Monthly Archives: July 2010

There Really Is Only One Way

I am about to offend some people with this post.  Sometimes, it just can’t be helped.  It isn’t an offense over personal preferences or something mundane.  I long ago gave up on trying to quarrel over such things.  I recently had a friendly discussion with some folks regarding a TV show that I discovered (well after it was on the air and long gone) and found that I enjoyed.  The discussion centered around a message portrayed in the show (and also a movie based on the story line), that basically it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you “believe” it, whatever that is supposed to mean.

This idea appeared recently in an article about an “enlightened” decision for a new way to train people of differing faiths (Muslims, Christians and Jews) at United Methodist Church’s Claremont School of Theology.  They claim this is possible because not all adherents of these faiths believe that “their faith is the only way to God.”

The more I think about this; the more I have come to the conclusion that this might be the most clever lie that Satan has ever concocted down through the history of mankind.  There is only one Way to God and it isn’t open for discussion or debate.  There is One who was bold enough to claim that He personally represented that very Way(John 14:6) and then proceeded to back up His claim by coming back from the grave.  Perhaps someone would like to speculate further about why the early believers in Jerusalem were called people of The Way (Acts 9:2).  This imagery was prominent in early Christianity and is thoroughly biblical in nature. Continue reading

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You Say You Want a Revolution

I have two or three posts that I am going to try and complete tonight if I can.  This one is going out first and will eventually be under the others anyway, but here we go.

I have several stories that I had saved up to put together in one post, but one came to my attention that makes the rest of them somewhat superfluous (I always liked using that word).

The original topic of interest was the coming health care mess.  There was the stories about how the “taxes” that weren’t taxes according to the people who voted for this thing are really taxes after all (yes that means more taxes).

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, who operates inside the IRS, highlighted the agency’s new mission in her annual report to Congress last week. Look out below. She notes that the IRS is already “greatly taxed”—pun intended?—”by the additional role it is playing in delivering social benefits and programs to the American public,” like tax credits for first-time homebuyers or purchasing electric cars. Yet with ObamaCare, the agency is now responsible for “the most extensive social benefit program the IRS has been asked to implement in recent history.” And without “sufficient funding” it won’t be able to discharge these new duties.

The IRS says it needs more people, so it will need more money, so it will be able to collect more revenue and “disperse” more benefits.  And this comes from passing a “health care bill.”  The reason they will need extra hands on deck is because of provisions like this one:

Ms. Olson also exposed a damaging provision that she estimates will hit some 30 million sole proprietorships and subchapter S corporations, two million farms and one million charities and other tax-exempt organizations. Prior to ObamaCare, businesses only had to tell the IRS the value of services they purchase. But starting in 2013 they will also have to report the value of goods they buy from a single vendor that total more than $600 annually—including office supplies and the like.

As a person who files a schedule C already and who used to use a 1099 to pay contractors, let me parse this out for you.  In the old days, you were required to give a 1099 MISC to anyone who worked for you that earned more than $600 in a given year for federal reporting purposes.  They would then have to claim that income and pay taxes on it.  Now the government is going to require businesses to self-report any entity with which they spend more than $600 in a year and keep track of that with more forms as well.  This is just another potential paperwork nightmare for anyone who wishes to try and be honest on a small scale and a definite headache for any businesses that do operate on a larger scale.

There is word that a repeal might happen, but it is far too little, far too late for where we have gone as a country already.  Continue reading

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Sunday Morning 7/4/10

Here is the sermon from this past Sunday.  The sermon is entitled A Better Country.  You can listen by clicking play on the link below and follow along with the notes from the inserts as well.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

A Better Country

Sermon notes 7/4/10

John 18:33-38; 19:5-11

  1. A Kingdom that is out of this world
    1. A better country – Hebrews 11:13-16
    2. Christ’s Kingdom is our primary allegiance
  2. All Governments get their authority from God
    1. Even evil ones – John 19:5-11; Romans 13:1-7
    2. We submit to governing authority when it doesn’t contradict God’s rule
      1. Acts 4:19-21
      2. The early church prayed for boldness; not relief – Acts 4:23-31
  3. What do we do in our situation?
    1. Respect the authority of government – Romans 13
    2. Don’t forget your real citizenship
      1. Philippians 3:17-21
      2. Ephesians 2:19-22
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Sunday Morning 6/27/10

I am a bit behind in getting sermons posted to the site.  It was a hectic week or so following our return from Arkansas and I just haven’t gotten fully back into the swing of things yet.  I will get this Sunday and the next posted tonight and get tomorrow’s up more promptly.  This Sunday’s sermon was about belief in Jesus that translates into following Him in every aspect of our life.  Press play below to listen and you are welcome to the notes below as well.

Who are you going to believe?

Sermon notes 6/27/10

John 12:23-50

  1. Following Jesus – 12:23-26
    1. To death – John 11:16
    2. To life – John 12:25; John 10:10; 11:25; 14:6
      1. Psalm 119:25, 37, 49-52, 75-77, 88, 93, 107, 116, 154, 159
      2. This is about believing God – John 12:39-50
  2. The Voice of God – John 12:27-36
    1. A confirmation of glory – v. 27-30
    2. A confirmation of judgment – v. 31-36
      1. Psalm 119:105, 130
      2. Bringing things to light
  3. Seeing is believing – John 12:37-50
    1. Isaiah 53:1
      1. Isaiah 53 – the suffering servant passage
      2. Paul used this passage in Romans 10:16
    2. Isaiah 6:10
    3. Hearing and doing – John 12:47-50
      1. The prophet like Moses – Deuteronomy 18:15-19
      2. The commandments of God bring eternal life
      3. These are what Jesus was teaching – Matthew 5:17-19
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Government Can’t Save You

They can’t even help themselves. This didn’t feel like good material for a Friday funny type of post, even though most of these stories are funny in their own dark way. Instead, I offer here a collection of proof that our governing bodies are cracking up and failing us. I hope you haven’t placed your faith in government. If you have, prepare to be disappointed. Leading off the parade is a recent story about a 6 year old girl who has made the terrorist no fly list. It would really be funny; if it weren’t for the fact that these poor parents have nothing but harassment to look forward to every time they travel with their daughter by plane. Continue reading

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