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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…

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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…