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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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 20:00

Did God Really Say ...?

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It was the opening shot to the war that was begun way back in the Garden and still rages today. The serpent asked Eve, "Did God really say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden'?” (Gen 3;1) Eve's answer was ... weak. And it was all downhill from there. The next step was obvious. 1)...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 20:00

Bearing Burdens

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There is an interesting apparent contradiction built into Paul's letter to the churches of Galatia (a region, not a city). The passages, in fact, occur within a few verses of each other. Paul urges them to restore a brother who is caught in a transgression. Then he says,
Bear one another's burdens,...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 20:00

Getting Credit

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We Christians have a dilemma. We understand that we're saved by grace -- unmerited favor -- and we have no room for boasting. No merit; no boasting. Still, we are supposed to do good and we are promised rewards for doing so. So how does that work? We are without merit, but we will receive merit.In...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:00

Social Engineering

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In the mid-20th century we had some scary folks out there. We had the Soviet Communists. On the face of it they were really nice people who just wanted everybody to be equal and have an equal share, but the way they went about it was so terrifying that socialists like George Orwell desperately...

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Saturday, 13 October 2018 20:00

Worthy

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Paul wrote to the Ephesians, "I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called" (Eph 4:1). What did he mean by "worthy"? It's not some super-secret. He just meant "equivalent," "appropriate" -- walk in a way that corresponds to the...

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Friday, 12 October 2018 20:00

News Weakly - 9/13/18

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"Islam" Means "Peace"Tell that to Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who has been sentenced to death for blasphemy. Politicians that tried to assist her were assassinated. Salman Taseer, governor of Punjab, was shot by his own bodyguards for it. The headline reads, "Pakistan Islamists warn of...

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Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:00

The Wrong Right Answers

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I was listening to a mother concerned about her teenage daughter. The age-old problem: the girl was interested in a "bad boy", a fellow with a less-than-savory character. Now, mind you, both mother and daughter were Christians. It's just that they were butting heads about this guy, and it wasn't...

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 20:00

It's Not What You Know

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Go ahead. You can finish that, right? "It's not what you know; it's who you know." And in a lot of things these days, that may be true. In one very important item, however, it's not quite accurate, even if most of us think it is. That item is our salvation."Now, hang on," I can already hear you...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 20:00

Fundamentalists

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I have tried to allow God's Word to shape my knowledge, understanding, and worldview. If God's Word says "X" and I have believed "Y" (or even "B"), I conclude, "Well, B must be wrong and I need to embrace X." In this way, the Bible is fundamental to my faith, my doctrines, my belief structures, my...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 20:00

Word of the Day

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Here's a word for you: "syncretism." The dictionary defines it as "the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion." Notice that it has particular reference to religion. Think, for instance, of Santeria. Practiced in...

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Sunday, 07 October 2018 20:00

Friends and Enemies

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We are sometimes confused by what seems to be common terms these days. We use the word "love" to mean "deep affection" or "casual sex." We use the word "marriage" to mean "lifelong commitment" or "partnership of convenience ... until something better comes along." We use the word "friend" to mean...

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Saturday, 06 October 2018 20:00

The Other Omni

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I've talked about God's Omnipotence (possessing all power) and God's Omniscience (knowing everything), so I should probably touch on that last "omni" -- God's Omnipresence.So, first the easy part. "Omni" means "all" and "presence" means "presence." Thus, "omnipresence" means "present everywhere."...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 20:00

News Weakly - 10/6/18

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The Beginning of the End?California has passed the law. Publicly listed companies with headquarters in the state will be required to have at least one woman on their boards of directors by the end of 2019.California lawmakers: "We don't actually believe in a system where merit is in play. We don't...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 20:00

I do the very thing I hate

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Paul wrote, "I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate" (Rom 7:15). I know what he means. Take, for instance, dieting.I've been on a diet most of my life. My doctor put me on a diet in junior high. The military kept me thin by force of...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 20:00

The Sin Red Line

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No, that wasn't a typo. I've heard (most of my life) people -- Christians, largely -- talk about sins that indicate loss of salvation or, at the very least, that salvation was never given. "That guy is cheating on his wife. I don't think he's saved." "Do you see how she's dressed? Can a real...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 20:00

Becoming Myself

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Today's society largely worships "self" as the ultimate. "Oh, yeah," some will counter, "we've heard that, too. Don't be ridiculous. You're just overstating things." Maybe, but I'm talking about clear and present language you hear every day. "You've got to be yourself," they tell us. "Embrace...

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Monday, 01 October 2018 20:00

The Grace Problem

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We love grace. We really do. We sing about how amazing it is. We preach it. We extol it. Getting good that we didn't earn is a real good thing.For reasons that don't seem readily apparent, grace, like so many other things, gets to be problematic when humans get hold of it.How is that? Well, we are...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 20:00

People with Ears

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Jesus repeatedly told His listeners, "He who has ears to hear, let him ear." Notice that there are three kinds of people in that phrase. The first kind is "He who does not have ears." That one can't hear, obviously. The other two, then, would consist of people with ears, divided into those who hear...

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Saturday, 29 September 2018 20:00

What Does God Know?

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The claim of Christendom and Judaism before it has been that God knows ... everything. He knows all possibilities -- all contingencies -- but knows nothing contingently. That is, He knows all the "what ifs" but there are no questions about "what will be." He knows what was, what is, what will be....

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Saturday, 29 September 2018 10:58

News Weakly - 9/29/18

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The Ambiguous "Dehumanizing Speech" CategoryTwitter has announced a new policy. The policy will prohibit "content that dehumanizes others based on their membership in an identifiable group, even when the material does not include a direct target." Expanding on their "hateful conduct policy," it...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 20:00

Drills

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Technically, the term "military drill" refers specifically to the mass marching of soldiers, but we know there is more to it than that. The military has "drills" and "exercises" all the time. They send their troops -- sailors, soldiers, airmen, marines -- through simulated events to practice,...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 20:00

Proclaim Justice

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In Matthew 12 Jesus is faced with a dilemma (Matt 12:9-14). He was in the synagogue on the Sabbath and a man with a withered hand came in. The accusers asked Him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" Jesus told them they thought it was. They would pull a sheep out of a pit on the Sabbath,...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 20:00

Woe? Whoa!

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I'm sure you've all read the texts from Matthew where Jesus pronounces "woe" on towns in Israel like Chorazin and Capernaum (Matt 11:21-24). They had His miracles performed in them and spurned Him. It was going to be worse for them than for other well-known sinful cities in the judgment.The text...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 20:00

Love a Little

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Jesus was eating with Simon, the Pharisee, when a woman came in weeping, wet His feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair, and anointed them with perfume. Simon assured himself that Jesus didn't know what kind of woman this was, but Jesus knew. He gave Simon a parable and a principle - "Her...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 20:00

The Christian and Works

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This is one of my question entries; it just may not look like it at first.There is a lot of confusion on the topic of works and Christianity. If you ask most people, works are a major part of Christianity. To the casual observer, they are everything because, well, all religions are about "being...

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