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    Defining Reality

    I’ve gone into what is real and what is not before, but I think reality needs to be defined further. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines reality as “The quality or state of being real”. Well, that’s not much help. Real is defined as “not artificial, fraudulent, theory or apparent: genuine.” OK, that’s even more confusing. How do you determine if something is genuine or not? My grandfather gave me a wallet for my sixth birthday. On the inside in small gold letters were the words “made of genuine artificial leather”. In other words, the wallet was made of fake leather. I thought that was hilarious! Real phony leather! I carried…

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    Universal Addiction

    Every person who has ever lived, is living or will be born in the future is an addict from birth. We are all addicted to the world because we are born into the world. It’s both a physical addiction out of necessity because we need food, water, air and shelter, and It is also a psychological addiction because the world is all we know at first. The years from birth to three are critical to a person’s development, and during those years we are not capable of understanding the seemingly abstract concept of God and the spiritual world. We hear about Him later, after all our priorities and world concepts…

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    WWJD?

    Some number of years ago I realized that as an ambassador for Christ I should live like him. That’s easy to say but I found out it’s a lot harder to do if you are really serious about living as the Bible instructs. It required a complete paradigm shift, a whole new world view. I constantly had to ask myself the question what would Jesus do (WWJD?) in all situations. That, for awhile, caused me no end of stress and frustration. I became irritated with myself on a daily basis, but I couldn’t let the stress and irritation show to others. I did a lot of praying during that time!…

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    How to Study the Bible

    Only one Bible exists. Therefore there should be only one church, or denomination. But there are more more denominations in the Christian church than Jimmy Carter has peanuts. There’s the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopalian, Calvary Chapel, Baptist and many others. Each has doctrine that is different than the others. And within a denomination many sects exist. In the Baptist church, for example, there are Southern Baptists, American Baptists, Northern, Independent, Independent Fundamental Baptists and others. The doctrine of some, like Calvary Chapel and Baptists, are very close to what the Bible teaches. But others, like the Roman Catholic, stray a long way from biblical teaching. So, how can you…