Once Saved, Always Saved?
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A woman wrote last week with a question that might be of interest to you, too. Is it possible that your salvation is ever at risk once you’ve come to know the Lord? In a sense, “once saved, always saved” is true, because the Gospel’s message begins with universal forgiveness.  Jesus bought forgiveness for the world, past, present, and future with his blood on the cross.  One hundred percent is Christ’s work.  Satan himself can’t mess with it.  It has... Read More
It's Abuse
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With the recent shootings in Virginia, Don Imus at least is off the front pages. It would be an easy thing to criticize him for his abusive talk.  My guess is that old Don is wondering what all of the fuss is about, because he’s been talking like that for years.  He’s probably wondering who changed the rules. Abuse and contempt for other people does sell and does have a sick appeal to those who enjoy feeling superior by smacking... Read More
Love Grows Cold
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America reels at the news from the Blue Ridge Mountains.  A beautiful, peaceful campus is shattered by two violent incidents of shooting. This leaves us asking “Why?” and “What can I do about it?”  On the question of “why,” it’s both very complex and very simple at the same time.  There is so much anger in our world.  People are very absorbed in their own dramas and nurse a sense of grievance day after day.  Christians should not be surprised. ... Read More
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What parent at some point has not resonated with King David?  His son Absalom rebelled against him, and subverted his kingdom and declared war against him. Why do the kids you love fight so hard, and seem to be so deaf to your good intentions? It goes back to mother Eve and father Adam.  When God said to Eve, “In pain you will give birth to children,” that pain was not the last.  It is a function of sin to... Read More
A Reward From the Lord
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Let’s talk about babies. My great-great grandparents had twelve kids, eight of which made it into adulthood.  My great-grandparents had eight kids.  My wife and I have four, and our last two really raised some eyebrows when we announced their arrival.  As though, with two, we had done our duty, and four was just over the top. The fact is, populations cannot sustain themselves when the birthrate drops below two kids per woman of childbearing age.  The United States is... Read More
Time For Payback?
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Do you believe in payback?  People in books and plays and movies sure do.  Revenge drives many stories of great and not so great literature, from the time of the Greeks and Romans, through Shakespeare, to the Revenge of the Jedi. In our own families, we hear talk like, “I’ll teach her a lesson,” or, “I’ll show him.  I’m gonna make sure he doesn’t forget this day.”  Aren’t you glad that God doesn’t treat us like that?  God does not... Read More
St. Patrick's Day Reflections
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I love St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s all great fun.  In the long grinding month of March, St. Patrick’s Day and the festivities are one of the few bright spots in this hard transition to spring, especially up north. Unfortunately, the concept of St. Patrick’s Day has been exhaustively secularized in America.  Hardly anybody realizes the spiritual story behind the partying. Patrick, a British young man, was kidnapped and forced to work as a shepherd, as a slave in Ireland.  And... Read More
The Secret of "The Secret"
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What could be more intriguing than to be let in on the true powers of the universe? What could be a better investment than shelling out $30 for a book or DVD that will help you realize your full potential (i.e. make a lot of money)? Yoda helped Luke Skywalker learn the secrets of the Force and become a Jedi master. Rhonda Byrne and her friends, amped up by Amazon.com and Oprah, are even more certain that they can help... Read More
Gone But Not Forgotten
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Anna Nicole Smith is gone, but not forgotten. I just saw an interesting statistic today.  During the last week of February, 22% of news air time was devoted to Anna Nicole Smith.  You’re not surprised, are you?  The son’s death, the paternity battle, her drug use, burial rights . . . did I miss anything? A few things occur to me.  Ms. Smith led a destructive life, and there is a child in the world now who won’t know her... Read More
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Congratulations, Mr. Gore, on your Oscar.  And my sympathies, for the pounding you’re taking for the seeming hypocrisy of advocating reduction of greenhouse gases while you live in a 10,000 sq. ft. home that consumes a formidable amount of energy for one family. It’s important that we Christians not get into a media feeding frenzy.  The mob mentality was featured most shamefully on Good Friday, when our Lord Jesus was crucified because of the screams and shouts of people who,... Read More