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Some Things Said… (Feb 05)

Women's magazine offers tips to feminine terrorists "ROME -- Al Qaeda has introduced an online womens magazine with articles including dietary advice for suicide bombers and tips on how to "dominate the passions before blowing yourself up, according to Italy s SISDE secret service. "SISDE analysts disclosed the existence of Al Khansa, the unusual monthly Internet publication for female militants that is hosted by several Islamist Web sites, in the Italian spy services quarterly review Gnosis. "Khansa is a popular…

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God’s Method of Biblical Inspiration

Before we can discuss the inspiration of the scriptures, we must begin by defining inspiration. In todays language, inspiration refers to anything that lifts the spirit. Therefore, we speak of paintings that are inspirational. We talk about football players inspiring their team to victory. When speaking in these terms, many people admit the Bible to be "inspirational." However, this is not what the Bible means when it speaks of inspiration. The word "inspiration" literally means "the breath of God." Therefore,…

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What is a Church? (4)

Were about to enter the hazy area in examinations of this type where we cannot see far enough ahead into all the information needed to identify particulars because some of what we require is not yet in sight and revealed in this type of chronological study. So in this look at where and how the words church or assembly are used in the NT, we are about to find that not everything we need may be within easy reach using…

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God’s Revelation To Humans (2)

God has revealed his existence in the creation. By looking at the complexity and power found in this universe, we are to seek after God. But the general revelation of God through creation does not inform us as to what we are to do to be pleasing to God. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your…

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God’s Revelation To Humans (1)

"I dont believe in any religion. Its all made up. Religion is an organized thing by human beings to convince other people to follow a way of speaking to God. I think Gods in everybody, and you have to be in touch with yourself and your god within you." (Mark Burnett, television producer of Survivor and The Apprentice). This has been the conclusion of some people: there is no God but God is simply a fixture of mans imagination. How…

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What is a Church? (3)

Continuing with the look into how the word church is used in the New Testament and at what constitutes a church, the next usage in order is found in Acts 5: 11 - "So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things." The great fear imposed was in result to the stir following the deaths of Ananias and his wife Sapphira, when they had sought to deceive God. Following this, the next occurrence is…

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Some Things Said… (Jan 05) (2)

Apparently so did Oliver Stone… "All the followers of Alexander preferred to accept the marvelous rather than the true." --Strabo A failure to instruct "What might explain the differences in behavior today versus yesteryear? A significant part of the explanation is seen by recognizing that societys first line of defense is not the law but customs, traditions and moral values. Customs, traditions and moral values are those important thou-shalt-nots such as: thou shalt not murder, shalt not steal, shalt not…

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The Brevity of Life

As humans, we do not like to think about our own immortality. We are not interesting in speaking in terms of there not being a tomorrow. Rather, we speak as if things will continue on in the future as things have continued in the past. However, deep down inside of us, we do realize that anything can happen to us at any given moment. We have seen and perhaps experienced the sudden loss of life of family members and friends.…

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The Blood of Jesus and the Blood of Animals

The writer of the book of Hebrews is explaining in chapter 10 why Jesus was necessary as a sacrifice for sins. After declaring "it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins," the writer of Hebrews quotes the words of David from Psalm 40: "Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, "Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you…

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Some Things Said… (Jan 05)

Manger Wars Suing the jingle bells off everyone this side of the North Pole has traditionally been the ACLUs favorite form of seasonal joy. Christmases past have seen the group take on religious displays in public squares and public schools, litigating crosses out of one town and menorahs out of another. The civil-liberties group hasnt lost its passion for secularism, but this years litigation news is being made by a different group of plaintiffs. Religious families are the ones suing to…

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