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Should Americans celebrate the 4th of July?

By Paul Bawden This is a relevant question for all Americans to consider. For we are being led to believe by some that the 4th of July is not what we may think it is. Writing in a recent Daily Signal, Jarrett Stepmen informs us that the recently created National Archives and Records Administration Task…

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Present control pictures the Antichrist’s

By Merrill Olson One of the definitions of “controlling” is the “inclination to control others’ behavior.” Yet, in recent months we have seen this happening big time! It started with wearing the masks to the present push to get the vaccine. Concerned people first wondered where the science is in wearing the masks when there…

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Where’s dad?

By Paul Bawden If we listen to some people today, dads or fathers aren’t a necessary part of the family. In fact, the family can be anything you want it to be. The traditional family is obsolete and is not necessary for a society to have stability. Regardless of the thinking that’s trying to influence…

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Believers in a new time of crises

By Merrill Olson It is not too difficult to understand that believers, people spiritually born again, are living in a time of upheaval both in America and other parts of the world. Without a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and the Bible as one’s authority, the present crisis would seem overwhelming. For many who are…

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Remembering our heroes

By Paul Bawden Memorial Day is on Monday, May 31, 2021. It’s a day set aside to honor the men and women of the U. S. military who have given the ultimate sacrifice of laying down their lives to preserve our freedoms in America. Originally called Decoration Day, it originated three years following the Civil…

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The future – what the Bible says!!

By Paul Bawden That question may seem irrelevant in today’s educated world of skepticism and eclecticism. The Bible? What’s that have to do with the future? It’s interesting that Stoner in “Science Speaks” took eight prophecies in the Old Testament that refer to Jesus Christ and are fulfilled in Him in the New Testament. Stoner…

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A lack of knowledge in trying times

By Merrill Olson Within the last few months, we have seen a move in America toward government control as it fits into the gradual world totalitarian rule. Yet, it has been creeping up for some years. In a previous article I mentioned a book on Globalism that a man showed me when I was a…

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Are we losing our minds?

By Paul Bawden CNN ran a report recently that it’s not possible to know a person’s gender at birth, and there’s no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth. Then the President of the United States included this in a statement, during an “Equal Pay Day” event that there’s not a single thing a man…

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Holy Week – really?

by Paul Bawden In the so-called Christian world, Holy Week, is a familiar term. It’s that week from Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday – this year, Sunday, March 28 to Sunday, April 4, 2021. Actually, the term was first used in in the 4th century by St. Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, and St. Epiphanius of…

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Satan’s influence on America

By Merrill Olson The title may seem strong and repelling to some, but it still bears the truth of what is happening in America. Can it be based on Scripture? And the answer is “Yes!” The last article was on the consequences of God abandoning America. When this happens, it is because the people have…

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Ideology or reality?

By Paul Bawden A lot of terms are thrown around today especially in the American culture. Some of these terms are white supremacy, white privilege, black lives matter, social justice, systemic racism, and critical race theory. Then there is the term, wokeness, which really summarizes the different terms, meaning a coming alive, coming to understand…

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The Equality Act – can this be true?

By Paul Bawden The US House of Representatives, as you may have heard, has passed the Equality Act, which the House passed once before. The Senate did not take it up at that time. Now the Act goes again to the Senate for consideration and a vote. Certainly, the idea of equality sounds good. We…

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Consequences of God’s abandonment

By Merrill Olson Many people in their sixties, seventies, eighties and beyond will say, “I am not living in the America I grew up in.” With all that is happening in this nation in politics, education, and society as a whole, that statement holds credence. Another remark that is stated over and over, especially among…

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What the world needs now

By Paul Bawden Is love sweet love ….. The words of this old hit tune came to mind as I observe all the tension, anger, hatred, accusations, and disagreement in Washington D.C. , in the news media, and in the United States. Then it’s Valentine’s Day on February 14 – the day designated to express…

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The present condition of the church

By Merrill Olson As a pastor, my heart is concerned about the condition of the church in America today. Yet, I am reminded of the instruction the apostle Paul gave to Timothy in his preaching and teaching. He calls this young preacher to excellence but informs him of the opposition that he will eventually face…

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Truth on the scaffold?

