Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • An Isaiah 16 Targum on the Destruction of America

    Sep 15, 2020 | 11:15 am

    An Isaiah 16 Targum on the Destruction of America Fires in California in the year 2020Most people don't read the Bible. When some do attempt it, the Hebrew Scriptures (the Old Testament) seem confusing if not impossible to comprehend.  The lack of understanding of what the Bible reveals says more about our modern system of education than it does the readers. Just a little more than a century ago, it was not uncommon to find many five-year-old Americans who had been taught to read the classics in the original Greek, Latin, or English. I'm mentoring a 13-year-old young man who struggles "to believe the stories of the Bible." This young man will one[…]

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  • A Tribute of Honor for Navy Veteran Claude Hicks

    Sep 9, 2020 | 15:02 pm

    A Tribute of Honor for Navy Veteran Claude Hicks Col. Curt Castillo at Claude Hick's graveRachelle and I have some very special friends around the world whom we cherish.Two of those friends live right here in Enid. Air Force Colonel Curt Castillo (ret.) and his wife Suzi are members of Emmanuel Enid. We've known them for two decades. Colonel Castillo has had a highly distinguished and decorated career in the United States Air Force, recently finishing his Air Force career as a commander at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma. He now flies for one of the United States' major commercial airlines, commuting from Enid.Yesterday, Curt read my[…]

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  • Covid and the Inhumanity of Isolating the Elderly

    Sep 8, 2020 | 12:38 pm

    Covid and the Inhumanity of Isolating the Elderly Susan's Father, March 2020This is Susan's story.Or more accurately, this is the story of Susan's father. Susan's father is pictured to the left in a photo from March 2020, just days before the government-mandated lockdowns of our elderly in nursing homes and living centers throughout the country, isolating them from their loved ones. Susan's father lives in a nursing center 25 miles south of Enid, Oklahoma. Susan shares her story and the pictures of her father to illustrate the inhumanity of isolating the elderly from their loved ones. After she shares her story (below), Susan asks that you pay close attention to[…]

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  • Jesus and Christian Involvement in 2020 Politics

    Sep 7, 2020 | 10:56 am

    Jesus and Christian Involvement in 2020 Politics Pilate and JesusRecently some sincere followers of Jesus have gone on social media and bemoaned the fact that Christians are seemingly more political than gospel oriented in 2020, as if the gospel of Jesus Christ and politics have nothing in common or should be completely separate. However, the idea that Christians should not be involved in politics or not vocal about politics is at best na├»ve and at worst anti-Christian.Politics are at the core of the Good News message that Jesus Christ gave us.Jesus was a controversial political figure in His day, and His followers should expect no less controversy in[…]

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  • Do You Know What Our Public Universities Teach?

    Sep 2, 2020 | 06:55 am

    Do You Know What Our Public Universities Teach? The worst indictment on American culture in 2020 is that Americans pay more attention to football coaches and college championships than university professors and classroom curricula. We focus intently on what's happening on the football field and demand that coaches be a winner.  Yet we couldn't care less about what's happening in the college classroom and yawn as professors are given their tenure. It is in the university classroom that America is being destroyed, one student at a time. America used to be a melting pot of all cultures. Just a little over a generation ago, to be an American meant allegiance[…]

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  • Listen to the Creator When It Comes to Your Life

    Aug 27, 2020 | 08:22 am

    Listen to the Creator When It Comes to Your Life When Apollo 16 astronauts landed on the moon on Friday, April 21, 1972, they offloaded a lunar roving vehicle. These moon explorers were to traverse the surface of the moon for three days riding the moon mobile.But the lunar rover ran into problems. After a day of exploring, the rover lost a rear fender and moon dust blanketed the vehicle's instruments. The astronauts were to explore the surface of the moon for 48 additional hours, so they could not afford the lunar rover to be broken down. The NASA Command Center in Houston, frantic to get the vehicle going again, was[…]

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  • Save Our Children, Justice, and the Bold Journalist Who Shook the World and Died on the RMS Titanic

    Aug 19, 2020 | 05:21 am

    Save Our Children, Justice, and the Bold Journalist Who Shook the World and Died on the RMS Titanic W.T. Stead (1849-1912) There is a child sex trafficking pandemic taking place in the United States in 2020. The moral depravity of a culture more focused on preventing Covid-19 than putting an end to covert sexual trafficking of children or preventing the deaths of innocent and powerless children through abortion should turn the stomach of every American. The words of a London policeman about child sex trafficking, words spoken while being interviewed by the subject of this blogpost in 1882, are just as appropriate today as they were a century and a half ago: "Although it ought to raise hell, it does not[…]

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  • My Covid-19 Story Intended As An Encouragement

    Aug 17, 2020 | 07:00 am

    My Covid-19 Story Intended As An Encouragement I'm sitting here listening to the local news. It's all about Covid-19. Oklahoma University has 9 football players who have tested positive for Covid-19. One school district in OKC has had 19 kids and teachers test positive. The newscasters sound like their announcing the end of the world.  I would tell you about what I've heard on the national news, but I stopped it weeks ago. So after hearing all the negativity on local news, I decided to tell you of my positive experiences (plural) with Covid-19. First, let me say if you have loved ones who've been very sick with Covid-19 (and[…]

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  • 3 Things to Focus On If Attacked on Social Media

    Aug 13, 2020 | 05:53 am

     This short 4-minute video will be a help to you (or others) if you ever experience someone attacking you on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). The world has changed in the last 20 years, and applying grace in tough situations is an important part of who we are as followers of Jesus Christ in a world filled with hate. Don't take it personally.

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  • Mourning Sin and the Man in Linen Marking You

    Aug 5, 2020 | 07:28 am

    Mourning Sin and the Man in Linen Marking You 9:11. That's the number you dial when you sense trouble. We all find ourselves in trouble at one time or another. Our actions bring pain and sorrow upon ourselves and others. We are selfish. We lie to enhance our standing with others. We steal what is not ours. We minimize God and His Word in our lives. We're envious, jealous, and haughty. We live the way we desire and refuse to acknowledge our allegiance to God.We get angry when we don't get our way. In short, we are sinners. However, the Good News is that God loves sinners and sent His Son to deliver[…]

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