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"The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them." Hosea 14:9b

Thursday, December 25, 2003

Abusing the Name of Christ

Dean, who has kept his "faith" private until now, says he plans on speaking more publicly about his faith in Christ. This from a man who believes gays should enjoy marriage rights and that babies are fair game for murder.

"See to it then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you." Luke 11: 35-36

"Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, 'Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?' He said to them, 'Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.' " -Luke 13: 22-24

Calling on the name of the Lord for convenience will get you nowhere. Imitating the life of Christ on a daily basis by taking up your own cross and dying to yourself will get you to the only place you really need to be--heaven.

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Tolerating Gays Soon Turns into Attracting Gays

Deborah Sharp of USA Today reports:

"When civic leaders rolled out the rainbow carpet here almost a decade ago, Fort Lauderdale was nearly alone among destinations in trying to woo gay and lesbian travelers.

A growing number of cities are following Fort Lauderdale in flaunting a gay-friendly image. Among them are long-established gay destinations such as Key West. But there are less likely spots, too:

• Bloomington, Ind., capitalized on its existing slogan, "Come Out and Play," by adding the rainbow colors that symbolize gay pride.

Not everyone is happy with the changes. Religious conservatives have turned the Massachusetts Supreme Court's backing of gay marriage into a rallying cry. Those who oppose homosexuality on religious grounds see cities' ads enticing gay travelers - and their dollars - as a death knell for a moral society.

"They're worshiping at the altar of money, and they couldn't care less what God might think, or how it might impact children," says Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. "They promote homosexuality as if it's harmless. And that is not the case."

Merry Christmas Message from Ronald Reagan

"A young man whose father is a carpenter grows up working in his
father's shop. He has no formal education. He owns no property
of any kind. One day he puts down his tools and walks out of
his father's shop. He starts preaching on street corners and in
the nearby countryside. Walking from place to place preaching
all the while even though he is in no way an ordained minister
he never gets farther than an area perhaps 100 miles wide at
the most. He does this for three years. Then he is arrested,
tried and convicted. There is no court of appeal so he is
executed at age 33 along with two common thieves. Those in
charge of his execution roll dice to see who gets his clothing --
the only possessions he has. His family cannot afford a burial
place so he is interred in a borrowed tomb. End of story? No,
this uneducated, propertyless young man who preached on street
corners for only three years who left no written word has for 2000
years had a greater effect on the entire world than all the rulers,
kings and emperors, all the conquerors, the generals and admirals,
all the scholars, scientists and philosophers who ever lived --
all put together. How do we explain that? ...Unless he really
was what he said he was."

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

A special commentary on the last of the Lord of the Rings trilogy brought to you by Prison Fellowship's

A Triumphant Return
Return of the King

After seven years in the making, the final film of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King, opens this Wednesday. The good news is that, like the others, it was worth the wait. The better news is that, even more than the others, what we see on screen respects the Christian faith of the book's author, J. R. R. Tolkien.

Tolkien wrote that Lord of the Rings is a "fundamentally religious and Catholic work; unconsciously so at first but consciously in the revision." Director Peter Jackson and screenwriters Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh knew this. So they consciously honored the things that "were important to Tolkien." Many of his beliefs, thus, come through on screen.

What sets Lord of the Rings apart from other stories about good versus evil, aside from its extraordinarily imaginative treatment, is the way Christian truth is portrayed, how it confounds the wisdom of the world. While the great and powerful play a role in defeating evil, in the end, it's the humble and unremarkable hobbits who save the day.

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

God, not man, is the author or our law

Terence Jeffrey writes:

"Abolishing the right to life paved the way for establishing a right to same-sex sodomy. Establishing a right to same-sex sodomy paved the way for a right to same-sex marriage.

This progression is rooted in the single false premise that the law cannot be founded on God's unchanging rules of morality.

The road to freedom, our Founders believed, runs through legislatures, where elected representatives seek, through constitutionally limited government, to honor God's law in our own.

Yet, if God is not the ultimate author of our law, who will be? Whoever has the power to impose their will on others. This week it was four Massachusetts judges -- who manhandled marriage, denying the truth that it is a match made in heaven. Americans now have no choice but to answer such judges with a constitutional amendment expressly recognizing that marriage is a sacred union solely comprised of one man and one woman."

Wisdom begins with the Fear of God

Why do universities continue to vomit out leftist minded students? Perhaps the answer lies here.