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Are You Angry with “Those People”?

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These days, as much as I have ever witnessed in my life, are typified by anger. While much of it may be directed at our President (either the past one or the present one), much of the anger I see is directed at larger groups of people. These groups, whoever they may be, may represent values that we stand in opposition to. Or they may represent a group that we perceive as hurtful to us. It could be that our anger towards them lies in the fact that they just plain irritate us. It may be the rich, the poor,. . .
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Profanity & the Love of God

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People use to say “For the love of God” a lot more than they do now. You can still find it mostly in old books and old movies. It is a variant of the desperation or exasperation of, For Christ’s sake! and other profanities. When this phrase is used, for example, “For the love of God, stop torturing that accordion!” the motivation isn’t, as you might imagine for the person to whom it is directed, to actually love God. No, it is more of a final appeal. “Don’t do (____) for me or for yourself or even for all of. . .
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Beware the Mantra of the Unbelieving Life

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Submission is a dirty word to contemporary ears. It has considerably more than four letters, but often gets a more negative reaction than its abbreviated counterparts. We think it means defeat, which it doesn’t unless we are submitting to a loser. Luckily we already know who the Winner in time and eternity is, so we need not suffer that embarrassment. Much to the distaste of defiant grumblers, Jesus never loses. Questioning God Still, the world wants us to feel self-conscious for simply believing God and doing what He commands. They think that instinctive submission is naive and they proceed to. . .
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Are You on Good Terms with Abortion? Why Words Matter

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Friends, we have lost control of the conversation about abortion. It’s our own fault. For forty four years we have not only acquiesced to a wicked and unjust court opinion in Roe v. Wade, but we also adopted the opposition’s definition of terms ensuring our failure. We stand by while millions of our neighbors are murdered and we carefully purge our language of offensive verbiage. We converse in terms of viability, legality, choice instead of humanity, justice, and sin. We beg sinners to love life while refusing to call them to repentance for pursuing death. We peddle faux compassion in. . .
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Use Your Talents {A Girl’s Guide to the Good Life}

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Big Problems In the course of a day, how many times do you make contact with the suffering of another living being? Really, if you counted them, how many would there be? It is 6:00 a.m. your radio alarm clicks on and reports that another suicide bomber took out twenty-three more people somewhere in the Middle East (one). Good morning. After mining the nighttime crusties from your eyes and brushing your teeth, you take a scroll through your social feeds. Your college friend just got back from India, a medical mission to the slums, and she brought back scads of. . .
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Don’t Give Evil a High-Five

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Avoiding Approval of Evil Evil demands your approval and it does not rest until it finds your level of complacency. It utterly ignores your disavowals of members of the evil genus and continues to press for approval at the species level. Evil doesn’t mind your hatred of categories as long as you make allowances for instances; “I know you’re against abortion, but surely not in cases of rape, right?” Evil loves to empty words of their meaning. Evil keeps changing the subject. Evil constantly blurs the lines. Evil will quickly stoop to deception, as long as it can get you. . .
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Glorious (and Secret) Kingdom Work {Building Culture}

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Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father,. . .
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Don’t Be Too Nice {A Girl’s Guide to the Good Life}

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Nice isn’t Everything If I were to ask you what are some desirable traits in a Christian woman, what would you say? Meek? Patient? Loving? Kind? Joyful? Submissive? These are all biblical words, but I’m afraid we often infuse them with mushy meaning they were never intended to carry. We have a tendency to amalgamate all the words descriptive of Christian character under the single moniker: nice. Now there’s a word that isn’t biblical. Jesus never said, “blessed are the nice.” God didn’t thunder from Sinai, “Thou shalt be nice.” We have adopted this idea, I suspect, because niceness has. . .
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Showing Hospitality to Strangers

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An Inhospitable Place I had a dream the other night. This isn’t a unique occurrence for me but my dreams usually tend to mirror my conscious fears—something disastrous happening to my children for example. This dream was different. I dreamed that I was in a strange city. I’ve traveled a lot around the country, so this would normally not mean much. However, this was a foreign city. More specifically, I am guessing that it was a city either in the middle east, north Africa, or the region known as Eurasia. It was predominantly Muslim, and non-English speaking. I knew nothing. . .
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Basement Tape #167: Should Christians Resist Tyranny?

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[Audio] Should Christians Resist Tyranny? (Basement Tapes #167)

When a high-level of government acts unlawfully or outside its jurisdiction, how and when should Christians resist? Join Steve Murphy, Steven Warhurst, Erika Schanzenbach, and Eric Owens as they talk about Supreme Court rulings such as Obergefell v. Hodges (homosexual marriage) and Roe v. Wade (abortion) and how these types of rulings can be righteously resisted. They consider the doctrine of interposition and the doctrine of the lesser magistrates and how our understanding of these things could revolutionize how we think about and do politics.

