Monday, December 17, 2007

Romney and Religion

Many have attacked Mitt Romney on his religious affiliation to the Mormon Church, but this should not be a test for his presidency, though neither you nor I may like his affiliation. If he is true to the constitution and the writings of early Americans, his religion would have no negative bearing on his being president of the United States.

Thomas Jefferson said in his First Inaugural Address in 1801, "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties."

If political leaders want to make the Mormon religion (or any other religion) a political test, then what about making Catholicism a test? I remember well the days when John F. Kennedy ran for president, and many did not want him to be president because he was a Catholic. How many people running for president are now Roman Catholic? I do not know; but if some are, then why is that not a test now as it was in the days of John Kennedy?

Government should be run as a separate entity from established religion, and religion should be run separately from the government, although religion does have a bearing on the character of every person. I know that we cannot completely separate religion from government and that there is no such thing as a true wall of separation, but let us be honest, if there were a real wall of separation, then the only people who could run for office would be secularists. Atheists could not even run, because theirs is a religion, also.

Pray for our country and our leadership. Let us who are believers be real Christians and real believers. Let us be good citizens in our great country, and may God shed his grace on this country because of our seeking him. Politicians will not save this country--but God can if we truly believe in him and obey him.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Stealing The Tip

Today I was eating breakfast at Cracker Barrel. I was sitting close to a large group of people, and on the end of one of the sides of the table sat a small boy somewhere around nine years old or so.


I had noticed him a few times as he would do little things, but there was nothing especially noticeable about him. He seemed to be a nice boy, and the seven or eight women who were with him seemed to all be nice.

When they were ready to leave, the ladies were taking one-dollar bills out of their pocketbooks to leave tips. The lady who seemed to be the boy's mother took out two dollars and put on the end of the table.

The boy then got up, walked around a little, and then eventually came to the money the lady had put on the table for a tip. He looked at one dollar, then the other. He would fold one dollar in half and leave the other one on the table. He would put both the dollars back down and pick them up again. He handled the money much as a magician would.

Then, as the lady who had left the tip looked around as though something had taken her attention, the boy continued to play with the money. He smoothly folded one bill, placed it under the other bill, then took out the bill and slipped it down toward his pocket. He did not immediately put the money in his pocket, but he just rubbed the dollar up and down his leg close to his pocket. Then he smoothly and slowly slipped his hand and the dollar deep into his pocket. He left his hand inside for a few seconds; then he pulled out his hand without the dollar.

By this time everyone was standing and getting ready to leave. As the boy passed my table, I tapped him on the arm and said, "Are you going to share that dollar with me?" He at first looked shocked; then he smiled and shook his head in the affirmative. I did not realize that his mother had heard what I said, but she did; and she said, "Did he take that dollar again?" This gave me the idea that the boy may have taken tips before.

I told him I did not intend to get him in trouble, that I was just kidding with him. He just smiled as if he did not really mind. When I went out to pay for my meal, I noticed that the women had purchased several items, and one of the items was something in a box for the boy. I suppose he had won out after all. I suppose that is what you get when you steal tips.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Things Not Always As They Seem

I had traveled to Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, from Harrison, Ohio, to visit my wife's family. I had been there only one day, and I was outdoors talking with my brother-in-law, husband to my wife's sister. We had talked for a while when he noticed my license plate, and he told me that my plate had expired. I could not believe what he had just said. I took a look for myself, and, sure enough, the sticker was marked for the year previous to this one.

In excitement, thinking that I may get a ticket, I traveled all the way back to Harrison, Ohio, and immediately drove to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. I went in and told them what had happened, and they looked up my name on the computer. The lady there said, "Mr. Wolfe, your license plate is not expired. You renewed them in the proper month." Then I told her that the sticker must have come off due to rain or something else, which, she said, was very unlikely. I then paid about $6.00 for a new sticker.

When I put the sticker on the plate and got back into my car, I remembered that, when I got the license renewed, it was raining very hard; so I decided to wait to put the sticker on later--then I forgot. I opened my glove compartment, and right there in front of my eyes was the sticker that I received when I renewed the plates. I had driven all those miles for nothing else but to learn a good lesson--things are not, many times, as they seem.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

THE BILL OF RIGHTS

Three kinds of bills of rights exist for particular groups of people. An entrenched bill of rights is adopted separately from a country’s constitution and is not necessarily recognized by the country’s government. An unentrenched bill of rights is recognized by the government but may be weakened by subsequent acts passed by the legislature. A statutory unentrenched bill of rights, which is passed by a legislative body separate from the constitution, can be changed by the authority of that same legislative body.
The third kind is a constitutional bill of rights, which we have here in America. These rights cannot be changed except by a popular vote of the people. Not every jurisdiction enforces the protections of the rights stated in their bill of rights, but in America our rights are enforced by law if necessary.
Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights …” This was changed to unalienable by John Adams at the time of printing the Declaration.
So, these rights are not rights granted by human wisdom or the law of the land, but these are natural rights granted by God himself. Our founding fathers realized this and wrote the rights into our founding documents. These rights became the first ten amendments to our constitution.
These are the rights for which we fight our wars. These are not rights given to us simply by government but by God. Those attempting to take away these rights are bent on our destruction, and wars against them are in self defense. Any deaths in these wars that come in self defense cannot be called murder.
It would be inhumane for a government to grant, by God’s mercy, these rights and then refuse to defend us against those who would take them away. Thank God for the wisdom of our forefathers. God bless America!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Birthday

This is a wonderful birthday card that I received from the Philippines sent to me by Bryce Spears, son of one of our missionaries. This card is very special to me just knowing that a 7-year-old child would take the time to make a card like this and send it to the U. S. just for my birthday.

