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-Marriage in Flux: “Fixed-Term” Another Option?

by Dr. D ~ April 18th, 2017

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Changing the traditional definition of marriage to include same-sex couples has opened the door to all sorts of ideas on what other combinations might be legally included in the future. To date we have written about activists pushing for ‘all of the above’ including polygamy, polyamory, incest, bestiality, with robots and even with one’s self. Now here’s an academic pushing for ‘Fixed-Term’ marriages. From Charisma News:

Traditional marriage vows would be better replaced by a fixed-term contract, an author and academic has claimed.  …

Jeanette Winterson:

    “We need to be more imaginative about modern marriage", the professor also attacked organized religion.

     "If we are to reform marriage, the first and most important step is to nullify the power of religion to dictate the rights of individuals over their own bodies. And over their own hearts."

     She added: "We are all living longer, and not all of us can stay with that same one person forever. Marriage has always been a contract, so why not discuss fixed-term contracts?

     "A fixed term might allow both parents to feel less pressure and more responsibility," she said, questioning whether traditional vows amount to "liberation or a life sentence."

<Read the whole article>

Response: Years ago when same-sex marriage first came up we wrote about how changing the definition of marriage could initiate a slippery slope that might open the door to the possibility of all sorts of legalized perversions. The seeds are now being sowed for that unfortunate reality.

Some will say that we already have ‘defacto’  ‘do-it-your-self’ fixed-term marriage in place due to  easy no-fault divorce.. Why not make it a legal option? In reality fixed-term marriages would cause all sorts of economic and legal chaos. All you have to do is watch Judge Judy a couple of times and see what kind of messes couples get into living together for a short term. Making it ‘legal’ would only add to the confusion.There would not be enough judges in the world to handle it all.

Tragically the children living in the midst of a fixed-term relationship would be affected most of all. Can you imagine a child counting the days and telling his teacher and friends at school that his whole life is about to be turned upside down because his parents ‘term’ is over in a few days?

The fact is that the same legal basis that had judges in the last five years ruling in favor of including same-sex marriage  could now be used to include all sorts of different arrangements all in the name of equal rights.

In the process, marriage and the traditional family unit and society itself will suffer the consequences. Jeanette Winterson is correct, the real battle is against religion, the Bible, and God in particular. The war has been declared but many Christians are choosing to go along with the culture and do not see the increasing dangers and challenges to their own religious freedom.               *Top

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-Happy Resurrection Day 2017

by Dr. D ~ April 16th, 2017

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He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

May You and your family have a wonderful Easter. May we all remember and reflect upon what is really important after all the cultural fun of Easter bunnies, colored eggs, and special ham dinners and family get togethers. May we remember what the day is really all about—the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Happy Resurrection Day!

When the women went to the tomb on Easter morning the rock was rolled away and the tomb was empty. Not only that but an angel met them there and said:

“Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come see the place where he lay.”

…And behold Jesus met them and said, “Greetings! Do not be afraid…” –Matt.28:5-10

Another good scripture to remember–this is what Jesus told Martha before he raised her brother Lazarus from the grave:

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?  –John 11:25-26

The good question for each one of us today—Do you believe this?

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-Good Friday 2017: “It’s Friday But Sunday’s Coming”

by Dr. D ~ April 14th, 2017

Here’s my favorite message of all time for Good Friday: “It’s Friday but Sunday’s Coming” by Dr. Tony Campolo. It has become a tradition on this blog to post it every year on this day.

Here’s a link to where the famous tape can be downloaded.

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The whole tape is great but the best part is toward the end when Tony Campolo recalls one Sunday when he had a little preaching competition with the head pastor at the church where he was attending.

Dr. Campolo tells how he preached the perfect sermon in every way and had taken the congregation to ‘the heights of glory’. As he sat down beside his pastor, Dr. Tony patted him on the knee and simply said, “Top that.” The older black pastor looked at him and said, “Boy, watch the master.” Then Dr. Campolo recalls for us the very brilliant message which followed.

The following is just a taste of what the climax is like in the 45 minute tape/sermon.  it doesn’t really do justice to the original but this printed abbreviated version is inspirational none the less:

It’s Friday But Sunday’s Coming—

It was a simple sermon, starting softly, building in volume and intensity until the entire congregation was completely involved, repeating the phrases in unison. The sermon went something like this:

It’s Friday. Jesus is arrested in the garden where He was praying. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. The disciples are hiding and Peter’s denying that he knows the Lord. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is standing before the high priest of Israel, silent as a lamb before the slaughter. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is beaten, mocked, and spit upon. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Those Roman soldiers are flogging our Lord with a leather scourge that has bits of bones and glass and metal, tearing at his flesh. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. The Son of man stands firm as they press the crown of thorns down into his brow. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. See Him walking to Calvary, the blood dripping from His body. See the cross crashing down on His back as He stumbles beneath the load. It’s Friday; but Sunday’s a coming.

