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  If you were God and you want to ensure an error free transmission of your message what would you do to remove or limit errors? Also, you want everyone to understand the message. How could this be accomplished?   I think Bible translation into the native language of people is so important. The Bible, Word of God, acts as a correction mechanism against heresy, error and falsehood. The Holy Spirit acts as the agent who will enlighten readers as to the truth. When Christians did not allow people to read the Bible in their own language the error crept in and the people could not refute the error. In any system, from DNA, to computer systems, to communications it is important to have error free transmission. There needs to be a correction mechanism to remove error form the message.   The more people who can read and discern for themselves...

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I have noticed that often people are their own worst enemies. People's lack of self awareness often leads to decisions that are detrimental to themselves. They don't realize that they, to some extent, have some control over their success or failure. I am not talking about 'name it and claim it' ideology. We don't control everything in our lives. However, it is true that showing up is half the game.    If you know your dispositions you can overcome them. Like Sun Tzu, who taught us, that we must know ourselves and our enemies, not that that would always give us victory but to give us victory more often.     I know people who whenever there is a block in their path they through their hands up in failure. You will notice these people. Whenever someone has an idea, good or bad, they have the same response. "We can't do that because…" or "That won't work because…" Is that the end...

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This statement may be a surprise for most people. Christianity is not about you. That's right Christianity is not about you. Heck it's not about me either. I am not saying that God does not love you. He does love you individually. However the bad things that happen in your life are not always about you. Our ego, the thing that is responsible for most of the sin in our lives, does not want to hear that. We selfishly assume that if something bad happens in our lives it is about us. It might be, and it might not be about you. If you think it should be about you, that is your selfishness talking.  We invited so much anguish into our lives when we foolishly assume everything is about us. I know the meaning and purpose of my life and I now know it is not about me. I am content with that. In fact I feel a sense of duty. Not...

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Knowing & The Day the Earth Stood Still So far this is my favorite. Knowing was a great movie - go and see it! Finally an apocalyptic movie that actually delivers. There is no last minute salvation, so to speak. I love the cinemagraphics in the movie. Planes crashing, train derailments, the earth going up in smoke and everything else is spectacular. Toward the end a number of scenes are very artistic. The one with Nicolas Cage laying on the rocks was dam near poetic!   If you are religious or not the movies conclusion leaves enough to interpretation that you will go away feeling it agrees with your point of view. It covers the Aztec destruction by fire that the world will supposedly happen soon.   It uses the vision of Ezekiel in the Bible. And for the Atheists, it has aliens. Or are the aliens really angels? The chosen where take away like the Rapture. I mean this movie has it all,...

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Is the Christianity we have today what it was 2000 years ago? The barnacles of time have changed how we view Christianity. I have wanted to discuss this topic for some time now. I am just getting to the point where I am getting around to it. One of the reasons people like Billy Graham so much is because the only thing he preaches is the core message of Christianity. What some call the primary issues or the essential of Christianity. Everything outside of the core is secondary, tertiary or non-essential. For me anything outside of the core is open to interpretation and the individual’s discretion.   "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” St. Augustine   The core message of Christianity is basically the God of the universe, loves you and me, even though we do not deserve it, and that He provided a way for us to be reconciled to Himself. Justice and...
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Crazy Love book
Crazy Love, what a crazy book! The book does a great job of focusing on the important things of life. I think Christians should spend more time focused on the Love of God and not all the other crap we get tied to. Francis Chan starts the book with this question, "How many of you have read the New Testament and wondered if we in the church are missing it?" He also brings up the story that he almost joined the Marines. He would have made a great Marine.  Some people think that Christianity is simply fight your desires in order to please God. If you think that you miss the point! God loves us and wants us to love others. If we loved God, we would not want to sin, heck the world would be like heaven.     Some of my favorite quotes for the book.   "God exists outside of time, and since we are within...
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Ireland Flag
Are you wearing Orange or Green?   It wasn't until recently that I found out that Irish Catholics wear green on St. Patrick's day and Irish Protestants wear Orange. If you notice the Irish flag it is Green, White and Orange. I remember a Simpson's episode wear they head two parades in town, one with Orange Irish and one with Green Irish. They parades collide into a frenzy of Irish pub brawling.   A few years back I decided I would wear Orange as I am a Protestant. Even though, all my previous St. Patrick's days I wore Green. Now I wonder if it really makes any difference at all. I mean it is just a custom we have developed that seems harmless. However, over the years this difference between Protestants and Catholics has lead to the bloodshed of fellow Irish Christians.   Christians killing Christians. What must the rest of the world think?   I think I...

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I was on FaceBook the other day trying to group my friends into some type of logical order. While I trying to figure out an easy way to group them, by the way the controls in FaceBook for grouping friends needs help, I can across Dave’s profile and under religious views, he has “Jesus has set me free from religion”. I remember how much my life was changed when I realized it was about a relationship and not a bunch of rules. It is about freedom! Freedom to sin? I guess if you really want to. Do you really want to? Maybe, just maybe consider this, freedom to love! Freedom to help others, to do what is right. Freedom to live for God, to bring him the glory. Just a thought, but maybe, you can try it.   Legalism is a burden that we cannot bear. When we try to we end up stumbling and look like hypocrites. Not only that, have you...

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I wonder, how many times in my life, I have missed an opportunity to do something good. I can remember times when an opportunity has presented itself and I remember rationalizing why I should not help or get involved. I think that I have become very adept at rationalizing why I should not help or get involved. I wish God would take my excuses away. I can remember at the time thinking I should have helped. Should of… I remember it happening all too often. I think I have become too comfortable with non-involvement. Imagine a world where people decide to help instead of passing on the opportunity. Wouldn’t the world be a better place?   For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 NIV   Now think of this. What if those opportunities...
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  This is a continuation of my ongoing report. I recently decided to listen to the Bible in an effort to gain a closer relationship with God. I purposefully listen not with the intent to study. I have a hard time reading the Bible I just start looking things up and I don't make much progress. I am listening to the Bible Experience (http://www.inspiredby.com/) which is a dramatized NIV version with many famous African American leaders, singers, actors and artists. (Even Samuel L. Jackson) As I listen through the Bible, hopefully I will make it all the way through, I will post notes and thoughts I have. Similar account to the book of Kings just with a different perspective.   What does it mean when it says cubit of the old standard? Need to know the date of the book in order to understand what is meant by the Ark is...
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