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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Saturday, 12 October 2019 20:00

Individually

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In our current society the key component is "me." It is the individual. That's the basic part that can then be used to configure the other parts -- couples, parents, families, communities, and so on. Makes sense. Or so it seems. So we also assume that's the basic component of Christianity: "me"....

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Friday, 11 October 2019 20:00

News Weakly - 10/12/19

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You Will Know Them By Their FruitSo, here's the primary story. "The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is asking the U.S. district court in Arizona — a border state where many of the migrants were initially detained and separated — to award damages to thousands of migrant families...

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 20:00

Passive Thinking

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"Whatcha thinkin' about?" "Oh, nuthin'." I'm sure you've heard it. I'm sure you've done it. The truth is we are never thinking about nothing at all. What we might do is "passive thinking." The separation here is "active thinking" versus "passive thinking" (as opposed to some sort of bizarre "zen"...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 20:00

A Cautionary Tale

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Those who knew me in my youth -- high school and into my early 20's -- often consider me a "cautionary tale." "Yeah, that Stan, he really made mistakes. Don't do what he did." With all the news recently of well-known Christians who come out and say, "I figured it out! This Christianity stuff is...

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 20:00

Consistency

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I've seen the mantra: "Love is love." At first it's a "duh" statement ... until you see the rainbow behind it. Oh, that is what you're talking about. So, let's see; "love is love." Is that what you're claiming? I love pizza and you love your dog and we both love our mothers. Is love love? "No, no,...

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Monday, 07 October 2019 20:00

Do Justice

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The Bible is clear. God loves justice. "What does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8) Abraham knew it. "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?" (Gen 18:25) And, look, it is abundantly clear that God doesn't...

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Saturday, 05 October 2019 20:00

A Powerful Prayer

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In the third chapter of Paul's epistle to the church at Ephesus, he offers a prayer for the church. It's a big one ... much bigger than it first appears.
I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant...

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Friday, 04 October 2019 20:00

News Weakly - 10/5/19

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Directed DiscriminationNew York City has issued new rules about hate speech. You cannot threaten to call ICE or refer to someone as an "illegal alien" (because "illegal alien" is a thoroughly accurate but "derogatory" term). There will be no discrimination in New York City (except, of course, for...

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Thursday, 03 October 2019 20:00

Where the Biblical Rubber Meets the Road

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This is a serious question. I'm not trying to sneak a lesson in with a fake question. I want to know how this works.I know of a situation in a church where a couple of deacons offended a member by apparently promising to do something and then not carrying through. They denied any such promise and...

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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 20:00

Fixing the Problem

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A little research. What, according to the climate change science, is causing global climate change? You have to ask this in order to find solutions. What do they say?The European Commission on Energy, Climate change, and Environment lists greenhouse gases caused by burning fossil fuels, cutting...

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 20:00

Well Played, Satan

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I don't know. Maybe I'm just getting old. Maybe I'm becoming one of those "You kids get off my lawn" types of curmudgeons. Maybe. I don't really think so. It's just that it's getting so hard to have a dialog with people these days. It's this war on words that we see today that makes it nearly...

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Monday, 30 September 2019 20:00

On Poverty

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is at it again. She has unveiled her Social Justice Warrior (SJW) legislative package, six bills, in the hopes of ensuring "a path forward to economic freedom for everyone." One would require the Census Bureau to generate poverty guidelines in order to recognize...

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Sunday, 29 September 2019 20:00

Biblical Government

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If we consult our "manual" on matters of faith and practice, what can we find about what government God endorses? Maybe it's monarchy or anarchy, communism or socialism, democracy or federal, ecclesiastical or a dictatorship. All sorts of options (and more than I've listed). Which does the Bible...

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Saturday, 28 September 2019 20:00

Good News

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We know that "Gospel" means "good news." And we know what the "good news" is ... right? Actually, sometimes I wonder. I wonder because there is so much clutter, so much noise, so many other things going on. And, hey, I'm not pointing fingers. I'm part of it. For instance, on me, I will point out...

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Friday, 27 September 2019 20:00

News Weakly - 9/28/19

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The End of the World as We Know ItGreta Thunberg really gave it to them this time. "How dare you!" She told the UN to get right on that end-of-the-world climate change problem. (I could almost hear, "Don't make me come back here.") My problem is not with Thunberg or climate change or the UN. I do...

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Thursday, 26 September 2019 20:00

A More Excellent Way

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We all hate mass shootings. (That sounds strange to me at the outset. Like, we hate mass shootings, but one at a time is okay?) We know it's wrong. We know it's bad. We know we want to do something about it. We just can't agree on what. One group figures if you can eliminate guns entirely you can...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 20:00

The Dangers of a Bad Diet

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When you think of a "diet," you tend to think of "trying to lose weight." The fact is that "diet" generally means whatever you eat. That's the number one definition. In that sense, I've been working on my diet for years. At first it was, "You need to eat better ... more healthy." So, what is more...

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019 20:00

Prayer Language

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They tell me that some people have the ability to pray in angelic languages. At least, in languages they don't actually know. Not one to simply throw away ideas because they don't strike me in a certain way, I thought it might be a good idea to see if there is merit for such a thing.The first place...

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Monday, 23 September 2019 20:00

Mainstreamed Poison

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There was a time that Playboy existed, but in private. Started in 1953, this famous magazine amassed a large following ... mostly secretly. The joke prevailed. "Oh, sure, I read Playboy, but only for the articles." Because pornography was bad ... in the collective mind of the culture. Your dad...

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Sunday, 22 September 2019 20:00

They Can Pry My Bible From My Cold Dead Fingers

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I wondered recently (5th item) how it could be that an "inclusive" country like Finland could allow such an offensive book as the Bible to remain legally available there. It was, of course, sarcasm, but too often what is sarcastic can be way too close to what is true. With the offensiveness of the...

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Saturday, 21 September 2019 20:00

Testing, Testing

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We live in an abundance of Christian music. We have all types, all styles, all forms, it seems. You can find hymns revisited, retuned, rewritten. You can find new stuff to excite and entertain. You can find easy listening to heavy metal, choral to rap. Jackie Hill-Perry is listed as part of the...

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Friday, 20 September 2019 20:00

News Weakly - 9/21/19

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No Fake News HereThe courts have been listening to the pre-trial stuff regarding the folks that brought you those revealing videos of Planned Parenthood people offering to sell body parts. Instead of a legal flurry of criminal investigations and charges against Planned Parenthood, the government is...

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 20:00

Open-Minded

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I'm trying to figure this out. As it has been from the beginning, God's Word has been under attack. From the first, "Did God really say ...?" in Genesis 3 all the way up through modern biblical criticism ("Sure, that's clear, but we're pretty sure it doesn't mean what it clearly says because we...

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 20:00

Inclusivity

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I was talking to someone I know who knows someone I'm acquainted with. Turns out that this shared acquaintance is a Christian and has recently discovered that his son identifies as homosexual. The son is angry with his parents. They don't let him bring his boyfriend over for visits. They should.My...

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 20:00

Unpardonable

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Recently a pastor and mental health advocate committed suicide at the age of 30. Tragic. Especially when you consider that most Christians consider suicide an unforgivable sin. Now, we know that Jesus spoke of an unforgivable sin.
"I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the...

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