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Whether It's Tump or Hillary: Honor the Emperor

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How do you feel about President Obama?

What I see online and on Facebook: scumbag, ass, imbecile, idiot, complete moron, #$%^& traitor, etc.

Sometimes Christian conservatives repost what others say. Regardless if it’s a repost or something original, is this appropriate for Christians conservatives?

Bible Contradictions: Works & The Works Of The Law

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Why does the Bible contradict itself when Paul says we are not justified by works, but James says we are justified by works?

First, we must define what the writers mean by their use of the word, "Works." Paul and James actually use the word in a different way and in a different context than a cursory reading might reveal. In Galatians 2:16 Paul states, "Man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus." Here, an in all of the Pauline passages about justification by faith and not works, Paul is referring to the, "Works of the law." This is a reference to the Mosaic Law of the Old Testament. God gave Israel the law as a guide to their national identity.

It Won't Get As Bad As You Think

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I've never seen a more contentious election cycle in my short life as I'm seeing right now. Perhaps you feel the same way. As a Christian conservative I have great concerns for the future of America. I want to see our nation turn to God with a whole heart, weep over its sin, and humble itself in repentance. And being a Christian for nearly 33 years, knowing the history in the Bible, and always learning about the world, I know that its not presidents and lawmakers that bring about a nation's turnaround. Certainly, our leaders may have a hand in the legal things, as they should, but ultimately a country stands or falls on its culture, on it's worldview, on it's basic values and beliefs. It is from these foundational things that our politics spring.

Our Godly Heritage and The Political Expediency of Christians

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Why does the Christian Conservative engage in politics? To put it simply, to return America to its godly heritage. There is only one problem with this lofty motive. Godliness is never established through politics. "The anger of man does not establish the righteousness of God" (James 1:20).

I Want To Be A Person Of Love

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If there is any ambition in life that might rise above any other ambition as being the greatest one we could hold, I would say that being a person of love would be the highest. In the Bible we are given as the greatest commandment that of love. It comes in two passages.

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength" (Deuteronomy 6:5). Jesus called this the greatest commandment. He said there was a second commandment like it. "You shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Leviticus 18:19). So, how are we commanded to love God and others? With all of our heart, mind, and strength. This encompasses the whole person in every thought, feeling, and action. But there is a problem with these commandments.

Christians Denying Reality

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I recently had an interesting exchange with a young woman who attended a church event where an evangelist claimed that hundreds of people were healed. As I was watching the event myself I knew that the claim was false.

The young woman, whose sincerity I do not doubt, was adamant that hundreds of people were healed. When I asked her for evidence so that I could rejoice with her, what I received instead were seven statements that could only be described as denying all reality. In fact, these statements are common among Christians who have a tendency to over-super-naturalize their experiences. When you hear these objections to a request for evidence of something then you can identify a person whose understanding is divorced from reality and scripture.

Sometimes Jesus Didn't Mean What He Said

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Recently, someone wrote to me after reading my article on "Preach It Teach It," Teleportation Is Not A Spiritual Gift. He wrote to ask me if I was familiar with John 14:12 where Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do.” The implication of the question was that when Jesus said this, couldn’t it apply to teleportation? This question actually brings up other passages where Jesus seems to tell us that Christians will do remarkable things if they have enough faith to believe—things like moving mountains (Matthew 17:20), withering trees (Matthew 21:18-22), make trees fly (Luke 17:6), walking on water (Matthew 14:22-33), or even controlling the weather (James 5:17), all by faith. There is only one problem with this line of reasoning. In the nearly 2,000 years since Jesus walked the earth, no one has ever moved a mountain, instantly withered a tree, made a tree fly, or walked on water. So, what is going on here? If we are Christians and believe in Jesus, the cross, and the resurrection, why can’t we do these things? Is this a matter of, as some would say, faulty faith?

Joyce Briscoe

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She stood before an adoring crowd on national television to tell her story. She was the recipient of a Disney award for outstanding teachers. Comedian Robin Williams introduced her to the audience. She had come fresh from a controversy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She had shown the movie, Last Temptation of Christ to her gifted history students. When word leaked out that she used the movie for a history class, Albuquerque's Christian community spoke up in protest. During the award ceremony Mrs. Briscoe noted how some Christian leaders had risen up against what she had done.

She was talking about me.

Can America Be Good Again?

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Can America be great again? Yes. America can be great again. If we steel our determination and apply the right principles we can fix our economy and be economically great again.

If we take a sobering look at the evils in the world and be resolute about defeating our enemies then we can be militarily great again.
If we will take a common sense look at what we are teaching our children and be determined to fix our failing education system, we can be educationally great again.

Yes, America can be great again. But that's not really the issue, is it? Any country can be great. Greatness is not hard to achieve if we are committed to it. So greatness is not the issue. The issue before us as a nation is more fundamental than that.

Can America be good again?