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Income Tax Debates

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Income Tax Debates

Written 2010 Republicans & Democrats Talk Taxes The fight is on to decide if the American people will pay more in income taxes in 2011. Our congressional leaders are busy positioning themselves right and left. Some say they want no more tax increases of any kind while others are saying we ought to tax the rich another bite. Taxes are an endless topic in popular politics so I suppose tax talk will be a recurring theme here. The good news is that the Bible has a lot to say on the subject so we never have to just guess it. . .
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Mommy Time

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God gives us many unlimited blessings—grace, forgiveness, peace, but one gift that is not unlimited is time. The Bible instructs us to redeem the time and this is a lesson that God is teaching me. When my oldest children were very young, each day dragged. I counted the hours and minutes until Daddy came home, and I believed I would be in this season forever. As God has taken friends home, moms-of-many in their thirties and forties, He has been teaching me that I may not presume upon God for the number of days I am given. Rather than make. . .
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Babies Are Murdered Here

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The spectacle of the Kermit Gosnell trial has captured the attention of quite a lot of Americans these past few weeks. At first the major news outlets refused to air the story but eventually they were shamed into talking about this sordid case. We have been dragged (shall we say) kicking and screaming through the gates of Hades to gawk at the horrors now laid bare. There we discovered again the masterful, beguiling language of the ultimate Evil Genius being worked toward its usual destructive ends. We found that “suctioning pieces” meant pulling off arms and legs of an unborn. . .
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Now Available: Teach Them the Faith on Mp3 or CD

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When I listened to a review copy of Dan and Karen Vitco’s CD, I thought, Wow, these people actually put the first five questions of the Children’s Shorter Catechism to music. That’s creative. I wonder if they will explain it after the talk starts. But there was no talk. I was astonished to find that the entire CD is the Children’s Shorter Catechism set to music! Teach Them the Faith (Gemstone Music, 2009) by the Vitcos is approximately forty-five minutes long and contains all 145 questions with Karen singing the questions and a children’s choir responding with the answers to guitar and keyboard accompaniment. The. . .
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Dr. Sproul to speak at the Family Economics Conference May 8-11

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The Opportunity for Relationship and Discipleship You’ve heard about family –based education (commonly called homeschooling or home discipleship). Many families have seen the disintegration of family relationships over the last few decades and responded by integrating relationship and character into their home and their children’s lives. But what about the 80% or more of real life not directly connected to classroom learning? What about your family’s work, your budget, your finances, your higher education and vocational training, your health care, your inheritance, and your overall financial vision? Does your family have a unified, integrated vision for where you will be. . .
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Dr. Sproul interviewed on 790 am in Boise

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Dr. Sproul was interviewed by David Barrett for 790 am KSPD  in Boise, Idaho. The discussion was on Faith and Family, Faith and the Future, Faith and Culture. This two-part  interview may be heard LIVE online at 6:00 p.m. (eastern) Monday, April 29th and at 6:00 p.m. (eastern) on Tuesday, April 30th. Go to 790 online and click on the “listen live” button.  

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Get Him! In Defense of Justice

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Alex was all of five years old. Her sibling had done something to her, I don’t remember what, and she was scandalized. She pointed up the stairs where the hardened little criminal had disappeared, and she looked at Brett, her eyes blazing fire. “Get him!” He was ‘got.’ And that was the end of that. I keep waiting for a hero to emerge amid all the gore and the horror and the wickedness of the Kermit Gosnell story. Maybe a mother who sat up and said, No. Maybe a co-worker who stepped between him and the baby and said, No.. . .
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Death Knows Not Its Time

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Half the church was there. It’s not a large church. About three hundred souls in total. But they were there. Truly there. Fully there. There for her. She lay in bed, above them, directly in the path of hymns and spiritual songs wafting to heaven, to God’s ears. To hers through a small opening in the window. She lay dying, according to earthly wisdom. Quite frail to their eyes. Smaller than she was. Becoming more seed-like. They came to minister to her, to her husband, to her six children, to each other. They came to be with each other, to. . .
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The Good Life

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We went to a party today. And when I say party, I don’t mean the sanitized Christian kind where there are…Christians. I mean PARTYYYY party. One of Brett’s old co-workers had turned 50, and she was throwing a big bash out at the lake house. She even invited Brett and me–and our whole family. She loves our family. So, we went. It’s always the kind of outing I have to mentally gear up for. I mean, I love her; I really do. But the crowd is not made up of our people. It’s ‘them.’ ‘They’ are mostly aging yuppies, every. . .
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Hope in Difficult Times

