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US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 7) - We Are Likely Modern-day Assyria and Babylon

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X. We are likely modern day Assyria and Babylon and are the rod in God's hand to destroy wicked nations, but will most likely be destroyed by God after he is done with us.
1. God punishes wicked nations at sundry times and in divers manners.
A. Sometimes God using the weather to accomplish His chastening of people (Job 37:11-13).
B. Sometimes God uses natural disasters (Nah 1:2-8).
2. Sometimes God uses wicked men or nations to punish other wicked men or nations.
A. The wicked are God's hand and sword that He uses for His purposes (Psa 17:13-14).

Video Blog - Unconditional Election

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Basic Bible Doctrine (Part 07) - Total Depravity (Part 2)

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57:51 minutes (12.06 MB)

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iii. They don't seek after God (Rom 3:11).
a. The wicked will not seek after God, nor do they think about God (Psa 10:4).
1) They do not seek God because they do not mind the things of the Spirit, but rather the things of the flesh (Rom 8:5).

Blog - Without Charity We are Nothing

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"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing." (1Co 13:1-3)

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 6) - We Are Not a Righteous Nation

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I. We are not a righteous nation. What business do we then have to try to force our immorality on others?
1. Wicked nations are characterized by:
A. Pride (Eze 16:49).
i. America is a proud nation; just look at the "American Pride" bumper stickers.
ii. God hates pride (Pro 8:13; Pro 16:5).
B. Fullness of bread (affluence) and an abundance of idleness (Eze 16:49).
i. America is an affluent bread and circus society.
ii. The chickens are beginning to come home of roost and we are losing our high standard of living.

Video Blog - Total Depravity

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Basic Bible Doctrine (Part 06) - Total Depravity (Part 1)

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IV. The Nature of Man (Total Depravity)
1. When Adam and Eve were created by God, they were created very good (Gen 1:27,31).
A. They were created in God's very own image.
B. They were pure and had no concept of evil (Gen 2:25).
C. God made man upright (Ecc 7:29).

Blog - The Time is Short

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"But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away." (1Co 7:29-31)

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 5) - The Just War Theory and the Founding Fathers on War

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7. The Just War Theory. (This is not Bible, but is a theory which has it roots in Christian philosophy). The following was taken from Wikipedia.
A. Jus ad bellum (the right to go to war).

Video Blog - Regeneration Before Faith - The Doctrine is in the Grammar

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Regeneration Before Faith - The Doctrine is in the Grammar

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Basic Bible Doctrine (Part 05) - Bible Interpretation (Part 2)

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3. The rules of Bible interpretation.
A. There are no contradictions in the Bible.
i. When prophets prophesied, they had to do it according to the proportion of faith (Rom 12:6).
a. According adv. - According to. a. In a manner agreeing with, consistent with, or answering to; agreeably to.
b. Proportion - 1. A portion or part in its relation to the whole; a comparative part, a share; sometimes simply, a portion, division, part.

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 4) - The Principles of Non-intervention and Non-aggression

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4. Nonintervention is not isolationism.
A. Isolationism - 1. The policy of seeking (political or national) isolation: with special reference to the U.S.A.
B. Isolation - 1. a. The action of isolating; the fact or condition of being isolated or standing alone; separation from other things or persons; solitariness.
C. Isolate v. - 1. trans. To place or set apart or alone; to cause to stand alone, detached, separate, or unconnected with other things or persons; to insulate.

Blog - Spiritual Chickens and Eggs

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Which came first, the chicken or the egg? - that is the age-old question. For Bible believers the answer to this philosophical perplexity is simple: the chicken came first, because God created the birds (Gen 1:20) before He told them to multiply in the earth (Gen 1:22), which requires laying eggs. Let's see if there can be a spiritual parallel drawn from this chicken and egg illustration?

Video Blog - The KJV vs. the NIV (Non-Inspired Version)

Basic Bible Doctrine (Part 04) - Bible Interpretation (Part 1)

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I. Bible Interpretation (hermeneutics)
1. The origin of sound Bible interpretation.
A. Man is supposed to live by every word of God (Mat 4:4).
i. It is by God's word that we get understanding (Psa 119:104).
ii. The Bible is a light and a lamp to show us the way (Psa 119:105; Pro 6:23).
B. Therefore it would make sense that the Bible would tell us how to interpret itself, which it does.
2. Some prerequisites for understanding the Bible.
A. The Bible can be understood; it is not some dark book shrouded in mystery.

Video Blog - Jesus Christ is Reigning on David's Throne NOW!

When Do We Resist Evil and Defend Ourselves?

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When Do We Resist Evil and Defend Ourselves?

I. When should we not resist evil?
1. It is acceptable with God when we suffer for doing well (1Pe 2:20).
2. We are called to suffer for righteousness as Christ did, whose example we are to follow (1Pe 2:21).
3. Jesus did not resist the government when they came to arrest Him (Joh 18:1-9).
A. They came for him with weapons (Joh 18:3).
B. Jesus had easy access to a weapon with which to defend Himself (Luk 22:38; Joh 18:10).
C. Jesus could have destroyed them (Mat 26:53).

Blog - Faint, Yet Pursuing

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After Gideon and his little army of 300 men had watched the LORD deliver the army of the Midianites into their hands by causing them to turn on themselves and kill each other (Jdg 7:22), Gideon and his men went after Zebah and Zalmunna, the two kings of Midian, faint, yet pursuing them (Jdg 8:4).

