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Posts from February 2014

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Strike the Tent

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STRIKE THE TENT  Mike Johnson The last words people speak before they die may be spoken under a variety of circumstances.  Sometimes a person speaks his last words without realizing that death is near.  For example, a person’s last words may be a comment about what a beautiful day it is.  Sometimes a person’s last […]

Authority 02 (The Authority of God, Christ, & the Apostles)

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THE AUTHORITY OF GOD, CHRIST, & THE APOSTLES Mike Johnson  Everyone is subject to authority today.  Many are employees and are thus subject to the authority of their employers.  All of us, whether we want to be or not, are under the authority of our government.  There is authority that by choice we put ourselves under, […]

The Brevity of Life

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The Brevity of Life Mike Johnson The Bible uses many different terms to express the brevity of life.  It describes life as a wind, a cloud, grass, a flower, and also as a vapor. (Job 7:6-10, 14:1-2; James 4:14; I Pet. 1:24).  The Christian and the alien sinner constantly need to have the concept of […]

Authority 01 (Introduction)

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WHY IS DIVINE AUTHORITY NEEDED? Mike Johnson  “By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?”  These questions were asked of Jesus in the Jerusalem temple by certain chief priests and elders of the Jews (Mt. 21:23).  Although not sincerely motivated, these questions bring out two principles.  First, there is a need […]

God’s View of the Death of the Righteous

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God’s View of the Death of the Righteous Mike Johnson  Dealing with the death of a loved one can be one of the greatest agonies that a person has to face.  We think of the death of a loved one in terms of heartache, tears, sorrow, and pain.  Yet, Psalm 116:15 says, “Precious in the sight […]

Concern for Others

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CONCERN FOR OTHERS  Philippians 2:4  Mike Johnson   An often overlooked, yet significant passage, Philippians 2:4 says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”  This concept is contrary to the popular notion espoused by humanists and others who selfishly care only for themselves.  Many people today will only […]

Are All Believers Christians?

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Are All Believers Christians? Mike Johnson  Are all believers Christians?  The Bible answer to this question is “No.”  The Bible teaches that becoming a Christian takes more than simply being a believer. John 12:42-43 actually speaks of unsaved believers.  It says, “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees […]

Swift to Hear, Slow to Speak, Slow to Wrath

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SWIFT TO HEAR, SLOW TO SPEAK, SLOW TO WRATH  Mike Johnson  In James 1:19, James addresses his “beloved brethren” and gives a very important admonition.  The verse  says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” Contextually, this exhortation seems to refer particularly to our disposition […]

The Purpose of Baptism

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The Purpose of Baptism Mike Johnson  Baptism has been a controversial subject in the religious world and also a neglected subject by many preachers and teachers.  Baptism is not at all an obscure subject as the word “baptism,” or some form of it, occurs more than one hundred times in the New Testament.  This subject […]

He That is Baptized Not?

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HE THAT IS BAPTIZED NOT?  Mike Johnson  Mark 16:16 says, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved….”  This verse shows plainly the purpose of both “belief” and “baptism.”  However, some point out that since the last part of verse 16 says, “…but he that believeth not shall be damned,” and does not say, […]

Baptism and the Conversion of Saul

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BAPTISM AND THE CONVERSION OF SAUL Mike Johnson  The conversion of Saul is recorded in Acts 9.  We learn here that Saul was on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians when the Lord appeared to him.  At this point, he realized that Christ was actually God’s son ( v. 6).  Saul was told to go […]

Belief & Baptism

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BELIEF AND BAPTISM Mike Johnson Mark 16:16 says, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned.”  Jesus spoke these words just prior to his ascension.  Here, salvation is promised but it is conditional.  Actually, there are two conditions stated as being necessary for salvation. They are […]

The Silent Killer

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The Silent Killer Mike Johnson  High blood pressure is sometimes referred to by doctors as “the silent killer.”  It is referred to in this way because people often do not even know that they have high blood pressure until it has already done its damage. This is not an article about high blood though, but […]

God’ Inspired Message

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GOD’S INSPIRED MESSAGE  Mike Johnson  In I Thessalonians 2:13, Paul wrote, “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively […]

Carried by Angels

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Carried by Angels  Mike Johnson An interesting line occurs near the end of Hamlet, as Shakespeare has Horatio saying these words as Hamlet dies: “…Good night, sweet prince, / And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!” (5.2.361-2).  Shakespear’s idea of angels being near when an individual dies does not conflict with what we […]

Bad Language

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Bad Language Mike Johnson The story is told of a farmer who drove his team of mules into town, but he was very late in returning.  His wife asked him what had taken so long.  The farmer replied, “Well, on the way back I had to pick up the preacher, and from then on, these […]

Bad Company

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Bad Company Mike Johnson The story is told of two parrots who lived near each other.  The one was accustomed to singing hymns while the other was addicted to swearing.  The owner of the latter obtained permission for it to associate with the former in the hope that its bad habit would be corrected.  Instead […]

Use of the Bible

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USE OF THE BIBLE Mike Johnson People use the Bible in many different ways.  Sadly, some only use the Bible as a place to record marriages, births, deaths, etc. Some people use it to swear on, sometimes calling for an entire stack.  Others use it just as an ornament for a living room table, thinking […]