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  1. Do you ever have trouble “standing still?” I do too! I prefer ministry in motion over ministry sitting still. I like to move forward serving God, and I like things I’m investing in to move forward. To me, it’s exciting to be engaged in Kingdom work—to invest, to serve, to encourage, and to reach as many people as possible with the gospel. Jesus gave us a mission, and I love to be on mission. But sometimes “standing still” is a good thing. Sometimes God says, “go forward” and sometimes God says “stand still.” So, which does God want us to do? Stand still? Or go forward? This past week, our office received a wonderful email from an AWANA mother who was facing a deep trial. She recounted to story of how her son told her the previous night’s AWANA lesson—how God commanded the Israelites to “stand still” and see the salvation of God. (Exodus 14:13) God used that moment to calm her heart and cause her to rest in what He was doing in her life. Sometimes God calls us to stand still and watch Him work. Hundreds of times in recent years, God has said to my heart, “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord”—in other words, You are in way over your head. There’s nothing you can do but wait on God and watch Him work. He is prone to place us into impossible situations, so that our only option is to stand still and leave it up to Him. He places us into situations where we can’t move forward. In this, He orders sovereign rest—providential pauses, where we must be still and let Him be God. These times force our hearts to release anxiety and enter His calm. Amazingly, two verses later (Exodus 14:15) this same God tells the same people to “go forward.” So, which is it? Does God want me standing still or moving forward? Does God want me resting or pursuing? Does God call me to disengage or to engage. The answer is yes! At times, standing still is obedience. At others, moving forward is obedience. In verse 13, moving forward would be have been disobedient. But in verse 15, standing still would have been equally disobedient. The key is hearing God and contentedly doing what He says. When He says “stand still, be still, or rest”—then do it. When He says, “move forward, go ye therefore, press toward the mark, run with patience”—then do it. In standing still we express contented dependence. In going forward, we express active obedience. In resting, we express faith, in moving we express courage. They go together. We stand still long enough to catch our breath and wait on God’s timing—to be reminded that this is God’s battle. But then, as God directs, we move forward as He chooses to call and use us. We watch God do what only He can do, as we do the little that we can do (like the boy with the loaves and fish). We are invited to co-labor with a God who really doesn’t need us, but He loves to take us along on the journey. He invites us into His work! We get to be “in” on His action, but all the while knowing it is really all Him! Second Timothy 1:9 teaches that Jesus has saved us and called us with a holy calling—not by our own works—but by His purpose and grace. We bring nothing to the table in terms of filling God’s needs. He doesn’t need us, but He does want us. He allows us, permits us, invites us to be a part of His story and His eternal purposes! Wow! What a great way to live life! Standing still to see God, then moving forward in His wake, at His side. That’s how I hope to live. I pray that my heart will be sensitive to when to “be still” and when to “move forward.” I pray for wisdom to balance the two. If God has called you into a “stand still” season—don’t resent it. Rest in it. You have His permission to be calm and wait. He is still working, and in your waiting He is preparing you for what is next. Catch your breath, because He’s about to call you to ride out with Him! If God has called you into a “move forward” season—don’t hesitate in it. Step forward with courage and confidence, even though you’re staring at a Red Sea that still needs to part. You may not see a way through, but step forward in faith. Move out in courage and obedience. Saddle up—the great adventure awaits! Know this. If God has said “stand still” then it’s destructive and probably impossible to “go forward.” And if God has said “go forward” then it’s dangerous and painful to “stand still.” Hear His voice. Have confidence in His credibility. Fully entrust yourself to His commands, and refuse to take matters into your own hands. When God says “stand still” then stillness is what you need. What God says “go forward” then motion is what you need. Either way, He is right—and the best life is always the one that is doing exactly what God has instructed. View the full article
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  4. A QUESTION FOR NON-HYPER CALVINISTS (Friday Church News Notes, July 19, 2019, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Calvinism is on the march, but there are many varieties of Calvinism. Every Calvinist believes he has the liberty to decide what kind of Calvinist he will be. One list names nine types: total hyper-Calvinist, partial hyper-Calvinist, ultra-high Calvinist, regular high Calvinist, moderate Calvinist, lower moderate Calvinist, lower Calvinist, lowest Calvinist, and Amyraldism (4 point Calvinist). (To understand the difference, you must understand compatibilism, lapsarianism, supralapsarianism, infralapsarianism, active reprobation.. Read More View the full article
