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Why We Believe: God is the God of the living

Note: Bible references included in this post are mainly from the King James Version. The intent in using this particular English translation is to show that the subject matter is clearly represented in commonly available and accepted scriptural texts. Jesus Christ declared:  God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. (Matthew […]

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Why send Mary

In response to my testimony about the A.N.N.A call gathering October 7 & 8, 2016, I was asked to clarify my understanding of woman and priesthood. Included below is an edited version my reply. —– I do not know of any scriptures which speak of women serving in the priesthood offices as outlined in Section 17:8a-12b, […]

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Why Emmaus

In watching the short movie “The Road to Emmaus” recently, I was reminded of the wonder of Jesus spending considerable time with two of His disciples on the day He rose from the dead (Luke 24). It was on this most unique of days that Jesus had gained victory over death and the grave. It […]

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Testimony: All Nations North America (ANNA) & All Tribes DC

Upon waking on August 31, I received a gracious invitation to fast. It was a quiet word of faith accompanied with a peaceable assurance. Because I had so much work to accomplish that day for my business, I soon found myself focusing on how best to go about getting everything done that I felt pressing […]

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Bruce’s Hope

Bruce Stayton, a dear friend and family member, recently passed away.  For his memorial service held on July 16, 2016, I felt led to share the following about his hope to come forth in celestial glory in the resurrection of the just (cf. I Corinthians 15:39-42 and II Corinthians 12:1,2 with D&C 76:5).  As his health slipped away […]

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“Why hast thou forsaken me?” – Part 3

[Printable Version] This third part (Part 3) in the series on Jesus’ question “…why hast thou forsaken me?” includes replies to questions and comments that I received regarding the initial post in the series (Part 1).  It also includes additional discussion on related topics which are meant to further explore the depth and significance of Jesus’ questioning […]

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Passover 2016, the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings, and the joy of the Lord

This post is meant to contrast the anguish of Christ’s love with the love of men’s hearts waxing cold in these last times (Matthew 23:36-38 vs. Matthew 24:10,31). According to God’s calendar, the Passover obervance this year begins this evening, Friday April 22 (Easter was last month).  Here are a few thoughts I would like to […]

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“Why hast thou forsaken me?” – Part 2

[printable version] Stephen’s dying requests provide us with valuable insight into Jesus’ concluding question on the cross, “Why hast thou forsaken me?” And they stoned Stephen; and he, calling upon God, said, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. […]

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“Why Bethlehem?”

Last week our friend Faye Shaw told Pam and me about Migdal Eder, the Tower of the Flock.  This reportedly was the place where lambs to be sacrificed in the Temple at Jerusalem were born and kept until the appointed time.  A number of Bible students apparently now believe that this is the place where […]

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Why wear the crown

As I awoke this morning, a line from “Do Lord, oh do Lord, oh, do remember me” was running through my thoughts, except the words were turned around a bit.  Instead of hearing this line as it is typically sung: If you can’t bear the cross, you can’t wear the crown I kept hearing this […]

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Why ask

Jesus teaches us to ask, promising that we will receive.  He tells us to seek, saying that we will find, and to knock, confidently assuring us that it will be opened unto us.  These promises are found throughout the scriptures. Matthew 7:12,13 IV (KJV) Say unto them, Ask of God; ask, and it shall be […]

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Why ticks

The following excerpt is from an e-mail I wrote the night of September 11-12, 2014 to one of my nieces about spiritual ticks and what God’s creation can teach us about spiritual hygiene. Earlier that week I learned that Faren Charles Persall, a good friend of mine from our high school days, had passed away […]

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Why persecutions

Today (November 2, 2014) our congregation joined others throughout the world in observing the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. We began with a sacrament charge by Seventy Gary Whiting in preparation of our partaking of the Lord’s Supper together.  Brother Gary spoke on persecution based on Jesus’ words found in John 15, words that Jesus spoke just prior to His betrayal and […]

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Why do bad things happen in the world?

The possibility for both good and evil to occur in the world is the result of God’s unique ability and decision to create stewards who actually have the capacity to be stewards over that which He entrusts into their care (cf. Matthew 21:35-56). That is, God has created both angels and men and women to hold stewardship responsibilities before Him […]

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Why weakness

Jesus Christ tells us that He gives us weakness and that He does so for a specific purpose: that we may be humble before Him. I give unto men weakness, that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and […]

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“Why are you so many good things and are not the most important thing of all?”

In a message he gave at a VOM conference in March of 1997, the late Pastor Richard Wurmbrand spoke of a strange personal experience in which he was taken to the high peak of a mountain and asked a curious and delicate question by a celestial being of unspeakable beauty.  This heavenly messenger asked Pastor Wurmbrand: As […]

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Why remember

All who have fought to obtain and preserve our liberty are worthy of our most honorable remembrance and our recognition offered with sincerest of gratitude. Liberty is ultimately founded in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, the captain of our salvation. Thy name, O Lord, endureth forever; and thy memorial, O Lord, throughout all generations. (Psalm […]

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Why Jesus

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God.  All power has been given unto Him in heaven and in earth. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the […]

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Why the cross

Why is the cross displayed prominently on our website at zionsoutpost.org?  The cross holds a prominent place in God’s great and eternal plan of redemption for mankind.   I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever; nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it; and God doeth it, that men should fear before […]

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Forgiveness or misery?

While working on the zionsoutpost.org website early yesterday morning, the Lord taught me an important lesson about forgiveness by contrasting forgiveness with misery.  The lesson went as follows:  at the heart of unforgiveness is a desire for another person to be as miserable as we are miserable.  This I was led to further understand is […]

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