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Indecent Exposure — Child Safety in a Pornographic World

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Child Safety — Then & Now My first exposure to pornography was when I was a girl of nine during a visit to a neighbor’s house. Understandably, my parents had not discussed that possibility with me or prepared me for how to respond. In my parents’ defense, this was long before the days of easy-access Internet and TV content ratings. The video store kept “bad movies” in a back room. Gas stations kept “dirty” magazines behind the counter. I grew up in a middle class neighborhood almost entirely populated by conservative retired couples. The other family on the block was. . .
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Live Faithfully in a World of Temptation

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Living Faithfully in a World of Temptation

Temptation in the Garden of Eden It is interesting to note when looking at the account of Adam and Eve in the garden that, before the fall, they had only one temptation to deal with. ONE. Don’t eat the forbidden fruit. Now, we know that the fall had more to do with eating fruit. In fact, one could make the case that pretty much all of the ten commandments were violated either directly or indirectly in that one sin. Summed up, they didn’t care for the limitation placed on them by their Master, and made themselves slaves to another one.. . .
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Governmental Proverbs vs. Biblical Proverbs

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Governmental Proverbs vs. Biblical Proverbs

Wisdom of Biblical Proverbs I love the Proverbs. They attracted me like a magnet from the earliest days of my spiritual youth. While rearing a family and running a small business the need for wisdom is constant. I do not read them as often now but they just keep coming back at times opportune or sometimes random it seems. However, not every hoary word derives from the lectionary of true Wisdom. Folly of Government Proverbs Having become more alert to the machinations of the Serpent and the government Leviathan, their own attempts to wax wise do not settle so easily. . .
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Is Gossip a Sin as Depraved as Sodomy?

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Is Gossip as Depraved as Sodomy?

The Results of Depraved Thinking Those who forsake God are forsaken by Him. This truth is proclaimed throughout Scripture, and is especially clear in our text (Romans 1:28-32) and the verses which precede it. When a person or a people suppress the truth in unrighteousness (v. 18) and do not honor and give thanks to the LORD (v. 21), when they exchange the glory of God for idolatry (v. 23) and truth for a lie worshipping the creature rather than the Creator (v. 25), in a word, when they refuse to acknowledge Father, Son and Holy Spirit as the one. . .
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What Do We Do in Times of Judgment?

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What Do We Do in Times of Judgment?

When Judgment Comes There are few times in my relatively short memory where Christians in the west are in a more introspective time than now. We are in a time of true judgment, despite what Joel Osteen might say on the Larry King Show; our numbers seem to be dwindling; our various economies are in a shambles; our president, along with his administration, is either numb or hostile to most of what we hold dear; and the prevailing sentiment of our culture is that a moderately faithful Christian is a nut. Worse, they believe that a radically faithful Christian is. . .
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Count the Cost of a Faithful Life

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Count the Cost

Count the Cost of Following Jesus When was the last time you heard of someone witnessing like this: Pick up your cross/noose/electric chair and follow me. Die daily. Sell all your worldly possessions and follow me. If you choose to say that Christ is Lord you will not know a moment’s peace the rest of your days which will be few by the way. Apostles Suffered The apostles were such evangelists. And they then suffered the fate that they warned about. They were persecuted, beaten and ultimately killed. Only John died a natural death. The rest were crucified, burned, stoned. . .
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Lay Aside Lazy Parenting

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Lay Aside Lazy Parenting

Parenting & Athletics For an overwhelming majority of my life I have been involved in athletics. I readily acknowledge that there are bad aspects surrounding sports, both professional and amateur, but I also believe there is a tremendous amount of good and much can be learned from them — both through participation and consideration. I have often said that Major League Baseball is a microcosm of our culture. Combine this with Henry VanTil’s astute observation that “culture is religion externalized,” and it follows that MLB is a microcosm of our culture’s religion externalized. Think about that for a while. Even. . .
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Hide the Kids, the Pastor is Here — Family Hypocrisy

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Hypocrisy in the Family If you are reading this article, there is a very good possibility you have a family. And, there is a very good possibility you go to a church. Both of these institutions, the family and the church, are listed in the title. Given that, I want to ask you to honestly consider a couple of questions. Why do you take your family to church? What is your motivation? Is there something that you desire to see the church do for your family, specifically your children? And, if so, how do you expect that to happen? As. . .
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How to Turn Your Heart Toward Your Children

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New Covenant Promise The fourth chapter of Malachi is a chapter of special promise in a prophetic book that usually only gets referenced during budget time or in the midst of capital stewardship campaigns (using chapter 2 as its text). Chapter 4 primarily sets the stage for the coming of John the Baptist as the herald for the coming of King Jesus. However, it also holds a special promise for families in the new covenant. Malachi promises that: Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he will turn the. . .
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Teaching Your Children About Total Depravity

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Teaching Your Children About Total Depravity

Dinner Table Doctrine I recently taught my children the meaning of total depravity. We started with the first word: total. Sitting around the dinner table I explained the biblical truth that there is nothing good in us. Not even a speck. Until God gives us a new heart, our hearts (and toes, and elbows, and eyelashes, etc) are completely bad. There is no innocence, no righteousness, nothing within us as fallen creatures that is pleasing to God. I think that they got it. And I really mean that, about their understanding what Daddy was teaching, but I also know that. . .
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Should I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag?

