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We Americans have been spoiled. For all our lives, the expectation of freedom to believe what we wanted, worship as we wanted, speak biblical truth without fear of reprisal, and be the open ‘conscience of our nation’ has been part of our social fabric. Persecution was always something I heard of behind the Iron Curtain

One hundred years ago, pundits dubbed the second decade of the century “the roaring twenties.” World War I was over, and America entered a decade of unparalleled expansion in everything from industry and technology to culture and crime. Prohibition reflected our desire to promote morality; bootlegging and a huge rise in organized crime exposed our

Phil Congdon, NBBC, November 1, 2017 Hardly a day goes by, it seems, but that another senseless killing is in the news. The mass shooting in Las Vegas is seared in our memories because of hundreds of videos, and the number of casualties, but I keep wondering if this is ever going to end. It’s

Phil Congdon, New Braunfels Bible Church, May 14, 2016 Some sections of Scripture reveal more about our world today – the ‘end times’ – than others. While many of the Old Testament prophetic books contain apocalyptic glimpses, sections of Daniel (especially chapters 7-12), Jesus’ Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24-25), and, of course, the Book of Revelation

Phil Congdon, New Braunfels Bible Church, March 4, 2016 Tuesday, March 1st.  ‘Super Tuesday’!  Millions of dollars were spent leading up to it, with candidates touting their qualities, and trying to outdo each other with promises on how they would fix all our problems, and give us everything we want for free!  Honestly, it reminded

Phil Congdon, New Braunfels Bible Church, August 27, 2015 One ‘constant’ in church history is the appearance of religious leaders who pronounce the imminent end of the world.  Some sects, like the Watchtower Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses) and Seventh-Day Adventists, boldly predicted the return of Christ, then explained why nothing happened – and survive to this