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A survey on magnetic pens

A poll on gravity defying Magnetic Pens –

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SPELLING BEE PROTESTERS

       People just amaze me sometimes, and that is not always a good thing.  In a recent article I read, people gathered around the Grand Hyatt at Washington D.C to protest, get this, the spelling bee!  Now, people will gather and protest many controversial topics, but the spelling bee?  The people who were there represented the American Literacy Council and the London-based Spelling Society.  Their agenda?  To simplify the way we spell words.  The protestors had signs that read messages like this, “Enuf is enuf; enough is too much.”
       Ok, now I know the English language is not the simplest language.  It has strange spelling and breaks nearly every rule it has, but is this really something worth protesting?  We have terrible actions such as homosexuality and abortion, we are living in a culture that elevates impurity and sinful living, and yet they are protesting about the spelling of words?  What a terrible waste of time and energy.
       As I read this article, I was reminded of people who are contentious and  argumentative about pointless things.  Titus 3:9Titus 3:9
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9 but shun foolish questionings, and genealogies, and strifes, and fightings about law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

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says, “But avoid foolish controversies…for they are unprofitable and worthless.”  Now, I am not talking about things where the Lord has specified and given commands about.  Any command we see in the Bible is something we should stand firm and be unmovable with. 
       However, let’s be careful about the things we are arguing and protesting about that are not biblical commands.  Are they really worth our time or would our time be better spent elsewhere?  Too many times we get caught up with the pet peeves and minor details and we forget the main focus of this life and in the church (Matthew 6:33Matthew 6:33
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33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

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).  Is our opinion really important enough to cause disunity in the church and possibly turn someone away from the Lord? Too many churches have been split and people have been driven away from the Lord due to foolish controversies. While we all have our own opinions and ways we like to do things, is it really so bad if someone does it a bit differently?  Let’s strive to be people who always encourage peace when it is about insignificant things (Romans 12:18Romans 12:18
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18 If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, be at peace with all men.

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) but firm on the commands from the Bible.

–Brett Petrillo

HOMELESS IN HAWAII

Paul Harvey asked the question of how so many out of state homeless people were able to get to Hawaii.  Joel John Roberts, who writes  a homeless blog for the city of Los Angeles, California, suggests that local communities are paying the plane tickets for the homeless to go to Hawaii.  The rationale is that it is harder for the homeless to make their way back to the mainland.  At least one state representative is pleading with the state of Hawaii to pay $100,000 to return these homeless people back to their original communities.  Rida Cabanilla, who is Hawaii’s chairwoman of the Housing Committee, points to a University of Hawaii study that reveals nearly 1,000 people or 19 percent of the homeless population of Hawaii have been there less than a year.  Nearly half the homeless population did not live in Hawaii ten years ago.
 
The Hawaii homeless are not a “one size fits all” community.  A good number of these folks were sold on the imagery of Hawaii as a place to sit and sip drinks on the beach.  Reality has been harsh for these folks.  Some had no idea it would be so expensive and could not afford to elevated prices of the island state.  Some are content to visit the soup kitchens and live in a tent.  Some mention various hardships that have left them with no choice but to remain.  But, Cabanilla and others would love for all of them to go back home.
 
A couple of things stand out to me.  First, how many people have pursued “paradise” only to find out that reality was much different from what they dreamed it would be?  Others are content to live in squalor and cling to “paradise” because they think it does not get any better.  People are deceived by sin, even calling good “evil” and evil “good” (cf. Isa. 5:20Isa. 5:20
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20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

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).  Second, there are a good many people out there who it seems nobody wants.  Nobody wants to pay them attention or wants to have to deal with them.  Yet, God loves them and paid the highest price to redeem them, too.  What should our attitude as Christians be toward them?  Finally, there is a sense in which Christians are not at home in this world.  On occasion, we may feel as though we are undesirable to the worldly mind and the present culture.  It is good for us to remember that we are pilgrims and strangers on this earth (cf. 1 Pet. 2:111 Pet. 2:11
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11 Beloved, I beseech you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lust, which war against the soul;

