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Reaching Out To Jesus When You’re Not Supposed To

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Every time you reach out in prayer to touch Jesus you are doing a bold and remarkable thing. Think for a moment. Who are you to come to the throne of the Almighty, sinless God of the universe?

There is someone in scripture who did just that, knowing that if she reached out to Jesus her life would be changed forever. We know her only at the woman with the "Issue of blood."

"There was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, 'If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.' And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, 'Who touched my garments?' And his disciples said to him, 'You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’' And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, 'Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease'” (Mark 525-34).

Why was the way she reached out to Jesus so remarkable? It has to do with her condition and the society she lived in.

When He Is Master

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How often have you prayed to God about something and it seems like your prayers just hit the ceiling, never to be answered? God does indeed hear our prayers. But very often God does not give an immediate answer, or his answer is no. Sometimes God will say no several times before he says yes. Here's one such example from scripture:

Is Hugh Hefner In Hell?

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The recent death of Hugh Hefner, the Playboy founder, saw multiple posts on social media remarking about the eternal destiny of the man, that Hefner, having never repented of his sin, died and went to hell. At the same time, there were those who remarked that you don't really know if Hefner went to hell because anything could have happened at the last moment. Perhaps he asked the Lord to save him and we'll see him in heaven?

Should You Own One Of These? A Biblical Case for Private Weapon Ownership

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I'm going to attempt to present a biblical defense for weapon ownership. This article will not be an exhaustive look at the Bible and weapons. There are too many passages to address here. I would like to present an 30,000 foot view of the issue and try to draw a few conclusions.

This article does not present a legal or constitutional view on the right to gun ownership. If you want to pursue the historical or legal issues there are other outlets to do that. My concern is solely with what scripture seems to say or imply about weapons ownership, use, purpose, and consequences. And it is only from the scripture that I wish to make my arguments.

My approach is to ask the scripture what principles it provides about weapons. In any controversial topic there is always the temptation to search out scripture for support of your argument, rather than seeking what the text says and changing our views accordingly. As an example, when I first researched this subject in 1993 I was of the opinion that the scripture licensed killing an attacker who invades your home. But then, I discovered Mosaic Law that would seem to deny that idea. As I studied the passage I had to change my opinion to bring it in line with scripture. I’ll deal with this specific issue later. The purpose here is to note that though the scripture is ancient, it still contains relevant truth for modern issues—including the political right of bearing arms.

I’ll address the subject of weapons ownership in five areas:

The RPs of Broadcast Ministry

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I've been in broadcast ministry for over 30 years. Recently, I was involved in consulting a radio station in a foreign country and one of things we addressed was what I call the RPs of broadcast ministry. Interested in using media in your ministry? Then pay attention. You need four things, and here they are.

Blaming God For Suffering

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A news story of a terribly abused boy once again brought up the issue on social media about whether God exists and if so, how does he allow suffering and remain good?

I've never know anyone to give an emotionally satisfying answer to the question of why God allows or uses suffering. But, this assumes that assuaging our feelings is the goal of such an answer. It's as if we expect an answer during suffering that results in, "The pain is terrible but I feel good about it now." That's just silly.

There's a difference between the experience and emotion of suffering and what we know, intellectually, about suffering and God's role in it. So, allow me to make a few sweeping observations about what we know, not what we feel.

The Unbiblical Practice of Waiting on the Lord

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I bet more than a few Christians clicked on this article after reading the title, possibly incensed. After all, doesn't the scripture say in Psalm 27:14 and elsewhere to, "Wait on the Lord?" Yes, it does. But now that I have you in my web let me clarify what I mean. I don't mean the fully biblical practice of waiting on the Lord to act. Rather, I'm referring to the modern practice of waiting in silence during prayer for the Lord to speak. I'm willing to bet that most people who have tried this have been met with one thing.

Silence.

Eagle News Has Lost It's Way

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This will be my last word on the controversy regarding Eagle TV's abandonment of neutrality and fairness in its political reporting.

Eagle news өөрийн замаа алджээ. Гэхдээ найдвар байна.

I have been reminded that most TV stations in Mongolia report with great bias. But I am not concerned with most stations. I am only concerned with Eagle News. I was the co-founder of Eagle Broadcasting Company in 2003 and served as President of the company until April 2011. I love Eagle TV. I gave Eagle 9 years of my heart and soul. The staff at Eagle TV were like my family. And I still love Eagle TV today.

God Is Obligated To Judge You

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After my recent post, God Is Obligated To Love You, a friend challenged me with this question: "Bill Maher is always pointing to the genocide God initiated [in the Old Testament]. You seem to go around this sort of objection to talk of God's love. If you could give a direct answer to Maher, what would you say?"

Here's my answer. I'd dramatically roll my eyes at Maher and say, "Puuulleeease, just go to commercial."

Just kidding. Actually, every objection deserves an answer. But for something like this, I think there are multiple answers to the challenge some people throw out when protesting the idea that the God of the Old Testament is a God of love. So, I'd like to provide five answers to the challenge above.