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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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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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