Are you feeling down?

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Long winter months and difficult seasons of life can take their toll on us. They make us feel weighed down with discouragement. 

It’s easy to become discouraged. And when we find ourselves under a wave of discouragement, it can lead to the more difficult place of despair.

Discouragement is a loss of perspective that leads to a loss of courage. When discouragedwe tend to lose motivation for the normal stuff of life. It’s a loss of heart. 

I know what it feels like to battle times of discouragement. This is why I believe that encouraging discouraged people requires more than superficial hype. Simply telling someone that it’s not as bad as she thinks or that things will get better soon can sound like empty words. 

So where do we turn to be encouraged? One of the roles of Scripture is to give encouragement. 

“For everything that was written…

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7 point strategy used to redefine sexuality and marriage

As a guest lecturer at Franklin Marshal College in Lancaster Pennsylvania, I suggested that legalization of gay marriage as a civil right would open a legal Pandora’s box throughout the nation.

A visiting law professor immediately rejected my assertion suggesting that I didn’t understand how the law works.

A nationally recognized lawyer in the audience then spoke in my defense and listed cases currently in the courts validating my viewpoint. The law professor remained silent for the rest of the discussion.

I also stated that it would perhaps be more politically and legally amendable (and create less social unrest) if the gay community said, “All we want is marriage and the benefits that come with it. We are not asking for civil rights status as a minority group along the lines of racial identity.  We are not asking for businesses and Churches to be forced to affirm gay marriage. We are not asking for curriculum changes at the schools to include gay marriage and families.”

Instead, gay activists have been determined to force the public (through judicial coercion) to bow to the sexual preferences of a very small percentage of citizens. Five Supreme Court justices have played into the activists strategy and unilaterally forced their views on the entire nation.

The seven points below survey the distortions of truth used to change the way the public thinks about sexuality and marriage.

  1. The language of civil rights:Often associate gay rights with battles for racial and gender equality. Claim that a desire for homosexual sex is an inborn condition, not a choice. Assume that a gullible public will fall for the false comparison. Repeatedly mention gays and lesbians as if talking about a particular racial minority. Associate opposition to gay marriage with racial prejudice and discrimination.
  2. The language of hate and irrational fear: Convince the public that those who speak against gay marriage are racist haters who hold irrational phobias. Those who do not support homosexual behavior must be considered homophobic and hateful bigots. Make them out to be irrational religious fanatics who destroy civility. Deceive the public into thinking that opponents of gay marriage are dangerous people who cling to bigoted ancient laws of a by-gone era.
  3. Expose heterosexual hypocrisy: Talk often about how marriage as an institution has failed. Make Christians appear to be hypocritically unconcerned about their own marriage crisis in order to silence them on opposition to gay marriage. Use the divorce crisis among heterosexuals to make a case for allowing gays to participate in marriage.
  4. The language of justice: Make those who oppose gay marriage appear to be unfair perpetrators of injustice. Make them out to be selfish for wanting to keep marriage for themselves and denying loving people the opportunities to have the same rights and freedoms other people enjoy.
  5. The language of religion: Connect gay rights to religious freedom and claim God’s approval of gay relationships. Manipulate people into thinking that religion should only be about love and tolerance. Although every major faith for most of history denounced homosexual behavior, convince people that it’s the view of only a radical fringe group of fundamentalists.
  6. The victim card: Use every crime or death that can be connected in any measure to homosexuality in order to make it appear that homosexuals need special laws to protect them from violence. Lure people to believe that outspoken opposition to gay marriage incites hate and violence. This will especially play on the gullibility of Christians and silence them.
  7. Judicial coercion: When State after State began to approve constitutional amendments to protect traditional marriage, gay activists shifted to the courts to bully the public into acceptance of gay marriage by judicial force. Massachusetts led the way as four justices unilaterally imposed their view of gay marriage on the entire state (even though surveys indicated that the majority of residents did not favor gay marriage). Five justices on the Supreme Court have done the same thing to the entire nation.

