Ideolatry Blog

Do you believe in God, but don’t like Religion? In this weekly IDEOLATRY Blog, the author, Dr. Rich Masek discusses what we believe about God and why we believe it. Ideolatry dives deep to discover the Real Truth of God's Character and Nature.

The Ultimate Con

Deception vs Choice The first objects of deception and choice are described in the narrative beginning in Genesis 2:8. God makes it a point to draw at...
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Command given before Eve's arr...

Anewanon, That is right. It would seem that one of four things happened, 1. Adam was not paying attention to what God sai... Read More
Thursday, 10 October 2019 11:29
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What Is Truth ? - Observation and Perspective

Last week I posted a reader's question about the need to read the Old Testament. That post discussed some key issues about religion, consciousness, id...
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Why The Old Testament?

For Understanding A reader recently made this comment: It seems to me that Jesus taught us three things (really only one): Love all, don’t judge, and ...
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The Old Testament

Rose, Thank you for your observations. Jesus taught a parable in Matthew and in 7:26-27 he told the perils of not building you... Read More
Saturday, 28 September 2019 06:41
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The Destruction Of Evil

Even though the New Covenant is a new law that has been written for our success, we will still have to resist the attacks of the aggressor, Satan. Our...
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Should You Be Quiet ?

Making Your Voice Known… I touched a little on the book of Esther a few weeks ago in my post, For Such A Time As This .  Esther is a very rich book wi...
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It Was Their Choice

It Was Their Choice Last week I wrote about Truth, and the Absolute Truth of God’s Word. The Ideolatry of humans is always at odds with that Truth. Hu...
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I love it too !

Mike, Thanks for your comments. I appreciate your involvement ! Dr Rich
Thursday, 05 September 2019 11:00
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Truth Over Facts ?

Truth Over Facts ? I generally steer clear of politics in my posts.  I prefer to stick to discussions of a spiritual/biblical nature.  Just about ever...
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Truth

Mike, Thanks again for your insightful comments!
Thursday, 29 August 2019 20:58
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The Concept of Absolutes

Are Human Wisdom and God's Absolutes Compatible? When the wisdom of man is exalted, the Truth of God is rejected. Examples can be found in the philoso...
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For Such A Time As This

What Is God Way Of Doing Things? The book of Esther is frequently used to teach the strength of character of a Godly, virtuous and determined woman. A...
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The King's Court

Mike, Thanks for the comment and insight. I wrote more extensively about this in Ideolatry, Chapter 18. The Sceptre that you no... Read More
Thursday, 15 August 2019 11:42
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Ushering In God’s Plan

Abraham's Part In God's Plan Abraham is a multifaceted character study because of the many spiritual truths he lived and represented. One of the most ...
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Abraham's Faith

Mike, Thanks for your comment and insight. Abraham's action set a precedent in the earth realm that allowed God to legally send J... Read More
Saturday, 10 August 2019 05:23
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Truth Revisited

Truth Revisited Throughout time, there has been a quest for Truth. Many have gathered in philosophical debate about the origin and nature of Truth. Th...
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Truth

Michael, Thanks for the comment and the analogies. Truth is Truth and it is absolute. Everything else is a perspective based on ... Read More
Thursday, 01 August 2019 09:07
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Get Yourself Out Of The Way

Get Yourself Out Of The Way Get yourself out of the way and let yourself go beyond your own Ideolatry .  Open yourself up to the possibility that the ...
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Using Our Words Of Faith

Using Our Words Of Faith We read a New Testament description of God speaking things into existence in Romans 4:17. Romans 4:17 (NIV) As it is written:...
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Cause & Effect

Cause & Effect Our legal system puts laws in place to rule the conduct of people in our communities and country. Each law carries with it a conseq...
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It's A Matter Of Faith

The Big Bang In the USA, the 4 th of July is the commemoration of the beginning or our nation of America. It marks the beginning of a new nation and a...
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God and Religion

God and Religion Everyone serves a god directly or indirectly. However, there is no absolute consensus among religions about what the definition of go...
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Shaping Our “Life Filters”

Shaping Our “Life Filters” The following tables list some common human attributes and attitudes. These are characteristics that might be found in a fa...
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Can Someone Be A Christian If...?

