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    Detoxifying society: Part 1

    In the past year an increase in serious crime has come to the attention of city administrators and the news media. And the increase in felonies, particularly violent felonies like aggravated assault and homicide, by teenagers and even younger children is increasing. The news in Albuquerque, New Mexico has pointed to the increase in gun violence, causing some legislators to propose banning some types of weapons and making it more difficult for honest citizens to obtain guns. They attack serious crime by increasing police patrols. An increase in police presence is needed, but that isn’t going to cure the violence. And, blaming guns for violence using them is misplaced. Criminals…

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    The Place and Importance of Faith

    Last week’s blog mentioned salvation being the gift of God, that it’s not earned. And, a gift isn’t yours until it’s accepted by you. If someone offers you a birthday gift and you don’t take it, it isn’t yours. The difference between gifts in this world and God’s gift of salvation is faith. You can see and feel a physical gift. You can hold it, use it and enjoy it whatever it is. Not so with salvation. It’s an intangible that cannot be seen,felt, heard or smelled until after it’s used by you. Therefore, the gift of salvation must be accepted by faith. And, without your faith that salvation is…

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    The Significance of Easter

    Easter is the most important holiday that we celebrate as Christians. All of Christianity revolves around the resurrection of Christ from the grave. It’s where the symbolism of baptism comes from. Most people think Christmas is the most important, and the birth of God into the world in the human form of Christ is certainly important, but not nearly as important as His leaving His human form in this world. All the hoopla and attention paid to Christmas boils down to commercialism. The wise men bearing gifts gave rise to our exchanging gifts as a symbol of the reverence of the wise men paying tribute to Christ, and merchants were-and…

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    The Essence of Easter

    Last week’s blog explained why it is that Resurrection Sunday (Easter) is necessary. This week’s blog explains the essence of the resurrection as it applies to you. Last week explained how sin came into the world, this week explains the remedy for sin. Your sinful nature and mine is inherited from Adan and Eve. It’s in our spiritual DNA, so to speak. And, we’re not perfect beings. Only God Himself, in three Persons, is good. So, you, I and everyone else make mistakes and deliberately do things we know are against God’s will. There is no one who has ever lived or will live who has not sinned except Jesus…

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    Easter Part 1: A brief History

    This week begins a three-part series on Easter and its meaning for us. First, as I said last year, the name Easter comes from a pagan holiday, and has nothing to do with Christ or our redemption through Christ. A more complete explanation is in last year’s blog. I use the term Resurrection Sonday in place of Easter, as it is a more accurate term. God’s plan for our salvation has been set in place since eternity past, but for our purposes here, for a brief history, we begin in Genesis, Chapter three. It is here that Adam and Eve first become aware of sin. This is significant because without…

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    The Appearance of Evil

    1 Thessalonians 5:22 tells us as Christians to abstain from even the appearance of evil. That is good advice for several reasons. The first is that it keeps us out of trouble. I heard an account back in the late 1960s of a pastor who went into an adult club to retrieve a member of his congregation. The man had backslid and was frequenting such clubs. As luck would have it, when the two men exited the club another member of the congregation was driving by and spotted them. The word quickly spread through the church members, and it wasn’t long before the pastor’s wife heard the story. She was…

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    Staying Connected

    A friend of mine’s great grandson threw a tantrum because he couldn’t log on to the fireplace. At least that’s what it looked like, because he was standing in front of it screaming, and he often has a smart phone in hand. He doesn’t talk much yet, but he can navigate a phone better than I can. This brings up the subject of this week’s blog, is staying connected a good or bad thing? Kids are learning how to use smart phones and the Internet to play games sometimes before they can talk. And, studies have shown that excessive Internet and social media leads to loss of sleep, anxiety, depression…

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    Eternal Security, Part Two

    Last week’s blog gave an overview of what it means to be saved, and those that are truly saved cannot lose their salvation. This week I’m going to talk further about the most prominent objection to eternal security, and why it isn’t biblical. The objection to the doctrine of eternal security, once saved always saved, is that many self-proclaimed Christians act one way in church or around other Christians, and act entirely differently in their day to day lives. Those who say salvation can be lost say that a Christian cannot live in the world and still be a Christian, so those who do have lost their salvation. And, there…

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    Eternal Security:Once saved always saved?

    The debate about whether or not a Christian can lose his or her salvation has gone on for centuries. Some denominations hold that once you’re saved, it’s forever. Others claim that you must keep up your Christian life, and if you backslide you’ve lost your salvation. The main claim against the doctrine of eternal security is that if you claim Christ as your Savior you can’t go on living a worldly life without losing your salvation. I’ve heard pastors state that the doctrine of eternal security is the work of the devil to cause people to fall out of grace. The supporters of eternal security say that the Bible says…