Sunday’s Newslinks – 01/31/10

January 31, 2010 at 9:17 am | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Brown victory prompts political tremors in California
California Republicans have joined other party faithful across the country in celebrating the Scott Brown win in Massachusetts and believe it will be the political stimulus the GOP needs heading into this Fall’s election.

Study: Sexting a growing and dangerous problem
Pew Research Center has released results of a survey on “sexting,” the practice mostly among youth of transmitting nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves via cell phone.

Airline clerk appeals UK rulings banning crucifix
A Christian woman is asking London’s High Court to force British Airways to admit it was wrong in demanding she stop wearing a crucifix at work.

Ten Commandments monument in place at Okla. bank
A Ten Commandments monument that supporters want to put on the lawn of an Oklahoma county courthouse has been installed outside a bank for the time being.
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Sunday’s Newslinks 01/24/10

January 24, 2010 at 9:36 am | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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4 More Malaysian Churches Attacked; 1 Vandalized
Three more churches in Malaysia were targets of arson Sunday and another was vandalized in the latest wave of attacks on the country’s Christian minority.

 

Ugandan Lawmaker Refuses to Withdraw Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Aid Groups Urge Int’l Community to Help Sudan Keep the Peace

Prison Fellowship: High Rape Rate of Juveniles Unacceptable

Anglican Leader Calls for ‘Tougher Church’

Southern Baptist President’s Surgery Went ‘Great,’ Says Family

Tens of Thousands Sign Petition Urging Holder to Move KSM Trial from New York
(CNSNews.com)
– More than 60,000 people, including members of Congress and three former presidential candidates, have signed a petition calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to move the trial of Khalid Shiekh Mohammed (or KSM) from New York City to a military tribunal.
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Design of the Week – No Fear

September 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Posted in Designs of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s design is called No Fear. It’s a wonderful reminder to those in Christ that regardless of what we are going through, God is there for us. Numerous places in both the Old and New Testaments, God has told us that He is our refuge and strength. He is the One we should run to when we face any problem or trial. Continue Reading Design of the Week – No Fear…

Ten Commandments #7

September 22, 2008 at 6:30 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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If you’ve been keeping track and reading along (thank you both of you), then you know what we’ll be talking about this week. This week’s blog focuses on the seventh commandment:

 

Exo 20:14  “You shall not commit adultery.

 

This is dealt with all throughout the bible. It begins in Exodus 20 and can be found in Leviticus 18:20, 20:10, Prov. 6:29, Matthew 5:27-28, 15:19, and James 1:14-15. The penalty for adultery was death of both participants. In case you don’t know, adultery is sex outside of marriage between a married person and someone else’s spouse or a single person.

 

Sadly, this sin is not only rampant in our society it is promoted. TV shows like “Desperate Housewives” and others like them promote this kind of activity as “natural” and ok. As we looked at last week, David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband murdered to try and cover it up. We see this happening more often. We see it put before us on talk shows and chances are we know someone that has been through this. Our politicians and “leaders” commit adultery and they are still put into office. They mock the Lord and set a horrible example of what men and women should act like. We see this happen with swingers and office flings. We see it taking place as men and women seek “more” from others on the Internet. Unfortunately, we also see it in the church. Pastors, elders, deacons, and churchgoers commit adultery and act like there is nothing wrong. Often, they leave their spouse for the other person and break their covenant. Then, many of them try to justify it by using David as an example. They say that even though David committed adultery, he was still a man after God’s own heart. How stupid! Like that somehow condones sin….

 

Why does it happen? Why do people commit adultery? I think that one of the reasons is that people convince themselves that they aren’t happy with their spouse. They focus on the things that are “wrong” in their spouse and completely ignore the covenant that they made with their “significant other”. Because they are dissatisfied, they look for someone that will “fulfill their needs” (I’m rolling my eyes now…). Adultery also takes place because mankind is just lustful. They have no control and allow their lusts to rule them and our society promotes it and feeds that lust. They also have no fear of God or respect for His Word or for other people. They put themselves and their selfish desires above God and others. Adultery also happens because people are being deceived. They delude themselves into thinking that they are doing nothing wrong.

 

The problem is, adultery isn’t just about the act itself. Jesus said that it is deeper than what we think. According to Jesus, if someone even looks with lust at another person, that is the same as committing adultery with them. Sadly, this has become nothing today. Porn is rampant in and out of the church. One statistic I heard said that the highest incidence of porn rental at hotels coincides with the times that Christian conferences are in town. Television, magazines, and advertising emphasize the bodies of men and women wearing as little as possible. These types of things help to sow doubt into the mind of those looking. Women see the ads with models that are wafer-thin and feel that they are ugly. Guys deal with this too. They see these women (many of whom have been digitally altered!) and compare them to their wives and the dissatisfaction increases. There are also things like plastic surgery where most of the operations are used to beautify or draw attention to certain areas.

 

So how do we fight this tragic sin? One of the first things that we need to have is an understanding of the scriptures. We have to understand what it means to make a covenant and be committed to keeping it. If you are married, then you need to understand the marriage covenant to help protect and nourish your marriage. If you aren’t married, you need to understand the marriage covenant and give it A LOT of thought before you make the decision. We can fight against adultery if we reject the influence of the world. We can also help non-Christians understand the truth of marriage by working diligently to live a godly marriage before them. Marriage is one of the first things that was put into place by God. It is vital that Christians live in respect to God’s view of marriage, not only for the marriage itself, but to properly reflect Christ and the church.

The next generation

September 17, 2007 at 7:44 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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I saw something the other day that got me to thinking. It was a headline that said, “The giants are passing, who will take their place?” It’s a very important question for believers. With many of those we look to as giants of the faith passing away, is there anyone who can take their place? Notice I didn’t say will. I am sure that there are plenty that will try to take their place. But is there anyone that can?

 It seems that, today, Christians are not raised the same as they used to be. You might say, “that’s because times are different”. That’s true, times are different, but the Bible says that there is nothing new under the sun. One of the things that makes the Bible so amazing is the fact that throughout the hundreds of years that the Word has been going forth it has always been fresh and dynamic. It doesn’t matter how different the times are, the Word still applies. And that’s what has me concerned.

 I look at the church today, especially the youth, and wonder “what happened?” The kids dress just like the world, they talk like the world, they think like the world, and many of the leaders and parents just condone it. We convice ourselves that it’s ok for them to do all of that because we don’t want them to stand out or be persecuted. So we let them dress in clothes that reveal things that only their future spouses should see. We let them backtalk us and others with such disrespect and venom you’d think they were getting ready to join the Navy. We let them act like little kids and rant and rave when they don’t get their way. We let them completely forsake everything their supposed to believe, but at least we let them keep the name “Christian”. Continue Reading The next generation…

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