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Sinners in the hands of God (1)

Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; their foot shall slip in due time; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things to come hasten upon them. ( Deuteronomy 32:35) In this verse the vengeance of God is threatened on the Israelites, who were at the time Gods people, and who lived under the grace of God; but who, in spite of all of Gods wonderful works remained contrary (as verse 28 notes), having no real understanding of…

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Born Blind (3)

This is the third part of the essay concerning the healing of the man born blind as recorded in John 9. Continuing on with our examination of John 9 we are now witness to a denial of truth, a denial of both the events and of the testimony of the man himself, and also that of the witnesses to the events. These things werent done secretly and there were (apparently) several witnesses to the healing who made up of a…

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Some Things Said… (Dec 05) (2)

Pastors lead flocks through the wardrobe Churches and Disney see Narnia as a land of opportunity The night before the movie opens to the public, members of Bellaire United Methodist Church will have a private screening Thursday of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. And when they arrive at church for Sunday's contemporary service, they will walk through a wardrobe, brush past coats and emerge into Narnia — or a re-created version of C. S.…

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Some Things Said… (Dec 05)

Storm victims praise churches Louisiana residents gave churches higher marks than government agencies in responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and most prefer that the federal government control rebuilding funds rather than local officials, according to a Louisiana State University study. On a scale of one (not effective) to 10 (very effective), residents gave churches the highest mark of 8.1, and New Orleans city agencies and state agencies received the lowest rating of 4.6. --by Audrey Hudson, from her article…

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Born Blind (2)

This is the second in a series of essays on the healing recorded in John nine. In the New King James and the King James Version, John 9: 4 reads: "I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work." In the New International and all of the American Standard versions it reads: "We must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day:…

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Putting On The Show

I find the vocal characterizations and stage presence of our modern day televangelists fascinating. It is almost as if they had all attended one or both of two "schools" in preparation for their chosen calling. The first supposed school must have instructed in the use of exaggerated mannerisms and pitched vocal histrionics, to be used with just a smattering of scripture and a lot of "feel good." There are many disciples of this style in evidence on any Sunday morning…

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Born Blind (1)

The text for this essay (in four parts) is taken from the ninth chapter of the Gospel of John. For the sake of brevity well not print the text here, but would urge you to read it yourself before proceeding with the arguments here. Within the narrative of the giving of sight to a blind man is probably the best lesson on sin found in Gods word. This is the only record anywhere of anyone that had been born blind…

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Some Things Said… (Nov 05) (4)

Vatican to Ban Gays as Priests A new Vatican policy will bar most gays from seminaries. The Vatican plans to release the new rules this week (November 29), but an Italian news agency published them in advance. The rules bar gay men who have been sexually active or have supported what Catholic leaders call the "gay culture." Those who have deeply rooted same-sex attractions are not fit for ordination even if they're celibate, the document says. But admittance is expected…

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Some Things Said… (Nov 05) (3)

Imagine Theres No Heaven Of all the silly pop songs ever written, perhaps the silliest is John Lennons "Imagine." "A wop bop a loo ram a lop bam boom" has more philosophical depth as a lyric, and indeed contributes more to the happiness of human society, than Lennons thudding inanities, which are rendered truly inspiring only by being reduced to a one-word poster on a teenagers wall. Lennon, youll no doubt remember, asks us to imagine humanity without faith, countries,…

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Stephen’s Defense (4)

We noted previously that we know nothing about Stephen beyond the detail given us in Acts 6 through 8. As we know little about the public man we also know little about his private or personal side. We do, however, know more than might be visible at first glance. For instance, we know he was a married man and likely a father too. Further, we know that he wasn't some caricature; some hollow and crafted invention of a pen. He…

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