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Ebenezer

Ebenezer

Ebenezer “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.” (1Samuel 7:12). The word “Ebenezer” is from “Eben” which means stone and “Ezer” which means help. So literally a stone of help. But it is not the stone that helped them. As Samuel said: “The Lord has helped us this far”. The stone was simply a memorial to remind them of the Lord’s…

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Christ Must be Preeminent

Christ Must be Preeminent

The Lord Jesus Christ must have the preeminence in all things (Colossians 1:18). There is no greater truth than this. He must be the first and last and the all in all. This must not only be true in theory but in practice. He must be the most important in the life of the believer, in the church and in our preaching. I do not hear anyone denying this truth for indeed, to deny it would be the worst form…

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What’s Gone Wrong With the World?

What’s Gone Wrong With the World?

There was a time, not so long ago, in western countries, that society was pretty civil, people were basically decent and business could be done on a handshake. Even when people disagreed, they did so with civility and a certain amount of respect for the other person. Christians, churches and pastors were respected by unbelievers and Christians tolerated one another, even if they did not always love one another. But now it seems that not a day goes by without…

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The Two Gospel Heresy

The Two Gospel Heresy

AKA Hyperdispensationalism AKA Bullingerism I have been surprised by the extent to which this doctrine has permeated Bible-believing churches on every continent. In some cases the followers of the doctrine prefer to remain within orthodox churches where they quietly and subtly spread their ideas. At the same time there are hundreds of churches that have formed around these teachings. These churches, at first glance, appear to be orthodox and not unlike other fundamentalist, Bible-believing churches. Some of these churches operate…

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False Prophets or Just Mistaken?

False Prophets or Just Mistaken?

Prophets being wrong about their predictions is not new, but at no time in history have more prophets been so dramatically wrong about the same thing. The same prophets who all prophesied that 2020 was going to be a great and wonderful year, and who did not see Covid-19 coming, predicted that Donald Trump would be reelected and would have been installed for the second term. Not only was he not reelected, he was not installed and on the contrary,…

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The Star Spangled Cross

The Star Spangled Cross

“but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,” (1Corinthians 1:23). Paul is emphatic that the church only has one message – the cross. Not wisdom, not miracles, not Israel, not even the church, but the cross and the cross alone. Everything flows from, and must be subject to, the message of the cross. “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2). His…

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Peace in the Midst of the Storm

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

As Christians we live in momentous times. Everything around us is being shaken – politics, the economy, health, churches, and believers all around, are crumbling. Anyone who is a true believer living in 2020 is affected and if you are not, then you are living on another planet. I have never seen a time like this. It is not only the Corona virus and the many side-effects of this plague that is shaking us, but believers are facing unprecedented struggles…

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Multitudes Barred from Heaven!

Multitudes Barred from Heaven!

In the 48 years I have been in ministry, I have seen much error and heresy. I have seen many fads come and go, and in the process these have drawn many into perdition. But I have never seen anything like what we are seeing now. There is a fight to the death for the souls of believers. The grounds of the struggle is truth. Not only doctrinal truth, but everyday truth. Lies and propaganda have become the order of…

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Fake News, Alternative Facts and Deception

Fake News, Alternative Facts and Deception

(For the Dutch Version click here. We live in the most amazing times. In all my studies of books, Scripture and human nature, I could not have imagined seeing what is happening today. Truth and integrity has totally disappeared, both in the world and the church. We have seen a very deliberate and systematic process unfold in politics with profound results. A war has been unleashed against truth in every form. The term “fake news” is used to describe this…

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Who are the Remnant?

Who are the Remnant?

The idea that there would be a faithful remnant in Israel is firmly established in the Old Testament. The word is used over 80 times, almost exclusively referring to a remnant of Israel. Even the New Testament refers to the Israelite remnant: “…I have reserved for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” (Romans 11:4-5). However, there is…

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