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Celebrating Whateverhood?

Celebrating Whateverhood?

Motherhood and apple pie have long represented the quintessential components of Americana that no one would dare diminish or disparage. That was yesterday. Today, we still love apple pie.

Tolerating Motherhood / Fatherhood

America is currently in the process of diminishing both motherhood and fatherhood and gradually replacing them with whateverhood. Advocating for same-sex marriage undermines the value we assign to motherhood and fatherhood as uniquely beneficial to children. Two or three men cannot compensate for ...

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Holiness Awareness Month?

Holiness Awareness Month?

What is it about October? So far, I have heard that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month and “Infant/Pregnancy Loss and SIDS Awareness Month!” The ribbons are out in force.

GOOD! I respect our freedom to advocate and promote causes of conviction. I say, give the people their voice and more power to them! Just keep it kind and honest, whether you agree or not.

I saw a list of commemorative ...

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A Christian Nation? (Part III)

A Christian Nation? (Part III)
    Question: Why is the First Amendment first?

    Answer: Because our Founders believed that nothing comes ahead of religious vitality and liberty in establishing and sustaining America as a nation.

President George Washington expressed this conviction in his Farewell Address (September 17, 1796) thusly; “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.”

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A Christian Nation? (Part II)

A Christian Nation? (Part II)

Christianity does not need America to thrive, but I think America definitely needs Christianity to survive and thrive.

Our culture has forgotten what our Founders knew. The American experiment is a spiritual, moral and cultural exercise, not just a political one. Private virtue, rooted in biblical faith, is essential for the American experiment to work as the Founders intended.

Our Founders saw America as a passionate and principled people, not just a secular political system. They defined ...

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A Christian Nation?

A Christian Nation?

President Obama may not consider the United States a “Christian nation” (as he denied in Turkey on April 6, 2009), but our Founders certainly did.

But wait! Didn’t President John Adams write: “As the government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion…” (May 26, 1797, submitted to Congress; The Treaty of Tripoli. Article 11)?

Yes, it’s true. If by “nation,” Obama only meant our government, then he was right. ...

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NBD?

NBD?

(Insights on Sin from an Expert)

Confession of sin is rare because we tend to think sin is NBD—No Big Deal. Maybe the sins of others are a big deal to you but what about your own?

The power of pornography to destroy lives and relationships is widely minimized. Many (often those who sell it) claim it can be therapeutic. Make enough excuses for smut, gossip, drug-abuse or cheating, and soon you’ll be singing of their “redeeming qualities.” ...

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‘The New Normal’ is Not New

‘The New Normal’ is Not New

Some people will do anything to be considered normal. Others will do at least as much to avoid that description. Sometimes the same person will do both. Is this normal?

The dictionary defines normal as “conformity to a common standard.” But in a culture wherein few standards are shared, most anything can pass as normal. Without standards, who can discern whether “normal” is an insult or a compliment? Are you confused?

In biology, normal usually means that one is free of infections ...

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The Gift of Evangelism

The Gift of Evangelism

I am currently preaching through a series titled, “What’s so Holy about the Spirit?” Thus, an old book that sat on my bookshelf, unread, for over twenty years finally found its way to my desk: The Holy Spirit (1978), by Billy Graham. It’s really good! Here are a few sparkling gems of spiritual insight:

  • “We have two natures within us, both struggling for mastery. Which one will dominate us ? It depends on which ...
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SEX, MARRIAGE and CHAOS

SEX, MARRIAGE and CHAOS

Fire in a fireplace is good (especially on a cool evening with someone you love). Fire in your living room is not. Fire raging through your city is a national disaster. So it is with sex.

Before I terrify you with the truth about sexual chaos in America today, let us consider what God intended for us with regard to sex.

    1. Sex is sacred.The word sacred means “set apart.” As fire is best when set apart for the fireplace and not ...
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Or Else…

Or Else…

SERIOUS QUESTIONS:

1. Should a private dating service be forced against their conscience to facilitate homosexual relationships? This happened to E-Harmony in 2008 under the prospect of huge court costs (much of which they had to pay anyhow). Homosexuals are not hindered from starting dating services and many exist. Nevertheless, homosexual activists and their lawyers forced E-Harmony to meet their demands, or else.

2. Do you think a faith-based adoption agency should be forced by law to abandon any priority given to ...

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