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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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The Bible warns of these present days

By Merrill Olson The Word of God warns that in the last days there will be a departure of long held biblical doctrines and people will turn away from God. The Bible says that people will be “lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanders, without…

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Potential Antichrists

By Merrill Olson Satan does not know God’s exact prophetic time as to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, he always has a candidate prepared for the revealing of the Antichrist. We see this in Scripture as the apostle John writes: “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard…

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Life priceless??

By Paul Bawden Recently a new law expanding abortion rights was passed in New York. In Virginia a similar bill has been proposed as well. Such news should cause each of us to be aroused to righteous indignation as we hear how far politicians will go to make decisions about life that is created in…

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Peace and safety in the last days

By Merrill Olson As we look at world events and the call by the UN and the world leaders for peace and safety, prophetic Scripture takes on a fresh emphasis. The Bible says, “For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they…

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A divided nation but a prophetic message

By Merrill Olson America is presently a divided nation with good and evil being on a collision course with each other. On one side are people concerned about the things of God and righteousness, even in politics and education, while on the other are those who hate Jesus, despise the Bible and anything to do…

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Never give up

By Paul Bawden One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He…

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Grand miracle or man’s magic?

By Paul Bawden Visiting our grandchildren some time ago, the library in the town was offering a free evening to come and watch a magician. We decided to attend, and it was a most enjoyable evening as he entertained us with his magical skills. At the same time, we understood that he was just a…

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Flawed beliefs advanced in Christendom

By Merrill Olson Whenever there are flawed beliefs that go counter to God’s Word, they will lead to faulty theological positions. These, in turn, will advance dangers in what people build their lives upon. The ultimate result may lead to jeopardizing a person’s soul, depending on which defective position is personally embraced. There are, therefore,…

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Christmas – did He come?

By Paul Bawden Did Jesus Christ really come into the world? The way to answer that question is to look at where Christ is talked about. There is only one place to go and that is to the Bible. When we do that, we find in the Old Testament many prophecies that talk about Christ’s…

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Prophetic times are moving fast

By Merrill Olson We are living in a time where evil is continuing to rise as deception grows in the world. People are living with their heads in the sand, so to speak. Unless one is in tune with prophetic Scripture, many are simply naive to the present delusion in politics, false religions, world governments…

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Have an attitude of gratitude!

By  Paul Bawden Betsie and Corrie Ten Boom discovered while in Ravensbruck, one of the worst concentration camps in Germany, the guards wouldn’t come into the bunkroom because of the fleas, allowing them to have a Bible study without fear of execution. Betsie exclaimed, “Thank God for the fleas!” What an amazing response in the…

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After the election, now what?

By Paul Bawden Yes, the elections in the United States are now history. One of the most exciting things that has happened is that the many ads have ceased. And regardless of who was elected, the sun is still coming up and going down. People are still getting up and going to work. Life is…

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A roadblock to globalism

By Merrill Olson In the years before the 2016 election, very few Americans realized that the globalist agenda was increasingly dictating the rules and laws that would eventually lead to a global government. The world was fast moving to a place where globalists felt this could bring climate control, jobs for everyone along with equal…

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Political or darkness

By Merrill Olson This past week many had their heads glued to the television or some other means as they observed the political tension before their eyes. It was dramatic as peoples’ feelings were filled with different type of emotions. False accusations also led to anger and disgust among some and others willing to accept…

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Evil Is occurring non-stop

By Merrill Olson We are living in a day when evil is coming at us nonstop. Our country is filled with hatred, anger, lewdness, sick humor, lying, hypocrisy in the political realm, sexual perversion of every type portrayed as acceptable entertainment. Hollywood denounces God and portrays conservatives as meaningless morons. They deplore anyone that shows…

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The ultimate defeat of Satan

By Merrill Olson Even though in the providence of God, Satan, along with his fallen angels, has exerted great power and influence in the world, his ultimate defeat is sure. His affliction of Christians over the ages and his networking of evil upon this earth will end. Biblically, his eternal defeat occurred at Calvary. Yet,…

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The lurking of ‘the spirit of the Antichrist’

By Merrill Olson The Bible speaks strongly about a future evil world ruler who will seek to dominate the world and set up his own kingdom (Revelation 13). He will be energized by Satan and receive his authority from him (v. 4). He will also rise to power and prominence in the beginning of the…

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Scoffers and skeptics regarding Bible prophecy

By Merrill Olson Scripture says that “knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His [Christ’s] coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation’” (2 Peter 3:3-4). In Peter’s…

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Is freedom free?

