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Some Things Said… (Mar 06) (2)

Roe v. Wade... For Men? They are calling it Roe v Wade for men. A group called the National Center for Men on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit claiming that men should have the same right to opt out of responsibility for an unwanted child that women have through abortion. The group is citing the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause in saying that fathers should have the legal right to not pay support for an unwanted child. Women's groups call…

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Looking At the Bible Versions- NASB (1971/1995)

The New American Standard Bible (NASB) an English translation of the Bible. The most recent edition of the NASB text was published in 1995, with the original having been published in 1971. As its name implies, the NASB is a revision of the American Standard Version of 1901. The New American Standard Bible is widely regarded as the most literally translated of 20th-century English Bible translations. According to the NASBs preface, the translators had a "Fourfold Aim" in this work:…

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Some Things Said… (Mar 06)

Lord, Have Mercy - The U.S. delegation to the World Council of Churches apologizes for America. American church officials pleaded for forgiveness for the sins of the United States last week--from the Iraq War, to Bush's rejection of the Kyoto Accord, to the racism exposed by Hurricane Katrina, to economic exploitation, and for the more general American sin of idolatry… "Our leaders turned a deaf ear to the voices of church leaders throughout our nation and the world, entering into…

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On John the Baptist and the Baptism of Christ

The passages listing the details to the baptism of Christ as recorded in the gospels are the point for the first appearance chronologically of the word baptism in any of its various forms. Without some instruction in the meaning given this word it could be defined only through a diligent search of scripture and not without some difficulty. Of course, the learner would not be left wanting as such a search would in time pay its dividends, for we should…

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Some Things Said… (Feb 06) (3)

Illinois Gears Up For Marriage Signature Drive More than 7,000 people in Illinois have volunteered to gather signatures in order to ensure a constitutional amendment protecting marriage makes it onto the November ballot. Protect Marriage Illinois needs to gather the signatures of 283,111 registered voters by May 8 to qualify for the November election. The amendment states: "To secure and preserve the benefits of marriage for our society and for future generations of children, a marriage between a man and…

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Looking At The Bible Versions- NIV (1984)

The New International Version (NIV) is an English translation of the Christian Bible which is the most popular of the modern translations of the Bible made in the twentieth century. The preface to the NIV states, "The first concern of the translators has been the accuracy of the translation and its fidelity to the thought of the biblical writers." This should be of interest to us because the translators tell us that they are concerned about being true to thoughts…

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Some Things Said.. (Feb 06) (2)

Clash of Civilization As a way of addressing the Islamist threat to civil liberties in Europe, the Danish cartoons of the prophet Muhammad were hardly ideal. The right to mock a religion may be absolute, but so is the right to publish most forms of pornography: Neither is appropriate in a serious publication. That applies whether the religion is Islam, Christianity or any other, and whether the cartoons are being published for the first time or reprinted elsewhere as acts…

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Looking At The Bible Versions- KJV (1611)

One of the more common questions I receive concerns the various translations of the Bible. Many ask me what version I use, what version I recommend, or what version is the best. My usual answer to this is "yes." That is, I use a number of different versions for reading, for study, and for preaching. I am not particularly interested in "falling in love" with any one version. Rather, I desire a version that accurately communicates the word of God…

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Some Things Said… (Feb 06)

The Ten Commandments, R.I.P. The Decalogue takes it on the chin Not since Moses smashed the original tablets on Mount Sinai have the Ten Commandments fallen on such hard times; the Decalogue is as welcome today in a public school classroom as former Chief Justice Roy Moore at an ACLU picnic. Deemed insensitive to Buddhists and Zoroastrians, insulting to atheists, offensive to secularists, and irrelevant to the irreligious, the Ten Commandments have been declared by several American legal tribunals to…

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The Holy Spirit and His Work (4)

In addition to enabling the apostles and those they hand chose to allow performing miracles, in confirmation of the Word of God, I would also like you to note that the relationship of the Spirit to the apostles was itself threefold in nature. Let us post part of the record of the given orders to the Holy Spirit as they were recorded when Christ enumerated and outlined them to his twelve apostles offered as proof of this premise. "Nevertheless I…

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