November 26, 2017

Giving Thanks – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

Around the world, those who profess Christ are suffering in horrible ways. Earlier this year, 28 Coptic “Christians” going to worship, were executed in Egypt, 120 miles south of Cairo. The murderers told the men to recite the shahada, the Islamic declaration of faith. When the men refused, the gunmen opened fire. About one month earlier, 45 were bombed to death while worshiping, in Alexandria.

We are tormented by powerful, devious anti-Christian influences in our country, but thankfully nothing like what we see elsewhere…yet.

We have so much for which we should be thankful. We should remind ourselves that our daily bread is a gift from the Father above, and give thanks, whether in private, at a family meal, or in public at a fine restaurant. The prayer sanctifies what we eat.

“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.” (I Timothy 4:5)

Jesus demonstrated the appropriate attitude when He fed the multitude by the Sea of Galilee, He began with a prayer of thanksgiving:

“and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full. And those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.” (Matthew 15:36-38).

Certainly we should give thanks for our food and homes and clothing, and the blessing of having Christian friends should produce constant thanksgiving. The first letter to the Thessalonians is possibly the earliest of Paul’s divinely inspired letters to Christian friends. Paul begins with an expression of thankfulness to God for them.

“We give thanks to God always for all of you, making mention of you in our prayers;” (I Thessalonians 1:2)

When Paul wrote to the Philippians, he began in a similar way: “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you” (Philippians 1:3). Likewise, to the Colossians, he started the same way: “We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,” (Colossians 1:3). When he wrote his epistle to the church at Corinth he began: “I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus,” (I Corinthians 1:40).

Paul wrote to the Christians in Rome even before he met them saying: “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all…” (Romans 1:8). He also thanked God for his personal friends Timothy and Philemon ((II Timothy 1:3-4).

We deeply appreciate and are continually thankful for the encouragement and admonition of faithful Christians on whom we can depend and with whom we worship regularly. One of the greatest blessings enjoyed by those who can look back over years of service to our Lord is the precious friendships that persist through the years and across the miles, that call to memory accomplishments together in the cause of Christ. What a blessing to have such friends, and how fitting it is to give God special thanks for them always.

Adapted from an article by Henry M. Morris



November 19, 2017

Talking Back To God – Philip C. Strong

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

In the time, place, and circumstance in which I grew up, talking back (aka, back-talking) to one’s parents, or any other adult for that matter, just wasn’t done… at least not without swiftly-rendered and soon-regretted consequences. Murmuring or grumbling something in return after a parent (again, or any other adult) meted out a punishment, prohibition, or prescribed course of action to be taken was considered to be one of the highest insults and lowest forms of “lack of respect for your elders.”  It was NEVER considered “cute,” or regarded as a social or mental disorder deserving compassion and treatment (at least not of the medical variety).   Because of this prevailing attitude and uniform “treatment” of such violations, almost all children quickly learned that “Yes Sir” and “Yes Ma’am” were not just the right reply words, they were the right response attitude.

However, this regard for adults did not necessarily transfer to the higher forms of respect for authority.  The same individuals who learned and practiced respect for and to their elders as children did not always manifest the same toward the laws of God as adults.  Then as now, men who learned not to talk back to their parents, were willing to talk back to God.  Such is, by no means, a new phenomenon…

  • Isaiah warned against such, “Woe to one who quarrels with his Maker- an earthenware vessel among the vessels of the earth!  Will the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’ Or the thing you are making say, ‘He has no hands?’ Woe to him who says to a father, ‘What are you begetting?’ Or to a woman, ‘To what are you giving birth?’” Isaiah 45:9-10.
  • Job boldly said he wanted to “argue with God” and “argue my ways before Him” when speaking to his friends, Job 13:3,15; but quickly changed his tune when actually presented with the opportunity by the Almighty, “Then the Lord answered Job and said, ‘Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Let him who reproves God answer it.’  Then Job answered the Lord and said, ‘Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to Thee?  I lay my hand on my mouth.  Once I have spoken, and I will not answer; even twice, and I will add no more,’” Job 40:3-5.