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).  We will not be at home until we reach that “long home,” that “home of the soul.”  One thing is for sure.  Nobody should feel “homeless” in God’s family.  Paul calls the church “the household of God” (1 Tim. 3:151 Tim. 3:15
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15 but if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how men ought to behave themselves in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

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).  There is a place for everybody in this spiritual home on earth.  May we each take our place there.
Neal Pollard

Life Lock

If you listen enough to radio, and especially talk radio, one of the most frequently advertized services is from a company called “Life Lock.”  Not only do they “guarantee” to protect your identity, they back that guarantee with more than $1 million in promised financial aid should your identity be stolen.  In 1997 consumers and institutions lost an estimated $745 million to identity theft.  It is estimated that loss now to be more than $1.5 billion annually and growing.   Identity theft occurs when a person’s social security number, credit card number, phone number, etc., is discovered by a thief who then uses that information for personal gain.   Since the late 1970’s paper shredders have become increasingly popular, and no doubt our technological age will continue to provide such services as that offered by Life Lock.  

While identity theft is no small inconvenience, it pales in comparison to the wide spread theft that Satan inflicts upon the masses every single day.  He has been busy for well nigh unto six millennium drawing men away from their Creator and inflicting immeasurable harm on men and women both here, and eventually in eternity.   He robs men of happiness and peace, hope and contentment.   Worst, he has robbed every single soul of his spiritual identity, separating the innocent and unsuspecting from their walk with God (Isa. 59:1-2Isa. 59:1-2
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59 1 Behold, Jehovah's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, so that he will not hear.

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 There is a safe guard against the effects of Satan’s thievery.   No, we cannot prevent his entering into our life, but we can recover our losses and restore what we once enjoyed.   The restoration process is so perfect, so complete, and so very simple that it astounds us that more men and women do not take advantage of it.   When one hears the gospel (Rom. 10:17Rom. 10:17
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17 So belief cometh of hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

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), believes in his heart that Jesus is the Son of God (John 8:24John 8:24
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24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for except ye believe that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

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), and is willing to confess that fact as did Peter (Matt. 16:16-18Matt. 16:16-18
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16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jonah: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

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), he but needs only to repent and be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38Acts 2:38
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38 And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

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).  He is then born of water and the Spirit (John 3:3-5John 3:3-5
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3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter a second time into his mother's womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God!

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) and thereby becomes a part of the family of God.   His “identity” is restored, and he enjoys the fellowship with the Father and Son that the devil stole by deceit and subtlety.    A faithful walk in the light will eventually see him to the eternal home promised for all the redeemed (Rev. 2:10Rev. 2:10
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10 Fear not the things which thou art about to suffer: behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life.

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; 1 John 1:6-81 John 1:6-8
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6 If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

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).    That, my dear friends, is the ultimate “Life Lock.”    

–by Tom Wacaster

Life poll: a poll on the lifelock service:

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Trust: In whom do we trust?

IT’S IMPORTANT TO be careful where you place your trust…

Some barbers say “trust me” as half of your eyebrow falls into your lap.

Some dentists say “trust me” as they drill down deeper than Exxon.

Some postal workers say “trust me,” stamp your package “Fragile,” and then drop-kick it into the parcel bin.

Some manicurists say “trust me,” as they push your cuticles back to your elbow.

Some mechanics say “trust me,” then make your engine purr like a kitten…with strep throat.

Some friends say “trust me” as they borrow your favorite shirt, accidentally wash it in hot water, then hand you back a swatch.

A lot of people say “trust me,” but don’t quite earn your trust. They fall short of their promises, and leave you wishing you hadn’t placed your faith in them in the first place.

