Posts by Mike Mazzalongo

Things That are “For Sure”

11For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. 12As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. 14For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. – Psalms 103:11-14 In this brief passage, David declares his confidence in some…

3 Choices Christians Need To Make

I have often said to my eldest son as we discussed serious issues that life is a series of choices. Where you will live? Who will be your friends, marry? How you will react to what happens to you? What you will do with your time, talent, and energy? When you look back at your life you can usually see the line it took by plotting out the choices you made along the way. The Christian life is like this…

How do I Deal with my Anger?

24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. 25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, – Ephesians 4:24-26 Paul is encouraging the church to grow in Christian maturity and grace. One sign of that new maturity, that new balance, that new person is…

Prejudice and the Bible

In this last lesson, Mike demonstrates that if we followed what the Bible teaches there would be no prejudice of any kind. 13-forbidden-topics-notes

Sitting on the Puck

I hated the Toronto Maple Leafs. Back in the fifties and sixties, they were the arch-rivals of the Montreal Canadiens when hockey in Canada only had six teams. My dislike of the Leafs stemmed less from hometown prejudice than their style of play. You see, Toronto was notorious for “sitting on the puck.” In hockey language of the day, this term described a team that would immediately go into a defensive mode upon scoring a goal. Unlike my beloved Canadiens,…

Is Baptism Really Necessary?

Today I want to answer the question “Is Baptism Really Necessary? It seems that sooner or later every idea in the Bible is challenged in one way or another. One hundred years ago no one would even think of trying to excuse the sin of homosexuality because the teaching on it in the Bible seemed so clear. Today, entire denominations accept this practice without hesitation, even ordaining homosexual ministers. In the same way there was a time when the teaching…

Genetic Engineering: Playing God, Part 1

In this first two-part lesson, Mike examines the first two practices in this scientific field, genetic modification, and human engineering. He will also refer to Bible principles that should guide these practices. 11-forbidden-topics-notes

Catching Up

In Joshua 24:3, we read that God gave a homeland to Esau (the land of Seir) long before He gave one to Jacob, Esau’s brother, and his descendants. Esau had a 400-year head start on building cities and fortifying towers. He had a great advantage in establishing an army and a permanent culture. Jacob’s descendants, on the other hand, were slaves in Egypt for four centuries and spent an additional 40 years in the desert before going in and settling the…

The Great Illusion: Gambling

In this session, Mike addresses the destructive nature of gambling focusing particularly on Internet gaming and many Scriptural references that speak directly to this addictive vice. 10-forbidden-topics-notes

Lesson 12 – The Main Story, Part 4 of 4

The final lesson continues to explain the meaning of the symbolic language in describing the climactic ending to the visions that John has described in this final book of the bible. 12-daniel-revelation-notes If someone asks you, “What is the book of Revelation about?” Your answer will be, “It is about the struggle between the Roman Empire and the early church in the 1st and 2nd centuries.” They will ask, “What are all the symbols about?” and you will answer, “The book is written…

The Alphabet Gender Wars

Mike reviews the history and possible future of a society actively seeking the deconstruction of traditional gender norms. 09-forbidden-topics-notes

Lesson 11 – The Main Story, Part 3 of 4

A continuation of the decoding of symbolic language to tell the story of the church’s persecution by Rome in the first century and her eventual victory. 11-daniel-revelation-notes In studying the book of Revelation we must not lose sight of the fundamental story: the rise of the church, the attempt by Satan in the person of the Roman Empire to destroy her, the survival of the church, and the eventual judgment and destruction of Rome and Satan as well as the exaltation…

Lesson 10 – The Main Story, Part 2 of 4

A continuation of the explanation of the symbolic language used to tell the main story in Revelation. 10-daniel-revelation-notes The book of Revelation has 22 chapters, but by the end of chapter 14, we have seen the major part of the action in the story that it is telling. Through a series of visions, God reveals to John through Jesus what will be the outcome of the struggle between Rome and the church. In his visions, John sees: Jesus speaking to the…

Pornography and Behavior

Pornography has gone mainstream and is easily available for free, at first, for the naïve. This lesson explores internet porn, the most prevalent form of this highly addictive substance, and some ways to avoid or break this poisonous habit. (N.B. – No graphic images will be shown in this lesson). 08-forbidden-topics-notes

Dirge For An Atheist

Go, brave thinker Into the night Holding forth In faulty might. Pride’s parade You valiantly led A final rejection Of the dread To reconcile Your own life’s course To one Whose presence You wouldn’t endorse. Seduced by ancient Lure to see Yourself sufficient Only to be Reduced to just A whimper, a plight Extinguished by The one who might Have opened your heart To see the light. Comment on the death of Atheist, Christopher Hitchens, who stated that only the…

Lesson 9 – The Main Story, Part 1 of 4

This lesson decodes the symbolic language used in John’s visions to tell his story. 09-daniel-revelation-notes Revelation is the vision that John the Apostle has concerning the church’s struggle with Rome in the 1st century. The theme of the book is the revelation of Christ, a more perfect vision of the Lord in His glorified state. So far we have: Seen the glorious vision of Christ as He speaks to John, 1:1-8. Heard Christ’s instructions to the church to be faithful and to…

Pro-Life or Pro Death – Part 2

In this concluding lesson, Mike finishes examining the main arguments Pro-Choice groups use to defend abortion and brings forth key Scriptures that address this issue. (N.B. No graphic pictures or photos of abortion procedures will be used in this presentation). 07-forbidden-topics-notes

Humble Beginning

It is interesting to note that Judah, the man from whose human lineage Jesus would eventually come, was born under questionable circumstances. His mother, Leah, was given by trickery in marriage as a substitute for her sister, Rachel. She conceived, but not in love, and struggled with her sister for the affections of their common husband. Aside from the issue of polygamy which was allowed in those days. Judah was not born into the greatest of circumstances. However, in God’s…

Lesson 8 – John’s Visions

We continue the review of the Apostle’s visions which tell the basic story contained in Revelation. 08-daniel-revelation-notes So far we have been able to put Revelation into context despite its symbolism and style: written by John the Apostle to early churches with the goal of encouraging them to persevere under Roman persecution, provide ongoing encouragement to every generation concerning the ever-present power of evil and Christ’s ultimate victory. We began with John’s vision of Jesus and His warning to the church…