Colossians: Jesus is Better than Special Knowledge, Part 6

Neither secret (esoteric, theosophic) knowledge, nor ascetic legalism can combat one's impulses to indulge the flesh [a.k.a. old, corrupted self] (Colossians 2:23). Only the grace of Jesus Christ can wage war with our fleshly (sinful, obsessive or excessive) impulses and lead us to victory. Why is it important to have victory over these drives and …

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Modesty: Not Just a Clothes Thing

Modesty is not just a clothes thing. It is a value long forgotten by my generation and sales-driven, success-crazed world culture. A simple glance at a ready resource like Wikipedia will show one that modesty is classified under the virtue of temperance. Temperance is the espousal of moderation, marked by personal restraint. It has been studied by …

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Sexual Attraction and Lust

[Lamb's Harbinger (writer, Sam Kean) realizes the below article is homophobic and based off of poor interpretations of the Bible, garnered from his fundamentalist and conservative evangelical past. He has since written a more up-to-date and accurate view of Queer theology, especially as regarding the subject of marriage HERE and HERE; and he can only …

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The Other Master

In order to live as those who are both "in the world" and "not of the world," there's no denying Christians must wisely use "unrighteous wealth," as Jesus calls it. Also according to Jesus, Christians should employ a shrewd but genuine generosity in order to build a safety net of friendly relationships against hard times (Luke 15:1-16). Wealth is …

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Machetes, “Enough” and a Free Gospel

When Jesus sent his disciples out in order to preach "the Kingdom of heaven is at hand" among the Jews, he told them to “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons;" and then he added, Freely you received, freely give. Do not acquire gold, or silver, or copper for your money belts, or a bag for your journey, or …

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Christians and Moral Ethics – An Open Letter

To the reader: Below, please find an open letter which is a response to the mass email, titled Christians and Gay Marriage which Dr. Richard Flanders sent out today, March 18, 2014. ................................. Dr. Flanders, Thank you for this! I too am articulating these matters but here in Indiana ...and have been forced to become …

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“In Such Cases:” Divorce and Remarriage

Late yesterday evening, the L. A. Times reported an increase in divorces as the U.S. economy recovers. While the populace at large looks to the government and economy indications for their freedom from what they might call enslavement, allow me to revisit the topic from a biblical perspective. Are Christians allowed in any case to divorce, …

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