Today’s Scripture – 5/24/15

Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. ROMANS 13:13

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Today’s Scripture – 5/23/2015

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.  2 Thessalonians 4:16-17

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Thomas Jefferson; Deist or Christian?

I have had many posts on here about the intent of our founding fathers and the mindset of the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights.  I have listened and read where many others claim that Thomas Jefferson, who wrote those immortal words “separation of church and state” in a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, was more than likely not religious and pretty much limited his beliefs to Deism.

They usually continue to go on how our founding fathers did not want God in our documents, though He is cited as the Creator, Nature’s God and Supreme Judge in the Declaration of Independence (which was our legal notice to the King of England that we were no longer considering ourselves under his rule).

Now comes along a local talk show host who puts up a quote that says “Marriages prohibited by the Levitical law shall be null: and persons marrying contrary to the prohibition and cohabiting as man and wife, convicted thereof in the General Court, shall be fined from time to time until they separate.”  These words were in a bill introduced in Virginia in a bill entitled “A Bill Annulling the Marriages Prohibited by the Levitical Laws.”

You should now know where this is going, but for those who might not quite get it yet, it was introduced by the one and only Thomas Jefferson.  He also introduced bills entitled:

A bill for Punishing Disturbers of Religious Worshippers and Sabbath Breakers

A resolution of the House of Burgesses Designating a day of Fasting and Prayer

and

A bill for Appointing Days of Public Fasting and Thanksgiving.

To me, and I would suggest that to anyone of sound mind, this would be strong enough evidence to show Thomas Jefferson was not only a religious man, but a devout one at that.

Now, to the naysayers who would suggest that just because a talk show host said it is so, does not mean it is necessarily true, I concur.  That’s why before posting this I checked the Library of Congress and the Thomas Jefferson Papers are listed there.  This information is also presented in a book by David Barton entitled “The Jefferson Lies – Exposing The Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson”

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Today’s Scripture – 5/22/2015

And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” Revelation 14:13

With this weekend designated Memorial Day weekend, and the purpose of Memorial Day being to remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this nation, I thought it befitting to focus my daily scriptures on what the Bible teaches us about death.

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Today’s Scripture – 5/21/2015

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.  Romans 8:7

Those who invest in the City of Man instead of the City of God will be hostile to God because it is not copacetic to their wants and desires.

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Today’s Scripture – 5/20/2015

Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

There are many verses that teach we should not associate with those who are non-believers.  Yet, not a single verse teaches Christians to kill non-believers, unlike the Quran, unless you take 2 Chronicles 15:12-13 out of context.

Other verses that I really like that teaches us this:

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?  2 Corinthians 6:14

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’  Matthew 7:21-23

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Soapbox Time

Read today that a CATHOLIC University has received complaints from MUSLIM students studying at the CATHOLIC University that there were too many crosses on campus which was preventing them from praying to Allah.

EXCUSE ME?!?

You are attending a private CATHOLIC institution and you want them to back away from their beliefs so that you can practice yours?  What were you thinking when you signed up to attend classes there?  That’s right, you weren’t thinking.  Or maybe you were thinking that being Muslim gives you a privilege to make demands of others.

This is no different than the students I see on my university campus which is a private Lutheran University when students who are self proclaimed atheists complaining about having to take religious courses.

If you don’t want to adapt to the environment at a private institution, go to a public institution!

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