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Where There Is No Vision, The People Perish PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 09:20

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Proverbs 29:18

 

This verse is often quoted to show the importance of long term goals in the church, particularly in the mind of the pastor. A person would define "vision" as the goals or ambitions of the pastor. For example, it might be said that it was the pastor's "vision" for this congregation that they double in size over the next decade.

 

While it's admirable to hope and pray for success in spreading the gospel and church growth, that's not actually the sense of this text. Keep reading...

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:12
 
Should Pastors Preach on Politics in the Pulpit? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Monday, 03 November 2014 10:51

The following are some thoughts that came to mind after seeing a Politico article on political endorsements coming from the pulpit. (Read the article here)

While we have a charge to preach Biblical morality on some issues that have waxed political (abortion, marriage, sexual morality, etc.), we have no authority to waste time preaching politics. I have as many or more political and economic opinions as anybody, trust me. I also express them in appropriate settings. But the pulpit is a place for the gospel.

Some things to consider:

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 11:12
 
Exposition of the Book of Daniel PDF Print E-mail
Written by Admin   
Monday, 06 October 2014 11:03

Elder Ben Winslett, Pastor of Flint River Church near Huntsville Alabama, recently concluded his chapter by chapter study of one of the Bible's most intriguing books, Daniel. Beginning with the siege of Jerusalem and subsequent captivity, the book of Daniel gives us many stories of trial and triumph in throughout the life of a faithful Hebrew named Daniel.

Encouraging as those accounts are, in the latter chapters of Daniel God opens the windows of Heaven in the form of several prophesies, revealing many specifics about world events which would befall Israel in the centuries after Daniel's life, and some events yet to occur in the world!

You can download these sermons in the audio sermon section at Flint River Church's website, found at www.flintriverpbc.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 11:18
 
An Interesting Observation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 08:33

What do you think most Christians really crave to hear preached? Practical insight? Something motivational? Were people polled, I imagine many would answer accordingly. However, a recent server log gave me reason to pause and reflect on something I have believed for years. People, especially people who are outsiders to the message of grace, need to hear the truth about their salvation!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:09
 
Am I A Pharisee? 12 Signs To Watch Out For PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ben Winslett   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

In Jesus' day, the Pharisees were an prominent group of religious Jews often regarded as being holy and spiritual. While their founding (150s BC) ideal was noble - separation from sinfulness and adherence to God's law - by the 1st Century AD they had become a harsh group of self-righteous elitists, often passing judgment on others they perceived to be less holy while ignoring glaring sin in their own personal lives.

Every Christian should examine himself regularly to be certain he isn't infected with the spirit of the Pharisees. For Jesus Himself warned His disciples to "take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees..." (Mth 16:6). This mentality is compared to leaven in that once it is deposited into one's mind, it permeates as yeast does in dough and begins to affect the general demeanor and actions of a person.

Pharisees were cruel people. The general populous revered them as righteous, but both Jesus and John the Baptist condemned them as a generation of vipers, deserving of the fires of Hell. You. Do. Not. Want. To. Be. A. Pharisee. :-)

So what are the warning signs? Let's look at Matthew 23, Jesus' longest rebuke of the Pharisees, for some of the symptoms.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 May 2015 10:03
 
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