Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Thoughts? What Say You?

When a person dies his spirit is no longer in the body. This is what people mean by saying, “The person is not there, it’s just a shell,” when discussing a corpse.  By saying this, are we failing to highlight the wholeness of what it means to be human? Humans are more than merely spirits. The debate tends to be over how to understand the immaterial aspect, not the material aspect.  Maybe both aspects should be tackled with equal vigor. [...]

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Try Reading This Over a Cup of Coffee

Christians should hold other Christians to account.  As for non-believers, Christians should call them to salvation with the message of mercy, grace, and forgiveness.  There’s no need for a Christian to condemn lost sinners for their sin, as they already stand condemned by God's Word.  Instead, the Christian should call lost sinners to reconciliation with their Creator and pray that they’ll repent to become disciples of Christ. [...]

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Guns, Murder, Pagans, Clowns, and Stinkin’ Badges

Among people in the "pro-life" community there are many embracing a "two-victim" view. Have you ever heard a “pro-life” leader call for women guilty of carrying their babies to abortion mills to be arrested and charged with murder or accessory to murder”?  This is as a glaring inconsistency.  With all other murders, someone is arrested, charged, tried and punished if found guilty.  The “abolition” movement aims to clear this up. [...]

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Having Kingdom Focused Dialogues Online? 

Changing the word used for a given reality doesn’t change the reality. Should we call ourselves “followers of the Way”, “believers in Jesus”, “the chosen”, or “disciples of our Savior”, it won’t matter. If we make our message about Him, then we commiserate with the lost, as we share the gospel that God’s rescues sinners from condemnation so that we can joyfully work to do the work of His kingdom. In Christ the yoke of guilt is lifted. [...]

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Proof That Fools Can Have a High IQ

Non-biblical individuals advocate for what they say is right/true without contemplating the ground for their convictions.  Often this is due to thinking they don't have to contemplate such things because they feel their position is rooted in neutrality.  But neutral ground is a myth.  All convictions are grounded in something. Whatever that "something" might be, not all of your neighbors will agree - so it's not neutral. [...]

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5 Wonderful Ways to Spread Holiday Cheer

The safest place on the planet for any human should be inside the womb.  We know this isn’t the case, as evidenced every month by the estimated 4-million children killed before their gestation period has reached its natural end.  Yes, four-million worldwide.  That’s an average of 5,500 per hour, every hour.  Or 90 per minute, every minute.  This is more than one abortion per second.  Every second of every day.  Day after day after day. [...]

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Simple Ways to Strengthen Your Christian Faith

Christians are called to be stewards of all that God's given us.  This includes the environment.  Does the Paris Accord accomplish this?  At least one professing Christian, David Rank, believes that it does. There are other professing Christians who disagree.  It'd seem that Christians can agree to disagree over the answer to this question. The importance of stewardship is not up for debate. The importance of the Paris agreement is. [...]

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How to Start a House Church

There’s a Hebrew verb for miscarry (shakal). This word isn’t used in Exodus 21:22-25.  Instead it's the word for “go forth” (weyatse’u).  This verb doesn’t ever refer to an abortion.  When referring to pregnancy, it speaks of live children “going forth”/“coming out” from the womb.  So, Exodus 21 requires a fine to be paid for causing a premature birth, while injury/death (of the mother or the child) incurs a more severe punishment. [...]

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Overcoming: With Truth, Humor, Wisdom

Devious deception from self-absorbed leaders is all too common. News stories highlight the wary distrust of one group toward another group. Monetary greed, personal comfort, and a spirit of going-it-alone dominate culture. The back-biting, bickering, and back-stabbing wouldn't be so bad if not for the power plays, office politics, and Machiavellian triangulation. How do we come together in unity? What's the Bible say about this? [...]

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Understanding The History And Symbols of Easter

Personal Note: It is obvious that someone representing the church (and NOT me) wrote the original portion of the post about Easter.  First, I always refer to it as Resurrection Sunday.  Second, in this context I would not have made a big deal out of Christendom and the Council of Nicaea.  Third, our church does not use a Paschal Candle. Other than that, it has a good beat and I can dance to it, so I will give it a ninety-eight. [...]

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