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Entries Tagged as ‘From Pastor Tedd’

Nikolas Cruz and the Unmasking of Sin and Evil – by Tom Ascol

Published February 19, 2018

At 2:23PM on February 14, 2018, the first 911 call reported an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The suspect was quickly identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz and a little over an hour later law enforcement officers had him detained. His bloody massacre left 17 students and staff dead and fifteen wounded, receiving treatment in area hospitals. It is now the deadliest shooting in an American high school. Once again our nation is mourning senseless deaths at the hands of someone who intentionally and methodically murdered innocent fellow citizens. Predictably, politicians are trying to gain […]

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Giving Up Lent

Published February 14, 2018

Here are five reasons why I don’t think we should participate in Lent. I’ve published this several times but since we have new folks attending and members, I thought it might be of benefit. In response to a previous posting one reader accused me of being against Roman Catholics. I trust those who read this will see I’m for the truth that Jesus guarantees will set any man free from their bondage to sin, with a religious heritage or no religious background*.  I encourage readers to search the Scriptures and see that the grace that rescues us from hell and […]

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Why You Should Be Giving Regularly To Your Church

Published January 31, 2018

By Pastor Tedd Mathis Members of Pueblo West Baptist Church have a God-honoring reputation of being faithful, generous givers. Having said that, I wonder if some of us understand the biblical foundation for that time in the service every Sunday where men pass a wooden plate and people put money in it. I also wonder if some folks have faulty perspectives for giving. Below are five reasons why you should be giving regularly to your church. Next month I’ll address how much you should be giving. Note, this is written primarily to us who are already members; those considering membership […]

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Help For the Bogged Down Bible Reader

Published January 3, 2018

This help is adapted from an article from Ligonier Ministries (see link below). I have found over the years a common confession among folks who try to read through the Bible in a year – they get bogged down in lots of details that don’t always quickly make sense. It’s also a very thick book – with no pictures! So it’s easy to give up. The following recommendations aren’t easy-peasy; but they’ve helped me and many others. First, ask the Lord to help you understand. “Open my eyes that I may behold wonderful things in your Law” – Psalm 119:18. […]

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Fake News That’s Still Fake And Will Be Fake in 2018

Published January 3, 2018

Here are some headlines that are more phony than a $3 bill. My guess is some of us do or have taken them to be true. Grateful for the historians and the folks who do their homework!   In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue to prove the world was not flat Despite a persistent legend, neither Columbus nor his Spanish patrons thought Earth was a finite plane instead of a round planet. When Columbus set sail in 1492, he predicted he’d make landfall in Asia. Legend has it that he defied Spanish officials to do so, sailing west instead […]

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Honoring the Christ, Medicating Santa

Published December 1, 2017

  Here’s why I’m writing this: I’ve had one parent ask me questions about how to talk to their children about Santa Claus. In that conversation other matters about Christmas came up. My guess is at times and in various ways others have questioned the Christmas season and what to do with it. Facebook posts and social media that come my way indicate a heightened concern about the history of the season, let alone its present commercialized state. The following is an extremely concise attempt to address how I’ve come to think about the season. As always, I’d be glad […]

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Operation Christmas Child

Published November 1, 2017

This ministry collects shoeboxes filled with gifts and delivers them to children in need around the world. Many of these children would not get any gifts if not for these boxes. But more importantly, every shoebox is an opportunity for the gospel to be proclaimed to children and their families. OCC works with local churches to use these boxes as a tool for evangelism and discipleship. Many of the children who receive shoeboxes are also enrolled in a follow-up discipleship program, The Greatest Journey. This is a 12-lesson program in which the children learn about following Jesus and sharing about […]

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The Stupidity of Sin by Kevin DeYoung

Published October 30, 2017

The Puritans use to speak of the exceeding sinfulness of sin. And they were right to do so. Sin is a heinous insult to a holy God. It is lawless, treasonous, rebellion. It’s also really dumb. Everyone who knows the Bible, knows people, or knows his own heart, knows this to be true: sin makes us stupid. Think of the Garden of Eden. You literally live in paradise, and you listen to a snake whisper something about a tasty fruit. Why risk it? Or David and Bathsheba. You are the king for crying out loud. You have everything. You’ve seen […]

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Sermon Series: The Conviction of Conversion

Published October 20, 2017 read more

A Man Must Examine Himself: Preparing For the Lord’s Supper … By Pastor Tedd Mathis

Published September 6, 2017

Since we have several newcomers attending PWBC – and since we all can get stale in our understanding of what the Lord’s Supper means and what it means to examine ourselves prior to participating, I thought this essay might be helpful. First, we practice what’s come to be known as open communion. You don’t have to be a member of PWBC to participate. However, you do need to be a confessing believer in Jesus Christ. I’ll say more about that below. Second, we observe the Lord’s Supper approximately every six weeks. Ample notices in the bulletin and church calendar are […]

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