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As a practicing Christian, are there any laws or statutes that could cause us to sin and oppose our own human thinking--better known as "Liberty of Conscience"?

An example would be a police officer charging you with "Fleeing the Police" when there is no speeding or no damaged party and he verifies on his complaint that he's telling the truth under "Unsworn Falsification to Authorities". Personally, I see this as a violation of Hosea 4:6 for God's people being destroyed for lack of knowledge and 2 Thess. 2:11for God sending strong delusion to the unsaved for believing a lie. For whatever reason, several states have this statute or a similarly worded one… Continue

Added by J. Larry Shope on October 28, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

Funny email from my redneck husband.

I’m voting Democrat because I’m way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.

I’m voting Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I’ve decided to marry my horse.

I’m voting Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.

I’m voting Democrat because I… Continue

Added by Nancy on October 25, 2008 at 5:16pm — 4 Comments

Exploring John 6 - Why Did they Leave? Part 1 of 2

Context: John 6:1-71

Did they leave because they understood Jesus Literally?

It is interesting throughout this discourse we find the Jews murmuring at Jesus, arguing when he says "I will give is my flesh" and finally some of Jesus own disciples walk away. I have heard it taught by both Protestants as well as Roman Catholics that the reason the disciples in John 6 left was because they took Jesus literally when he said eat my flesh and drink my blood. Is this true?… Continue

Added by Jeff Philapy on October 24, 2008 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

“Capitalism - Whacha think?”

This blog is in response to a topic in the Forum titled “Capitalism - Whacha think?”

First of all it is probably impossible to say that Capitalism is or isn’t Biblical. Capitalism did not come into being until formulated by Adam Smith in his magnum opus An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations published ironically in 1776. Before that the economic… Continue

Added by Arthur Thompson on October 24, 2008 at 3:10am — 12 Comments


“I was reading G. Campbell Morgan’s definition of sacrilege. He said that it is normally defined as taking something that belongs to God and using it profanely. We all know the instance in the Book of Daniel when Belshazzar took the vessels in the temple and used them for his night of carousing and blasphemy. That was a sacrilegious use. But sacrilege, said Morgan, does not only consist of such profane use. In its worst form it consists of taking something and giving it to God when it means… Continue

Added by Nicole on October 23, 2008 at 7:05am — 6 Comments

Christian Art?

This is a new piece I created. Some have called it disturbing, some have called it beautiful, I think it is both. Christ was "gutted" so that we may have the guts to follow Him.

Added by Terri on October 22, 2008 at 3:30pm — 10 Comments

Who Should Christians Vote For- Resources for Election 2008

I have come across the following articles and web resources for helping those who hold Judeo-Christian values determine who to vote for in this next election. Although neither McCain nor Obama are the ideal Christian candidate, I believe that the McCain-Palin ticket would be much more favorable to upholding core Christian values, such as the sanctity of life and marriage between a man and a woman.

There are Christians supporting Obama who argue that an Obama/Biden administration… Continue

Added by Alexander M Jordan on October 22, 2008 at 1:31pm — 2 Comments

A Critical Election Issue: Supreme Court Justices

The video below is produced by the Judicial Confirmation Network and reminds Americans that a most critical issue in the Presidential election is that whoever becomes President will choose those who are nominated and eventually will be the next Supreme Court Justices. The decisions made by this small body (appointed for life) certainly will impact the lives of Americans for years to come.

As an… Continue

Added by Alexander M Jordan on October 22, 2008 at 1:25pm — 1 Comment

I was watching CNN last night and it hit me like a ton of bricks...

CNN's David Gergen


Principal Seymour Skinner!


Added by Kevin on October 22, 2008 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

The Once and Future Church

Churches (and what I mean by this is the local manifestation of the Universal Church but I'll refer to them for now on as assemblies) have lost focus of the Gospel.

All of humanity stands before God's wrath, mercy, love, judgment and righteousness on equal footing as having fallen short of His perfect glory. To all of humanity He has set up the cross with His own slain Son, dying as a satisfaction of God's wrath, a demonstration of God's love, a condemnation on…


Added by Rey Reynoso on October 22, 2008 at 8:30am — 8 Comments

Bible Study Methodology - Intro

As a believer, the scriptures play a central role in my life as it should in the lives of all believers. It has always been my passion to understand what is taught in scripture as clearly as possible. I hope to pass on what I have learned regarding bible study as well as learn what others know that I don't know about it. So feel free to drop a comment on any thing I say and offer any insights you have.

