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What is a Church? (2)

In the last installment I had said that in this second part we would examine the form and function of the church. "So what should a church be, and what should it not be? What is the beginning and form of the church that Christ built? What exactly constitutes a church, and its form and function as it is noted in the New Testament." Well deal with these in order taking up the textual use of the words. But we…

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Jesus Understands

If we were to take an expedition in time to the first century in a search for Jesus, what would you expect to find? Do you expect to find a person who was no different than you and I? The scriptures say: "Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would…

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Sitting In The Wrong Seat

It seems to always happen when I fly. Four people vying for three seats. The dreaded feeling of coming upon your row of seats, finding every seat taken, and knowing one of the seats is yours. As I came upon row 17, seats 17D, 17E, and 17F were all taken. "Excuse me, but this is my seat," I say as politely as I can after wresting two children on to the airplane. The look of bewilderment greets my statement as…

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Political Correctness Runs Amuck

I believe it is safe to say I have seen it all. But before I begin, I want to say that there is something to be said for speaking to others in a way that they would like to hear (Ephesians 4:29) and not speaking things that are obviously offensive or malicious. Unfortunately, what started as a reasonable effort to speak proper toward one another has turned into a campaign to revise history or strip the truth from our communication.…

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Forgiven, But Still Paying the Consequences

Forgiveness has been greatly misconstrued in our society. More and more we see people who demand justice being told to "be forgiving." The scriptures are used to remind us that God was forgiving toward us. Therefore we should be forgiving others and not demand justice for a persons actions. The epitome of this problem is readily seen in the following article: Man Walks Free After Wife Forgives Murder Bid Wed Dec 1, 9:11 AM ET-Reuters DOUAI, France (Reuters) - A…

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My Truth

Recently the Governor of New Jersey admitted that he is a homosexual. Well there is not much new in reporting that, as a great number have fallen prey to the "lusts of the flesh" in its many forms. But there was some new in how he accomplished his coming out party. He scheduled a press conference ostensibly to address some charges that were being leveled at him and also to address possible grand jury indictments, news of which had just…

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Some Things Said And Some That Perhaps Should Not Have Been (Nov 04)

Angelica calls it "Sponsatility" "Want to know how youre doing as a parent? Check out how your children are doing when it comes to minding their manners. ... How would children learn to avoid quarreling and whining? It is quite natural that they do so. Where would they learn to offer someone a seat if the bus is full? How would they learn that their chores are their jobs? How would they learn to speak when spoken to by adults,…

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Grazing with the Cows

Perhaps you heard about the civil proceedings to assess whether Michael Ovitz was given too big a bonus (about 120 million dollars) when he had only served as the Disney Company's President for less than 14 months. The suit was brought to court by some stockholders who believe the money was too much for too little. In this last year some 250,000 corporate positions were lost to restructurings and re-engineering and whatever other names such things come by today. Lives…

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Pacers and Pistons Fight the Fans

On November 19th we witnessed perhaps the lowest point in professional sports take place during a NBA game. If you are unaware of what took place, let me give you a quick run down. Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons was fouled in the process of shooting a layup by Ron Artest of the Indiana Pacers. There was nothing unusual about this foul with Artest simply not wanting to give away an easy basket to the opposition. Ben Wallace turned…

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Born to Run

The following is from an article printed in The Los Angeles Times dated 11.19.04. "Humanity was born to run. More than by brain size or tool making ability, the human species was set apart from its ancestors by the ability to jog mile after lung stabbing mile with greater endurance than any other primate, according to research published in the journal Nature. Indeed, human beings evolved as the cross country stars of a primordial runners world 2 million years before…

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