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FIRE Conference Report (www.firefellowship.org)

Well, as some of you know, my wife and I were in Estes Park, CO for a pastor's conference this past Monday through Wednesday. The theme this year was "The Balanced Minister." There were 5 sessions: The Balanced Devotional Life; The Balanced Study Life; The Balanced Home Life; The Balanced Shepherding Life; The Balanced Exemplary Life. They were all very convicting. Each pastor that came up to preach on the topics were very humbled and admitted that they were not where they should be in each area. I ordered CD's for all 5 sessions so I can listen again ,and share it with the Elders or anyone else that would like to listen to them. There were also numerous reports by various missionaries in different areas of service. Italy, Spain, Philippines, Indonesia, two schools, and more were represented. I will be sharing some info with my fellow Elders ;-). The conference also got me thinking about some other things as well. Those from the church (and anyone else that wants to…

What Brings Satan Pleasure? From The Audience One Website

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What Brings Satan Pleasure?

1. When men of God abandon the preaching of the gospel to become "would be politicians" consumed with the political affairs of men
2. When the preaching of God's Word is substituted with relational anecdotal experience, personal happiness programs, and human potentiality makeovers
3. When pastors no longer shepherd God's people and the pulpits have become playgrounds
4. When psychology has replaced biblical discipleship
5. When men of God are flattered to become "late night talk show guests" on cultural and spiritual issues, but never once call the nation, other guests, or the talk show host to repentance by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation; they've simply become culturally acceptable biblical motivational speakers thinking that access to mainstream media means they are making an impact
6. When the vicar of Rome is acknowledged as the vicar of Christ
7. When sin is called sickness; when disobedience…

A Few Thoughts on Hyper Calvinism By Dr. James White

A Few Thoughts on Hyper Calvinism

James White
The following exchange took place around the year 2000. If I am recalling correctly, an unsolicited e-mail arrived with a large "cc" list of people. As you will see, my initial response was very brief, because I learned long ago that these kinds of impromptu e-mail lists will suck the life right out of you if you let them. False teachers have, seemingly, unlimited time resources. In any case, when the reply came, I did invest a few moments to type out a few thoughts I have had on the subject of the demands of hyper-Calvinists. I hope they are useful to others as well.
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The person who wrote this (below) does not see the MAIN work of the Devil.The Devil works in FALSE RELIGION. It is his goal to keep people in falsereligious refuges of self-righteousness. The work of the Devil is to keeppeople believing that salvation is conditioned on the sinner in any way toany degree. The work of the Devil is to get people into churches where …

Pastor Joey Rogers of Means Baptist Church-Newsletter

Excellent commentary by my friend and brother in the ministry,
Pastor Joey Rogers.

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While our word continues in indifference towards God, we can rest assured that His judgement does not slumber. We see the increasing effects of sin as it continues to pollute even our local assemblies. This generation of relativism and “Dr. Phil” philosophy continues to grow evermore in love with itself, as it hardens to the law of God. Whatever shall come of our present culture? A sure judgement. Isaiah 13: 11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. There is coming a day in which the proud and haughty hearts of this wicked generation shall glare into the fiery judgement which is our God. They will plea with unmoving words before His throne of indignation, only to be met with a great and fiery wrath that man cannot begin to imagine. T…

Baptist Press Article

I was sent the following article from Baptist Press. Abortion is murder, plain and simple (Ex. 21:22-23). On top of that, some are stripping away parental authority to further the abortion/murder cause. How much lower can we sink, when we have many in the world that care more about and give more rights to animals than they do unborn babies. God, may you be pleased to be merciful to us even though we do not deserve it.

