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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…

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    Overcoming Stress: Part 2

    Last week’s blog was on what stress is and where it comes from. If you haven’t read that post, I suggest you read it first, or at least go back and read it after this one. Basically, stress comes from the feeling of being overwhelmed by circumstances, of being loaded down with things that need dealing with. It’s can be the feeling of losing control of life to external circumstances. The cure for being stressed is to have faith in God to guide you through the trials and tribulations of life, not to eliminate them. Jesus tells us, “In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer;…

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    Overcoming Stress: Part 1

    Stress can make you sick, It can be a killer. It is a significant factor in bringing on heart attacks. At the least, it can cause psychological pain and give you ulcers. The multimillion-dollar antacid business is founded to a large degree on stress. Negative Stress need not be a factor in your life. By negative stress I mean harmful stress that causes you problems. A Slight amount of stress can be advantageous. For instance, It can help you in sports and other contests and games. But most stress can be overcome. Stress is a feeling of strain or pressure. It is a type of psychological pain caused by stressors…

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    A State of the Blog Post

    This is the start of 2020, a new year, a new decade, and one-fifth, 20 percent, of this century is gone already. I think it’s a good idea to let my loyal readers know what’s going on with the blog, and why it doesn’t look any better than it does. New readers will also have a better understanding of the blog and where it’s going. Problems do exist with the blog, and I’ll address some of them here. Readers may have suggestions that I haven’t seen yet. The reason for that is below. I am going to address the problems shortly, hopefully by the end of February. Some will be…

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    New Year’s Resolution, Part Two

    The main thought last week was that a Christian’s main new year’s resolution should be to follow Christ’s example for you and to follow His Great Commandment to witness and evangelize. It’s important to understand exactly what you’re resolving to do. A lot of confusion exists around this topic, so I’m going to try resolving some of the confusion here. Christ’s Great Commandment to us is to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength (Matthew 22:37-39; Mark 12:30; also Deuteronomy 6:5; 10:12). Love here in Greek is agapao, meaning a commitment, a devotion directed by the will. It is commanded of Christians by God. God is to…

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    Making New Year’s Resolutions? Part One

    This is the time of year when many people think about making a resolution to do or not do something in the coming year. Jokes about the resolutions abound on social media, and friends ask each other if they’re making one, and if so what it is. What are you planning to achieve in 2020? An idea for resolution making I suggest is evaluating yourself in the light of what the Bible expects of you. Are you doing everything according to biblical standards? It is hard to make an accurate self-evaluation, so you may want to talk about it with trusted friends or your pastor. The Bible says that when…

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    Understanding Christmas

    Almost everyone has some idea of what Christmas celebrates. Almost all know that it celebrates the birth of Jesus, and He is the founder of Christianity. Not very many people, though, have taken the time to think about Christmas and to understand exactly what the celebration means to and for them. And, the commercialization of His birthday starts before Halloween with stores putting up decorations nearly three months in advance. This has backfired to a large extent, with shoppers rebelling against the early decorations, and many of them actually stop shopping at stores that overly commercialize Christmas. But still, the import of the day is minimized in most peoples’ minds.…

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    Your Christian Brand

    Who you are is your personal brand, and it’s not what you project to the world. Your personal brand is how you are perceived by others and what they say about you in your absence. Branding is important in business. In the last few years marketing experts have come to realize that a brand is not just a logo and a slogan, but the customer experience with a company. And, as a Christian, God’s “brand” depends on what others think of you and what they say about you when you’re not there. Most often you don’t know what others are saying, but it’s your brand. And by proxy, it’s God’s…