I have some Thanksgiving advice for President Trump. It’s a message whose foundation penetrates to the heart of Thanksgiving, despite disrupting an ingrained ritual of the season.
My message for the President is short and sweet:
Eat the Turkey!!!
What turkey do I mean?
The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation has happened for decades shortly before Thanksgiving at the White House. In this meaningless ceremony, the president “pardons” the National Thanksgiving Turkey that has been presented to him.
Don’t “pardon” the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Mr. President. Eat it!
Last year President Trump “pardoned” Butter, the National Thanksgiving Turkey, along with the alternate turkey named Bread. The previous year he “pardoned” both Peas and the alternate Carrots.
Some point out…
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Matthew 7:29, “For [Jesus] taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes”
2 Timothy 1:13, “Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus”
The Famous 18th-century philosopher and skeptic David Hume was chided by some of his friends because he went to church on Sundays’ to hear the orthodox Scottish minister John Brown preach. Defending himself, Hume replied, “Well, I don’t believe all that he says, but he does! And once a week I like to hear a man who believes what he says!”
Jesus’ confident and very clear presentation of the truth impressed people (Matthew 7:28-29). His authoritative tone commanded their undivided attention. Gracious, yet dynamic, He fed their hungry souls as He spoke.
In striking contrast, the scribes were uninspiring. They delivered their messages mechanically and with little true concern…
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This post was prompted by Lauren’s post here. What a strange time we are in. You might have hear discussions about Big Techs censorship. I don’t think I’m a Conspiracy type of guy but this year its evident Big Tech has been bias against Christians. I don’t mean bias against Christian Conservative with politics. There is that. But they are against things Christians too, outside of direct politics.
Let me give you three examples from things affiliated with our blog (Veritas Domain) in different platforms.
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We do not know this yet, but let us assume for the moment that evidence of election fraud is not clear and convincing enough to cause judges to disqualify ballots and overturn the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States. For conservative American citizens, that would be a sour lemon to consume.
Now some people say that, when life gives you lemons, you should throw them back and demand chocolate. We can try; life does not often cooperate with our demands. It would be better to pull out the sugar and the ice water and make lemonade. The election of Joe Biden is a setback for conservative voters and politicians, but it is not the end of America. The Constitution is still in force. Checks and balances remain in effect. There will be other elections.
During the last presidential debate Candidate Biden reminded us all that he…
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When Richard J. Daley was mayor of Chicago, his workers had a strategy on election day. As vote totals were announced, they would withhold the counts from some precincts in the city, waiting to see how many Republican votes had been cast in the rest of Illinois (what Chicagoans call “downstate”). They would then know how many ballots to report so that the Democratic Party would win the statewide election. Most notoriously, this practice allowed John Kennedy to receive the electoral votes of Illinois in 1960. Richard Nixon knew that vote fraud had been committed in Chicago and other places. He chose not to challenge the election in court, figuring that such a challenge would be bad for the United States. Eight years later, Nixon finally was elected President.
The appearance that Daley’s method has been imitated this year in Milwaukee, Detroit, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and other Democratic strongholds is strong…
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Our text – Galatians 5:16-26
Our theme – Spiritual victory is achieved by walking in the Spirit”
Key verse – Galatians 5:24-25, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” …
1 John 3:24 says, “We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us”.
We all live in the flesh, so we will struggle with the desires of the flesh until we get to heaven. But we can bring these desires under the Holy Spirit’s influence. Galatians 5:16 tells us, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh”. Notice that the apostle Paul doesn’t say we won’thavethe desires of the flesh when we walk in the Spirit, but that we won’tcarry outthose fleshly…
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Who here has played Calvinball, or its equivalent? This is the famous game played by Calvin and Hobbes where they constantly change the rules. Playing a game where the only rule is who can change the rules to their advantage can seem fun at first, but in time, it really becomes exhausting. If you have ever played games with a grade school boy, you might have experienced this and it can be difficult to keep up.
The challenge isn’t just related to being the most creative, but also dealing with the fact that a previous concrete expectation has now been smashed to bits and replaced by something more jello or quicksand. Instead of certainity, we only find uncertainity. When you go to lean against the wall of the building, you find it is just a facade that falls right over.