  5. The following material is excerpted from THE DISCIPLING CHURCH: THE CHURCH THAT WILL STAND UNTIL JESUS COMES , 513 pages. Available in print or as a free eBook from www.wayoflife.org. The church’s youth and the people who are won to the Lord from outside are the future of the church. A pastor once told me, “I used to think that the youth are the future of the church. I no longer think that. I now think that those we win to Christ are the future of the church.” It appeared to me that he had changed his thinking because of a general lack of good fruit among the church’s youth. I am convinced that both our youth and those we win to Christ are the future of the church. In light of God’s promises, there is no reason why we can’t win our children to Christ and train them as true disciples of Christ... Read More View the full article
  6. The following is an updated excerpt from the book Faith vs. the Modern Bible Versions , available from Way of Life Literature- In this section we will cover the giving and canonization of the New Testament from a believing perspective, which means that we base our teaching directly upon the Bible itself. This, and this alone, is true faith. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17). Any doctrine that is not based on the Word of God is not of faith, but it is human tradition and has no divine authority. Contemporary books on the history of the Bible commonly parrot the Catholic doctrine that the development of the canon of the New Testament was haphazard and occurred over a long period of time and was accomplished by Catholic synods. “The idea of a complete and clear-cut canon of the New Testament existing from the beginning, that is from Apostolic times, has no foundation in history. The Canon of the New Testament, like that of the Old, is the result of a development, of a process at once.. Read More View the full article
  7. This is a plea to the Clark Family of Solid Rock Baptist Church in Berlin, New Jersey, in regard to their music. The plea is public, because their music is public. The pastors of Solid Rock are Charles Clark, Jr. and Charles Clark III. The Clarks have a singing ministry called the Clark Family and have published several albums. Mike Clark has a major role in the singing ministry. They influence many individuals, families, and churches outside of their own congregation by their albums, web sites, YouTube channel, and conferences.— “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:6). I am thankful for your profession of faith in Jesus Christ, your modest dress and conservative Christian values, your commitment to the King James Bible, your close family ties, your zeal to win lost souls to Christ, your concern for our wayward nation, and other wholesome things.. Read More View the full article
  8. TRASHING AMERICA’S FOUNDING FATHERS (Friday Church News Notes, July 12, 2019, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - A large percentage of Americans have been brainwashed to hate the nation’s Founding Fathers. The latest evidence is the decision by the San Francisco Board of Education to paint over a 13-panel mural of scenes from George Washington’s life at George Washington High School, because of the “violent” and “degrading” imagery (“San Francisco school board votes to paint over,” Washington Post , June 28, 2019). One panel shows frontiersmen standing by the dead body of a Native American, while another shows Washington at Mount Vernon among his slaves. The painting simply depicts the reality of America in the 18th century, which was.. Read More View the full article
  9. I have stood on the ruins of ancient Jericho three times. It is an amazing experience. From here, you can see the place of a great many biblical events. You can see across the plains of Jordan to ancient Moab, where Moses viewed the land from Mt. Nebo (De. 34:1) and where he died and was buried (De. 34:5-6) and where Israel encamped and prepared for the invasion of Canaan (Jos. 3:16). You can see the place of the Jordan River crossing when God stopped the flow of the water from the north (Jos. 4). You can see the area where Israel camped on the plains east of Jericho at Gilgal and where the men were circumcised as the sign of.. Read More View the full article
  10. This is a shortened edition of a previous report by this same title. In recent days I have warned about the “adaptation” of Contemporary Christian Music at independent Baptist churches and schools. This is going on widely, but even more serious than the “adaptation” of the contemporary music is the adaptation of the contemporary philosophy . Of course, the two go hand-in-hand, which is why contemporary music brings such radical and rapid changes to churches. I trust that church leaders will heed our warning and renounce the following philosophies. Every fundamental Baptist church and school today needs to have a top to bottom review of what is being taught and what is not being taught, of what is being emphasized and not emphasized. Every teacher should be vetted so that no foreign philosophy is creeping in. I am convinced that every Independent Baptist church that refuses to plainly and boldly and unhesitatingly renounce both the music and the philosophy.. Read More View the full article
  11. Charles Spurgeon began pastoring the Metropolitan Tabernacle of London, England, in 1853 at age 19, and was the senior pastor until his death in 1892. His superlative preaching drew massive crowds, and the church grew from two to three hundred to a membership of over 5,300. Spurgeon believed in a regenerate church membership and was very careful in this regard. He didn’t give invitations to come forward after his sermons. Instead, he invited seekers to meet with him at his office on Monday morning. He wanted to deal with seekers carefully and properly. Prospective candidates for baptism and membership went through a multi-step process. 1. The enquirer met with one of the elders or deacons to share his or her testimony. .. Read More View the full article