As far as I am concerned, my birthday has no real meaning except that I am older, but to receive a card like this, along with all the other cards that I received, is a very special thing.

Bryce, thank you, and may God bless you as you grow strong in the Lord and as you surrender to his word and his will. Perhaps when you become an adult the Lord will have a very special job for you to do.

Sometimes we forget our missionaries out there on the field, but this little one did not forget me. Let's take the time to give a little personal attention to our missionaries, letting them know that we really appreciate what they are doing and that we love them and pray for them often. This will be a great encouragement to them. I am sure they need much encouragement, since much danger lies in many of the countries into which our missionaries go.

We cannot fulfill the Great Commission without our missionaries. We must go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Without missionaries who surrender to go to these places, our efforts are weak and feeble; but with them we can go into the whole world with the Gospel. May God help us to appreciate them.

Monday, September 17, 2007

A Wonderful Weekend and Sunday


My great weekend began by going to Falmouth, Kentucky, to the Wolfe-Jenkins reunion. We had somewhere around 50 people in attendance, and the food was just wonderful. I don't believe I have ever seen so much food in my life at one event.

When I left the reunion, I traveled from Falmouth, Kentucky, to Loveland, Ohio, where my son, Scott, was getting married. The wedding began at 6:00 PM. It was a lovely wedding; then he and Kathy went to Florida for a little vacation. I returned home about 8:30 PM. I was tired, but I had a busy Sunday yet to go.

I arose about 7:30 on Sunday morning and went to church. I taught my Sunday School class and then led singing at church, because my song director was at Addyston Baptist Church singing with the Blue Grass Boys quartet. I preached my sermon on The Great Commission #2 in the morning worship service.

After the morning service, I took my three grandchildren to eat a sandwich at Windy's, and then we went to Addyston Baptist Church for the 2:00 PM service. The Blue Grass Boys Quartet sang, and Bro. Darrell Sparks preached. We had a wonderful service and returned to First Baptist Church for the evening service at 6:00 PM. The Blue Grass Boys Quartet came over to First Baptist and sang for almost an hour. We had a great time singing. Most of the songs were sung as we sang them in the 1960's with my playing the piano and not singing. I did sing "Beulah Land." Then I brought my message on Hebrews 12:1-17.

After the evening service, a couple from Addyston Baptist Church took Bro. Bob Jones, his wife, Sue, and me to Frisch's for a time of food and fellowship. What a wonderful time together!

Today I am "whipped," but I still went to work and worked in the office all morning and until about 2:30 PM. I ate lunch and then picked up a few items at the store and came home. Now all I am doing is writing this blog and working on a few pictures. I am going to bed tonight EARLY.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

New Series Beginning at First Baptist Church

I am beginning a new series at First Baptist Church on The Great Commission. You will find outlines as they are prepared. They will be posted on our web site at www. firstharrison.org. Click on "Sermons & Articles." One outline is already posted there. They will be in PDF format so that everyone can read them. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may download it free at www.adobe.com.

This series will take several weeks to complete. I am not sure how many outlines I will have, but I believe I will enjoy reading and studying for this series. This is a greatly needed series in our Baptist churches today.

Follow the series, and feel free to print or download the outlines and use them as God leads.

God bless.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Vacation And Anniversary

This has been an awesome month. On August 19, 2007, First Baptist Church of Harrison, Ohio, celebrated my 25th year as pastor of the church. They presented me with a beautiful plaque and a new laptop computer, which I have been enjoying ever since. These people have been wonderful to me, and I love them like my family.

After the celebration, I went on vacation for a few days to Kentucky. I was with my wife's people, who are wonderful. Her mother is great, and I stayed with her for about four nights and days. We had a great time of fellowship. Some days I did absolutely nothing but read my Bible and a book which I must read for one of my school courses.

Bro. Herman Mills is here this month, and I have been transporting him from place to place. This is a wonderful experience for him and for me. His wife, Brenda, and his daughter, T'Shara, are here with him. I am so happy to meet them for the first time. We have had many hours of good fellowship. God is blessing his work in Trinidad, and our church supports him monthly.

Classes begin for me tonight, Aug. 30, at Antioch Baptist College. I will be teaching, Lord willing, English Composition and The Book of Exodus. This will be a challenge but a wonderful opportunity. Pray for the school. We need more students and more support for the school.

Time is going by fast, and I must eat a little and get prepared for classes, so I must go.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Creation Museum

About 21 people from First Baptist Church of Harrison, Ohio, traveled to the Creation Museum (Answers In Genesis)on July 23, 2007. The trip was wonderful! We got there early so that we did not need to stand in line to get in. Many of us were Senior Citizens, so we got a good rate.

The first thing we did was to visit the Planetarium. This was wonderful in that we saw how God created the universe and how complex and wonderful his creation is. No wonder the Bible tells us that the heavens declare his handiwork. Parts of the presentation were above the heads of most of us, but there was enough basic information that we could see the magnitude as well as the complexity and the wonder of God's heavens.

We saw two or three more show that illustrated God's creation as opposed to humanistic evolution. Unlike going to the zoo and having to put up with all of the nonsense about millions of years and half-thought-out explanations of life, we saw Bible evidence of God's special creation.

Thanks to Bro. Todd Westrich, who pushed me in a wheelchair the whole time. This made it easier on me and my arthritis. We had a wonderful time of fellowship after we finished at the museum--we went to the Golden Corral restaurant in Florence for a late lunch. We all ate too much, of course, including dessert.

