Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • The Power of Christ to Transform Our Broken Lives

    Jul 22, 2019 | 13:04 pm

    The Power of Christ to Transform Our Broken Lives Ricardo Cortez, 31, will be baptized during the Bridge Service at Emmanuel Enid, Oklahoma, this Sunday, July 28, 2019, publicly professing his faith in Jesus Christ.I first told Ricardo's story with his permission a year ago.  Because he was a former gang leader in Los Angeles, I changed his name at that time.Today, I retell Ricardo's story using his real name and issue you an invitation to join the celebration of Ricardo's baptism by either coming to Emmanuel Enid to attend the 9:00 am Bridge Service in person, or by watching it online.On Father's Day, 2018, Ricardo was at Emmanuel[…]

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  • Those Who Rule with Authority Fall by Authority

    Jul 19, 2019 | 08:42 am

    Those Who Rule with Authority Fall by Authority A DEA officer stops at a ranch in Texas and talks with an old rancher.He tells the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs."The rancher says, "Okay, but do not go in that field over there," as he points out the location of the field.The DEA officer verbally explodes saying, "Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government behind me." Reaching into a pocket, the agent removes his badge and proudly displays it to the rancher."See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish. On any land. No questions asked. Have[…]

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  • 5 Reasons Why New Covenant Baptism Is Spiritual

    Jul 16, 2019 | 13:48 pm

    5 Reasons Why New Covenant Baptism Is Spiritual Baptism.From the Greek word baptizo which means "to immerse or completely dip."When a person hears the English word "baptism" (a word only transliterated - not translated - from the Greek word baptizo), the mind will typically\ think "water."Few know that baptizo simply means "to immerse" but the substance into what one is immersed must be defined by the context of the word's usage.For example, you can be immersed (baptized) into work. You can be immersed (baptized) into school. You can be immersed (baptized) into video games. You can be immersed (baptized) into sports. You can be... well, you get the idea.It's amazing how[…]

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  • Compare House Churches to Institutional Churches

    Jul 9, 2019 | 07:27 am

    Compare House Churches to Institutional Churches I often receive correspondence from people who've read my book Fraudulent Authority, asking me questions about how an institutional or traditional church can operate if there is "no authority" vested in the office of pastor or in "male elders who rule over God's people."First, I explain that there is a difference between spiritual authority and legal authority.A police officer who stops you has legal authority, but he or she is not your spiritual authority. So too, in any church that petitions the government for 501-C3 non-profit status (incorporation status), there are people that the state recognizes as the legal authority of[…]

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  • Welcoming Without Affirming Yet Transforming

    Jul 5, 2019 | 07:44 am

    Welcoming Without Affirming Yet Transforming For those of us who believe in truth and live in grace, we sometimes find ourselves misunderstood.Because we welcome and love all the people in our lives,  we are sometimes wrongly perceived as "compromising" the truth.On the other hand, because we say that adulterous, homosexual, bi-sexual, and transexual behavior is sin, some wrongly perceive us as judgmental.There is another way.A Christian can be welcoming and loving without affirming.It's similar to welcoming into your home for Christmas your 6-pack a day cigarette smoking and pint daily Scotch drinking father into your house without smoking cigarettes and drinking Scotch yourself. You also[…]

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  • Alexander Hamilton, Dr. Cooper, and False Reality

    Jun 29, 2019 | 06:26 am

    Alexander Hamilton, Dr. Cooper, and False Reality I'm reading the excellent book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, the biography which serves as the basis for the Tony-award winning music Hamilton, for which Chernow served as historical consultant.There's a story from the life of 19-year-old Hamilton in Chernow's book that made me laugh out loud, but it serves as a classic illustration of how events in your life are viewed through your prism of perception.Before I get to the anecdote, think about your life for a moment.Your perception is your reality.Author Gregory Berns states in his book Iconoclast, “Perception is the brain’s way of interpreting ambiguous visual signals in[…]

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  • Fannie Longfellow's Death and "God Is Not Dead"

    Jun 26, 2019 | 10:18 am

    Fannie Longfellow's Death and "God Is Not Dead" Fannie Longfellow (1820-1861)On July 10, 1861, Frances Elizabeth "Fannie" Appleton Longfellow died from complications of an accidental fire in her home at Cambridge, Massachusetts.While combing the hair of her three young girls (Alice, Allegra, and Edith) on Tuesday evening, July 9, a self-lighting phosphorous match fell to the floor, sparking a flame that caught Fannie's delicate muslin dress on fire.  Screaming, Fannie ran into the study where her husband sat at his desk.Startled, Henry Longfellow immediately jumped to the aid of his burning wife, pulling a throw rug from the floor and wrapping it around Fannie. Henry threw his wife to[…]

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  • A 10 Fold Challenge to Prove Female Subordination

    Jun 24, 2019 | 12:39 pm

    A 10 Fold Challenge to Prove Female Subordination In 2007 I warned the Southern Baptist Convention that we were in the midst of a sexual abuse crisis that needed addressing and correcting. In 2019, the SBC woke to the abuse crisis. Now we are in another crisis. Certain Southern Baptists leaders have a deficient, unbiblical view of women. In short, some SBC men believe SBC women should keep silent and submit to male leadership. In 2030, this crisis will be over as well. It just takes the SBC a little while to correctly interpret the sacred and inerrant text. Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian is a biblical scholar who understands what the sacred text teaches about[…]

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  • "Headship" Is Either the Design of the Creator or a Description of the Curse and It's Really That Simple

    Jun 18, 2019 | 15:25 pm

    "Headship" Is Either the Design of the Creator or a Description of the Curse and It's Really That Simple Wade and Rachelle Burleson teaching on Sunday morningThe Bible is a collection of many books with one theme. Restoration. In Genesis, God brings Creation into a perfect existence.But throughout history, beginning at the Fall, mankind corrupts Creation's orderIn the Scriptures, God reveals His purpose to redeem man and to restore Creation to its original state (eg. Paradise Restored).In Revelation, God finishes His restorative work by bringing mankind and Creation back to their original purpose (eg. redemption).The way man and woman (Adam) was at Creation is the way man and woman (Adam) will be in the New Creation.At the time of Creation, the Bible[…]

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  • The Russell Moore of 2007 and the Russell Moore of 2019 Illustrates Baptists Can Change Our Minds

    Jun 16, 2019 | 09:04 am

    The Russell Moore of 2007 and the Russell Moore of 2019 Illustrates Baptists Can Change Our Minds Dr. Russell Moore speaking at the 2019 SBCOne of the more remarkable moments in the 2019 Birmingham Southern Baptist Convention occurred during the question and answer portion of Dr. Russell Moore report from the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC).A young man asked Dr. Moore about a comment that Russell had made in 2007 that indicated he believed a woman should never "teach a man" or "preach to men."The young man read Moore's 2007 quote in full, then asked:"Is this still your position on women preaching in the church?"Dr. Moore gave a lengthy response that included these words:"The idea that[…]

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