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Posts by: Denver House of Prayer

Scriptures often taken out of context

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“Our focus in this podcast is one of the most important aspects of studying God’s word and that is keeping scriptural verses within their proper context. By doing so we avoid misinterpreting key elements of God’s word and better glean the true message that God’s purveying in His Holy Writ. This contextual framework is something you should definitely consider in your own private devotional time because if you don’t, then it’s possible to come away with the wrong understanding from the scriptural passage in question. If you attend any Bible college or receive any kind of theological training then naturally a course on ‘hermeneutics’ is standard procedure for most students. Hermeneutics covers the methodological principles of the interpretation of any document and in our case that would be the Holy Bible. One of the primary laws of Bible interpretation is to determine the plain and evident meaning intended by the author, and that would be God in our case. Therefore, isolated scriptures that go against the general character of God warrant further study. As I’ve said multiple times before, “if the plain sense of the scripture makes sense, then seek no other sense.” Yet, in times past, foolish men have allegorized entire books of the Bible, alluding to a deeper ‘hidden’ meaning that simply doesn’t exist. In doing so, they’ve stripped God’s word of its literal meaning and led men down a path of confusion, despair and disillusionment.” – Pastor Carl

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Boundaries

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“The title of this podcast might seem strange at first but I’ve thought at length recently about the importance of both establishing and enforcing boundaries in our lives. Now in order to be successful according to God’s definition (as the book of Proverbs attests especially), then we need to be practitioners of both discipline and diligence. Diligent to oversee and manage the various possessions we might own and the requisite maintenance for each vehicle we drive, for example. And diligent to watch over our families and perhaps the internet usage of our teenagers…need I say more. Diligent to do our part in the workplace by not cutting corners but going the extra mile when and where an opportunity arises. We also need to be disciplined in the areas of health, physical exercise, moral restraint, financial affairs and the various other components that go to make up the fabric of our everyday life. Yet I consider establishing boundaries as an important marker of success, especially in relationships and an essential aspect of discipline that often gets overlooked. In fact, these boundaries are mentioned in the Bible.” – Pastor Carl

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The Origin of Christmas

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“It should be noted that regarding the origins of the Christmas festival, the early Church fathers introduced the celebration of our savior under numerous dates. Some dates suggested were; March 25th, April 2nd, May 20th, Nov 8th, Dec 25th and finally Jan 6th. It was finally agreed upon that December 25th was the most suitable because it supposedly coincided with the winter solstice on the Julian calendar, marking the beginning of the victory of light over darkness, after the year’s longest night. Clement of Alexandria pointed out that because Jesus is called the ‘Sun of righteousness,’ (Malachi 4:2), then December 25th was the most suitable of these potential dates for our annual celebration. In most European countries gifts are exchanged on Christmas Eve, in keeping with the notion that the baby Jesus was born on the night of the 24th, (which of course is a myth and I will expound upon this shortly.) The morning of December 25th, has of course become the most popular time for exchanging gifts in North America. In 17th and 18th century Europe the modest exchange of gifts took place in the early hours of the 25th, when the family returned home from ‘Christmas mass’ and this tradition continues today.” – Pastor Carl

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America Under Attack

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“America is under attack…I repeat America is under attack but not from missiles or tanks or by air or sea…No, this attack is happening under the radar, subversive, clandestine, by stealth, in the hush of night under ‘cloak and dagger,’ with its sole aim, to strip us of our God given liberties by introducing a socialistic agenda that will be the vehicle to bring in a New World Order. You see under President Obama, his socialistic agenda was trucking along nicely for eight straight years until it finally crashed headlong into the brick wall of Donald Trump’s presidency. As you know, America is the last bastion of freedom that stands in the way of a sinister and subversive Globalist agenda. Their desire is to create a ruling oligarchy from the top down and akin to the old feudal system outlined by the Fabian Society. America has long been the spear that sticks in the eye of globalist domination and right now President Donald Trump is the tip of that spear. People commonly think that during times of war that nations are their most vulnerable yet what is often overlooked is that during peace time, when our guard is down, we are potentially the most exposed to nefarious internal forces that seek to corrupt the nation and its highest office. It’s during peacetime that our enemies try to strip us of that which has been gained from the spoils of victory, when no-one’s paying close attention.” – Pastor Carl

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Hold Old is the Earth?

