Give Thanks!

October 31, 2007 at 12:12 pm | Posted in Christianity | 2 Comments
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I wanted to do something a little different than normal. I know that I’m a day early, but I really have come to appreciate the coming season.

What I wanted to do with this post is give Christians an opportunity to give thanks for what God has done for them. It doesn’t matter how big or small it seems, if God has done something for you to be thankful for, please leave a comment and let me and others know just how thankful you are!

Of course, all of this is predicated on the fact that Jesus Christ came down from heaven to reconcile us to God. He lived on the earth for 331/2 years as both God and man and lived without sin. He suffered tempation in every way that we do and stood before God pure and holy. He healed the sick, raised the dead, set the captives free, and gave hope where there was none. He was then betrayed by a friend that He chose, was beaten, mocked, spit upon, and humiliated by the very people He came to save. He was whipped 39 times with a cat of nine tails to the point that the Bible says that He was unrecognizable. He was then forced to carry a wooden cross about 600 yards to the place where He would then be nailed to that same cross. He was pierced not only by the nails, but by our transgressions. He was raised up on the cross between two thieves as a criminal, even though He was innocent. He hung on the cross for six hours that day, and through the entire ordeal, He still forgave the thief. When He finally died, the veil in the temple was split from top to bottom, the earth shook, it grew dark, and many of the saints who were dead were raised back to life. His body was then pierced with a spear and taken down. It was laid in a borrowed tomb and closed with large stone. The tomb was also guarded by 16 Roman soldiers to ensure that noone would take the body. On the third day, Jesus arose from the dead and for the next 40 days, He was seen by anywhere from one to 500 people. He then ascended to heaven and told those who followed Him to go and teach others what He taught them. Continue Reading Give Thanks!…

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Tricks or Treats?

October 30, 2007 at 10:01 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Tomorrow night in the US, thousands of kids will be running around for hours, decked out in a multitude of different costumes, knocking on the doors of complete strangers and hollering “Trick or Treat!”. I remember it all, and thinking back on it reminds me of the church today….

In today’s church, we have people from all walks of life, dressed up in a multitude of different classes, colors, and clothings. And as I’ve watched them, I’ve noticed something. The majority of them are running around knocking on the doors of complete strangers and hollering “Trick or Treat!”.

The church today is running back and forth from one thing to another looking for something that will satisfy it. We are going door to door hoping that the next program we run or the next event we have will be like the elderly woman who used to throw money into our candy bags. We are looking for the next big Treat that will bring the multitudes in by the busload and allow us to feel good about “our” church and how we are doing “the will of the Lord”. We are looking for the next big Treat the will give us the formula and guidlines to produce the church that looks and acts most like Jesus and best represents Christianity to the lost around us. Continue Reading Tricks or Treats?…

From the loins of Abraham?

October 29, 2007 at 9:47 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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In a recent interview with presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, a discussion took place as to whether or not Mormonism was the 4th Abrahamic religion. So, is the origin of Mormonism found in Abraham?

For all it’s flowery words and the Christian lingo that they use, I do not see Mormonism as a form of Christianity, much less originating from Abraham. To originate from Abraham, Mormonism would have had to come from Issac or Ishmael, the two sons of Abraham. Muslims are from Abraham through Ishmael (who they claim is the true son of promise). Jews and Christians are connected to Abraham through his son Isaac, who is the true son of promise according to the Bible.

So where did Mormonism originate? Well, according to history and the Mormon website, it originated from Joseph Smith in 1820, when as a 14 year old boy, he went into the woods to pray about which church to join. It is said that here, God the Father and Jesus appeared to Joseph Smith and told him not to join any of the denominational churches. Three years later, Smith supposedly received golden plates of the Book of Mormon from the angel Moroni. The “angel” told him that he had been chosen to translate the book. While translating the book, Smith said that John the Baptist appeared to him and ordained him to restore the true church. Continue Reading From the loins of Abraham?…

Embrace the change?

October 26, 2007 at 10:39 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Today starts the “Embrace the Change” gospel concert support Barrack Obama and his campaign for president. The extravaganza marks the end of Obama’s “40 days of Faith and Family” in South Carolina. The whole idea behind the “40 Days” is to show how Obama sees faith and family as important in shaping him and his desire to cause fundamental change. It is supposed to show how “the Democrats are not afraid to talk about faith” and how Obama is the man that conservatives can look to to lead them and our country to a brighter day.

Ok, so I got a little carried away with the last sentence there…

I can’t help but ask this though…Can someone who approves of abortion and “gay marriage” truly say that they support faith and family? How does support of either strengthen families? Abortion is the senseless, cold hearted killing of an unborn child. Does that say family to you? To me, it says “even though this is a human being, I’m going to get rid of it and ignore the morality behind it”. Does that mean that if you’ve had an abortion you have no chance to support faith or family? No. If you are willing to repent for the murder that you’ve caused, God will forgive you. But that doesn’t change the fact that abortion is murder. I know many people that have had abortions. They’ve talked to me about how it has affected them. I still see them shed tears over the whole ordeal. But they acknowledge what they did and every single one of them now see abortion for what it is and supports the rights of the unborn. God doesn’t want you to have an abortion. He says it in the Bible. “You shall not murder”. But, if you have had an abortion, He wants you to see the truth and turn to Him so that He can heal your pain and grief and then use you to help stop the atrocities that are taking place daily. Continue Reading Embrace the change?…

Is he getting rusty?

October 25, 2007 at 9:20 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It seems to me that “The Governator” is either getting a little rusty, or he has put up a conservative front that is slowly falling down around his feet.

The governor of California signed into law measure SB 777 which prohibits any instruction or school-sponsored activity which discriminates against gender. According to the soon-to-be law, this means that terms like “mom” or “dad” or “husband and wife” couldn’t be used because it promotes heterosexuality as the norm. It also provides for disciplanary measures to be taken against teachers and students who oppose “same sex marriage” and cross-dressing or sex change operations. It also allows for those who identify with the opposite gender to use that opposite gender’s changing rooms and restrooms. On top of all of that, if parents choose to remove their children from the California public school system, they will still be supporting it through the taxes they pay… Continue Reading Is he getting rusty?…

Trying to close the gap

October 24, 2007 at 10:27 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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In an effort to try to close the gap between himself and conservative voters, Rudolph Giuliani said that the ideals that he and conservative voters have in common are more important than what separates them. He says that he’s not “an activist for liberal causes”. He told the values voters in Washington D.C. that, while he and conservatives have many areas of disagreement, that “he would protect the values they share”.

Is this possible? As president, would Rudolph Giuliani really represent the conservative voters of our nation? Especially when so many of the ideals that we hold don’t match up with his own? Just reading his website you can see the doubletalk dripping from his quotes about where he stands on political issues.

For instance, on marriage the website states:

Rudy Giuliani believes marriage is between a man and a woman. He does not—and has never—supported gay marriage. But he believes in equal rights under law for all Americans. That’s why he supports domestic partnerships that provide stability for committed partners in important legal and personal matters, while preserving the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman. Continue Reading Trying to close the gap…

Is this inflation?

October 23, 2007 at 10:30 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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A Boy Scout council in Philidelphia, PA has encountered one of the largest increases of rent that I’ve ever heard of. The Cradle of Liberty Council in Philidelphia serves about 64,000 scouts in Philidelphia and it’s surrounding suburbs. Recently, the council was told that they would have to start paying the market value for the building that they are using, which is $200,000 a year. Their previous rent was $1 a year for their downtown office.

Why the change in rent? It came about because the Cradle of Liberty Council was accused of discriminating against homosexuals. This is a huge change from the 2000 court ruling that said the Boy Scouts have a first amendment right to bar homosexuals from participating in the Boy Scouts.

What is the city’s purpose behind this? Just a little bit of thought would show that this is foolishness. Would it be safe or right to allow homosexuals to be part of the Boy Scouts? Think about it for a minute. That’s like letting a pedophile teach kindergarten… Continue Reading Is this inflation?…

How many can you name?

October 22, 2007 at 10:44 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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In a day and age when information is flowing like water and there seems to be no limit to what is available to those who know where and how to find it, it seems like our country (and others) is not holding on to the information that is the most important to the health, growth, and future of our country.

 In a study done by Kelton Research, Americans were asked a number of different questions about how much information they knew. I would like to say that the results were surprising, but really they weren’t.

The focus of the study was the 10 commandments. 1,000 Americans were asked how many of the commandments they could name. In order to compare, they were also asked questions like “What are the ingredients of a Big Mac” and “Name the six kids of the Brady Bunch”. The study showed that 25% (250 people) could name all 7 ingredients in a Big Mac, 80% knew that there were “two all beef patties”, 76% knew there was lettuce , 75% a sesame seed bun, 66% knew about the “special sauce”, 62% got  pickles, and 60% remembered cheese. For the Brady Bunch kids, 35% of the 1000 could name all six, and while Bobby and Peter were the least remembered, they still came in at 43% each. Continue Reading How many can you name?…

Are they adding fuel?…

October 20, 2007 at 7:33 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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A middle school in Portland, Maine has decided, by a vote of 5-2, to start handing out birth control pills and patches to it’s 11-13 year old students. They’ve also been dispensing condoms to the students since 2002.

WHAT?!?!

Ok…maybe I’m just getting older. Or, maybe I have just gotten completely detatched from reality. Or…maybe I just have more common sense then all of King Middle School’s board members, but COME ON PEOPLE!

 Can you not see that this is adding fuel to the fire instead of solving the problem? Can you not see that by handing 11-13 year old kids condoms and birth control pills, you’re basically saying, “It’s ok if you have sex outside of marriage, even though God said it’s wrong“? Or, even if you’re not a believer, “We know that there is a growing epidemic of young people who are getting sexually transmitted diseases, and we know that more and more kids are getting pregnant younger and younger, so here’s a pill and a condom!”…

 Idiots… Continue Reading Are they adding fuel?……

Alabama makes a smart decision!

October 19, 2007 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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In national education rankings, unfortunately Alabama doesn’t seem to rank very high. One of the more recent rankings had the state at 45 out of 50. But they seem to making strides to change that…

 Alabama has recently become the first state to approve a bible textbook for public high schools. The book “The Bible and it’s Influence” became accepted as a highschool textbook throughout the state and is going to have a big impact on other states considering adding it to their own curriculum. There are currently 163 high schools in the country using the book, but Alabama is the first to adopt the book statewide. Not only that, but any school desiring to use the book will be able to get it using state provided funds until 2013.

According to the Alabama state Board of Education, the book, created by the Bible Literacy Project, is considered “sufficient to be used as the sole textbook/program for a particular grade or course and meet[s] 80% or more of the standards outlined in the state course of study and/or is sufficient to be used as the sole textbook for an elective course.”

 The textbook is said to be more academic and not a devotional by showing how the Bible influenced people in different times and occupations.

 I am happy to hear that Alabama is stepping up and making a choice about it’s future. Not having read the book, I’m still a little concerned about how it presents the Bible, but having a textbook about the Bible and it’s influence in public schools will hopefully be the start of something larger. We need to be teaching our kids the truth and the only way to teach them the truth is to lead them to the Truth.

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