THOUGHT: Aren’t you glad, though, that when God says “trust Me,” you can? (Martha Bolton)

–Mike Benson

“He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him” ( Prov. 30:5Prov. 30:5
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5 Every word of God is tried: He is a shield unto them that take refuge in him.

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A Golden Opulence Sundae

Have you ever eaten expensive ice cream?  If so, it probably was not nearly as good as the “golden opulence sundae.” 

The golden opulence sundae is a desert from a New York eatery—a dessert covered in 23-carat edible gold leaf.  Tahitian vanilla ice cream is mixed with Madagascar vanilla beans and chunks of rare Chuao chocolate from Venezuela.  The cost for this average sized treat is one thousand dollars.

The next time you enjoy a sundae with Hershey’s chocolate syrup and a maraschino cherry, someone else may be enjoying a “golden opulence sundae” with the world’s most expensive chocolates, gold-covered almonds, and Grande Passion caviar.  Of course, the 18-carat gold spoon used to eat this treat is not a keepsake, but the Baccarat crystal goblet that holds it is. 

Some people enjoy the very best of life.  They have the best food, the most luxurious clothing, and mansions for houses.  Jesus once spoke of a “certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day” (Lk. 16:19Lk. 16:19
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19 Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day:

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).  Although this man seemed to “have it all,” Jesus said his great banquets and fine clothing were only temporary and ultimately offered no comfort to him.  Notice these additional points from Lk. 16:22-25Lk. 16:22-25
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22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham's bosom: and the rich man also died, and was buried. 23 And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now here he is comforted and thou art in anguish.

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 “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: and the rich man also died, and was buried.  23 And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.  25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now here he is comforted, and thou art in anguish.” 

Most will never taste or see a golden opulence sundae, but all can be “content with what they have” (Heb. 13:5Heb. 13:5
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5 Be ye free from the love of money; content with such things as ye have: for himself hath said, I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee.

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).  Accountable people can also live in such a way where they will receive an eternal inheritance that surpasses the most luxurious life on earth (1 Pet. 1:41 Pet. 1:4
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4 unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

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Are you a faithful child of God who will receive the eternal inheritance for the saved?

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Bible interpretation: How to interpret the Bible

http://www.abiblecommentary.com/BibleInterpretation.pdf – this Bible study guide shows people how to “properly study the Bible,” gives the ” basics of Bible study,” and shows people the way to engage in “proper Bible study.”  There are certain steps to effective Bible study, including a recognition of the fact that the Bible has commands necessary inference, and Bible examples. Techniques to understanding the Bible.

Thou Shalt Not Cut the Ends Off Thy Neighbor's Logs

In a frontier settlement out west, the people were engaged in the lumbering business. The town wanted a church so they built a building and called in a minister.  The preacher was well received, and everybody “liked” him.  Then one day he visited the lumbering operation down at the river. He noticed some of the members pulling logs out of the river that had been floating down from another company upstream. Each log was marked with the owner’s mark. The members would saw the end off the log and put their own mark on it, and push it back into the river to float down to the mill. This greatly disturbed the preacher.

    The next Sunday he prepared a forceful sermon on the “Golden Rule.”  At the close of the services, his people lined up and congratulated him: “Wonderful message! Mighty fine preaching!  I really enjoyed your sermon!” 

    However, as the preacher watched the river that week, he saw the members continuing to steal logs. This bothered him even more. The following Sunday, he preached another forceful sermon on the subject: “Thou Shalt Not Steal!”  Again, as the members filed out of the church building, they shook his hand and congratulated him on the wonderful, powerful message.

    Thinking he finally got his message across, the preacher again went to the river, but to his dismay, the members were still pulling logs out of the river, cutting the ends off of them, and replacing the other company’s mark with their mark.

    The following Sunday, he got into the pulpit and preached: “Thou Shalt Not Cut the Ends Off Thy Neighbor’s Logs!”  Immediately after the sermon, the church ran him out of town.

