Showing blog posts containing "" from 2017

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Phillip Vanwinkle | December 22, 2017

Developing Spiritual Gentleness

While the world is angry and bitter towards one another, as Christians we have been called out of the world. While the Democrats hate the Republicans, and the Republicans hate the Democrats, and while Isis seems to hate everyone, still Christians are told to be gentle.

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Phillip Vanwinkle | December 8, 2017

What Happens If Someone Dies On the Way To Be Baptized?

Do you ever get questions that seem sincere, but are often meant to put you in a difficult spot? One of these questions comes up often when discussing the importance of baptism. This article addresses the question "What happens if someone dies on the way to be baptized?"

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Phillip Vanwinkle | November 24, 2017

Calvinism: From God or Man? #5 Examining Total Hereditary Depravity

Do we come into this world as little reprobate infants, far from God because of inheriting our parent's sins? Calvinism says "yes." But, what does God say?

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Phillip Vanwinkle | November 3, 2017

Calvinism: From God or Man? #4 Is Salvation Conditional?

The Calvinist believes that mankind has no ability to choose. And not only so, but that man is saved based upon no condition whatsoever. No amount of preaching will save, no amount of good works will save. There is not one thing that man does, that contributes even one bit, to his salvation. Is this true?

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Phillip Vanwinkle | October 13, 2017

Calvinism: From God or Man? #3 God's "Unchangeable" Decrees

Many in the denominational world believe that whatever happens in life, it is by God's own unchangeable will and decree. So that no matter what happens in life, God causes it to happen! Is this true? Calvinists say so, but what does God say?

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Phillip Vanwinkle | October 3, 2017

Gun Control or Self-Control: God's Answer

Our society tries diligently to fix spiritual problems with physical solutions. God says it cannot be done.

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Phillip Vanwinkle | September 29, 2017

Question about the Spirit indwelling the Christian in Acts 5

A question has been asked recently about the 'non-miraculous' indwelling in Acts 5:32. The questioner asked, "How can some people claim that this passage is not a reference to a non-miraculous indwelling, for Christians today?"

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Phillip Vanwinkle | September 1, 2017

Calvinism: From God or Man? #2 God's Sovereignty And Man's Choice

Does God's sovereignty over-rule man's freedom of choice? Does the God of the Bible force men into every event that takes place? Let us see what God says about these fundamental questions about God.

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Phillip Vanwinkle | August 18, 2017

Calvinism: From God or Man? Introduction

Is the God of the Bible, the same as the God of the Calvinist? Find out as we study this important topic together!

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Phillip Vanwinkle | August 4, 2017

A Message To Pure-Hearted Preachers

I may be naive, but I like to think that all preachers of the gospel preach out of pure motives. I want it to be true, that every preacher preaches because he loves God, the gospel, and lost souls so much that he cannot help but preach.

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Phillip Vanwinkle | July 21, 2017

Does God Still Owe Israel Some Land?

Does Israel have a God-Given Right to what is commonly called ‘The Holy Land’ today?

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Phillip Vanwinkle | July 7, 2017

Does "The Standard Manual for Baptist Churches" Teach that Baptism is Essential to Salvation?

While most in the Baptist church will claim that baptism is not essential to salvation, I wonder how closely they have examined the words of their own manual.

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Phillip Vanwinkle | June 23, 2017

Answering Common Muslim Claims: "Muhammad Is Prophesied About in the Bible #3"

Does the Bible mention Muhammad by name as the Quran claims? Let us study another passage of Scripture that is shown to prove that Muhammad may be found in the Bible.

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Phillip Vanwinkle | May 26, 2017

Does The Truth Matter Anymore?

This question is of great importance. We live in a world where each person is guided by his own personal truth! If this belief system is the case, then The Truth does not really matter at all.

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Phillip Vanwinkle | May 12, 2017

I Just Don't Get Anything Out of It!

Before you ask your preacher to find other employment, start by asking yourself two questions, and then do some reflection on how you might answer these questions. First, Is this all about me? Second, Why am I not getting anything out of it?

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Phillip Vanwinkle | April 28, 2017

May We Legislate Morality?

By this I mean, are we allowed to legislate morality? We are not talking about ability so much as we are discussing permission.

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Phillip Vanwinkle | April 14, 2017

Is Allah God?

This is one of the most often asked questions I am asked when discussing Islam with my Christian friends. And it is a question that needs to be answered carefully and correctly.

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Phillip Vanwinkle | March 31, 2017

Why I Attend Every Meeting of the Lord's Church

Why does the Sunday morning crowd not look the same as the Sunday evening crowd? Do I really have to attend mid-week Bible study? Explore these questions and more as we look at the reasons that I attend each meeting of the Lord's church.

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Phillip Vanwinkle | March 17, 2017

How to Worship Satan Effectively

Most people don't really desire to worship the devil, and yet that is exactly what the majority of people do! When you spend your time doing what YOU want, then you are, in fact, worshiping the devil.

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Phillip Vanwinkle | February 24, 2017

No, I'm Not a Muslim Too!

Some "Christians" today, in a show of support for their Muslim friends, are shouting out "I'm a Muslim too!" Do you know what Islam teaches? Don't declare your Muslim faith just yet, "Christian" friend!

Tags: Other Religions, Islam
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Phillip Vanwinkle | February 10, 2017

Thank God For "Tent-Making" Preachers

Paul said that those who preach the gospel of good news are beautiful to the Lord. How beautiful are those preachers who have to work two or more jobs to make ends meet, so that they can preach the glorious Gospel of Christ in their communities.

Tags: Preaching, Evangelism
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Phillip Vanwinkle | January 31, 2017

A Word or Two About Preachers

We need preachers, and we need to show preachers how valuable they are to us and to this world. Let us teach our young men to value this incredible work, and guide them to develop the desire to preach!

Tags: Preaching, Evangelism
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Phillip Vanwinkle | January 13, 2017

The Importance of Seeking the Lost

When Christ left this Earth, He instructed His disciples to go into the world and evangelize. Evangelism is so important to each child of God!

Tags: Evangelism