Who Rules the World?
Who Rules the World?

Roger Feenstra • June 30, 2020

We can be sure God owns the world; after all, he created it along with the entire universe. But does he rule the world? Many say Jesus Christ is King. But is he?


God's Creation of the earth is magnificent. In his tremendous power, he created from nothing. Earth was without form and void. Just as space and the depth of the universe go on forever today, so in the beginning, God, like a master artist, created a masterpiece on a blank canvas of watery nothingness--and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. God was in motion.


He took the dark, empty, watery Creation and fashioned the world we know today. He would do it in six literal days.


On the sixth day, God performed the most incredible act of Creation when he uttered, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." His statement indicated the work of the entire trinity; Father, Son, Holy Spirit, all were involved in Creation.


Unlike all the other creatures which God created on that sixth day, Man, created in God's image, was special and unique. It was Man who was to be the ruler of Creation.


This rule would only be possible if the first man, Adam, would obey one law, "Do not eat of the tree in the midst of the garden, the tree of knowledge of good and evil." For on that day, he would surely die.


Yet the tempter came, and Adam fell, causing him to lose the dominion he once enjoyed. That treasured dominion was lost; handed over in an instant to the adversary. Adam and his wife were separated from God.


God, in His mercy and grace, would provide someone to take back dominion that was lost. He would send a rescuer. This rescuer would come from the "seed of the woman." He could crush the head of the adversary.


This is the theme of God's Word. In the fullness of time, One would come to take back dominion.

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Put on the Armor
Put on the Armor

Roger Feenstra • April 25, 2020

Governments do not have a God-given right to decide whether or not a church is essential. All over the world, in oppressive countries, local churches are defying their governments by meeting to worship our Lord and read the Word of God, as the local body of Christ, in secret. Historically, churches in America have praised these bold Christians, even cheering them on, and praying for them. Now, when oppression comes to our own shores, and our government determines churches in America are non-essential, Christians cower in their homes in front of innocuous screens and dutifully bow down to the State, while still hanging out with the masses at Wal-mart, Costco, and Home Depot. Maybe it's time for pastors to take off their skinny jeans and put on the armor?

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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

Roger Feenstra • 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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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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Never Again!
Never Again!

Hope Now Bible Church • May 01, 2019

Do not think for a moment that it could not happen again! Anti-semitism is on the rise, worldwide. Satan's goal is to destroy Israel. There is an epic spiritual battle playing out.


Today is the worldwide commemoration of Yom HaShoah, the commemoration of the Holocaust--when 6 million Jews were murdered by the Hitler and his German machine. Six million Jews are about half of all Jews living today!


President Trump recently announced the U.S. would commemorate Holocaust memorial week, through May 5. The world needs to remember this so it may never be repeated.


For Christians, we should have a pro-Israel theology. We should support candidates for public office who have a pro-Israel foreign policy. That leaves out some Republicans, but a lot of Democrats most all Socialists. The Bible informs us on how we should vote and who we should support for higher office.


Never again.


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Remembering First Thessalonians
Remembering First Thessalonians

Hope Now Bible Church • April 08, 2019

Here are some flashbacks from our previous study in First Thessalonians:


1. Be expectant for Jesus's return. 1:10: "Wait for His Son from heaven whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.


2. Receive God's Word as truth. 2:13: "You welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God."


3. Love one another. 3:12: "And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all..."


4. We are called to be holy. 4:7: "For God did not call us to uncleanness, but to holiness."


5. Esteem pastors highly. 5:12,13: " And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves.


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New Sunday Teaching Series
New Sunday Teaching Series

Roger Feenstra • April 05, 2019

On Sunday I am beginning a verse-by-verse study through the New Testament book of 1st Corinthians. First Corinthians is such and interesting letter. Written by the apostle Paul, it gives us an inside look into a very early first century church. We will find they faced many of the same issues we face in our church in the twenty-first century. I hope you will come and bring your Bible. There will be helpful outlines for you to follow.

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Questions people might ask...
Questions people might ask...

Roger Feenstra • April 01, 2019

Here are the top ten questions which may be asked about our church. These can also be found on our church website (Click Here).


The top 10 questions that are asked about our church:

  1. How long is the service? Our Sunday service begins at 11:30 AM and ends around 12:45 PM. Our Thursday night Refresh! service begins at 7:00 PM and ends about 8:00 PM.
  2. What about children? We have nursery care for little ones and a children's Sunday School. On Thursday nights we do not have nursery care. Elementary through adults meet together.
  3. What’s the service like? Our service consists of some singing, yet we are not driven by music, but by the teaching of the Word. We have a time of announcements and prayer requests. We take some time to pray for the needs of the church, and the pastor will open the Bible and teach.
  4. How large is the church? We are not enamored with size, but want to minister to anyone who comes in the doors. If we are small, we are as content as if we are large.
  5. Will I be welcome? We try not to complicate church so you will feel welcome. We are not impressed with “excellence.” We think that much of the talk about excellence has just resulted in churches putting on a well-crafted show. We just want to be family–loving each other, growing in the Lord, and serving in our community.
  6. Does the church promote a social gospel? We don’t think we can “advance the Kingdom.” We think the Kingdom of God will come when the King comes. In the mean time, our job is to be faithful with the message of grace.
  7. Is the church controlling? We don’t have a long list of “don'ts,” because a grocery list of “thou shalt not’s” doesn’t lead one to spiritual growth. We just teach the Bible, as written, and let it be our only guide for living.
  8. Will I be asked to give money? We don’t talk about money unless the verses we are teaching are about money. We have a small basket in the front of the church, and you can put in it whatever you desire, whenever you desire.
  9. How do people normally dress? Come as you are.
  10. Do I need to bring a Bible? If you have a Bible, bring one. It's always good to have a Bible of your own you can highlight and mark with notes. We have a stack of Bibles for use during the service. We also have Bibles for sale if you would like one of your own. We teach from the New King James Version of the Bible, but many in our church use other English translations.
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