Basic Bible Doctrine (Part 03) - God's Word (Part 2)

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5. The means of the preservation of the scriptures.
A. Some say that God only inspired His word in the original autographs.
B. The original autographs no longer exist, therefore either 1) God lied when he said His words would be preserved forever, or 2) He preserved them in copies and/or translations.
C. God is well able to, and has, preserved His scriptures in copies.
i. Moses and the stone tablets.
a. God gave Moses the "original autographs" which He personally wrote (Exo 31:18).
b. Moses destroyed the "original autographs" (Exo 32:19).

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 3) - The Right to Self Defense

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VI. We have discarded and forgotten the biblical position of nonintervention and nonaggression.
1. Proponents of an interventionist and imperialist foreign policy will cite O.T. examples of where God commanded Israel to utterly destroy wicked nations and possess them (Jos 6:17-21; 1Sa 15:2-3).
A. They will say that God hasn't changed (Mal 3:6; Heb 13:8) and therefore a Christian nation such as the USA still has such a mandate.
B. While God hasn't changed, His law has (Heb 7:12; Heb 8:13; 2Co 3:6-13).

Blog - All By Himself

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"Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;" - Heb 1:3

Basic Bible Doctrine (Part 02) - God's Word (Part 1)

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II. God's Word
1. Throughout time, God has spoken to men by various and different means (Heb 1:1).
A. Sundry - Having an existence, position, or status apart; separate, distinct.
B. Divers - Different or not alike in character or quality; not of the same kind.
2. God spoke by the prophets in the Old Testament times (Heb 1:1).
A. The law that God gave by the prophets was spoken by means of angels (Heb 2:2).
i. The law of Moses was ordained by angels (Gal 3:19).

Basic Bible Doctrine (Part 01) - Existence of God

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Basic Bible Doctrine

I. The Existence and Nature of God
1. The Bible declares that there is only one God (Isa 44:6-8; 1Co 8:6).
2. Even without the revelation of God, man can reason from the creation and know that there is an eternal and omnipotent God who created all things.
A. The visible things that are seen prove the existence of the invisible God who is not seen (Rom 1:20).
B. The heavens declare the glory of God (Psa 19:1).
C. The heavens declare His righteousness (Psa 50:6; Psa 97:6).
D. The creation teaches us that God created it (Job 12:7-10).

Blog - Does Believing in Evolution Lead to Sodomy?

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Have you ever wondered why our society has become such a debauched and depraved cesspool? If you haven't, it's probably time for some introspection and an appointment with the optometrist. The answer was written for us by the apostle Paul in the book of Romans nearly 2000 years ago. This is a case of history repeating itself and as George Santayana famously wrote: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it".

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 2) - Why We Shouldn't Support Israel Politically or Militarily

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V. The false burden which is placed on us to support the nation of Israel.
1. Misguided people who don't understand who the real Israel is misuse Old Testament verses to convince people that we must support and defend the modern-day nation of Israel.
2. They cite verses that say that God will bless them that bless Israel and curse them that curse Israel such as (Gen 12:3; 27:29; Num 24:9).
A. This promise was made to Abraham and his seed (Gen 12:3 c/w Gen 22:17-18 c/w Gen 26:4 c/w Gen 28:14).
B. Jesus Christ was the seed to whom the promise was made (Gal 3:16).

The Kingdom of Heaven IS the Kingdom of God

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The Kingdom of Heaven IS the Kingdom of God

I. By simply comparing spiritual things with spiritual (1Co 2:13), it is irrefutable that the "kingdom of heaven" spoken of in Matthew is synonymous with the "kingdom of God" spoken of in Mark and Luke. (see attached spreadsheet)
II. The kingdom of heaven/God came and was a present reality at the first coming of Christ.
1. Jesus said the kingdom of heaven / kingdom of God was "at hand" (Mat 4:17; Mar 1:14-15).
A. At hand - a. Within easy reach; near; close by. - Oxford English Dictionary

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 1) - A Wrong Understanding of Who the Real Israel Is

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US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical?

I. The stated and commonly believed pillars of US foreign policy in the Middle East.
1. We are fighting terrorists on their own soil so they don't come here.
2. We are a righteous nation and we need rid the world of evil.
3. We are spreading freedom and democracy to the oppressed peoples abroad.
4. We must stand for and defend Israel.
II. Why US foreign policy in the Middle East is largely flawed and wrong from a biblical perspective.
1. Christians have a faulty understanding of who the real Israel is.

The Beginning of a Journey (Part 3)

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6. The LORD then gives Joshua the prescription for a prosperous and successful journey (Jos 1:8).
A. Joshua was to meditate in the book of the law.
i. Meditate - v. 1. trans. To muse over or reflect upon; to consider, study, ponder.
b. To fix one's attention upon; to observe with interest or intentness.
ii. Muse v. - 1. a. To be absorbed in thought; to meditate continuously in silence; to ponder.
iii. Consider v. - 1. To view or contemplate attentively, to survey, examine, inspect, scrutinize.

Divide and Conquer (Part 2)

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VI. Strategy #3: Divide and conquer; using your enemies' weakness against them.
1. Paul was brought before the council and once again tried to reason with them (Act 23:1).
A. He declared to them that he had lived in good conscience all his life.
a. Paul stated this fact more than once in his defense and in his letter to Timothy (Act 24:16; 2Ti 1:3).
b. Paul also impressed upon Timothy, the young preacher whom he had trained and ordained, the importance of maintaining a good conscience (1Ti 1:5,19).

Blog- Give Me This Mountain

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When Israel came out of Egypt and journeyed through the wilderness and came to the border of the land of Canaan, Moses sent in twelve men from the tribes of Israel to spy out the land and bring back a report. Of those twelve spies, only two (Caleb and Joshua) brought back a good report and encouraged the people to do as God had said and to take the land (Num 14:6-9); and because of that only the two of them out of their whole generation would come into the promised land (Num 14:30).