    The apostle Paul said the time would come when people would not endure sound doctrine, but would heap to themselves teachers who would preach only what they wanted to hear (2Timothy 4:2-4).  People would continue to be religious and go to church, but they would not endure the Truth.  That’s sad, because only the truth can set us free (John 8:32John 8:32
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32 and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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    Paul said the time would come, and that time is here. How many sermons have you heard lately on Sin, Repentance, and Hell?  It seems most sermons today embrace the “Easy Believism,” “Feel Good,” religion of “Prosperity.” Pulpits have conditioned their audiences that God’s main goal for their life is to make them “happy.” Therefore, whatever makes them happy, or feel good, must be a Godsend, even if it involves drugs, alcohol, or adultery. One lady said, “This man makes me happy, and since God wants me to be happy, I believe He wants me to divorce my husband and marry him!”  Worship is being arranged around whatever entertains the audience and makes them feel good with little, if any, emphasis on the Way that even Jesus called “straight and narrow” (Matthew 7:13-14Matthew 7:13-14
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13 Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby. 14 For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it.

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    Many have ears to hear, but cannot hear (Mark 8:18Mark 8:18
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18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?

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). They sit in a church building year after year judging the preacher’s performance. They will tolerate all kinds of sins being condemned except their own.  Many preachers are bowing to the pressure to “tickle the ears of their hearers” and are therefore preaching a powerless gospel.

    The main work of Satan is to deceive (Rev. 12:9; 2Rev. 12:9; 2
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9 And the great dragon was cast down, the old serpent, he that is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world; he was cast down to the earth, and his angels were cast down with him. 2 1 To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, he that walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks: 2 I know thy works, and thy toil and patience, and that thou canst not bear evil men, and didst try them that call themselves apostles, and they are not, and didst find them false; 3 and thou hast patience and didst bear for my name's sake, and hast not grown weary. 4 But I have this against thee, that thou didst leave thy first love. 5 Remember therefore whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I come to thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its place, except thou repent. 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. To him that overcometh, to him will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God. 8 And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These things saith the first and the last, who was dead, and lived again: 9 I know thy tribulation, and thy poverty , and the blasphemy of them that say they are Jews, and they art not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear not the things which thou art about to suffer: behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. 12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These things saith he that hath the sharp two-edged sword: 13 I know where thou dwellest, even where Satan's throne is; and thou holdest fast my name, and didst not deny my faith, even in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwelleth. 14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there some that hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication. 15 So hast thou also some that hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans in like manner. 16 Repent therefore; or else I come to thee quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. To him that overcometh, to him will I give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knoweth but he that receiveth it. 18 And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like unto burnished brass: 19 I know thy works, and thy love and faith and ministry and patience, and that thy last works are more than the first. 20 But I have this against thee, that thou sufferest the woman Jezebel, who calleth herself a prophetess; and she teacheth and seduceth my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 And I gave her time that she should repent; and she willeth not to repent of her fornication. 22 Behold, I cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of her works. 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto each one of you according to your works. 24 But to you I say, to the rest that are in Thyatira, as many as have not this teaching, who know not the deep things of Satan, as they are wont to say; I cast upon you none other burden. 25 Nevertheless that which ye have, hold fast till I come. 26 And he that overcometh, and he that keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give authority over the nations: 27 and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to shivers; as I also have received of my Father: 28 and I will give him the morning star. 29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.

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Corinthians 11:13-15). Have you ever wondered how he is doing that?  It is by taking our emphasis off the only thing that can set us free, i.e. the Truth, which is the Word of God (John 17:17John 17:17
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17 Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth.

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— Toby Miller

A New Tower Of Babel?

“Chilling” is a word that comes to mind in reading the article published in the “New York Times” on June 11, 2010ne 11, 2010
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Entitled “Merely Human? That’s So Yesterday,” the article describes a conference held recently in California where forty people paid $15,000.00 each to attend a course sponsored by Singularity University.
 
