Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • A Promise about Kingdom Giving Worth Pondering

    Nov 17, 2017 | 08:57 am

    A Promise about Kingdom Giving Worth Pondering “Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.” (Mark 10:29-30)When Jesus speaks of time, it’s usually with the language of “this present age” and “the age to come,” or “this present age” and “in the resurrection” (see Luke 20:34-35). The resurrection, the central tenet of Christian faith, separates “this present age” from[…]

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  • The Tube of Time and Eternity Outside the Tube

    Nov 9, 2017 | 06:40 am

    The Tube of Time and Eternity Outside the Tube We are creatures of time.We plan for the future, reflect on the past, and live in the present.But what if time is created by the Creator and exists for only a season? What if there is a "beginning" to time and an "ending" to time? What if one could live "outside of time" (eternity) and from eternity actually enter the tube of time at different places at the will of the Creator?Sound ridiculous?It may not be as wild a thought as one might initially think.A scientist named Albert Einstein (1879-1955) thought about time, space, and eternity entirely different than others[…]

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  • Speaking Freely, Boldly, and Confidently of Jesus

    Nov 8, 2017 | 06:53 am

    Speaking Freely, Boldly, and Confidently of Jesus If you've ever thought about telling others what Jesus has done for you or explaining to others what Jesus can do for them, you've probably felt inner hesitancy. "What will they think?" "Should I not say anything?"Speaking freely, boldly, and confidently of Jesus is like lighting a fuse. What follows will always be transformative. Jesus either rebuilds the broken or crushes the proud.  If you want to make a difference in this world for the Kingdom, speak of Jesus freely.Here's an example:Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men,[…]

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  • OU/OSU Bedlam Nothing Compared to Bethlehem

    Nov 4, 2017 | 07:59 am

    OU/OSU Bedlam Nothing Compared to Bethlehem Rachelle and I are headed to the Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State football game in Stillwater, Oklahoma. This game has Heisman Trophy, Big 12 Championship, and even National Championship implications. Living in northwest Oklahoma, people are either avid Oklahoma fans or Oklahoma State fans, seldom both.Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have played football every year since the late 1890’s. The series is called “Bedlam.”Bedlam means "a scene of mad confusion.”Bedlam definitely characterizes this football series. The word was first used to describe an OU/OSU football game exactly 100 years ago (1917). A reporter for the Daily Oklahoman wrote about the response in[…]

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  • Spirit of the Living God, Ashton Davis, Enid, OK

    Oct 30, 2017 | 07:00 am

    This song, sung by Asthon Davis at Emmanuel Enid's REFUGE worship service on October 15, 2017, moved me when I heard it live, but its just as moving hearing it again on YouTube. Our church is blessed with some talented folks. Ashton is a senior at Enid High School and is called to lead out in worship for the Kingdom of Christ.------

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  • Wade and Katie McHargue Are Must Read Authors

    Oct 28, 2017 | 07:00 am

    Wade and Katie McHargue Are Must Read Authors Anytime I come across good books, I like to pass them on as recommendations to those who read this blog.Wade and Katie McHargue are a couple who've been missionaries on the field, pastors in a local church setting, and all-around Kingdom people.I recently read Katie McHargue's book Captured by Love: And Raising a Generation Captivated by God. Ladies, this book would be a superb read for your church, small group, or women's Bible study. Katie shows the importance of learning to rest in God's love and raising kids in an environment of love.An Amazon reviewer had this to say about[…]

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  • Five Helpful Things to Remember As Parents Age

    Oct 25, 2017 | 11:35 am

    Five Helpful Things to Remember As Parents Age Bob Cleveland became my friend during a pretty dark period in my life (2005) when the denominational leadership of the religious denomination in which I minister (SBC) turned on me. Bob Cleveland stepped up and befriended me. He also defended the biblical principles I was articulating,  not just personally but publicly.He and I could tell some pretty interesting stories about Hard Ball Religion.That said, over the last decade, I've discovered Bob Cleveland to be a wonderful writer, a loveable logician, and an astounding apologist. Bob is a humble man, with some remarkable friendships. He has coffee with university Presidents, exchanges emails[…]

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  • Living Life in Mrs. Pege Rogers' Neighborhood

    Oct 24, 2017 | 04:47 am

    Living Life in Mrs. Pege Rogers' Neighborhood Early Monday morning, October 23, 2017, just after the clock struck midnight, 55-year-old Pege Rogers suddenly and unexpectedly died of an embolism in Colorado Springs, Colorado.Over twenty years ago, Rachelle and I became friends with Pege and her husband Jeff. This young couple and their children had become members of Emmanuel Enid. For nearly 10 years we enjoyed fellowship with the Rogers prior to Jeff's business transferring him and his family to Colorado Springs.The ups-and-downs of life, which are common to us all, were also part of the Rogers family when they were in Enid. The down times were particularly difficult[…]

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  • The Whiteshirts Came to Know Him Only After They Knew How Much I Cared to Know Them

    Oct 19, 2017 | 12:56 pm

    The Whiteshirts Came to Know Him Only After They Knew How Much I Cared to Know Them Some moments move me in ways difficult to express. One such moment occurred last Sunday, October 15, 2017.What happened is a defining event for me personally.As I walked through an area where we set out tables and chairs for people to eat breakfast and visit between worship services, I saw a Chinese family sitting by themselves. I sat down and had an enjoyable conversation with recent emigrants from China who now live and work in Enid. They've been coming to Emmanuel Enid for several weeks.As I got up to leave, I noticed two young ladies seated at the next table.[…]

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  • The Story of a Boy at Medicine Lodge So Long Ago

    Oct 14, 2017 | 12:21 pm

    The Story of a Boy at Medicine Lodge So Long Ago Tulsa Police Officer Jimmy WhiteshirtToday, October 14, 2017, is a significant anniversary that few Americans will note.150 years ago today, October 14, 1867, a well-armed caravan of nearly 500 American soldiers and politicians arrived at a Plainsmen Indian religious site called Medicine Lodge. The purpose of this so-called “Peace Commission” was to negotiate a peace treaty with the savage Plainsmen Indians, including the Comanche, Apache, Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and Kiowa.What happened at Medicine Lodge during the two weeks of negotiations and treaty signing (October 14 - October 27, 1861), is an example of United States colonialism.American exceptionalism is nothing new. The[…]

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