MOTHER ARRESTED –- An Illinois woman was arrested when she sought to prevent her 14-year-old daughter from having an abortion, according to a published report.The mother, whose name was not published by The Illinois Leader, went to the Hope Abortion Clinic in Granite City March 17 and found her daughter had signed in on the register. She did not find her daughter in the waiting area and went to the front desk, The Leader reported.“I was told I could not prove my daughter was there, so I began calling her name,” the mother said. “A medical tech at the clinic told me, ‘It’s…

Today Is April 12th :- )

And what does that mean to me? Well, it made me think of Acts 4:12 where the Lord says through the Apostle Peter regarding Jesus the Christ: "There is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved." Jesus Himself said in Jn. 14:6 "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one can come to the Father but through Me." Looks pretty clear to me. It is only through Christ and His sufficient, substitutionary, satisfactory atonement and resurrection that people are saved. That leaves out good works and every other religion. Like Jesus said in Mt. 7:13-14 "Straight is the gate and narrow is the way the leads to life, and few there be that find it. But broad is the gate and wide is the way the leads to destruction, and many there be that find that." Yet those of us that have been chosen, called and regenerated have nothing to boast/brag about. Because if God had not done that none of us would be saved. "For by grace are you saved through faith, AND THAT N…

So Many Religions...Is That True?

That's the way the world looks at it. Many religions and many paths to God, most people think. But is that true? I mean, look at what we got: Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, Roman Catholics, Protestants, Baptists, and more. Which one is right? Now bear with me before jumping the gun about me lumping in Protestants and Baptists with that group.

How do we respond and deal with so many religions? Is there really that many? I say no! Because when it really comes down to it, there are only 2 kinds of religions...Works and Grace, Self and Christ. The works/self way leads to condemnation, the Christ/Grace way leads to eternal life in heaven. There may be many founders behind all those religions, but the one thing they all have in common is the false belief that works completely or partly saves them. It doesn't matter what name is behind it (including Christian), if they believe that sacraments, ordinances, charitable deeds, or good works helps get t…

Excellent Article By Singer, Writer and Preacher Steve Camp

Waking Up in Perditionby Steve Camp

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The Wages of Trusting in a "Gospel" of Works Righteousness
The most frightening words anyone could ever hear would be those of our Lord found in Matthew 7:21-23, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'” Can you imagine, you called Him Lord; you did works in His name—even works of ministry; and He declares that you were only workers of lawlessness and that He never knew you? Thinking you were on your way to heaven, you wake up instantly upon your death in Hades in the full conscience of your sin, His Lordship and the eternal pun…

Church: Have To or Want To?

While I was at my job outside of the church, my young professing Christian co-worker made a remark about receiving one those chain e-mails that tells you to forward it to a certain amount of people to receive a blessing (I got it too and ended up deleting it). He made the comment, that as his youth pastor said, he didn't need to do that to prove he loved Jesus, or to be blessed. And how right he is. But one of my other co-workers quickly responded to him that she didn't need to go to church to love God (by the way, this is the same person that doesn't believe all of the bible is the word of God, that 'works' plays a part in salvation, and that non Christians will go to heaven.)
Well certainly it is true, that a person doesn't "have" to go to church to prove they love the Lord. A person doesn't have to, and can't go to church to be saved and go to heaven. What should be the attitude of a Christian and church? A Christian goes to church bec…

The Pope, Mormonism, and Terry Shiavo

What do the three of these have in common? Nothing, maybe. Just three issues that I want to share my concerns about. The Pope: Anyone who has known me knows that I have no love for the Pope's and Roman Catholic Church's teachings. Whether it is them, or any other church or group, be it Baptist, Charismatic, Protestant, etc., anyone who teaches that good works helps save, and in an insufficient sacrifice by the Lord Jesus Christ and who He is, is teaching a false gospel and is the means of damning souls to hell. The only things that sadden me about Pope John Paul II are that unless he was granted a repentant faith just before he died, of his works based beliefs, he is in Hell today waiting for the Great White Throne Judgment to be cast into the Lake of Fire; and the fact that he did not get to tell the millions he has proclaimed a false gospel to, that he was teaching a false gospel, if there would have been repentance and time to tell them. This of course is not popular to say…