“Singularity” is the key word. Those behind this movement have one goal in mind: the merging of humans and machines. Supported generously by the co-founders of Google, the aim is to blend the intelligence of humans with the durability of machines.
 
Yes, eternal life is in their sights.
 
Ashlee Vance, author of the article, states the vision of Singularity University:
 
 “…human beings and machines will so effortlessly and elegantly merge that poor health, the ravages of old age and even death itself will all be things of the past.”
 
Raymond Kurzweil, an outspoken proponent of the University, boasts that he will be able to live for hundreds of years. He will also be able to resurrect the dead, including his own father. He’s helping to produce a movie to be released later this year: “The Singularity Is Near: A True Story About The Future.”
 
If you wonder whether anyone of intelligence buys into these ideas, Vance notes that hundreds of students worldwide apply for one of the 80 spots in a 10-week graduate course. Those chosen will pay $25,000.00 each to attend.
 
Long ago, people banded together on an ambitious project: “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves…” (Genesis 11:4Genesis 11:4
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4 And they said, Come, let us build us a city, and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven, and let us make us a name; lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

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We’re not given all the details behind that project, but God clearly did not approve. To thwart their efforts he imposed different languages. No longer able to communicate, the project was abandoned.
 
We’re not predicting that Singularity University will be disrupted by Divine intervention. But the ambitions behind it appear to be similar to those in Babel. Man has often attempted to “make a name” for himself, only to see his efforts crash and burn.
 
The sons of Korah sang a message in Psalm 46, that needs to be heard today: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10Psalm 46:10
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10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

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Hundreds of years later the apostle Paul addressed a group of intellectuals who worshiped every deity but the true God. He reminded them that “they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27Acts 17:27
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27 that they should seek God, if haply they might feel after him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us:

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Eternal life is already within our grasp (Romans 6:23Romans 6:23
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23 For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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by Tim Hall

Some thoughts on "assumption"

 It is perhaps the most dangerous thought we can entertain. It SEEMS right. It MUST be right. In fact, it HAS to be right.

Webster calls it an “assumption.” “A fact or statement taken for granted.” Note the key phrase in that definition, “taken for granted.”

An assumption is neither truth nor reality; is not fact. An assumption is merely personal conjecture. It is an unsubstantiated belief or idea based often times upon the circumstances in my own life.

• David assumed a soldier who had been away from his wife would immediately return to her tender affections. The king couldn’t control his sexual appetite (2 Samuel 11:2-42 Samuel 11:2-4
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2 And it came to pass at eventide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. 3 And David send and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her ; and she returned unto her house.

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• Sarah assumed couples well in to their retirement years couldn’t have children (Genesis 18:10-15Genesis 18:10-15
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10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee when the season cometh round; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard in the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, and well stricken in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. 12 And Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? 13 And Jehovah said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, who am old? 14 Is anything too hard for Jehovah? At the set time I will return unto thee, when the season cometh round, and Sarah shall have a son. 15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.

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). She figured that because she had lived past the years of childbearing, any idea about a future “seed” (Genesis 22:17-18Genesis 22:17-18
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17 that in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heavens, and as the sand which is upon the seashore. And thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. 18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. Because thou hast obeyed my voice.

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• Isaac assumed his wife and younger son would be honest and forthright (Genesis 27). The Patriarch had previously engaged in deception himself (ch. 26), but he didn’t think that other members of his family would follow his example.

• Herod assumed an infant referred to as “King of the Jews” might attempt to usurp his power (Matthew 2:1-8Matthew 2:1-8
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2 1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, Wise-men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, 2 Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we saw his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3 And when Herod the king heard it, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written through the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, land of Judah, Art in no wise least among the princes of Judah: For out of thee shall come forth a governor, Who shall be shepherd of my people Israel. 7 Then Herod privily called the Wise-men, and learned of them exactly what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search out exactly concerning the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word, that I also may come and worship him.

