Pastor Joe's Blog

May
08 2016
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The influence of pomp and superstition

The influence of pomp and superstition   Humanity has long had a love affair with pageantry and ceremony. We love grandiose productions with all the accompanying grandeur. Hitler and the Nazi party used this fascination for the purpose of selling their brand of Arian supremacy and National Socialism, and later...
April
29 2016
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The Morning Star

The Morning Star   This article is inspired by the essay written by C.S. Lewis entitled The Weight of Glory.   We are strangers in the universe. Some try to convince the people of the world that the glory of man is here on the earth, but when we question the use of the word...
April
23 2016
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Preprogrammed Bias

Preprogrammed Bias   It is possible to see, when examining the history of Christian theology since the beginning of the church, that some influential pastors or teachers (or bishops, as they were called) struggled to let go of their loves of the past. By loves I mean either philosophy, human morality, licentiousness, culture,...
April
17 2016
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Miracle on Ives Street

Miracle on Ives Street When does God move to surprise you in the case of something that you believed without a doubt was a lost cause? Does He move right away or does He sovereignty wait until the last minute? I suspect we have all had a lot of the immediate kind and few of the last minute kind,...
April
01 2016
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The past and current attacks on Christianity

The past and current attacks on Christianity I have written from time to time about the progressive movement, which started in Germany in the eighteen hundreds and began to take over American universities at the turn of the century. It spread so fast that we had our first progressive president,...
March
25 2016
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Charlie the Daisy

Charley the Daisy So I read an article this afternoon about an elementary school in Southern California that had to cancel a play put on by some kindergarteners. It wasn't because of an earthquake or a terrorist threat or a power outage, but because when the play started some parents or...
March
18 2016
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Sufficiency

Sufficiency The Christian constantly finds himself in need of God's assistance. How often he finds himself to be completely helpless and powerless without Him. Yet God is all sufficient and perfect in power and wisdom. Arrogance and pride are always lurking at the heels of the believer, which at times makes the believer start to imagine that he...
February
26 2016
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Doubt

Doubt I have stressed quite a bit this past week about the full conviction of faith in who we are in Christ, in being identified with Him in His death as well as His resurrection. I have been speaking of a level of faith that is more than mere assent to the fact, and is a deep and firm...
February
19 2016
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"What gives, I thought I was over this."

"What gives, I thought I was over this." It's a wonderful feeling to have completed a trial or test in the spiritual life. The situation may still be ongoing but your struggle within it is over. God had revealed to you in the midst of the trial, how to trust Him and put it in His...
February
05 2016
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The fate of the child of God and the fate of the fool

The fate of the child of God and the fate of the fool. We all get what we get according to our choices. In this is a sort of fate, but not as the world sees that term. To the world fate is a word that refers to an inevitable end, no matter what one chooses. But this is only half the truth. What one chooses concerning the One who decrees all things...
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