Showing posts from December, 2011

Merry Christmas from the Hardeckers

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

A Child is born, A Son is given,
Hope of Earth and Joy of Heaven!

180 Movie

I am not advocating any of the bad music or scenes in this relatively short video. The clip is 33:03 min. in length. The interviewer is Ray Comfort, I don't know much about him, never met him, but I appreciate him doing this.

A short study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts (part 3)

Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-6

Matt. 5:3-6
(3)  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(4)  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
(5)  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
(6)  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled

I. Poor in spirit A.  This is referring to someone who realizes that they are spiritually a beggar.  In and of ourselves, we have nothing (in truth), but do we know this and believe it and embrace this truth.  A proud sinner can’t make it to Heaven because he doesn’t even see himself as spiritually impoverished. B.How amazing that God’s Kingdom is promised to the poor in spirit.  What great contradiction, that the poor inherits a Kingdom!  But that is what happens when a poor sinner comes to God in humility of spirit and casts his soul upon the Lord Jesus Christ.  He hath made us kings and priests! (Rev. 1:6).
II. Mourners A.   Only a great tragedy or grief can cause mourning.  When a sinne…

Personal stuff and DfNB now joins the inventory of Starr Publications

Merry Christmas!  I love the holiday season.  We have had a full ministry this Christmas season with a two night Christmas Cantata, a Children's Christmas Program, the choir singing at the mall, and now we focus on our Christmas Sunday this weekend, with a special message from our Pastor (Pastor Randy Starr).  This would be like a special "Christmas push" to invite friends and family to church (especially because Christmas falls on a Sunday!).
     Marcia, W.T. and I will be traveling to Ohio to see the "great Grandmas" and others also.  I am still debating about going to Michigan to meet up with Pastor Chris for a book hunter's dream (Grand Rapids: Baker, Zondervan, Eerdsman, Kregel, etc.).  I am already worried about how I am going to handle my library of books when I go to the mission field, and a trip to MI isn't going to help, but then again, there are a few books on my wishlist that need attention.  I will need wisdom on that, for real!

An introduction to the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-2 (part 2)

An introduction to the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-2

Matthew 5:1-2
(1)  And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
(2)  And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
     This passage belongs to what is commonly called the "Beatitudes" which means a declaration of blessings.  And what a blessing it is indeed that the Lord Jesus Christ allows us to peer into the heart attitudes which are concomitant with those who are made ready for the Kingdom of God.  What great blessing it is indeed that God through His Word, and in here through His Son, would even speak to us.  He could have left us alone to fend for ourselves.  But in His grace and mercy he speaks to us.  Another blessing is that when He speaks to us, He speaks a word of blessing.  Again, he could have spoken words of condemnation.  But the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).  And we are blessed because of this.

A good place to get a copy of the Holy Bible (KJV)

The Christmas season is upon us and many people are thinking of gifts to give to loved ones and friends.  You can't go wrong giving somebody (or anybody) a copy of the Holy Bible (KJV).  A great place to get them from is Local Church Bible Publishers.  This ministry is directed by Dennis Deneau of Parker Memorial Baptist Church in Lansing, MI.  We gladly support Mr. Deneau as a "missionary" in our church.  The Bearing Precious Seed Local Church Bible Publishers team is an outstanding independent, fundamental, Baptist printing ministry, and there is no better way to show support than to patronize them and their "products."  Anyway, I received an insert in their mailer today that highlights an anniversary edition of the KJV.  It is limited and numbered, and it is selling fast, so you may want to order soon.  It is a classic hand size Bible with C.I. Scofield's notes removed ($65.00).  There website is informative for any other books that they sell.  You can c…