Communication is fragile, handle with prayer

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Unless you’re a hermit, living alone without any human contact, living off the grid except for this internet connection, and living off the land by hunting and farming, you need to communicate with other people. Communication is fragile and precious, it should be treated with care and respect. The following phrases will damage it, so avoid them as much as possible. 1) Honestly… Truthfully… — If what you have said, are saying, or will say, are so unbelievable that you Continue reading

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What is truth?

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A king once innocently asked the most important question ever asked… Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” “What is truth?” Pilate asked. Then he went out again to the people and told them, “He is not guilty of any crime. (John 18:37-38, Matthew 27:11-14; Luke Continue reading

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Unto us a child is born

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There are lots of stories of Christmas and The First Noel. Instead of worrying about which of these are myths, fables, and traditions, let’s read the actual inspired account. This is just a few short pages and only takes a few minutes, but it’s more thrilling and more uplifting than any mere myth, fable, or tradition could possibly be. Starting with the prophecy of Isaiah written more than 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ…

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I am writing to you because

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I am writing to you who are God’s children     because your sins have been     forgiven through Jesus. I am writing to you who are mature in the faith     because you know Christ,     who existed from the beginning. I am writing to you who are young in the faith     because you have won     your battle with the evil one.

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They will hate you because they first hated me

The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer, by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1883). The artist also commented on the religious fortitude of the victims who were about to suffer martyrdom either by being devoured by the wild beasts or by being smeared with pitch and set ablaze, which also never took place in the Circus Maximus.

“If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you (John 15:18).” Who hated Jesus? Not the multitudes who were fed, not the multitudes who were healed, not the multitudes who were forgiven, not the multitudes who lined the road and shouted Hosanna. The ones who hated Jesus were the separated religious zealots who plotted against him and scourged him and delivered him to Pilate to be killed. And, they will throw you out of the synagogues and Continue reading

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What about missionaries?

Franciscans of the California missions wore gray habits, rather than the brown cassocks that are worn today. Taken from p. 20 of San Juan Capistrano Mission by Engelhardt, Zephyrin (1922).

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns! (Isaiah 52:7) This is a beautiful message of deliverance for Jerusalem. It was spoken in the context of Zion being taken captive by Assyria. The prophet sees the messenger come bounding over the mountains of Judaea, to bring the news to Jerusalem that her deliverance is come (ver. 7). The Continue reading

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What about aliens?

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The consistent message of sin, judgment, death, sacrifice, salvation, redemption, and life in the Bible has been given for thousands of years from Adam & Eve until today and from now on to forever. This message records the history of mankind. This message records the creation of the Earth. This message describes Adam & Eve’s sin in the garden of Eden. This message prophecies God’s promise of a redeemer to them. This message illuminates our sins and our need for Continue reading

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