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

Friday, 17 January 2020 18:00

News Weakly - 1/18/20

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Insanity in the Public SquareNBC did a helpful piece helping us to understand that the pain of menstruation is more than just physical ... for transgender men. Now, "do the math" here. We're talking about biological females who identify as males. The article begins, "When transgender model and...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 18:00

Love and Sovereignty

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God has an image problem. While some Christians try to point out that Scripture says God is Sovereign, that God hates sin, that God is just, that God is, in fact, wrathful over sin, others tell them to back off. "Hey, hey, God is not like that. He's loving. He's gracious. He's merciful. The God...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 18:00

Not to Us

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What a remarkable statement!
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 18:00

Death in the Family

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Last week friends at church went to the funeral of a family member. "It's okay," they said. "He is with the Lord." This week we were notified of the passing of one of the oldest members in my father's considerably large family, memorial services to be held ... well, you get the idea.Death is a...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 18:00

Clarification

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I have, on many occasions on my blog over the years talked about issues around "Reformed Theology" or what is popularly called "Calvinism." I wrote Why I Am A Calvinist and more than once about why I am not a Calvinist. It's pretty clear, though, that I am convinced by Scripture of the basic...

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Sunday, 12 January 2020 18:00

Denominations

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One attack on Christianity comes from its denominations. "There are Roman Catholics and Greek Orthodox, Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, and a vast number of divisions within each. Which one (if any) is true?" That's the complaint. It's a mistaken complaint.Denominations are not new. They...

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Saturday, 11 January 2020 18:00

Worship?

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"Worship," they tell me, "is that part of the church service when you sing songs to God." Well, of course, they don't really mean that. When you sing, I guess, but sometimes they're songs to yourself about God. Okay. Songs to or about God. Or thereabouts. "No, no," others tell me, "it includes the...

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Friday, 10 January 2020 18:00

News Weakly - 1/11/20

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How Soon We ForgetIn 2001 terrorists killed over 3,000 Americans. We were outraged. "Never forget" became a meme of sorts. But, I guess we forgot. In 2011 President Obama sent U.S. forces into an allied nation to capture and kill the mastermind of that attack in 2001. He wasn't captured and brought...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 18:00

A Lamp Unto My Feet

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In His High Priestly Prayer, Jesus prayed, "Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth" (John 17:17). That sounds like Jesus is praying that we would be sanctified by the Word. Indeed, that principle is repeated elsewhere. Telling husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church, Paul...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 18:00

Where Science is Not Allowed

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For much of modern culture Science is the new god. Forget God. We don't need Him anymore. I mean, we're alright with the whole "be kind" kind of thing, but nothing really religious. Science can explain where the universe came from. Science can tell you what causes weather and disasters. Science...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 18:00

The Canteen Parable

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We who are in Christ love forgiveness. It's a marvelous thing. Truly. Being forgiven of all unrighteousness is grand. But did you know it is not enough? I thought up this little story to illustrate.Corporal Ted is part of a group that has a list of requirements because they are tasked with special...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 18:00

Judgmental

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We have a knee jerk reaction these days to the word, "judgmental." We do not want to be judgmental. After all, didn't Jesus say, "Judge not"? So ... we should "judge not."There is a problem here, however. If you actually read the text where Jesus said, "Judge not," you find out He said much more.
"Ju...

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 18:00

Adultery

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We know what adultery is. It is a specific "sexual immorality" aimed at the married. It would be sex between two people where one or both are married and not to each other. Not too difficult.So Jesus came along and threw a wrench into the works.
You have heard that it was said, "You shall not commit...

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Saturday, 04 January 2020 18:00

Enough

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Solomon wrote, "Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and turmoil with it" (Prov 15:16). The sons of Korah wrote, "A day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness"...

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Friday, 03 January 2020 18:00

News Weakly - 1/4/2020

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Another Double StandardIt feels like I need to have "Double Standard" as a regular feature for this News Weakly thing, because it seems to come up a lot. During the House impeachment hearings, folks from Trump's side attempted to refuse to comply with subpoenas for their testimonies. The Dems were...

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 18:00

What Does Your Mouth Tell You?

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Have you ever said something and then followed it with, "I'm only kidding" ... except, you really weren't? Have you ever heard stuff coming out of your mouth that shocked you? "Where did that come from?" Have you ever said things you regret and tried to find a way to erase it somehow?The Bible is...

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Wednesday, 01 January 2020 18:03

Meaningless Repetition

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What is worship? According to the dictionary the word (in the sense that we're examining) means "The reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object." It is an outward look at God in reverence, love, and devotion. This isn't hard to figure out. So when we talk about a...

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 18:00

New Years Resolutions, 2020

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It's a tradition, I suppose, to make resolutions at New Years to become a better person, although it's an equal tradition to assume they won't be kept -- our New Years resolutions. Some make them every year and most keep them never. Still, they do it. I'm thinking I'll try a slightly different...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 18:00

Propaganda

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Joseph Goebbels was Hitler's Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany. He was the head of the Nazi propaganda machine. When the Allies bombed Dresden late in World War II, killing 25,000 civilians, Goebbels added a zero and reported loudly that the evil Allies had killed a quarter of a million...

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Sunday, 29 December 2019 18:00

Balaam's Donkey

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One of the most ludicrous stories in the Bible is the one about Balaam and his talking donkey (Num 22:1-25). I mean, come on, guys. A talking donkey? Really?Well, of course, if you're not really a believer in miracles, this one would serve as proof. Of what? Well, either that you can't trust the...

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Saturday, 28 December 2019 18:00

A Holy God

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When we want to emphasize something these days, we have a variety of ways. Maybe it's an exclamation mark or even marks. Maybe it's bold print or italicized print or underlining or any combination thereof. Often we'll go with "er" and "est" to give intensity. "This house is nice, but that one is...

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Friday, 27 December 2019 18:00

News Weakly - 12/28/19

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Doin' What Comes Natur'lyIn Eagle Rock, California, a church raised enough money to pay off $5 million in medical debt for 5,555 families. In Virginia three pastors paid off more than $17,000 in school meal debt in two local school systems. To the Left, anything Trump does is wrong. Similarly,...

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Thursday, 26 December 2019 18:00

Off the Rails

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In the "enlightened" UK a researcher was fired because she tweeted that "transgender women cannot change their biological sex." What??!! They can't??!! No, people, they can't. Not even in the transgender world. Biological sex is determined at birth and does not ever change. No biological male grows...

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019 18:00

Did You Get What You Asked For?

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I've heard it often. "What do you want for Christmas?" It's the theme song, it seems, for Christmas. And yesterday you found out if you got it.I was reading this text recently and it just ... struck me wrong. You know ... in view of the season.
You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do...

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019 18:00

The Reason for the Season

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We know the phrase. "Jesus is the reason for the season." We say it like it's unusual. We say it like there's another reason and we need to remind people. And I get why. Our culture has largely kicked Christ out of Christmas. Look, I'm not complaining. I mean, Jesus said they hated Him. We get it....

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