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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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By Who's Authority
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

By Who’s Authority?

By:  Johnny O. Trail

During the ministry of Jesus, He was challenged regarding the authorization He received for the things He taught and said.  The chief leaders of the Jewish people continually questioned Christ regarding the things He taught, and it was clearly a question of His authority.  full story
Baptism is A Burial
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

Baptism is A Burial

By:  Johnny O. Trail

I was reading a 1936 history of Beech Grove, Tennessee a few years ago.  It revealed an interesting fact about certain Confederate Soldiers who had been buried around the region.  It seems that farmers in the area were complaining about the improper burial of soldiers who had died in battles around the small community.

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Are You a Good Samaritan
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

Are You a Good Samaritan?

By:  Johnny O.  Trail

            The events recorded in Luke 10.25-37 should give all of God’s people something to ponder about a multitude of topics that are dealt with in contemporary society.  Jesus was asked a question that was designed to “test” Him.  A lawyer asked in verse twenty-five, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life.”  Unlike the rich young ruler, this question was not sincere.  Nonetheless, our Master had a way of teaching lessons to those who would pervert the words of God.

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An Unexpected Death
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

An Unexpected Death

By:  Johnny O. Trail

            He was a wealthy man who lived in a fine home.  He had the finest foods to eat.  He sported the premium clothing that money could buy.  Given his standard of living, a reasonable person might assume that he was destined to live a long and happy life.  For the aforementioned reasons, his sudden death was shocking.

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According to Their Own Dictates
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

According to Their Own Dictates

By:  Johnny O. Trail

            Humankind made the decision to follow after its own way from the dawn of creation.  When Adam and Eve violated God’s will regarding the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of Good and evil when they partook of it. From that time down to this very age, human beings conduct themselves as if God and His commands make absolutely no difference. full story
A Way That Seems Right
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

A Way That Seems Right

By:  Johnny O. Trail

            The writer of Proverbs reveals the folly of trusting in our own decisions without the counsel of God.  He says, in Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the ends thereof are the ways of death.”  As humankind, we have chosen our own directions in many facets of life.  These directional choices often lead to destruction.  To avoid eternal destruction, we must be willing to accept God’s plans for us and follow them as closely as possible.  For a moment, one might ponder the paths that men have preferred over God’s instruction.

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A Matter Of Trust
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

A Matter of Trust

By:  Johnny O. Trail

            A man who was known among the brethren for murdering several Christians was being scrutinized by a particular congregation.  He had a terribly bad reputation, and many members of the church simply feared him.  From his homicidal past, several brethren reached the conclusion that he simply could not be trusted.

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A Culture of Death
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
A Culture of Death

Johnny O. Trail

            The morals of our nation continue to decline.  Killing is being used as a means of removing any responsibility for the unborn, those with mental disabilities, the elderly, or any person who does not fit the world’s definition of “personhood.”  It seems that our culture has become just as enamored with death as it is with human sexuality.  The opinions of men do not change the truth of God’s word.  Exodus 20.13 says, “Thou shalt not murder.” full story
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
        Just recently the Maryland Legislature voted to make assisted suicide legal under the laws of its state.  While the one desiring to self-terminate must meet the legal criteria for assisted suicide, this creates a precedent that could open the door for other people with various maladies to choose assisted suicide. full story
The Greatest, The Wisest, and The Stongest
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT

            One of the greatest kings to ever rule over the nation of Israel was King David.  Jews during the time of Jesus were looking for a Messiah figure likened unto king David (Marks 11.10).  He was described as a man after God’s own heart.  Acts 13.22 says, “And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”

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In the Midst of Suffering
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
They had just placed membership, but were very infrequent at church. I wondered what the situation was with this family that had just moved into the community. full story
Leave the Trash Behind
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
I have a manner of packing after a vacation that I suppose is like the method many other people use. When I leave to return home from vacation, I have one goal in mind—getting home. To that end, I am not always discriminating in the manner of packing up that I engage in to go home. full story
Lucy and Other Proto-Humans
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
My eleven year old son started the sixth grade last week. His mother and I always make it a point to speak with him about the events of his school day. In less than a fortnight, his ancient history class had already started talking about proto-humans. full story
The Impossibility of Evolution
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
Have you ever considered what it would take for a single celled organism to grow into a multiple cell creature? More specifically, what would it take for a single celled organism to grow into a human being? In addition to contradicting several laws of biology, it would take an extraordinary set of events for a microscopic creature to evolve into a more complex being. full story
False Assumptions of Transgenderism
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
Proponents of transgenderism and many from the LGBTQ+ community have been arguing for some time that gender is more fluid in nature than previously believed. full story
Only One Verified
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
As a consumer, I have used credit for various purchases for over twenty-five years. There is always an application to fill out for obtaining credit from various sources. These applications almost always ask about employment and request the phone number of the employer. full story
He Was Not Mentioned but He Was There
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
Esther is a small book found in the Old Testament that many have read throughout the millennia. It is interesting to note that the word for “God” is not found in this ten chapter book of the Old Testament. full story
There Should Not Be Several
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
After a lengthy discussion over divorce and remarriage, the couple we were studying with determined that they would examine “other teachings” on the topic. They were not pleased with the answer that was given to them.  full story
Unrestrained Children
by Dr. Johnny O. Trail, LMFT
The sons of Eli were wicked men. While it is true that one does not bear the iniquities of another person (Ezekiel 18.20), parents have an impact on the type of people their children turn out to be. One of the issues that caused Eli’s sons to turn out the way they did was an apparent lack of discipline.  full story