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  1. I hadn't thought about the church being the place to begin change. It does make sense, doesn't it? I visit a lot of churches and can't remember the last time I heard a sermon that asked me to examine myself and what's truly in my heart. The very first charge hurled at a Christian by the unsaved is the accusation that we are hypocrites. Easy to turn into a hypocrite if we aren't examining ourselves on a regular basis. Have to include myself in the group that doesn't spend enough time looking inside. Going to put that into my daily routine.
  2. Your comment hit the nail on the head. The politically correct rules call for an apology from a Godly politician simply to appease the unGodly who don't want to hear anything that is not in line with their ideas. You are right -- why on earth should he apologize for speaking the truth? If someone from one of those invented religions made a similar comment no one would expect an apology because it may have offended a Christian. We are at the point where the "word killers" are strangling our conversations and our free speech. There are so many rules about what you can say and what you can't say that we are becoming like those at the Tower of Babel -- expressing ourselves is becoming impossible.
  3. My first expectation is that God will turn His face away from our nation and allow it to continue its fall to the logical end - which I imagine as Hell on earth. My second expectation is that God will punish America. The Bible has many examples of God punishing the evil we choose over Him through our free will – beginning with throwing us out of the Garden. The great flood and Sodom and Gomorrah. Is God already punishing America? We are busy letting the evil within our borders drive out everything Godly and letting it rot our people’s minds -- and God is allowing the evil outside our borders to assemble in ways to allow them to easily do America harm. The situation makes me imagine God has raised His mighty hand in preparation to give us the slap we surely deserve. Now the question seems to be are we doing what God wants Christians to do in these circumstances in America? Are we outnumbered and that is why we seem to be ineffective? Or are we doing it wrong? Why does it seem that it was it so easy to keep most of America Christ-centered up until the 1950’s or so? The people we elected 60 years ago all seemed to agree about what was right and what was wrong because, for the most part, they based it upon Biblical principles. Not so now.
  4. Please Lord comfort the worries and be beside this family as they go through this crisis with their Mother. We ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.
  5. I think those verses are certainly both relevant. This subject makes me think more about "itchy ears" and 2 Timothy: 1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. Boy. If that doesn't describe what I am seeing in my little corner of the nation nothing does. The Americans with "itchy ears" are beginning to outnumber the Americans who filter questions of "right” and “wrong” through the Scriptures. Those with itchy ears want to hear that sinfulness is not sinfulness any more. And their number now include leaders and members of many churches who are picking and choosing which parts of Scripture to believe -- or worse yet, making up their own religion and selling it like snakeoil to those who are searching for the light. And those itchy-eared folks, both inside and outside of churches, have escalated their demands. They now not only want to saturate society with open sinfulness but are now insisting (through laws and public education) that everyone conform their opinion to the "new norm" and agree that sinfulness is okay. Good grief! This is one more step toward silencing Christians.
  6. Thanks for the help! I'll be in Gordonsville which is very near Charlottesville, VA.
  7. I didn't realize Beck is a Mormon. Hmmmm. That explains why some of the things he says don't make sense to me sometimes. This will make me weigh his words more carefully. I did enjoy the rally in DC last year. It was uplifting to hear the name of God spoken on the Mall. It made me realize how good a job the speech police are doing burning the word out of all public speech.
  8. I've been looking for an online community where I can learn and understand more about the Bible and where I can fellowship with other Christians. I'm getting ready to retire and my primary goal is to make my life more Christ-centered. Life is so noisy and so hectic it's a real struggle for me to keep my eyes and thoughts on Him. I can't find a Baptist church in Maryland that seems to be a good fit and since I will be spending most of my time in Virginia after I retire in June I have been looking around down there. Most of my Bible education is through sermons I've gathered online. I listen to Alistair Begg, Charles Stanley and J. Vernon McGee. These are the ministers I seem to learn the most from. I accepted Christ and was baptized in a conservative Baptist church in 1998. I believe all of the Bible is true, that we can't pick and choose what we believe from within it. I believe that, even though it's been translated into the KJV that God, through the Holy Spirit, will be sure it's message is intact for me when I study it. All the newer translations of the Bible make me uncomfortable. I do occasionally use one of the American Standard versions to read a phrase or two to give me some idea of passages I am not understanding in the KJV. I have a grown son who is married with two children. I am married to a man whom I love very much. He has a mixed bag of closely-held beliefs plucked mainly from American Indians and the Spiritualist Church. He was raised attending the Spiritualist church -- a very scary “religion” to me. He hasn’t been active in a church since shortly before we married in 1995 and thinks that all churches and ministers are crooks and charlatans at this point and can’t be trusted. Well, that’s me in a nutshell!
  9. I'm a fairly new Christian and an thinking maybe the Gov just picked his words poorly - do you think he was referring to them not being his brothers and sisters in Christ and just messed up in the delivery of the idea? I'll be interested in reading the responses you get to this posting. One other thought - at least Beck is putting his opinion out there according to what his understanding of being a Christian is. That's something I admire. It's difficult for me to do that very well in my own little corner of the world so far. . So is Beck right or wrong about the Gov?
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