We all choose music that identifies us with things and people. As a Bible believer we ought to choose music that identifies us with believers. The world has it’s genres of music — rock, rap, country, etc. — none of which are distinctively Christian. I want to identify myself as a Christian, as part of the church, the bride of Christ, not just with the words of my music, but with what and who it represents and is associated with.
1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
A new opportunity has come up. I was laid off of work Monday afternoon. It was not entirely unexpected given the changes taking place in the company, but was unexpected given that those changes weren’t complete, I was told I would be retained, and had quite a lot of work in progress. In any case, it makes no difference if someone meant it “for evil” or not, because God means it for good. We don’t know exactly how yet or when, but there can be no mistake that he does. I have several very good references and am working with several recruiters, but of course it is God that will do the providing.
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On visitation I’ve sometimes heard people question the accuracy of the Bible as the basis for not believing it. I’ve approached this and seen it approached different ways, but here is one I haven’t yet tried:
I can understand why the accuracy of the Bible is important and I would disagree about it having mistakes. I read the Bible every day and have read it in entirety several times. I have yet to find any mistakes in it, but let me ask you to think about this. Why is it important to you that the Bible not have mistakes in it in order to be trusted? I venture that it is important to you because truth is important to you. You don’t want to put your trust in something that is not true. The interesting thing is that this is a moral statement and only makes sense when there is a God who determines what is true and what is false. If the universe is governed by random chance processes, then not only can matter come in and out of existence, but so can truth.
God did not leave us to wonder. He said…
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
We can know truth. God has revealed the truth of himself in his creation and in his word, it is up to us whether we will accept it or not.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Reading Vol. 8, No. 2 of Answers Magazine, I was disappointed to see Dr. Tommy Mitchell’s answer to the question of “Is Abortion Ever Justifiable?” The answer was clearly, yes, willful murder of an innocent life by the specific action of man can sometimes be the proper course of action.
The articles statement “the physician has the choice of losing either one life or two” does not convey the entirety of the dilemma. The real choice a doctor has is whether to trust man or God and whether to follow Biblical principles or set them aside. A physician who trusts God and chooses not to take life may find a way to treat the problem he might not otherwise have seen. Even if he doesn’t, he is giving back to God the ultimate consequence of healing or death.
For a Christian, physical death is not an event to be avoided at all costs and certainly not at the cost of willfully taking another’s life. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego could have easily avoided what seemed like certain death by violating a command of God listed in the same ten with “Thou shalt not kill”. They chose to obey God rather than man realizing that “If it be [so], our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver [us] out of thine hand, O king.”
Even for a consequence of death, God’s commands and God’s glory are more important than our temporary life here on earth. Philippians 1:22 describes departing this life to be with Christ as far better. That doesn’t mean we take our own lives, nor does it mean we should take the life of another, but it does mean that death for a believer is not something to be in fear of or avoid at the cost of righteousness.
The article also states that “Sometimes these horrible ‘no-win’ scenarios do arise.” With God, “no-win” scenarios do not exist. You can always to right! We do live in a sin cursed world, and there are horrible scenarios and difficult ones, but His grace is sufficient.
Sequestration Cuts is a laughably absurd representation of what is taking place. When the rubber meets the road, the reality is that the budget will be increased by 66% over the next ten years without sequestration or increased by 65% over the next ten years with sequestration. Has your pay gone up over six percent every year for the last ten? Will you starve if it only goes up six percent every year for the next ten? I’ll take a sequestration cut any day.
For sequestration to become a cut, it would have to be 42 times larger. If we were to actually reduce spending it would need to be even higher. Now that would be something to get behind as long as they removed the exemptions (which are mostly on spending doing the most harm) and leveled the 50% skew against defense spending.
These are my picks for the 2012 races. I’m more sure of some than others, so if you’d like to know why I selected any candidate just let me know.