As I get time, I will attempt to discuss here, a methodology for getting at the… Continue

Added by Jeff Philapy on October 21, 2008 at 9:30pm — 8 Comments

Worship of the “Self”

It has come to my attention that the “Self” has been deified by our souls. It has too much say so. Rather than holding ourselves accountable to God, we instead hold ourselves accountable to ourselves. The result of which is a hindrance of spiritual growth and a poor understanding of God. By using the theory of the “id”, the “ego” and the “superego”, I'll attempt to explain just how this plays out in the heart of humanity. Here's how is see this happening;

First let's take a look at… Continue

Added by Brian Feaster on October 20, 2008 at 8:31pm — No Comments

I'm weird when it comes to coffee

I grew up in the beautiful foothills of Greenville, South Carolina which has so many hole-in-the-wall coffee shops, it makes someone like me all giddy on the inside. I love coffee. At one point in my life, I wanted to own a coffee shop. I would have eclectic musicians with thick sideburns come and pick their acoustics on Saturday nights for change. I would have just enough lighting, but not too much. Plenty of non-smelly candles. Anyway...I gave this too much thought.

But now I live… Continue

Added by Kevin on October 20, 2008 at 11:37am — 6 Comments

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road

Why did the chicken cross the road? (sorry Longer than I had hoped).

BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a change! The chicken wanted change!

JOHN MC CAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with

all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This… Continue

Added by Rey Reynoso on October 20, 2008 at 11:00am — 23 Comments

Will the "Real God" Please Stand Up?

Question: How can you prove that the Jewish/Christian God is the real God? Why are you so sure that he is the real God?

Answer: Let me begin by saying that the question shouldn’t be how can I prove that the God of the Bible is the true God? Rather the question should be how much proof do you require to believe that the God of the Bible is the true God? In my experience with people who question the existence of God, it isn’t so much a question of proof, but more a… Continue

Added by Carl Gobelman on October 20, 2008 at 9:27am — No Comments

What are we doing wrong with The Book?

“Statistics show that most people professing faith in Christ have never completely read their Bible. Many people start reading but then become overwhelmed by the number of chapters (1,189) and verses (31,102) there are. What we don’t realize is that it can be accomplished by reading fewer than four chapters a day!

By dividing the Bible into 365 daily readings, your goal of reading the Bible in a year can easily be accomplished. Here in Bible Study Tools, not only can you come and… Continue

Added by Nicole on October 20, 2008 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

Why Do We Hate Jesus?

“So from that day on [the Pharisees] made plans to put him to death.” (John 11:53; ESV)

I’ve often said when one mentions the name “Jesus Christ,” it usually evokes strong reactions; either positive or negative. People who claim neutrality regarding Jesus, more than likely haven’t read the gospels very closely. The neutral “camp” usually reverts to old clichés such as “Jesus was a great moral teacher,” or “Jesus gave us a great moral example to follow,” or “Jesus was a great… Continue

Added by Carl Gobelman on October 18, 2008 at 9:00am — No Comments

An Ode to Greek

I'm in my first semester of the ThM program and am taking greek. The mechanics of learning it are well, grueling and very time consuming. But obviously the dividends will pay off as I learn to exegete in the original biblical language. In fact, translating portions of John's work has already been a part of our work. So I have a love-hate thing going with the greek. But since I am determined to love it, I thought nothing would be better than to express my sentiments in this poem. I think those… Continue

Added by Lisa Robinson on October 17, 2008 at 10:58pm — 5 Comments

Does the Cross Cover the Sin of Unbelief?

Question: Jesus Christ died for ALL of the sins of the world. The Bible says that unbelief is a sin. To say that Jesus died for every sin "except" unbelief is to say that Jesus Christ did not die for ALL of the sin of the world. Why does the Christian world deny the completeness of the work of the cross?

Answer: You are absolutely correct when you say that Jesus Christ died for the sins of mankind (“He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for… Continue

Added by Carl Gobelman on October 17, 2008 at 9:04am — 2 Comments

No Moral Obligation to Vote

Christian editorial writer Rod Dreher of the Dallas Morning News picks up a meme I touched on recently: In the absence of a candidate to vote for, there is no moral obligation to vote at all:

After eight years of GOP misrule from the White House, Republicans don't deserve to win again -- especially if it's hard to see how a…

Added by Derek Gilbert on October 16, 2008 at 10:11pm — 10 Comments

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