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The Importance of Biblical Teaching

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The Importance of Biblical Teaching Mike Johnson The Bible emphasizes that it is essential for our teaching to be in a very bold and straightforward manner, and preaching must be in strict compliance with the Bible.  The early church received a great deal of teaching, and the Bible describes the preaching done then and that, […]

Job Sinned Not

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JOB SINNED NOT! Mike Johnson Job 1 tells us of Satan’s quest to get Job, who was a righteous, to sin against God.  Satan had told God that the only reason Job was upright was that God had, as Satan put it, “made a hedge about him.”  Satan agreed with God that Job was righteous […]

Where Is This Coming He Promised?

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(II Peter 3) “WHERE IS THIS COMING HE PROMISED?” Mike Johnson The Bible frequently speaks of the second coming of Christ.  In one of the historical accounts (Acts 1:8-11), the Apostles were told by two angels, after Jesus had ascended to Heaven, “…Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same […]

They Are Without Excuse

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“They Are Without Excuse” (Romans 1:19-20) Mike Johnson In Romans 1 and 2, there is a discussion about the spiritual conditions of both the Jews and the Gentiles.  The conclusion in Romans 3:23 points out all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Although the Jews were God’s chosen people, the Gentiles […]

Leaving Something for Your Children

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Leaving Something for Your Children Mike Johnson It is common for parents to leave an estate for their children, and it is helpful for children to be able to receive it. From an inheritance, perhaps a child can pay off a car, a house, or maybe pay for college tuition for someone in the family. […]

Worms For Sale

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WORMS FOR SALE  It is an old story, but is still worth telling.  A lark, singing in the high branches of a tree, saw a traveler walking through the forest carrying a mysterious little black box. The lark flew down and perched on the traveler’s shoulder. “What do you have in the little black box?’ […]

Uphold the Weak

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Uphold the Weak (I Thess. 5:14) Mike Johnson Paul closes the book of I Thessalonians with some very important and practical exhortations. In chapter 5:14, he “exhorts” (NASB — “urge”) the brethren to, among other things, “uphold the weak.” Christians have a responsibility to “uphold the weak.” The weak are those who are spiritually weak. […]

The Christian & Tithing

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THE CHRISTIAN AND TITHING Mike Johnson Should Christians tithe today? This question is important. Many people today speak about tithing, which involves giving one-tenth to God. However, is this practice binding on Christians today? Tithing was a part of the Law of Moses, and there are stringent regulations concerning it found in such passages as Leviticus 27:30-34, Deuteronomy 12:5-18, […]

The Kingdom & Colossians 1:13

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THE KINGDOM AND COLOSSIANS 1:13 Mike Johnson “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son.” (Col. 1:13) The above passage reveals what God did for the Colossian Christians as well as for those who are Christians today and contains some very important information […]

Daughters of Men, Sons of God (Gen. 6:1-2)

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DAUGHTERS OF MEN, SONS OF GOD Mike Johnson “Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.” […]

Does Every Person Have a Right to His Own Belief?

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Does Every Person Have a Right to His Own Belief? Mike Johnson The answer to the above question is, in one sense, YES, but in another sense is NO. To begin with, consider the question from a “constitutional” or “legal” standpoint.  People do have a right to their own belief in matters of religion according to […]

Where Did Can Get His Wife?

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WHERE DID CAIN GET HIS WIFE?  Mike Johnson The above question is a very old question.  Other questions are perhaps more important, but this question is frequently asked (sometimes by scoffers) and should be discussed. Genesis 4:16,17points out that Cain went to the land of Nod after he killed his brother.  Verse 27 says, “And Cain […]

Are We to Keep the Sabbath Today?

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ARE WE TO KEEP THE SABBATH TODAY? Mike Johnson Should Christians observe the Sabbath today?  Many people feel that those who worship on Sunday instead of the Sabbath violate God’s Word. To them, assembling on the first day of the week instead of the seventh is a man-made practice. There are more than 150 Biblical […]

Confusion Abounds

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CONFUSION ABOUNDS! Mike Johnson FROM HUNTSVILLE: I agree with “West Coast.” Protestant worship services are mostly selling tickets to ball games, pictures, records, and signing petitions on political issues. There is very little spirituality. And the music is a disgrace. No hymns anymore, just modern junk. –Disgusted GREENWICH, CONN:  That Protestant person is not alone with the complaints […]

Religious Titles

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Religious Titles Mike Johnson Most preachers use a religious title.  Some call themselves “Reverend.”  In Catholicism, they call their priests “Father.”  One religious organization (the Masons) refers to certain ones in their organization by such titles as “Worshipful Master” or “Most Worshipful Grand Master.”  What does the Bible say about the use of such religious […]

Are We Complacent About Sin?

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ARE WE COMPLACENT ABOUT SIN? Mike Johnson Many years ago, my wife and I moved into a house, which was very close to a well-traveled train track, and trains traveled on the tracks throughout the night. At first, the whistles from the trains woke us up. Before long, however, the passing trains rarely disturbed our […]

Saints

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  SAINTS Mike Johnson There is a great deal of misunderstanding about the term “saint.”  Some think of the word in connection with receiving a second blessing from God, which makes a person “sanctified” and incapable of sinning.  To be qualified as saints, still others say that people must meet specific qualifications (such as performing […]

Don’t Treat Prayer Like a Spare Tire

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DON’T TREAT PRAYER LIKE A SPARE TIRE Mike Johnson  Do you spend a lot of time thinking about the spare tire in your automobile?  Many people do not.  In fact, many do not even check to see if they have a spare tire in their trunk.  However, there is a time when all attention is focused […]

Was Peter the First Pope?