By Paul Bawden Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne . . . . These words from the pen of James Russell Lowell came to mind as I have watched the different events unfold in the USA over the past several months. For it appears that somewhere in the midst of all…

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What do we really desire in 2021?

By Paul Bawden The year 2020 has been called the annus horribilis – “the horrible year.” Certainly, it has been a horrible year world-wide. Even though we look forward to 2021, hoping for new beginnings, we know this pandemic will take time to come to an end, even with the vaccine. At the same time,…

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From injustice to justice

By Merrill Olson Tragically, there are many people who regard the recent presidential election as questionable. I say questionable because of suspicious things that have come forth. This involves election workers giving witness to it, suitcases under tables holding ballots, a trucker testifying to carrying a truckload of ballots across state lines, voting machines flipping…

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Born in conflict for victory

By Paul Bawden As we think about the birth of Christ, it was a time when there was peace in the Roman Empire. However, when Herod, the ruler of Galilee, found out that the wisemen didn’t return to Jerusalem to tell him about the King of the Jews, the Christ-child, he immediately had all the…

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Miracle or myth?

By Paul Bawden This was the title of an article in the December AFA Journal written by Alex McFarland. It caught my attention for it was talking about the season of the year in which we find ourselves, the Christmas season. Certainly, all religions don’t celebrate Christmas. Regardless, Christmas is celebrated around the world. This…

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Give thanks, really?

By Paul Bawden My wife and I were listening to a television program recently where the hosts were talking about thanksgiving. With their special guest, they spent some time considering what one could be thankful for during this thanksgiving season. As I listened to their conversation, I begin to ask myself this question, “Why give…

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God’s timing amidst a globalistic agenda

By Merrill Olson Back in the early eighties when I was a young pastor, someone showed me a book on Globalism. I looked at it and made a few comments, but that was the extent of it. Amazingly, the author had insight into something that was beyond peoples’ minds. It was not even covered in…

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Am I believing the biggest lie?

By Paul Bawden You may be familiar with the term, the big lie. It’s the name of a propaganda technique coined by Adolf Hitler. The big lie was that a lie told over and over again, and treated as true, would eventually be believed as truth. Hitler, in his hatred of the Jewish people, used…

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Winners and losers in the USA election

By Paul Bawden Both parties in the USA election are stating that the 2020 election is one of the most important in the history of America. Such is true when one considers the two different platforms that are apparent in each of the political parties. One must choose wisely. So, what will be one’s attitude…

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America at a precipice

By Merrill Olson America is truly at a precipice. It is situated on a very steep or overhanging place. This presidential election will determine whether or not it makes a sheer fall into no return. If it drops into the abyss, it will exist for a time as God allows, but it will never be…

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Voting in the U.S.A. election

By Paul Bawden Election day in the USA is Tuesday, November 3. Already voting has started through the mail. So, who should one vote for? Here are some questions to think about before one votes. A recent Breakpoint provided some thoughts for the following consideration. (1) How does the candidate value life? Is one just…

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Recent peace agreement is temporary

By Merrill Olson President Trump was instrumental in a recent peace agreement between Israel and two Arab nations. For many, this was met with amazement because it had never been done before by any preceding presidents. Yet, it has also brought curiosity by certain believers as to how it ties into Bible prophecy. I have…

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Masks so like the mark of the beast

By Merrill Olson When this corona virus occurred, it is interesting how easily people obeyed wearing masks. As governors and certain medical personnel, not all, mandated it, it is amazing how people complied without questioning whether it actually protects. Now, I’m not saying it does not. Yet, I am wondering if certain health problems may…

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Surface Chrsitianity lacks impact

by Merrill Olson A good question to begin is simply: Is the Christian Church today impacting a society and world dominated by corrupt world leaders and radical politicians? It sounds negative but it is reality! The United States of America of my youth is totally different than what it taking place today with the riots…

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Life or death?

