Spiritual Warfare

The ruins of the Castle of the Servant in Jordan. The historian Josephus wrote that the dynasty of Tobiah built a castle on the east side of the Jordan River, in Ammon. He specifically wrote in the Antiquities of the Jews about the carved "beasts of gigantic size" visible here on the left corner of the structure. The beasts on the right side are not as well-preserved. The structure dates to the centuries after Nehemiah, however it shows the power and prestige of this family of "servants." Photo by John Buckner

The Castle of the Servant 

The Castle of the Servant  “When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek...
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Diana of the Ephesians

“For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; Whom he called together with the workmen of like...
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A Word for the Year – A Principle for Your Prayer Life

Each January, I adopt a Bible word or passage as my Scripture for the new year. Meditating consistently on one truth helps me concentrate on a specific area of my...
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“Thank You For Your Service”

One of the blessings of the last few years has been the privilege of flying out of a small regional airport in our hometown. It is only about 20 minutes...
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Guest Post: Don’t Lose the Essentials

Dr. Charles Keen has served as a faithful pastor, Bible teacher, author, Bible publisher, and missionary statesman. We are happy to call him a friend. This good man has been...
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Christians You Should Know: Amy Carmichael

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” – Luke 1:37 A Snapshot of the Life of Amy Carmichael: Born: Dec. 16, 1867 - Millisle, Northern Ireland Died:  Jan. 18, 1951 - Dohnavur,...
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Christians You Should Know: Lady Jane Grey

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." - Proverbs 18:10 A Snapshot of the Life of Lady Jane Grey: Born:...
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GUEST POST: Developing a Biblical Prayer List

Prayer is a Heaven-bought privilege that gives us access into the presence of God. That door of access was opened to us through the blood of Christ that was shed...
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Christians You Should Know: Polycarp

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly...
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Hymn History: Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

"Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong." - 1 Peter 1:18-19 We are thrilled to share a series of brief accounts of how some of the...
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Hymn History: Hold the Fort

“ And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”  – Revelation 22:12 We are thrilled to share a...
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NEW STUDY: “A Good Soldier of Jesus Christ”

There is a great deal of discussion now about peace around the world. At the same time, there is increased strife and fighting in our own country. But the biggest...
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Fighting The Enemy In Your Mind

The most dangerous battle ground on earth is the human mind. Each day is a war zone. Satanic attacks must be met with God's help and every thought must be...
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On “Christian Celebrities” Renouncing Christ

A number of “Christian” celebrities have recently renounced their faith and begun to actively question the reality of God. Many are shocked and some are confused. What should we make...
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Armed For Battle

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution states the right of American citizens "to keep and bear arms." In 1791 our forefathers saw the need for people to defend...
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You Are What You Eat.

This is not an article on health and wellness. It is much more important than that. (If my mother is reading this I want to go on record as saying...
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The Devil Doesn’t Need Our Help!

Dr. Lee Roberson used to say, "It takes no size to criticize." Indeed one of the smallest things a man can do is to tear someone else down. Christ always...
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Making the Most of the Evening Hours

Through the years I have written a number of things about making the most of the mornings. (You may read several articles about how to begin your mornings here.) In Genesis 1...
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Medals and Crowns

Like many people around the world I have watched with great interest the Olympic Games in Rio. Particularly the medal count! It is the talk everywhere I go...Which nation has...
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Daily Battles (Daily Living – Part 6)

There are many daily blessings in the Christian life. There are also daily battles. One of the ironies of walking with Christ is that much of the blessing comes through...
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Dealing with Accusations

Accusations are damaging things.  For sure there are times that sin must be addressed and sinners confronted.  That is called restoration - at least that is what it should be...
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Joy in the Midst of Conflict

Lester Roloff used to sing an old gospel song that said, "It's a battlefield brother, not a recreation room. It's a fight and not a game! So run if you...
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A Victory! Now What?

Some of life's greatest defeats come after great victories. Call it a lack of vigilance, a false sense of your own strength. There are many reasons. Be sure of this:...
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Why I Believe in Local Church Youth Ministry

For the last twenty years I have had the joy to be involved in youth ministry in some way.  It is the passion of my life to point another generation...
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Don’t Quit!

Napoleon said that in every major conflict there is a ten to fifteen minute period when the battle is won or lost.  It is the critical time.  Conquer it and...
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Why Was Jesus Tempted?

Why is the temptation of Jesus Christ given to us in Scripture? We know that our Lord was without sin. In fact, as God, it was impossible for Him to...
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Stay Out of the Snare

"The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe."  Proverbs 29:25 Over forty million people in the United States live in...