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    Staying Safe

    CORRECTION: Before I start this week, I need to make a correction as to the date the King James Bible was released. It was released in 1611, not in the 1400s as I incorrectly stated last week. Don’t ask me why I wrote that because I don’t know. I know better! A thank you to the readers who brought this to my attention. This week I’d like to encourage everyone to stay home on Sundays and not attend church. Attendance in church is important because worshiping and praying with others is important, but it’s not as important as staying safe. The CDC said wearing masks in public wouldn’t keep you…

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    The Problem of language

    One major consideration in interpreting the Bible is the problem of language. English versions all have errors in translation including the King James Version (KJV). Fundamentalists claim the KJV is the preserved word of God. It isn’t, it’s just a translation and there are errors in translating the Hebrew and Greek. The preserved word of God is the oldest and best manuscripts we have. The Bible was originally written in three languages, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. A student of the Bible needs to know what the original word was, which definition of a word was intended in a specific passage, and what it meant in context with the verse and…

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    Taking Control of Your Life during the Corona Crisis

    The Covid-19 virus is dominating everyone’s life in the world now. The people who don’t have the virus still have to comply with restrictions and bans on travel and which businesses they can visit. Some cities like New York have banned all nonessential travel. This pandemic is causing people to feel like they have lost control of their lives, and that they have lost a significant portion of their freedom. That is partially true, and partially not. The control and freedom that’s not lost are the most important. First, let’s decide what freedom isn’t. The popular philosophy today claims that a person can do anything that doesn’t harm anyone else.…

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    The significance of the Corona Virus

    The Corona Virus has been called by some as the beginning of the end times, that Christ is coming back very soon. Well maybe, and maybe not. Events preceding the second coming have not been fulfilled yet and won’t be in the near future. One is the rebuilding, or regaining, of the temple in Jerusalem. It will be a while before that happens. But certainly, events leading up to the second coming of Christ are building up. Soon in biblical terms can be centuries rather than months or years. I am asked every time someone claims that the Lord is returning on such and such date if I think He’s…

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    Is Easter Real?

    Easter, more properly the Ressurection Day, is almost here, and I have two follow-up blogs to this one planned. This week I want to present just one reason why the death, and more importantly the resurrection, of Christ, are real. That evidence is the dramatic change in the personalities of the disciples after Christ rose from the grave. Let’s look at the behavior of the disciples while Jesus was ministering to the people. They had a good idea of who He was and why He came to earth as Jesus. But they didn’t fully understand that He was God incarnate until after seeing Him risen from the grave. When He…

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    The Christian’s Responsibility to God

    The Christian responsibility to God is not a popular topic. TV evangelists and most ministries avoid talking about it for financial reasons. They want to keep the donations coming in, so they tell their followers just what they want to hear. But they’re not doing you any good by avoiding the topic of responsibility and obligation to God, because it is part and parcel of what constitutes the Christian experience. Everything, in the final analysis, is done for God’s sake, not ours. God tells us throughout the Bible that everything He does and all that we should do was and is and will be done for Him, not us. Even…

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    How to Study the Bible: Part Two

    Last week’s blog was an overview of how to study the Bible, with an emphasis on avoiding personal prejudices designed to make the Bible fit us instead of us fitting the Bible. This week’s blog will go into more depth on many of the more prevalent errors people make that gives them a false sense of what the Bible actually says. It is impossible to cover this topic in even five or six blogs, and even a thick book would still leave out some considerations. I will point you in the right direction this week, and I’ll give you the tools to continue on your own. First, here is what…

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    Bible Study Part One: Eliminating Pride and Prejudice

    Studying the Bible is important. Every Christian should read the Bible every day and study what it tells us because it’s our Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Considerations that need addressing in how the Bible is studied include what the original language said, and changes in the English language since the King James Version was written. The KJV says “suffer not a witch to live, for example. In the 1400s, the word suffer had several meanings. One definition of the word suffer then was “to permit or allow”. That usage no longer exists. Using a version that is an accurate translation is another important consideration. Some versions are not accurate.…

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    The Sodom Syndrome: Photojournalists and Pastors Share Society’s Trend

    The number of working still-photography photojournalists is declining in America and other countries, and newspapers are going out of business or are being bought out by large conglomerates. Pastors are also leaving the ministry in record numbers and 6,000 to 10,000 churches close every year. The statistics look similar on their face, but they seem quite different when examined more closely. Deeper study, though, reveals an alarming commonality between the two phenomena and other trends. The Chicago Tribune fired its entire photography department on May 30, 2013, including John H. White who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982. The Tribune is owned by the Sun-Times Media Group which owns 39…

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    Stress Relief, Part Three: Relying on the Providence of God

    This is the last installment of the series on stress relief. If you haven’t read the previous two weeks’ blogs, I suggest that you read them before reading this one. Stress relief is very simply the reliance on God’s faithful providence. Providence is the continual care God exercises over His creation. It is not possible that God would create the universe, and then let it run however it goes without His continuing care. God promises us through the Bible that He will continue to care for the world (Ps. 33:13, 15; Isaiah 45:7; Acts 17:24-28), and His care is unlimited to all things (Psalm 145 9-17). However, mankind is the…