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Born Blind (1)

The text for this essay (in four parts) is taken from the ninth chapter of the Gospel of John. For the sake of brevity well not print the text here, but would urge you to read it yourself before proceeding with the arguments here. Within the narrative of the giving of sight to a blind man is probably the best lesson on sin found in Gods word. This is the only record anywhere of anyone that had been born blind…

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Some Things Said… (Nov 05) (4)

Vatican to Ban Gays as Priests A new Vatican policy will bar most gays from seminaries. The Vatican plans to release the new rules this week (November 29), but an Italian news agency published them in advance. The rules bar gay men who have been sexually active or have supported what Catholic leaders call the "gay culture." Those who have deeply rooted same-sex attractions are not fit for ordination even if they're celibate, the document says. But admittance is expected…

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Some Things Said… (Nov 05) (3)

Imagine Theres No Heaven Of all the silly pop songs ever written, perhaps the silliest is John Lennons "Imagine." "A wop bop a loo ram a lop bam boom" has more philosophical depth as a lyric, and indeed contributes more to the happiness of human society, than Lennons thudding inanities, which are rendered truly inspiring only by being reduced to a one-word poster on a teenagers wall. Lennon, youll no doubt remember, asks us to imagine humanity without faith, countries,…

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Stephen’s Defense (4)

We noted previously that we know nothing about Stephen beyond the detail given us in Acts 6 through 8. As we know little about the public man we also know little about his private or personal side. We do, however, know more than might be visible at first glance. For instance, we know he was a married man and likely a father too. Further, we know that he wasn't some caricature; some hollow and crafted invention of a pen. He…

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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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