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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

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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

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

OTHER VOICES: From a Russian Observer of America


Someone sent me an article published under the name Mat Rodina sometime back. Since then, I have been following his postings, about 1 or 2 each week.

He is a Russian journalist with no love for their former communist regime. At times he says things that are hard for an American to hear. He attributes most of the ills of the world to the Anglo-US alliance, and (with some justification) blames us for the communist revolution that installed the Soviet regime.

Yet,  he has some words of wisdom. He is Russian Orthodox in religion. He calls for repentance and return to the Orthodox faith. I concur in his call for repentance, though I differ from him in my understanding of the orthodox faith to which we need to return. He thinks of it as the Eastern Orthodox Church. I think of it as simple New Testament Christianity.

Following is a little of what he had to say. Continue reading

A Famine for the Word of God – In School


“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.” – Amos 8:11

I received two emails recently from different parts of the world – with very different attitudes toward the word of God.

One of these concerned a mother whose daughters had Continue reading

THE MANHATAN DECLARATION


I do not normally address “political” issues on this blog. When, however, politics spills over into ethical issues that have moral and spiritual implications for our entire society, it is time for Christian people to speak out.

This is the sentiment driving “The Manhattan Declaration.” Continue reading

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