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[30 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 187 views]

The word “morality” gets tossed around like a hot potato these days because if we hold onto it, we might have to define it.
Some people think the most immoral act a person can commit is getting in the express lane with two extra grocery items.
In formerly communist countries, where discussions of morality were suppressed, they aren’t bashful about the word. That may explain why a Czech writer and politician has authored such a powerful definition.
Vaclav Havel told the U.S. Congress that morality means responsibility, to the order of being, where …

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[29 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 186 views]

No one, no nation, no institution, can avoid the outcome of their behavior, beliefs, associations, or compromises.

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[28 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 321 views]

An old European proverb worth heeding reads: “Age and treachery will always defeat youth and zeal.” Eugene Peterson might retranslate this to read: “Crafty veterans will take down the energetic and distracted kids every time.”
Satan is legendary for his ability to take down leaders of God’s people who began their journey with Christ fully equipped with all the resources of God and the best of intentions. Get that. We have to see just how good he is at this game of leader- destruction in order to raise our respect and …

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[27 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 297 views]

When Jesus took a servant’s towel–
His honor set aside–
He humbly showed us how to serve,
And how to conquer pride. — Author Unknown

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[26 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 420 views]

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matthew 5:13
I began to ponder this scripture, and how it would be possible for salt to lose its flavor… and more importantly, what was being implied by this characterization of Christians as salt. Here are some thoughts I’ve arrived at through studying this out:
Salt (NaCI) cannot actually lose its flavor. If …

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[23 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 1,120 views]

…that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic–on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg–or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man …

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[22 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 277 views]

Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.

Ministry Development »

[21 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 1,158 views]

by J. L. Fiorino (from UPCI Home Missions Division website)
II Timothy 4:5 “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of they ministry.”
To better understand what is involved in the “work of an evangelist” we will look at the life of one in the New Testament. His name is Philip.
First – Let’s look at …
I.PHILIP: THE DEACON
Acts 21:8 – “And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of …

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[20 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 287 views]

…it is certain that if there is no free will there can be no morality.

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[19 Oct 2009 | No Comment | 447 views]

I have often pondered the influence of the United Pentecostal Church, International as it relates to the Apostolic Pentecostal movement in general. Those of us who declare ourselves to be believers of the oneness of God and the essentiality of both Jesus’ name baptism by immersion and the infilling of the Holy Ghost with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues have long held the the additional belief that our world needs this truth. It is not simply a suggestion of scripture for salvation, but a mandate. The influence …