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July 30th, 2008 | Author:

In part II, I looked at the bare minimum it takes to die as a Christian:

1) Acknowledgment and fear of God
2) Acknowledgment that we deserve to die for our sin
3) Acknowledgment that Jesus died on the cross sinless
4) Calling on Jesus as our Savior and King

Now it gets a little trickier. The criminal on the cross only had to be a Christian for a few hours. Most of us have to figure out how to do it for many years, (even decades!) and I suspect that we need to know more than the above to endure to the end. (Matt 24:13) So Part III will address:

Living as a Christian for More than a Few Hours

I will now brave the realms where people have argued and killed each other for centuries: doctrine. Verily I say unto you, I don’t have a clue where to start. This may be, in part, because of the fibrofog that’s flared up at this time. It may also be because we are getting ready to go camping, and what little brainpower I have is focused on checking batteries and deciding what to have for dinner next Tuesday. It may also be, of course, that I’m really clueless.

But then I had what may in fact be a Holy-Spirit-inspired thought: Why don’t I ask everybody else what they think? Attempting to be obedient to His promptings, here are some questions to ponder. Assuming that we have already gone through 1 – 4 above:

  • What else does everyone need to know to live as a Christian?
  • What should our objective(s) be here on earth?
  • How can we best serve Christ in these mortal bodies?
  • Should we have pork chops or chicken breasts next Tuesday?

Okay, you can skip the last one, but I really am looking for everyone’s input on the other three. The only stipulation is that your responses be based on scripture, not pre-existing church doctrine.

Given the thinking problems I’m having right now, and all the things that need to be done before we leave, I won’t promise to respond immediately, but I will at some point. Thank you for your support.

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July 29th, 2008 | Author:

I sounded off a while back when some political genius in Mississippi introduced a bill that would make it illegal for restaurants to serve fat people. Honest.

Now, Los Angeles wants to ban fast food restaurants from building in South LA, where apparently all the fat people live. As Andrew Casana, a spokesman for the California Restaurant Association said:

“What’s next — security guards at the door saying ‘You’re overweight, you can’t have a cheeseburger’?” Casana said.

Welcome to America. I think I’ll go get some ice cream while I still can.

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July 26th, 2008 | Author:

Every so often, I play around with different poetry forms. If you’re not familiar with haiku, it’s a three-line Japanese poem. The first line has five syllables, the second seven, and the third five. There are other rules which I choose to ignore, because this is complicated enough for me. Anyhow, here’s my favorite. Feel free to add yours to the comments.

Incomprehensible

I offer my heart
of evil to Holy God
who accepts with joy

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July 25th, 2008 | Author:

I think I’ve detected a new trend in Washington. Here’s how it works.

1) Do something illegal or negligent that gets people mad enough to take you to court.

2) When the lawsuits start piling up, whine to Congress or a judge that they must grant you immunity for your illegal or negligent activities, and throw out all the lawsuits.

3) Nobody in Washington will be responsible for anything. What a great system!

How did I discover this new system? I read the news reports and put two and two together. Pure genius, I confess.

First, Congress made it illegal to sue the telecoms for violating our privacy … because they were just doing what Bush told them to do. Now, FEMA wants the same “you can’t sue me” ruling over the toxic trailers they gave people after Katrina, because they should be protected from “judicial second-guessing.”

Gee, do you think these guys have been taking lessons from Bush?

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July 25th, 2008 | Author:

Last year Jessica, a shirt-tail relative of a good friend, got sucked into “The House of Yahweh,” a religious cult in Abilene, Texas. My church, along with others, prayed for her over an extended period of time, and she eventually left. Not long after that Bill Hawkins, the leader, was arrested on charges of bigamy.

What little I learned about this cult through Jessica’s stories to her family makes me want to commit acts for which I would be arrested. So I have no fondness for religious cults. But I also have no fondness for witch hunts, which is what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is now proposing.

His main target appears to be the Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an offshoot of the Mormon church headed by the infamous Warren Jeffs. Reid himself is a Mormon [LDS], which is not the mainstream Christianity they profess to be. As Rational Review stated:

Reid is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which knuckled under to the federal government on polygamy more than a century ago via a convenient “revelation from God” to its president. LDS stalwarts have been trying to cover up their own church’s pusillanimity by denouncing its braver offshoots ever since.

So I think we have to question the purity of Reid’s motives. More importantly, we do have a first amendment in this country, that supposedly safeguards the free exercise of religion. No, I don’t think that includes the right to beat or rape your wives or children. However, a line needs to be drawn as to when the government should interfere, and Daniel Fischer’s story as told to the Senate Judiciary Committee, while very sad, is not a reason for the government to interfere.

Fischer recounted his own excommunication for committee members.

“It is a hell of a feeling to all of a sudden discover you’re an orphan at age 50,” said a tearful Fischer. “I had nightmares for a year. I still have nightmares.”

If churches do not have the right to excommunicate members, for whatever reason they choose, then we have government control of religion. If we have government control of religion, then next month, or next year, it will be my religion or yours that is under attack.

Cancel the witch hunt, Reid. The Mormons could be next.

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