This is an amusing endeavor, but it is no way…
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Are They in Your Hometown?
Everyone knows there are well known false teachers everywhere such as Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Christine Caine, Joel Osteen, Bill Johnson, Steven Furtick, etc. but we also need to be aware that there are small-time false teachers locally in our own hometowns.
It’s those preachers and teachers that teach the same kinds of stuff that we have heard from the well-known Bible teachers about prosperity, name it-claim it, mysticism, revelations outside Scriptures, on and on but live in the same town we do.
These false teachers zone in on people in their hometowns and spread their unbiblical beliefs where they can such as women shelters, homeless shelters, jails, and one of the popular places they like to target is the colleges. They invite students to their churches or even to Bible studies on the campuses. Many college students are from out of town and they…
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Wisdom is valuable. When we learn from our experiences, we gain wisdom. We avoid making the same mistakes in the future and we tend to have a better experience than we did in the past. It can apply to both simple and complex circumstances.
We learn not to burn the food, we learn to add a little more salt, we learn to get up a few minutes earlier so we aren’t late for work, we learn to take better care of our homes, our cars, and hopefully our lives. Wisdom can be a treasure of immeasurable value. Not only does it improve our lives in real tangible ways by the good practices it leads us to, but it greatly enhances everything by avoiding the foolish path.
The Bible contains many passages about wisdom, and in many cases, it contrasts that wisdom with the foolish path. Proverbs is often called one…
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James 3:17, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere”
Matthew 7:5, “Remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye”
General Robert E. Lee was a devout follower of Jesus Christ . It is said that soon after the end of the American Civil War, he visited a church in Washington, D. C. During the communion service, he knelt beside a black man. An onlooker said to him later, “How could you do that?” Lee replied, “My friend, all ground is level beneath the cross.” (Lee Family Digital Archives https://leefamilyarchive.org/reference/misc/centennial/jones.html)
The uprooting of prejudice begins at the cross of Calvary. Like little children, Christians should be the least prejudiced people in the world. We have come to know God…
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This is part 2 of our series on Biblical Economics.
Proverbs and Free Markets
An observation: According to Ronald Nash: “Almost without exception, the major evangelical books about social justice that have appeared since 1960s have been authored by writers who reject and condemn political conservatism as a cruel, heartless and uncaring movement totally out of step with an informed political view.” 
This leads to two questions: Is Capitalism, as one of the things that Conservative Christians cherished, unbiblical? Does a free market economics enjoy biblical support?
Purpose: Today we will explore the teachings in the book of Proverbs and how the blueprint for economics God offered is one we call Capitalism.
- Capitalism is Biblical since the Bible prohibit these means of acquiring goods and services:
- Coercion (violence)
- Monopoly and statist interference
- Capitalism is Biblical since the Bible permit these means of acquiring goods and services:
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“This is the most important election in the history of our country!”
“The stakes couldn’t be higher!”
“This election could change your life!”
“The election will determine your financial survival!”
The American presidential election is next week, and warnings like these have aired repeatedly in candidates’ ads. Voters’ feelings are intense, opinions are strong, and arguments are heated.
People on both sides are fearful of dire consequences if the other side wins.
Why should Biden supporters NOT fear Trump’s reelection?
Why should Trump supporters NOT fear a Biden win?
The answer is in the Bible.
“Do not be afraid”
“Do not fear”
are repeated over 100 times in the Bible.
Despite daunting, fearful, or dangerous circumstances, people in the Bible are repeatedly charged to “Fear not.”
For example, when the angel Gabriel appeared…
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Big child sexual abuse bust in Ohio, one of many across the nation.President Trump has done more to turn up the heat on organized crime, on child sexual abuse andon stopping the flow of drugsthan anyone else I’ve ever seen. I don’t write about it a lot but I sure do read those reports, one right after another, and I am so grateful, such a deep breath of relief, so pleased we finally have someone with the political will to address these things.
