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How to Vote

[taken from the Autumn 2016 issue of One-to-One] “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34) Soon, the United States will face a General Election to determine our next President, as well as many seats in the Senate, House of Representatives, Judgeships, and other state and local races.  Every [...]

By |November 2nd, 2016|Stephen Simpson Blog|0 Comments

Jesus Was Called a Friend of Sinners But He Didn’t Make Friends of Sinners

I realize the title of this blog runs across the grain of what many say about how we are to relate to the lost.  There’s a misconception of Jesus that says he made friends of sinners.  It sounds cool.  But we need to be clear what we mean when we say, “Jesus was a friend [...]

By |October 25th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

OceanFest

OceanFest on July 4th draws over 100,000 people who visit various booths along the Promenade in Long Branch, NJ. To be sure it is a festival of sorts. People come from the surrounding area as well as from other states to walk the Promenade. There’s food, entertainment, all kinds of goods to buy, activities, and [...]

By |October 5th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Jesus Did Not Endorse Caesar

[Part 12] During this political season it’s important to remember that Jesus did not endorse Caesar when he said, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." (Matthew 22:21).  Supporting the role of secular government does not mean we endorse the lifestyles of those in authority. [...]

By |September 14th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Gender Identity Created by God

[Part 11] Pope Francis said this past week that it’s terrible for schools to tell children that they can choose their gender.  The choosing of gender is the logical development of separating gender from sex.  In universities across America, young adults are taught that gender is a social construct; whereas sex is biological. Like so [...]

By |September 6th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Values are not Commands to Jesus

[Part 10] We live in a world of values.  People voice their values, vote their values and join churches that reflect their values.  According to Alan Bloom, who wrote The Closing of the American Mind, someone who lives his values is respected for his or her character, and great religious leaders are value givers.  Moses, [...]

By |August 31st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Scripture: Final in Authority to Jesus

[Part 9] According to the worldview of Jesus, the Scripture is final in authority.  He answered every temptation of Satan with a quote from Scripture.  Three times Jesus said, “It is written” (Matthew 4:4, 7 & 10).  Then, he followed those words with quotes from the book of Deuteronomy (Deuteronomy 8:3, 6:16 & 6:13).  Even [...]

By |August 19th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Self-Denial: Not the Same as Denying Yourself

[Part 8] The third and final temptation of Christ in the wilderness was a blatant appeal to self-exaltation.  Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would just worship him.  Jesus replied, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve” [...]

By |August 16th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Identity through Relationship with God

[Part 7] Jesus responded to the temptation to prove who He was by saying, “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test?” (Matthew 4:7).  His identity was shaped by His relationship with the Lord His God.  And because of His relationship with God, Jesus was secure in who He was. Where you [...]

By |August 9th, 2016|Blog, Worldview & Culture|0 Comments

Inward View of Self

[Part 6] Inward view of self has replaced the soul in the postmodern person.  People no longer talk of themselves as souls created in the image of God but as selves seeking fulfillment.  This resulted from the disconnect created by belief in evolution.  Evolution disconnects the world around us and within us from the world [...]

By |August 5th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments