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Some Things Said… (Aug 05)

The definition of the word cult (From Merriam Webster online at www.m-w.com) Function: noun, Usage: often attributive, Etymology: French & Latin; French culte, from Latin cultus care, adoration, from colere to cultivate. 1: formal religious veneration: worship, 2: a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also: its body of adherents, 3: a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also: its body of adherents. This last week Brent Kercheville located a website for "recovering" former members of the churches of Christ.…

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Attempts to Explain the Empty Tomb (1)

Christianity makes it claim upon the resurrection of Jesus. Paul argues the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus to our faith. If Jesus did not raise from the dead, then our faith is useless and vain. But if Jesus did raise from the dead, then the other claims of Jesus are true. Jesus is the Son of God and we must worship Him if the resurrection is true. Historically we know that the tomb of Jesus was empty. The tomb…

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Some Things Said… (July 05) (3)

Line of Cards Makes Light of Adultery Put this one in your "You've got to be kidding" file. Cathy Gallagher, after working in advertising and marketing for 20 years, has launched a new line of greeting cards aimed at expressing the heartfelt feelings of adulterers, reported the Los Angeles Times. Gallagher said she noticed that many people she knew had been in affairs and no card company had taken advantage of this untapped fragment of human emotion. "I'm not making…

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Some Things Said… (July 05) (2)

Jihad is Knocking The slaughter in London is another grisly wake-up call that likely will go as unheeded as earlier ones. Already the standard narrative is being trotted out: evildoers created by what the New York Times predictably called the "root causes of terrorism": autocracy, or economic stagnation, or Palestinian suffering, or globalization's dislocations, or Western historical sins, or the war in Iraq (the cause will depend on the political prejudices of the pundit) have "hijacked" Islam and distorted its…

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What is a church? (8)

I had taken a hiatus from this series for some period of time as other issues were pressing. Also, as this had become an exhaustive survey it was then clear that soon it would require additional work. The most interesting and comprehensive studies on what constitutes a church are just now before us as we begin to look into the first letter to the church at Corinth. So now being some better prepared, well look briefly at the concluding remarks…

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Some Things Said… (July 05)

Allstate manager fired for writing columns critical of homosexuality Allstate has fired a manager because he expressed his Christian beliefs concerning homosexuality. Matt Barber was a manager in Allstates Corporate Security Division. On his own time, and without identifying himself as an employee of Allstate, he wrote a column posted on several websites which was critical of same-sex marriage. An outside homosexual group complained to Allstate about the column. Because of their support for the homosexual agenda, Barber was immediately…

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Making Choices

We get only a few choices in this life that make any difference. The list of in what and where that we did not or do not have anything to say or any choice in matters is much, much longer. We didn't get to pick our parents. That was beyond our ability to affect. We didn't get to choose how or where that we were raised. We didn't get to choose the color of our skin, or of our eyes…

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Some Things Said… (June 05) (2)

An unnoticed incident of Koran destruction? On the very day the braying mob in Pakistan demonstrated over the false Koran report in Newsweek, a suicide bomber blew up an Islamic shrine in Islamabad , destroying not just innocent men, women and children, but undoubtedly many Korans as well. Not a word of condemnation. No demonstrations. --Charles Krauthammer, from his column "Gitmo Grovel: Enough Already," in The Washington Post, 06.03.05 Gods Word changed (yet again) This long-awaited revised text of the…

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Redemption in Christ (2)

"When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philipi, he asked the disciples saying, "Who do men say that I the Son of Man am? And they said "Some say that you are John the Baptist, some Elias, and others Jeremiah, or one of the prophets. And he said, "But who do you say that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him,…

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Things That Hinder Prayer (2)

In this article, we will continue to look at the reasons why our prayers may be hindered. There are many people who blame God when prayers are not answered the way they thought they ought to be answered. The scriptures, however, teach us that we may be the cause for "no" answers in prayer. Selfish Heart James 4:3 says, "You ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so that you may spend it on your desires for pleasure."…

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