Richard F. Ames

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Holidays or Holy Days?

Holidays or Holy Days?

Everyone loves a holiday. They can give us an opportunity to spend time with relatives and friends we have not seen for a while. Many religions celebrate holy days. And that’s how we came to use the term HOLI-Days. But are many of those religious days really “holy”? Do we really want to celebrate days that have nothing to do with what we claim to believe? Which days should we observe? Holidays or Holy Days? Or both?

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Easter: The Untold Story

Every year, billions of people observe a joyous Easter Sunday celebration. For some, it may be one of the few times each year they come to church. For others, it may be the culmination of observances going back to Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and Good Friday in preparation for the festive day.

Many of these people have no idea that their Easter celebration owes far, far more to pre-Christian myth than to anything Jesus Christ or His Apostles believed, practiced or taught.  A few think they can “sanctify the pagan” by turning old worship of Astarte or Ishtar into a “Christian” rite; others just assume that this is what Christians have always done. 

The truth is that Jesus Christ did command His followers to keep annual observance in memory of His death. And He gave His followers one sign that would prove or disprove His Messiahship. Shockingly, very few people alive today realize that the Good Friday to Easter Sunday tradition is actually in utter opposition to the truth of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection as foretold in Scripture.  If you want to learn that truth, read on!

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The Powerful Privilege of Prayer

The Powerful Privilege of Prayer

Many in our world are focused on matters of privilege and power, yet every one of us possesses the greatest privilege of all: access to the very throne of God in prayer!


Many in our world are focused on matters of privilege and power, yet every one of us possesses the greatest privilege of all: access to the very throne of God in prayer!

The Powerful Privilege of Prayer!

The Powerful Privilege of Prayer!

There is a privilege far more valuable than riches, fame, and power, that provides insight into the very purpose of life. That special privilege and freedom is to talk with the Ruler of the Universe. Your Bible reveals the keys to answered prayer. The God of heaven is offering you awesome benefits and blessings. You need to know how you can have those blessings free of charge, through the powerful privilege of prayer.

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Twelve Keys to Answered Prayer

Have you ever wondered, "Why doesn't God answer my prayers?" Do you know how to pray in a way that will get real results?

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Are You Thankful?

Are You Thankful?

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As millions across the United States prepare to gather around their tables for Thanksgiving Day feasts on this upcoming fourth Thursday in November, we should take a moment to consider the blessings we have received—and the source of those blessings!

As millions across the United States prepare to gather around their tables for Thanksgiving Day feasts on this upcoming fourth Thursday in November, we should take a moment to consider the blessings we have received—and the source of those blessings!

Christmas: The Missing Message

Christmas: The Missing Message

Was Jesus’ birth meant to usher in a season of consumer spending and holiday stress? Is there something missing from Christmas traditions that, if understood, would reveal the true meaning of Christ’s coming to the earth? You need to know the truth!

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The Holy Days: God's Master Plan

Why do most professing Christians observe Christmas, Easter and Halloween, yet fail to observe the very days that the Bible clearly commands? Does it make that much difference which days we keep? Does it affect our hope for eternal life? And does it massively impact our understanding of what kind of God we worship and what is the great purpose being worked out here on earth?

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