Author Archives: P. Douglas Small

The Fruit of the Fear of the Lord

“… The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.” One common translation says, “… the fear of the Lord – keeps me clean.” The ‘fear of the Lord’ was a staple phrase, a component of the Old Testament piety. It was expected. Aquinas saw it as an essential for New Testament believers as well. […]

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The Fear of God

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13 A major ideological loss to the theology of the modern Church is the utter dismissal of the concept of ‘the fear of the Lord,’ which is no marginal Biblical notion. It […]

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The Seven Commitments of a Praying Church

Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple… And said unto them, “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer…” Mt 21:12-13 More and more Churches in America and around the world are recognizing the dire need for their church […]

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The Documents behind the Constitution (Part V)

The U.S. Constitution was the product of a constitution-making tradition that reached back to the charters of the original colonies as well as to the states, and from there, the tradition found roots in the biblical covenant itself. In Jamestown, the first representative government met in their church building, and opened with prayer. The guiding […]

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The Other Man behind the U. S. Constitution (Part IV)

Charles baron de Montesquieu was an advocate of the separation of powers in government and one of the world’s foremost political thinkers. Of all the sources that the Founders could have cited, he is next to the Bible, quoted 8.3 percent of the time (1 of 12 quotes, came from him). He was not a […]

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The Basis of English Law and the U. S. Constitution (Part III)

William Blackstone’s commentaries consolidated English common law into a unified and rational system and represented the first comprehensive integration of a system of justice. The multi-year project sold more copies in the colonies than England and had profound impact on the formation of the U. S. Government. Blackstone spoke of the “Supreme being [who] formed […]

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The Documents behind the U. S. Constitution (Part II)

“No free government now exists in the world, unless where Christianity is acknowledged, and is the religion of the country.”[1] Dr. Donald S. Lutz[2] is a professor of political philosophy at the University of Houston. He and his research associate, Dr. Charles Hyneman, conducted a groundbreaking 10-year study published in The American Political Science Review. […]

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The Documents behind the U. S. Constitution (Part I)

A ten-year investigation commissioned by the Supreme Court at the end of the 19th century involved a review some 500 of our founding documents[1] reaching back to the days of Columbus. The study was designed to discover the prevailing philosophy that informed the American Revolution. The court concluded, “… the case assumes that we are […]

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THE FAMILY IN PRAYER

… He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, … Psalm 78:5 The Directory for Family Worship, used by the Presbyterians argued that family worship was necessary to secure “the power and practice of godliness, amongst all ministers and members” A […]

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PRAYER IS A HEAVEN THING!

I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” Revelation 5:11 Christensen […]

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