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Voters, Wakeup

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Voting is one of the basic freedoms our Constitution gives us as citizens in the USA. Because of the seriousness of choosing our nations leaders, it is essential that we educate ourselves relative to some basic truths and realities related to voting. This book is a wake up call for voters to take seriously this freedom and blessing. In 13 chapters, subjects ranger from "Rating Your Voting Concerns" to "22 Things I don't Consent to", the author set forth a positive case to take voting seriously. Regardless of your party of candidate, this book will help and encourage you. The author is issuing a wake up call.

The 409 Forgiveness Rule

Just Released!

FORGIVENESS! This is what we all need and want from time to time and as quickly as possible. However, depending on the offense, we are slow and reluctant to extend it to others. The title of this book, as well as the content, is based on Jesus' reply to Peter when the apostle asked how often should you forgive a person (Matthew 18:21-35). If we don't forgive others, our heavenly Father will not forgive is (Matthew 6:14, 15). Jesus continued that we must forgive seventy times seven: 70x7= 490. Thus the title. This book covers every aspect of forgiveness. It is perfect for private reading and study as well as class study.

Beyond Sunday

Living Christianity Everyday

The sphere of our love for God is without limits; it transcends the hour or two each Sunday many Christians give to God in fulfillment of the greatest commandment. This book is a wakeup call to remind us that the Christianity revealed in the Bible is about more than Sunday morning church attendance. It is a total way of life: 24-7-365 days each year. This is not an attempt to minimize the essentialness of attending church services; especially on Sunday. In fact it is my hope that it will encourage faithful attendance in all the church services and Bible classes. But remember Christianity is lived BEYOND SUNDAY.

The Preacher Who Baptized Jesus:

Jesus' Favorite Preacher

John the Baptist! Most connect his name with being beheaded because of a sermon he preached; which historically happened. Many, however, don't know John was Jesus' favorite preacher.

In this brief volume I have tried to highlight some of the dynamics and important traits of the man Jesus said, "Of men born of women, none are greater than John." John baptized Jesus. John is part of our preaching and teaching heritage, and deserves honoring and imitating. My desire is that this book will contribute in some small way to this end.


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DEFINITION:      Webster: “a religion that is considered or held to be false or unorthodox, or it members.”      Theological: “In the context of traditional doctrines and practices of biblical Christianity, a cult is a group that believes and practices beliefs that are contrary to the (1) Divinity, (2) eternal existence (3)incarnation, (4) virgin birth, (4) exclusive saviorhood, death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ. Plus many other teachings and practices that contradict the Bible (e.g. 66 books). 21 CHARACTERISTICS OF A CULT:      A cult associated with “Christianity” may be identified, according to basic definitions, by one or more of the following characteristics: Usually identified by a human founder: (1) Joseph Smith, (2) Charles T. Russell, (3) Mary Baker Eddy, (4) Ellen G. White, (5) Sun Myung, (6) Jim Jones, (7) Ron Hubbard, (8) Hare Krishnas, etc. Members are taken though a psychological indoctrination (“brain washing”). Their belief system is characterized by closemindedness and a superiority complex. Members tend to be antagonistic and rejecting of others who don’t share their beliefs. A high level of intolerance toward any position, doctrine, or practice not like theirs. Most cults were founded by persons—men and women—who claimed to receive divine authority, revelation, and appointment by God or angels. Some claimed to be God or a god. Most cults are apocalyptic believing in the future there will be some cataclysmic, Armageddon, or other major event that only faithful members will survive, etc. A cult member will usually stop studying with you if you don’t readily accept their teachings or ask questions they cannot or don’t know how to answer. They are always right, you are always wrong. Most members accept organizations teaching without questioning. Usually afraid to question. There is usually a national headquarters that controls members and practices. There is usually a…

  • If you are wearing a wedding ring or own a wedding ring, you have a continual reminder of the wedding promises you made to your spouse. Think about this fact!   The wedding vows you swore when you married, if they were the traditional ones, had these sobering words: For better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health… until death parts us. These vows made it clear that there may be some challenges ahead in your marriage. But for some reason you may seem surprised to discover the vows are prophetic. Wedding vows do come true! You…

