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

1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Christmastime Activities That Focus on Faith

Compassion is something we should aspire to have. It’s also something we should seek to have in our leaders. But, life and leadership are more complex than just this one thing. A list of the most compassionate presidents in US history might include John Adams, Abe Lincoln, and Harry Truman. All pretty good presidents. The list might also include John Quincy Adams, James Garfield, and Jimmy Carter. All poor presidents. [...]

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A Half-Dozen Interesting Finds Online

Christian sermons need to be about Jesus Christ. Christian sermons must bring the hearers of the sermon to the foot of the cross. Christian sermons have a duty to present the Gospel of the Kingdom of God (and do so from God’s Word, rather than merely the words of mere men and women)… God’s people (need) to be reminded of the loving mercy and righteous rule of their Lord, Savior, and King. [...]

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What Are the Benefits of a House Church?

As a member of the Clergy how do you feel about the stranger?... I stand committed to the truth. I stand for righteousness. I stand for justice. And in the spirit of Leviticus 19:18 and Numbers 6:24-26 I stand for love. Love for my brother. Love for the stranger. Love for my neighbor (understanding that all men and women are my neighbors... even those who call themselves my enemy)... Much love to you. Shalom. [...]

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Heretical Garbage I’ve Posted (For Research Purposes Only)

Christ presents a view of women that is highly elevated. This is an important revelation for those who do not already know this, and an important reminder for the rest of us. What’s fascinating is that Jesus does this without tossing out the masculine themes that are presented throughout the Bible... Believers must stand for the truth in these matters, and do so by standing on the trustworthiness of the Word of God. [...]

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Sometimes There Are Good Things Posted on Social Media

Those not following the Bible must say they trust some other source as authoritative, and that this other source helps inform their imagination, experience, and training. For one trusting the Bible it's fair to ask, “Why do you trust it?” For one trusting in something other than the Bible, it's fair to ask, “Why do you trust that?” Logically speaking, each of us is in the same ocean using a different boat. Why do you trust the boat you’re in? [...]

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Seven Comments Overheard From Friends Online

The meaning behind Lamentations 1:14 - The liberty to do anything we want gradually becomes a desire to do everything. Then we become captive to sin, bound by its “yoke”. Freedom from sin’s captivity comes only from God. He gives us freedom not to do anything we want, but to do what He knows is best for us. Strange as it may seem, true freedom comes in obeying God – following His guidance so that we can receive His best. [...]

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Sanctuary Cities for the Undocumented, Yes or No

Compassion for aliens is certainly Christ-like... but abiding by the law is also Christ-like... The government is hopefully enacting laws that provide for loving justice. If not, Christians in the USA can work to have the laws changed. It’s a political tightrope for Christ-followers, to be sure... But Scripture always supports obeying the law of the land. Peacefully. Satan might tell us otherwise, but to him we must not listen. [...]

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Three Very Concerning Things Posted on Social Media

With utilitarianism is it okay to be unfaithful to one’s spouse if they never find out? Or steal from someone if they never notice the item's missing? Or to snuff out the life of a person in a coma? And please pardon this extreme example: If, morally speaking, what matters is “conscious experiences”, then is it morally wrong for a group of men to rape an unconscious woman at a party if she does not consciously experience it? [...]

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Who Doesn’t Like Random Lists of Ten?

"All human beings are both radically fallen yet made in the image and likeness of God... What's an idol? It's anything absorbing your heart & imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give... Christ isn't about trying harder; it means transferring our trust away from ourselves and resting in Him... What’s closest to your heart is what you talk about, and if God is close to your heart, you’ll talk about Him." [...]

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Five Reminders How Little Has Changed in Five Years

I couldn’t help but notice the large number of former "friends" from a just a few years ago who have blocked me. They never reached out or indicated I had offended them. Too cowardly. Clearly they weren't the friends I hoped them to be. Fact is, I’m a Christian the same as always, but the culture's shifted. It now hates Christianity. Beneath their masks they hate Christians and even hate Christ Himself. Heart breaking. [...]

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