After arriving back at Harrison, I went to the office to do some much needed office work and made some phone calls along with wishing Bro. Sam Sookraj well, who is leaving on Tuesday after staying in our mission apartment for about a week.

Then I got a call that it was my grandson's birthday, so I went to my son's house to have birthday cake (after eating at Golden Corral) and played games with the children. When I arrived home, I was tired; so I went to bed after reading a little in my Bible.

Thank for Lord for days like this. It makes life a little better.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Hate Crime

After doing some more research on the story in my last blog concerning hate crimes, I realized that these evangelizing people who were arrested were arrested, not for their message, but for their disturbance of the peace.

When we witness, we should go with a sincere heart and a Spirit-led mission to give the Gospel to someone, not to cause trouble. I am sure these people had an honorable mission in mind, but I believe they were a little too zealous.

We will never stop homosexuality, but we can preach the Gospel to every creature, and the Lord can perform miracles.

May God give us wisdom to and boldness to preach the Gospel in a world that is dying in their sins!

Ac 4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

Friday, July 6, 2007

Hate Crime Bill

When grandmas go to jail for witnessing
by Janet Folger

Arrested for sharing the Gospel? An expected outcome in North Korea, China Aor any Muslim country on the globe. But in Pennsylvania? Yep. Arlene Elshinnawy, a 75-year-old grandmother of three, and Lynda Beckman, a 70-year-old grandmother of 10 (along with nine others), were arrested for sharing their faith on the public sidewalk in Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A. They faced 47 years (the rest of their lives) in jail for spreading the Gospel because in Pennsylvania "hate crimes" law is nearly identical to H.R. 254 - the "hate crimes" bill reintroduced in Congress and said to be on the "fast track" in the House Judiciary Committee. This is the same bill that previously passed both the House and Senate and was killed only because of Republican leadership opposition in conference - something we no longer have.
Don't believe hate crimes will silence your freedom of speech and freedom of religion? Think again.

Submitted by Pastor John Pruitt

"I am going to do a little more investigation on this, and I will let you know what I find."

Monday, June 4, 2007

New Paddle

My granddaughter, who is four years old, came to me carrying a wooden spoon that she had picked up from a set that my son and his wife had just purchased from the store. She walked over to me and proudly announced "Pa-paw, we got a new paddle." So, I took it from her, turned her around, and spanked her lightly on her hips. She pretended to cry, because she knew that I did not mean a thing by what I did.

Isn't it interesting that, when one person looks at something, he sees it completely different from another person who looks at the same thing? For example, when I look at a Bible, I see a book that I love, one that gives me comfort and spiritual food. Others look at the same book and see something repulsive and irrelevant. I look at a church building and see a place where people of God meet and where great fellowship is enjoyed, while others look at the same church building and either never acknowledge it at all or look upon it with contempt as something completely unnecessary. When I look on the creation of this world, I see it as a wonderful miracle of God, but others see it as a natural phenomenon that took at least billions of years to accomplish.

Now, what makes the difference in the two results of looking at the same thing and seeing two completely different things? Well, I think we can take a lesson from the situation with my granddaughter. I looked at the wooden spoon from the experience that I had had and recognized it as an adult as simply a wooden spoon. My granddaughter, not having had the same experience, and not being an adult, saw it as a paddle.

Those who see the creation as a completely natural phenomenon are seeing the world from a child's perspective, never having experienced the touch of the Master's hand in their lives, not having had the Spirit of God change them from within. After they have experienced the grace of God in their lives, then they will see very clearly that this world is not a self-made compilation of eternal matter; it is a creation of Almighty God. Oh how much more wonderful the world is when we see it through spiritual eyes! How much more sense it makes when we see it through the eyes of the Adult--God Himself!

Christians, do not become disenchanted by the mere guesses of scientists who endeavor to give the source of the miracles they see every day by crediting evolution. Remain faithful to the word of God. One day we all shall stand responsible for our belief in God. If that faith is true and faithful, then it will remain, and we shall grow into maturity, seeing the world as God has made it and not as scientists have imagined it.

John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Col. 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Gen. 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I Am The True Vine


In John 15 we find that Jesus is the true vine. Several thoughts can be extracted from the very phrase "I am the true vine."

First, when a vine is mentioned in the Bible, it most usually speaks of a grape vine. The analogy of a vine is used here to illustrate how much we depend upon Jesus as our vine, because we are only the branches, branches which have been grafted in by God's wonderful grace.

When instituting the Lord's Supper, our Lord tells us that the drink is the "fruit of the vine." This fruit is his blood, which he bled forth in redemption for our sins. This is the precious fruit of the Vine, Jesus Christ.

Jesus told his disciples in John 15 that they should bring forth fruit. This is our fruit as branches. The main manifestation of this fruit is love one for the other. We can understand why the branches would love the Vine, because that is the source of their nourishment. In John 6, when the false disciples had gone away from Jesus and followed him no more, Jesus asked the disciples if they, too, would go away. They explained that they had nowhere else to go. But what reason would there be for one branch to love another branch? This commandment, though, Jesus gave to his disciples, that they should love one another.

Then there is a winepress for those who have rejected His warning of judgment. We read in Rev. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Due to the fact that Jesus is the TRUE Vine, there must by assumption be FALSE vines. The scriptures warn us time and time again about false Christs, a false gospel, and a way that seems right to a man. These false Christs preach something besides the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is his death, burial and resurrection.

Have you been grafted into the Vine? Are you a true branch, a child of God, born from above? Do you have your complete trust in Jesus Christ? We are the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:26). Repent of your sins; turn and trust Jesus Christ, his death, burial and resurrection today! Then you will be able to draw from that great nutrition that comes only from the Vine, Jesus Christ; and you will be privileged to share with him the rewards of the fruit of the work of God in your life.