By Paul Bawden July 4th is always a day of great celebration in the United States of America. It’s a time of celebrating the freedoms we have in this great county, freedoms, which were set forth in the publication of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The Declaration of Independence encapsulated those freedoms when it…

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The church in regards to the tribulation

By Merrill Olson There are many people today among believers, from all walks of life, who believe strongly that the redeemed church of Jesus Christ will go through the Tribulation Period. This is called Posttribulationism. Therefore, while the church is on the earth during that time, it will experience suffering and trial but not the…

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Dads, are we needed?

By Paul Bawden A son at college wrote his dad, “No mon, no fun, your son.” The dad wrote back, “Too bad, so sad, your dad.” Being a dad is not always easy, but it is one of the highest privileges that a man can have. In fact, the title that dad has, father, means…

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Israel’s statehood – the major sign of Bible prophecy

By Merrill Olson It is rewarding to talk about and discuss the significance of Bible prophecy and the signs pointing to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is particularly true for those who hold to the truths of God’s Word regarding this important emphasis of Scripture. As a result, there are many signs…

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The embassy needs to be in Jerusalem

By Merrill Olson An historical but prophetic event took place a few weeks ago when President Trump made Jerusalem Israel’s capital. But, another event has just taken place on May 14, 2018 when the United States Embassy was moved to Jerusalem. Yet, the violent protests on Gaza’s side near Israel’s border are by primarily the…

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70th anniversary

By Paul Bawden May 14, 2018, is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the modern nation of Israel. The existence of the nation of Israel today is truly the biblical God’s doing. Israel, through Abram, whose name was changed to Abraham, was promised to have a land, a seed, and be a blessing. Those…

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Paving the way to the tribulation

By Merrill Olson In our present day, the hatred for biblical Christianity is rising at a phenomenal rate. More and more abhorrence is building in America against what is godly than ever before. What was once true biblically and even held sacred in this country is now being sneered at with an extreme disgust and…

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National Day Of Prayer

By Paul Bawden The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 3, 2018. Although created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman in 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on…

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The deception with separation of church and state

By Merrill Olson One of the biggest deceptions that have taken place in the United States is the issue of the separation of church and state. It has led to crosses being torn down in public places, nativity scenes being forbidden on public property, prayer eliminated from school functions, and those ending in Jesus’ name…

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The twisted thinking of the protesters

By Merrill Olson Twisted thinking includes the state of being twisted. It has to do with distorted thinking. It is making one’s way in a winding or devious manner to a destination or objective. This type of thinking was evident lately with the warped thinking that led the protesters against gun violence in schools. While…

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Death conquered?!

By Paul Bawden “Impossible!” “How can you know?” “It can only be a spiritual happening, if it occurred.” “Yes!” Are some of the responses. In spite of the responses, credible eyewitnesses tell us that the God-man, who was crucified and buried, has come forth from the grave bodily. What does that mean for you and…

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Israel’s future is secure

By Merrill Olson There are many who wonder about the future of Israel because of the hatred that certain nations and peoples have for her. Threats and actions against her are evident. However, will her demise ever happen? No, such a thing will never occur. The reason being is that the Bible is very definite…

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Guns are not the problem

By Merrill Olson Since the recent tragic deaths of innocent people by gun violence, the whole issue of gun control has surfaced again. There are politicians, popular news personnel, and others who are advocating stricter gun laws. There are also those who are promising that they are going to do everything they can to see…

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A major cause for the change

By Merrill Olson As we look at America and the recent violence in schools and public places, there are many different ideas that people have suggested. For instance: It has to do with guns. We need more gun control legislation. Others are suggesting the possibly of even taking away all guns which includes those from…

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The church is spared

By Merrill Olson Domestic violence is an all-too-familiar thing in our society. It may have happened with family members, neighbors, friends, or co-workers. It may have occurred with someone reading this article. You know what it is like. It has touched you personally. You know the trauma of it. Nevertheless, the experience of it or…

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Life sacred?

