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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Thursday, 21 February 2019 18:00

Walk

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If you are a Christian and if you live in this world, I guarantee you will likely have a struggle with what the Bible refers to as "the desires of the flesh." The concept is explained in Galatians where Paul writes, "The desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 18:00

Work It Out

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Paul's letter to the churches of the region of Galatia had a clear intent. He was aiming at legalism, wrought by what we call "judaizers" who came from Jerusalem and tried to sell the notion to the Galatian churches that in order to be truly saved, they had to believe in Christ, sure, but they also...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 18:00

Answering Nebuchadnezzar

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King Nebuchadnezzar made a really bad choice. He looked at his kingdom of Babylon and attributed its might to himself (Dan 4:30). "While the words were still in the king's mouth" (Dan 4:31) God spoke from heaven and told him he'd be eating grass for seven periods of time ... and he did (Dan...

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Monday, 18 February 2019 18:00

Pie in the Sky By and By

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I'm going to give you some lyrics and you name that tune:
When we've been there Ten thousand yearsBright shining as the sunWe've no less days To sing God's praiseThan when we first begun.
Easy, right? Amazing Grace. It's interesting to me, however, how many hymns have that same theme in their final...

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 18:00

Judging a Cover by its Book

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To "judge a book by its cover" is to determine the quality of a book (inside) by evaluating the book sleeve, that "marketing" method where the publisher puts "cool pictures" and fancy lettering on the front and maybe a picture of the author and reviews or a bio on the back to get you to buy the...

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Saturday, 16 February 2019 18:00

Providence

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Providence. It's a term used often from earlier times. Not so much these days. It was often used as a reference to God. Because, as we all know, God provides.It's interesting, though, if you look at the ways it was used in earlier times. The term was a term of faith. It was a term that left the...

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Friday, 15 February 2019 18:00

News Weakly - 2/16/19

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ConsentIt had to happen. If our version of "right and wrong" is predicated on consent, this was a sure thing. A 27-year-old man from Mumbai is suing his parents for having him. For his being born. He was born, it turns out, without his consent. Lousy parents. They should have asked first.Raphael...

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 18:00

Exam Time

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I just finished my study of 2 Corinthians. Paul says this in the last chapter.
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test! (2 Cor 13:5)
I would rank...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 18:00

Falsies

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I have a question.Jesus speaks of "false prophets" (where "prophet" refers to those who speak for God) "who come to you in sheep's clothing" (Matt 7:15). Now, what's that about "sheep's clothing"? Clearly, they come among us looking like us. Jesus says, "You will recognize them by their fruits"...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 18:00

Meet the Socialists

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC for short) is the new face for the new Socialism (their term, not mine) pushing into what used to be a democratic government. She's the face; she's not the lone person. Bernie Sanders, for instance, did disturbingly well in his run for president on that platform. Their...

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Monday, 11 February 2019 21:42

What Have You Done For Me Lately?

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It's a song title. It's a sentiment. As a sentiment, it's very common. It's even biblical. Well, not in a good way.Remember the story of the Exodus? There is that amazing moment where they're trapped against the Red Sea and God parts the waters so they can cross on dry land. Then He releases the...

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Sunday, 10 February 2019 18:00

Exegesis

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Exegesis is the careful examination and interpretation of a text. What does it say? What does it mean? Eisegesis is reading a meaning into a text; not good. So we should be careful in Scripture to find out what it means rather than what we want it to mean. Usually it's pretty straightforward, but...

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Saturday, 09 February 2019 18:00

The Word of Christ

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I like this verse.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Col 3:16)
I used to refer to it back in the day (long time ago) when I was leading worship at...

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Friday, 08 February 2019 18:00

News Weakly - 2/9/19

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Racism Run AmokA local "opinion contributor" to the Arizona Central news outlet offered the opinion that an historic photo in a Phoenix restaurant of coal miners was offensive because he thought it looked like they were in blackface and, as we all know, blackface is evil. He was offended and that...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 18:00

A Super Bowl Question

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After the fact, of course. Super Bowl can be a problem for many Christians if it occurs before church is out. This year it didn't. No problem, right? Well, I met with other Christians and we watched and it was a problem. Oh, no, not a Christian problem. That was just an incredibly boring game with...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 18:00

Shalom

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In Genesis we get the story of Joseph. His father, Jacob (aka Israel) loved him more than any of his other sons. (Think folks like Reuben, who slept with Jacob's concubine and Simon and Levi who made the family move after they killed an entire town.) He made Joseph his famous "coat of many colors."...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 18:00

Intolerance

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I was mulling over that story last week of the DC private school that refused to play sports at the Immanuel Christian School -- the school that Mike Pence's wife, Karen, teaches at part time -- because they have a policy regarding sexual sin for their students and staff and the students at the DC...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 18:00

Distracted

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We all know that word, right? It's when you are unable to concentrate because something else is drawing your attention. It is a two-part word from Latin where "dis" refers to "away" (like "disconnect" or "disable") and "tract" refers to drawing (as in drawing water, not drawing pictures). ("Intracta...

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Sunday, 03 February 2019 18:00

The Problem with Rights

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Back in 1776 or so the colony of Great Britain that resided in the Americas declared its independence. They did so with an oddly named "Declaration of Independence" in which they alluded to God-given rights and the failure of the government to be for the people. It would have been nice if the...

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Saturday, 02 February 2019 18:00

What's in a Name?

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Overheard: "What's your name?" "Sheila." "Oh, 'Sheila'. That's a pretty name."And I'm thinking, "What's pretty about it? What is the particular conglomeration of vowels, consonants, sounds, rhythms, whatever makes 'Sheila' or any other name a 'pretty name'?"Last Sunday in church we sang songs about...

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Friday, 01 February 2019 18:00

News Weakly - 2/2/19

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Animal Rights, Human WrongsA rare bipartisan bill has been proposed that would make animal cruelty a federal felony. The youngest of children are still exempt. You won't be allowed to be unkind to an animal, but your right to kill a baby in the womb will be fiercely defended by the ACLU and others.T...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 18:00

What Did You Expect?

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I was reading the account of the conversion of Saul in Acts. You remember that. He was commissioned to go to Damascus to arrest and imprison Christians, "breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord" (Acts 9:1-18). On the way he was knocked to the ground by a divine light and...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 18:00

I've Heard It Said

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I've heard it said:
The Bible is not a "holy rule book." Concluding that "God wants us to behave certain ways" based on Bible passages is not being faithful to what the Bible teaches. The Bible was written to a specific people at a specific time and we mustn't fit prehistoric rules into modern...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 18:00

The Courage of Convictions

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Let me start out by saying this is not aimed at you, the reader. I'm trying to sort out thoughts here and you get the privilege (?) of watching it happen.I recently talked to a fellow believer who was convinced from Scripture that it was God's will that every Christian speak in tongues and...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 18:00

Didn't Get the Memo

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Recently the Gillette company put out that offensive ad that warned of "toxic masculinity." The ad was buttressed by a new document put out by the APA that assures us that masculinity is bad for everyone, men included. We have it on good authority -- in the news media, in the entertainment...

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