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Some Things Said… (Feb 05) (2)

Abuse Victim Tells Her Story at National Press Club Speaking at a recent press conference at the National Press Club in Washington , DC , a member of an underground house church in China told about her experiences of torture, abuse, and arbitrary imprisonment by Chinese police. According to a news release from the China Aid Association, Ms. Liu Xianzhi, 34, a member of the South China Church , escaped from China last month after serving her sentence in a…

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What is a Church? (5)

I had not intended an exhaustive study when I started this, but to this point that is what has resulted. The plan from this point - as the series is moving into passages where the general topic is the church and its particulars, the readings will become more extended; and as such I will likely forego printing the longer readings in the body, relying instead upon your interest to pursue them on your own. But I will stay with the…

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Some Things Said… (Feb 05)

Women's magazine offers tips to feminine terrorists "ROME -- Al Qaeda has introduced an online womens magazine with articles including dietary advice for suicide bombers and tips on how to "dominate the passions before blowing yourself up, according to Italy s SISDE secret service. "SISDE analysts disclosed the existence of Al Khansa, the unusual monthly Internet publication for female militants that is hosted by several Islamist Web sites, in the Italian spy services quarterly review Gnosis. "Khansa is a popular…

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What is a Church? (4)

Were about to enter the hazy area in examinations of this type where we cannot see far enough ahead into all the information needed to identify particulars because some of what we require is not yet in sight and revealed in this type of chronological study. So in this look at where and how the words church or assembly are used in the NT, we are about to find that not everything we need may be within easy reach using…

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What is a Church? (3)

Continuing with the look into how the word church is used in the New Testament and at what constitutes a church, the next usage in order is found in Acts 5: 11 - "So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things." The great fear imposed was in result to the stir following the deaths of Ananias and his wife Sapphira, when they had sought to deceive God. Following this, the next occurrence is…

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Some Things Said… (Jan 05) (2)

Apparently so did Oliver Stone… "All the followers of Alexander preferred to accept the marvelous rather than the true." --Strabo A failure to instruct "What might explain the differences in behavior today versus yesteryear? A significant part of the explanation is seen by recognizing that societys first line of defense is not the law but customs, traditions and moral values. Customs, traditions and moral values are those important thou-shalt-nots such as: thou shalt not murder, shalt not steal, shalt not…

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Some Things Said… (Jan 05)

Manger Wars Suing the jingle bells off everyone this side of the North Pole has traditionally been the ACLUs favorite form of seasonal joy. Christmases past have seen the group take on religious displays in public squares and public schools, litigating crosses out of one town and menorahs out of another. The civil-liberties group hasnt lost its passion for secularism, but this years litigation news is being made by a different group of plaintiffs. Religious families are the ones suing to…

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What is a Church? (2)

In the last installment I had said that in this second part we would examine the form and function of the church. "So what should a church be, and what should it not be? What is the beginning and form of the church that Christ built? What exactly constitutes a church, and its form and function as it is noted in the New Testament." Well deal with these in order taking up the textual use of the words. But we…

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My Truth

Recently the Governor of New Jersey admitted that he is a homosexual. Well there is not much new in reporting that, as a great number have fallen prey to the "lusts of the flesh" in its many forms. But there was some new in how he accomplished his coming out party. He scheduled a press conference ostensibly to address some charges that were being leveled at him and also to address possible grand jury indictments, news of which had just…

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Some Things Said And Some That Perhaps Should Not Have Been (Nov 04)

Angelica calls it "Sponsatility" "Want to know how youre doing as a parent? Check out how your children are doing when it comes to minding their manners. ... How would children learn to avoid quarreling and whining? It is quite natural that they do so. Where would they learn to offer someone a seat if the bus is full? How would they learn that their chores are their jobs? How would they learn to speak when spoken to by adults,…

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