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, 29 May 2020 20:00

News Weakly - 5/30/20

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That's wrongOn one hand, we have a news item about Twitter. "Shockingly" nearly half of the Twitter accounts calling for reopening America are bots, automated artificial users presenting numbers where there aren't enough to make a single point. This should make us all aware that Twitter and other...

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 20:00

What Are We to Think?

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Well, it has happened again. Another "Christian singer" has defected, has "deconverted," has declared his allegiance to "no God." He's done it in typical "deconversion" style by not only saying, "I don't believe anymore," but adding, "And neither should you." Or, to put it more clearly, "I no...

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 20:00

Authentic

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We know that "authentic" means, basically, "real." So modern psychology might be excused for latching onto the term in their perceptions of therapy. "What," they might ask, "does it take to be truly happy? You need to be authentic."Authenticity in this sense means to be yourself. And that can be...

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 20:00

God and Government

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Our Sunday group looked at Romans 13 recently. You have to admit it's a difficult text because on one hand it is so clear and on the other it runs so much against the grain.
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have...

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Monday, 25 May 2020 20:00

Wood, Hay, and Straw

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In his first letter to the church at Corinth Paul talks about how each of us is working on a metaphorical building.
According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. (1 Cor...

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Sunday, 24 May 2020 20:00

Abdication

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When we think of abdication, our first thought is of someone who renounces their throne. Recently Prince Henry and his wife "withdrew" from the royal connections. Forbes called it a "mini-abdication." That's because Harry wasn't actually in office. But back in 1936, King Edward VIII quit as King of...

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Saturday, 23 May 2020 20:00

The "Nonessential" Conspiracy

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You'd have to be not paying attention to not have heard about this current debate in the public square. While liquor stores and golf courses and marijuana stores have been classified as "essential," places of worship are not. Gathering as believers is "nonessential" to many in government and in...

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Friday, 22 May 2020 20:00

News Weakly - 5/23/2020

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Misplaced AimI had to laugh at the NFL "testing new facemasks" where they are trying to incorporate COVID-19 style facemasks into football helmets for protection during those times that these players don't practice the proper social distancing on the field but do practice ramming their heads...

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 20:00

Jesus Wept

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When I was young and going to youth groups or camps there were always Bible memorization contests. Of course, my brother -- a year and a half younger than me -- would always win if he was part, but, still I did okay. Of course, when simply seeing who could memorize the most verses, we all liked...

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020 20:00

Science Takes a Hit

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Meet Oregon. Oregon is the 9th largest state in terms of land area, but is sparsely populated due largely to the geography, averaging around 40 people per square mile. They have a total population in that state of around 4.3 million. In terms of COVID-19, they currently rank 40th out of the 50...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 20:00

Options

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I have a coworker who, when he learned I was a Christian, explained to me how he thought that the Bible was nonsensical. I asked him, "Oh, so you've read it?" He admitted he hadn't. "Well," I replied, "you really ought to read a book before you critique it, shouldn't you?" He had the typical "Who...

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Monday, 18 May 2020 20:00

Name That Pandemic

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They have a new tool coming online on this COVID-19 thing. Back in April Google and Apple announced that they could build a system for your phones that could help track this virus and make things a lot better. Of course, most of us thought, "Oh, no, we don't want them tracking our phones!" "But,"...

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Sunday, 17 May 2020 20:00

Fruit Trees

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Jesus taught, "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life." (John 5:24) Paul assured us that we are saved by grace through faith apart from works (Eph 2:8-9). Some taught that you needed more -- obey the laws, get circumcised, that sort of thing....

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Saturday, 16 May 2020 20:00

Appreciating the Little Things

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When Paul describes the fall of Man in Romans 1, he lists one of the early causes in the descent. "Even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened." (Rom 1:21) They failed to "give thanks." I...

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Friday, 15 May 2020 20:00

News Weakly - 5/16/2020

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No WinHalf the country has been screaming for "clean energy." So when the Trump administration gave final approval for the biggest solar energy project in the U.S. this week, you'd think they'd have been delighted. They weren't. They say "It will destroy thousands of acres of habitat critical to...

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 20:00

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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Every believer knows (or, at least, should know) that we are saved by grace, not by works (Eph 2:8-9). It is one of the real distinctives between Christianity and every other world religion. Not by works, but by grace. And we understand that "grace" has a somewhat unique definition in Christianity....

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020 20:00

The Hero

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I am a fan of science fiction. It's an interesting way to tell stories about humans from a different perspective. Only in sci-fi, it seems, can we see one of the common themes, for instance, of aliens invading to try to wipe us out -- global annihilation. And it seems like we always win. Go figure....

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 20:00

Blessed Assurance

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"If you die, will you go to heaven?" It seems like a simple question, and you'll likely get a straightforward answer ... depending on when you ask. Because the question is mainly not about facts, but about assurance. Whether or not you will go to heaven when you die is a fixed truth, but how you...

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Monday, 11 May 2020 20:00

Why Don't We Make Jesus Known?

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We Christians are not hazy on this fact. It is the deep, abiding, constant responsibility of all believers to make Jesus known. We have a variety of responsibilities in our service to God -- pray, go to church, the "one anothers" of the Bible, and so on -- but one we all know and all acknowledge...

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Sunday, 10 May 2020 20:00

So Says the Light of the World

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In John 8 Jesus was explaining to the Pharisees and the crowd that, "I am the light of the world." (John 8:12-30) An argument ensues that ends with Him telling the Pharisees, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He." (John 8:28-29) John writes, "As He was saying...

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Saturday, 09 May 2020 20:00

Mother's Day, 2020

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My mother has an enviable reputation. She is known as a godly woman. I know people who have met her and tell me, "Be sure to talk to your mother about this stuff. She knows the Lord." I will share a prayer request with some and they'll say, "Tell your mom, too. She's a good person for prayer."...

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Friday, 08 May 2020 20:00

News Weakly - 5/9/2020

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Me Too, But Not YouEmbattled Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is on a shortlist of women to be Joe Biden's vice president, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that she supports Biden over Tara Reade's sexual allegations. A survivor of sexual abuse herself, she decided to take the reasonable approach...

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 20:00

Suffering in Context

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In Peter's first epistle he talks about a variety of things. One recurring theme is suffering. But look at the context of this text.
What credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it,...

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Wednesday, 06 May 2020 20:00

Pleasure Seekers

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We often get the sense that Christians aren't supposed to experience pleasure. You know, put aside your fleshly lusts, do this, don't do that, all that stuff. Sometimes it feels like God said, "Now, what would they like the most? Let's ban it." It's not true, you know.In one of his prayers in the...

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 20:00

The Shotgun Approach Can Kill

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According to the Worldometer (keeping in mind that the data changes, so you may see something different than I did when I wrote this), looking at COVID-19 deaths in terms of age tells us that 72% of the deaths in the U.S. are from people 65 years old and above. Between the ages of 45 and 64 there...

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