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What is a Church? (10)

In the previous section the apostle had condemned factions within the church at Corinth and closed with a long admonition to follow his example in avoiding such things. He had stated, "Let no one glory in men," ( 3: 21 ) "And you are Christs and Christ is Gods" ( 3: 23 ), and also, "For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you…

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The Lord’s Day

Occasionally the question of when should Christians meet comes up in religious discussions. It is a question that rightly deserves an answer from scripture, and though that is true, many of those who pose the question believe that no clear answer can be found in Gods writ. The question is of importance not only to us who seek to correctly follow the word of God, but it is also important in our teaching of those round about us as concerns…

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Some Things Said… (Oct 05)

A great deception Recently there have been a few articles on creationism and Darwinism in the press. Some of these have been listed or mentioned in part in the columns that regularly appear here. A casual remark made by President Bush seems to have ignited the keyboards, excited the output meters and an interest from the podiums frequented both by intellectuals and scientists as well as by members of the press, those who support both the theories of spontaneous generation…

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What Must I Do To Be Saved?

"Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, 'These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.' And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, 'I command you in the name…

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Some More Essentials and Non-essentials

"For Moses truly said to the fathers, "The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people." (Acts 3: 22 , 23) "Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven…

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Some Things Said… (Sept 05) (2)

The continuing saga of "one nation under God" On Wednesday of this week U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton ruled that recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in government schools constitutes a "coercive requirement to affirm God." That, of course, is factually inaccurate (AKA "a lie"). Students may refrain, on their own or at their parents' discretion, from repeating any or all words in the Pledge. Karlton said he was bound by precedent of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, though…

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Some Things Said… (Sept 05)

California Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill The California Senate voted Thursday to allow gay couples to wed, becoming the first legislative body in the nation to approve same-sex marriage without a court order. The bill would recast the state's legal definition of marriage as a union between two people rather than one between a man and a woman. Yet it faces an uncertain future: The California Assembly narrowly rejected similar legislation in June, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has given…

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Some Things Said… (Aug 05) (3)

Alec Baldwin to Be Given PETA Award Alec Baldwin will receive the Linda McCartney Memorial Award at PETA's 25th anniversary gala in Hollywood , Calif. , on Sept. 10. Two years ago, Baldwin narrated a short documentary, "Meet Your Meat," for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that helped lead to policy changes at Burger King, PETA said. The animal rights group said the video helped persuade Burger King to sever its ties to slaughterhouses that fail unannounced…

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Some Things Said… (Aug 05) (2)

Debate Brews Over Use of Koran in Court Traditionally, witnesses taking the stand in court are sworn in by placing their hand on the Bible. But when Muslims in Guilford County, NC, tried to donate copies of the Koran for courtroom use, judges turned them down. Chief District Court Judge Joseph Turner says taking an oath on the Koran is not allowed by North Carolina state law, which specifies that witnesses shall place their hands on the "holy scriptures," which…

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What is a church? (9): The Corinthian church (1)

The first letter Paul wrote to the Corinthian church is divisible into two distinct parts. In the first, the apostle addresses some divisive issues which were having an effect on unity there. He also addressed particular questions that were put forth in some way to him for his judgment. In the second part of the letter (beginning in chapter 11 and verse 2) he addresses the purpose of worship, the demeanor Christians should maintain during the assemblies on the Lords…

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