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WAS PETER THE FIRST POPE? Mike Johnson The above question is certainly a good question and needs to be considered.  There are many who think that Peter was the first pope.  However, the Bible does not even teach that there should be the position of a pope, much less that Peter was the first one.  […]

Going After the Noble Prize

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Going After the Noble Prize Mike Johnson Are you going for “The Noble Prize”? You might think, “How can I go after that prize? I don’t know anything about physics, chemistry, or physiology. I am not involved in the field of literature. I am not a well-known person who has done a lot for world […]

Missing Out on A Valuable Treasure

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Missing Out on A Valuable Treasure Mike Johnson “One person’s junk is another person’s treasure.” I am confident that almost everyone has heard this expression. We know that another may view something, which may seem worthless to one person, as valuable. The popularity of garage/yard sales in our country attests to this. An Associated Press Story […]

Hate Father & Mother

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Hate Father and Mother Mike Johnson  Luke 14:26 says, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.”  Why does Christ say that we must hate our fathers and mothers and other family members?  […]

Ignorance

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Ignorance Mike Johnson The moon was a thin crescent in the Canadian skies on the night the astronauts neared it for the first landing on the surface.  A farmer in Nova Scotia could not get over the unnecessary risks that the astronauts were running and said, “You’d think they’d at least wait until it was […]

How Well Do You Listen?

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HOW WELL DO YOU LISTEN? Mike Johnson How well do you listen?  We would not remember some of the most famous statements ever made if someone had not listened carefully to what was said.   Listening and listening correctly is very important to learning.  One person put it like this: “Talk, and you say what you […]

A Lesson from Luther

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A Lesson from Luther Mike Johnson Luther was quite slow from a mental standpoint.  He was well-liked in the community, and it was easy to get along with him.  However, some of the young men in the neighborhood could not resist having some fun with him from time to time.  At the little store where […]

Three Great Questions

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THREE GREAT QUESTIONS Mike Johnson   Where do we come from?  What are we doing here?  Where are we  going?  These are three great questions which have always concerned mankind.  Philosophers have tried to answer these questions but have been unsuccessful.   However, since God has chosen to speak to us through the Bible, we can […]

The Importance of Truth

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The IMPORTANCE OF TRUTH Mike Johnson What is truth?  This is a very good question.  Pilate asked it in John 18:38.  He may, however, have asked the question with scorn rather than with a thirst for knowledge.  Nevertheless, it is still a significant question. Jesus said in John 17:17 in his prayer to God, “ […]

Truth Is Narrow

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TRUTH IS NARROW Mike Johnson Truth is narrow.  This concept is easy to see, and most people understand it.   Consider an illustration from science.  We know under ordinary conditions, at sea level water freezes at 32 degrees.   Suppose a scientist says, “I am very broad in my scientific beliefs.  I am not one of you […]

Jonah & the Great Fish

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Jonah & the Great Fish Mike Johnson Most are familiar with the story of Jonah, which is in the book of the Bible called Jonah.  Jonah was fleeing from God in a ship and was eventually cast into a stormy sea.  There he was swallowed by a great fish, and he lived in the belly […]

Lessons from Naaman (II Kings 5:1-14)

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LESSONS FROM NAAMAN Mike Johnson II Kings 5:1-14 tells us about one of the more well-known cases of healing in the Old Testament. This story tells of a man named Naaman, who was healed of leprosy by God. In this article, we will discuss the story of Naaman and then draw some valuable lessons. The Story […]

Buy the Truth & Sell It Not

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BUY THE TRUTH & SELL IT NOT Mike Johnson Proverbs 23:23 says, “Buy the truth, and sell it not . . .” This passage shows the extreme value of truth.  We are to spare no pains or costs to obtain it, and once we have it, we are to keep it safe.  We should not be […]

Wise Men & Fruit

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Wise Men & Fruit Mike Johnson  Here are two questions that I would like for you to answer.  1. How many wise men came to visit Jesus when he was born in Bethlehem?  2. What kind of fruit did Adam and Eve eat when they sinned in the garden? Most would probably say that three […]

Some Facts About the Judgment

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SOME FACTS ABOUT THE JUDGMENT  Mike Johnson   What does the Bible teach about the Judgment Day?  We need to understand particular facts about the judgment.  It is frequently mentioned in God’s Word and was often preached (Acts 24:25; 10:42).  Consider some facts in God’s Word about the judgment. IT IS CERTAIN Few things in […]

In Everything Give Thanks (I Thes. 5:18)

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IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS (I Thessalonians 5:18) Mike Johnson I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks. . . .” This teaching occurs during a series of short admonitions near the end of the book of I Thessalonians. Earlier, Paul told them they needed to “rejoice always,” and they were to “pray without ceasing.” We might […]

Is Ignorance An Excuse?

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IS IGNORANCE AN EXCUSE? Mike Johnson Some people seem to think that if a person is ignorant about what the Bible teaches, God will not punish him. However, many passages teach that ignorance is not an excuse (Hos. 4:6, Rom. 10:1-2). The Bible even commands us to add “knowledge” (II Pet. 1:5), and it commands […]

I’m Not as Bad as He Is

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“I’M NOT AS BAD AS HE IS” Mike Johnson Consider a case where an officer pulls someone over for speeding.  The officer approaches the stopped car, and the driver responds by saying, “I know that I was going over the speed limit, but I have probably been passed by two hundred cars just in the […]