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Some Things Said… (Apr 05) (3)

Earth Day and Mother Earth [Last week] marked the 35th anniversary of the founding of "Earth Day" by former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. It [was] also V.I. Lenin's birthday -- which is no coincidence. Nelson modeled his anti-capitalist protests after anti-Vietnam War demonstrations of that era. Today, the so-called "environmental movement" he helped spawn has devolved from a gaggle of unwashed adolescent peaceniks into a slick cadre of leftists, lobbyists and lawyers. The result of this devolution has been an…

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Some Essentials and Non-essentials

"For Moses truly said to the fathers, "The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people." (Acts 3: 22 , 23) Just after Peter delivered the second recorded sermon at Solomon's Porch following the healing of the lame…

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Did Jesus Die In Our Place? (5)

1 Peter 2:24 If Jesus did not literally have the sins of the world placed upon him, then what did Peter mean in 1 Peter 2:24, "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed"? I think we must first notice what the text does actually say. Notice that it says he "bore our sins in his body," not on…

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Some Things Said… (Apr 05) (2)

Prayer Punishment The ACLU has asked a federal judge to punish school officials for allowing a pre-game prayer at a high school baseball game. Louisianas ACLU director called the brief prayer for player safety "un-American and immoral" and says that school board members should be fined or jailed for failing to stop it. Last month a Louisiana judge ruled against the same school board for letting an elementary school student recite the Lord's Prayer before a meeting. That ruling has…

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What is a church? (7)

The next usage of the words translated for church and assembly appears in Acts 21 and verse 22. In this instance, Paul has reached Jerusalem and has just completed his explanation of the situations that he had come upon as he had been teaching to the non-Jews during his last tour through the churches in Asia and Macedonia. The instructions are for him to offer that he is following the traditions of the Jews so that any arising trouble might…

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Did Jesus Die In Our Place? (4)

Jesus Became Sin (2 Corinthians 5:21) 2 Corinthians 5:21-"He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (HCSB). "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (NASU). "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the…

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Did Jesus Die In Our Place? (3)

In our last article we introduced the problem of the substitution theory. I believe a couple quotations will easily summarize the problems we considered last time. "The great Baptist preacher Charles H. Spurgeon said: "If Christ has died for you, you can never be lost. God will not punish twice for one thing. If God punished Christ for your sins He will not punish you. "Payment Gods justice cannot twice demand; first, at the bleeding Saviors hand, and then again…

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When the Pope Passes Away

I was really disturbed at the passing of Pope John Paul II. I was not disturbed at the passing itself, since it seemed that the man had only days to live. What I was disturbed by was the way people in the news and in our society were speaking about the deceased pope. Allow me to identify just a few of these disturbing instances. "Before we were praying for the pope. Now we will pray to the pope." Was Pope…

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Some Things Said… (Apr 05)

Jackson tops poll of fools Michael Jackson has been crowned the US s most foolish person for the third consecutive year, snatching the dishonor from the likes of President George W. Bush and society heiress Paris Hilton. Eighty per cent of 1030 people who took part in an annual April Fools Day survey felt that Jackson, on trial for molesting a 13-year-old boy, deserved the top spot on this year's list, which also featured his bra-popping sister Janet Jackson and…

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What is a church? (6)

The next few mentions of the word for church or assembly are found in Acts 16:6 and 18:22 and they are incidental to noting the growing strength and spread of the gospel through the churches. But following these is a record worthy of more particular note. In Acts chapter 20 beginning with verse 17 is the text of Pauls remarks to the Ephesian elders as he prepared to leave for Jerusalem. Gathered at Miletus, they came to hear Pauls parting…

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