Surely we can see the folly of such, and discern the wisdom of Proverbs 21:30, “There is no wisdom and no understanding and no counsel against the Lord.”  Consider the question of Romans 9:20 personally, “…who are you, O man, who answers back to God?  The thing molded will not say to the molder, ‘Why did you make me like this,’ will it?”  I’m afraid that is sometimes just what we do…

  • When we become Yeahbutters.  When we either are confronted with what already know, or become more recently informed of some portion of what God’s Word says that contradicts our desires or actions, and yet reply, “Yeah, but….” it doesn’t matter what follows.  Such is just a flimsy excuse proffered in a feeble attempt to justify NOT doing what God says. Whenever we seek to do something other than what God said, we are, in essence, talking back to God, cp. Isaiah 40:8.
    • When we become Butwhatabouters.  As Yeahbutters usually want to do less than what God’s word requires, Butwhatabouters often want to do more than God’s Word provides (or allows).  Though we seldom realize it at the time, we are in essence declaring that we know more, or better, than God does when we seek to “exceed what is written,” cf. 1Corinthians 4:6.  Again, when we endeavor to use “the wisdom of the world” in this way, we forget that God has made such “foolishness,” cf. 1Corinthians 3:18-20.

    Whenever you are tempted to talk back to God because His way does not coincide with your wants and desires, remember 1Peter 5:6-7, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.”  Talking back to parents (the ones who made us) is never a good thing, but how much more problematic it is to do so to Him who made all things!




November 12, 2017

Mark These People – Bill Hall

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

Quickly now — What type of people are to be marked by Christians according to the scriptures? Those who cause divisions and offenses contrary to Christ’s doctrines? Yes, for so we are taught in Romans 16:17. There is another type of person to be marked, however. “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample” (Philippians 3:17 KJV). The word “mark” is not synonymous with the word “withdraw”. According to W.E. Vine, the word means “to look at, behold, watch, contemplate.” Those who are evil, then, are to be marked and avoided; while those who walk in God’s way are to be marked and followed.

Godly elders should be marked. Elders are to be examples to the flock (1 Peter 5:3). They are to be men whose character is above reproach, who rule their own house well, who are hospitable, and whose sound teaching can convict the gainsayers. We know such elders, and their example is priceless. Even after such men have passed on, they are to be remembered: “Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow (a similar word to mark-BH), considering the outcome of their conduct” (Hebrews 13:7). Thank God for godly elders; mark them and follow their good example.

Godly women should be marked. If there are women in the congregation who stand out for their piety and humility, whose major attractiveness is their “meek and quiet spirit,” who have adorned themselves with good works, who love their husband and children, who find joy and contentment in being a wife and mother and keeper at home, who feel no resentment toward their position of subjection to man, who have devoted their lives to doing God’s will – and there are such women in every congregation – then mark these godly women and follow their example. In these days when the women’s liberation movement is affecting so many and actually intimidating many women who want to do right, it is wonderful to have godly women in the church who are able to lead the way and provide a role model for other women who are Christians. Thank God for godly women; mark them and follow their example.

Godly preachers should be marked. Not all preachers are godly, but most of the gospel preachers of our acquaintance are godly men whose lives speak as effectively as do their lips. They do their work, not as hirelings, but as men concerned for the truth and the souls of men and women. Mark such men and follow their example!

Godly parents, godly young people, godly older people, godly suffering people, godly dying people – the godly faithful!

How sad that some are so blinded by the faults of the few that they cannot see the virtues of the many. Good people are all around us. Let’s look for them, contemplate their good qualities, mark them, and follow their example.



