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Author: Mike Runion

About Mike

Dr. W. Mike Runion is senior Pastor of City View First Baptist Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He and his wife Gail have served churches in North Carolina and South Carolina. A native of Greer South Carolina, Dr. Runion holds degrees from North Greenville University (A.A., B.A.,), and Southeastern Theological Seminary (M. Div., D. Min. in Expository Preaching).
Dr. Runion has preached in churches, crusades and revivals throughout North and South Carolina. In addition, he has served preaching alongside missionaries in foreign lands. Russia; Novgorod, Chechulino. Romania; Cluj-Napoca, Bistrita-Nasaud, Campia-Turzi. Brazil, Bocaiuva Do Sul; Indonesia, Malang and surrounding environs.

In Times Like These . . .

Older Christians will remember the song, “In Times Like These.” The song was born out of tragic and uncertain times.  It was the onset of World War II and Ruth Caye Jones, a pastor’s wife in Pennsylvania was disturbed by the daily headlines of the newspaper.  Hearing news about the high number of daily injured and dead took longer than it does today with modern communication.  Therefore, anxiety was high. While the war was fought on the battlefields the war at home was just as real.  Supplies, groceries and necessities were rationed for more than three years.  Everyone lived under paralyzing strain and with incredible need. 

Read Philippians 4:19

In great distress Ruth opened her Bible to 2 Timothy 3:1 and read, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come . . .”   It was from this Scripture she began to develop the verses and chorus writing them down on notes she carried in her apron pocket. It instantly became a favorite song during those turbulent and uncertain times and I am confident there is still a message in it for us today. 

In times like these we need a Savior;
In times like these we need an anchor.
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

In times like these we need the Bible.
In times like these O be not idle.
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

Chorus

This Rock is Jesus, yes, He’s the One.
This Rock is Jesus, the only One!
Be very sure, be very sure
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

JESUS

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The Gospel Confronts Culture

In a day where the church is nearing a total eclipse by the surrounding culture we must “speak the truth in love.” The Gospel of Jesus Christ confronts the culture, changes the culture and without apology the gospel must be preached for the purpose of converting the culture around us–or it is not the gospel.

From the Power of Darkness

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Col 1:13–14).

Darkness—not the tranquil beauty of nightfall where we find rest but we are delivered from the power of evil (darkness figuratively) and the look of rebellion that represents such a dark life. Darkness in Scripture is the representation of a life without God. Darkness is not a thing in itself; darkness can only be explained as the absence of light. Spiritually, it is a life void of the Spirit and light of God. The Bible not only says “God is love,” (1 John 4:8) but also, “God is light and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).  In His love Christ came to deliver us from the penalty of sin. In His light he came to deliver us from the power of sin—that is, deliverance from a life of dark addiction to sins of the flesh that promise happiness but in reality rob us of all the light and life God really offers. In the end, sin leaves us in a really dark place, lonely, addicted and void of the light of life. Jesus offers freedom and power over that darkness. He offers every blessing and the freedom to walk in the light as He is in the light.

Happy New Year and here’s to a life of freedom from the power of darkness.

Every Blessing,

Mike