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Third Sunday of Epiphany-Jan 26

25 Jan

Reveal the Reason- When my wife and I were young, we would go out before Christmas to see the light displays. They depicted all kinds of things from Manger scenes to Santa Claus scenes and many others. Today, there are far fewer displays, and most are just lights. They are nice to look at but not nearly as interesting. Christmas is an excellent time to put up a display of the manger scene. Liberals have gotten them banned from a lot of public places, so it is up to Churches and individual Christians to remind people why we celebrate Christmas. Start now planning to be a witness for Christ next Christmas. Christmas cards also give an opportunity to remind people why we celebrate. Now is a good time to get them because stores are getting rid of their Christmas stock at sale prices.

 

Gay Rights-IV-M

25 Jan

Legislators in Ohio are pushing their version of the Gay Special Rights Bill. The Ohio bill HB 369 is currently in committee. Let your legislators know you want them to vote against it if it comes to the floor for a vote. It is similar to the national bill and will be very destructive if it is passed. I have previously discussed the problems with the national bill. Gay rights advocates are targeting the individual States to pass it since they can’t get support in the federal legislature.

 
 

Schools-D-C

21 Jan

Public schools oppose the expansion of vouchers and claim that public schools will suffer from loss of money that would be diverted to private schools. However, if the funds are paid equally to all students, regardless of the school they attend, the loss of funds would be accompanied by a loss of students so there would be less expense. The real opposition is to the loss of control over what students are taught. Liberal educators have been redesigning education from learning to evaluate facts and come to conclusions towards indoctrination which teaches students to accept what they are taught without questioning it. Liberal educators are also pressuring schools to teach liberal doctrines and principles in order to indoctrinate students in liberal theology. Allowing parents a choice in where they send their kids threatens that control.

 
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Schools-D-B

21 Jan

Some States currently provide students a voucher to alternate schools when their school is failing to maintain acceptable standards. Some of them are now proposing expanding their voucher programs because of increasing parent opposition to what their kids are being taught in the public schools. Most non-public schools are church-related, yet there is continued opposition to State funds going to help church related schools. State vouchers that go to all students to be used at the school of their choice would allow parents to choose the best education for their kids and would not involve the State in supporting church related schools because it would be the parents who choose the school not the government. If the government tried to withhold funds in order to coerce them into things they don’t believe in, it would be a clear case of discrimination.

 
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Second Sunday of Epiphany-Jan 19

18 Jan

The second Sunday of Epiphany and the rest of the season, the color is green symbolizing nature and life. Green reminds us that all nature reveals the glory of God. Though liberals say nature shows arbitrary selection, nature reveals the order and wisdom of God’s creation. Nature shows God’s handiwork, just as the stars revealed Christ’s birth. Science reveals more and more a complex universe that could not have happened by accident, it could only have been created by God. Epiphany is also a time when we remember that Christ brought us a new life. Through Christ, God revealed the Truth that set us free from the dominion of sin and death. One of the marks of the love of Christ is love for our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Church. Unbelievers saw how the early Christians loved one another and they wanted that love. Today many churches are torn by strife and many Christians are fighting among themselves. Unbelievers see the fighting and are not interested in getting in the middle of that. They are turned off by the way Christians treat each other. Does your church show a love among brothers and sisters in Christ that would draw people to it?

 
 

Sanctity of Life-B-I

12 Jan

Liberals continue to blame Right To Life supporters for the growing random shootings and especially for the killings recently at the Planned Parenthood clinic, however, they have no one to blame but themselves. Telling people that all killing is wrong and we should love each other and care for each other will not drive someone to random killings, nor will it drive someone to violently attack an abortion clinic. By changing the law to say that it is alright to kill those who get in your way, it leads people to feel that since its legal it must be right. Once you open the door and say it is alright to kill someone who gets in their way or inconveniences them, it is only a matter of defining who it is that is getting in your way and inconveniencing you. In fact, someone wanting a family may accept the message of Planned Parenthood, but feel Planned Parenthood is getting in their way. We see the evidence in the growing problem of road rage. We are increasingly hearing where someone cuts someone else off and the offended person pulls out a gun and starts shooting, or attacks them with their car. We need to continue getting the message out that all killing is wrong and that we should forgive others as God has forgiven us.

 

Sanctity of Life-B-H

11 Jan

In January, 1973, the Supreme Court declared that it could not tell when a baby became human and therefore the courts could no longer protect the baby in the womb. It wiped out all laws protecting the unborn since the courts could no longer enforce them. It not only opened the way for the killing of millions of babies because they were an inconvenience to the mother, it also had far reaching effects on our American values. It declared to society that you can get rid of an unborn baby if it gets in the way of your happiness. While the court limited its decision to unborn babies, that value has spread to babies outside the womb and even to young children. A mother who has aborted a baby may feel that she would also like to get rid of her kids who keep her from being happy and, in a fit of frustration, may act on her feelings without thinking resulting in untold injury and death to children.

 

Voting-3-C

11 Jan

We are beginning a new round of primary elections to determine who will be the President for the next four years. The media is hammering away at the impeachment issue in order to turn voters away from President Trump but have not offered any information on how candidates stand on the issues. They are hoping to distract voters from the issues because the issues they push are those opposed by a majority of voters. In fact, most people I talk to have tuned out most of what politicians and the media are saying. They feel both are out of touch with the American people. A small but increasing number of voters are becoming concerned about politicians who do not listen to the voters and Supreme Court justices who overturn votes by the people, but most have no idea what to do about them. President Trump has shown that there are still some who support the value of life and the rule of law and the American people elected him for that reason. He has accomplished a great deal with what limited power he has, but it will be difficult for him to accomplish much more without the support of Congress. Therefore it is vital that voters vote in politicians that will help him. Voters must show the parties that they support the value of life and the rule of law by their vote in the primaries or we will end up with liberal candidates who oppose our values and face the choice of voting for a liberal candidate that opposes your values or not voting which would help elect them anyway.

 
 

Previous Posts

11 Jan

From time to time people want to access old files without going back through all the postings. As a result, I placed a link at the bottom of each posting with a link to previous postings on that topic. Simply click on the link to access past postings on that topic. To access topics I have not dealt with recently, I posted a series of twelve postings under “Previous Posts”. Each lists several topics and has links to those topics. This posting has a link to those posts so you can view the whole list. Simply view the list, select a topic, and click on the link at the bottom of that post to access previous posts on that topic.
I will post periodic links to the “previous posts” series like this one for your convenience.

 

First Sunday of Epiphany-Jan12

11 Jan

The color of the first Sunday of Epiphany is white symbolizing purity. commemorates Jesus’ baptism by John-It reminds us that we need to seek to cleanse the sin out of our life so our life will show the love of God to those around us. Baptism represents our dying to sin and being raised in Christ. If we tell others that Christ has made a difference in our lives, than our lives must demonstrate a positive difference from those around us or they will not believe what we say. Therefore, we need to seek God to remove those things from our lives that hinder our witness for Him. If we have a quick temper or are careless and irresponsible and don’t fulfill our promises, we need to ask God to help us conquer them lest they hinder our witness. The sad fact is that the greatest hindrance to the spread of the Gospel in America is the behavior of those who call themselves Christians but live like the World. (see my series-“In The World, But Not Of It” on how to live a life pleasing to God and still enjoy life).