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A New World Without Fear?

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When a person kills another person, other than in self defense or in a justified action on behalf of a country or state, it is murder.

Regardless of the weapon used.

Whether using a gun, a knife, a stick, a rock, or a popsicle stick. It makes no difference. The deed is still murder.

Murder is a sin. And sin is evil.

And it is caused by a condition of the soul.

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Faith in Our Own Good Intentions

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When churches preach against selfishness, they assume that a Christian will be ashamed and then do selfless things.

That is the theory.

But there is a fatal flaw in this thinking.

The Christian cannot overcome his “self”. Only the Lord is able to accomplish this.

Only by yielding ourselves to His working within us are we able to do anything that is good. And keep from doing anything that is bad.

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“Partnerships” in Jesus’ Name

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I’ve been listening to this language of “partnering” coming from the leadership of my church. Which is the same rhetoric coming from a wide assortment of popular Christian leaders.

By “partnering”, they mean joining together with other organizations to accomplish some good thingin Jesus’ name.

These good things might range from working with local homeless shelters, food banks, addiction ministries, helping the poor, helping abused women, feeding starving children, or even joining with national or international groups providing aid to impoverished countries; or maybe just standing along-side some activist group trying to affect social or political change – once again, in Jesus’ name.

A common justification for this joint participation is that the organization we are partnering with is supposedly a “Christian” ministry that is doing “great good”. Which could, supposedly, do even greater good if more churches would join in their work.

However, does the Bible actually have anything to say about How we are to minister to others? Or with Whom we are to partner? Or Not to partner?

Has the Lord given us any clear guidelines or limitations for us to follow?

Or does our desire to help and to be good humanitarians take precedence over all other concerns?

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Christian Intellectual Idolatry

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Just a note on something I saw the other evening on an internet news site.

There was a chart showing which groups formed the highest percentage of those supporting a particular candidate for governor.

What struck me were the 4 groups singled out that supported this candidate. I fit into all four groups. Although I can only remember 3 of them now, they were as follows:

  • White Evangelicals
  • White Men without a College Degree
  • White Seniors

Yoo Hoo! I wonder if there is some kind of prize I’ve won for fitting into all these groups?!

I’ll bet it’s a really special prize!!

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What is the Lord’s Priority?

wolf in sheeps clothingFor do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ? (Galatians 1:10)

Is the Lord’s first priority the salvation of lost souls?

Or has He established a greater ministry than evangelism?

Or does He allow us to do whatever is necessary to win people to Christ?

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Wisdom Cries Out!

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Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: she crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the opening of the gates.;” (Proverbs 1:20-21a)

I often wonder why simple, good, right thinking is not followed in our world.

And then I realize that this is not a new problem.

Wisdom has been crying out all through history. It has been screaming from the rooftops.

But men and nations have rejected the words of scripture from the most ancient of times.

So, this is not a case where the words of wisdom are not being heard. Men clearly hear what God is saying.

It’s just a simple case of men rejecting God’s words.

The leadership of our own country is ignoring God’s wisdom today. They are rejecting God’s Truth while trying to establish some other way to follow.

To establish some new Way. And to follow some new Path.

Like someone trying to find a black cat, in a vast dark cave, at midnight. 

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Saved by Works of “Love”?

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What is the greatest need of man?

If he gains all that this world has to offer, yet loses his soul, his loss will be felt through all eternity.

Consider that for a moment. If one would gain all the wealth, fame, adulation, pleasure, and happiness possible in this world, but loses his soul, the tragedy would be beyond imagination.

Yet, those leading our churches have forgotten this foundational truth.

They’ve forgotten that we are eternal beings. We were not made for this world. We were not designed to seek our fulfillment here.

Nor to help others to find their fulfillment here.

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Make an Eternal Difference

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When I look at the world around me, even at my own small-town world, it seems unfathomable that the vast majority of those people I know will never see eternal life; but will spend an eternity in the Lake of Fire. 

I don’t know how to deal with that. It is sobering. It is horrifying. And it is heartbreaking. 

But it drives me to pray. To pray that the Lord will help me to be faithful in presenting His truth to those around me. 

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A “Kind” Orthodoxy?

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I recently heard the phrase, “a kind orthodoxy”, used by a local pastor in his Sunday sermon.

I’m not sure how he came up with this phrase but it sent off warning alarms in my head. Because I’d seen this phrase somewhere before. I just couldn’t remember where.

Then I did some research; and my fears were justified.

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