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). His insecurity led to the murder of many innocent children (v. 16).

• The Jews assumed the Messiah would overthrow Roman tyranny and oppression. Their prejudices and false interpretations (Acts 1:6Acts 1:6
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6 They therefore, when they were come together, asked him, saying, Lord, dost thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?

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) blinded them to the possibility of a spiritual Deliverer.

A lot of folks experience conflict because they often entertain false assumptions. They fuss, disagree and divide because they’ve made certain unconfirmed “mental jumps” about people, ideas, or actions.

When someone walks by us without saying hello, we assume that they must be upset or angry at us. “What have I done wrong?” “It must be something I said…” Could it be, in reality, that our friend has something heavy on his or her heart, and is so engrossed in thought that they simply don’t see us? Are there other possibilities?

When someone starts yawning during a sermon or lesson, we assume that it must be because we’re doing a poor job in terms of delivery and that our message is boring. Could it be, in reality, that a student didn’t sleep well the previous night and is simply tired? Maybe they had a sick child to take care of during the time most folks sleep.

When a spouse doesn’t exhibit typical affection (1 Corinthians 7:2-51 Corinthians 7:2-5
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2 But, because of fornications, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render unto the wife her due: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 4 The wife hath not power over her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power over his own body, but the wife. 5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be by consent for a season, that ye may give yourselves unto prayer, and may be together again, that Satan tempt you not because of your incontinency.

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) towards his or her mate, we assume it must be because the love and desire is absent from the marriage. Could there be other reasons as to why physical intimacy is not being initiated? What about fatigue? What about stress at work? What about sickness? What about financial burdens that are affecting the family? Could there be other mitigating factors?

When an elder of the congregation doesn’t call us when we’re sick at home, we assume it must be because he doesn’t care about us. It is possible that they haven’t called us because they simply don’t know we are ill (James 5:14James 5:14
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14 Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

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Many times we not only assume, but we assume the worst, about a person or situation. The consequences of that kind of thinking can be harmful and costly.

Jesus was the only man who could read minds (John 2:24- 25John 2:24- 25
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Štetje svetopisemskih vrstic se za?ne z 1! Vrstica 0 ne obstaja!

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4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? 25 And knowing their thoughts he said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

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22 But Jesus perceiving their reasonings, answered and said unto them, Why reason ye in your hearts? 8 But he knew their thoughts; and he said to the man that had his hand withered, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. 17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

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). He knew exactly what others were thinking. You and I don’t have that luxury; we’re not God (1 Samuel 16:71 Samuel 16:7
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7 But Jehovah said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have rejected him: for Jehovah seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but Jehovah looketh on the heart.

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23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: Try me, and know my thoughts;

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). Deity can see through our façade and ascertain our true motives.

The only way we can know what other people are thinking is if they tell us. “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him…?” (1 Corinthians 2:111 Corinthians 2:11
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11 For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? even so the things of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of God.

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Are you disappointed by somebody’s action or inaction? Have you assumed the worst? Wouldn’t it be better to find out for sure? Go. Ask (1 Thessalonians 5:211 Thessalonians 5:21
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21 prove all things; hold fast that which is good;

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Mike Benson

Touchdown Jesus

The official name for the 62-foot-high statue was “King of Kings”. Folks who passed by the Solid Rock Church on I-75, just north of Cincinnati, had an irreverent label for it: “Touchdown Jesus”. The original thought was for Jesus to be appealing to His Father in heaven for help. Others saw the outstretched arms as reaching for a pass headed His way.

All had the same view of this religious statue on the night of June 14, 2010ne 14, 2010
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Izbrano poglavje ne obstaja!

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. Lightning struck the image, setting it ablaze. The loss was total, calculated at $300,000 for the statue and another $400,000 for the amphitheater built around it. Church leaders vow to rebuild.