Can Someone Be A Christian If...  ?   Recently a reader posed this question:  “I know this question may have a complex answer, but can a person be a p...
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Truthfully spoken

Truthfully Spoken, Thank you for your comment. I do all of my study and initial writing from the KJV as I also believe it to be m... Read More
Friday, 14 June 2019 10:46
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The Negotiation

Striking A Bargain One of the most interesting exchanges between God and a man is chronicled in the Bible when Abraham learned that the inhabitants of...
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What Is Your Connection?

Is God Your “The Higher Power?” Acceptance of whether or not God exists is a matter of faith regardless of the individual’s choice. Everyone that has ...
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Why I Wrote Ideolatry

  The book, Ideolatry , was a labor of love for more than a decade. I was first moved to begin the project in 1998. It was at this time that I laid ou...
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Judgment vs. Sentence

Is It Condemnation or Determination? Someone must bring about an accusation to produce a situation in which a judgment must take place. No one brings ...
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Did The Jews Kill Jesus?

Response To A Reader's Comment  A reader posted a comment to one of my blog entries, Unwavering Integrity - The Unchangeable Law . She ...
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Agreed! And, in addition...

Jim, Thank you for your comment. You have brought up a broader point that really brings this discussion home to our lives today, ... Read More
Thursday, 09 May 2019 06:50
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We are all guilty...

David, Thanks for your observation. None should be singled out for guilt as we all share that responsibility. Who's to say which ... Read More
Thursday, 09 May 2019 08:44
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Unwavering Integrity - The Unchangeable Law

God Is Sovereign - But What Does That Mean? Everything in the Bible points in one direction, toward a successful life that establishes a relationship ...
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The Unchangeable Law

Judy, Thanks for the comment. I suspect that in the atmosphere of today where the principles of God's Word are openly and active... Read More
Friday, 03 May 2019 08:44
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God’s Commitment

Upholding The Covenant The responsibilities of the parties to a solemn, blood covenant agreement go on endlessly or in perpetuity . However, humans ha...
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Jacob Cursed By God?

Does God Curse and Then Forgive? An example of restoration is found in Isaiah 43:22-28, where God says, “ I am he that blotteth out thy transgressions...
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The Redeemer

Job Declared Him Job sensed that awareness of his trials and tribulations (at the hand of Satan) would be of benefit to future generations. He wa...
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Been There, Done That - Just For Fun...

And, I’ve Got The T-Shirt To Prove It! Be Sure To Check Out The Video and Links At The End... Sometimes we work to make things happen in our lives. We...
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Setting Limits

The Destruction Of Sin Sin is the destroyer, not God. God seeks out ways to legally save and deliver the righteous from destruction. Destruction came,...
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Lean On Me

The Protections of Covenant God knew that humans were unable to always keep their end of the covenant agreement, so He put in protections and safeguar...
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Truth

The Origins of Truth  If we accept that the counsel of God’s Word, the Bible, is correct and that religions are man-made, we will find great insight t...
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Religion

Pursuing A "Higher Power" Many people have perplexing questions about a “higher power” and its complicity in the events and circumstances that are obs...
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Just One Of Those Days…

Just One Of Those Days… The last two blog posts have dealt with the subject of Job and the challenges that he faced in his life. I thought that it mig...
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Observations vs. Truth

Job was a righteous man. The Biblical account points out that Job was a righteous man, perfect and upright, fearing God and rejecting evil. The first ...
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Is It Jealousy?

God used Job as an example of a good and faithful man when Satan came before Him. Satan used this information to taunt God as Job’s protector. Even de...
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The Spiritual Covenant

Agreement Requires Two In the book of Genesis, God reveals that He actually struck a blood covenant with man, but man broke it. Genesis 2:7 states, “A...
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Human Ideolatry vs God's Truth

  Human Ideolatry vs God's Truth   A reader sent me a response to a recent Blog post . Here is what he wrote: This is a wonderful story. That said, th...
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Have You Made The Right Decision?

Have You Made The Right Decision? Have you ever found yourself wondering if you made the right decision? Or questioning whether you are doing what you...
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God Is Good

Thanks, Lloyd. I appreciate you. To God be the Glory!
Thursday, 24 January 2019 06:44
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Great Book!

Rick, Thank you! And Thank you for commenting! Please let me know if you need quantities of the Book and Study Guide.... Read More
Thursday, 24 January 2019 07:01
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Just ordered your book!

