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The Way of Salvation

As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And she kept doing this for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of…

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What is Remission?

At Merriam-Webster (www.m-w.com) pardon is defined as 1) “an act officially saying that someone who was judged to be guilty of a crime will be allowed to go free and will not be punished.” Or, it is 2) “forgiveness for something.” That single internet stop makes it clear that pardon and forgiveness are synonymous. Granting pardon or forgiveness means “you’re free to go.” Remission is defined as 1) “a period of time during a serious illness when the patient's health…

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What Changed?

When Ray Kroc purchased the McDonald brothers’ restaurants he also received the recipes for their most popular items. At the head of the list was McDonald’s French fries. From the beginning McDonald's had used only fresh potatoes. Mr. Kroc then taught his managers and employees to follow those recipes exactly. He taught them how to correctly operate the peelers, how to wash and cut the potatoes and to blanch them just so. They would be stored in the cooler until…

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The Silver Rule and the Golden Rule

Confucius (English: “Master Kong”) lived about 500 years before Christ. He is credited with giving us the Silver Rule: “Do not do to another what you would not wish to have done to you.” This was certainly less destructive than the Iron Rule. And due to the likeness in language to the Golden Rule the two are often mistaken for one another. So many scholars credit Confucius with the Golden Rule too. But that just serves to give credit for…

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The Iron Rule

As mankind actively turns away from the rule of God we forge for ourselves a new pattern of life based on our motives and desires. Without boundaries set we will end up living by the oldest rule of this world – the Iron Rule. To some it may sound childish, but whether considered or not moral rules like this one illuminate much of what has happened throughout human history. There are always those who have endeavored to subjugate others, to seize…

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The Iron, The Silver, The Golden

“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged; and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your…

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Good News

The word gospel comes to us from the Greek language, and like several other transliterated words, it has been dropped into bibles from that language and into the others without an explanation. It means good news. And it may be useful to apply the translation of the word for modern English readers so that we don’t miss the point. When anyone tells us they have some good news we are usually receptive, often elated and fully attentive. As the Apostles…

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Satan Is Dead

In the beginning of the first book of the Bible the reader is introduced to “the serpent.” We later read of Satan in the book of Job. We are told he was living during the time of the Savior, Peter and Paul. The writers of the NT called him “the adversary” (the translation of the name Satan), and “the Devil.” He is therefore noticed in the commencement of the Bible, throughout the historical books of the Old Testament, as well…

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Same Sex Marriage

I read this article from John Piper on the Desiring God website and wanted to share it here for others to read who may have missed it. Rather than writing my own article, I thought this said it very well in light of the recent ruling by the Supreme Court.   So-Called Same-Sex Marriage by: John Piper Jesus died so that heterosexual and homosexual sinners might be saved. Jesus created sexuality, and has a clear will for how it is…

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