Safe Sins

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Corinthians 6:9-11   I.         The lengths people will go to justify their sins is sometimes amazing             A.        It is a rare person who will say that something they are doing is a sin and that it shouldn’t be done.             B.        More common is to dress up the sin so that at least…

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Canceled!

by Jefferson David Tant During our recent Christmas holidays, several churches around the country canceled their Sunday services. Some of the statements made by church spokesmen probably revealed more than they realized, as they not only reflected an attitude towards the mistaken idea concerning the birth of Christ but an attitude towards the religion of…

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“I Don’t Want My Kids to be Different”

by Greg Gwin The Beacon, January 22, 2013 Although most Christians wouldn’t say it in so many words, many parents seem to be very concerned about things that might make their kids look ‘different.’ They are concerned about raising their children in strict, disciplined ways that might make them stand out in contrast to others.…

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Rhetoric in the Propaganda Wars

by Terry Wane Benton It is interesting how the rhetoric used in truth vs. propaganda often turns to prejudicial phrases. Elijah was called a “troubler” in Israel, by the wicked king (I Kings 18:17). Who really was the troubler? Was it not those who grew to accept immorality and idolatry? But Ahab used the word…

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Negotiable Morals

by Terry Wane Benton Do we, mere humans, get to negotiate with each other what morals, standards of right and wrong, should be? Can we negotiate changes over time? If so, the people of Sodom and Gomorrah were treated wrong. They negotiated their standard and their negotiations brought them to the conclusion that their sexual…

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Seeking the Things Above

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Colossians 3:1-4   I.         So often we focus on winning souls for Christ that we lose sight that conversion is not the goal but the first step in a life long process of change – Colossians 2:6-7             A.        To stay with Christ, to live with him, is to walk after him -…

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What Is This World Coming To?

by Tommy Thornhill Photo by Anne Nygård on Unsplash We are now in the year 2021 and many are fearful of what the future holds for us. We wonder, ”What is this world coming to?” To us older Christians it is certainly disturbing to see the present “status quo” (the mess our nation is in).…

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The Better Way

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Peter 4:1-6   I.         What is accepted and praised in the world isn’t always what is best for people             A.        Jesus’s sermon on the mount began with startling facts – Matthew 5:3-12                         1.         When you take the opposites of what Jesus states brings true happiness, you find a list of things most…

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The Source of Morality

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Romans 2:12-16   I.         Where does the concept of right and wrong come from?             A.        Why are some things “right” and other things “wrong?”             B.        Paul points out that the Gentiles were able by nature to know right from wrong – Romans 2:14-15 II.        Where morality doesn’t come from             A.        Some people want to deny…

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The Changing Morals in America

by Sewell Hall There was a time when the leaders of our country unashamedly proclaimed their trust in God. George Washington said, “It is impossible to govern the world without God and the Bible. Of all the dispositions and habits that lead to political prosperity, our religion and morality are the indispensable supporters.” Similar quotations…

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