Monday, May 14, 2007

LBC Reunion

Yes, I know I missed the LBC reunion. I don't think I was the only one. I hated to miss, but I have been having problems with my arthrits and Post-Polio Syndrome. In the mornings sometimes it is hard for me to get out of bed because of the pain.

The morning of the reunion I was hurting very much, so I decided to stay in bed for a while. When I finally got up, got my bath, and ate my breakfast, it was almost 11:00 AM. I decided that I did not want to drive all the way to Lexington and find that most everyone had left the reunion.

I understand that there were almost 200 people there. I was signed up and paid up, so I hope someone ate my portion of the meal. I know everyone had a wonderful time, because I have heard from several about it.

Maybe I will be there next time.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Berean Baptist & Sunday

On Saturday evening, April 27, 2007, I was blessed to attend Berean Baptist Church in Batesville, Indiana, where Bro. Toby Huff is pastor. Bro. Huff had belonged to First Baptist Church for a few years, and I had the privilege to be his pastor.

Bro. Toby is doing a good job there as pastor, and God is blessing. We enjoyed music from him and his wife and from some of the members of the church. I preached on the subject of God's rewards and punishments, which was received well.

After the service, we all had ice cream and cookies. Thanks to Toby and Laurie for the good supper at their home.

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On Sunday our attendance was good in the morning. The ladies had a lunch and then had a baby shower for Brandy Jacob. Then the ladies met for their monthly meeting. With choir practice at 5:00 PM, the ladies really had a long, busy day.

Evening service was well attended, and we enjoyed as Bro. Gary Niederlehner presented Samaria Missions out of the Morning Star Baptist Church in West Chester, Ohio. This mission work is to the American Indian, and it seems to be getting off the ground with a bang. After the evening service, Bro. and Sister Niederlehner, my grandson, Eric, and I enjoyed a nice dinner at Cracker Barrel. This was a nice close to a wonderful day. May God be glorified.

If you are interested in hearing more about Samaria Baptist Missions, you may call Bro. Gary Niederlehner at 513-777-5463.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Lexington-Bethel Conference

I really enjoyed the fellowship, singing and preaching at Lexington Bethel Baptist Church on Friday, April 27, 2007.

Bro. Rob Jeffries is pastor there. His father, Bro. Jim Jeffries, is pastor emeritus. It was great to see him again. He has been a blessing to so many people, especially preachers, for so many years. Pray for him; he is not in good health.

Bro. Tony Harold preached a great message from Romans Chapter 7. He also sang a wonderful song.

I had the privilege of preaching second, and the congregation were great in their attention. Bro. Carl Morton was there along with Bro. Chuck Hunt and many other folks I had not seen in some time.

After the service we had refreshments. I did not get left until about 10:00 PM. That made it late to arrive home, but I enjoyed the trip, and God blessed.

The conference will continue on Saturday throughout the day. I wish I could have stayed, but I needed to come home and get some things done in Harrison and prepare to go to Berean Baptist Church in Batesville, Indiana, where Bro. Toby Huff is pastor. I will be preaching there Saturday evening at 7:00 PM.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Fish Fry

I visited Dallas and Viola Hall on Thursday evening, April 26,2007. They had invited me some time ago to eat some of the fish they had caught on a fishing trip. I told them I was ready any time for that.

When I entered the home, the fish were still frying; and Viola was preparing some beautiful (and I found out later delicious) vegetables and some salad. We sat down to eat about 5:15 PM.

At 9:30 PM I reminded them that I had been there simply too long and that I should get home. We had a good conversation about the Bible and doctrine and some practical things, and they did not want me to leave; but I just had to go home sometime.

I left about 10:10, and I went home with a full belly and a happy thought of a great visit with some wonderful people.

They are visiting our church at this time. I pray God will lead in their lives.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Dark Is The Valley

Pastor Ronnie Wolfe - April 24, 2007

Dark is the valley
That lies o’er hills and plains.
Its memory darkens
The one o’er whom it reigns.

Deep is the valley
Where dread and fear abound,
This is the valley
Where screams and cries are found.

And in this valley
Men of sin are wont to stay,
For to this valley
They sank so far away.

That lonesome valley
Where no friends are near;
Inside that valley
No escape from lonely fear.

From that valley
The saints have turned away
By God’s grace
Safe from it they stay.

To a mountain
One day they will arrive
From death taken
And made to be alive.

In that mountain
A Savior waits to greet
Each waiting saint
Who stands upon his feet

Looking at Him
With expectant voices cheer
And shout aloud
The joys of being here.

Alas! My friend
The valley waits for you
Who do not turn
And trust the One who’s true.

As you faint
From every doubt and fear,
Rise and stand
Believing He is near.

Trust His blood
And all His work divine.
Hear His words
“Dear sinner, come and dine.”

In that valley
The Devil’s hand will stay,
From that valley
You’ll come without delay.

In the mountain
You will forever dwell,
And you will know
Your soul is saved from Hell.

Oh the mountain
That drips with honey sweet!
Your home forever
To bow at Jesus’ feet.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

P. V. Zugg Dies


Bro. P. V. Zugg was a missionary to the Middle Eastern countries of Lebanon, Israel, and Egypt. He was faithful in his duties for many years, I think since the 1950's. First Baptist Church here at Harrison, Ohio, has been supporting him, I think, ever since he first started his work.

