Preaching the Word
Preaching the Word

Pastor Roger • July 29, 2019

See how the Word of God is spread; through the preaching of the Gospel.


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A Better Way to Understand the Bible
A Better Way to Understand the Bible

Pastor Roger • June 10, 2019

We are examining seven periods of time (called dispensations) throughout history that help us understand the Bible. If the Bible seems confusing, our Sunday morning Family Sunday school class will help make sense of it and make reading the Bible much more enjoyable! Come and join us each Sunday at 9:45 A.M. Check the church calendar to be sure the class will meet on any given Sunday.

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Why Do We Attend Church?
Why Do We Attend Church?

Hope Now Bible Church • June 04, 2019

What is the purpose of attending church? The common answer is, to make us feel better, or to give us a spiritual lift for the week. That is certainly something we all need. We want to be happy and joyful Christians and we need help to get through some weeks more than others. Life is brutally difficult sometimes. But do you know that is not the reason to attend church?


Attending church is not about us as individuals. It is about the group, that is, the body of believers. It is about others. This is made very clear in the book of Hebrews 10:24:


And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.


We go to church to encourage others. The word for "stir up" is translated literally in the King James Version where it says, "provoke." We are to provoke each other! What does that mean?


The Greek word is "paroxysomos". It is a word which really means, sharp contention. It means to incite others--to be an irritation! Imagine that? We come to church to be an irritation to others! But not in the negative sense. The passage continues by clarifying what kind of irritation we are to be: encouraging and exhorting!


So it carries the idea of taking the focus off yourself cheering someone else on.


Parents need to teach this to their children. Children and teenagers think going to church is like going to any other event: If it is not fun, it is boring. They need to understand that cheering on someone else is not boring. They will never learn the purpose of attending church unless parents understand it and teach them the truth.


It is not about your child's happiness. It is about teaching your child to think of others and put others ahead of themselves.


It's a lesson we all need to be reminded of. Otherwise we will drift from church to church trying to find happiness for ourselves and attempting to appease our selfish children (and by the way, all kids are selfish until we teach them the proper way to act).


Finally, we are to come together and encourage each other because "the Day" is approaching. I think this points back to chapter 9:28 where the writer of Hebrews says, "Look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." This ties in with Titus 2:13 where we are look for the "blessed hope of the glorious appearing of great God and Savior Jesus Christ."


We are in the latter days. Look for Christ's appearing, and look to encourage others as we wait. Do that in Church this Sunday.


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We Live In Prophetic Days
We Live In Prophetic Days

Hope Now Bible Church • June 04, 2019

The anti-Christian environmental movement, paving the way for the antichrist. Here's what's behind it:


"Convince the people that the entire world is threatened, and you can convince them that no nation can save it. It is then easy to convince them that a world government is the only way to save the planet. The trouble is that none of it is true. The World is in good shape, and people are living longer and healthier lives in every nation."


Read on and teach it to your children.


READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE.

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Happy 71st Birthday
Happy 71st Birthday

Pastor Roger • May 14, 2019

May 14, 1948, the Nation of Israel was born.


"And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest." Ezekiel 37:3



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Getting Close to God?
Getting Close to God?

Hope Now Bible Church • May 14, 2019

They became popular about ten years ago, and the fad has worn off, but Prayer Labyrinths still can be found. I stumbled across this one at a Presbyterian church in Taos, New Mexico. It is not surprising to find one here. Taos is void of Christian influence with a rough estimate of only 5% of the population calling themselves Christians. It is a mission field.


The Prayer Labyrinth finds its roots in Greek mythology and paganism. The premise behind a prayer labyrinth is to enter from one point, symbolizing leaving the world, or leaving self, and making your way toward inner peace, or peace with God. Then, slowly make your way back to the point of entry (now the exit) and back into the world.


What's wrong with walking through a prayer labyrinth? In and of itself, nothing. Under grace a Christian can hop on one leg through one if he wants to. Granted, there is not a lot of instruction in Scripture on how to pray, but we are never instructed to empty our minds, leave the world, or get in tune with one's self.


It is not a stretch to say the prayer labyrinth is unbiblical. It smacks of eastern mysticism, transcendental meditation, and even out of body experiences. These are not Christian practices, and never have been. Believers are not to participate in the darkness of the world, but are to "shine as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:15).


A prayer labyrinth carries the idea of emptying our minds as we move toward the center, but Christians are never instructed to empty our minds, rather we are to "set our minds on the things above" (Colossians 3:2). We are to "renew" our minds, not empty them (Romans 12:2). And how are we to be renewed? Through "knowledge" (Colossians 3:10). Knowledge comes from the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16). It does not come from prayer walking through a labyrinth.


Do you want to get close to God? Read His word. Do you want to hear God speak? Read His word out loud.


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Sign up today for this new Bible Study
Sign up today for this new Bible Study

Pastor Roger • May 13, 2019

On June 1st a new daily Bible study I have written will be delivered to your inbox.


It's a verse-by-verse study that will provide a lot of background and valuable insight to help you grow in Bible knowledge and in your faith. It is only a verse or two per day so it won't take a lot of your time.


Sign up today and receive your first "Daily Dose of Logos" when you wake up on June 1st.


It's just what the Doctor ordered.


Click this link to sign up!


P.S. After signing up you will receive a confirmation in your Inbox. If you don't see it, check your Spam folder.



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Read the Bible. Begin Today
Read the Bible. Begin Today

Pastor Roger • May 12, 2019

There is never a wrong time to begin reading the Bible--waiting for January 1st doesn't make it the right time either. The time to begin is now. Sign up for a daily Bible reading plan that will increase your faith and make you a stronger believer.


Click here and begin reading!


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Two views of Salvation
Two views of Salvation

Pastor Roger • May 02, 2019

Which do you embrace?


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The Gospels Are Reliable
The Gospels Are Reliable

Hope Now Bible Church • May 01, 2019

Almost every week I tell our church how privileged we are to be holding the very words of God in our hands. No other religion can make that claim. Yet why do so many Christians not even carry a Bible, let alone know what it says? Is it because we don't fully grasp the reliability of the Bible, in particular the Gospels, therefore we fail to recognize the treasure we have access to?


Dr. F. David Farnell presents a thorough and extremely "reader friendly" article, "Are the Gospels Reliable." It is worth 10 or 15 minutes of your time to read it. You will rejoice in knowing how awesome God's Word truly is!


Read the article here.

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Preaching the Word
Preaching the Word

Pastor Roger • July 29, 2019

See how the Word of God is spread; through the preaching of the Gospel.


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Watch.

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A Better Way to Understand the Bible
A Better Way to Understand the Bible

Pastor Roger • June 10, 2019

We are examining seven periods of time (called dispensations) throughout history that help us understand the Bible. If the Bible seems confusing, our Sunday morning Family Sunday school class will help make sense of it and make reading the Bible much more enjoyable! Come and join us each Sunday at 9:45 A.M. Check the church calendar to be sure the class will meet on any given Sunday.

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Happy 71st Birthday
Happy 71st Birthday

Pastor Roger • May 14, 2019

May 14, 1948, the Nation of Israel was born.


"And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest." Ezekiel 37:3



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