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A Blasphemous Abuse of Baptism

We are now down to the top 3 most read posts in 2018. Interestingly this recent post on baptism ranked #3.

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The Church of England, according to a report from the ChristianNews.Net will begin a baptism-style celebration for transgenders announcing their new sexual identity.

“The apostatized Church of England,” wrote Heather Clark on CNN, “has released new guidance for “parishes planning services to help transgender people mark their transition,” a move that has raised concerns among those who were already worried about the direction of the denomination.”

In a news release, the Church of England both encouraged and welcomed “the affirmation of trans people.” They equated it with diversity in the Body of Christ “into which all Christians have been baptized by one Spirit.”

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Atheist Stephen Hawking is Dead

During the holidays, we are reblogging the top 10 posts for 2018 based on reader views. This March post received the 4th most reader hits.

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Stephen Hawking, the renown physicist, and avowed atheist died Wednesday.

Hawking, who was 76, wasn’t expected to live past age 25. When he was 21 he was diagnosed with ALS, the incurable neurodegenerative disease. Although he beat the odds for more than 50 years he once said that he “lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years,”

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How To Treat a Loved One Who’s a Homosexual

While we are taking a holiday blogging break, we are reblogging the top 10 posts of 2018. This one, at #5,  was in response to a reader’s question. It was received very favorably by our readers. We hope it helps.

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In a recently published post, “The Love God Hates,” I pointed out that we should not love that which God hates.

In numerous passages the Bible speaks of hating wickedness, unrighteousness and ungodliness. (Ps 45:7: Prov 6:17-19). As the people of God we are commanded to be holy and not to love worldliness (1 Jn 2:15-17), but to “hate evil (and) do good.”

In the post I related the story of man who’s daughter admitted she was a lesbian. While he initially expressed his disapproval, eventually he joyfully embraced his daughter’s choice and apparently is going to host the wedding.

A reader responded and asked my advice on how to handle the situation. Here are 7 things I would suggest.

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Pray for the Brethren In Bulgaria

This November post received the 8th most hits for 2018. There, is, however, an important update at the end of the post.

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Yesterday on facebook my friend and preaching colleague, Wilson Adams, posted a prayer request  for the Bulgarian brethren.

Demetra Dimitrova from Sofia, Bulgaria, sent Wilson “an urgent note asking prayers for her country.” Apparently “a controversial new law is before the Bulgarian Parliament that could keep minority faiths from freely worshiping, teaching, and evangelizing.”

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Great Verses of the Bible: Isaiah 7:14


Little Emma came running out of Bible class to her waiting Mother triumphantly waving a picture that she had drawn shouting, “Mommy! Mommy! My teacher says I drew the most unusual picture she has ever seen!”

The mother took the picture from her little Emma’s hands. Studied it for a moment. And agreed with the teacher.

“What were you studying?’ She asked.

“The birth of Jesus” Emma replied. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Assurance

A fellow by the name of Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about a preacher in a small town whose kitten climbed a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down.

The preacher coaxed the kitty with warm milk, but it wouldn’t budge. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the preacher decided that if he tied a rope to his car he could bend the tree down enough to get the kitten. He did all this, checking his progress frequently. But as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke. The tree went “boing!” and the kitten instantly sailed through the air–out of sight. Continue reading

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Good morning.

I wanted to take a moment as I began the day to wish each of our readers a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I am so thankful for each of you who follow this little blog on a regular basis.  Thanks for your loyal readership. Thanks for sharing it with others  And thanks to those who take the time to comment, ask questions or offer suggestions.  I appreciate it.

We’re taking the rest of the week to enjoy the holiday with our children and grandchildren.  But I wanted to share one of my favorite Thanksgiving poems by an unknown author entitled.  “Thank You, God, for a Hundred Things.”  Hope you enjoy it.  Have a great day. Continue reading

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