• An In-Depth Look at the Doctrine of the “Rapture”

    An In-Depth Look at the Doctrine of the “Rapture”

    A person not living in the daily expectation that Jesus could come at any moment, will become preoccupied with their own life and the things that are happening in this world. This mind set will cause the believer to do things that are contrary to the character of someone who is following Jesus. Finally, this lack of expectation will cause this person to be unaware when Jesus does come, and they will be caught by surprise when He returns.

    The person who lives everyday in expectation that Jesus could come at any moment, will live a life that is constantly seeking to purify itself of things that are contrary to the Lord.

    1 John 3:2-3 …when Jesus is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

    Jesus will reward the faithfulness of the person watching for His return with rulership over many cities and people during his one thousand year reign on the earth at the end of the seven year Tribulation.

    Luke 19:17 And he said to him, “Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’

    If upon His return, the Lord shall find a person who claims to believe in Him, but has lost the expectation of His soon return, and gone back into the world to live as non believer, He will “I will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.” (Luke 12:46 above)

    How important is it that we continually teach the doctrine of “The Rapture of the Church?” According to Jesus, is one of the most important doctrines that we MUST continually study, meditate on, and continue to look forward to.

    One of the points that critics of the Rapture claim, is that “The Rapture is not taught in the Bible”. When I hear someone say this, I am always amazed. I know that they didn’t come to this conclusion by reading and studying the Bible themselves. This opinion came by what they heard someone else say or teach. If we simply read the Bible we will come away with the conviction that Jesus will return for His church at a time just prior to the beginning of the seven year Tribulation.

  • Daily Walk, Doctrine, For Christians, Forgiveness, Marriage and Divorce, Rob Robinson, The Church

    Posted on September 24th, 2011

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    Daily Walk: The Greater Law of Mercy

    Daily Walk: The Greater Law of Mercy

    Matthew 12:7 “But if you had known what this means, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.”

    What would you say to a person who had married in good faith, trusting in the commitment of another person to love, honor, and cherish “until death do us part”, but later becomes the victim of constant and unrepentant abuse?

    Would you apply the law of divorce to this person and tell them that they must remain in the marriage relationship at all costs because this is the law of God? Was it the intention of God’s law to inflict suffering and torture on an individual who is trapped in a never-ending cycle of violence and anger?

    Or is there a time and a place for mercy to be exercised?

  • The Importance of the Word of God

    The Importance of the Word of God

    Today, the importance of the Word of God has become greatly diminished. No longer do men look for guidance and direction for their lives from the Bible. They turn instead to the words of men and what is socially acceptable.

    When Jesus began His public ministry, the Bible describes the fact that He went into the wilderness where He fasted for a period of 40 days. When Jesus had reached the place of intense hunger, that is when satan came to tempt Him. It is always when we are at a place of weakness that the enemy comes to bring temptation. When you are tired or have overworked. When you are hungry or discouraged. The enemy studies us and he knows when we have arrived at a place of weakness so that his efforts will be the most effective.

    How many times have you been at a place of being so tired or hungry when something happened that was impossible to deal with in your fatigue or hunger? You reacted in a wrong way, and later regretted your words or actions.

    Matthew 4:1-4 “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”

    This is really an incredible verse when you consider that Jesus is described by the Bible as “The Logos”. The Logos is the Living Word of God in the Greek Language. When satan comes to tempt Jesus in the midst of His intense hunger, what does the “Logos” tell satan? That man does not live by obtaining sustenance from food only, but he lives by every one of the words of God.

  • The Christian Church is Making Atheists

    The Christian Church is Making Atheists

    The population of Atheists and Agnostic’s is increasing at a rapid rate. The source of this increase; the Christian Church.

    Concerning the Last Days Jesus asked when He returned to earth, “Will He really find faith on the earth?”

    Luke 18:8 “I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

    The reason that the church is turning out so many unbelievers is because people are not finding an intellectual and spiritual reason for believing the Bible and in Jesus Christ. Pastors and teachers in the church no longer keep the former diligence of studying and teaching through the entire Bible. Many pastors do not believe that all of the Bible is the Word of God, so they feel no urgency teach it to their congregations. If you go to a church where you receive weekly topical studies without much scriptural reference, then you go to a church where your pastor does not understand the importance of the Bible.

    The fact that the Bible contains such a large percentage of Prophecy gives indication that the Holy Spirit must place great importance on learning, understanding and teaching prophecy to others. When a person understands that God spoke of things well in advance of their occurrence, it it going to affect how they view the Bible. If the Bible contains thousands of prophetic predictions in which the large majority of these have already been perfectly fulfilled with one hundred percent accuracy, a person is going to take notice that this must be the Word of God. Only the Bible can boast of a record of fulfilled predictions with perfect accuracy. No other book or publication in existence can boast of that kind of record of perfection.

  • The Great Tribulation and Limited Time

    The Great Tribulation and Limited Time

    If a person hears about the need to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior before the seven year Tribulation begins and yet rejects Him, it appears that this person will not find it possible to receive the Lord when the antichrist arrives.

