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Imitating Christ

crossHE WHO follows Me, walks not in darkness,” says the Lord. (John 8:12.)

By these words of Christ we are advised to imitate His life and habits, if we wish to be truly enlightened and free from all blindness of heart. Let our chief effort, therefore, be to study the life of Jesus Christ.

The teaching of Christ is more excellent than all the advice of the saints, and he who has His spirit will find in it a hidden manna. Now, there are many who hear the Gospel often but care little for it because they have not the spirit of Christ. Yet whoever wishes to understand fully the words of Christ must try to pattern his whole life on that of Christ.

What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. I would rather feel contrition than know how to define it. For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God? Vanity of vanities and all is vanity, except to love God and serve Him alone.

This is the greatest wisdom—to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. It is vanity, therefore, to seek and trust in riches that perish. It is vanity also to court honor and to be puffed up with pride. It is vanity to follow the lusts of the body and to desire things for which severe punishment later must come. It is vanity to wish for long life and to care little about a well-spent life. It is vanity to be concerned with the present only and not to make provision for things to come. It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides.

Often recall the proverb: “The eye is not satisfied with seeing nor the ear filled with hearing.” (Eccles. 1:8.) Try, moreover, to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God.

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According to an article in the Washington Post, Maj. Nidal M. Hasan, the terrorist who killed 23 people at Fort Hood never formally sought to leave the military as a conscientious objector.

But get this, the article goes on to say:

In 2007, addressing other physicians at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Hasan said that to avoid “adverse events” the military should allow Muslim soldiers to be released as conscientious objectors instead of fighting in wars against other Muslims.

So, this Muslim terrorist feels that Muslims should be allowed to join the Army, suck up on the benefits such as medical school, training, healthcare, etc. but then when called on to fight, which is what soldiers do, he thinks they should be allowed to leave? Give me a break! You join, you fight. Simple as that. This guy, should have been mustered out of the service and shipped off to some Islamic country to spend the rest of his life.

That’s just my opinion, what’s yours?

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…is still a terrorist.images Last week, Maj. Nidal Hasan shot and killed 13 Americans and wounded 29 more. This was an act of Islamic terrorism, short and simple.

Of course our President warns us to ‘not jump to conclusions’ with regard to a motive. This is the same president who called the murder of one abortion provider by one man a ‘despicable act”

While I am certainly no expert, I can almost guarantee that Hasan was led by his Islamic faith to do what he did. New facts are coming in daily that support that position. Naturally, the liberal media has refused to divulge most of this info and even refuses to call Hasan a murder or killer. Even though he was caught in the act that was witnessed by many people, they still refer to him as the man ‘suspected’ in the Fort Hood shootings. No, he’s not suspected! He did it. Call it like it is.

America needs to wake up and smell the roses. Islam is a violent religion intent on converting and dominating the world either by coercion or force. Muslims do not believe in religious freedom. Anyone who is not a Muslim, is an enemy of Allah in their eyes and therefore, their enemy.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Do you agree or disagree?

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What or Who is a Jew?

My pastor mentioned something tonight that caused me to ask the above question.  I have searched and cannot find a definitive answser. However, my research shows that most Jews consider a Jew to be someone who:

  • Is a descendant physically or spiritually of Jacob
  • Has a Jewish mother
  • Has officially converted to Judaism
  • Is an Israelite

But this brings up another question. On the JewFaq.org site, under the heading “Who is a Jew?” I found the following statement:

“It is important to note that being a Jew has nothing to do with what you believe or what you do. A person born to non-Jewish parents who has not undergone the formal process of conversion but who believes everything that Orthodox Jews believe and observes every law and custom of Judaism is still a non-Jew, even in the eyes of the most liberal movements of Judaism, and a person born to a Jewish mother who is an atheist and never practices the Jewish religion is still a Jew, even in the eyes of the ultra-Orthodox. In this sense, Judaism is more like a nationality than like other religions, and being Jewish is like a citizenship.”

Now, if being a Jew has nothing to do with what one believes, then how can someone who is a Jew one day, become a non-Jew the next day by believing that Christ is the Messiah?  Can someone please answer this for me?

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Does the Sabbath, as practiced by some religions, start and end at sunset or, as this author claims, start and end at dawn?  The article presents a very well written argument for the latter.  What do you think?  Is the author right or wrong?  Read the article then post your opinion below. (more…)

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I recently read an article that states:gaymarriage_blogistan

“Government should get out of the marriage business. If the government had nothing to do with marriage, we could drop all the divisive issues about gay marriage, and just let people marry in whichever churches or other institutions will marry them.”

On the flip side, there are those who defend traditional marriage because of their religious beliefs.  They argue that gay marriage activists are attacking their religious beliefs and, as reported by Chuck Colson back in May, gay activists, are attacking from all angles. Here is what he said: … (more…)

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churchstate In a recent ‘Letter to the Editor’ in the Washington Post the writer states that after seven years, he was able to convince his supervisors at the Dept. of Vet. Affairs that the annual “Christmas Party” should be a “Holiday Party.”

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