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Independence Day: What Truths Do We Hold? (pt 2)

In part 1, I exhorted you to check out the Declaration of Independence.  I did this because I believe that growing in one’s immediate, temporal context enables one to grow in his or her global and eternal context. Through understanding and appreciation, we are both challenged and equipped to activate the eternal purposes of God expressed in time-space reality. “And he …

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Independence Day: What Truths Do We Hold? (pt 1)

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated.” ~ Thomas Paine Family, friends, food, and fireworks…it must be the 4th of …

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HOPE4Politics (Conclusion)

See and Subscribe to the VLOG! “Then all the elders of Israel…came to Samuel at Ramah and said to him, ‘Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways.  Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.’  But the thing displeased Samuel…And Samuel prayed to the Lord.  And the Lord said to Samuel, …

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HOPE4Politics (pt 4B)

See and Subscribe to the VLOG. “And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he said this plainly.” ~ Mark 8:31-32a     Last time, we “sprung forward” into Romans 13 …

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HOPE4Politics (pt 4A)

See VLOG! …He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore God …

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HOPE4Politics (pt 3)

See the VLOG. “When we talk politics, we moralize.  When we talk morality, we politicize.” ~ Ravi Zacharias Preface: This is one of the most difficult blog series I could ever imagine writing.  When I was younger, I recall a relative telling me to never discuss religion or politics. They are too divisive and too dangerous. And yet, here we …

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HOPE4Politics (pt 2)

See the VLOG!  HOPE4Politics 1 Timothy     “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but …

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HOPE4Politics (pt 1)

Yes, it’s “rough around the edges,” but check this out on the new VLOG!!!  HOPE4Hipsters VLOG “If you marry a political party, it will pimp you.” ~ Carl Ellis Preface: So, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America…. How are you doing with that? Problem: “There is not just the right and left …

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Politics: Vanquishing A Vehicle For Vitriol

“Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your …

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Got Freedom?

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. ~ Romans 8:2 Jesus Christ did not come to make bad people good.  He came to make dead people live.  Last week, I wrote about the tension between slavery and freedom, and used recently deceased frontman, Scott Weiland, …