Cissy, I look forward to hearing from you after you have read Ideolatry!
Thursday, 07 February 2019 14:01
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Punished into Worship?

Understanding The Word A key factor in understanding the truth of God’s written Word, the Bible, is the perspective of the original writer or conveyor...
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The god of This World

Calamity Comes Job, his family or their servants had no revelation regarding the conversation that God had with Satan in the first two chapters of the...
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Faith vs. Fear

What Is The Motivation? It is important to understand why the numbering or census of Israel in 1 Chronicles and 2 Samuel was a trespass or sin before ...
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Reflections on Christmas

Reflections on Christmas This is a wonderful season.  It’s Christmas morning, 2018 in San Diego. In my world, it’s usually in the 60°s F, with the occ...
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Faith To The Extreme

Just imagine the scene. Isaac had carried the wood and knew that his father had a knife to slay a sacrificial animal. They probably built the altar to...
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Battling “Idol” Influences

Abraham began life as Abram, one of three sons of Terah  Abram’s brother Haran had a son named Lot, the nephew of Abram. Abram was 20 generations and ...
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The Power of God’s Covenant

  The Blood Covenant The power of covenant only rests in the commitment of the parties involved. That is why a blood covenant is struck. Sharing or co...
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God’s Commitment

  The responsibilities of the parties of God’s solemn, blood covenant agreement go on endlessly or in perpetuity ,even though Mankind has been either ...
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The Purpose Of Covenant

  There are many applications of covenants in our society. They can fulfill a variety of purposes. Some are for businesses to provide product sales or...
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Spelling Error

Dear njk, Thanks for reading and thanks for the catch! I have corrected it. Dr Rich
Saturday, 30 March 2019 06:14
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The Universe of Science

Man’s desire for knowledge does not lead him to discover the truth of God. Stephen Hawking spoke about the development of the universe in his book, “A...
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Why Me ?

Seeing God as blesser and curser left Job at a loss   Job certainly lived his life in a respectful fear and worship of God, but we have no knowledge o...
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Choose Life!

  God offers to solve man’s sin problem through love, not rules.  The world has a sin problem. Everyone knows it. Even those that deny that ...
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You Encourage Me!

Steve, Thank you, I appreciate your comment! Feel free to look over the previous 100 or earlier posts. Dr Rich... Read More
Friday, 26 October 2018 21:59
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It’s Your Choice

It may be difficult to accept that your circumstances might be a result of your decisions. There is a great distinction between personal faith and the...
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The “Undo” Button

  In real life you cannot  un-break  something or get a  do-over  whenever you want   When God speaks, it becomes truth, and there is no way to dismis...
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Honored By God

  The fire was not to consume the three Hebrews. Daniel and his companions enjoyed honor among the king and his court, but they were also the object o...
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But, It’s Not My Fault!

It is ultimately up to us to choose how to deal with circumstances. It is ultimately up to us to choose how to deal with the circumstances with which ...
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The First Murder

Cain deflected responsibility and denied his action. By itself, a match seems fairly innocuous. Unless you have experience with it, you don’t know wha...
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The Tree In The Garden

Why did God create the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?   Genesis 2:8-9 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden and there he put the...
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Fresh Insight

Trina, Thanks for taking the time to post your comment. As an author who writes in the void of cyberspace it is always good to h... Read More
Friday, 14 September 2018 12:48
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Beautifully Written

Autumn, Thank you for reading and commenting. I am glad that the message ministered to you! Dr Rich... Read More
Friday, 01 February 2019 08:43
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Overcoming The Guilt Of Sin

Overcome with Guilt from Sin I recently received several comments to my posts, It's Time For Truth   and God Loves You!  All of them expressed pain an...
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God Loves You !

Recently, I received a comment from a website blog reader.  She called herself Liar , and wrote:  "I have ruined my relationship with the Lord of life...
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Hope, Forgiveness and Grace

Dear Guest, I hear the hopelessness in your comment about being a sinner in the hands of an angry God. You are right, there is a ... Read More
Monday, 03 September 2018 08:36
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The Pain of Hoplessness

The Lord did build your house (your earth suit). His labors are never in vain. There is still time to change. Your ability to si... Read More
Friday, 31 August 2018 09:17
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Daily Challenges

Tom, Thanks for your comments. It is so nice to know that the words that God gives me to write are having a good effect. His tim... Read More
Friday, 31 August 2018 09:06
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It's Time for Truth -

What Is God Like? What does your mind’s eye picture when you consider God and heaven, and where do those images come from? We all have a tendency to t...
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God Really Loves You!

