Design of the Week – Freedom to Preach

June 29, 2011 at 10:40 am | Posted in Designs of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s design is called Freedom to Preach.

The design is meant to remind others of the truth of the state of affairs in our nation. While there are many who would like nothing more than to see Christians silenced, the fact remains that the freedom to preach the gospel of Christ is protected by the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Continue Reading Design of the Week – Freedom to Preach…

Peace on Earth

January 8, 2011 at 2:11 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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The Christmas season is winding down (for me it really isn’t over til after the new year) and, in an effort to keep from completely ruining your Christmas joy, I’ve held onto this until after the holiday was over. I also wanted to see what everyone said during the week leading up to Christmas. I have been thinking more (wait! don’t go yet…) and there have been a few loose threads that I’ve been following. Oddly enough, when I began to think about the threads, they all seem to be interconnected. I’m going to go through them and would love to hear your thoughts on these different topics.

One of the things that I’ve been thinking about comes from the songs that I’ve heard played over the Christmas holiday season. Things that talk about goodwill, peace on earth, and kindness. One that I heard very often throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas was the song Do They Know It’s Christmas Time At All. In case you haven’t heard it (although there are a number of remakes on Youtube), here is the original:

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Newslinks 09/26/10

September 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Sunday’s Newslinks brought to you by At Ease Tees

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Social conservatives at the Values Voter Summit have crowned a new top contender for president, though the winner of this year’s straw poll only edged out last year’s by two points.

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Wheaton College Installs New President Continue Reading Newslinks 09/26/10…

Newslinks 09/19/10

September 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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What is the church?

June 28, 2010 at 6:30 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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It seems like such an innocent question doesn’t it? Logic would say that there should be a simple definition for what the church is and that should be that. Unfortunately, there isn’t. Well, I take that back. There is a simple definition of what the church is. A large number of those who profess Christ even seem to know what this definition is. What’s odd is that, while they know the definition, it doesn’t match up with what they are living out. Taken to the next level, this same oddity seems to be true for local churches. Attendees can give the Sunday school answer for the question but, looking at the church/individual, there’s a discrepancy. Before I go where I’m going, it would be helpful to have the definition of what the church is according to the Bible: Continue Reading What is the church?…

The Dream

January 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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On August 28th, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. This speech brought to the attention of the world the struggles and trials of our nation as some Americans were not treated like others were. As he stood in the shadow of Abraham Lincoln’s statue, Dr. King expressed the plight of African-Americans in our nation. Parts of his speech are known by millions, but it seems that many leaders and others today have forgotten what Dr. King really said. Today, many people use Dr. King and his message to support their agendas and causes without any care for the fact that Dr. King would never support their cause. To be honest, I can’t say that it surprises me…

 

In the 50’s and 60’s Dr. King, who was a Baptist minister (with a backbone and a Biblical understanding), spent much of his time striving to bring equality to the forefront of the nation’s mind. He didn’t cause riots or aggressively attack people. Instead, Dr. King and those who stood with him did things peacefully. They marched and prayed. They fasted and spoke up. They spent time in jail. They didn’t attack those who disagreed with them. By the time Dr. King stood on the steps of the nation, people around the globe were listening. Dr. King spoke clearly and concisely about where his heart was. It was in the Bible. Dr. King knew that God was in control and that He ultimately holds everything in His hands. He was aware of what he could do. If Dr. King wanted, he could have roused thousands of people into riots. He didn’t. He made his voice heard and spoke to the conscience of America. He called on those he fought for to act in dignity and discipline. He challenged them to step up and take the high road. He continued to encourage them to believe that things would be different and that they should go home knowing this. Dr. King continued to call on our leaders to change the country and they did.

 

Dr. King’s dream was that one day, blacks and whites would walk hand in hand and that there wouldn’t be any segregation. His dream was that everyone would be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. He said that if America were to become a great nation, segregation would have to end. Blacks and whites would have to be equal to each other. They would have to be equal in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of each other. Both blacks and whites would have to realize that they are one blood just like the Bible says (Acts 17:26).

 

Today, homosexuals are using Dr. King as a supporter for their agenda. They compare the “struggles” they’re going through to those faced by blacks in the 50’s and 60’s. They claim that they are being discriminated against and their rights are being trampled on. This is a ludicrous idea even at its foundation. Homosexuals are not going through the same trials and tribulations that blacks faced back then. No one can choose his or her skin color. Homosexuality is a choice. God created people to have the genetics for a variety of skin colors. He didn’t make anyone homosexual. He made Adam and Eve, man and woman. God wouldn’t make anyone in direct opposition to His character. He made man and woman heterosexual. They were the only two people and there was no other way for them to reproduce. Homosexuals are not having dogs sicced on them or being segregated from heterosexuals. They claim that their rights are being denied, but that’s not true. They have the same rights as heterosexuals. They can get jobs just like heterosexuals, go to schools just like heterosexuals, eat at the same places that heterosexuals do, and can even get married if they choose to do it according to its definition. If they don’t do any of these things, it’s not because they can’t but because they choose not to. But, because they can’t do exactly what they want, when they want, and how they want, they whine and attack those who don’t support them. They have beaten up Christians who believe that they are living in sin. They basically have nothing in common with Dr. King or his dream. To use a Baptist minister and his vision of racial equality to try and show support for their own cause is extremely shady.

 

Today our nation will inaugurate a new president. This new president (who may or may not be black or American) has taken great pains to try and connect himself to Dr. King and other powerful leaders who have impacted our nation (e.g., Abraham Lincoln). He talks about how he and “his people” have fought greatly to come to where they are. He has stood on a platform of change, desiring to change the nation for the better. This same man who professes to have the power to change the nation promotes things that Dr. King would never stand for. He openly supports abortion and is poised to sign the Freedom of Choice Act as one of his first acts as president. This Act will allow women to have the free choice to kill their unborn child for any reason. This is in direct opposition to Dr. King’s dream. When Dr. King spoke of his dream, he often mentioned children. His concern for equality wasn’t just for himself and those who stood with him (black and white) but for the children that followed after him (black and white). Barack Obama also openly supports homosexuality. Dr. King was a Baptist minister who knew the scripture and stood on it and under it. He knew that the Bible said that homosexuality was condemned in both the Old and New Testaments as an abomination, an unnatural act, and means of going to hell. Barack Obama’s idea of change is nothing close to what Dr. King would have supported. But there are a number of “black leaders” who push this, if they don’t push him as some sort of Messiah. I find it an offense that he would imply anything of the sort. Barack Obama is taking the whole burden of change upon himself like he’s the only one who can make this change. Dr. King knew that he couldn’t do it alone. He knew that it would take all of us to make the changes and make them lasting. For Dr. King, it wasn’t about being an icon, but being willing to stand up for what is right and show others. There’s a huge difference between Dr. King and Obama…

 

On Martin Luther King Day, we celebrate a man who made an amazing effort to bring our nation together. He strove to help others see truth according to scriptures. He made his life an example of faith in action. He acted according to what he preached. He gave all of us (of any color) another example of a godly man who feared Him and strove to pattern his life according to what he read in scripture. Today, if you’re going to do any celebrating of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, please celebrate the man for what he was, what he did, and the dream that he held. Please don’t try to make him out to be something or someone he’s not…


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