Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • The Gift of Prosperity Can Be Wrapped In Problems

    Jan 12, 2018 | 07:52 am

    The Gift of Prosperity Can Be Wrapped In Problems There is a promise from God in Jeremiah 29:11 that is often quoted by Christians and nearly just as often misinterpreted.God says: "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11).Sadly, we sometimes pluck verses from their context and don't fully grasp the meaning of the text.For example, if you claim Jeremiah 29:11 as a promise that God is about to change your circumstances for the better, then you have wrongly understood God's promise.When was God's promise given? To whom was God speaking? What occurred to cause God[…]

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  • Col. Norman A. Lamb, I'll See You Soon My Friend

    Jan 11, 2018 | 08:27 am

    Col. Norman A. Lamb, I'll See You Soon My Friend Norman Lamb at Normandy, FranceToday I will officiate the funeral of my long-time friend, Norman Lamb.I first met Norman in the 1980's when I served as Chairman of the Christian Life Committee for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Norman was an Oklahoma state Senator, floor minority leader, and held the distinction of being voted "most popular Senator" by his peers.Norman and I became friends.Many who didn't really know him thought him sometimes bombastic and overbearing. Those of us who grew to love him understood his personality - though larger than life - was nothing in size compared to his[…]

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  • The New Testament Equality of Males and Females

    Jan 8, 2018 | 08:09 am

    The New Testament Equality of Males and Females When I first started blogging in 2005 I was told that the most effective blogs are those that focus on one predominant theme.Beginning in 2005 I focused like a laser beam on the unethical attempt by International Mission Board trustees to subvert the Southern Baptist Convention as a whole and impose a doctrinal standard on IMB missionaries that not only exceeded the Baptist Faith and Message, but by its very existence, breached the ethical boundaries of trusteeship and violated the constitution of the Southern Baptist Convention.It was during 2005-2008 (the years I served as an IMB trustee) that I began[…]

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  • Dr. Sam Storm’s Letter to Dr. David Boren Is an Appropriate Response for Concerned Oklahomans

    Dec 30, 2017 | 09:11 am

    Dr. Sam Storm’s Letter to Dr. David Boren Is an Appropriate Response for Concerned Oklahomans The removal of Kirk Humphreys as a regent for the University of Oklahoma is a very, very serious matter. Frankly, I am shocked at how silent the majority of Oklahomans have been on this issue.A few, like my friend Dr. Sam Storms, are not being silent.Below is a letter from Dr. Sam Storms to Dr. David Boren, President of the University of Oklahoma over the removal of Kirk Humphreys. The letter was published on Sam’s website and is republished here with permission. ___________________________________Dear President Boren and the Board of Regents:My name is Sam Storms and I serve as Senior Pastor of Bridgeway[…]

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  • Rock Hard Science and Psychology Practiced by Amateurs: OU and Kirk Humphreys Removal

    Dec 27, 2017 | 08:48 am

    Rock Hard Science and Psychology Practiced by Amateurs: OU and Kirk Humphreys Removal In 1992 the United States Supreme Court issued its controversial majority opinion in the famous prayer case of Lee v. Weisman (1992).Mr. Weisman of Rhode Island had sued Nathan Bishop Middle School in Providence, Rhode Island because he had to listen to a thoroughly secular prayer during his daughter’s graduation.The prayer in question was so innocuous in language that it was impossible for the hearers to know if it was a Christian prayer, a Jewish prayer, or a Muslim prayer. But Mr. Weisman complained that the prayer offended him because it violated the "the establishment clause" of the First Amendment which provided[…]

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  • The Ashes of the Red Heifer, Jesus, and Christmas

    Dec 21, 2017 | 07:51 am

    The Ashes of the Red Heifer, Jesus, and Christmas I want to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas because Christ is the reason for this season.Let me explain.Any casual perusal of the Old Testament reveals that the Hebrew people worshiped God through a very elaborate sacrificial system.There were the daily national "morning and evening sacrifices." offered by the priests on behalf of the entire Hebrew nation. There were special sacrifices on annual national "holy days" (holidays) which revolved around the seven annual Hebrew festivals. And then there were sacrifices offered by individuals during specific times of need (e.g., "leprosy") as well as after committing specific sins. But there was one special[…]

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  • Did God Command Joshua to Kill the Canaanites?

    Dec 15, 2017 | 10:02 am

    Did God Command Joshua to Kill the Canaanites? Richard Dawkins is a well-known atheist from England. Twenty years ago he said, "I think a case can be made that faith is one of the world's great evils, comparable to the smallpox virus but harder to eradicate."Dawkins believes that there is no God and takes particular aim at the God of the Bible in his best-selling book The God Delusion. He writes the following:"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty, ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal,[…]

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  • Politics and Religion Are Always Mixed Regardless: Israel, Kirk Humphreys, and the First Amendment

    Dec 13, 2017 | 14:32 pm

    Politics and Religion Are Always Mixed Regardless: Israel, Kirk Humphreys, and the First Amendment The old saying "religion and politics ought never mix" is utterly false.Religion and politics always mix whether we like it or not.Nobody can help it.What is supreme in a person's heart is one's religion, be it Deity or dogma. One's supreme belief gives birth to one's politics.God and government or god and government can never be separated. You always govern with a view toward the supreme.For example, if a person believes in a Supreme Being who has communicated His will to His creation, then that person's view of government will be based on the Supreme Being and Divine law.However, if a person[…]

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  • Patriarchs to Predators -'Now Make Me a Sandwich'

    Dec 6, 2017 | 06:54 am

    Patriarchs to Predators -'Now Make Me a Sandwich' Our country is embroiled in a national sex scandal. Males are being removed from employment, censured publicly, and sometimes even prosecuted for sexual crimes in the workplace.Women who've been sexually abused by men are speaking out.Today, TIME Magazine named the #METOO movement Person of the Year. The rampant sexual abuse and objectification of women in the workplace is tragic.Evangelical pastors and churches bear some of the responsibility. The false doctrine called patriarchy, a belief held by many evangelical pastors and churches, is the root that blossoms into the fruit of sexual predation. Patriarchy is the belief that males hold all the power and privilege[…]

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  • I'm Marked in Ink with a TAV by the Man in Linen

    Dec 4, 2017 | 10:53 am

    I'm Marked in Ink with a TAV by the Man in Linen 9:11 has become a symbolic number for the United States.It's our national emergency number for those in crises. It's the date of the worst terrorist strike on American soil. It's the number people think of when in trouble.All of us have been in trouble of one kind or another. We've all made mistakes. Some sins are more egregious than others, but there's not one of us without fault.I became a friend to Sean Sellers before he was executed by the State of Oklahoma. Sean had murdered his own family but had surrendered his life to Christ while on death row. I[…]

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