Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • J. Paul Getty, Kisner Heights, and Enid, Oklahoma

    Sep 17, 2019 | 13:47 pm

    J. Paul Getty, Kisner Heights, and Enid, Oklahoma J. Paul Getty (The Getty Museum)The Cadillac V-8 Roadster bobbed up and down over the muddy section line roads in eastern Garfield County, Oklahoma, pitching its driver like a horse would a rider moving at a slow trot.The spring of 1918 had been wet in Garfield County, Oklahoma, ending the driest 10-year period of the new century for the state.Pavement had not yet reached western Oklahoma roads, so the Cadillac Roadster traversed more mud than dirt. The federal system of numbered and paved hi-ways that would eventually crisscross America were still a decade away from being built.25-year-old Jean Paul Getty[…]

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  • Odell's Watch and a Repeat of the Great Depression

    Sep 11, 2019 | 06:29 am

    Odell's Watch and a Repeat of the Great Depression Odell Beckham, Jr.'s watch (Photo: Business Insider)Odell Beckham, star wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, played his first football game for Cleveland this past Sunday wearing what Business Insider calls a $350,000.00 watch.That's right. Odell wore on his left wrist  a watch that costs almost double the average price of an American home.Uh-oh.Those of us who know almost as much about the 1910's and 20's as we do today's current events understand the significance of Odell Beckham's watch.F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby to expose the opulence of the 1920's, a time historians now call The Era of Excess.Welcome,[…]

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  • The Problem of Finger Pointing and Finding Fault

    Sep 5, 2019 | 15:00 pm

    The Problem of Finger Pointing and Finding Fault Years ago Rachelle and I toured a wine factory in Morocco. The wine master walked us through the very tedious and precise manner in which Moroccans make their fine wine.There is a formula to making good wine. Those who don't know the formula--or refuse to follow the formula--cannot produce fine wine. Likewise, there is a formula for healthy friendships. "You are neither the source nor the solution for the trouble or pain within me."That's the formula.No human being is ever the source for any problem within me. Neither is someone else the solution for the pain I feel within.Oh sure, there are[…]

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  • Don't Always Believe What You See on the Internet

    Aug 27, 2019 | 10:20 am

    Don't Always Believe What You See on the Internet Due to growing technologies in computer science, including artificial intelligence, facial recognition software, and "deep fake" programming, the Internet is a veritable field of lies, make-believe, and alternate reality.A "deep fake" video programmer recently uploaded to YouTube a video of a David Letterman interview with comedian Bill Hader.Hader, a well-known impersonator of television stars, does impressions of Tom Cruise and Seth Rogen for Letterman during taping for a 2008 David Letterman Show. The professional "Deep Fake" computer programmer took the original video from the Letterman Show, then altered it using computer technology, He subtly and expertly placed Tom Cruise's face onto Bill[…]

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  • String Theory, the Resurrection, and 11 Dimensions

    Aug 22, 2019 | 08:01 am

    String Theory, the Resurrection, and 11 Dimensions Many modern Christians have little understanding that the emphasis in the New Testament is not on the cross of Jesus Christ, but the resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ.Millions of people have died on crosses.But there's One who has been raised bodily from the dead, becoming the firstfruits of every human being's ultimate physical resurrection from the grave. It is this physical resurrection from the dead that distinguishes biblical Christianity from all other religions.The Creator formed your physical being using an intricately designed biological program called DNA. At death, you lose your life, but He who formed you in your mother's womb will put[…]

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  • Charles H. Spurgeon and Southern Baptist Racism

    Aug 14, 2019 | 05:41 am

    Charles H. Spurgeon and Southern Baptist Racism Charles H. SpurgeonIn 2019, the Southern Baptist Convention continues to struggle with issues of racism. Some question its existence in the SBC, others wrangle over proper ways to confront it, and a few are offering meaningful steps for racial reconciliation within the SBC.I remain amazed that there are some prominent conservative pastors and convention leaders who deny a spirit of racism in the Southern Baptist Convention. The dogmatic are never diplomatic because narrow perspectives are the children of ill-informed studies in history and cultureChristian George, the former curator of the C. H. Spurgeon Library and former assistant professor of historical theology at[…]

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  • Natural Immortality or God's Gift of Immortality?

    Aug 13, 2019 | 14:09 pm

    Natural Immortality or God's Gift of Immortality? "Truth is like a young lion who fearlessly welcomes all challengers. Error is like an old lion who must loudly roar to scare away encroachers. The louder someone rants about 'your theological errors,' the less sure that old lion is of his truth." - Wade BurlesonMost people believe what they're taught and do what they're told without thinking for themselves.I find that a tad disturbing.The reason professing Christians will sometimes "renounce" their Christian faith is because they've only accepted what they've been taught and never agonized over what they've learned.Let me give you an example."God alone is immortal" (I Timothy[…]

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  • Just Exactly What Is the Good News in Your Mind?

    Aug 11, 2019 | 13:24 pm

    Just Exactly What Is the Good News in Your Mind? Jeffrey EpsteinJeffrey Epstein committed suicide last week.Jeffrey Epstein, the owner of a $44 million Upper Eastside mansion, a private island, an ocean yacht, a party jet, and access to the worlds' rich and elite is dead.It seems Jeffrey Epstein's previous convictions for his federal crimes of sexual abuse against young girls and his impending trials for newly revealed sexual abuse activities caused Jeffrey Epstein to take his life.Jeffrey tried to kill himself two weeks ago and didn't succeed.Under strange circumstances that seem to indicate powerful people at the federal level wished him success in a second attempt, Jeffrey committed suicide[…]

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  • 'Good Boys' Glorifies Child Sexuality and We Laugh

    Aug 5, 2019 | 09:06 am

    'Good Boys' Glorifies Child Sexuality and We Laugh I'm not a moral prude. Far from it.In fact, most religious people think I'm "too gracious," "too loving," "too accepting," and "too merciful."I plead guilty to the charges.The Good News of Jesus Christ does not require moralizing people, it requires memorizing facts.Like a television broadcaster, preaching is recounting historical events that have occurred; some wonderful, amazing events that constitute Good News ("God loves sinners so much He sent us His Son.")The English word "preacher" comes from the ancient Greek word kerusso, a Greek word which means "I proclaim." In Greek etymology, the word originates from farmers who used it to describe the[…]

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  • The 2019 Rethinking Hell Conference (Aug. 16-17), Friday Night and Saturday, Emmanuel Enid (OK)

    Aug 3, 2019 | 07:06 am

    The 2019 Rethinking Hell Conference (Aug. 16-17), Friday Night and Saturday, Emmanuel Enid (OK) Sign-up for the Friday night (August 16) and all-day Saturday (August 17) 2019 Rethinking Hell Conference online today or go by Emmanuel Enid's offices during the week or to the foyer before or after any of the three Sunday morning worship services to see Tom and Jan Richards at the Conference Table. The Richards will get you registered. ___________Evangelicals tend to be Bible quoters, not Bible readers. Worse, many assume they know what the Bible teaches about certain subjects because someone's else interpretation supersedes their own careful personal study.Creeds or formal confessions are like medicine. They can be helpful, but[…]

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