On April 15, 2007, at 6:05 AM, Bro. Zugg went to be with the Lord. He will always be remembered here at our church as a man who stayed with the stuff. He died at age 87, and he was in Egypt just a few weeks before his death. The picture you see here was taken about five weeks before his death. He was in Egypt at the time. At this time I am not sure where he was when he died.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Jeremiah 5:21

Jer 5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

God calls his people a foolish people. He had called them foolish back in Deut. 32:6. They were foolish, because they did not continue to trust in God and follow his commandments. This was foolish on their part, and it is foolish on our part if we do the same. These things were written for our learning.

God says his people are without understanding. The only way to be without understanding is to neglect to learn or to neglect to reason through what has been said. Judah knew exactly what God said, but their prophets did not prophesy with integrity but with demagoguery. They wanted their own power, Their prophets prophesy falsely (5:31). These false prophets want to rule by their own power and do not rely upon God's power.

But the shame of it all is that the people want it that way (5:31). Ultimately it must be left up to the people of a nation to bring things back to the right. It must be left up to us as the citizens of this country to bring righteousness back into play in our country.

Politicians and religionists alike are preaching a false message, misrepresenting God and Christianity. They use it to their own prophet and position. You may have noticed that scientists and politicians alike are using Christianity to their advantage. A recent e-mail from Answers In Genesis notes that now in science classrooms today the students are being encouraged to use religion as a part of their teaching of science. They are to tell their students that religion can play a part in science and that humanistic and evolutionary science play hand in hand with religion. This is part of that lack of understanding.

The question is asked in Jeremiah 5:31, "What will ye do in the end thereof?" What will we do as a nation if the evolutionist scientists win out? What will we do if liberal politicians win out? What will we do if we continue in our lack of understanding? I'll tell you what we will do--the same thing that Judah did. They ate from strange dishes; they sang strange songs; they lived in a strange land; they learned a different language. God took away their land, and they had to live in Babylon for 70 years. God will do the same with America if we do not bring righteousness back into play.

But how do we do this? We believe in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. We believe in the resurrection. We preach the Gospel to others. We live a rightous life and teach our children the ways of the Lord. We worship the Lord in holiness. It may take a generation or two, but God will bless our efforts toward holiness.

Additionaly, we need to pray for those in leadership, that God will lead them to the truth of the word of God. But we as God's children must first begin to read and know the scriptures ourselves. May God give us grace to do what we need to do and to be obedient to our God.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

When Your Mind Slips

 By Ronnie Wolfe - April 13, 2007 (Friday)

What do you do when your mind slips
And goes completely out of gear,
And you make a snap decision
That makes you want to kick your rear?

You send a senseless e-mail
To your friends without a thought
Forgetting all the protocol
That you ever have been taught.

You’d think that I’d be sorry,
Put my head down in my hand
And weep and sob and send repentance
All across the land.

But, no, I found that it’s so plain
To see upon this sin
That when I err in this plain way
E-mails keep coming in.

Now if you want the e-mails
To flood your inbox screen,
Just send a hoaxful e-mail
And you’ll see what I mean.

Some folks I haven’t heard from
In many months and days,
And I have tried to prod them
In, oh, so many ways.

But then they get the e-mail hoax,
And their keyboard lights right up,
And their fingers get so active,
Can’t wait to fix it up.

I should really be ashamed
For the way that I am feeling,
But if I printed every e-mail,
They would reach clear to the ceiling.


The next time I receive a hoax,
And know it isn’t true,
I may just take a little chance
And send it on to you.

That way I’ll hear from time to time
From friends I know are mine
But never send an e-mail here
‘Til a hoax gets on the line.

I’m only kidding, that you know,
My intentions very true,
But keep your eyes alert to hoaxes;
I may send one to you.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Funeral Dirge For Old Buick

Good-Bye Sweet Buick

Thank the Lord, the Buick is gone
Gone to its ultimate moribund home,
Many a mile it has traveled for me,
Missed every guardrail and swerved every tree.

One Hundred Eighty-four thousand miles,
Some with our tears, and many with smiles;
Smooth at the start, we traveled with ease.
Then it was bumpy, dangling the keys.

I did that which all human beings should not:
I fell in love with this "jeep" I had got.
No need go further with my conscious intention,
I'll just let her go with an honorable mention.

God-bye, love, and may all treat you well.
I'll miss you, a car that I couldn't sell.
But soon I'll love another, you see,
A Buick like you, and no Model-T.

Good riddance to you, and soon you'll be gone
From sight and sound; I'll sing a new song.
And if I should see you when I'm passing by,
I'll wave somewhat gently with a tear in my eye.

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Written by Pastor Ronnie Wolfe
Upon the demise of Bro. Glenn Archer's Old Buick
"Good-bye, sweet fenders; all cars are just lenders."

Monday, March 19, 2007

Evolution vs Creation

I had a thought this week and want to share it with you. Tell me what you think by clickong the "comment" below.

Evolutionists say that matter is eternal, that it had no begining; yet they say that matter evolves. Now, doesn't evolution need time in order to operate? I think it does. Eternal things do not relate to time, otherwise they would not be eternal; they would be temporal. So, if matter is eternal, it cannot evolve; because there is no time associated with eternity. On the other hand, if matter evolves, then it is not eternal. Life forms do evolve into different-looking things, but they are all from the same kind, just as the Bible says they are.

Only God is eternal, and he stays the same all the time. He cannot evolve; he cannot become less than he is. He cannot change. Temporal things, however, such as matter, are the things that are seen, but the things that are not see are eternal. So says the Bible (2 Cor. 4:18).

So matter had to be created from One who is eternal. He is the authority for all creation, and in Him all things consist.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Who Wrote The Book of Hebrews?

