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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 man, to sin against God. Satan had told God that the only reason Job was righteous was because God had, as Satan put it, “made a hedge about him.” Satan agreed with God that Job was […]

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 […]

How Do You View Sin?

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How Do You View Sin? Mike Johnson In our society today, sin is often viewed as acceptable.  In the past, however, shame was often associated with sin.  Today, it is common for people to admit openly to engaging in sinful practices, making no attempt to hide them.  For example, a couple living together, although now  […]

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 of the spiritual conditions of both the Jews and the Gentiles.  The conclusion is found in Romans 3:23 which points out all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Although the Jews were God’s chosen […]

Leaving Something Behind for Your Children

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Leaving Something for Your Children Mike Johnson It is not uncommon for parents to leave an inheritance for their children, and it is nice 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 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?’ […]

Support the Weak

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SUPPORT THE WEAK Mike Johnson Paul closes out the book of I Thessalonians with some very important and practical exhortations.  In chapter 5, verse 14; he “exhorts” (NASB — “urge”) the brethren to, among other things, “support the weak.” Christians certainly have a responsibility to “support the weak.” The weak are those who are spiritually […]

The Christian & Tithing

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THE CHRISTIAN AND TITHING Mike Johnson Should Christians tithe today? This is a very good question and one that is important. Tithing involves giving one-tenth to God. Many speak of tithing today, but is it binding upon Christians? Tithing was a part of the Law of Moses, and there are very strict regulations concerning tithing […]

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

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DAUGHTERS OF MEN, SONS OF GOD Mike Johnson  “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.” (Gen. […]

Are All Religious People Christians?

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ARE ALL RELIGIOUS PEOPLE CHRISTIANS? Mike Johnson   Many people today are religious.  They may belong to a denomination and attend services regularly.  Others, while not belonging to any particular denomination, may believe in God, read their Bible, and pray from time to time.  These are all “religious,” but does the fact that they are make […]

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.  One does have a right to his 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 CHRISTIANS 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, are in violation of 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 […]

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 […]

Religious Titles

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Religious Titles Mike Johnson Most preachers use some type of religious title. Some call themselves “Reverend.” Priests in Catholicism are called “Father.” One religious organization (the Masons) refer 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 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. Trains traveled on the tracks throughout the night.  At first, the whistles from the trains woke us up.  Before long, however, our sleep was rarely disturbed by the […]

Saints

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  SAINTS Mike Johnson  There is a great deal of misunderstanding about the term “saint.”  Some think of the term in connection with receiving a second blessing from God which makes a person “sanctified” and incapable of sinning.  Still others say that after a person has been dead for a number of years, he may […]

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 after “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 something which may seem worthless to one person may be viewed as valuable by another.  The popularity of garage/yard sales in our country attests to this. An […]

Hate Father & Mother

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Hate Father and Mother Mike Johnson  Luke 14:26 says, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father and mother, and wife, and children, brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be may disciple.”  Why does Christ say that we must hate our fathers and mothers and other family […]

Ignorance

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Ignorance Mike Johnson The moon was a thin crescent in the Canadian skies on the night that 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 […]

How Well Do You Listen?

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HOW WELL DO YOU LISTEN? Mike Johnson How well do you listen? Some of the most famous statements ever made would not be remembered if someone had not listened carefully to what was said. Listening, and listening properly, 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 was easy to get along with.  However, some of the young men in the community just 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 is a principle that is easy to see, and most people understand it.   Consider an illustration from science.  We know that 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 […]

Jonah

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Jonah Mike Johnson Most are familiar with the story of Jonah which is recorded in the book of 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 of the fish for three days […]

Lessons from Naaman

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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 important lessons. […]

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 “buy” 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?  It is very important for us to understand certain facts about the judgment.  The judgment 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 […]

Don’t Judge Me!

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“Don’t Judge Me!”  Mike Johnson  In society, as well as in the church, people who are in leadership positions have lost their backbone!    Many people have gotten, what might be called, the “Ann Landers/Dear Abby” syndrome. (They wrote an advice column in the newspaperseveral years ago.)  What is this you ask?   This “syndrome” comes from […]

In Everything Give Thanks

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“In Everything Give Thanks” Mike Johnson I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks. . . .”  This teaching is given in the midst of a series of short admonitions near the end of the book of I Thessalonians.  Earlier, Paul had told them that they needed to “rejoiced always,” and that they were to […]

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, a number of passages teach that ignorance is not an excuse (Hos. 4:6, Rom. 10:1-2).  In fact, the Bible even commands that we add “knowledge” (II Pet. […]

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 might pull 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 […]