Is Pro-Life Ministry a Christian Duty?

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“I’m pro-life, but I’m not called to pro-life ministry.” Have you heard this before? Maybe you have said it yourself. I understand how you feel. I never envisioned myself as a political activist or a street evangelist and I have only engaged in the abortion battle in recent years myself, and yes, it is a battle. I won’t subject you to descriptions of pro-life ministry that are all marshmallows and sunshine. Pro-life ministry doesn’t always carry with it the fresh scent of rosy baby skin, it often reeks of death and decay and makes your heart ache for the state. . .
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How Not to Be a Doe-Eyed Pro-Lifer

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We have arrived at a defining moment in the pro-life battle. The gruesome reality of abortion is stripped bare and standing before the watching eyes of a horrified America. It has been a long time coming. It should have been obvious, some of us would say, why is everyone so surprised? We are surprised because we have been willingly blind, because we don’t want to take responsibility for what is going on, because we are rarely forced to look at it. David Daleiden and the folks at the Center for Medical Progress have dragged us all directly into Planned Parenthood’s. . .
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Standing Firm When You Feel Shaken

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Most of the time living a fearless life seems impossible. Things go wrong, plans fail, we start second-guessing. We sink into confusion and worry and shamefaced retreat when the troubles of life come upon us. At some point, they always come, the Lord even said, “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). Our tribulations wear many faces. They may look like cancer, or an empty bank account, or your name slandered because you spoke for righteous morality. In the not so distant past I weathered a time when confusion and worry reigned supreme. My troubles were lurking on. . .
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5 Habits to Avoid on Social Media & in the Real World

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Group of people using social media on their mobile devices.

Living in the Age of Social Media What was your last status update on Facebook? Are your last 140 characters on Twitter making the world a better place right now? The internet is an amplifier. It doesn’t discriminate, it gives sound to the best and the worst of us. Connection to social media and the ubiquitous use of mobile devices has made each of us a player as we gather an audience and broadcast our every thought for comment. Our best lines are not limited to the hearing of the people within the room, but can be heard by every. . .
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Respond to Your Own Fires

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Once upon a time, I was a fireman. It was a curious part of life at my college that each student had to “volunteer” to work in some capacity a certain number of hours each week. One of the possible jobs, next to vacuuming and so on, was a position on the local fire department. Being a fireman for the city of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee meant one night of training each week and a certain number of days on call. There were occasional brushfires and we once had a house fire, but the usual event was a false alarm at. . .
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Prayer is a Bloody Business

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Present Day Persecution I saw it the other day for the first time. I didn’t go looking for it. I don’t revel in bloody gore. A notification babinked on my screen and I clicked. It was a message from a friend who labors every day in the field of souls. He preaches the light of Christ in a nation darkened by the deep shadow of Islam. His life is lived in the context of tilling largely unworked and considerably rocky soil. He has few to help him, and makes slow progress in building the Church, but he stays, and works,. . .
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Christian Health Insurance & Trusting God

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Christian Health Insurance & Trusting God

Health Insurance Insecurity Last month, my health provider informed me that my family was being dropped from their coverage—nothing personal—we represented just one of thousands of other families who will soon be without health insurance unless we scramble around looking for another company to take us on. Trusting God This is, of course, due to politics, and economics, and while much is being debated in those realms, my personal and individual dilemma is this; what makes me feel most secure? Is it an attachment to a large faceless corporation that will cover everything from major medical expenses to co-paying for. . .
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Traffic Stop

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Policeman performing a traffic stop.

My target was in sight so I drove to the curb, put my van in park, flipped the hazard lights on, got out and started casually walking toward the police car. I’d been looking for an occasion to approach a peace officer and finally found my opportunity. It’s kind of funny I thought, all this traffic passing the both of us, everyone driving by was probably thinking that the cop had pulled me over. Then I wondered if anyone I knew would see what was going down and misunderstand. I could hear it now, “Did you know that Reverend Windham. . .
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Race: Human (fallen)

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Tense Race Relations There has been a lot of talk recently regarding racial tension and race relations. Listening to the rhetoric of both sides pertaining to justice, rights, fairness, guilt…it makes me think of my own history in this matter. I grew up in north Florida but in the remnants of the Old South. My parents were moderate racists. By that I mean they were ignorantly glad that they were White. They had little affection for and much suspicion of any other race or nationality. I grew up with them referring to all Blacks by the ‘n’ word. Somehow, I. . .
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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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