  12. IS ANNE GRAHAM LOTZ CONSERVATIVE? (Friday Church News Notes, July 5, 2019, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - A few years ago a preacher friend mentioned that he had been listening to some conservative evangelicals, including Anne Graham Lotz (not something I would advise), and he observed, “This Anne lady should have been a man. She makes some very good points, better than her dad Billy and her brother Franklin. She even talks about sin, repentance, hell, demons, earnest prayer, revival, about Israel in a favourable light, etc. There are a very small group of evangelicals.. Read More View the full article
  13. Many people have walked into the Roman Catholic Church through the broad door of the “church fathers,” and this is a loud warning today when there is a widespread attraction to the “church fathers” within evangelicalism. The Catholic apologetic ministries use the “church fathers” to prove that Rome’s doctrines go back to the earliest centuries. In the book Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic , David Currie continually uses the church fathers to support his position. He says, “The other group of authors whom.. Read More View the full article
  14. I believe that one of the most important events in American history was Harry Truman’s recognition of Israel on May 14, 1948. America’s friendship toward Israel has not been perfectly consistent by any means, but the fact remains that America has been Israel’s greatest friend in modern history, and that is significant. God told Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation, “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great... Read More View the full article
  15. ROLLING STONES: “SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES US” (Friday Church News Notes, June 28, 2019, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Four members of the original 1970s Rolling Stones rock band are still rocking well into their 70s (Ronnie Wood is 72, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are 75, and Charlie Watts is 78), and they think that this is because “somebody up there likes us.” That is what Wood told the press recently, after lead singer Mick Jagger “bounced back” from a noninvasive heart valve replacement (“Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood reflects on sobriety, Mick Jagger’s ‘superhuman’ recovery,” The Sun , June 24, 2019). The band is continuing its “No Filter” U.S. tour.. Read More View the full article
  16. I love trees. Most people do, in fact. Many poems have been written about them, including this famous one by Joyce Kilmer: I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; vA tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree... Read More View the full article
  17. Following Jesus is sure to be a journey of unfolding surprises. He delights to delight! I continue to marvel at God’s providence and grace on this journey. One of my great passions in ministry is writing—attempting to communicate God’s truth in a way that compels others to love Jesus. Almost a year ago I took a walk with God and prayed a simple prayer of surrender. “Lord, I don’t need to write if it’s not your will. I don’t want to force it. Whatever your desire, open or close doors and show me a clear path forward.” It was a hard prayer, but one that brought peace nonetheless. I was fully prepared for God to say, “Writing is not my agenda for you at this time.” I won’t bore you with the long version of the story, but the short version is that God responded almost immediately. Through a wonderful series of unexpected, providential events over several months, Moody Publishers extended to me an invitation to write my next book in partnership with them. I am now free to share this news because the book contract was signed this morning. (I celebrated with ice cream!) This new opportunity is simultaneously exciting, humbling, and sobering. The joy of the open door is equaled by the weight of the responsibility. Therefore, this is not only an announcement, but also a requestfor prayer! Would you pray that God will guide me in the coming months as I dive into this book project? The project has a working title of You, Made New: Finding Your Solid Identity in a Fragile World. It will explore the transformational power of an authentic gospel identity—unfolding how a gospel identity differs from weaker identity structures offered in secular and religious contexts. I believe the message will resonate with both believers and unbelievers who are seeking truth. I’m grateful that Moody would invite me to do this, and I’m prayerful that God will use this project to strengthen many. Much thanks to Paul Santhouse, Amy Simpson, and the great folks at Moody Publishers for their invitation to write. Also, I feel deep gratitude toward my agent (and gifted author), Cynthia Ruchti, with Books & Such, who chose to take the risk of representing me, and who has coached me (and pushed me) through this process with both rigor and grace. Cynthia has a strong heart for gospel ministry and a high standard of professional excellence. She’s been a gift from God. Look for this new book about 18 months from now. Until then, I sincerely appreciate your prayers that God would be glorified in its message. Now, to the work of writing. YAY! …and YIKES! I can’t. But I know He can! View the full article
