Posts Tagged 'faith'

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 ...

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The Agency of the Holy Spirit

The Agency of the Holy Spirit

(A ‘Top Ten’ list, plus two, by Joel Solliday)

The Holy Spirit is…

    1. A Free Agent! We cannot contain the Holy Spirit nor do our expectations control Him. Jesus said, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8). And He freely distributes spiritual gifts “as he ...
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Correcting the Record

Correcting the Record

If the celebrities and talking heads you like most taught you that religion is the source of all bigotry, you might learn to dislike religion. If TV and popular culture only pointed you toward heroic atheists and despicable Christians, you would avoid Christianity. If all you were taught of Christianity were Constantine’s rule, the crusades, the Inquisition and witch trials, you would detest it without understanding it.

The truth is, Christianity has ...

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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 ...

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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 ? ...
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“The Lord Took Over”

“The Lord Took Over”

(In Loving Memory of Elsie Matus, c. 1910 – 2003)

I met Elsie Matus in the late seventies at the Arcadia Church of Christ in Southern California, where I served as a minister. She had over forty years on me and had been a widow for nearly three decades. When I led a Bible class that brought teens and senior saints together to build love and understanding across a large age gap, Elsie was ...

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We Are What We Celebrate… And How!

Every holiday offers its own reason for celebration, but the overall reason we need holidays is so we can know who we are. Holidays preserve our collective memory and provide us with a common identity. Without a memory, we can’t know who we are.

Holidays help us celebrate renewal (New Year’s Day), love (Valentine’s Day), our heroes (birthdays of great leaders), ...

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Beauty Beyond the Beholders

Beauty Beyond the Beholders

Some say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, as if people and things are beautiful only if we think they are. I don’t think so. A fresh flower is itself beautiful. Who sees a colorful sunset or a waterfall in the woods reflecting rays of sunshine and claims that its beauty depends on beholders? My Grandmother, Margaret Icylon Solliday (1909 – 2003), was just beautiful. If you could ...

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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 ...

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