It’s Friday. See those Roman soldiers driving the nails into the feet and hands of my Lord. Hear my Jesus cry, “Father, forgive them.” It’s Friday; but Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is hanging on the cross, bloody and dying. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. The sky grows dark, the earth begins to tremble, and He who knew no sin became sin for us. Holy God who will not abide with sin pours out His wrath on that perfect sacrificial lamb who cries out, “My God, My God. Why hast thou forsaken me?” What a horrible cry. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. And at the moment of Jesus’ death, the veil of the Temple that separates sinful man from Holy God was torn from the top to the bottom because Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is hanging on the cross, heaven is weeping and hell is partying. But that’s because it’s Friday, and they don’t know it, but Sunday’s a coming.

And on that horrible day 2000 years ago, Jesus the Christ, the Lord of glory, the only begotten Son of God, the only perfect man died on the cross of Calvary. Satan thought that he had won the victory. Surely he had destroyed the Son of God. Finally he had disproved the prophecy God had uttered in the Garden and the one who was to crush his head had been destroyed. But that was Friday.

Now it’s Sunday. And just about dawn on that first day of the week, there was a great earthquake. But that wasn’t the only thing that was shaking because now it’s Sunday. And the angel of the Lord is coming down out of heaven and rolling the stone away from the door of the tomb. Yes, it’s Sunday, and the angel of the Lord is sitting on that stone and the guards posted at the tomb to keep the body from disappearing were shaking in their boots because it’s Sunday, and the lamb that was silent before the slaughter is now the resurrected lion from the tribe of Judah, for He is not here, the angel says. He is risen indeed.

It’s Sunday, and the crucified and resurrected Christ has defeated death, hell, sin and the grave. It’s Sunday. And now everything has changed. It’s the age of grace, God’s grace poured out on all who would look to that crucified lamb of Calvary. Grace freely given to all who would believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary was buried and rose again. All because it’s Sunday.

At the end of the message the pastor shouts out:

It’s Friiidaaaay!

And the whole congregation responds:

But Sunday’s Coming!

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-Missouri: Reversal of Discrimination Against Faith Organizations

by Dr. D ~ April 13th, 2017

Missouri Gov. Greitens:

“People of faith are under attack. We’re standing up for religious liberty here in Missouri.”

Response: Increasingly faith organizations are being discriminated against by federal, state, and local governments. It has been open season on people of faith in the last 8 years. Elections are very important and it is fortunate for those of us living in Missouri that we now have a governor who is concerned about religious liberty.

We are hoping that the federal government under the Trump administration will also reverse some of the policies of the Obama administration which was the worst ever historically when it comes to freedom of religion.                 *Top

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-Wright On The Resurrection of Jesus

by Dr. D ~ April 12th, 2017

Listen to this! New Testament scholar N.T. Wright is right on in this short video on the Resurrection of Jesus (2:23).

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-Libya: Migrants Being Sold As Slaves Thanks to Radical Islam

by Dr. D ~ April 11th, 2017

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The treatment of migrants in the USA has become a controversy since Trump became President. But the treatment of African migrants traveling through Libya trying to reach Europe is medieval or worse.

Since radical Islamists (including ISIS) dominate Libya after the downfall of Gaddafi (Thanks to the USA, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and European allies) slave markets are flourishing once more in that country and the current victims are poor African migrants. Here’s the story from International Business Times:

Migrants from West Africa are being openly traded in "public slave markets" across Libya.

As a departure point for refugees trying to get to Europe, migrants arriving in Libya from sub-Saharan Africa are particularly vulnerable due to a lack of money and little in the way of documentation.

Survivors have told the International Organization for Migration (IOM) how there are slave markets and private prisons all over Libya.

Read the whole article

Response: The dirty little secret that Muslim organizations in America (Like CAIR) don’t want you to know is that slavery is still acceptable within the religion of Islam and flourishes today wherever radical Islamists like ISIS or Boko Haram are in charge and a radical form of sharia law is in effect. Not only that, the radical Islamists use the selling of slaves to help fund their military and terrorist causes.                  *Top

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