But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Friday, 08 December 2017 18:00

News Weakly - 12/9/17

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It FiguresIn the midst of a huge firestorm about sexual abuse with heavy attention on Hollywood, the film winning awards and favored to win the Academy Awards is a "gay love story" about a teenager who falls in love with his father's assistant. Ironic.Religious Freedom in CanadaCanada's first...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 18:00

How can these things be?

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Sure, Mary asked the question when the angel told her she would be pregnant, but that's not the question here. Since the collapse of biblical marriage and sexual morality, it appears that Christians have lost their minds. (Okay, sure, I'm using the word, "Christian", generously.) I came across this...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 18:00

Your Aim Will Help

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This last Thanksgiving week my siblings and I along with our spouses, our parents, and some of the grandkids got together to discuss our tradition of a family reunion ... every Thanksgiving. You see, it occurred to us that we weren't sure of the question of why we got together. Because, if we don't...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 18:00

Lukewarm and Lovin' It

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Lukewarm. No, it's not a reference to someone named Luke. It comes from a Middle English word -- "leuk" or "lewk" -- meaning "tepid". Okay, so there we have it. The term answers the question, "How warm is it?" "Tepid." Of course, it used to primarily refer to food or liquid, but it wasn't long...

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Monday, 04 December 2017 18:00

How Do You Know?

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If you've never heard the question, then you have been amazingly silent about your faith and you don't talk to yourself about your faith, because most everyone who believes in God has been asked and has asked themselves, "How do you know?" How do you know there is a God? How do you know if you have...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 18:00

All or Nothing

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Biblical Christians consider themselves "people of the book", so to speak. We aim to be serious about Scripture. The Bible is our sole authority on matters of faith and practice. It is God'sWord. And we're serious about that. So we read it for all it's worth. We try to understand and try to conform...

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Saturday, 02 December 2017 18:00

Who Are You Going to Trust?

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I have often offered Jeremiah 17:9 as a warning note about the state of natural man.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? (Jer 17:9)
The truth is most people and even most Christians don't buy that. There are some sick and deceived people but not all....

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Friday, 01 December 2017 18:00

News Weakly - 12/2/17*

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Good News!Well, this is groundbreaking good news. "New archaeological tests have confirmed that the site many Christians believe to be the tomb of Jesus Christ dates back 1,700 years to A.D. 325, the same era when the Romans first identified the place as holy." "'Scientists and archaeologists are...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 18:00

Lessons Learned

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It started with Weinstein, but the snowball has gathered size and speed and appears to be unending. The problem of sexual harassment is, well, huge. Charlie Rose went down quickly. Garrison Keillor defended Rose and soon went down himself. Jeremy Piven'sWisdom of the Crowd was canceled after...

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017 18:00

Identity

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The big question these days seems to be identity. "Am I gay or straight?" "Am I a male or a female?" "Am I the job I do or am I more?" "Am I like my parents or am I something else?" We're always trying to "find myself." "I don't even know who I am anymore!" So we have sexual identity and gender...

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 18:00

Love and Hate

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When a Christian says, "The Bible says that homosexual behavior is a sin," it's hate, they tell us. They counter with something like, "Why is love wrong?" And we have this odd dichotomy where it appears that we are saying that the Bible is says love is a sin. So, where did we go wrong?Let me start...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 18:00

You keep using that word

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There are lots of movie quotes out there, but perhaps the most quoted movie of all time is The Princess Bride. And, of course, my favorite quote from that movie is Inigo Montoya's line, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." It's my favorite because it seems to...

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 18:00

The Wanderer

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Scripture talks about different kinds of people in the "Christian" spectrum. There is the blatant "false teacher", about whom John says, "They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown...

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Saturday, 25 November 2017 18:00

Disqualified

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In Paul's epistle to the churches of Galatia he has a tough message to deliver. In order to do this, he starts out strongly.
Paul, an apostle -- not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead ... (Gal 1:1)
In other words, "I am God's messenger...

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Friday, 24 November 2017 18:00

News Weakly - 11/25/17

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Of CourseLast year Starbucks drew the ire of Christians because they seemed to be be eager to celebrate Christmas without, you know, Christmas. This year, it's a new twist. Apparently they want to celebrate Christmas with an LGBT message. Way to go, Starbucks. To all the Christians out there who...

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Thursday, 23 November 2017 18:00

Why?

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In the 5th chapter of Paul's epistle to the Romans he says,
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. (Rom...

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 18:00

Thanksgiving, 2017

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In everything, give thanks. Like ...... the standards:- Wife- Parents- Kids- Family- Employment- Living in America- Health- Wealth- Comfort- All the good things... the less noticed:- Running water- A hot shower- A roof over my head- Transportation- Feet on which to put shoes- Eyes with which to see-...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 18:00

Too Big 'a Eat

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Rodney Allen Rippy was a kid in the '70's known for his Jack in the Box commercials. This cute little kid looks at one of those big hamburgers (because he is, after all, a little kid) and says, "Too big 'a eat."I look at Romans and sometimes think the very same thing. Take, for instance, Romans 3....

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Monday, 20 November 2017 18:00

American Idol

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You know what idolatry is, right? It's anything we substitute for God. It's anything that we put in God's place. The most obvious is a wooden image or a statue or something, but that's not us. We're too sophisticated for that nonsense. No, we've moved on. So the 21st century idols include Science,...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 18:00

A Lousy Pray-er

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I'm sure you've been there. In a group or with a friend. "Will you pray for me?" they ask and then give you a reason, a crisis, a decision, something that they need prayer for. All well and good ... the kind of thing we're supposed to do. It's just that ... well ... I'm a lousy pray-er.Oh, it's not...

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Saturday, 18 November 2017 18:00

Thanksgiving

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I know ... it's not Thanksgiving Day. However ...In Paul's epistle to Rome, he starts out with a claim: "The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness." (Rom 1:18) In what way have we suppressed the truth? Well,...

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Friday, 17 November 2017 18:00

News Weakly - 11/18/17

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This Day in HistoryOn November 13, 1998, then-President Bill Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000 to drop her lawsuit claiming that he espoxed himself to her in a hotel room in 1991. He admitted no wrongdoing and offered no apology. Of course, Clinton finished out his term. He was impeached...

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Thursday, 16 November 2017 18:00

The Problem of Polls

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As everyone knows beyond a shadow of a doubt, "81% of white evangelicals voted for Trump." How do we know that? Exit polls. There ya go!Here's the problem. Polls in and of themselves are problematic. They take a sample, not a whole picture. And they ask questions. In today's world, that is a...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 18:00

A Flickering Candle

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The longest chapter in the Bible is the 119th Psalm. This is an entire psalm dedicated to the praise of God's Word. It includes such memorable lines as "How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word" (Psa 119:9) and the quite famous, "Your word is a lamp to my feet...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:00

The Theology of Adultery

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On more than one occasion, the Bible connects idolatry and adultery (e.g., Hos 4:12-14; Isa 57:1-3; Ezek 6:9; Jer 2:23-24; etc.). Interesting connection. And you can see why. In the Old Testament Israel was referred to as God's wife and in the New Testament the Church is the Bride of Christ. So...

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