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“In this podcast, we will discuss one of those golden nuggets, (just like the dinosaurs) that sometimes calls the Christian faith into question and that is, “what exactly is the age of the earth upon which we stand?” …Now traditional Christians will state firmly that the earth was created in six days and any suggestion to the contrary, is an apostate view. And of course when you look at the creation account of ‘this current world,’ it was completed in six literal days as the bible says (more on this current world shortly)… Now according to scientists, the earth is 4.5 billion years old, based on radiometric data fragments from the ‘Canyon Diablo iron meteorite’ but they also warn they could be off by plus or minus 50 million years, so no big deal! Why not plus or minus 1 billion?! The truth is, no-one was there to see creation when it occurred, so no-one really knows how old the earth really is! Now, what got my attention when I first became a believer in Christ; is God’s command to Adam and Eve to ‘replenish’ the earth. If you’ll recall, God commanded Adam and Eve to replenish the earth in Gen 1:28, which infers they were ‘repopulating’ an earth that was once inhabited in a prior timeframe, lets read this passage now…” – Pastor Carl

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The War of Gog and Magog

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“There’s a war soon coming in the Middle East that will cause God himself to rain down hailstones and fire upon the invading armies who’ve come to take spoil from His beloved Israel and a great earthquake that will annihilate them in their tracks. And what if I were to tell you, there are preparations being made right now for this future conflict? But as I’ve said before, we the church will never see it come to pass because this war of ‘Gog and Magog’ fits the prophetic timeline only when the church or ‘restrainer’ has been removed from the earth, prior to the seven year tribulation period. Yet even today, the nations are ready; the pieces on the chess board are being moved into place, causing an inevitable chain reaction that will hurl like minded nations headlong into direct conflict with Israel and ultimately God Himself. Let me now share our source text with you for this podcast, I’m of course talking about the infamous ‘War of Gog and Magog,’ spoken of in chapters 37-39 from the prophetic Book of Ezekiel. So what are these terms

‘Gog’ and ‘Magog’ and what do they represent? What on earth is a ‘Gog’ and what is a ‘Magog’ exactly?” – Pastor Carl

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The Dangers of Secular Humanism

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“There are four systems of atheism that have wreaked havoc upon humanity since the 19th century. These four so called ‘isms’, are: Positivism, Secularism, Pessimism and Socialism. The focus of this podcast will be the second item on this list, namely Secularism. If one looks this word up in the dictionary, you’ll soon realize it categorizes the complete and utter removal of God from society and the denial of any supernatural element of our existence. For secularists, everything in the universe must be explainable in terms of natural law. The supernatural components of our creation are ignored and of course God is ignored because He’s our supernatural creator. In summary, secular humanism has become the philosophy that ‘man’ is the chief end of man, and that man’s happiness is his supreme purpose. However, Paul Johnson the famous British historian gives us this dire warning, “Christ’s central theme is that God, not man, is the final authority. God has rights, human beings have duties; we deny God His rights at our peril.”… Amen to that! The truth is friend, we are put on this earth to ‘serve,’ and our pivotal focus is not ourselves but serving others is the purpose of our existence.” – Pastor Carl

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Atheism is Denial

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“Heywood Brown once said, “Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.Today we will discuss one little word and that word is atheism. Now, Atheism has been defined as, ‘the dogmatic denial of the existence of God’ or more specifically ‘a personal God.’ There’s a mindset that Atheism is merely choosing not to believe in God or there’s no such thing as God because mankind has yet to provide any tangible evidence for His existence. The trouble is, scripture makes it very clear in the Book of Romans that this mindset is really a symptom of a rebellious heart because God has revealed Himself through two branches, namely His creation and our conscience, so that man is without excuse for acknowledging Almighty God’s existence. I’m sure you’re familiar with this passage regarding God’s creation, but let me read it to you, Romans 1:20, 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” Who’s they?…That’s us!” – Pastor Carl

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Calvinism vs. Arminianism

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“These terms will never reach 80-90% of Christians in their lifetime, as they’re discussed in seminary schools but I think it’s important to share these viewpoints with you. In fact, you may be shocked to find out the fruit of either of these two doctrines heavily influence the sermons your pastor preaches each week. Now you may or may not realize but depending upon which church denomination you attend, it will adopt one of these two theological viewpoints. These two doctrines were developed by two famous 16th century men, living decades apart. Albeit I will say, one doctrine is correct in its interpretation of God’s word and the other is very wrong. Later on this broadcast, I’m going to share with you, the denominations that wrongly believe in Calvinism and rightly believe Arminianism. The truth is Calvinism, (which I sincerely believe to be a false teaching and rooted in Gnosticism), has deeply infiltrated the Protestant Church and even the evangelical church in recent years.” – Pastor Carl

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The Dangers of the Ecumenical Movement

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“The Bible is explicit and exclusive concerning the reality that Jesus is the only way to heaven.

That means that all the Jews, Muslims, Mormons, Catholics, Jehovah’s witnesses, Protestants, Anglicans, Baptists or Pentecostals all need to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord Savior and if they don’t, they’ll spend an eternity separated from God in a literal Hell of eternal punishment. Just because you’ve sat in a church pew for 30 years doesn’t mean you’re saved anymore than sitting in a garage makes you a car! It’s the relationship you hold with Jesus Christ that defines your eternal destination and there are no second chances after you leave this earth. Currently, there’s a rapid rise in a moving away from true gospel orthodoxy. This apostasy or ecumenicity is rife and many pastors right now focus on God’s love and acceptance without stressing the crucial aspects of repentance, humility, sanctification and the acknowledgment of our sinful condition. They preach a Gospel without repentance, declaring that any path to God is acceptable, as we all end up at the same destination in the end right?…Wrong!” – Pastor Carl

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