a passionate patriot for America. She is also a committed believer in Jesus Christ and an unashamed witness for the Gospel.]

What will a frog do when you drop it into a pot of boiling hot water?  It quickly leaps out to safety.  However, if you put a frog in a pot of lukewarm water, it will get very comfortable.  So comfortable, in fact, that it doesn’t even notice the water temperature being turned up until it’s too late.

That’s what has been happening in America.  The water in America was lukewarm for a very long time, and we became very comfy and complacent. &...

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April 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

The Revelation of the Anti-Christ

Thus far we have looked at the signs leading up to the Great Tribulation, the Rapture of the Church of Jesus Christ, and a brief overview of the Great Tribulation. During the first 3.5 years of the Great Tribulation, a man of mystery and great influence will arise. He is called by many names: The Anti-Christ (meaning “substitute or counterfeit Christ”) (1 John 2:18). Revelation 9:11 calls him the “king” of the locusts of the abyss (demons). Rev. 9:11 also calls him the “angel of the abyss,” “Abaddon” (destruction-Hebrew), and “Apollyon” (destruction-Greek). Remember a primary characteristic of the thief in John 10:10, “He comes only to steal...

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April 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

Elsie and I have been in full or part-time Christian ministry for 42 years, 33 of which were in the pastorate. We have pastored congregations in Illinois, California, and Minnesota. We have attended more churches than we can count and been members of seven. We are pretty familiar with the inner workings of the Bride of Christ. Based on that backdrop of experience, I would like to humbly submit a list of the marks of a healthy church. How healthy is your church? “It’s pretty healthy,” you say. How would you know? Are there any tangible, practical ways to measure the health of a church? Sure. Here is a list of 12 marks of a healthy church compiled by Pastor Stephen Paul Goold and me back in 2002. We spoke at a Freedom in ...

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March 1, 2021 @ 7:00 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 @ 7:00 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 @ 7:00 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 @ 7:00 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 @ 7:00 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 @ 7:00 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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