  • When most people hear the word capital they think of investing in gold, silver, shares of stock, investments in company's startups, and so forth. These are some of the various ways of gaining assets that yield rewards and income over a period of time; usually over a long period of time. There are, however, other forms of capital that a person may invest in and gain continual assets. Education is one of these capitals. Time, effort and money spent in educational pursuits are investments in human capital. Investment in educational capital will never result in a loss. You cannot be…

  • Growing up I constantly heard that there were two things you didn’t engage persons in conversations about, religion and politics. Why? Most conversations in these two areas, especially politics, gender strife, disagreement, and categorizing.      For the past year, starting in 2015, our nation has been engaged in one of the most heated and contentious discussion and debate about Presidential candidates, in modern times. During this time 20-25 persons, from major parties, were seeking the highest office of the land. That number has dwindled down, as of March 31, 2016 to five. During this time numerous media forums misnamed “debates”…

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As I travel around the brotherhood I am asked more and more frequently, “Whatever happened to leadership training?” This question is relevant in light of the decline of leadership in the church; especially the training and equipping of men to serve as elders and deacons. I recently came across these phrases by an unknown author: “When the ship is sinking, it not the time to train the crew in abandon ship drills.” “When the last inning is played, it’s not time to call for a pinch hitter.” “When the sheep have been scattered, lost their way, or eaten by wolves, it is not time to ask for volunteers to be shepherds.” The best time to take out fire insurance is before there is a fire. The best time to learn how to swim is before you are going down for the third or last time. The best time to train competent leaders is before there is a crisis. Most congregations are in their present state because it is where past leadership decisions and actions have brought them. Where the church will be tomorrow and years from now depends on leadership training, decisions and actions of today. Why Aren’t We Training Leaders? Back to the question: Whatever happened to leadership training? Here are some of my answers to this vital question: 1. Some congregations have never engaged in a regular, curriculum based, and advanced training for all levels of church leadership. 2. Some congregations have failed, for whatever reason, to see the need for the ongoing training of leaders. They seem to be blinded to this need. 3. Some have given up the training of leaders because it didn’t accomplish what they thought it should accomplish. 4. Some gave up training future leaders because they didn’t have an “expert” or competent…


    Why did God give us, and preserve for us, a written document called the Holy Bible? Was it so we would buy it and He would get a royalty? Was it for coffee table decoration? Did He give us the Bible to confuse us? The answer to these three questions is NO. Obviously God gave us the Bible to read, understand and apply to our lives. Since the German printer Johan Gutenberg invented the printing press with moveable type, and on which the Bible was the first book printed, the Bible has been a best seller. Millions of copies in…


    Congruence (n) “1 the state or quality of being in agreement; correspondence; harmony.” Concurrence (n) “1 A happening together in time or place                              2 a combining to produce or bringing about something 3 Agreement; accord.”      Do you know what these two words have to do with Christianity? [ ] Yes [ ] No. The title of this lesson may have tipped you off. It has to do with our walk of holiness before God and others. They refer to the consistency God demands relative to what is outside in our behavior, being in harmony with what is inside. There…


    One of the first songs I learned after becoming a Christian was Trust and Obey: When we walk with the Lord In the light of His word What a glory He sheds on our way! While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey. Trust and obey for there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey                                                                                                            (J.H. Sammis & D.B.Towner). The two words—trust and obey—aren’t very popular in our day; especially obey. Like so many other virtues in our society and churches, the…


    Some of us remember these statements: “The family that prays together stays together.” “The family is the backbone of the nation.” “The community is a reflection of the families who live in them.” When you hear the word FAMILY what comes to mind? Sadly, when some hear family in cause’s painful memories; others are filled with happy memories. From the first family—Adam and Eve—until the most recent family, families have faced challenges. Some families have grown stronger and closer together, while others have deteriorated.      Whatever happened to family?      “There is no such thing as society: there are individual…

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