    The arrival of the antichrist will be with great power and amazing supernatural wonders that will deceive most people on the earth. 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 describes the fact that “Because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved”, these who have rejected Jesus, will have no desire to turn to Jesus during the reign of the antichrist.

    It is the gentle convincing work of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life, as He witnesses to our spirit of our need for Jesus, that compels a person to repent and turn to Jesus.

    It appears that during the seven years of the Tribulation, those who rejected Jesus before the Tribulation begins will not have the benefit of the Holy Spirit speaking to their hearts, as 2 Thessalonians declares:

    “Because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

  • Bible Prophecy Updates, Jesus Church, The Church

    Posted on September 24th, 2010

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    Half of U.S. Christians: ‘Jesus Will Return Within 40 Years’

    Half of U.S. Christians: ‘Jesus Will Return Within 40 Years’

    A new survey finds that Americans are divided over whether they believe Jesus Christ will return by the year 2050. Among respondents to the survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press and Smithsonian Magazine, 41% said they expect Jesus’ Second Coming in the next 40 years, while 46 percent said it probably or definitely won’t happen. The poll suggests that 58 percent of white evangelicals believe Jesus will return by 2050 compared to only 32 percent of Catholics, and respondents with no college education were three times as likely as those with college degrees to expect Christ’s Second Coming in the next 40 years.

    A majority of all respondents, meanwhile, say they expect there to be nuclear terrorism against the US or another world war by 2050. Sixty-eight percent of respondents under the age of 30 predict a world war by 2050, 72% believe that there will be an energy crisis worldwide by 2050 and 31% expect an asteroid will strike the planet. According to the poll, 53% expect a terrorist attack against the United States using a nuclear weapon. The poll also shows a sharp dip in overall optimism from 1999, when 81% expected a good life for themselves and their families.

  • Rob Robinson, The Church, The Last Days, The Rapture of the Church

    Posted on August 14th, 2010

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    The Danger of Thinking Jesus Return Is Delayed

    The Danger of Thinking Jesus Return Is Delayed

    Peter wrote that in the last days people would begin to say that Jesus is delayed in His coming, or that He will not return at all. As we approach the day of the Lord’s return, it will be a sign to us all that the hearts of people will have grown cold towards spiritual matters and the thoughts of Jesus return will be farther and farther from their minds.
    2 Peter 3:3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

  • Jesus Church, The Church

    Posted on May 24th, 2010

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    Many American Idol Contestants are Christians

    Many American Idol Contestants are Christians

    With many contestants having honed their vocal skills at black churches and suburban megachurches, “Idol” has been embraced by Christian communities across the nation. Congregations have launched enthusiastic viewing parties and vote drives for favorites. Perhaps more important, the contestants’ church training has deeply influenced the songs and musical styles viewers hear on “Idol” and helped launch the careers of faith-based singers, such as George Huff and Mandisa, as well as secular pop artists. The show has projected to an audience of tens of millions an image of heartland youth driven by faith and strong family values. That’s an important source of appeal for a nation that according to a 2007 Pew Research Center survey identifies itself as 78% Christian.

  • Jesus Church, The Church

    Posted on March 21st, 2010

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    Pastors of Churches Who Do Not Believe In God

    Pastors of Churches Who Do Not Believe In God

    Q:What should pastors do if they no longer hold the defining beliefs of their denomination? Do clergy have a moral obligation not to challenge the sincere faith of their parishioners? If this requires them to dissemble from the pulpit, doesn’t this create systematic hypocrisy at the center of religion? What would you want your pastor to do with his or her personal doubts or loss of faith?
    Are there clergy who don’t believe in God? That is the question posed by a new report that is certain to receive considerable attention — and rightly so. Few church members are likely to be disinterested in whether their pastor believes in God.
    The study was conducted by the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, under the direction of Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola. Dennett, of course, is one of the primary figures in the “New Atheism” — the newly aggressive and influential atheist movement that has gained a considerable hearing among the intellectual elites and the media.

  • Bible Prophecy Updates, The Church, The Rapture of the Church

    Posted on November 28th, 2009

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    Christians Prepare for Jesus Second Coming

    Christians Prepare for Jesus Second Coming

    For years, Ken Uptegrove thought that another Great Depression was at hand.

    Uptegrove, a computer professional in Springdale, Ark., started a garden and researched ways to live more simply. He studied the lives of early Christians, and he launched a ministry and a Web site, which he and his wife use to share their beliefs with about 100 visitors a day.

    Ideally, one day they’ll move with other self-sufficient Christians — the Uptegroves do not call themselves survivalists — to a remote area where they can raise their own food and be ready should things get any worse.

  • Bible Prophecy Updates, Politics, The Church

    Posted on November 27th, 2009

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    The Effect Christians Have on Politics

    The Effect Christians Have on Politics

    For political analysts, the lesson in Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman’s loss this month in a special congressional election in New York is obvious: The right overreached. After pressuring Republican nominee Dede Scozzafava out of the race with charges that she was too liberal, conservative activists watched New York’s 23rd District go to a Democrat for the first time in more than a century. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who had endorsed Scozzafava and warned Republicans not to “purge the party of anybody who doesn’t agree with us 100 percent,” appeared to be vindicated.

