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Some Things Said… (Mar 05)

Getting Out God designed Christianity to be a 4WD spiritual vehicle with mudders, a truck that brings life to the outback. It is not a sensitive Miata that must be preserved from going off road and into the bush. Quit treating the truth claims of the scripture, the power of the Holy Spirit and the compassion of the Creator like they are some fragile little Faberge' eggs that must be coddled, kept in the sanctuary and never exposed to the…

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What Really Will Be Left Behind?

As part of Paul's letter to Titus and in his admonitions concerning "things that become sound doctrine" he gave advice and instruction on how all Christians are to act and as to the character they are to exhibit both public and private. In chapter two is this statement: "in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be…

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Read and Reason

We're past Christmas now with a new year well upon us and with Easter looming just off in the distance; and the Christian faith is united as never before, as all the faithful have been gathered together in honor of our Lord and King. Well, not really. If there were extraterrestrials (which of course there are not) and they landed here (which they really wouldn't want to do anyway), they might conclude that Christianity is made up of a very…

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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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