A few years ago I had a discussion with an individual who was campaigning for a seat in the Minnesota state senate. Something seemed a little off, so I googled her.
Sharon Anderson, (sometimes Scarrella,) has been running in almost every election since the 1970s for a number of different offices. In 1994 she was kicked off the ballot as a candidate for the Minnesota Supreme court because she did not meet the qualifications for the position. In 1988 her home in St. Paul was foreclosed on after she failed to pay taxes on it.
I’ve never been able to understand her rational, but Sharon sees the loss of her home as some sort of deep seated evidence for government corruption.
One would think that a fringe candidate like Sharon Anderson would never find success, but if you run enough campaigns the odds are that at one time or another…
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Our text – Galatians 4:8-20
Key verse – John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”
Our lesson theme … The gospel offers spiritual freedom
Have you ever been stuck in a traffic jam, taken a side street, and found yourself in an area of congestion? Or perhaps you have switched lines at the grocery store only to find that your new line moved even slower than the first one. Many times, when trying to avoid one problem, we simply head right into another one. This is what happened to the Galatians.
The apostle Paul dearly loved the Galatians and had led many of them to the Lord. By grace they had come to know God in a personal way through Jesus Christ. Because of that relationship, they had left their pagan worship of false gods, which had kept them in…
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People honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me
What do Mark Batterson, Nancy DeMoss, and Priscilla Shirer have in common?
They have all taught people to draw circles, stand inside and pray for something. Now, I’m not going to rehash all the articles about circle making because I believe the word has gotten out about how very unbiblical Circle Making is, so your welcome. The fad wore off soon after true biblical brothers and sisters started addressing the subject.
Just to quickly recap for those that may not have ever heard of Circle Making, it’s the practice of many Christians by making a circle on the ground by drawing it in the dirt or using tape or whatever and then stand inside the circle and ask God for something.
I mentioned above 3 people that have held teaching on Circle Making and I would like…
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Folks I’ve been writing about social justice for months now. I know some of you are probably sick of it. But I want you to listen to me one more time. What we are watching is not just the polarization of a nation into two nations with little to nothing in common besides a language. It’s more than that. It is the formation of a new religion: the religion of woke and it is winning converts from Christianity.
Let me document what I mean. Some of you may pay attention to a formerly popular sports league known as the NFL. You might have noticed it has gone very hard core woke in the last few weeks, to the point of writing names of “victims of police brutality” (mainly hardened felons who either killed themselves, or attacked police and got shot) on their uniforms. However, it has not gone woke enough…
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There has been a lot of talk about the idea of “Cancel Culture” in recent days. Public figures are “cancelled” because of their opinions or sometimes even because of something from their past, even potentially far in their past. This usually involves the elimination of their voice from the world of the person who is cancelling them. You might block them on social media or say you refuse to ever watch their show or sport or buy their products again. In some extreme examples, it has involved more aggressive tactics including group shaming by having everyone attack the person who is cancelled (usually by media) or even “doxing” the person by publicly outing personnel details about their life to make it easier for people to harass them for their viewpoints.
When this idea first started trending, it was usually related to something that was more universally considered to be wrong…
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One of the biggest blows to evolution is abiogenesis, or the origin of life. How did life begin, and where did we come from? Life doesn’t just happen. Or does it?
Many people believe in God (and a great number of religions), and, therefore, believe life and humans were intentionally created for a reason. But others reject religion and anything spiritual in favor of a secular, naturalistic approach, and, therefore, they believe life spontaneously appeared, accidently, from non-living material. Sure, people can believe various combinations of these, but it basically boils down to one of two possibilities: either we’re here on purpose, or we’re nothing more than a cosmic accident.
The problem with the secular, naturalistic approach is enormous… there’s no evidence that life could spontaneously begin.
At one time people believed life could spontaneously generate from non-life. In fact, if you left out some rags containing cheese, they would…
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In 2016, with the election looming and a divisive campaign in full swing, I was living overseas and it was disconcerting to open up the internet and social media to see the rhetoric from both sides. I made a commitment to stop and pray when I saw something shared about the election. That was a big commitment, given how prevalent this content was, but personally it helped me to keep my focus properly aligned as the days passed. The focus for all believers should be more focused on things of greater significance.
Now in 2020, things are the same or worse as far as the information related to the election and candidates that is being put in front of us every day goes. For myself, because I’m currently in the United States and not overseas, it is much worse than what I normally experience. It is very difficult to…
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2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, THEN will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”
Proverbs 21:1, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases”
My brothers and sisters in Christ. If you have professed faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior you should be concerned for our country. Jesus warned us in Matthew 12:25, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.
At Springfield, Illinois on June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln address more than 1,000 delegates for the Republican State Convention. At 8:00 p.m. Lincoln delivered this address to his Republican colleagues in the Hall of Representatives. The title reflects part of the speech’s introduction, “A house…
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“What if everything happening around you right now was happening FOR you, not TO you?” Graham Cooke
Those are absolutely revolutionary, ground breaking, earth shattering words that can change everything. Totally rocked my world when I got ahold of the concept. If you are a “why me” or “woe is me,” or “why is this even happening” kind of person, grab ahold of those words.
True story, there was one week in my life where 3 of my family members were in the hospital, two were in jail, and my dog was dying. The dog dying at that very moment really was the last straw. I was trapped somewhere between grief, fear, and anxiety. Also, feelings of complete abandonment. God started whispering that very thing to me, all this stuff is not happening TO you, it is happening FOR you. For your benefit. For your good.
