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Why Believe in the Pretribulation Rapture

Despite the fact that some are revising their views on when the Rapture of the Church takes place, I am still convinced of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture described in I Thessalonians 4:13-18. Yes, it is true that the word "rapture" doesn't occur in Scripture, but neither does the word "Bible;" yet we still call the Word of God the Bible. The word "rapture" comes from a Latin word meaning "to catch up or carry away" or "to seize suddenly." Here is why I believe this event … Continue Reading ››

Following the Call of Jesus

"And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him" (Matthew 4:19-20).
Peter and Andrew heard the call of Jesus as they were casting their nets into the Sea of Galilee, trying to catch some fish. The Bible says that they "straightway" left their nets to follow Jesus. The word "straightway" means "immediately" - an indication of how determined they were to follow Christ. The word "followed" carries the idea of being … Continue Reading ››

The Gift of Love

I read the story of a postal worker whose wife died in a traffic accident a few months before Christmas. He was overcome with grief, especially during the Christmas season, and tried to stay busy at work sorting through the stacks of mail that inevitably come through the post office this time of year. On a particular day he was in charge of letters inadequately addressed. In his stack of mail, he discovered a card to Santa Claus, North Pole, and it had his return … Continue Reading ››

Hail the Incarnate Deity

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:" (Philippians 2:5-7). The entire Gospel message runs contrary to human thinking. The Creator being sacrificed for His creatures. The Judge of all the earth paying the penalty of the guilty. The immortal One dying. The … Continue Reading ››

Divine Preparation

"For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel" (Luke 2:30-32). Among those waiting for the Messiah was a devout man by the name of Simeon. Luke 2:26 says, "And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ." The "Lord's Christ" refers to "the anointed One, the Messiah." Simeon recognized the … Continue Reading ››

The Message of the Christmas Angels

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in … Continue Reading ››

Thanks Living Is Better Than Thanksgiving

Psalm 100 is a well known psalm, probably second only in popularity to Psalm 23. It emphasizes the universal nature of God's kingship and is a benediction to that series of psalms (Psalms 93,95-100) which are devoted to the Lord's kingdom rule during the Millennium. Most of it is a call to praise and thanksgiving. Thanking the Lord, however, is something we must do with our lives as well as with our lips. How shall we do it?
  1. BY SERVING - "Serve the LORD with gladness..." … Continue Reading ››

Don’t Forget God!

"I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old" (Psalm 77:11).
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the most destructive earthquake ever was the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake that struck the Tokyo and Yokohama areas on September 1, 1923. The initial jolt, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, was followed by a 40-foot-high tsunami. About 80 percent of the dwellings in Yokohama and 60 percent of those in Tokyo were destroyed. A total of 142,907 people were killed … Continue Reading ››

Freedom is not Free

"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour" (Romans 13:7, KJV).
On Veterans Day, November 11, let us pause to reflect on the service and sacrifices of all those who have put on the uniform to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States. Let us honor our veterans, who proved their heroism and love of country time and time again. More than a million have died in service … Continue Reading ››

What a Privilege to be a Preacher

 
"And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry" (1 Timothy 1:12).
This Sunday, November 5, 2017, will be 42 years that the Lord has allowed me to serve in full-time Christian ministry. I began as an associate pastor to Dr. John McCall at Faith Baptist Church in Sarasota, Florida, on November 1, 1975. While the ministry has not been an easy life in many respects, it has certainly been a blessed life. … Continue Reading ››