Dear Reader, Thank you for sharing your heart. I feel the pain of your post. I know that you are not alone in your pain. There ... Read More
Saturday, 25 August 2018 13:37
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The Pain of Hoplessness

The Lord did build your house (your earth suit). His labors are never in vain. There is still time to change. Your ability to si... Read More
Friday, 31 August 2018 09:21
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Light Overcomes the Darkness

Think about this, "Darkness is the absence of light, Light is not the absence of darkness." Any amount of light chases away darkne... Read More
Monday, 03 September 2018 08:01
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Did I Cause My Children to Not Believe In God?

Do you have a wayward child or other family member? Do you feel responsible?  Are you looking for peace?      Jerilyn sent me the following note: “My ...
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What is Fair?

  When men speak, they do so out of their own understanding and thought process. Man's way of processing life is far different than God’s wa...
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Is It Ever Hopeless?

Nothing Matters Anymore I recently received the following comment from a reader. "I would love to have this book if I had any chance of seeking God's ...
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Cain and Enoch

Thank you for reading the blog and for your comment. The Enoch of Cain is not the Enoch that God took from the earth. The Eno... Read More
Thursday, 02 August 2018 12:04
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The Fatal Sin

Have I Committed The Unforgivable Sin?   A reader recently posed the following question: "I disobeyed the voice of the Holy Spirit after being born ag...
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Never Hopeless

Dear in The Dark, There is nothing but flat out rejection of Jesus that you cannot be forgiven for. Your pride stands in the way... Read More
Monday, 03 September 2018 11:30
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There is always Hope and Forgi...

Weeper, I feel your pain in your words, but Jesus still wants to forgive you. You have until your last breath, but if you accept ... Read More
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 17:25
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Some Situations Challenge Your Faith

Sometimes We Are Faced With Challenges That Seem To Have No Answers I recently received a few responses to the “Name A Situation That Has Challenged Y...
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Turning On And Tuning In

Getting into alignment to receive God’s signals. Transmissions are going on all of the time from virtually everywhere around you, but you must activat...
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The Redeemer

Job knew that there was a redeemer for him. Job sensed that awareness of his trials and tribulations (at the hand of Satan) would be of benefit to fut...
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God Promised You Protection

Are His promises evident in your life? God knew that man was unable to always keep his end of the covenant, so He put in protections and safeguards to...
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Eyewitness Bias

God will not trip you up so that He can punish you. In the 2 Samuel narrative, Gad, David’s advisor, had a frame of reference for evaluating the situa...
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Free Will

If your view of God is that He is in absolute control, then He becomes responsible for  y our  choices. While the ideolatry of man does not influence ...
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God’s Protection

The blood was on David’s Hands, not Jerusalem’s. In 1 Chronicles 21:14-15, David observed what he considered to be a destroying angel of the Lord. Thi...
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Does the Big Bang Contradict Biblical Creation?

The creation of theories based on observation is the foundation of science. Let’s talk about the Big Bang . How can we actually know what happened wit...
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Remembrance Encouraged

God created laws in great detail to address every situation. God said He would eliminate transgressions of Israel and forget their sins in Isaiah 43:2...
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TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES

How do we know whether or not God is the punisher or the forgiver? A superficial understanding of the account of Abraham, his nephew Lot, and the citi...
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The Power of Words

Job was not a sinless man.  Job was not privy to the conversation between God and Satan. There was no rule of law that was established since God’s Law...
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God and Religion

The definition of religion is man-centered. Everyone serves a god directly or indirectly. However, there is no absolute consensus among religions abou...
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When Did God Change His Mind?