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There is a lot of fear out there over what our government will do next. Will we be taxed insensible? Will our guns and gold be seized? Will homeschooling remain legal? Must we obtain more registrations and numbers from the central government? Are the banks going bankrupt? Will the dollar devalue into uselessness? Things have never looked so grim. But wait—we are already taxed insensible, gold was already seized once (in 1933), homeschooling has often been treated as illegal, we already have a universal government registration number, the banks have been essentially bankrupt for decades (although they have been keeping. . .
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Easter—Crossbeams, Elbows & Missed Meaning

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It is Holy Week, and this season, always grabs me by surprise. The word of its coming blows past my unlistening ears carried away on winds of hurry, work, and inattention. The days approach, but my soul may be prepared—unprepared. How precisely, does one prepare for the greatest solemn gift without somehow diminishing its value? Does analyzing facts prepare the heart? Do studies of the methods and means of crucifixion transfix our eyes in studied loss of the mightier truth? We so often shift our focus. Crossbeams & Elbows As Resurrection Day approaches the radio blares attempts at holy, only. . .
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Idolatrous Patriotism

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Idolatrous Patriotism

What is Patriotism? Patriotism seems to have a distinctive meaning. It is difficult to think of a synonym. For instance, ‘loyalty’ does not exactly capture the heart of what patriotism is. Love of country is closer, but, ‘love of country’ is not one word and so cannot be a synonym for anything (Do I have my English correct here? I think I do). Patriotism may be better understood by living among the people of a land, loving what they love and hating what they hate. Nobody believes their country is right all the time but almost everybody thinks themselves patriotic. . .
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The Return of Christendom

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The Return of Christendom

Waiting for the End There is a lot of wailing right now about the coming crash, the mid-east spoiling for war, Israel at battle stations, and the general unwinding of the American system. There are a whole lot of my evangelical brethren who believe we are at the end of the age. Not just the end of politics as we know them but the end of the entire book of history. There is a sense of desperation on the nerve as of those without hope, or of men who believe their end is branded in time with prophetic surety. Churchmen. . .
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Christian Liberty and The Unmanned Drone

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“Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings” Psalm 17:8 Rand Paul’s grand filibuster speech this week pointed up the concerns many of us have about the growing fleets of drones being operated by agencies of government at every level. It seems the governments find it almost impossible to understand why citizens are worried. For the people who operate these machines these are simply a natural extension of their existing practices and philosophy. To the citizens, these new spy tools are another extension of an already over-grown state enterprise that seeks to. . .
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A Biblical Response to Climate Change

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A Biblical View of Climate Change

Super Storm Sandy, Katrina, western drought, northern snow records, have all been supposed evidence of global climate change. With every troubling weather event we are informed with dire assertions and breathless prophetic assurances that surely, we are seeing the hand of omnipotent nature slapping us again for our infractions against the planet. Have we angered Gaia? Has evolution brought us to our diminishing demise as we pollute our way into oblivion? Will our species die as the planet is throttled by man’s strings of environmental malfeasance? The ice packs are melting and the oceans are rising and, still, here we. . .
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Is the Drug War a Second Prohibition?

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The drug war, so called, has become a fixture in the news cycle as every city, county, federal agent, cop, detective, undercover agent, or agency hack of whatever stripe, has stacked up his career arrest record picking up anybody that has a bit of weed or a little package of naughty powder stuffed under a seat. This is a war alright, but for what precisely are we fighting? More importantly, what Biblical principle are we attempting to enforce? If there is anything we can understand clearly from Biblical law it is this: that for anything to be a crime punishable. . .
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Civil Government: American Idol?

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The great sin we all remember from the Old Testament stories is that of idolatry. With tiresome repetition we have read of the Israelites whoring after the idol gods of Baal, Asherah, Moloch and others. We read how they burned incense to them on every hill and under every green tree. They were sent prophets who warned them in the clearest of terms that they must turn away from those idols and worship and serve only the Lord (Yahweh). We read these prophetic shoutings and shake our heads in wonder at how blind and foolish these people were after all God had. . .
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Dr. Sproul preaches to 5,000

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Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. exhorted Christians to preach the foolishness of Christ crucified to this world and to stand boldly against modern evils such as abortion. The gospel is offensive and therefore we preach knowing that we will be hated for the sake of Christ. http://www.ligonier.org/blog/day-2-2013-national-conference/      

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Students Should Learn to Understand ALL Subjects in a Christian Way

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Students Should Learn to Understand ALL Subjects in a Christian Way

…bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ 2 Corinthians 10:5 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ Colossians 2:8 No Neutral Subjects The idea that neutrality may exist in any classroom is an evil illusion. It attempts to create a middle ground between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of man. Jesus has told us there is no middle ground. In all areas of our existence we are either for Him or against Him. Nothing else exists.. . .
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