November 5, 2017

Skin Color

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

I have been blessed with the opportunity to lecture among our brethren about the origin of man (created or evolved). Q&A sessions reveal that, rarely (though too often) real racist misconceptions do exist among us. I point out that Moses revealed all are from the same mother (Gen.3:20) and Paul taught we are from the same father (Acts 17:26). Doesn’t that include us all among the “brothers.” James expressed scathing condemnation of prejudicial distinctions (James 2:4). I pray that the following article will prove helpful. (Don R. Patton)

Skin Color Research Confirms Biblical Narrative

by Jeffrey P. Tomkins, Ph.D.

(Earned his doctorate in genetics from Clemson University)

People over the ages have placed great emphasis on race and skin color. Eugenicist-minded Darwinists have used it as the basis for much ill-conceived mischief.1 Even Darwin himself proposed that darker-skinned human populations were more primitive. However, we now know that all people groups share the same basic genome comprised of a well-documented set of common genetic variants. Darwin was mistaken—no people group is more primitive than another.

Additionally, the rare genetic variants that arose via random mutation and are mostly associated with human disease and degeneration, show that the current state of the human genome cannot be more than about 5,000 years old. This timeframe matches up with the world being repopulated after the global flood by Noah and his sons and their wives.2-5

Despite our increasing knowledge of the human genome, little is known about the genetic basis of skin color. Up until now, most of what scientists understood about skin-color genetics came from research using European people groups. Researchers originally discovered that variations in a gene called SLC24A5 influenced skin cells to produce less pigment. This appeared to provide a basis for pale skin.6 However, this single gene was only a small part of a much more complex trait.

To more fully explain the genetic basis of human skin color variation, a group of researchers recently went to Africa—the most genetically diverse continent on Earth.7 Contrary to conventional thought, Africa contains a huge amount of variation in human skin color across its different people groups. To scientifically measure the variation in skin color, the researchers measured light reflectance from the skin on the underside of the wrists of 2,092 people in the countries of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Botswana. This area’s skin is largely protected from sunlight and these readings provide a good indirect estimate of pigmentation levels (skin color). Then the researchers analyzed the DNA of 1,570 of these individuals for genetic variation in their genomes related to skin color.

The scientists identified four major regions of the human genome that contained six different genes. Together, these genes accounted for about 30% of the observed skin color variation. The study reported on DNA variants associated with light skin and variants causing dark skin, both of which are abundant in the African populations. The genetic variant causing light skin is commonly present in East Africans, but this doesn’t necessarily mean they will have light skin, because multiple genes interact with each other to determine skin color. These results countered the long-held evolutionary belief that the original ancestral humans in Africa were all once dark-skinned

This research has even broader global implications. For example, it shows that other dark-skinned people in southern India, Australia, and New Guinea did not somehow separately develop their skin color around the world. And while evolutionists are constantly debating where and how humans actually dispersed after they supposedly evolved, the Bible indicates that human global migration happened shortly after the global flood at the tower of Babel when God confused their languages and forced them to disperse.

Once again, human genetics confirms the Bible’s account of history and befuddles imaginary evolutionary speculations about mankind’s origins.


  1. Bergman, J. 2014. The Darwin Effect. Green Forest, AR: Master Books.
  2. Tomkins, J. P. Human DNA Variation Linked to Biblical Event Timeline. Creation Science Update. Posted on July 23, 2012, accessed October 13, 2017.
  3. Tomkins, J. P. Genetics Research Confirms Biblical Timeline. Creation Science Update. Posted on January 9, 2013, accessed October 13, 2017.
  4. Tomkins, J. P. 2014. Genetic Entropy Points to a Young Creation. Acts & Facts. 43 (11): 16.
  5. Tomkins, J. P. 2015. Genetic Clocks Verify Recent Creation. Acts & Facts. 44 (12): 9-11.
  6. Sturm, R. A. 2009. Molecular genetics of human pigmentation diversity. Human Molecular Genetics. 18 (R1): R9–R17.
  7. Crawford, N. G. et al. 2017. Loci associated with skin pigmentation identified in African populations. Science. DOI: 10.1126/science.aan8433.