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A Reminder in a Tumultuous Election Year


In this tumultuous election year, all Christians need to ponder Isaiah 33:22. “For the LORD is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver; the LORD is our king; he will save us.”

Note that the LORD is all three branches of government, as defined Continue reading

30 DAY STORY OF THE BIBLE #29


ACTS 10:1-48 – THE GOSPEL GOES TO THE GENTILES

Our last reading was the conversion of Saul of Tarsus who became Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles. Today we read of the first Gentile converts.

This was traumatic for the early church, even more than the persecution that scattered them from Jerusalem into Judea and Samaria. Persecution made the church grow; Gentile conversions Continue reading

LGBT Volunteer Foiled in Attempt to Shoot-up Family Research Council


The Family Research Council is a Christian organization promoting traditional family values and supporting the traditional definition of “family.” The shooter had volunteered at a LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, & Trans-sexual) organization. This happened yesterday.

Has anyone called for increased gun-control rights in Washington D.C., where this happened? Has anyone blamed the LGBT organization for naming the Family Research Council as a “hate group”? If so, I have not heard it. Could it be because this hate-filled shooter was trying to shoot (kill?) Christians who opposed the radical agenda of LGBT? This, of course, would not fit the media “narrative” of hate-crazed conservatives being the “shooters” in domestic terrorism. Continue reading

Lord, Teach Us To Be United (4)


In Parts One, Two, and Three of this series I have focused on Jesus’ prayer on the road to Gethsemane where He prayed that His disciples be one, particularly on how He said they would be one:

The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one…. (John 17:22, ESV) Continue reading

HOW SHOULD CHRISTIANS VIEW ILLEGAL ALIENS?


With the recent Supreme Court decision about the controversial Arizona Immigration law and the political furor around the entire illegal-immigration issue, it is past time for Christians to give serious thought to just how we are to view illegal aliens. In the Old Testament, God was very explicit in instructing Israel about the “stranger [i.e., ‘alien’] within your midst.” Continue reading

Lord, Teach Us To Be United (3)


In Part Two of this series, I noted that as Jesus prayed on the road to Gethsemane, He said:

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one…. (John 17:22, NIV)

In the Old Testament, “The Glory” was most often associated with the guiding presence of the Lord. It was on Mount Sinai, as Moses received the Law. It was in the Tabernacle, as God descended to the Mercy Seat. It was in the pillar of cloud and fire that led the people through the wilderness.

More importantly, it was in His Continue reading

Paul’s View of “Rights”


Bill of Rights of Man

Paul had a strong view of his “rights” – especially of his right to be supported by those to whom he proclaimed the gospel.

Is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same? For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop. If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you?
1 Corinthians 9:6-11 ESV

QUESTION: Re Excommunication of One Violating 1 Cor 7:39


I received the following question by direct email:

A Christian brother wants to know if some action, i.e. disfellowship, should be taken against those marrying the second time ‘outside the Lord’ in relationship to 1 Cor. 7:39. Have you ever heard of anyone being disfellowshiped because of his or her second marriage? I value your opinion.

I don’t know why my opinion is of more value than any other man’s opinion, but I’ll still attempt a Biblical answer to this question.

The Christian brother’s question about withdrawing fellowship from someone who marries a second time not “in the Lord” Continue reading

A CHRISTIAN NATION?


I get emails. Many of them are forwarded from others. This one came from a dear friend. It is his words, not a forwarded email from someone else. I baptized him and his wife more than 25 years ago. I like the way he thinks today.

If we are to be a Christian nation, we need to become a Christian people, and that means sharing your faith in the Lord with others. “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:38.  The answer lies in our desire to share our faith. Think about it.

But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” – 1 Peter 1:15-16 Continue reading

More Leading to the End – Matthew 22


The break between chapters 21 & 22 of Matthew is unfortunate. Chapter 22 continues the confrontation between Jesus and the Jewish leaders discussed in chapter 21. This means a quick review of chapter 21 is in order.

After the triumphant entry on Sunday, Jesus returned to the Temple the next day (cf. Mark’s account) and drove the money changers and buyers & sellers from the Temple area. Following this, he was healing and teaching in the Temple, all of which made the rulers of the Temple indignant. When Jesus returned on Tuesday (again, see Mark’s account), they came to Him and demanded to know by what authority He did all of these things. He refused to tell them unless they would tell Him the origin of John’s baptism – from heaven or men. When they would not tell Him (for fear of His response or the reaction of the people), He told two parables. The first was of two brothers told by their father to work in his vineyard. The second was of the tenants who would not give the owner his due. After the first, Jesus told the rulers that the prostitutes and sinners would enter the kingdom ahead of them; after the second, He told them the kingdom would be taken from them and given to those who would produce its fruit. They understood that He told these parables against them.

The last verse of chapter 21 says, “And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.” Continue reading

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