These tactics have been used to pressure the public to endorse homosexual lifestyles. Our country has been deceptively coerced into creating special status for the kind of sex desired by a very small percentage of citizens.

Those who prefer homosexuality have long been free (in every State) as consenting adults to live in same-sex relationships. They have also had the same laws to protect them from abuse that cover the rest of society.

Now the high court has chosen to make the kind of sex people desire a civil right. None of this about discrimination because discrimination (of the civil rights kind) injures people for what they are by nature not for the sex they desire.

Four justices on the Supreme Court gave the entire nation a radical redefinition of the institution of marriage and family. Prepare now for significant social unrest in our nation.

Steve Cornell

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Where is the Church?

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Salt of the Earth

Our Christian habit is to bewail the world’s deteriorating standards with an air of rather self-righteous dismay. We criticize its violence, dishonesty, immorality, disregard for human life, and materialistic greed. ‘The world is going down the drain,’ we say with a shrug. But whose fault is it? Who is to blame?”

“Let me put it like this. If the house is dark when night fall comes, there is no sense in blaming the house, for that is what happens when the sun goes down.” 

“The question to ask is ‘Where is the light?’ If the meat goes bad and becomes inedible, there is no sense blaming the meat, for that is what happens when bacteria are left alone to breed. The question to ask is ‘Where is the salt?’

“Just so, if society deteriorates and its standards decline, till it becomes like a dark night or stinking fish, there…

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The logic on redefining marriage

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What is marriage? (From a policy perspective)

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Acceptance of homosexuality in Christianity – Ravi Zacharias

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My thoughts:

We’ve all been sexual deviants — if only in our minds. We all need God’s grace and forgiveness. We’re continuously tempted toward deviant sexual behavior.

When it comes to homosexuality, although some people might be biologically inclined toward same-sex attraction and others had it forced on them against their wills, ultimately it becomes a behavior to choose or to resist — like all sexual conduct.

A man could love another man and care for him without it being a homosexual relationship. The relationship only becomes homosexual when one engages in sexual acts. It is best to think of homosexuality as behavior. “Homosexual” refers not to one’s nature or disposition but to one’s behavior. Yes, the Bible treats homosexuality as one more expression of “the desires of the sinful nature” (Galatians 5:16-21;Romans 1:24-26). But we should not define personhood based on desires.

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Two kinds of Knowledge about God

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Look up at the heavens. Look at the skies. Be still and listen because their voice and their words go out to “all the earth,” to “the ends of the world.”

Their voice and their words are accessible to every language on earth as they testify to the glory of their Maker and proclaim the work of His hands!

“Every human being on the planet is known by God, considered and evaluated by God, called to account by God. To be human is to be addressable by one’s Creator—with no regard for ethnicity or covenant status. God can speak to an Abimelech or a Balaam or a Nebuchadnezzer as easily as an Abraham, a Moses or a Daniel. Human beings are confronted daily with the reality of God simply by inhabiting the planet.” “…all humans inhabit a glory-filled earth that reveals and declares something of its Creator and theirs. What…

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Have we sabotaged ourselves?

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Do you live in a world without windows?

What happens to us when we try to close the windows to anything beyond the visible, tangible universe? 

Is the physical, material universe all there is, was, or ever will be? Is reality limited to the world of the five senses?

There are many sophisticated titles for this way of seeing things: physicalism, philosophical naturalism, scientism, or secularism.

In this kind of a world, the ceiling is secured; the windows are shut and the blinds pulled.

Those who try to live with this viewpoint are confined to a world without transcendence, mystery, and especially, a world without God.

We’ve been told by the intellectual guardians of this view that it is the only way of thinking that has the backing of science.

So if you want to believe in God, the soul, immaterial beings, transcendent values, intrinsic meaning, mystery, or teleological vision.

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