Category Archives: Sin

The Church’s First Martyr

I take no pleasure in reporting that much of what a lot of Christians believe about God really doesn’t stand up to the test of scripture. “God wouldn’t let me remain sick.” Tell that to Trophimus (2 Timothy 4:19). “God … Continue reading

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The First Church Scandal

I don’t care how smoothly a church is humming along, it isn’t immune from scandal. The problem is that people can’t help but be people. They are sin-marred individuals who are card-carrying members of a sin-married race. Sin is in … Continue reading

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A Lesson Samuel Didn’t Learn

Of all of Israel’s great spiritual leaders, none rises any higher than Samuel. He was a prophet. He was a priest. He was the last of Israel’s Judges, the series of men who led the nation before its time of … Continue reading

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An Important Reminder About Hurricanes

We cancelled services yesterday at Oak Grove Baptist Church because of the threat of flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Florence. The forecast was for our Nebo, N.C., area to receive 6 to 12 inches of rain, with the … Continue reading

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A Fresh Word From God

Now the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. (1 Samuel 3:1, N.K.J.V.) The Hebrew word translated as “widespread revelation” in this verse … Continue reading

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Ministering in Humility

Louisiana televangelist Jesse Duplantis made national news recently by asking his followers to pay for a new $54 million jet he wants to buy. If his followers come through for him, it will be the fourth time they’ve bought him … Continue reading

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Remember Lot’s Wife

When the burgeoning camps of Abraham and his nephew, Lot, became so large the same area could no longer support their flocks, the two men separated (Genesis 13:1-7). Lot took one look at the lush, fertile, well-watered plain of Jordan, … Continue reading

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