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Some Things Said… (Nov 05) (2)

Swedish High Court to Decide if Pastor Goes to Jail A Swedish pastor who preached a sermon to his small congregation explaining the Bible's position on homosexuality could go to jail for doing so. Sweden's highest court will take up the case Wednesday, according to Benjamin Bull, a senior vice president at the Alliance Defense Fund. "Pastor Ake Green faces two years imprisonment," said Bull, who is in Stockholm for the case and is assisting in the defense. "He was…

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Stephen’s Defense (3)

Immediately following Stephens introduction, after he had gained the ears of his accusers with some well-intended remarks, he then moved through some arguments that they would not be so fond of hearing. He pointed out that Moses, who was rightly held in the highest esteem by these religious leaders, was at the first rejected by the people when initially he had attempted to serve them. This is to note to them that as Moses had been rejected so this pattern…

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What is a Church? (11) Women’s Work in the Church

This article was given me by William G. Bass many years ago. Its author was not identified, but it is clear that it was taken from a publication of the day. I have tried to locate it on the internet and in librarries, but have not been successful. I believe that it might be from the pen of Alexander Campbell, Robert Richardson, or perhaps Tolbert Fanning when editor at the Gospel Advocate. I have a better than average library of…

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Some Things Said… (Nov 05)

An early church found in Israel Megiddo Prison, Israel -- Israeli archaeologists working in a maximum-security prison just down the road from Armageddon have unearthed what they think is the oldest church to be discovered in the land where Jesus was born. "This is one of the most important finds of early Christianity," archaeologist Yardena Alexandre of the Israel Antiquities told journalists on a tour of the excavation yesterday. Remains of the church, which archaeologists date to the mid-third or…

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Stephen’s Defense (2)

It is stated that Stephen performed great signs and wonders, obviously being one of the first who had received the granting of spiritual gifts through the Holy Spirit and through the hands of the apostles. The record also states that he spoke in a manner that made it all but impossible to overturn his argument. The listeners could not ignore his points for his logic was compelling from beginning to end. When it states that they were not able to…

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The Establishment of the Church

(Many of you have heard lessons about the establishment of the church, and many of those lessons follow the same detail as found in this one. While this is a composite of several of these it is based primarily upon a lesson by N.B. Hardeman. I hope you might find it useful.) Most of the mighty works of the Son of God were done around the Sea of Galilee, but since he was human as well as divine, the time…

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Some Things Said… (Oct 05) (3)

As Will Rogers said: "It aint ignorance that hurts us as much as the things we know that aint so." It requires courage to cast the accumulated myths of a lifetime to the wind. Our natural desire for simplicity, certitude, and the approval of others occasionally causes us to defend even our most flawed worldviews as if our very lives depended on them. Dead belief systems are difficult to bury, for in doing so we enter a world we do…

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Stephen’s Defense (1)

Just prior to when the prophet and deacon Stephen was carried out of the council of the Jews, outside of the city walls of Jerusalem to be killed, he offered up his defense for the charges levied against him. For those familiar with it, it is not much of a defense, but is rather a recitation of accounts of revolt by the Hebrews, Israelites, and Jews who had been following in the well-worn steps of a perpetual pattern of rebellion…

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Some Things Said… (Oct 05) (2)

Islamic Radicalism 'Doomed To Fail,' Bush Says Evoking President Ronald Reagan's leadership of America's resolve in confronting communism during his two terms in office, President Bush said today that Islamic radicalism is doomed to fail as communism did. Bush spoke at the Ronald Reagan Library, in Simi Valley, Calif., for the dedication of the new Air Force One Pavilion at the museum, featuring the 707 jet used by Reagan during his presidency. America prevailed in the 20th-century contest of wills…

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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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