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RENDER NOT TO CAESAR THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD’S

RENDER NOT TO CAESAR THE THINGS THAT ARE GOD’S by Alan Allison, Spokane WA [We have a guest author on this occasion. His article, I believe, is very important as it illustrates how the government’s view of “the church” is shaped by how it sees “church” function. It raises questions that we would do well to reflect upon. No doubt, some tax laws have been changed since this article was written, but the basic points still stand. “Render Not” was originally published in Searching Together, … [Read more...]

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“HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD PASTOR” Making a Mountain Out of a Myth

“HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD PASTOR” Making a Mountain Out of a Myth   Jon Zens Assumptions are the devil’s details. All of us make pretty far-reaching decisions based on assumptions. If our assumptions turn out to be mistaken, the results can be devastating. For example, years ago when asbestos was used on a large scale, it was considered to be a helpful and valuable product. Of course, at the outset there was no history of its effects on humans. It came to be assumed that it was … [Read more...]

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Three New Book Reviews

The Sea Is Wide: A Memoir of Caregiving by Rundy Purdy Wild Jot Press, 2015 347 pages   Countless families have been impacted by the diseases of Dementia and Alzheimer's. My mother had dementia in her old age, and my sister spent a chunk of her life caring for her. My wife Dotty worked in Activities in a nursing home for seventeen years, and witnessed the debilitating effects of these afflictions on the residents. I met Rundy Purdy several years ago at our Searching … [Read more...]

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Four Important Books

Here are four books that I believe you will find encouraging as you walk with Jesus in these evil days.  —JZ     How 'New' Is the New Covenant? by Stephen Crosby FOREWORD for How ‘New’ Is the New Covenant?   It is safe to say that the root of most errors in believers’ minds is a failure to appreciate the reality and finality of Christ in the New Covenant.  Too many are trying to function with a mixture of law and grace, letter and Spirit and type/shadow versus … [Read more...]

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“PREACHER IN THE NIGHT” 1996

"PREACHER IN THE NIGHT" 1996 Many of you during long trips by car have turned on the radio and heard religious speakers drone on about their peculiar hobby-horses. Some of the post-midnight programs can get pretty eerie. Ray (John Getz) in the Cohen brothers debut film, Blood Simple, in a panic to get rid of a mostly dead body in the back seat of his car, turned on the radio and got a late-night preacher talking about the Jupiter Effect and it’s connection to the end of the world. In … [Read more...]

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Don’t Forget the Part About the Sheep & the Goats!

Many believers are being deceived by the teaching that no one will be left out of salvation in Christ, and the idea that there is no day of future judgment for those who do not obey the Gospel. Through careful research, Jon examines which words of Jesus and Paul in the New Testament are being ignored and denied, and explains how an unhealthy reliance on a 20th Century philosopher and sociologist—Rene Girard—has taken the place of the reliability of the Scriptures. Read the PDF here: Don't … [Read more...]

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ALL I ONCE HELD — A Captivating Novel, et al.

All I Once Held, Gaylynne Sword, Quoir Publishing, 2015 All I Once Held is officially being released today, July 1. Many great books weave actual events into a fictionalized story line. All I Once Held is such a novel. From one vantage point it can be viewed as a tale of how people trapped in the clutches of religious control and abuse find a glimmer of hope. The author does not flinch before the disturbing realities life can bring when religious authority asserts itself with a vengeance. … [Read more...]

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THE ONE-PERSON SYSTEM STRIKES AGAIN

WHEN WILL WE HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS TO CHRIST’S BODY? The One-Person System Strikes Again Many loudly proclaim “the Scriptures are our rule of faith and practice,” yet their actions reveal that in crucial areas they don’t really care what the Lord says. People say that they care what the Bible says about their personal lives, but what the New Testament says about Christ’s life in His body is, practically speaking, disregarded and pushed aside. Only by turning a blind eye to the New … [Read more...]

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A BRIDE FOR THE GROOM: The Missing Person in the Culture Wars About Marriage

Jesus made the jarring statement that in the age to come marriage among humans would come to an end: “When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.” What circumstances could possibly bring about the cessation of a long history of marriage among men and women? The answer is that after the resurrection a marriage will take place between Jesus Christ and His Bride – the marriage supper of the Lamb. All of history has been moving … [Read more...]

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CHRIST EXPRESSED TOGETHER

Years ago we were in a gathering of saints where Christ blossomed in a totally unexpected way. His presence was for sure not connected to any human planning or human leadership. This group met in an old school building. That morning everything went wrong. People were standing outside on a cold, damp morning and waited for the janitor to show up with the key ― forty minutes late. Then, once inside, it was discovered that no one had a key to open the storage room that contained the chairs, … [Read more...]