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What Moses Gave Up
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
When Moses was dwelling in Egypt, it was a wealthy, world power.  As a superpower nation, it would have had a powerful standing military with chariots and trained soldiers.  Since Moses was a crown prince of Egypt, he experienced opulence, beauty, and splendor.  full story
The Complexity of Honeybees
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
When one studies the complexity of nature, systems, and organisms, he is left with the conclusion that there is intelligence in design. Considering intelligent design, all one has to do is stop and look around them. Everything in the created universe shows God’s invisible attributes and the intricacy of His creation. For instance, let us consider the honeybee, one small facet of God’s design. If you stop and watch these fascinating creatures, you can easily ask “How did honeybees and hives become so complex in our natural universe?” full story
Jacob: The Man Who Wrestled God
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
There is a passage in Genesis that many people have wondered about down through the centuries. While some speculation remains, there are some powerful spiritual truths that can be taken away from the ac-count that Moses offers regarding Jacob’s wrestling match with the Lord. full story
Christ: Better Than the Angels
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
Angels held a high place in Jewish theological treatise and thought. With this idea in mind, it is sometimes useful to consider a topic with writings that are contemporary with the subject matter under consideration. Considering writings that are not canonical (not part of the Bible) in nature is done to enhance one’s understanding of how ancient sources viewed these beings. It is not offered as an argument to accept any false view regarding angels or other topics that contradict scripture. The information in this treatise is offered to buttress our understanding of comparisons made between Christ and angelic beings. full story
The “Untowardness” of Our Generation
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
In the book of Acts, we read some interesting words as spoken by the Apostle Peter. Acts 2:40 says, “And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation." From this one passage, many principles are gleaned concerning the nature of the generation we live in as well as Peter’s contemporaries and the nature of salvation. full story
Spheres of Influence
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
A sphere of influence is partially defined as “the domain…in which one can effectively exert influence.” People tend to exert an effect upon those that they spend time with, and most individuals spend time with those who are likeminded. This idea is cliché in much of the popular writing and literature one sees. More im-portantly, this idea is biblical in nature. full story
Esau: Exemplar of Contemporary Problems
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
The Old Testament if filled with examples (Romans 15.4) of people who made silly mistakes and acted in foolish sorts of ways. Esau, the son of Isaac and Rebekah, is one such example. The story of conflict between parents and sons and between the sons themselves almost reads like a modern drama. At the very least, it underscores the dysfunctionality of this patriarchal family. Genesis 25:28 “And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.” full story
Evil Men and Women: Wisdom from Proverbs
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
The Proverbs contain general truths about common situations in life. It is not always possible to take a specific set of circumstances and apply them to what one reads in Proverbs but the book still gives us general suggestions about various situations that God’s people will face in life. There are many passages that God’s people would do well to meditate upon and make application to in their own lives. The book of Proverbs has much to say about how people live their lives, especially evil men, evil women, and their behaviors. full story
Atheism is Myth Understood
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
A few years ago, I was vacuuming my van out when I saw an older person using a wash wand to clean all the dirt and grime off her vehicle. As I looked at the trunk of her car, I noticed a bumper sticker that said, “Atheism is Myth Understood.” This bumper sticker made me consider some of the implications of atheism and biblical teachings about God. full story
The Bible and Predestination
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

Predestination is defined as “determined beforehand.” The doctrine of predestination is the idea that one is destined to go to heaven or hell from the time they are born, and that they can do nothing to change their eternal destiny. One of the sad parts of this is they have no choice in the matter. If this is so, one cannot do anything to be lost or saved—it is predetermined and cannot be changed.

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A Land Polluted with Blood
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
Since the impending decision regarding the reversal of Roe versus Wade has been leaked, the political and moral climate of our nation has been tumultuous to put it mildly. The home addresses of various conservative Supreme Court justices have been leaked to the public and protestors have stationed themselves outside of their domiciles in protest. Justice Alito canceled a public appearance in Nashville saying it had become “impractical” for him to appear. Still, some were left wondering if it was not in connection with safety concerns. full story
God Is Immoral Like Me
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
Just recently divinity students at Duke University made some disturbing claims about Jehovah God. Suffice it to say, their words are blasphemous in nature, because they make God out to be likened unto sinful human beings. Instead of viewing God in such a disturb-ing manner, His followers should look upon Him as holy and sinless in His existence. full story
How Great a Salvation!
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
The Hebrew writer makes a comment about the salvation that is offered to humankind. He says in Hebrews 2:3, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.” This passage could be examined in several different ways, but one might consider the great salvation that is offered for those in Christ. full story
Mary and Martha: Distraction and Discernment
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

Luke 10:38-42 deals with sisters who are conflicted over the responsibilities of hosting and hospitality.  Jesus spent some hours in the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, which was in Bethany.  On one occasion, He happened to be in the middle of a controversy between these two sisters.

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Hand Grenade Obedience
by Dr. Johnny O.Trail, LMFT
Just recently I followed a thread of conversations on Facebook regarding “precision obedience.”  Suffice it to say that some progressive brethren had taken issue with the term “precision” being used connection to obedience.  One person even said that people who argued in favor of “precision obedience” were false teachers. full story
Our Identity in Christ
by Dr. Johnny O.Trail, LMFT

Just recently we hosted my father-in-law for a brief stay.  He was a Viet Nam veteran, and as we ate supper, I asked him to quote his military serial number.  He quoted it without any hesitation.  Before asking this question, I knew he would be able too.  I knew this because my father could do the very same thing.  He was a WWII veteran, and he could quote his military serial number up until a week or so before his death.

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Humble Beginning Different Outcomes
by Dr. Johnny O.Trail, LMFT

The first two kings who served over the nation of Israel came from very humble beginnings.  That having been said, the outcomes of their leadership and attitudes toward God were vastly different.  Humility is a beautiful thing but maintaining that over time can become problematic when one reaches the heights of success.  Sometimes people forget where they came from and who they are supposed to represent.

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The Shoot of Jesse
by Dr. Johnny O.Trail, LMFT

Isaiah chapter eleven verse one gives an interesting description of the Messiah.  It says, “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.”  This passage contains truths relevant to Isaiah and the nature of Jesus’ lineage and birth that the Bible student needs to consider.

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Preferring the Pagan
by Dr. Johnny O.Trail, LMFT

By:  Johnny O. Trail

The book of Second Kings has an interesting passage regarding the efforts of the Samarians to syncretize the worship of God with the worship of pagan idols.  2 Kings 17:33-34 says, “So they feared the LORD but also served their own gods, after the manner of the nations from among whom they had been carried away.  To this day they do according to the former manner. They do not fear the LORD, and they do not follow the statutes or the rules or the law or the commandment that the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel.”

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Christian Participitation in Government
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

Christian Participation in Government

By:  Johnny O. Trail

            Should the child of God become involved in politics?  To hear some people talk on social media, it seems that one is committing a sin to complain about anything political or to differ from what any person in politics offers as public policy and law.  It is almost as if they believe that we should follow our leaders like mindless sheep down any path that is put forward regardless of how immoral or wrong their policy might be.  Such considerations should not be determined along party lines.  What is right is right, and what is wrong is wrong regardless of political affiliation.

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