I would like for you to click the "comment" below this blog and let me know who you think wrote the book of Hebrews. Just write one answer, one of the following:

Paul
Apollos
Barnabas
Luke
Priscilla & Aqula
None of the Above
Or write someone else's name

If you can, give a reason why you think a certain person wrote the book of Hebrews. Thanks.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Prayer Handkerchief


Have you received your prayer handkerchief yet? Well, I haven't, either; but a member of First Baptist Church here received his. Actually, it is not a real handkerchief. They are now making them on paper to save money. They are printing a handkerchief design on a very cheap piece of paper to look like a handkerchief.

When you receive yours, you are supposed to write your name in the clear center of the handkerchief and then the name of a friend who is in need of prayer, and you are to send the handkerchief back the very next day with a love offering to activate the miracle that you wish for.

A part of the packet reads, "My dear child, I have much joy planned for you. As you remain faithful in your seed sowing into my kingdom, surely you shall be blessed ..."

Now seed-sowing is defined in the packet as sending money to the people who send you the handkerchief. When you return the handkerchief with your offering, they will pray over it, anoint it, and you will receive your miracle.

The letter closes, "Thank God that this anointed prayer handkerchief is back in the mail, on its way to this 56-year-old church. We thank you. --Amen"

Now, if you get one of these handkerchiefs, you must make a decision. I am keeping this one, because my member gave it to me. I am keeping it, however, only to use it as an illustration when I teach of how uninformed and unbiblical people are today, how vulnerable they are to the world's religions. Don't be fooled by this nonsense. You do not need someone to pray over a handkerchief for you to be blessed of God. Notice what the Bible says:

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Thursday, March 8, 2007

The New Jesus

Jose Luis de Jesus Miranda from Puerto Rico is said to be "the second coming of Christ." He has 300 congregations in about 24 countries, counting over 100,000 followers. He has TV, radio, and other electronic technologies at his disposal.

A February 5, 2007, issue of Newsweek said about him, "But as his following expanded, his claims did, too. In 1998, de Jesus avowed that he was the reincarnation of the Apostle Paul. Two years ago at Growing in Grace's world convention in Venezuela, he declared himself Christ. And just last week, he called himself the Antichrist and revealed a "666" tattooed on his forearm. His explanation: that, as the second coming of Christ, he rejects the continued worship of Jesus of Nazareth."

The Bible tells us in Mr 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here [is] Christ; or, lo, [he is] there; believe [him] not: When Jesus returns the second, people will not be able to say "he is here" or "he is there." His coming will be like lightning from the east to the west. No one will have the time to say "he is here" or "he is there."

When a man comes and pretends that he is Jesus, we must simply ignore him. There have been many even from New Testament days who said they were Christ. These are called antichrists. All we need do is read the Word of God and understand the beliefs and doctrines of these antichrists, and we will not be surprised about their appearing from time to time.

Jesus said in John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. Just as lightning coming from the sky, Jesus will return and receive us unto himself that we may go there to meet him in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Mt 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

In God We Trust On New Coin

We love having "In God We Trust" on our money, don't we. Some have begun to say that it is not on the new dollar coins that are being minted by the Federal Government. But this is not true. It is just hidden on the edge of the coin out of plain sight.

You don't like that, and I don't like that; but maybe, just maybe, it reflects where our real trust in God is. We trusted him when the twin towers came down. We trusted him and prayed to him when we lost our job or when our child was sick or when mother was dying. We trusted him when we lost our job and needed money to live on.

But when things are going well, and times are prosperous and especially luxurious, we don't trust him much. We stay home from church; we don't read our Bibles; we do not pray; we do not witness; and we take just about everything for granted, thinking that God will be there the next time we have a real problem.

Until we learn to love and trust the Lord every day, why should we want to display his name in an apparent position on the front of our money. Maybe we should have it hidden on all of our money. What do you think?

I am saying this a little tongue-in-cheek, but I hope you get my drift!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Funeral of Corporal Timothy Lewis

Last Monday I preached the funeral of my great nephew, Timothy Lewis. He died suddenly while in the Marines. He had a heart attack. He was only 20 years old.

The funeral was in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, where my wife's family live. The funeral began at 1:00 PM, and it lasted almost an hour. Then we traveled to the Lawrenceburg Cemetery, where the military had an honor ceremony for their fallen comrade. Then the family traveled to the Alton Cemetery where Timothy was laid to rest. We got back to the Sand Spring Baptist Church around 4:00 PM for our lunch.

We will all miss him very much. He was a wonderful boy with a loving and caring spirit. Everyone was so helpful, including the Richie Peach Funeral Home and the Sand Spring Baptist Church, where we ate a wonderful lunch.

I returned home to Harrison, Ohio, about 8:00 PM. It was a good but sad trip.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Married to Christ

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Rom. 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, [even] to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

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Oh, the day that I fell dead before the law was a glorious day! I was so married to the law that my carnal mind could not conceive of Christ or his redemption. I saw it from afar; I pursued it with continuous effort as a child; I sang its beautiful rhyme and rhythm. I read its book and was amazed by its Master. I enjoyed the fellowship with its citizens and comrades. I engaged in its duties and longed for its best promises. But I was married to another and could not have that one true and eternal allegiance to the Master of that redemption. As such I was not true to redemption's Master; neither was I true to my own master--I was serving two masters and could not give complete love and obedience to either.