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Should I pledge allegiance to the flag?

I Pledge Allegiance to…what? It’s not like I really thought about it, but from time-to-time I wondered how a union of States could be indivisible. I guess I thought it was more of an encouraging sentiment, an exhortation. Kind of like Sonny and Cher’s United We Stand: “United, we stand/ divided, we fall/ And if our backs should ever be against the wall/ we’ll be together.” And we know how long that lasted. So, how did we get to be “one nation (under God, thanks Ike!), indivisible?” And can we be so and boast “liberty and justice for all?” That. . .
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The Problem with Conspiracy Theories

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The Problem with Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy Theories & Gossip When nations gossip we often call it a conspiracy. Sometimes the conspiracy sounds plausible but others are so absurd that you just have to wonder how any rational person could believe such nonsense. Often, the plot is so complex and the number of people involved so large that you have to throw out everything we know about human nature to believe the story we are told. After all, the Scriptures do assert that we are prone to gossip. It is a sin God warns us about more than once, presumably because we needed that warning. And. . .
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You Can Live Set Apart & as Salt and Light

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Living Set Apart as Salt and Light

Tension in the Christian Life The people of God are known in this day as the church. The church is understood properly by several analogies or descriptions in Scripture — the body of Christ, the ekklesia, the elect of God, the chosen lady, the bride of Christ, and so on. All of these have commonality while describing different facets of our relationship to God as His people, and our relationships with each other. How to Be “Set Apart” One interesting way of describing this relationship is the commonwealth of God. This is a covenantal term, describing a bonding together for. . .
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Keep Your Thinking On the Straight and Narrow

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Keep Your Thinking to the Straight and Narrow

Scandal of Leaving the Straight and Narrow Did you read the recent expose in Christianity Today about the large New York City church and the shocking sins publicly committed and rank heresy preached directly from the pulpit? Any attempt to clean up the situation was thwarted by the fact that the members were all aligned with different pastors. You would probably know this church more by the fact that it was founded, and for years ministered to, by perhaps our country’s most beloved and respected pastor. How does a church so quickly fall into such traps given the firm foundation. . .
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Is Temptation Sent by God?

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Is Temptation Sent by God?

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing…Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn. . .
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Is There Hope for a Culture in Decline?

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Evidence of a Culture in Decline With Western culture in decline, it’s easy to lose sight of the progress of Christianity. In our near-sightedness, we look at the downward turn of our culture and run around like dispensational Chicken Littles screaming “The Rapture is coming! The Rapture is coming!” We forget that just 500 years ago, the “ancient” Aztecs and Mayans were slaughtering their own people and those they captured by the millions. Even 400 years ago at what became Jamestown, the Powhatan empire was a murderous, heathen, idolatrous, hedonistic, polygamist culture. And yet, God was pleased to bring forth. . .
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The Lord’s Supper — Feast for Sinners

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The Lord's Supper — Feast for Sinners

Sundays are for Sinners I love Sundays. My children love Sundays. In fact, they love them so much I’m sure they learned the days of the week so they could know when the next Sunday was coming. “What day is it daddy,” they’d ask. “What day comes next.” Then they would keep asking until they knew just how many days there were until Sunday. I might be stretching it a bit, but they may have learned to count for the same reason. Each week our anticipation rises as we make ready our home for the covenant families who will share. . .
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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

Rightly Dividing or Wrongly Fighting? Some things are worth arguing about. You should fight for the truth. You should defend the faith. In a world gone mad, where lies, heresies, and worldliness surround us on every side, you do not have to look far to find a foe. So much is wrong with the church and the world, the feisty warrior has much to keep him busy. Some people, however, just like to argue, and they will argue about nothing and everything. They criticize people for what they say and for what they do not say. They pick specks out. . .
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Should You Answer a Fool According to His Folly?

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Should You Answer a Fool According to His Folly?

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.—Proverbs 26:4-5 What the Bible Says About Fools The Word of God has much to say about fools, none of it flattering. The first twelve verses of the twenty-sixth chapter of Proverbs are all about fools and how those who are wise should understand and handle them. Solomon had his share of interaction with fools, and in our text the wise king gives sound advice as to how to deal with. . .
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Why Big Government Can’t Save Us

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Why Big Government Can't Save Us

What Does the Bible Say About Big Government? In writing this column I had to choose which of many good ways to fulfill this assignment. I had to think through what might be the best way to approach the subject RC asks me to address. What Scripture applies? How can I avoid stretching a passage just to fill the necessary word count? What did God actually say and how should that word be applied? Proverbs on Work & Wealth Writing about why the state cannot save us is not like that. The Bible is full of reasons why the state. . .
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