Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • Jesus or Jezebel and the Just Sentence of Death

    Feb 16, 2018 | 11:40 am

    Jesus or Jezebel and the Just Sentence of Death As Jesus was dying on the cross, He bled in four places: Atop His skull where the Romans had placed a crown of thorns, in the middle of His two palms where the soldiers hammered nails into His outstretched hands, and at his feet where a giant nail was driven through His feet, one foot aligned on top of the other.The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29)  bled in fulfillment of the Law (Matthew 5:17).1500 years before the death of Jesus, the first Passover lambs were slain by the Hebrews at God's command (see[…]

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  • Al Mohler's Unbiblical Belief that New Testament Gender Equality Means Affirming Homosexuality

    Feb 15, 2018 | 07:00 am

    Al Mohler's Unbiblical Belief that New Testament Gender Equality Means Affirming Homosexuality Recently Dr. Al Mohler released an article entitled All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand: A Portrait of Theological Disaster.Dr. Mohler, President of Southern Theological Seminary, writes that he believes the numerical decline of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is due to that denomination's affirmation of homosexual behavior. Mohler believes that the CBF leadership is caught in the trap of being forced to affirm homosexuality by "millennials" in the CBF while at the same time attempting to prevent "the loss of support from (CBF) churches outraged by any policy condoning homosexuality."The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship broke off from the Southern Baptist Convention in[…]

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  • Valentine's Day - The Lost Art of Ascending in Love

    Feb 12, 2018 | 06:23 am

    Valentine's Day - The Lost Art of Ascending in Love Falling in love.The phrase is an oxymoron. It's a figure of speech that is contradictory.It's like saying "I'm falling to the summit of Everest" or "I'm falling to the office of CEO."You may fall in lust, but you can't fall in love.Love requires effort.The creation didn't fall into place by accident. The Sistine Chapel isn't great artistry because Michelangelo did nothing. Transcendent greatness requires a creator who cares.Love is an art. Love takes knowledge, effort, and perseverance. Love is something you ascend to, not something you fall in.Since one falls into lust and ascends into love, the greatest artists of love are[…]

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  • Paige and Dorothy Patterson’s Retirement Home Built on the Property of Southwestern Seminary

    Feb 8, 2018 | 06:36 am

    Paige and Dorothy Patterson’s Retirement Home Built on the Property of Southwestern Seminary The Patterson Retirement HomeDr. Paige Patterson and his wife Dorothy, nearing retirement as President and First Lady of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, are having their retirement home built on the seminary property.The decision by the Executive Committee of Southwestern Theological Seminary's trustees to allow the Pattersons to live out their retirement years on the grounds of SWBTS needs to be questioned by the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention for many reasons.Before articulating these reasons, let me state that I personally like Paige and Dorothy Patterson. I've found them to be hospital hosts, zealous for evangelism,[…]

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  • Trembling at God's Judgment and the Day of Wrath

    Feb 2, 2018 | 08:54 am

    Trembling at God's Judgment and the Day of Wrath John Battaglia and his daughters, Liberty and FaithA man died today. Executed by the state. His name was John Battaglia, and he died by lethal injection. Asked by the executioner if he had any last words, John Battaglia said "No." But then he changed his mind, looked at his ex-wife Mary Jean, and smiled broadly. Then he said, "Well, hi, Mary Jean. I'll see you later."  Facing imminent death, John Battaglia continued to taunt his ex-wife, the mother of the two small girls he'd shot and killed in cold blood in 2001; a crime John Battaglia celebrated and embraced until the end. The executioner injected[…]

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  • The Life and Legacy of Enid's Marvella Belle Bayh

    Feb 1, 2018 | 06:14 am

    The Life and Legacy of Enid's Marvella Belle Bayh Marvella Belle Bayh"It came to me - even if we were to live to be a hundred years old - that life is really short. Therefore, it is important to enjoy life and not rush so fast. Take time to smell the roses." Marvella BayhPresident Jimmy Carter and Vice-President Walter Mondale walked slowly out the front doors of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  President Carter had just finished his eulogy of 46-year-old Marvella Bayh of Enid, Oklahoma, the first Presidential eulogy ever given in the National Cathedral.Marvella's widowed husband, Indiana Senator Birch Bayh,  remained inside with the couple's only son, 23-year-old[…]

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  • "So Will I (100 Billion X)"- An Amazing Acoustic Version by the Worship Team of Emmanuel Enid

    Jan 30, 2018 | 06:03 am

    I am blessed to work and worship with some talented volunteers and staff at Emmanuel Enid, Oklahoma. This song, an acoustic version of Hillsong United's "So Will I," is a powerful example of the gifts and talents of the people at Emmanuel Enid. This is from our third Sunday morning REFUGE service on January 21, 2018.

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  • Christ Fulfilled the Law, So Stop Trusting In Law

    Jan 24, 2018 | 09:20 am

    Christ Fulfilled the Law, So Stop Trusting In Law 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I[…]

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  • An "Audacious and Astounding" Traditional Trap

    Jan 18, 2018 | 16:33 pm

    An "Audacious and Astounding" Traditional Trap I have spent the last few days researching three various topics of interest for Christians. My research has delved into the nature of hell, the dating of the book of Revelation, and the equality of men and women.You might be thinking to yourself, "What? Do those topics even matter?"Yes; they do. I'll tell you why. In reverse order, your marriage, your hope for a better world, and your concept of the nature of God are all affected by your take on these three topics.Christians who believe the Bible disagree on all three issues.I personally see the Bible teaching that only[…]

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  • The Gift of Prosperity Can Be Wrapped In Problems

    Jan 12, 2018 | 07:52 am

    The Gift of Prosperity Can Be Wrapped In Problems There is a promise from God in Jeremiah 29:11 that is often quoted by Christians and nearly just as often misinterpreted.God says: "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11).Sadly, we sometimes pluck verses from their context and don't fully grasp the meaning of the text.For example, if you claim Jeremiah 29:11 as a promise that God is about to change your circumstances for the better, then you have wrongly understood God's promise.When was God's promise given? To whom was God speaking? What occurred to cause God[…]

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