Not knowing my plight, I went on day to day with my mediocre allegiance and practice, endeavoring to be true to both my earthly and hellish master and also to my heavenly Master, the one which I mindfully professed but did not possess. The law of the carnal commandment, although I was unaware, had stroked me to death, and I was under its curse. Christ's law was, unknown to be, far beyond my grasp and obedience. In my ignorance I pressed toward a mark which I could not reach, and I was adamant about it. From the age of ten years I played piano in church services. I listened intently to the preacher's messages. I held on to every thought and endeavored to dig deeper into the word of God by personal reading. I prayed daily and desired the most pious position before God, but I was not pious; I was infamous to him and so afar that I was alone in the world and had no knowledge of that loneliness and separateness from his kingdom.

When I was but thirteen years of age, however, the Lord Jesus Christ visited my home through a young preacher. This man simply asked if I had trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. I was without an answer, for I had not ever thought of that very question as it applied to me personally. I knew what was needed; I knew the Gospel, but I was never before struck by the necessity of my response to it. In that very hour the Spirit of God was upon me, and I surrendered to what I knew to be true all along. I trusted Jesus Christ that very day.

That very day I fell in love with Jesus. I never knew him in that way before. He had given a promise in his word, and that day he gave assurance that he would never leave me nor forsake me. The very moment I believed, I was married to Christ. He became so precious to me. My love for Jesus Christ became much greater than for my former master. My love exceeded the love of carnal things. I became imbibed with his love to me, because I later learned that, before I loved him, he loved me.

This love and redemption of Jesus Christ has overwhelmed me from that day to this, but I am sad to say that I have not always loved him as he has loved me. I have had second thoughts about my other love, my carnal desires, and my earthly plans. I have wished for and pursued after some very temporary things and have left my Lord in order to do it. I have neglected to be allegiant to him and have forsaken him like Demas. I feel so unworthy that he would promise to love me unconditionally, for I have not loved him the same. But the Lord is with me even when I am far from him. He loves me when I do not love him as I should. He comes to me and persuades me to come to him, kneel beneath his shadow and to be intimate with him--this makes life worth living.

And when this temporal life is over and the want and woe of this life have long ceased to be, I will love him as I have wished to love him. I will praise him as I have wished to praise him. I will receive his admonitions as I have always wanted to do. I will have affection for him and no other. I now acknowledge my weakness and my wantonness and confess my unfaithfulness and my hypocrisy. I desire to be like him and to be with him. One day I will be with him, but now I must be grateful to be married to him, free from the law, a happy condition, and desirous to live with him eternally. Married to him by grace, I will receive the benefit of his eternal home and his endless and glorious love. Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.

-By Pastor Ronnie Wolfe
February 15, 2007

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Funeral, Weather, Sickness

On Saturday, February 10, I preached the funeral of Stanley Lovins. He died at age 58 of a heart attack. The family had a meal at the United Methodist Church building in Okeana, Ohio, and I enjoyed fellowshp with them for a couple of hours.

At 5:00 on Saturday, we had a Valentine's Banquet at First Baptist Church, and I ate a wonderful meal along with 25 or 30 of our church members and visitors. We played some games, heard some funny things from Bro. Steve Kittle, and heard a good message from Bro. Johnathan Bush.

Sunday was a lovely day, though cold. The temperature got up into the 30's. Eric Wolfe and I visited Bro. Jim Teague in the Shawnee Springs Nursing Home in the afternoon. We had a low attendance Sunday night.

Monday promised a snow storm, so I canceled the Antiochan Apologia and my classes for the night. Tuesday came in with ice and snow. The roads were very hazardous. The elctricity went out at our house about 3:00 or so and stayed off until 7:05 PM.

I received a call tonight from Carl Westrich that his grandmother, Dorothy Zinser, went to the Mt. Airy hospital with symptoms of a heart attack. I called Doris Kinnett to start the prayer chain, and we will all pray for her.

I spent some time today on the phone talking to different people about problems, etc. This is a daily routine for me it seems. I studied on the Book of Hebrews this afternoon and got some helpful items from the internet until the electricity went off.

Heb. 1:1-2 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Monday, February 5, 2007

Today

Last night was not a good night for me. I had hard pain in all of my muscles most of the night. I don't know what to blame except the freezing weather. Tonight we are supposed to have a snow storm and temperatures near zero. I hope I do not have another painful night.

A good friend to many of us from Lexington Baptist College, Sister Carolyn Sue Hauter, departed this life on Friday of last week. Her visitation will be tonight in Lexington, Kentucky, at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on Main Street, but I will not be able to go; I was late taking one of my members home from the hospital today.

Tomorrow I probably will not go to the funeral because of the snow storm and the frigid weather conditions.

Bro. Richard Barker came home from the Mercy Hospital of Western Hills today. His wife is ill and could not take him home, so I went to the hospital and got him. He got home somewhere around 4:00 PM.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Carolyn Sue Hauter Dies

I have received two e-mails today telling me that Carolyn Hauter died yesterday, February 2, 2007, at the age of 59 of a heart attack. I do not have any other information. I have written an e-mail asking for arrangements if possible from any of my readers, but I have not heard back.

Sue was a good friend of mine in Lexington and at Lexington Baptist College. She used to help me address papers and set up a youth paper that I sent to about 300 young people.

Sue never married. She loved Gospel music and country music. She went to as many meetings as she could where the Blue Grass Boys were singing. We will miss her.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Monday-Tuesday

Monday was a pretty busy day with answering e-mails and perusing snail mail at the church office. I called Med Mart to get things started concerning the elevator lift we want to put in the church. They will look at our file and get back with me soon, I hope. Then I studied for my evening class at Antioch Baptist College.

I went to school last night to teach my class on the Life of Christ, but I had only one student; so I dismissed class and came home. I worked on helping my son build a web site for himself and for the church he attends.