The story, of course, has the nation atwitter. It seems every major news outlet has carried some version of the story, and Twitter has been churning out comments like these: “Score one for Darwinists, who must be having a giggle”; “I am still cracking up about Touchdown Jesus being destroyed by an … act of god”; “God Votes with Lightning and Touchdown Jesus Burns”; and – you had to expect this one – “Holy Smoke!”

There does seem to be a touch of irony in this news story. It is not uncommon for people to destroy religious icons. A recent example occurred in 2001 when members of the Taliban dynamited two monumental Buddhas that had been carved into the sandstone cliffs of Afghanistan in the 6th century. The destruction of the “King of Kings” statue, however, was a natural act. Many do indeed view the incident as an act of God.

Whether or not God sent the lightning to destroy this statue is not our question. We do see, however, warnings in the Bible against placing trust in visible objects instead of in God.

The second of the ten commandments was clear: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image – any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (Exodus 20:4Exodus 20:4
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4 Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

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). Even while God was giving this command to Moses on Mt. Sinai the people of Israel were fashioning a gold calf to worship (Genesis 32). God was outraged, and always has been when people venerate physical objects.

Instead of spending precious resources on material icons, wouldn’t it be wiser to focus on faith – that which can’t be seen with our eyes? Paul obviously thought so: “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:72 Corinthians 5:7
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7 ;

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). The New Testament never encouraged anyone to fashion images to lead people to God. It does urge us to develop our faith through the revelation God has given us (Romans 10:17Romans 10:17
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17 So belief cometh of hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

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Gazing upon religious relics pleases many. But what will please God – the One we really need to please? “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6Hebrews 11:6
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6 And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that seek after him.

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). Since faith comes by hearing God’s word, pleasing God means doing the things God has commanded. Nothing more, nothing less.

I don’t regard the news of a statue being destroyed by lightning as funny. But perhaps this is an opportunity to reflect on what the Lord really expects of us.

–Timothy D. Hall

5 reasons to believe in the virgin birth

Theological liberalism denies the basic tenets of Christianity-the inspiration of scripture, Bible miracles, the deity of Christ, and important attributes of Christ such as His virgin birth.  They must deny explicit statements found in that Word which they do not highly regard.  This includes statements made by the Holy Spirit through Matthew in Matthew 1:18-25Matthew 1:18-25
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18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But when he thought on these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she shall bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name JESUS; for it is he that shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this is come to pass, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, And they shall call his name Immanuel; which is, being interpreted, God with us. 24 And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took unto him his wife; 25 and knew her not till she had brought forth a son: and he called his name JESUS.

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.  According to these verses, here are some crucial elements a part of Christ’s virgin birth.


(1) Mary became pregnant with Christ before she and Joseph “came together” (18).  In Luke’s account, this point is stressed repeatedly.  Joseph was engaged to a virgin named Mary (1:27).  When told that she was expecting by an angel, she queried, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” (1:34).  Mary was a sexually pure woman, one who had not yet had relations with a man-even in the rightful bonds of marriage.

(2) Mary’s pregnancy was “of the Holy Spirit” (18,20).  “She was found with child of the Holy Spirit.”  Joseph is told by an angel of the Lord, “That which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit” (20).  No human father was involved in the process.  Through this means, Mary brought into this world one who was totally both human and divine.  This made Him the perfect sacrifice, one fully possessed of the nature of God and of man.
(3) This unique pregnancy was in fulfillment of prophesy (22-23).  Sound oddly debate whether or not Isaiah 7:14Isaiah 7:14
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14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

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is a Messianic prophesy.  While some men say “no,” the Holy Spirit emphatically says “yes.”  Matthew 1:23Matthew 1:23
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23 Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, And they shall call his name Immanuel; which is, being interpreted, God with us.

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14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

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and applies it to Christ.  Because it was prophesied that the “God-man” (Immanuel) would come through the virgin birth, it had to be fulfilled (cf. Luke 24:44Luke 24:44
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44 And he said unto them, These are my words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me.

