Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • Message Two of the Series "In the Fullness of Time"

    Dec 14, 2018 | 10:46 am

    Wade Burleson: At That Time, Michael Shall Arise from Emmanuel Enid on Vimeo.

  • "I Love You" Is Imprinted In My Life, Not My Lips

    Dec 8, 2018 | 13:21 pm

    "I Love You" Is Imprinted In My Life, Not My Lips Self-absorption is defined as "a preoccupation with one's own feelings, interests, or situation to the neglect of others." By nature, every person is self-absorbed (selfish). We constantly think about how we feel, what we like, and how we can change people around us to more enjoy our lives than we think about what is best for others.Selfishness is like a slithering snake with a poisonous bite. Nobody sees it as it silently and secretly slithers closer. It is rarely noticed until it strikes. Few flaunt their love for self, and most deny it exists, but selfishness afflicts all of us.When one thinks about[…]

  • The Scepter Shall Not Depart Judah Until Shiloh Comes, and to Him Shall Be Obedience (Gen 49:10)

    Dec 4, 2018 | 10:29 am

    Of the dozens of Messianic prophecies from the Old Testament, each of them beautifully fulfilled in the coming of Jesus Christ to bring "peace" (i.e. the meaning of the Hebrew word Shiloh) between sinners and our Creator, the prophecy from Genesis 49:10 is my favorite. "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,  until Shiloh comes, and to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples."If you half an hour to spare and a willing mind, watch this video to help cement your understanding of why the Bible is unique among all other[…]

  • An Intellectual Defense for the Use of Horns Down

    Nov 30, 2018 | 14:14 pm

    An Intellectual Defense for the Use of Horns Down Horns DownBy now most people have heard that Big 12 officials will penalize any Oklahoma Sooner player who flashes the "horns down" hand sign during the 2018 Big 12 Championship in Arlington, Texas.Unfortunately, many will assume that this ban of the "horns down" is a promotion of good sportsmanship, and they will never consider the implications of banning a gesture that has significant intellectual and religious meaning. As you'll read in this short essay, if there is a symbol that should be "banned" during the Big 12 Championship, it is the "horns up" symbol, otherwise known as "Hook'em Horns."Allow me[…]

  • John Chau and Oakchia: Missionaries with Courage

    Nov 28, 2018 | 19:42 pm

    John Chau and Oakchia: Missionaries with Courage John Allen ChauJohn Allen Chau, a 26-year-old graduate of Oral Roberts University and an American missionary in the Pacific, was killed November 21, 2018, by indigenous people on North Sentinel Island in the Bay of Bengal.For centuries, the Sentinelese people have resisted all contact with the outside world, sometimes violently. As a result, the Sentinelese people have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ.National Public Radio reports that Chau's death has launched a national debate over the appropriateness of evangelizing cultures which are either ignorant of or hostile to Christianity, especially when the evangelist faces potential death for sharing Christ.[…]

  • Intelligence or Identity? The International Mission Board of the SBC and New President Paul Chitwood

    Nov 19, 2018 | 15:21 pm

    Intelligence or Identity? The International Mission Board of the SBC and New President Paul Chitwood From all accounts of those who are friends with the new President of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, and from my brief interactions with Paul Chitwood while we served together as fellow trustees of the IMB during three contentious and controversial years (2005-2008), Paul Chitwood is a personable fellow.  I wish him the best in his new role as President of the largest missions sending organization in the world.I also question Paul Chitwood's biblical intelligence and his adherence to Landmark Baptist identity (Please read this link very carefully).Paul Chitwood was the Chairman of the Personnel Committee of[…]

  • Don't Allow Your Life To End in a Grave of Craving

    Nov 12, 2018 | 06:40 am

    Don't Allow Your Life To End in a Grave of Craving Dave Johnson and Jeff VanVonderen, co-authors of The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse (and a host of other helpful books), are speaking at a conference at Emmanuel Enid this week.Sunday morning, Dave mentioned an obscure passage in Numbers 11:1-3 where the Scripture names a place in the Wilderness where the people of God continually complained about the difficulties of their lives and their dissatisfaction in God's provision for them. The people of Israel kept complaining "it could be better." The discontent people died at a place the English Bible translates Taberah.The Hebrew name for that place is literally קִבְרוֹת הַתַּאֲוָה[…]

  • Calm Balm for the Soul: Healing for Emotional Pain

    Nov 2, 2018 | 08:59 am

    Calm Balm for the Soul: Healing for Emotional Pain One of the greatest mistakes we make in life is believing the lie that someone else is in control of my emotions.Because we wrongly associate the source of our internal pain with the failures of other people, we have a tendency to either control the people around us to be what we need them to be, or we 'shut down' and 'reject' the people in our lives who aren't meeting our expectations because it's too painful for us to even be around them.That kind of behavior is what psychologists call codependency. Codependency is being so dependent on another person for my[…]

  • Finding Our Strength Through Knowing Our God

    Oct 29, 2018 | 14:11 pm

    Finding Our Strength Through Knowing Our God Mt. Paran"Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." Winston ChurchillThe Hebrew word Selah is used often in the Davidic Psalms but is found only in one other chapter of the entire Bible -  the third chapter of the book of Habakkuk. Three times in Habakkuk chapter 3, the prophet uses the word Selah (vs. 3, 9, 13).Selah is typically given one of three definitions.1. Selah can mean "to lift up" as in a musical crescendo, or in the raising of your head and voice. We get our English word "solo" from this word.2. Selah can mean "to stop" and "to contemplate." The[…]

  • Adam's Story of Rejection, Abuse, Drugs, and Love

    Oct 25, 2018 | 07:06 am

    Adam's Story of Rejection, Abuse, Drugs, and Love Emmanuel Enid has a powerful thrice-weekly ministry to men and women incarcerated in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.Every Sunday morning between 40 to 50 pre-release DOC inmates join us for our corporate worship services and a small group time. Every Sunday night they come back for another small group time at our building we call the Grace Place. Different Emmanuel members bring some home-cooking, and after sharing a meal, the inmates talk about what the Lord is doing in their lives. Many choose to stay in Enid when they get out of the Department of Corrections, moving their families to[…]