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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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The Rock

  Kingdoms may be founded, may flourish and may fall, but the church of Christ can never fall, can never fail. Atheism may assail, infidelity may sneer, skepticism may smile, and anxious hearts may fear for the safety of Zion, but Zion stands secure, backed by the promise of the I AM that it shall never be destroyed, the literal, living, abiding fulfillment of the promise of the Lord Jesus Christ: "Upon this rock I will build my church and…

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Some Simple Math Concerning the Seven Kings and Ten Kings of Revelation Seventeen

What’s all the fuss about the kings and the number of the beast in Revelation? Why all the postulations and funny math about seven kings, ten kings and six hundred threescore and six? God’s prophets said that the Word of God is understandable. The gospels record that the common people “heard” Jesus “gladly.” Even so that has not stopped a whole host of folks from dissecting and dividing the Word without showing a moment’s thought for what is actually written…

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Sin Surrounds

What does lawlessness produce? Remember that God’s book teaches us that “sin is lawlessness.” But now let’s take a look from the civil side of things. If traffic laws are not enforced, you eventually get auto anarchy instead of orderly processes. Oh my, isn’t that what you have going on in much of the world and in a lot of locations around this country right now, since we started “Selective Enforcement Programs” in the Seventies? So going onward, what happens…

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