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(4) The one born of a virgin had to have the right name and nature.  He was to be named “Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (21).  His name was also to be called “Immanuel, which is translated, ‘God with us'” (23).  The virgin would bring the Savior into the world.
(5) Joseph “did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son” (25).  After the birth of Christ, the married Joseph and Mary obviously did enjoy the physical benefits of marriage.  They had at least four sons (Matt. 13:55Matt. 13:55
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55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Judas?

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) and an unspecified number of daughters (Mark 6:3Mark 6:3
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3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, and Joses, and Judas, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended in him.

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).  Sadly, our friends in Catholicism, because they believe all humanity inherits Adam’s sin and are perplexed with how to have a depraved woman bear the person Son of God, have come up with the false doctrines of “immaculate conception” and “perpetual virginity.”  The Immaculate Conception doctrine says that God made her free from “original sin,” an idea wholly unnecessary because no one inherits Adam’s sin (cf. Ezek. 18:20Ezek. 18:20
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20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die: the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

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).  The concept of her “perpetual virginity,” which they defend by going to great lengths to deny the natural assumptions that Jesus’ brothers and sisters would belong to Mary and Joseph, is often cited as the reason why their priests and nuns cannot marry (cf. 1 Tim. 4:31 Tim. 4:3
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3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by them that believe and know the truth.

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).  While those ideas are without biblical foundation, the virgin birth is true and indispensable to Christ’s saving work at Calvary.  It may be difficult to fully comprehend, but it is part of God’s salvation plan.  — Neal Pollard
 

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National weather service and Indians

        The native Americans asked their Chief in autumn if the winter was going to be cold or not.

     Not really knowing an answer, the chief replied that the winter was going to be cold and that the members of the village were to collect wood to be prepared.

     Being a good and wise leader, he then went to the nearest phone booth and called the National Weather Service and asked, “Is this winter to be cold?”

     The man on the phone responded, “This winter is going to be quite cold indeed.”

     So the Chief went back to speed up his people to collect even more wood to be prepared.  A week later he called the National Weather Service again, “Is it going to be a very cold winter?”

     “Yes,” the man replied, “it’s going to be a very cold winter.” So the Chief went back to his people and ordered them to go and find every scrap of wood they could find.

     Two weeks later he called the National Weather Service again “Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?”

     “Absolutely,” the man replies, “the native Americans are collecting wood like crazy!”

     Sometimes the one whom we regard as a “source of authority” isn’t such an authority after all.  That can have some serious consequences in life, but in the spiritual realm the consequences can be downright deadly.  If I rely on the “expertise” of someone who doesn’t know, but who is relying on the “expertise” of someone else who doesn’t know, then my spiritual training has no real foundation in truth.

     Jesus prayed to his Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17-18John 17:17-18
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17 Sanctify them in the truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou didst send me into the world, even so sent I them into the world.

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     Therein lies the only basis for understanding that which is true.  Where are you going for spiritual advice?

Alan Smith

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Does it matter how we interpret the Bible?

Is it really all that important as to how a person interprets the Scriptures?

Consider a few questions to stimulate your thinking. Is it really all that important, for example, as to how a pharmacist interprets a prescription? What could be the result of an incorrect hermeneutic in this realm? Would you trust your life and health to a druggist who said, “Interpretation isn’t all that important”?

In Luke 10:25, 26Luke 10:25, 26
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25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and made trial of him, saying, Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 26 And he said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

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we find, “And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What is your READING of it?'”(emphasis mine — mb). When Jesus asked, “What is your reading of it?” , He was concerned with the lawyer’s interpretation.

Yes, it is very important as to how a person interprets the Word of God. His life (2 Peter 1:32 Peter 1:3
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3 seeing that his divine power hath granted unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that called us by his own glory and virtue;

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24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

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16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

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10 For Ezra had set his heart to seek the law of Jehovah, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and ordinances.

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Think about it.

–Mike Benson

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