Romans 8:28 says, “And…
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The Israelites were often tempted to worship the gods of the Canaanites and the surrounding nations. One of those gods was called Molech or Moloch. He required that his worshipers sacrifice their children to him. Here is what Wikipedia says about him. Read the rest of this entry
A few years back some local politicians, mayors, city managers, what have you, began posting things on social media that made me sound like a Canadian, as in I pulled back and said, “‘Eh?!”
Things like “fascists are secretly meeting and planning to invade the area, so support me if you want preserve your way of life. We must fight the Nazis!” Imagine my vast surprise when I found myself getting lumped into that category, a racist, fascist, Very Bad Deplorable. I stopped going to city council meetings, I stopped trying to fight politically. The truth is, you can’t reason with false hatred, with blind ideology. I wasn’t a person anymore, I was a caricature of the enemy, a troll, a thing to be hated and feared.
This is a tiny town, I’ve been here for some 40 years now off and on, so I know a fair…
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Growing up I always heard the saying “Don’t mix religion and politics”. I never understood that much till I became older but even as a grown adult I notice how people tend to avoid mixing the two. In school, we could learn all about politics but not so much religion but I found it most interesting that many people that are religious will not speak very freely of their views on politics. You might hear a Christian speak about it a little if they felt it wasn’t a hot topic or maybe only to a few people they trusted but to me it’s been so obvious that even I kept tight-lipped about my views for many years until I questioned why I felt this way. Why did I feel I wasn’t supposed to be open about my political views? What’s so wrong with talking about them? Is it because it’s…
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God simply spoke the world into existence and created something in the midst of the darkness. Let there be light! He turned on the lights.
A bit amusing, I was perusing Christmas lights on-line and hubby was like, I think we need to stage an intervention. You have a problem. Let me just cackle rather hysterically over the fact that in my case it is always mom who seems to have a problem.
I am quite content with my assorted issues, thank you very much. I’m telling you, the house could be on fire and sure enough someone is going to go, You know what the problem here is? Mom’s been putting two whole spoonfuls of sugar in her coffee. You don’t say? How disgraceful. Also, there are flames now forming on your jacket. Just saying……
Back to my lighting issues however. ‘Tis true, I probably have a good hundred…
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Since October 2015 I have blogged responses to alleged Bible contradictions listed on the Skeptic Annotated Bible. Apparently this week I hit a milestone: I have refuted over a hundred fifty alleged Bible Contradiction!
Below is the listing of these posts:
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I landed here in the 9th circuit of hell quite against my will some 45 years ago. My parents fled here, from Hawaii at the time. Hawaii really is my spiritual home, paradise, so the shift from the tropics to the grey, rainy, hostility of the PNW was a shock to the system already.
And by “hostility” I hope it’s quite clear I’m not just talking about the weather. Hawaii is (or was) very family oriented, a blending of cultures, everyone is your aunt, and kid’s sports matter. It’s a tight knit community in a way. Contrast that to a land where family, tradition, respect, roles, has now been totally replaced by politics, ideology, and shared beliefs. Rugged individualism rules the day. Family isn’t “family,” family looks like whatever we want it to, and you can choose your “family” just as you can choose your gender. Also, if you don’t…
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Ya know, the Bible can be used to justify pretty much anything. Perhaps we should say the Bible can be “misused” to justify anything, the problem being it would probably take a 30 year theological debate chasing after word origins and Latin translations in order to settle the matter. So suffice it to say, the Bible can and has been used to justify all manner of foolishness, from slavery to socialism.
Karl Marx pretty much twisted scripture to come up with his famous quote, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” Does that mean Marxism is Biblical? No.
Recently I got into a minor spat over the idea that it is Biblical to say, if you don’t work you, shouldn’t eat. This is a common argument against socialism, against taxation, against the welfare state. It’s a rotten argument, too! I cannot abide when people try to use the…
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I can’t believe I’m writing this, but in light of several things lately, one of them being Joe Biden alleging that black people are all the same, members of one monolithic group, unlike Latinos who are diverse, I think I really need to. Yes, he actually said that. He is only one of many who have said something similar this week.
Something I think we’ve done wrong as Americans, (ha don’t roll your eyes) but seriously something we need to change and fix is the way we’ve allowed stereotypes about black people to dominate the narrative in a way that presents black people as all being of one mind, one culture, one style.
They are really culturally diverse, from city folks to country folks, from conservatives to liberals, from far right extremists to far lefty nutcases. There are atheists and Christians, Buddhists and New Agers. There are single parent families…
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Years ago I was invited to attend a “salvation party” for a young lady who had just made a profession of faith in Christ. I’ll call her “Anne”. It was the first time I had heard of such a party. Out of profound curiosity and my heart for Anne, I went. We gathered at a local restaurant, with cake and gifts in tow.
I noticed the people most excited were the ones throwing the party, the ones who had witnessed to her. Anne sat appearing unsure and distant.
One could think she was just an introvert who didn’t like the fuss of a party, or that it was a bit too silly for her taste- I would have agreed with her. Perhaps she was thinking what I was thinking….is she…. saved? I silently prayed for her and tossed around in my head the question, “how did anyone really know…
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Psalm 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints”
2 Corinthians 5:8, “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord”
Do you like continued stories? Let’s say you’re reading a magazine article or even watching a television program for half an hour, and you come to the place where the hero plunges into the water to rescue his drowning sweetheart. Then you’re left hanging in the air with the words, “To be continued.” Oh, how disappointing!
However, there is quite a different response to the inscription on the headstone of a born-again believer in Jesus Christ. The inscription would read “To Be Continued Above”! Yes, this life is just the first chapter of the book of a person’s life. Whether that chapter is long or short, it’s not the end…
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