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Mission to Restore America: Fiscal Cliff Follies

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All this talk about the fiscal cliff has gotten the attention of more Americans than any economic question in recent months. A problem like this is made more quantifiable when a date is attached, January 1st. It is like a cheap alien flick where the invading space ships have been detected, their speed calculated, and their date of descent fixed. Do what you can to get ready before the disaster is upon you. At least, as a Christian man, I know that there are answers to this, and any other similar conundrums, within the framework of Biblical thought. We know. . .
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The Spirit of Thanksgiving

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Thanklessness Imitates the World The spirit of thanksgiving invaded some of our homes this week. It is queer how, while knowing we ought always to be thankful, the habit is so little practiced. I am like you. We are all busy, distracted might be accurate. Life, in its multi-facets careens around us. Ohhhh, shiny object, look what I bought! See ya, I am off to work, or, finally home – gotta snack? Life rolls past and somehow in its daily clutter we rarely remember, or better, discipline ourselves, to give thanks in all things. In this respect we are imitating. . .
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Mission to Restore America: Tax the Liberal Churches

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It has been popular of late for liberals and atheists to agitate for, Taxing the Church. Facebook has their graphics traveling about with claims that the civil government could raise $70,000,000,000 a year by this means. Man, that is a huge sum! As a practical matter we can be certain the idea would never work as its promoters claim. Many smaller churches would simply move to a house-church model, some would be unable to pay and go out of existence, and others would fight the action in court for years to come.   However, the main point of trying to have. . .
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Kingdom of God Advances: Humanist Nations Totter

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With a gasp of horror, conservative Christians felt their hearts ripped loose as the election counts came in. Anyone having the slightest caution of Biblical understanding reasoned that the American people have just received a severing blow to their pocketbooks and their freedom. Like a gravity bomb from 10,000 feet, the impending crash appears predestined. What exactly do faithful Christians do when the end of days appears, as objects in your rearview mirror, closer than you think?   This is no time for quoting fuzzy platitudes. We hate those don’t we? Just trust, help is only a prayer away, footsteps. . .
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Please pray for the Sproul family

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It is with great sadness that I inform you that RC’s daughter Shannon died last night. The family would cherish your prayers for them during this difficult time. We, however, rejoice that she, like her mother Denise, is now fully and forever healed. Eric Owens

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Is the Church Alive Worth the Drive?

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I am blessed to serve a wonderful church full of many unique and gifted households. While there is great diversity in our congregation, we also share many important commonalities and goals, one of which is to fill the earth with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. This is fulfilled in the success of the Great Commission. This common goal impacts the way we worship, the way we fellowship, and even the way we teach our children. While Providence is indeed a glorious church; it is not the Church; and it is not the only church. We. . .
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Body Bags — the Cost of Unjust War

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Body Bags — the Cost of Unjust War

Unjust War on Terror As the number of innocents killed mounts it seems to me that we have to ask ‘how many are too many’ in our war against terror. Now, I understand that in an absolute measure there are no innocent people. I am speaking about innocent people in the sense that they have not violated God’s law sufficient to receive a death sentence from the hand of civil government. The words ‘you shall not murder’ apply to governments just as well as they do to individuals. Most of us know this instinctively but have not thought the implications. . .
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Giving Till It Hurts

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Giving Till it Hurts — Empty pockets

Government “Giving” through Taxation It is strange how normal it is for us 21st century Christians to assume, just like the society around us, that if anybody needs help it is the duty of the government to provide that help. It’s hard to think about life in any other way. If people can not afford rent we expect government rent subsidies. If food is lacking that is what food stamps are for. Is college too expensive? You get the idea.  I was going to make a long list but I might start to sound like a guy that has a bone. . .
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Hospitality

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Welcome to our conversation, a conversation on making others welcome. Hospitality is just simple enough, just separate enough, just deliberate enough, that we have missed the boat. We think life consists in the things we are busy with, when we are called to be busy about the things of life, of eating, drinking, conversing with our friends, our neighbors, even those outside the camp. We would rather impress our friends than put them at ease, and then we wonder whatever became of community. Join us, and invite others to join you as we visit together for a little while.  

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Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories

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The author gives us an unflinching look at the human condition. This statement could be a back of the cover publicity blurb for the Old Testament probably written by J.I. Packer. Surely few of us would eagerly attend the motion picture entitled: All The Stuff That Happened In The Pages Of The Old Testament. We’d just send Ted Baehr instead. Miss O’Connor’s stories are similarly gruesome, but such is the state of the human soul. Flannery O’Connor has been somewhat neglected by Protestant readers but there is nothing essentially sectarian about her dissection of the souls of men. She writes about the. . .
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The Ten Amendments

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It is hard to convince your average American citizen that they live in a tyranny. If you look at the sheer quantity of laws, the take of government as a percentage of the Gross National Product, and the abrogation of the bill of rights, this country is far more tyrannical than it was for George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and William Jennings Bryan. Our tyranny is unique in that it is still reasonably comfortable. Nobody is walking around in leg irons. Nobody is missing any meals and no big fat guy in a black mask is whacking on the. . .
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Apocalypse Now?

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While recently enjoying the company of another family in our home, the conversation segued from the possible benefits of a college education to post-apocalyptic survival (Maybe I put too many chilies in the beans). As you can imagine, the discussion was stimulating and we had plenty of chips and salsa to munch on so a good time was had by all even though, hanging over our lower/middle-class heads is the threat of a national, maybe global economic collapse. Both of us (the other guy and I) grew up during the Cold War; a time and life overshadowed with the anxiety. . .
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The Greatest of These

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We read in 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. Wait a second, the greatest of these is “love”? Does Paul really mean that? That love comes before, is the ground perhaps for faith and hope? In the Reformed world we place faith as the greatest; after all, sola fide is one of the 5 Solas and there isn’t a sola caritas (love alone) in the Solas of the Reformation. In reality, we Reformed folks probably place a whole lot of stuff before love. But what we don’t realize. . .
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