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

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 18:00

In Season and Out of Season

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My wife recently rented a movie. She figured Won't You Be My Neighbor? would be clean and interesting. How bad could a documentary on Fred Rogers be? She was right. It was a clean show, an upfront documentary made with historical and current interviews from Rogers and those who knew him and worked...

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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 18:00

Inversion Layer

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Every so often we find things in the Bible that are clearly backwards. Take, for instance, the story in Acts. Paul preached a sermon in Antioch in Pisidia (Acts 13:13-41) and the text says, "As many as had been appointed to eternal life believed" (Acts 13:48). Okay, hold on a minute; that...

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Monday, 02 December 2019 18:00

Cloudy Days

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I was reading the story in Numbers about how the cloud by day and fire by night resided on the tabernacle. God used it so lead His people around. Move, and they moved. Stand, and they stopped (Num 9:15-23). Easy. I've often wished I had a "cloud" like that. You know, some sort of substantive...

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Sunday, 01 December 2019 18:00

Vigilant

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We complain about it on one hand, but, on the other, we sure like our lines. We like to know the proper steps to ending alcoholism and the protocol for gaining godliness. We want things to be cut and dried. This teacher -- good; that one -- bad. "That group is evil, so even if the songs they are...

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Saturday, 30 November 2019 18:00

An Intrachurch Question

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Just wondering out loud, so to speak. Most churches consider "elder," "overseer," and "pastor" to be synonymous. It is possible in some to be an elder/overseer without being a pastor, but in almost all cases pastors are elder/overseers. The original reason for this, of course, is that Peter links...

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Friday, 29 November 2019 18:00

News Weakly - 11/30/19

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Don't Bother Me With FactsLast week Attorney Manfred Nowak's U.N. report titled "Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty" hit the airwaves and the world, us included, went crazy. According to Nowak, the U.S. currently has more than 100,000 children in migration-related detention. That's evil....

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 18:00

A Personal Problem

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I know, I know, I'm about to tell you about something that bothers me for me and it will upset some readers. "Pharisee!" they'll cry. "Judgmental!" they'll accuse. "Don't tell me what to do!" they'll demand. So let me make it clear that I'm not about to tell you what to do. I'm about to tell you...

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019 18:00

Turkey Day

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Most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Okay, they recognize it. They indulge it. It isn't only believers buying turkeys and gathering to give thanks. Even unbelievers -- actual atheists, even -- will recognize the day as a "day of thanks" and even admit to being thankful for something, even if...

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 18:00

The "Lone Ranger" Problem

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Today there is a rise in a category of religious belief that they're calling "the Nones." These people do not identify as atheist; they simply don't identify with a religion. They aren't anti-religion; they just don't want yours. America itself has long been identified with two brave...

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Monday, 25 November 2019 18:00

The Will of God

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"What is God's will for my life?" Anyone who has a living relationship with God will at some point or another be concerned about that question. Generally speaking, the question is about things like "Should I marry this person?" or "Should I take this job?" or "What should I study in college?"...

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Sunday, 24 November 2019 18:00

Jesus is the Answer

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I was traveling this weekend. On the road, a car passed me with the bumper sticker, "Jesus is the answer!" And it made me ask, "What was the question?" I mean, there are lots of things to which He is not. "What is 2 + 2?" Jesus is not likely the answer. "How do I get to the airport from here?"...

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Saturday, 23 November 2019 18:00

Sanctify Them

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We all know the Lord's Prayer. The disciples asked Jesus, "Teach us to pray" and that's what He gave them (Matt 6:5-13; Luke 11:1-4). But the term "the Lord's Prayer" might better be used to refer to Jesus's "High Priestly Prayer," the prayer He made at the end of His life (John 17). Any follower...

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Friday, 22 November 2019 18:00

News Weakly - 11/23/19

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Weaponized ToleranceChick-fil-A's Chairman and CEO, Dan Cathy, is known as a Christian who opposes gay mirage. (I didn't spell that wrong.) Tax records obtained in 2011 showed that he and his operators, the WinShape Foundation, had invested millions of dollars to keep marriage marriage. This, of...

