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09/06/2006 - 00:00 Some Thoughts about the Holy Spirit Blog entry

As I have grown up in “christianity”, and throughout much of my adult life, I have heard much talk about the “Holy Spirit” and the “Trinity”. We are told that the “Spirit” is a person, one of the “three in one” of the Trinity. Is that true?

What does the evidence say. For one, the word “trinity” is not found in the bible any place. Let’s look at the term “spirit”. Look in Galatians 5... Read more

09/06/2006 - 00:00 How Long Will We Homeschool? Blog entry

We have children, Sarah (age 14) and Joseph (age 7, almost 8). We have been homeschooling them both from the beginning. Sarah is starting 8th grade and Joseph is starting 2nd grade, but 3rd in Math. We have had our challenges trying to figure out what and how much to teach them, how to plan out their lessons, etc. Over the years we have tried out various methods and materials. My wife Emmy has... Read more

09/06/2006 - 00:00 Chose Your Path Blog entry

I think of the past few posts that I have written here. The thought came to me that, among other things, is that I’ve been a little bit gripey about some things. It doesn’t take much effort to gripe about something, especially about someone else. But the griping about others is really an exercise of (inappropriate) pride. We all have challenges to face, and it is more beneficial to everyone to... Read more

10/26/2006 - 00:00 Someday, God Will Be God Blog entry

“Some years ago I wrote this as a spoof, of sorts. I was dealing with the concept; Is God all powerful, is He really in control? This article highlights the contradictions that we often see people deal with:”

God made a perfect earth, but it has been spoiled and seems to be bent upon destruction. This is not what God intended, somehow he must have failed,
Somehow things... Read more

11/01/2006 - 00:00 Ministry & Service Blog entry

People often us the terms of “Christian ministry” and “serving God” to identify specific “types” of activities in specific places. For example, “serving God” by teaching a Bible study, or preaching, etc.
As I’ve thought more about this, the realization comes to me that we (all of God’s followers) are all “called” to be “ministers” at All... Read more

06/13/2007 - 00:00 Daily Living and the Church Blog entry

When we try to “do church” or “be the church” we actually mess up the free and natural functioning of the church. In the “doing” of church it becomes artificial and lifeless. When the people “meet as a church” it then becomes all about “us” (about us trying to “act” spiritual). When we “do” church, we take the church out of our daily lives and try to give it a life of it’s own separate... Read more

06/18/2007 - 00:00 God is Not in the Talking Blog entry

How many times in Christianity have we had the “Gospel” preached to us over and over again. Christians seem to love to argue over doctrine, “saying it in just the exactly right way.” We kill each other over the words that we use to describe the love of God.” I love the way that other religions have said it.

“Tao is not in talking, whatever can be described is not the real... Read more

06/20/2007 - 00:00 Beliefs Blog entry

Two nights ago I was in a men’s group. During my time to share I had read a page from a book called The Criminal Personality, Volume 1, starting on page 297. This book was based upon the pioneering work, that spanned well over a decade, of it’s authors. The page I... Read more

08/27/2007 - 00:00 Modesty is Beautiful Blog entry

As I was looking up the subject of Modesty for use in teaching my daughter, I came across this note:

Noticing the attractiveness of modesty among FUS women
Noticing the attractiveness of modesty among FUS women
……at the Easter Vigil Mass on campus this year I couldn’t help but be struck... Read more

11/05/2008 - 00:00 Input and Consequences Blog entry

Much of our lives are based upon the principle of stimulus = response, and cause = effect. Much of the time we get trapped in trying to change the consequences without changing the causes. For example, overeating is abounding in this country today, and with it all the diseases and illnesses caused by obesity. So, we try to change the symptoms without changing the behaviors that caused the... Read more

09/08/2009 - 00:00 Following God's Leading Blog entry

Much too often people have used the term “Following the Lord”….. to justify doing whatever they want to do. How often to people get tired of struggling or get tired of doing what is right, and then just justify running away by saying, “God told me to go….”. When someone uses the words “God told me… “ or “the Lord led me” etc., it is very easy to use these words to shut... Read more

09/16/2009 - 00:00 Meaning To Life Blog entry

We each are (only) a small part of the total scheme of things. We each only see or know such a little part of the total scheme of things.

Part of the problem some of us have had, or have, is that “we” want to “see” the meaning to our lives. As I was pondering that this morning, it hit me. When we want meaning in our lives, could it be that we are wanting to see that our lives account... Read more

09/23/2009 - 07:32 Bragging about the Negatives Biblio

Bragging about the Negatives
by Barry Maher

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01/17/2010 - 04:11 front page Page

This website is a chronical of my thoughts and ideas and about life, God, religion, character and the like. Over the many years of my journaling and then putting my thoughts on this website, I have been transitioning from from "God is in total control" to where I am now. To show where I started from, here is what I wrote when I started this website.

