Fathers hold an irreplaceable influence in all humanity. Sigmund Freud believed that humanity’s need for a powerful father figure manifested in the creation of Jehovah God. While Freud was tainted by his time and bias, the famous psychoanalyst understood that the way people see God can be affected by their desires from fathers. What society…

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When people think of love, they may consider all the variety of relationships in the world, memories of romance and family time, recollections of kindness from strangers or the best of times with close friends. However, the ultimate connection to love comes from the Heavenly Father who first showed the world love before humanity understood…

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Popular Christianity often portrays God as an all-loving, all-tolerant, all-forgiving Father above who would never send someone to Hell for some small infraction of the law because God loves His creation too much to see a ‘good’ person suffer in eternal punishment. Many religions, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, and the World-Wide Church…

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This recent decade casts a long shadow of challenges to all generations. As a result, many Americans seek and hope for a beacon of encouragement and enlightenment, especially a moral standard on which to stand in times of uncertainty and perceived moral decline. “Barna conducted the annual State of the Bible survey, commissioned by American Bible…

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One of the primary motives with many ‘Christian’ groups in making changes to worship derives from a desire to modernize the worship and plan of redemption to accommodate current world views. Many suggest that baptism has its roots in Jewish ceremonial washings of purification, and therefore, a cultural command of the time. Others proclaim that…

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In discussions on biblical authority as mentioned in last week’s article, matters of expediency inevitably surface. Why? When a member of the church tells someone that their instruments are not mentioned in the Bible, and therefore, such instruments should be banned because there is no biblical authority for them, several respond with the observation that…

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The mainstream doctrine of the church has always promoted the necessity of biblical authority. In fact, the churches of Christ seem to be known in the religious world for being so consumed in biblical authority that the church takes their teachings to the point of legalism, which by the definition of the denominational world is…

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False teachings do not come into congregations with great, red signs proclaiming, “I am a false teacher, and I am here to divide the church.” Instead, they stealthily creep in “privily” (ASV) or “unawares” (KJV), doing their work like termites, undermining the foundations, and remaining largely undetected until the damage is done (Jude 4). Jesus…

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If the greatest innovators in American history teach the world anything it is that hard work necessitates success. Thomas Edison famously quotes, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Henry Ford chides, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few…

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When most people hear the word “sacrifice,” they start to worry and consider all the things they will lose in their lives; they do not consider what comes from the sacrifice or what may be gained from it. American commercialism conditions people to think that they can have it all and should have it all!…

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