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Thursday, 21 November 2019 18:00

Unite My Heart

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So, I'm reading through the Psalms and I come across this interesting verse.
Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. (Psa 86:11)
Okay, perhaps just interesting to me.I find it interesting in contrast to the popular view these days that we cannot know...

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019 18:00

An Experiment

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Some of us are old enough to remember the ad series that had the tagline, "When E.F. Hutton speaks, people listen." Today we could make a new one: "When Trump speaks, people get mad." It doesn't really matter what he says. "Haters are gonna hate," they say, and Trump has a large "hate" following. I...

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:00

Make It Safe

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The argument went something like this. "Sure, it would be better if people didn't shoot heroin, but they will, so we need to make it safe." So they handed out needles to those who wanted them. "Yes, it's probably better if they don't have sex before they are adults, but they will, so we need to...

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Monday, 18 November 2019 18:00

Stating the Obvious

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Here's a short list for you: Matt 15:19; Rom 13:13; 1 Cor 6:9-13, 18; 1 Cor 5:9-11; 2 Cor 12:21; Gal 5:19-21; 1 Thess 4:3-5; Eph 5:3-5; 1 Tim 1:10; Rev 2:14, 20; Rev 21:8; Rev 22:15. You can look them up or you can point at them and see what they say or you can just wait for it, right? There is a...

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Sunday, 17 November 2019 18:00

Coming and Going

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Two people meet on the street. They walk with each other a short way, exchange pleasantries, and go on their merry ways. Were they in agreement? Well, they were in the same place at the same time, so they must have been ... right?It's interesting how many times we do this in Christian circles. "I...

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Saturday, 16 November 2019 18:00

Enough

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Psalm 73 is a common complaint. Asaph wrote it (Is that a name or a title?). In it, he complains about the wicked. They always seem to get ahead. They prosper (Psa 73:3), get fat (Psa 73:4), live prideful lives (Psa 73:6), and no one calls them out (Psa 73:10). They even malign God (Psa 73:11) and...

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Saturday, 16 November 2019 02:47

News Weekly - 11/16/18

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The Standard Double StandardSo, last week Hoyt Hutchinson of Alabama knifed a "Baby Trump" balloon in protest of Trump's visit to Alabama. The nation was outraged at the clear hatred and vandalism. Oh, wait, not quite. As it turns out, supporters started a GoFundMe page and have raised (at this...

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Thursday, 14 November 2019 18:00

Temporary Shelter

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We humans have a strange sense of priorities. We are typically our own first cause. That's just human. But we are dedicated to the here and now, this immediate life. We live in what we know to be mortal shells with a limited lifespan and we do all we can to try to gain the most pleasure from it...

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 21:32

Hate or Not

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We who read our Bibles as if they mean something understand that one sexual sin included in Scripture is the sin of homosexual behavior. And alarm bells go off. People load their "weapons" and prepare to fire. "It's hate!" they shout. "Bigot!" they fire. Some might even threaten legal action or get...

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 23:57

Learning to Love

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What is this thing called "love"? We all know, but ... do we? For some it's sex. Like the Christian worship song that says that heaven came down like a wet, sloppy kiss. Love has some physical, romantic aspects. Of course, on the periphery of our minds we know that's not true. We love pizza, but...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 18:00

Prior Commitment

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"I'm sorry. I appreciate the invitation, but I have a prior commitment." We all understand that. When we commit to something, subsequent commitments will be a problem. The same is true in our thinking.From the early days of Israel on into the 19th century anyone who read Genesis 1 came to no other...

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Sunday, 10 November 2019 18:00

Confidence, Man

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You know what a con man is, right? The word is a shortened form of "confidence." The way it works is someone gains your confidence and then takes you in and steals from you. A con man.Confidence. It's fleeting at times. I, for instance, am confident in what appears in the pages of the Bible. When...

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