  18. I WAS ABUSED IN THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION (Friday Church News Notes, June 21, 2019, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The 2019 annual Southern Baptist Convention was held in Birmingham, Alabama, June 11-12. There were 8,183 messengers from associated churches (meaning churches that contribute to the SBC Cooperation Program). “Southern Baptists acted in support of sexual abuse survivors, embraced ethnic and gender diversity and rallied around the Great Commission” (“Wrap-up: SBC supports survivors, embraced diversity,” Baptist Press, June 13, 2019). An amendment was approved stating that sexual abuse is grounds for a church to be deemed “not in friendly cooperation” with the convention. Recent reports have found evidence of cover ups of sexual abuse in Southern Baptist congregations, and the Convention is trying to deal with it. But they are dealing with it in a typically ineffectual denominational way which fails to address the root causes, which are.. Read More View the full article
  19. The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) is an ecumenical alliance founded in 1905 and currently consisting of 223 Baptist denominations in 120 countries, comprising 42 million members in 177,000 congregations. It is divided into six regional fellowships: North American Baptist Fellowship, Asia Pacific Baptist Federation, All-Africa Baptist Fellowship, Caribbean Baptist Fellowship, Union of Baptists in Latin America, and European Baptist Federation. Members of the BWA include American Baptist Churches USA, Baptist Union of Great Britain, Baptist Union of New Zealand, Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, General Baptist Church of the Philippines, Luzon Convention of Southern Baptist.. Read More View the full article
  20. The following is excerpted from The Discipling Church: The Church That Will Stand until Christ Comes , www.wayoflife.org Democracy is another factor that has weakened the discipline of churches. The democratic political movement of modern times was birthed in America. The rule of kings was replaced with the rule of the people. Though America is not strictly a democracy; it is a democratic republic, which is a democracy under the rule of law, the emphasis is still on the rule of the people. The Declaration of Independence championed “the right of the people,” while the United States Constitution begins with the words, “We the people.” President Abraham Lincoln described the U.S. government as one “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” ,.. Read More View the full article
  21. Repentance is often a missing element in evangelism today, but it is a prominent theme in the Bible. Following are the answers to some important questions about repentance. This study is expanded from the One Year Discipleship Course and Sowing and Reaping: A Course in Evangelism. Is repentance necessary for salvation? Many churches don’t preach repentance. They say that only faith is necessary for salvation. But repentance is commanded by God. It is mentioned 60 times in the New Testament. Repentance was preached by John the Baptist . “In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias,.. Read More View the full article
  22. JERUSALEM’S GAY PRIDE PARADE (Friday Church News Notes, June 14, 2019, www.wayoflife.org fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade was held on June 6, with an estimated 10,000-15,000 in attendance. To counter ultra-Orthodox protests, the police had a massive presence, posting officers every 10 to 20 meters along the parade route and stationing helicopters and drones overhead. Israel’s first homosexual justice minister, Amir Ohana, appointed hours earlier by Benjamin Netanyahu, joined the parade. The city government refused chief rabbi Aryeh Stern’s request to remove rainbow flags, instead ordering the removal of protest posters.. Read More View the full article
  23. The pelican is another one of God’s amazing creatures. It is a large waterfowl that comes in seven or eight varieties. It has webbed feet, large wings, a long bill, and a bag of skin below its beak called a gular pouch. It varies in size from about six pounds to 30. Its wonderfully-designed skeleton weighs less than 10% of its body weight. The pelican cannot straighten its neck, because its eighth vertebra is joined with the seventh and ninth.. Read More View the full article
  24. For photos of Mary on God’s throne, Mary the Queen of Peace, Mary hanging on the cross, Mary adored by the apostles, and Mary on the ark of the covenant see the following: www.wayoflife.org/database/maryolatry.html In spite of claims of contemporary Catholic propagandists, the Roman Catholic Church worships Mary. They use the term “venerate,” but it is the same thing. According to Rome, she was immaculately (sinlessly) conceived, participated in Christ’s suffering for mankind, ascended bodily to Heaven, was crowned Queen of the universe, and intercedes for sinners. During a radio message concluding the Jubilee of the Redemption, April 28, 1935, Pope Pius XI gave the Catholic Mary the title Co-redemptrix. At least five times Pope Paul II referred to her by this title in his papal statements. In his general audience in 1997, he said.. Read More View the full article
  25. PRESIDENT TRUMP VISITS SBC CHURCH UNANNOUNCED FOR PRAYER (Friday Church News Notes, June 7, 2019, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - On Sunday morning, June 2, U.S. President Donald Trump made an unscheduled visit to the McClean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia. Franklin Graham had called for a special day of prayer for the President on that day, saying, “If his enemies are allowed to destroy him, and pull down the presidency, it will hurt our entire nation.” Trump had tweeted about this multiple times. The church learned of the visit at the end of the morning service when they were told that the President was stopping by for prayer (“Pastor explains sudden decision to pray for Trump,” USA Today , June 3, 2019). The President.. Read More View the full article

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