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Why is Joel Osteen Despised?

Brother Frank and I arrived at Lakewood about 10 AM for the 11 AM service on January 20, 2019. What a blessing it was to see thousands of Christians in downtown Houston coming to church on Sunday morning. We introduced ourselves at the information booth and we were immediately given VIP treatment by the lady […]

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Gideon’s 300

  As the 300 listened to the Bible Study at Lakewood Church on financial freedom, I was reminded of Gideon’s 300. The Midianites had been terrorizing Israel for seven years with an army of 135,000. Gideon only had 32,000 men but that was way too many for God. God continually had Gideon cut his army […]

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Go Get It

  One can learn more about a church from its mid-week service (if they even have one) than from the main show, which is on Sunday. This is the reason I watched and listened to Pastor John Gray, who speaks each Wednesday night at Lakewood Church in Houston. He is a middle-aged black Pentecostal preacher, […]

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Eusebius, Father of Church History, Against Original Sin

Eusebius (260-340), widely known as the father of church history, believed that men were sinners by their own free choice and not by the necessity of their natures.   Eusebius taught, “The Creator of all things has impressed a natural law upon the soul of every man, as an assistant and ally in his conduct, […]

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Why do they hate Joel?

In keeping with the teachings of Jesus and his apostles, Joel Osteen demands excellence and diligence and opposes mediocrity and slothfulness. Many believers wallow in the mire of mediocrity; instead of showing initiative, they oppose Joel’s teachings on the old fashion virtues of profit and industry. Uninformed Christians accuse Joel of not preaching against sin. […]

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False Prophets

On Face Book I would like to see a more academic approach in debating theological and doctrinal differences between Calvinists and Arminians, so-called prosperity and non-prosperity teachers and among Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox expressions of our common faith. My goodness there are so many differences between Protestant sects alone. I prefer to reserve terms like […]

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Building the Church

Our host this week is a retired prison administrator, who now teaches a Bible study in prison. His favorite question to his students is, “How many of you were regularly going to church, when you were arrested?” The answer is always the same, without fail, none of them were attending church, when they got into […]

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Defenders of Christendom

Is the New Testament church supposed to be the model for the church of the 21st Century? Churches which were founded by the apostles from the beginning had serious problems with sin and false teachers. Note the seven churches of The Revelation. The church of the First Century preached under great difficulties and persecutions, which […]

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American Gospel

Critics of the so-called prosperity gospel refer to it as the uniquely “American gospel,” both of which are pejorative labels.   The gospel proclaimed in America might well be different from the way it is taught in other parts of the world. This country was established by our Puritan fathers, who considered America to be […]

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Revelation chapters 16 & 17, “It Is Done!”

In Chapter 16 of Revelation, the great voice out of the temple pronounces, “It is done.” What is done? For the answer join us for our weekly study on Revelation at 7 AM Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 31, in the Smock living room either in person or via FaceBook live stream. To enjoy Sister […]

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