Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • Silence Those Who Disagree and Lose Your Liberty

    Dec 7, 2019 | 06:37 am

    Silence Those Who Disagree and Lose Your Liberty The far left and the far right of political, religious, and cultural movements both attempt to suppress dissent.Those in power fall into the trap of believing that silencing  minority opinions is somehow beneficial.But silence those who disagree and it's only a matter of time before citizens of a country, members of a church, or inhabitants of a culture lose their liberty.Let me give you an example.In 1950, Immanuel Velikovsky, a polymath student and friend of both Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein, wrote a book called Worlds in Collision.Velikovsky used documentation from the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, and Hebrews to explain how[…]

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  • Happiness Doesn't Just Happen and the Holidays

    Nov 29, 2019 | 08:10 am

    Happiness Doesn't Just Happen and the Holidays I recently received a letter from a man serving time in prison for a white collar crime he committed. After being sent to prison, a friend gave this businessman a copy of my book Happiness Doesn't Just Happen.A portion of man’s letter to me is reprinted below. Though my book is now "Out of Print" from the original publishers. I am re-issuing it through Istoria Ministries with a new Foreword for Happiness Doesn't Just Happen. The book contains a few study questions at the end of each chapter for small groups.If you have a Kindle Unlimited account, you can read it[…]

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  • I Am So Grateful for God's Transformational Power

    Nov 27, 2019 | 08:43 am

    I Am So Grateful for God's Transformational Power Every Thanksgiving I like to express my gratefulness for being in a ministry where I get to observe God's transforming power.On this Thanksgiving, I tell you Jim's story, with his permission, because it illustrates why Kingdom focus is so important for every Christian.Church is who we are, not what we do. The Lord calls us to be transformational, not comfortable.Salt and light, that's who we are. Good News, that's what we share.Yet, too often, we pastors are more interested in pleasing people and making budgets than we are in pleasing God and making disciples.It was ten years ago that Jim first came to[…]

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  • The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message Is Not a Creed

    Nov 21, 2019 | 06:35 am

    The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message Is Not a Creed In 1962 and 1999, Southern Baptists formed respective committees to modify the Southern Baptist Faith and Message, the denomination's confession of faith. The results of their respective efforts were the 1963 BF&M and the 2000 BF&M confessions of faith.Three times in the last century (1925, 1963, 2000), Southern Baptists changed the Baptist Faith and Message.Confessions are meant to change over time. The 2000 BFM will change within the next decade.Few people understand that a confession is not a creed. A creed is intended to separate orthodoxy from heresy. A confession addresses specific, practical needs in a denomination.Southern Baptist leaders have always made this[…]

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  • The 10th Anniversary of Forgotten Ministries, Enid

    Nov 19, 2019 | 08:28 am

    The 10th Anniversary of Forgotten Ministries, Enid Ten years ago, I made a request of Jeremiah and Sarah Herrian."Come to Enid, Oklahoma," I said, "And help us do our county what you've been doing in Los Angeles."At first this young couple was confused. Jeremiah and Sarah were operating their base of ministry on Skid Row in Los Angeles. The homeless man portrayed by Jamie Foxx in the film The Soloist, was a product of their ministry."Surely," they said, "there can't be the kind of poverty, homelessness, drug addiction, and ministry that we see on a daily basis in Los Angeles in Oklahoma."Jeremiah Herrian speaking at Forgotten Ministries banquetJeremiah and Sarah[…]

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  • A Pet Test to Find a True Pastor of God's People

    Nov 14, 2019 | 14:40 pm

    A Pet Test to Find a True Pastor of God's People Rachelle, my wife, loves cats. I take the 5th regarding my charity toward the furry felines.When Rachelle’s business takes her away, I must "fill in" to care for the cats. The cats love my wife, She's their caregiver. She's tender with them. She loves them. She shepherds them.I am a hireling for the cats.My wife is a true pastor to the cats.Yes, that's right. Rachelle meets the biblical definition of what it means to be a pastor.Rachelle doesn't "rule over" our cats. Cats weren't designed to be "ruled over" by anyone. It's not in their nature. There's a reason that[…]

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  • Sheep Among Wolves Vol. II: Christianity in Iran

    Nov 9, 2019 | 07:00 am

    Two hours. That's how long it will take for you to watch this life-changing movie about a Great Awakening occurring in Iran. The Islamic Republic of Iran has the the fastest growing Christian church in the world today. It is a rapidly-reproducing discipleship movement that owns no property or buildings, has no central leadership, and is predominately led by courageous women.  It will be the best two hours you've spent in a long time.  #Iran

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  • When Men Rule the Church, Men Fool the Church: FBC Clarksville, Tennessee, and the Mistakes Made

    Nov 8, 2019 | 07:53 am

    When Men Rule the Church, Men Fool the Church: FBC Clarksville, Tennessee, and the Mistakes Made A Conference at FBC Clarksville, Tennessee (2017)My heart goes out to the people and leaders of First Baptist Church, Clarksville, Tennessee. They are in a mess.Emails flooded my inbox at the beginning of this week with people asking if I'd "heard about FBC Clarksville calling a pastor who had used his position as a youth pastor to sexually prey on young women in his youth group." I had not. I then read this newspaper article.I then read that Southern Seminary, the place where this pastor had taught as an adjunct professor, suspended him this week.My wife and I then read the[…]

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  • Men of the Great Assembly and Women Teaching

    Nov 7, 2019 | 06:22 am

    Men of the Great Assembly and Women Teaching The Men of the Great Assembly were a group of120 Jewish leaders who ruled Judea from shortly after the dedication of the Second Temple (516 BC) to the invasion of Judea by the Greeks under Alexander the Great (332 BC).The formation of the Great Assembly is described in Nehemiah chapters 8, 9, and 10. Today's Israeli Parliament, called The Knesset (Hebrew for "assembly") also has 120 members, imitating the Great Assembly of Ezra's day.Few Christians understand the significance of the Great Assembly and the effect it had on Jesus' ministry in Judea. The Men of the Great Assembly had three sayings: 1. Be[…]

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  • "Racism in Rural America" by Pastor Chris Gordon

    Nov 4, 2019 | 08:51 am

    "Racism in Rural America" by Pastor Chris Gordon Pastor Chris Gordon and familyToday's guest post is written by a friend of mine, the wonderful pastor of First Baptist Church, Hennessey, Oklahoma. Chris writes of his own personal experience with racism in rural areas of Oklahoma. It's because of people like Chris, those who are not comfortable with status quo, that change can - and will - occur in the Southern Baptist Convention regarding racism. Chris is pictured here with his wife and children (one foster child not in the picture per legal reasons). I appreciate Chris writing this narrative, and I'd encourage you to read it through carefully[…]

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