By Paul Bawden Recently my sister passed away after a two year battle with ovarian cancer. She lost the battle but won the war. I say that because my sister had a living faith, faith that was placed not in the changing ideas of men, but in the unchanging person of the Lord Jesus Christ,…

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America ripe for judgement

By Merrill Olson “If God does not judge America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah” is a statement that has been uttered by many for years. Decades ago when the United States practiced the Judeo Christian ethic, that assertion would have brought puzzlement into peoples’ minds. Yet, that is no longer the…

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Is America losing its soul?

By Paul Bawden The happenings in America can only cause one to ask this question. For the foundation of any country, of any civilization, is that which keeps a people grounded in that which lasts. And what is that which lasts? That which promotes righteousness – that which upholds the integrity and value of each…

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Freedom at risk??

By Paul Bawden The wake-up call, have you heard it? It’s a loud cry to every American to wake up to the reality that individual freedom is being directly challenged – challenged by those causing uprisings, destruction, with certain demands – that if their changes are not met, the place will be burned down. Such…

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Peace – really???

By Paul Bawden The happenings in the United States right now are telling us that there is a desperate need for peace – peace among individuals, peace in all of our relationships, and ultimately peace with God. Of course, saying that there is a need for peace in the USA at this time almost seems…

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Present circumstances point to the Antichrist

By Merrill Olson Many of us watched with dismay over the recent rioting, violence, stealing, and destruction with the protests. Innocent peoples’ places of business have been literally destroyed. All of them are victims of ruthlessness. They had absolutely nothing to do with a police officer’s actions. And yet, depraved human nature can take things…

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Something of ‘hell’ breaks loose

By Paul Bawden The lethal Coronavirus stopped the world in its tracks. Now the tragic and unnecessary death of George Floyd has caused protests along with riots and vandalism in major cities in the United States, with such spreading world-wide. Our prayers for God’s strength, peace, and comfort are for those who have lost loved…

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Colorado Stalker Kevin Beck’s criminal record….

Kevin Beck is an author of running books (Run Strong) and a coach. The above picture is of Beck and girlfriend Lize Brittin. They co-authored Young Runners at the Top. Kevin Beck continues to cyber stalk Steve McConkey, 4 WINDS USA President, and his wife. He has created a multitude of false accounts, a mocking…

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Living wisely in evil days

By Merrill Olson Napoleon said, “There is in the midst of every great battle a ten to fifteen minute period that is the crucial point. Take that period and you will win the battle; lose it and you will be defeated.” But, where are we in America at this time? Are we in that ten…

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Who has the last Word?

By Paul Bawden Has God said?Famous words that have been around a long time. More like infamous words, for they tell us that there is another who thinks that he is the last word. Who is that? It’s the old deceiver who caused Adam and Eve to think that they were the last word in…

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Coronavirus as a wake-up call

By Merrill Olson The Coronavirus has shaken the world over the past weeks. While it brought the United States economy to a practical standstill, it also resulted in thousands entering eternity. Only the Lord knows how many went into an endless eternity of suffering without Him while others came into His eternal presence with joy…

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Reason only??

By Paul Bawden I read an article recently by Mark Tapson, a Shillman Fellow on Popular Culture for the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He was quoting from Sophie Lewis who, in a recent opinion piece at Open Democracy, wrote that, “We deserve better than the family. And the time of corona is an excellent time…

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Eternal hope In one’s crisis!!

By Paul Bawden In the midst of the Coronavirus crisis, we are in the Good Friday Easter season. So what does that have to do with what is happening in our country and the world, as all of us are affected in different ways, some suffering from the virus, and others have lost loved ones…

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The need for the faithful watchmen

By Merrill Olson There are many comments being made today regarding last days’ events. For instance, “Many things are lining up. They are falling into place.” So much is happening in the world at this present time that particular statements about the last days seem to be the logical conclusion. Whether it is with the…

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The coronavirus and Scripture

By Merrill Olson The coronavirus is affecting the whole world! It happened all of a sudden and is spreading. Urgent efforts are being made for a vaccine to combat its ramifications on countries and human lives. Its source is still unknown but known by God. However, as one searches the Scriptures, a person finds answers…

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Where is God?

