Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • The Whiteshirts Came to Know Him Only After They Knew How Much I Cared to Know Them

    Oct 19, 2017 | 12:56 pm

    The Whiteshirts Came to Know Him Only After They Knew How Much I Cared to Know Them Some moments move me in ways difficult to express. One such moment occurred last Sunday, October 15, 2017.What happened is a defining event for me personally.As I walked through an area where we set out tables and chairs for people to eat breakfast and visit between worship services, I saw a Chinese family sitting by themselves. I sat down and had an enjoyable conversation with recent emigrants from China who now live and work in Enid. They've been coming to Emmanuel Enid for several weeks.As I got up to leave, I noticed two young ladies seated at the next table.[…]

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  • The Story of a Boy at Medicine Lodge So Long Ago

    Oct 14, 2017 | 12:21 pm

    The Story of a Boy at Medicine Lodge So Long Ago Tulsa Police Officer Jimmy WhiteshirtToday, October 14, 2017, is a significant anniversary that few Americans will note.150 years ago today, October 14, 1867, a well-armed caravan of nearly 500 American soldiers and politicians arrived at a Plainsmen Indian religious site called Medicine Lodge. The purpose of this so-called “Peace Commission” was to negotiate a peace treaty with the savage Plainsmen Indians, including the Comanche, Apache, Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and Kiowa.What happened at Medicine Lodge during the two weeks of negotiations and treaty signing (October 14 - October 27, 1861), is an example of United States colonialism.American exceptionalism is nothing new. The[…]

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  • And the Smoke of Their Torment Will Rise Forever

    Oct 12, 2017 | 08:20 am

    And the Smoke of Their Torment Will Rise Forever Rachelle and I are supposed to go to northern California in November. My cousin runs a Bed and Breakfast in Napa, and we are to spend a few days at the Inn on First.We might not go.The Napa fires are horrible. One reporter last night said, "The fires are apocalyptic."Though impressed with the vocabulary of the reporter, I couldn't help but wonder how many listeners new what apocalyptic meant.Here's a modern definition.Apocalyptic [adj.] - "describing or prophesying the complete destruction of the world."Most Americans think of apocalyptic as a synonym for "the end of the world."Unfortunately, our modern American definition[…]

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  • Biblical Proof There Is No Eternal Torment in Hell

    Oct 11, 2017 | 14:12 pm

    Biblical Proof There Is No Eternal Torment in Hell The title of this post is an abbreviation of a much longer title of a book written in 1638 entitled The Torments of Hell, the Foundation and Pillars Thereof, Searched, Discovered, Shaken and Removed, together with, Infallible Proofs that There Is Not To Be a Punishment After this Life for Any to Endure that Shall Never End.Whew!And just think, some people think my 28-minute sermons are too long!Anyway, the author of the book mentioned above is Samuel Richardson  (1602-1656), the pastor of the First Particular Baptist Church of London, England.  Samuel was one of fifteen Baptist pastors who signed The First London Confession[…]

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  • 500 Years Later and Martin Luther Is Reforming the Church Again on the Meaning of Life and Death

    Oct 6, 2017 | 11:01 am

    500 Years Later and Martin Luther Is Reforming the Church Again on the Meaning of Life and Death On October 31, 2017, the evangelical world will celebrate the 500th year anniversary of Martin Luther pinning the 95 Thesis on the door of Wittenburg Castle, marking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.Luther called on the Church to look to the Bible alone in answering the question, "How is a sinner made right with God?"  This question in Luther's day would have been the more theological "How is a sinner justified? Luther believed the Bible alone answers this question accurately:  By God's grace in Jesus Christ through faith in Jesus Christ.  Or, as Luther and the other reformers declared in Latin:Sola Gratia[…]

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  • The Sand Creek Massacre Worse than Las Vegas

    Oct 4, 2017 | 06:16 am

    The Sand Creek Massacre Worse than Las Vegas On November 29, 1864, a brutal massacre of women, children and the elderly occurred in eastern Colorado, near a sometimes dry river bed called Sand Creek. People are calling Sunday night's horrible massacre in Las Vegas the worst gun massacre in modern American history.The Sand Creek Massacre is worse than Las Vegas.The Sand Creek Massacre exceeds Las Vegas in brutality, horror and the number of innocents killed, including women and children. The United States government believes we should be aware of Sand Creek.  That's why President George W. Bush authorized the opening of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Park on April[…]

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  • Be Kind to Your Server Because You Never Know

    Sep 29, 2017 | 13:06 pm

    Be Kind to Your Server Because You Never Know When my wife and I choose a drive-through restaurant, it's often because we're in a rush to get to our next appointment or event.That's the way it was for me today.After making some hospital visits, Rachelle and I went out for a quick lunch. We were both in a rush to make our next appointments, so we chose a drive-through restaurant.I sometimes find myself impatient with servers when I'm in a hurry like today. After all, it's called "fast" food, right?"Let's go!" "Come on!" "Hurry up!"Those are the hidden thoughts that often race through my head, and on some unfortunate[…]

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  • Respecting the National Anthem Is All about Honor

    Sep 27, 2017 | 06:57 am

    Respecting the National Anthem Is All about Honor I believe most Americans would agree that the ability and freedom to express an opinion is more American than any effort at trying to silence the speaker.However, the discomfort many Americans feel when we see our fellow Americans refusing to stand and honor our country during the singing of the national anthem is not uncomfortableness over what is being said. The issue for many of us is when it is being said. It is a matter of honor for many of us.America has certain freedoms that people in other countries do not enjoy, including the freedom of speech and the freedom[…]

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  • All Moms Is an Excellent Alternative to MOPS

    Sep 26, 2017 | 13:04 pm

    All Moms Is an Excellent Alternative to MOPS All Moms, Emmanuel Enid, Oklahoma, September 2017Sarah Wilkins has been the MOPS Coordinator at Emmanuel Enid for our Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) ministry for the last several years. She and her MOPS leadership committee have done an amazing job reaching out to moms in our community with encouragement, support, and the Good News of Jesus Christ. Over a year ago Sarah wrote an Open Letter of Concern Over MOPS International. She expressed a strong concern that MOPS was departing from the gospel of Jesus Christ in the curriculum that MOPS was sending to their various local church MOPS ministries around the[…]

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  • The NFL Is Tone Deaf and Old School Is Cool

    Sep 24, 2017 | 17:00 pm

    The NFL Is Tone Deaf and Old School Is Cool Alejanro Villanueva, the NFL's American PatriotIt's been my privilege to pastor a large evangelical church in northwest Oklahoma for the last 25 years. It may come as a surprise to some, but we intentionally do not place an American flag in the auditorium where we gather for corporate worship. We believe the Kingdom of Christ is the eternal nation to which Christians belong, and the Good News of Jesus Christ transcends national politics and patriotism. We have people who worship God with us on Sundays from various other nations and countries, and we make it clear that they are of[…]

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