I’ve been unable to explain why I feel more connected to President Trump, better able to relate to him than say, John Piper, Doug Wilson, Beth Moore, Tim Keller, Karen Swallow Prior, etc, etc. By the way, none of these evangelical people supported Trump in 2016 and it really bothered me as to why.
Part of what bothered me was that I realized I…
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I don’t know who needs to hear this, probably me, but here’s the deal, you cannot disappoint God, you can not let Him down. He knows us too well, He knows our beginning and our end. You can’t earn more of His love by doing what He wants, nor are you at risk of being fired and cast out if you mess it all up.
We can disappoint our own selves, disappoint others, and we can grieve the Holy Spirit. But we cannot let down, fail, disappoint, or betray God Himself. He can see us coming five years ahead of time. Disappointment is a failed expectation. God is not caught of guard, He is not surprised by us. He does not fail. We lack the power to offend Him or to thwart His plans.
People often don’t like to hear that truth, people like to try to use religion as…
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This week one of my cousins sent me a message on Facebook, commenting that I have been quiet lately and asking if everything is all right. I waited a couple of days, then replied to her message, saying that I have been spending little time on Facebook recently. I proceeded to suggest that avoiding Facebook was good for my blood pressure.
I was tempted to go on to say that avoiding Facebook is also good for handling anxiety and depression and maintaining sobriety, but I didn’t want to concern her.
Actually, I have been lurking on Facebook, just not posting or commenting or even liking posts. When I feel my patience dwindling, I quickly turn off Facebook and visit somewhere else. Another of my cousins posted a link to the news story about the five hundred children from Mexico who were taken to the US border and left unclaimed; their…
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This is part 1 of our new series on Biblical Economics and we begin with “Goodness of Material World.” Besides economics this topic as a study is relevant for other areas such as a positive Christian view of our body, health and finance, or negatively against Gnostics worldview, cults, or a wrong kind of escapism, irresponsibility of Christian stewardship, etc.
Goodness of Material World
Establish the need: Have you yourself said or ever heard anyone say: “The World is evil and bad, so we shouldn’t care about it and why care about learning how the world works? (Economics, History, Politics, Science, etc)”
Purpose: Today we will see that the Bible does not see the physical world is all bad and that it can be good so that we would desire to study and be good steward of what we are given and the responsibility we have in our…
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Evolutionists have long sought to discredit opposing views, shutting them down in public schools, colleges, and science journals. In public schools, for example, dissent was blocked in the Dover vs. Kitzmiller trial, where the court prohibited the teaching of Intelligent Design (ID). This amounted to censorship. However, occasionally, opposing voices have won, and that recently happened in the science journal, Science Direct.
Whenever the topic of evolution vs. creation and intelligent design are discussed, one popular talking point espoused by evolutionists is the belief that creation and ID cannot be valid forms of science because their ideas aren’t published in science journals. This claim is both false and deceptive because creationists and ID proponents are published in peer reviewed journals frequently; the real issue is that they typically have to publish their work within their own circles due to overt discrimination by evolutionists, who refuse to publish ID or creationist…
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“Christian, meditate much on heaven; it will help you to press on and to forget the difficulty of the journey.”Spurgeon is alleged to have said that, although I cannot confirm. Regardless, it is sound advice and goes well with my other favorite quote, “Jesus didn’t die just to get you into heaven, He died to get heaven into you.“
Life can be a real crap sandwich sometimes and it’s not so easy to try to bring a bit of heaven down to earth, but I believe that’s what we’re called to do. Often we say the Lord’s prayer, we say those words, On Earth as it is in heaven, but I’m not so sure we actually believe it.
As a kid, I honestly believed heaven was about being a cherub glued to a cloud and forced to play harp music for all of eternity. I was…
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Many people wonder, “Why isn’t God more obvious?”
It is true that many do not recognize the Great Creator. When He was plainly visible walking the earth as Jesus of Nazareth 2,000 years ago and displaying many miraculous signs, most either did not recognize Him or refused to acknowledge Him.
He [Jesus] was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. (John 1:10-11)
Even John the Baptist, who was sent to prepare the way for the Messiah, did not recognize Him at first.
The next day he [John] saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After…
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