By Paul Bawden The outbreak of the coronavirus is certainly devastating and heartbreaking, and hopefully it can be curbed soon. Our prayers are with those who have lost loved ones, and that those who have the virus will respond quickly to treatment. When something awful like this happens with the loss of valuable human life,…

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The increase in world distress

By Merrill Olson This world is experiencing different types of distress that are increasing in portion. With the virus crisis in China that has isolated it from the rest of the world to major earthquakes, volcanoes, and enormous wild fires in various places, it is leaving many in a mood of disarray. In China there…

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Love everlasting???

By Paul Bawden A man and his friend were talking about marriage. The one fellow asked his friend what the success was in his many years of marriage to his wife. “Oh,” he replied. “That’s easy. She goes out to eat on Tuesday evenings, and I go out to eat on Thursday evenings. Not exactly…

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Revolution or resolve?

By Paul Bawden At the beginning of the New Year, many make New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you have made a resolution for the New Year. I trust you are keeping your resolution. However, keeping a New Year’s resolution is not easy. Failure usually sets in because the resolution is made in one’s self, in one’s…

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Present apostasy of the church

By Merrill Olson The time has now come where the beginning stages of end time apostasy has begun in the church. What is significant about it is that it is a precursor for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It has gradually been taking place whereby people have not been sensitive to what is happening.…

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The night of miracles

By Paul Bawden As we celebrate Christ’s birth, it’s always a time to reflect back, to see again how involved the loving biblical God was in the night Christ was born. Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem, the house of bread, where Jesus, the Bread of Life, the true Shepherd of the sheep, was born…

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Eternity and time

By Paul Bawden Time slips through our fingers like sands through the hourglass. Indeed, we can do nothing to stop the passing of time. It bears all its sons away. We are born, grow to adulthood, live some years on planet earth, and we are gone. So the popular philosophy seems to be to eat,…

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Turkey’s presence in Bible prophecy

By Merrill Olson There is an alignment of nations forming today that was prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39 nearly 2,600 years ago. It is as though the final stage is being set for the coming of the Antichrist. Many of the pieces to Bible prophecy may be moving into place, at the present time,…

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Giving thanks!

By Paul Bawden Thanksgiving Day had its origin in November 1621. After the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest proved successful, Governor William Bradford organized a celebratory feast and invited a group of the fledgling colony’s Native Americans, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. Now remembered as American’s “first Thanksgiving”—although the Pilgrims themselves may not have used the…

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Have you heard?

By Paul Bawden Math—it’s oppressive! This was the first sentence in an article from Answers In Genesis. Evidently there is a new proposed curriculum, in Seattle, Washington, that would teach young people such, if approved in June. As reported, this new curriculum will integrate math with social justice, while focusing on “power and oppression.” Students…

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Old Testament theophanies prove Bible prophecy

By Merrill Olson Human encounters with God in the Old Testament prior to Christ’s incarnation are many. But, Jesus said that “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Therefore, how can the encounters with God in the Old Testament times be possible? John 1:18 says,…

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The day that changed church history

By Paul Bawden As the month of October winds down, I believe it’s always well for us to stop and remember a day that changed the course of church history. I’m referring to Reformation Day, October 31, 1517, which is commemorated this year on Sunday, October 27, called Reformation Sunday. Reformation Sunday takes its name…

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Globalism as history moves forward

By Merrill Olson Globalism is rapidly moving forward today as countries and national leaders are becoming more and more united into an anti-God system. In fact, it is very evident in the stress for a global economy and for individual nations to give up their own sovereignty for the “common good” of the world. Only…

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Robots in the pulpit

By Paul Bawden I read an interesting article the other day entitled, “Robots In The Pulpit.” It was from Breakpoint Daily published by the Colson Center. The article pointed out that one of the Buddhist temples in Kyoto, Japan, is now featuring a new robotic “priest” known as Mandar. Designed to look like Kannon, the…

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Identifying the mark of the beast

By Merrill Olson There has been a lot of emphasis lately on chips and marks on the body for a number of reasons. In fact, present technology has made it possible for a simple electronic chip to be placed under the skin. Therefore, an identifying mark containing information about a person is not out of…

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Words mean what they say?

Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Seminary, recently wrote an article entitled, “Humpty Dumpty, Alice in Wonderland, and the Masters Who Control the Language.” Humpty Dumpty once said to Alice, “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean. Neither more or less.” Alice responded to Humpty Dumpty,…

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God’s divine intervention for Israel

By Merrill Olson As time progresses and hatred for Israel increases, it is merely part of peoples’ ignorance regarding God’s future intervention on behalf of Israel. This detestation for her occurs in the halls of Congress, on college campuses, and tragically from the pulpits of many churches in America. Those who should know the Scriptures…

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Life – it’s all about relationships

By Paul Bawden Recently, my wife and I attended a conference where Ken Sande was the main speaker. Ken is the founder of Peacemaker Ministries and Relational Wisdom – RW 360. He is trained as an engineer, lawyer, and mediator, having conciliated hundreds of family, business, church and legal conflicts. What was Ken’s message? Life…

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America’s possible downfall

By Merrill Olson There is a belief among believers today that our generation is experiencing a rapid change very quickly. There is so much taking place that many followers of Christ are saying, “The Lord has to be coming soon.” One of the areas of interest is the United States and its role in end-time…

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The place where the Antichrist arrives from

By Merrill Olson As we view the godless occurrences of evil in the world and the rebelliousness that is happening, many believers are convinced that something has begun. They are sensing that the prophetic events leading toward the coming of the lawless one, the Antichrist, are now in motion. In fact, it will be this…

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Only a Sunday God??

By Paul Bawden I’m sure you have noticed that there are those who like to keep the biblical God out of the public arena, out of our schools, out of the work place, and out of our government. It is well to keep in mind that since the biblical God (Psalm 139) is able to…

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The questioning of the trinity

By Merrill Olson There is a questioning of the Trinity that is taking place at the present time and is under attack. Because the term is not mentioned in the Bible, its truthfulness is coming under scrutiny which is easily understandable. Yet, as we observe the signs that are taking place today pointing to the…

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Giving honor!

By Paul Bawden Time has gone by quickly and Memorial Day weekend is here. Since Memorial Day is Monday, I thought a brief history of the Day might be helpful, as the Day is set aside to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Known originally as Decoration Day,…

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Mom, you’re the greatest!

By Paul Bawden A cartoon portrayed a little fellow talking to a clerk as he stood next to the Mother’s Day cards. Some of the cards said, “Awesome Mother,” “To A Great Mother,” Perfect Mother,” “Wonderful Mother,” “The Best Mother,” Wonderful Mother,” “The Best Mom.” Evidently, the little fellow couldn’t read yet, and he told…

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The rapture – a mystery or a secret

By Merrill Olson There are people who say that God wants to keep the end times secret. Therefore, it is not possible to understand it. But is this type of reasoning according to Scripture? The answer can be given when one distinguishes between the meaning of a secret and a mystery. Without this clarity, there…

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Deconstruction – what’s that?

By Paul Bawden We live in an environment where truth is no longer truth. Such a situation is described by the term, deconstruction. It’s the philosophical movement and theory of literary criticism that questions traditional assumptions about certainty, identity, and truth. It asserts that words can only refer to other words, and attempts to demonstrate…

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The week that changed the world

By Paul Bawden A lot of different weeks have left their imprint on the pages of history. But there is one week that changed the world. It’s the week that started on Palm Sunday, called Passion Week. Jesus Christ came riding into Jerusalem on a donkey symbolizing His humility. He came fulfilling prophetic Scripture (Zechariah…

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The world’s hatred for Israel

By Merrill Olson Israel’s prominence in the world is not by accident. As a magnet draws fragments of metal, so Israel has drawn the nations of the world. Nations and people groups either love her or hate her and desire her complete destruction. Iran for one threatens to destroy her believing it can do so…

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What’s happened to our minds?

By Paul Bawden I can only ask this question as I hear and see what is happening in the United States. It has nothing to do about which political party you are part of or not a part of, although some like to think so. It has nothing to do about what education you have…

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