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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

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This cold morning here in McDermott Ohio on this January 09 2015

What about a good glass of green/fruit smoothie: Day 9 without sugar and bread and ice cream.  Coffee with out sugar! Yep.

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Yesterday, I rearranged my office a little. I do have a few three ring binders that have notes from sermons and lessons I have taught.

Well our business, Union Mills Bakery has had a good week.  Charity tells me they received an order from a business that is opening  up today. They are going to serve Union Mills cakes and brownies. 

SOME THOUGHT THIS MORNING:

Belief, Unbelief, and Faith
    21 Therefore the Lord heard and was full of wrath; And a fire was kindled against Jacob And anger also mounted against Israel, 22 Because they did not believe in God And did not trust in His salvation. (Psalms 78:21-22

Dealing with today Church programs and  pragmatists, and others who insist that they are Christians while what they say and do is marked as distinctly the fruit of unbelief, can be a very trying experience.

I suppose that is why our enemy will never stop his attacks on those who are called by the name of Christ to discourage and confuse them.

There are only two groups of people in the world. There are Christians, the elect, and everyone else, the non-elect. What separates them? What is the difference?

It is not that different streams of faith color people, which are all equal and going to the same place.

No, that is what the Emergents are selling, but that is most definitely not what God’s Word explicitly says.

No, the difference between those in Christ and everyone else is that the former are possessors of faith, which is the Greek word πιστις, which is transliterated as pistis It and it’s many grammatical forms are translated as “assurance,” “faith,” ”belief,” throughout the New Testament.

Before we define “unbelief,” let us define biblical faith, πιστις, so that we can see very clearly what marks the true believer from the false professor.

Carefully read the following passage my brethren.  Hebrews 3:7-19
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