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Some Things Said… (May 05)

Man accused of defacing "Mary image A man was arrested for allegedly scrawling "Big Lie" over a stain on an expressway underpass that some believed was an image of the Virgin Mary. Authorities then painted over the stain because it had been defaced, police spokesman David Banks said Friday. Authorities charged Victor Gonzalez, 37, of Chicago with criminal damage to state supported property, a misdemeanor… A steady stream of the faithful and the curious, many carrying flowers and candles, had…

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Truth and Attitudes

"Jesus answered them and said, 'My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority. He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him. Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none…

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Theory Versus Practice

I would like to direct your attention to the 6th chapter of the book of Hebrews beginning with verse one. "Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits." (Hebrews 6:…

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Some Things Said… (Apr 05) (3)

Earth Day and Mother Earth [Last week] marked the 35th anniversary of the founding of "Earth Day" by former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. It [was] also V.I. Lenin's birthday -- which is no coincidence. Nelson modeled his anti-capitalist protests after anti-Vietnam War demonstrations of that era. Today, the so-called "environmental movement" he helped spawn has devolved from a gaggle of unwashed adolescent peaceniks into a slick cadre of leftists, lobbyists and lawyers. The result of this devolution has been an…

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Some 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) Just after Peter delivered the second recorded sermon at Solomon's Porch following the healing of the lame…

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Some Things Said… (Apr 05) (2)

Prayer Punishment The ACLU has asked a federal judge to punish school officials for allowing a pre-game prayer at a high school baseball game. Louisianas ACLU director called the brief prayer for player safety "un-American and immoral" and says that school board members should be fined or jailed for failing to stop it. Last month a Louisiana judge ruled against the same school board for letting an elementary school student recite the Lord's Prayer before a meeting. That ruling has…

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What is a church? (7)

The next usage of the words translated for church and assembly appears in Acts 21 and verse 22. In this instance, Paul has reached Jerusalem and has just completed his explanation of the situations that he had come upon as he had been teaching to the non-Jews during his last tour through the churches in Asia and Macedonia. The instructions are for him to offer that he is following the traditions of the Jews so that any arising trouble might…

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Some Things Said… (Apr 05)

Jackson tops poll of fools Michael Jackson has been crowned the US s most foolish person for the third consecutive year, snatching the dishonor from the likes of President George W. Bush and society heiress Paris Hilton. Eighty per cent of 1030 people who took part in an annual April Fools Day survey felt that Jackson, on trial for molesting a 13-year-old boy, deserved the top spot on this year's list, which also featured his bra-popping sister Janet Jackson and…

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What is a church? (6)

The next few mentions of the word for church or assembly are found in Acts 16:6 and 18:22 and they are incidental to noting the growing strength and spread of the gospel through the churches. But following these is a record worthy of more particular note. In Acts chapter 20 beginning with verse 17 is the text of Pauls remarks to the Ephesian elders as he prepared to leave for Jerusalem. Gathered at Miletus, they came to hear Pauls parting…

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On Ignorance and Spiritual Gifts

I’m interested in identifying and dealing with a specific issue amongst teachers and learners of Gods word. As I receive letters and e-mails from time to time, and read the work of some teachers, I have become convinced that we are ignorant on one of the main topics of what I might call "religion de jour." The whole of uneducated Christianity (meaning those outside the body of Christ - those thinking that they are Christians when in fact they are…

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