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Using Grape Juice from Concentrate for the Lord’s Supper

I have been in a situation in the past where a local church felt it necessary to obtain fresh grape juice NOT from concentrate for use in the Lord’s Supper, this raises the question, is it okay to use today’s common grape juice at the grocery store that is from concentrate? An examination of ancient history will reveal that grape juice from concentrate is not just most common for us today but was most common for the first-century church as well. From its beginning, the New Testament church observed communion with the Lord, partaking of the two emblems which the […]

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A Question Concerning Lot’s Wife

I received the following from the Question Box: Is there any connection between Lot’s wife being turned into a pillar of salt in relation to what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah? Is there a special reason God chose this type of punishment?                          I greatly appreciate this question because it caused me to turn my attention to Lot’s wife, whom I have not studied in a while, nor had I studied her case enough to be able to answer this question. And now, after closer study, I hope I can relate the text and other biblical references in such a […]

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The 1,000 Year Reign

This is the final article addressing the “end times” doctrine, if you missed any of the previous ones, please ask for a copy. So far, we have assessed each point of the doctrine against the word of God and have found the following views to be lacking in consistency with what the Bible teaches: (1) Signs of the End. (2) Rapture. (3) Seven-Year Tribulation. (4) Armageddon. Now we will examine the next era of the “end times” timeline, the 1,000-year reign of Christ on the earth, reigning from the physical location of Jerusalem. The concept of the 1,000-year reign stems […]

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The Battle of Armageddon

Does the Bible speak of a great carnal conflict of the future called the battle of Armageddon? Many today believe this, but what does the Bible say? The “end times” theorists believe in an enormous battle that will take place within the “seven-year tribulation” (see previous bulletin for more info). They believe it to be a final battle between all the nations of the earth against Christ. Now that we have an idea of what is taught today, let’s turn to the scriptures to see if this is consistent with the word of God. On a single occasion, we find […]

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The Seven-Year Tribulation

In the last couple of articles, we discussed the difficulties of accepting the popular doctrine of the rapture and the signs that would precede the “end times.” Following the common timeline for the doctrine of the “end times,” we will now consider the next event: the seven-year tribulation. The timeline goes as follows: (1) Signs of the end. (2) Rapture. (3) Seven-year tribulation. (4) 1,000-year reign of Christ. (5.) Final judgment. A popular religious website (gotquestions.org) explains the seven-year tribulation: “The tribulation is a future seven-year period of time when God will finish His discipline of Israel and finalize His […]

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The Rapture

The doctrine of the rapture has taken the religious world by storm. It is a fascinating, mystical thought to just vanish right in front of the lost world. It has attracted many to the doctrine in the same way that magicians attract large crowds to see their vanishing acts. Nevertheless, as amazing as it sounds, we must put the truthfulness of the rapture to the test by examining the word of God. One thing to note about the doctrine of the rapture is how new it is to religious circles. Looking through the many writings of the last 2,000 years, […]

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Signs of the End Times

I have done some preaching on the extremely popular “End Times” doctrine, but due to its prevalence in our society, I believe it prudent to continue to speak out against this teaching, whether in future sermons or written material. So, I hope to take a few weeks in the weekly bulletin and address the main points of the doctrine. The “End Times” theory covers a wide range of subjects, but to summarize it, the label refers to: 1. Signs that will take place before the end; 2. A rapture of the righteous from the earth; 3. Seven years of tribulation […]

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Christ, our Brother

It is a difficult thought to accept, that Christ could be considered our brother, because He is the supreme God and creator of all. Now certainly we are in no way equal to Him, but in another context, it is biblical to consider Him as our brother, and I’d like to consider this perspective today. In Hebrews 2:11-12, the inspired writer reveals that “both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying: “I WILL DECLARE YOUR NAME TO MY BRETHREN; IN THE MIDST OF […]

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The Pews in Ezekiel’s Time

A most fascinating situation unfolds in Ezekiel 33, one that allows us to gaze deeper into the twisted minds of the Israelites. Ezekiel has been a sign to the captives of Israel for many years in Babylon concerning God’s destruction of Jerusalem and the land of Judah. Now, a messenger comes and reports the desolation of the land of Judah, thus confirming the message of Ezekiel. The scoffers have long rejected Ezekiel, but all must now confess that he is indeed a true prophet. Ezekiel, once unpopular due to the unpleasantness of his message and his call for the people […]

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What Shall We Do About Christmas?

In the previous bulletin, we considered mainly how Christians cannot scripturally observe Christmas as a commemoration of Christ. However, I did not have enough space to consider other critical details concerning Christmas and the Christian. So, we will continue the discussion this week focusing on whether a Christian can celebrate Christmas in any other capacity. To start with, I want to tell you that I do believe it is possible for Christians to celebrate Christmas as long as it is without religious association. However, if we had lived in a different century, I would have said just the opposite. We […]

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