  • The Church

    Posted on November 19th, 2009

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    Jesus’ Health Care Plan

    Jesus’ Health Care Plan

    In short, Jesus Christ showed us that anyone who follows Him is expected to address the most pressing needs of others. You can describe Jesus’ health care strategy in four words: whoever, whatever, whenever, wherever. Whoever needed to be healed received His healing touch. Whatever affliction they suffered from, He addressed it. Whenever the opportunity to heal arose, He seized it. Wherever they happened to be, He took care of it.

  • America In Prophecy, Nostradamus, The Church

    Posted on November 2nd, 2009

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    The Age of Nostradamus

    The Age of Nostradamus

    The latest and greatest example is the new series The Nostradamus Effect. That’s the name the producers have given to the “convergence” of “doomsday prophecy” and “current events.”

    We are told that for “5,000 years, prophets around the world”-including, of course, Nostradamus-“have predicted the end of days.” Operating “independently,” they have concluded that 2012 will be a “time of extraordinary shift.”

    One so-called expert told viewers that “we’re on the verge of the biggest riot of all time.” Another said that “we are reaching a confluence of tipping points.” These tipping points include climate change, financial upheaval, political unrest, crop failures, terrorism, and nuclear war, to name but a few.

  • Encouragement, Rob Robinson, The Church

    Posted on November 2nd, 2009

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    The Cost of Forgiveness

    The Cost of Forgiveness

    The Bible describes the fact that eternal life, finding peace and becoming one with your creator, is found by first experiencing forgiveness from God. Now here is where it becomes really interesting, because God’s definition of forgiveness is much different from our definition of forgiveness. The definition of human forgiveness is to forgive a person for a penalty that they deserve. When someone hurts or offends us, we make a conscious decision to let go of our hurt feelings and anger and allow this person to continue to be our friend. The Definition of God’s forgiveness is “To carry forth the penalty that is deserved.”

    The Bible says that “The soul that sins will die” According to the Bible, every person born has sinned and is therefore worthy of having the death penalty carried out against them by God. The “Good News” is that the Bible also says that “God was not willing that we should have this penalty carried out against us.”

  • Abortion, America In Prophecy, Bible Prophecy Updates, Signs on the Earth, The Church

    Posted on October 31st, 2009

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    Support for Abortion Slips

    Support for Abortion Slips

    Issue of Abortion is not as important to Christians any Longer

    Polls conducted in 2009 have found fewer Americans expressing support for abortion than in previous years. In Pew Research Center polls in 2007 and 2008, supporters of legal abortion clearly outnumbered opponents; now Americans are evenly divided on the question, and there have been modest increases in the numbers who favor reducing abortions or making them harder to obtain. Less support for abortion is evident among most demographic and political groups.

    The latest Pew Research Center survey also reveals that the abortion debate has receded in importance, especially among liberals. At the same time, opposition to abortion has grown more firm among conservatives, who have become less supportive of finding a middle ground on the issue and more certain of the correctness of their own views on abortion.

  • Marriage and Divorce, The Church

    Posted on October 31st, 2009

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    The States of Marriage and Divorce

    The States of Marriage and Divorce

    Remember the classic country song: “All My Ex’s Live in Texas”? Well, George Strait was on to something. Looking at numbers, Texas is indeed home to more thrice-married adults than any other state, about 428,000 women and 373,000 men. But that’s partly because it’s home to so many people, period. Looking at rates, about 6% of Texans who ever have been married have wed three times or more. That is similar to the national average (5%), but well below the leaders in this category — the neighboring states of Arkansas and Oklahoma — where about 10% of all ever-married adults have had at least three spouses.

  • America In Prophecy, Breaking News, Signs on the Earth, The Church

    Posted on October 31st, 2009

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    Conservatives Prepare for Next Round in Health Care Battle

    Conservatives Prepare for Next Round in Health Care Battle

    Christian conservatives were quick to oppose the new House health care bill, which they say includes federal funds for elective abortion and mandates providing information about physician-assisted suicide in some states.

    “Speaker Pelosi might as well rename her bill the ‘Government Funded Abortions for America Act,’” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said as he lambasted the new proposal.

    The 1,990-page health care bill, unveiled Thursday, removes the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, or danger to the physical health of the mother.

    According to FRC, the bill — which would cost about $1 trillion over ten years — also subsidizes health plans that cover all elective abortions.

  • America In Prophecy, Jesus v. Everything, The Church

    Posted on October 26th, 2009

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    U.S. Christians Learn How to Share Christ with Muslims

    U.S. Christians Learn How to Share Christ with Muslims

    Masri said most Christians are afraid or don’t know where to begin to reach Muslims. But based on his long-time experience working with the growing population, he asserted that most Muslims want to know about Jesus and the Bible.

    “Muslims are taking Bibles. Muslims talk about Jesus. We’ve seen people pray to receive Christ,” said the pastor who has been ministering to Muslims since 1979. “There’s such a hunger that we’ve never seen before because Islam has failed to answer the deepest questions.

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