I watched The "Secret Garden" on TVLand last night until 12:00 PM.

Tuesday has begun, and I have already answered my e-mail for the morning. I have eaten breakfast and am now updating this blog. I will go to visit Alta Spaw in Mercy South Hospital this morning and also Bro. Jim Teague in the nursing home. Then after eating some lunch I will probably come home and work on my message for Wednesday evening from John Chapter 11. This is a good chapter about Lazarus' being raised from the dead.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Busy Day Visiting

I visited Bro. Roger Baker early this afternoon, and he is doing well after his surgery. He has a drain tube in his side, and he may have to go home with it; but they are not sure yet. He should go home tomorrow, 1/26/2007, if everything keeps going as it is now.

Bro. Jim Teague is in Shawnee Springs Care Center in Harrison. I visited him today, and he says they did not do therapy today, because he did not feel like doing it. I am not sure how long he will be there.

Sister Pat Edwards will have surgery tomorrow, 1/26/2007, to remove some of the tumor that has grown back from the time she had her last surgery. The doctors said that it is aggressive and that it may grow back, but we did not expect it to grow this fast. She is now having problems moving her arms. Please pray for her. She is in the St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. She will have surgery about 12:00 Noon.



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Pastor Ronnie Wolfe
First Baptist Church: www.firstharrison.org
Antioch Baptist College: www.antiochbaptistcollege.org
Personal Web Site: www.rwolfe2080.com
My Personal Blog: http://wolf-friends.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Prayer Updates

Bob Jones, as friends in India go to the capitol to see if they can clear him from his block L.O.C. list. They will meet with the officials. Pray that they will be able to get this cleared up.


Katie Hugan had an EEG today, and something is showing up on her brain. They must do an MRI as soon as possible. She has braces on her teeth, and this is a problem. They are calling in an orthodontist to remove the braces so she can have the MRI. She is taking medicine for her seizures. Katie will be spending the night in the hospital. She really needs our prayers.

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This has been an unusual day. I stayed in the house most of the day and worked on web sites, blogs and studies. I had my three grandsons this afternoon for a couple of hours. This evening I am sitting here with my two granddaughters. Their parents are gone out to eat. I will put them to bed soon, and I will get "unbusy" for a while and either read or watch a cowboy movie ont he Western Channel on Direct TV.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Classes Begin At Antioch - Jim Teague In Hospital

Antioch Baptist College begins classes this evening at 6:00 PM. Bro. Frank Smith will be teaching "The Minor Prophets" after which I will teach Harmony of the Gospels.

Beginning February 12, 2007, Antioch will feature the Antiochan Apologia, which will go for eight weeks beginning at 7:00 PM each evening. There will be some interesting topics. You may go to www.antiochbaptistcollege.com for information about these seminars.

Jim Teague is in Mercy Fairfield Hospital, having had a stroke on Saturday sometime. He is some better today. They did several tests this morning, and they will not let him walk. His appetite is good, and he eats well. He can move his hand, arms, and legs all right. This is very good. His eyesight was affected, but that is some better.

The snow is melting today. The temperature is above 32 degrees. Tomorrow will be, they say, about 36 degrees. Hopefully this will melt most of the snow. Then it is predicted to turn cold for the rest of the week.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Sunday Services

This is Sunday, January 21, 2007, and we are not having services at First Baptist Church due to snow and ice. This is the first time this Winter that we have not had services.

I have both sermons ready to go, but I will have to wait until next Sunday to preach them. Maybe I can finally get ahead in my sermons (that would be nice). If you are interested, my notes are posted on the First Baptist Church web site at the link at the bottom of this page.

Jim Teague had a stroke yesterday. He has been taken to Mercy Hospital Fairfield. The stroke is affecting his vision. We do not know if he will regain his sight or not. He can see a little. He can read the largest line on the vision chart, but he cannot read anything close to him.

We buried Shirley Ripperger on Friday of this week. She was a wonderful member of First Baptist Church for many years. She was 60 years old, the same age as my wife when she died nearly four years ago. Darryl, her husband, seems to be doing well.

I will stay in today out of the snow and do some work on web sites and blogs and do some reading and studying. I have a seminar coming up on a study of the Old Testament Tabernacle on February 12 at Antioch Baptist College. I may do some reading on that. I will take a completely different approach this time by taking most of my scripture from the book of Hebrews in the New Testament, which deals with the spiritual aspect of the Tabernacle. The seminar begins at 7:00 PM, February 12, just off I-75 (going north) at Shepherd Land just a few feet east of I-75. Come if you can. It is free.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

El Nino

I am thankful for El Nino. It is effecting a very nice winter season here in the midwest. Some are worried about global warming, but I am really enjoying it. In a few years scientists will be predicting that the earth will freeze us to death. True science is wonderful; but when scientists begin to predict what happened in the past or what is going to happen in the future, they are not practicing true science.

To say that the earth is 250,000,000,000 years old is not practicing true science. This is a theory and a weak one at that. Absolutely, the weather predicters cannot even predict the weather correctly for seven days in a row. If they cannot do this, then how can they predict what will happen 20 years from now? It is impossible.

The Bible teaching that the earth is young and that the earth was created by Jesus Christ is as good a theory as the "science falsely so called" theory of millions of years. I believe what the Bible says about creation. Therefore, if creation is true, then the Bible teaching of the future is true, also.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if scientists did as Albert Einstein and other scientists did in days of old when they referred to the scriptures for their guide? I fear that this science falsely so called may genuinely lead us to trouble in the future if scientists do not understand that the truths of the Bible have been trusted for thousands of years, and they can be trusted today. These truths do not contradict true science at all.