What Happened?

by Zeke Flores It used to be that we called things by what they were: What used to be called lazy is now called “finding myself.” What used to be called modest is now called “old fashioned.” What used to be called indecent is now called “adult.” What used to be called irresponsible is now…

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Two Views

by Terry Wane Benton The Biblical View God created us and gets to make the rules. He made two genders: male and female and expects us to act like men if we are men and women if we are women. God does not approve of us changing the natural genders and gender roles as it…

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Jamaica Patois Wisdom – Path

by Jefferson David Tant The Jamaican Patois dialect is colorful, unique, and humorous. It is my desire to share some of the philosophy shown in this mix of colorful phrases that are witty as well as thought-provoking. I hope the readers both profit and enjoy. In my quarter-century plus of teaching there, I have come…

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Culture Wars

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Culture-Wars.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Ecclesiastes 1:3-11   I.         Some questions are hard to answer             A.        Not because the Bible is unclear on the subject             B.        But because there is a strong cultural bias against the correct answer             C.        Example of idolatry                         1.         We have no difficulties denouncing idol worship today                         2.         Even non-Christians understand that an idol is worthless…

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As Long As It Doesn’t Harm Anyone

by Doy Moyer One of the most prominent moral justifications heard today is that as long as the practice doesn’t harm anyone, then it is right and should be allowed. The primary argument this is being used for today is gay marriage, to no one’s surprise. However, it carries broader applications, and those applications aren’t…

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Rahab

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Rahab.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Joshua 2:1-24   I.         Rahab has given many Bible students difficulty over the years.             A.        James 2:14-26 – James tells us she was an example of a working faith when she took in the Israelite spies and sent them out secretly.             B.        Notice that her action was listed as an example similar…

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Standards

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Standards.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: II Kings 17:7-23   I.         How do determine what is right or wrong?             A.        How does your neighbor decide? Or your co-workers?             B.        We all base our behavior on standards that we have accepted as authoritative, but those standards vary.             C.        What makes a good standard?                         1.         It needs to be fixed                                     a.         A standard…

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Emphasizing the Physical

Text: Matthew 12:1-14   I.         Schools have been placed in tough positions in the recent years             A.        They are told to keep religion out of schools. Almost every direct form of discipline has been forbidden to them.                         1.         The natural result is the steady decline in the moral standards of their students.                         2.         In response the community demands the…

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Why I Don’t Forward Religious Stories

based upon a letter written by Darrell Hamilton A note was forwarded to me that went like this: After living a “decent” life my time on earth came to an end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a courthouse. The doors…

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Is it wrong to deny service to someone who is obviously in sin?

Question: I want to start a small photography business but I’m worried about ‘clients’. What if a homosexual couple wants me to photograph a ‘couple’s shoot’ for them? I believe that I would have to decline. However, a photographer in New Mexico was sued for discrimination against a lesbian couple. They wanted the photographer to…

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