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    Defining Freedom: Choices, Responsibilities, and Consequences

    The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of everyone in the world to one extent or another. We have to wear masks in public and no one, including me, likes them. But we’re stuck with them for now. We have to stand in line at grocery stores due to occupancy limitations. Movie theaters and dine-in restaurants in my state and others are closed unless they have an outside patio. Governmental bans or restrictions exist on almost everything, and people want the old status quo back again. I don’t blame them, I do too.. But our society isn’t going back to the way it was for some time yet. But that…

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    Faith in the Face of the Pandemic

    Last week’s blog was also on faith. This week will focus more on coping with the pandemic. However, I will go over faiht itself a little differently than last week. I’ve used this format before and And it was well received. What faith is: Faith is believing that something or someone will perform as advertised. You don’t have faith that a chair will function correctly until you sit on it.. Expressing faith requires that you do something, which makes faith an action verb as well as a noun. Two kinds of faith exist, secular or worldly faith, and biblical faith. And, the two are interrelated. Webster’s New College Dictionary says…

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    Overcoming Fear, Part Two

    Last week was an overview of fear in relation to the Bible. This week will build on the Christian’s view of fear, and more on how to deal with it. First, let’s understand what fear is and then how it’s the opposite of how a Christian should react to it. Fear is an emotion caused by something we think is a danger to us. Fear causes physiological changes and alters behavior. Fear is good in that it causes people to react in a way they think will protect them from harm. It stimulates the fight or flight response that causes our reaction to fear, whether the fear is of a…

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    Overcoming Fear

    Everyone experiences fear to some degree or another. It’s only human. Fear is the alarm or apprehension we experience when confronted with something we think is beyond our ability to handle, that will cause us to be damaged in some way. Charlie Brown in Peanuts was afraid of approaching the little red-haired girl. A friend of mine in grade school was afraid of dogs because he was bitten by one when he was an infant. He didn’t remember the incident, but the fear remained. I’ve said before that I have a fear of extension ladders and suspended foot bridges. The underlying fear is that I will fall off of them,…

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    The Christian Position to the Pandemic

    My birthday is this month, an in over seven decades I’ve not seen a crisis like the COVID pandemic. And what’s worse, the people of the US and some other countries are actively spreading the virus. We have a President who is actively promoting a position on the virus that is going to kill a lot of people. His political rally and White House lawn party where most attendees did not wear masks or practice social distancing were irresponsible. The people of this country are reacting in kind by crowding beaches, restaurants and night clubs without wearing masks. Florida and California are now epicenters for the virus due mostly to…

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    Overcoming Prejudice

    The murder of George Floyd by a police officer, in front of dozens of witnesses, motivated the world against prejudice. This is especially true of prejudice of whites against blacks. I believe the words “I can’t breathe”, at a time when the world is battling a virus that attacks the lungs, was a catalyst that helped motivate people. It made the murder of Floyd personal in a way that hadn’t been done before. Everyone is afraid of dying from a virus that prevents them from being able to breathe. It’s more than Mr. Floyd’s words, though. His blatant murder was the straw that broke the camel’s back, if you’ll excuse…

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    Celebrating the Father

    Today is Father’s Day when we celebrate fatherhood, and our fathers. Fathers are important people. They’re figureheads, traditionally the head of the household though not so much anymore, and role models for their children and other children as well. And, while the mothers do 95% of the work in bringing children into the world, it does take a father in the creation of children. So, why is it on Father’s Day that almost all of us forget the ultimate Father that’s responsible for all of us being here? First and foremost we need to be grateful today for God the Father creating and maintaining us. God, in the form of…

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    Covid-19 and prejudice: The Very Real Link

    The Covid 19 virus has caused a world-wide pandemic among all peoples except perhaps the most remote cultures that have little or no contact with the outside world. It’s caused the lock down of all societies, some more than others. People are social beings. We need to interact with one another, and the virus is greatly restricting our interaction with each other. People are getting “cabin fever”, a term describing a condition that applies to persons who are restricted to their homes for months at a time due to extremes of weather, like being snowed in over the Winter months. Our cabin fever isn’t caused by weather. It’s caused by…

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    The meaning of Pentecost

    First, I want to apologize for missing the last two weeks. Two weeks ago the Comcast modem in my apt. complex quit. Last week I typed one paragraph and the keyboard on my laptop quit, so I couldn’t type. I now have an external keyboard to use until I can afford to have the laptop’s keyboard replaced. Hopefully we’ll have no more interruptions. Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit came to mankind, is rooted in the Old Testament. This isn’t surprising because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever . All of the New Testament is founded in the Old. God never changes. And His will and purpose for…

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    The Meaning of Pentecost

    The name Pentecost comes from the Greek pentkoste, meaning the fiftieth day after the resurrection. The historical significance is derived from the law being given to Moses on the fiftieth day after the exodus from Egypt (Exodus 19). The harvest is concluded at that time also. Pentecost was celebrated over a period of seven complete weeks after the Passover (Leviticus 23:15-16). Christ was crucified over the Passover weekend, Pentecost is celebrated seven weeks after Easte_. ( The last lette w_n’t w_te). In m_dern times, much false doctrine has been created about Pentecost, including speakng in tongues and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (sometimes lette_s wk ths m_ _n_ng, m_stly…