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    Becoming Christian Part two: the Relationship

    Relationships are important. Almost everything we do in this world is based on relationships. There are relationships between friends, relatives, neighbors, people we come in contact with every day, boss – employee relationships, and between employees. Fleeting relationships exist for only moments with those we don’t know but come in contact with, perhaps for only for seconds. Those are not that important. Some married couples are fortunate in having relationships based on mutual understanding and trust, and that last for 50 or 60 years or longer. But that isn’t true in most cases. The divorce rate is going up every year. Accounts of broken relationships fill the news every day.…

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    Becoming Christian

    This past week I ran across a post on Facebook about a woman who had recently been honorably discharged from the Marines. She said that while she was in the Corps her life had structure, meaning and purpose, but when she left, her life fell apart. The problem she had was that she never really became a Marine. She did her job and followed the expected code of conduct the Marines required of her, but she didn’t make the service her own, she just did her job until she got out. Once she was free of the rules and regulations that required her to act in a certain manner she…

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    The Treasure Hunter’s Guide

    Almost everyone has a dream of finding a lost treasure, winning the lottery or otherwise striking it rich. It’s the theme of numerous adventure books and movies such as the Indiana Jones series. It is also the motivation behind the popularity about true stories of someone from a poor family working hard and building a fortune out of almost nothing. Microsoft, Google and Facebook come to mind. And, I think every child, at least in the United States, has heard the fairy tale about a pot of gold to be found at the end of a rainbow. I remember one Saturday morning when I was knee-high to a grasshopper, about…

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    The Ultimate Super Hero

    Almost all people love real life heroes. They’re given awards, are seen on TV, and people follow their every move. Videos of them go viral on social media sites. These are real people who have done amazing things. And, people are more enthralled with fictional super heroes even though they know these heroes aren’t real. When I was knee-high to a grass hopper I watched Superman every week on black and white TV. It was a huge gadget in a oak case that sat on the floor. I also watched Robin Hood, The Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers and Sky King. Then came Bat Man. Now there’s The Flash, Spider Man,…

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    The Essence of Sin

    I’ve written about sin before and mentioned it in several posts, but there are several misconceptions about sin that need to be corrected. This blog will go into sin a little more completely than before. Sin is corporate, it is part of every person’s life because it was imputed into all mankind by Adam and Eve’s transgression. Before Satan tricked Eve into eating from the forbidden fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, God did not hold them accountable for their sins because they did not know they were doing anything wrong. Adam and Eve gained the capacity to distinguish between good and evil by eating the fruit, and…

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    The LGBT Community v. the Bible

    A lot of misconceptions, ill will and accusations have been flung around by all parties to the gay community debate. I thought I’d straighten out some of the problems that are the most common concerning the Christian church and all forms of the homosexual life style. First, gays label Christians as bigots, narrow minded for not accepting alternate life style choices. Gays blame the Christian stance on the people, the Christians themselves, for their rejection of the LGBT community. We need to be more liberal, they say. The error here is that it’s not the people’s personal choice to reject homosexuality, it’s God’s prohibition given to us in the Bible…

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    Joy in the Christian Life

    Two main misconceptions about joy in the Christian’s life exist. One is that Christianity is a serious and somber religion based on a list of things not to do. The other conflates earthly happiness with spiritual joy. They are not the same thing. Christianity is serious, the most serious thing in our lives. It is deadly serious, but God didn’t intend for His relationship with us to be somber and drab. He created mankind in His own image with a wonderful garden for us to live in forever, and all we had to do was keep up the garden and not eat of a single tree in the midst of…

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    The Bible and Abortion

    The Bible doesn’t directly address abortion anywhere. There is no Hebrew or Greek word used for it. However, God’s position on abortion is evident from how He addressed other related issues. In addressing these issues it becomes clear that abortion was not an option during the time that the Bible was being written. It simply didn’t happen. True, medical knowledge was rudimentary at best in those days, but God’s position on, and His relationship with us, precludes the removal of a fertilized egg, and the killing of an embryo or a fetus. There are exceptions, of course, and I’ll get to those later. First, God’s fifth commandment is that you…

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    Abortion Part Three: The Media

    We all are influenced my the media to varying extents. It’s impossible not to be influenced as the media saturates our lives with news and opinions flooding our consciousness from TV, radio, smartphones and the Internet. And these sources influence our thinking more than we realize. The media elite is much more liberal than the public in issues like abortion. The leaders are pro-choice in their views and their outlets, both print and electronic, reflect their views. They would have us believe that we as a nation are mostly pro-choice as well, but we’re not. The large majority of the public is in favor of restrictions on when a woman…

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    Abortion Part Two: Political Aspects

    The abortion issue has America divided into two primary camps , the pro-choice and pro-life supporters. Both claim to have the facts on their side. And, public opinion effects politicians’ and the courts’ positions far more than it should. Our congress persons, appellate court judges and justices very often base their official position on issues on what the pollsters say will have the best chance of getting them elected or reelected. For example, Al Gore, when a democratic congressman from a conservative district in Tennessee, voted pro-life 84 percent of the time. However, when he was running for president he changed his position to pro-choice. In a March 1, 2000,…