A discussion about God in the New & Old Testament After discussing the premise and content of my book and reading an early draft copy, a friend po...
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Reason, Remembrance, Restoration

  He has a purpose and a plan for everything.   The God of the Bible has a Reason for what He does. He Remembers what He said, and His goal is the Res...
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The American Idol

Objects of worship have become less obvious and more insidious. The path to destruction in the generational curse occurred with the rejection of God a...
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The Will to Choose Rightly

If everyone was doing it, it must be okay! God has been very careful and precise in explaining choices, providing numerous examples in His Word for ou...
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The Responsibility of Judgment

Man judges the physical realm according to appearance, not truth. Jesus authorized Peter and the disciples to exercise judgment and sentence over sin ...
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The Destruction of Sin

  God finds ways to save the righteous. Sin is the destroyer, not God. God sought out a way to legally save and deliver the righteous from destruction...
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A Voice From The Sky

Abram acted in faith in response to the voice of God. The events that shaped Abram’s life both during his youth and as an adult in the city of Haran p...
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True Colors

Jesus’ life was being offered to save , not to condemn. God showed His true character and nature in John 3:16 when Jesus explained His role. Jesus sai...
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Deception & Self-Deception

Personal experience may deceive us into believing that God is responsible for injustice. Deception takes many forms in the human experience and self-d...
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The Law Of Intended Consequence

  God’s Word Cannot Be Changed  The physical example of King Darius, being bound by his decree in the Book of Daniel, gives us a way to understand how...
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The Renewed Mind

A renewed mind is essential for understanding the real truth of God. A renewing of the mind is essential to fully understand the answer to the questio...
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A “Knowledge” Problem

David Blames God For His Error  The record of Uzzah provides us with another account of something evil that is attributed to the anger and the hand of...
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Response To A Reader's Question

The Choices We Make Recently, a reader posed the following important question: "Dr. Masek: I am seeking a better understanding of your remark: "We all...
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Reading and Thinking

Catherine, Thanks for staying connected and continuing to read. I enjoy hearing from you!
Thursday, 15 February 2018 07:55
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Faith In The Midst Of The Fire

God honored Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego’s commitment to Him Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego reveal the great power that faith in God expresses o...
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Who Is Judging You?

God is precise with His words. Therefore, it is essential for man to understand their meanings. Descriptions of praise, acknowledgments of pleasing ac...
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When Things Go Wrong

Whose fault is it? Rules or laws of social interaction and behavior did not develop in a vacuum or simply at a whim. The most basic standards and rule...
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Amen

Johnny, It is sad to say but true. Although there are things that happen that are out of our control, if we take a deep look, ma... Read More
Sunday, 14 January 2018 13:33
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Indeed

Johnny, I hear you. We have all been wrong from the start. It is part of the human condition that began in the Garden of Eden wit... Read More
Sunday, 14 January 2018 13:44
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Understanding

Understanding Jeannette, Thank you for your important question. This is a very challenging topic and I wanted to treat with the d... Read More
Sunday, 14 January 2018 13:32
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The Faith Proving Ground

Abraham accepted God’s word as truth. The relationship that Abraham enjoyed with God is one of the deepest and most precious of all in the Bible, next...
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Reader Question: Didn't God do the damage in the book of Job?

A reader recently raised some interesting points regarding the destruction that occurred with Job and his family. One of the points was that there was...
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What Comes Around Goes Around

  The Destruction Planned by The Wicked Came Back Upon Them The book of Esther is extremely important to the New Testament believer, and anyone who se...
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Response To A Reader's Question

I've  had a strong belief and expectation for punishment... I received this very though provoking comment on one of my recent posts, Curses of Disobed...
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God, Satan and Job

Serenity, Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I gave your points a lot of consideration and rather than reply to everything h... Read More
Monday, 11 December 2017 09:54
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Curses of Disobedience

Does God Punish The Defiant? The last 52 verses of Deuteronomy 28 describe the implementation of the curses that will come as a result of really bad c...
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Thoughts on Clarification

Rebecca, Thank you for taking the time to both read and comment on my Blog post. I have given this considerable consideration an... Read More
Friday, 24 November 2017 10:42
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The Confidence of Faith

  Esther Found Her Faith Through An Extreme Need, Coupled With A Sense Of Destiny. This example of the faith of Esther plainly describes what true fai...
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Tuned In Discernment

If We Tune Into God’s Word We May More Easily See Truth. We have all heard the expression, “stuff happens” in one form or another. This expression ten...
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Jesus and Judgment

Jesus Gives Life To Whomever He Chooses. We have seen that there is a lot of discussion about judgment in the Old Testament, but how is Jesus involved...
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Is God Double-Minded?

Does God Bless And Curse?   There is a paradox that is very difficult to reconcile if we believe that God does both the blessing and cursing. James 3:...
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