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WHAT IS A MISSIONARY? Somewhere between saintliness and foolishness, we find a curious creature called a missionary. Missionaries come in assorted sizes, weights, and colors, but all are sent by the one Lord who commanded His people to evangelize.Missionaries are found everywhere: going to, lifting up, launching out, coming from, staying with, bringing around, bearing with, and standing for. FIVE THINGS YOU DON’T NEED IN ORDER TO BE AN EFFECTIVE MINISTER OF JESUS CHRIST Christians…

Casting The Children’s Bread To DogsWhat did Jesus mean when He said don’t give children’s food to dogs?One of the verses to which you refer is Matthew 15:26- “But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.” In this story (Matthew 15:21-28), a woman of Canaan came to Jesus to ask Him to deliver her daughter from a devil. Initially, He refused with the…

Steps to Victory Over CigarettesLetter to David Reagan(the author of the article)I am a born again believer and I can’t put my cigarette smoking habit away. How do I overcome this? I will not take the pain and deny my flesh for too long, and it really discourages me. I worry because I am hurting my testimony and the entire body of Christ by my actions.Sins of the flesh seem to be conquered in three…

Preparation for FaminePreacher Bryan BurrAmos 8:11-1311 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.13…

I will start from the general definition of the terms and then get to your particular situation.The four terms you mention–vow, oath, swear, and pledge–are referring to three very different situations. Only three, because swear and oath go together. In the Bible, to swear is to make an oath and an oath is what someone swears. Consider these meanings:Oath, Swear: an oath is a solemn declaration, usually based on an appeal to God or to…

Would Jesus Oppose the Death Penalty? Reagan, David Scripture Passage: Matthew 5:17 While campaigning for the presidency, George W. Bush was interviewed by Bill O’Reilly. O’Reilly pointed out that Bush had named Jesus Christ as his model political philosopher and suggested that this might be a contradiction with Bush’s own support of the death penalty. Bush replied, “I can’t justify the death penalty in terms of the New Testament. I’m going to justify it in…

What about Women Wearing Pants? I have to admit that I dread answering this one. Not that it is unimportant and not that it is an improper question. It is a good question. But it seems to generate too much unprofitable venom and hatred–from both sides. I will answer it and we will put the question and answer up, but I state here and now that I will ignore the challenges that come in questioning…

Culture and the Bible In Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary, there is no meaning of the word culture as it can be used at times today. The 1828 meaning basically defines it as any labor for improvement or growth. When did this word change its meaning? The reason I was thinking about this is because some people who call themselves Christian refer to the Bible’s “culture” at the time. Someone has told me that in the…

Believers in evolution who scoff at anybody who believes in creation commonly make the charge that there is no scientific theory of creation. They are right! Creation is a divinely revealed truth. A companion assertion of evolutionists is that there is no scientific evidence for creation. Here they are wrong. Creationists, when confronted with the frontal attack against creation, have often not made a correct response because they do not correctly understand the relationship between…

Galatians 5:1-13 THE CALL OF THE BELIEVER; A CALL TO LIBERTY Introduction: The word “Liberty” is the Greek word “Eleutheria”, it means freedom, as in unrestrained, not a slave, from obligation or liability. Background of the book of Galatians: The letter to the Galatians is a response to the reports of the infiltration of and Judaizers into the Church at Galatia. Obviously, we see that the letter was written to the Church at Galatia. These…