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Archive for January 2010

Mall to Christians: God talk banned!

Jan 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

“It’s surprising that mall owners think they can arrest patrons for engaging in casual conservations,” said PJI Staff Attorney Matthew McReynolds. “While a ‘don’t talk to strangers’ rule may be good for kids, enforcing it against adults is absurd, and we think it violates California’s free speech guarantees.”

Besides the ban on conversations with strangers about religion or politics, the mall also bans any clothing with religious or political messages.

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Muslim Parents of Runaway Teen Convert Reject Deal

Jan 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Signs of the Times (click on article name)

Though the plan to allow 17-year-old Rifqa Bary to stay in a foster home under state custody until she turns 18 was approved last Tuesday, Jan. 19, a motion filed this past Thursday by the attorney of Mohamed and Aysha Bary states that Bary’s parents “now believe the entire deal should be thrown out because of misrepresentation and fraudulent inducement.”

Bary’s father, Mohamed Bary, accuses the Lorenzes of “brainwashing” his daughter into believing she was in danger of an “honor killing.”

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1 Corinthians Chapter 1: Sectarianism in the Church, Worldly Wisdom

Jan 31st, 2010 | By | Category: 1 & 2 Corinthians, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

1 Corinthians Chapter 1: Sectarianism in the Church, Worldly Wisdom 1 Cor. 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, The words “to be” and “our,” which are italicized and thus supplied in the King James Version, should be omitted to realize the simplicity […]

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1 Corinthians Chapter 2: God’s Wisdom vs. Man’s Wisdom

Jan 31st, 2010 | By | Category: 1 & 2 Corinthians, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Verse 1 repeats the same point. Paul took a lot of time on the subject of wisdom, drumming away at the Greeks’ wrong concept. But he introduced one extra thought here: “not with excellency of speech,” that is, oratory. The Greeks wanted to excel in oratory and admired those who did. A powerful, distinct voice was a requirement so that a large audience could hear. Eloquence, an extensive vocabulary, and knowledge of the philosophies were revered. Although a good manner of delivery is helpful, Paul wanted them to see that the message was more important than the messenger.

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1 Corinthians Chapter 3: Carnality and Immaturity of the Corinthians

Jan 31st, 2010 | By | Category: 1 & 2 Corinthians, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

One can associate with an organization to do witness work and then for 40 years preach baby milk to others and be so absorbed in the work that he himself is not fed. The nature of the witnessing is proper because babies should not be fed meat, but the problem is that the individual does not develop. And so the Corinthians were faithful in all utterance to others, giving all the knowledge they had, but they themselves did not progress mentally with the meat so that they could grow up from babyhood to adulthood. That was the principle here in verses 1-3. Otherwise, Paul’s earlier commendation would be a contradiction.

Paul identified the Corinthians, for the greater part, as babes. They would be babes in character development and in discerning only the basics “until Christ be formed” in them (Gal. 4:19). The goal of a follower of Christ is to copy the Master as much as possible in the imperfect life on this side of the veil. Paul wanted to speak to the Corinthian brethren on more advanced spiritual things, but he could not do so because of their condition as babes. Nevertheless, he would try to bring some benefit out of the confusion that existed in the church at Corinth.

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Was Enoch from the lineage of Cain?

Jan 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Questions You Ask (click for the full answer)

There was an Enoch from the lineage of Cain, but he is not the one spoken of elsewhere in the Bible, such as Hebrews and the book of Jude. It is interesting that there are similar names in both lineages.

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1 Corinthians Chapter 4: Stewardship and Judgment and Inflated Egos

Jan 30th, 2010 | By | Category: 1 & 2 Corinthians, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)

Paul commended those of Berea for hearing with all readiness of mind and then searching the Word of God before judging whether these things were so (Acts 17:10,11). He commended them for critically analyzing his teaching, even though he, an apostle, was doing the instructing. The Bereans tried to square Paul’s teachings with God’s Word. Thus we should not be concerned about what others may think. We need the whole Word of God, including the Old Testament, and should not specialize in just certain books of the Bible. An elder may be blessed with talents along one line, but he should not teach that all Christians are being judged on the level of that specialty.

Paul used constructive sarcasm in speaking of the attitude of the Corinthians—their boastings, their pride, their glory. They felt that they did not need anyone and that they were on their own, whereas there was much they still needed to learn, especially from an apostle. Paul said in effect, “Even now you are reigning as kings, yet at this present hour, we are having the opposite experience.” They thought that they were “full” and “rich” and at the mark of perfect love, and that now they could sit back on their laurels as mature Christians.

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Caught Up In A Whirlwind

Jan 29th, 2010 | By | Category: The Basics (click on Article name)

Caught Up In A Whirlwind Many Christians have not noticed that there is not only a difference between the heavenly salvation, which God has provided for the Church, and the earthly restitution (Acts 3:19-21) which God has provided for the world, but additionally there are two distinct classes of the Church brought to our attention […]

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The Queen And Her Virgin Companions

Jan 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Special Features (click on Article name)

Kings’ daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir. Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house; The Queen And Her Virgin Companions Kings’ daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did […]

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“Raiment White And Clean”

Jan 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Special Features (click on Article name)

UNDER the symbol of white raiment the Lord throughout His Word represents the righteousness of those whom He accepts as His people. Their righteousness in the future state will be a personal righteousness or holiness; and the guarantee of this is the promise that all who are accounted worthy, as “overcomers” of the world to be joint-heirs with Christ in the heavenly Kingdom, will in the resurrection be granted new, perfect, spiritual bodies, free from sin and impurity of every kind, and fully in harmony with their new wills or characters developed during the trial-time of this present life.

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