By Paul Bawden Sunday, January 21, 2018, is designated as Sanctity of Life Sunday. This Sunday is set aside, the third Sunday of every year, to promote the sacredness of life, and to raise the public awareness of the immoral decision of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973 to legalize abortion in…

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The real cause for contention for Jerusalem

By Merrill Olson After President Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (article Dec. 6, 2017), the outcry of the United Nations was expected. It was not a surprise to people who support Israel because of God’s promises to her in Scripture. Nevertheless, the present opposition against Israel is not anything new. It has been going…

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Foolish?

By Paul Bawden On January 8, 2018, is the 62th anniversary of the five missionaries who were martyred in Ecuador on January 8, 1956. Jim Elliot along with Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian had committed their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ to take His gospel to the unreached Auca Indians,…

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The push for globalism

By Merrill Olson I doubt anyone can deny that there is a big push for globalism today in American politics. This is one reason why the globalists and liberals are still upset over the election of a non-globalist as the President of the United States. It really has nothing to do so much with the…

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Jerusalem’s trembling, but futuristically peaceful

By Merrill Olson President Trump has declared Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He is also seeking to keep a campaign promise of moving the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Yet, in other presidential elections, the candidates have given the same promise. Why has it not happened? The answer is simply that both the…

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People seemingly have no fear of death

By Merrill Olson With those who were recently involved in mass murder and then committing suicide, they were obviously thoughtless as to their own existence afterwards. They apparently felt that death ends it all, no eternal consequences. It is the same type of thinking of an elderly man who said, “When you’re dead, you’re dead…

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Back to 1517

By Paul Bawden What is the significance of 1517? October 31, 2017, is the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On that day, October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Why did Martin Luther do that? He became concerned about the practices…

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Apostasy within the church

By Merrill Olson As one studies prophetic Scripture and current events, there is a sense that we are experiencing the end of the end times. It is as though God is saying, “Wake up!” There are specific things that the world is experiencing that cause one to say, “We are truly close to the coming…

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The world’s savage state

By Merrill Olson The Bible says “that in the last days perilous times will come” (2 Timothy 3:1). “Perilous” means hard to bear, violent, vicious, and savage. The word’s only other use is in Matthew 8:28 as Matthew describes two demon possessed men who are “exceedingly fierce.” They are “violent.” Therefore, in 2 Timothy 3:2-4…

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The rapture debate of John 14:1-3

By Merrill Olson Jesus said that “I will come again and receive you to Myself” (v. 3). Many have taken these words as a promise of the rapture of the church. However, there are others who disagree with this understanding. For those who adhere to a pre-tribulation eschatology, these words are a precious assurance from…

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The rapture debate of 2 Thessalonians 2:1

By Merrill Olson The phrase “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him” (v. 1) has been an issue of debate over the years regarding the Lord’s return. There are those who believe that it teaches one event: the Second Coming. And, there are others who strongly emphasize that it…

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Charlottesville/Barcelona – the heart of the matter

By Paul Bawden The evil happenings in Charlottesville and the terrorist attack in Barcelona remind us sadly of the hatred in men’s hearts. Our society and world cannot accept racism and the killing of human life created by the biblical God in His image. But why this flagrant display of evil in these settings? And…

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The making of a future cashless society

By Merrill Olson Every time a person opens up a computer and buys something online, it may be simply pointing to a future cashless society ruled by an evil world dictator (Dan. 7:23-25). Many people know that just about everything can be purchased by a mere click of a button. This includes food, clothing, groceries,…

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Everyone will face one of two judgements

By Merrill Olson As the whole world continues its deep slide into willful sin and rebellion against God, many people fail to realize that everyone will face one of two judgments. This goes against the common belief regarding a general judgment for all humanity because the Scriptures never mention such a thing. In spite of…

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End times intrigue

By Merrill Olson For over 2000 years people have questioned the events of the end times and wondered when the Lord Jesus will return. Terms such as Antichrist, tribulation, 666, mark of the beast, and the millennium have even appeared on supermarket tabloids. There is, therefore, an end-times intrigue regarding future eschatological events. In the…

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The rapture question

By Merrill Olson The Pre-Tribulation Rapture has been argued by many that it is not a biblical doctrine. This has caused a number of seminary professors, pastors, and others, over the decades to sneer at anyone who believes in it. On the other hand, there are also a great number in the same group who…

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Believer’s response to a rebellious society

By Merrill Olson The Reverend Gary Hall, the Dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., announced from the pulpit some months ago, in fact last year 2016, that “it is a sin to oppose homosexuality.” What is pertinent about that statement is that the Bible makes it clear that a sign of a society…

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