"Our Basic Premise for... Read more

04/26/2010 - 07:09 The Dark Ages - Darkness Defined Biblio

The Dark Ages – Defining the Darkness
The Dark Ages as a term has undergone many evolutions; its definition depends on who is defining it. Indeed, modern historians no longer use the term because of its negative connotation. Generally, the Dark Ages referred to the period of time ushered in by the... Read more

04/26/2010 - 07:28 Dark Ages Biblio

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04/26/2010 - 07:39 Biblical canon Biblio

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04/26/2010 - 07:51 Bible Origin - Word of God Biblio

Bible Origin - Divine Inspiration
When examining Bible origin, many of today's liberal scholars look everywhere but the Bible. However, the Bible tells us that the origin of the Bible is God Himself. In 2 Timothy 3:16, we read that all scripture is inspired by God. The Greek word used for inspiration... Read more

04/27/2010 - 10:52 What about Those Who have Never Heard the Gospel? Biblio

What about Those Who have Never Heard the Gospel?


I often get a question like the following in the Thinktank:

If Jesus came to save the whole world, Why did he manifest himself only to the region around present day Israel?

and the... Read more

05/02/2010 - 13:17 Brokenness Blog entry

What Does Brokenness Mean

What does Brokenness mean? What does it mean to be broken by God?

What Causes Brokenness

A lot of brokenness has to do with receiving the consequences of our own poor behavior. We have had previously been living for our own selfish motives, not caring who got hurt.

 

What is the Result of Brokenness

We can't seek... Read more

05/18/2010 - 09:13 Faith Book page

To see all the articles about Faith on one page, click here.

Our Basic... Read more

05/18/2010 - 09:20 Submission Book page

What does it mean to submit?

In our struggle to be free and independent we often think that we want to be totally free, to call our own shots, to live our lives without anyone or anything else having any control over us. In reality, we will always be subject to rules and regulations. For example, we might say that we have to submit to the law of gravity. In reality we are subject to... Read more

05/18/2010 - 09:34 About Book page

Listening B & W
For many years I've listened to what others believe, and never had come to any real deep convictions about what I personally thought and believed. In fact, I was trapped in the land of "What will other people think" for... Read more

05/20/2010 - 09:37 Religion Book page

What is true religion and what part should it play in our lives?

"Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and... Read more

05/20/2010 - 09:39 The Bible Book page

If we want to see all the articles about the Bible on one page, click here.

The Bible is-what-it-is no matter what we may think about it. Whether some believes that it is a holy book or if someone believes its a common book doesn't change what the... Read more

05/20/2010 - 09:50 Who Wrote The Pentateuch Blog entry

 

Early this morning I woke with the question, "Who wrote the first five books of the Bible?" I started to do some writing and these thoughts came:

Who wrote the Pentateuch?

The first five books of the Bible, called the Pentateuch, were generally assumed to be written by Moses. Did he really write all those books? Where did the author get his information? Were the... Read more

05/20/2010 - 10:05 Questioning the Bible Blog entry

Over the years I have noticed that many people are very explosive (get very angry very quickly) over anyone questioning that Bible as being "the Word God". I've wondered, why do they get angry. If the Bible was indeed true, then why would they get angry over it. People generally get angry when they are covering up a lie and it is about to be exposed. Why would anyone get angry over something... Read more

05/20/2010 - 10:52 Turning that which is holy into the profane Blog entry

 

The bronze serpent had a purpose, which it fulfilled. When the children of Israel grumbled, the Lord sent snakes into the camp  of the Israelites. Moses made a bronze snake and put it on a pole. Those that looked at the snake would live.... Read more

05/22/2010 - 06:34 Asking Questions Blog entry

It's OK to ask questions. In fact, if you ask the right questions it will change your life. Don't be afraid to ask questions of God, of the Bible, about work, family, etc. Learning the art of asking questions is more important than the answers that come. When you focus on asking questions (even of the answers that come) your percepts will change.
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05/22/2010 - 08:59 Matthew 28:19 Blog entry


Men should not rely upon writings, but upon the truth of God. For example, for years I have heard people quoting Matthew 28:19. For years something has been subtly nagging at me about that verse, but I never recognized the nagging until lately. This morning I did a Google search... Read more

05/22/2010 - 11:09 The Bible Throughout the Years Blog entry

If we make a claim that God wrote the Bible through the hands of men, and that it was perfect, infallible, inerrant in it's original documents, then we would also have to believe that God was also in control of all the people that copied and translated the bible throughout the milenia of time. If that was true, then why was the Bible locked away for centuries in... Read more

05/22/2010 - 13:20 Scriptural Evidence that the WORD OF GOD is not the Bible and concerning what the Word of God is Biblio

Scriptural Evidence that the WORD OF GOD is not the Bible

and concerning what the Word of God is

by Jenny Duskey

1975

Published by Friends of Truth, 16 Huber St.,Glenside, PA 19038

"In the... Read more

05/23/2010 - 04:20 Writing about the Word of God Blog entry

Many of my writings up to this point have been to clarify to myself why the Bible is NOT the Word of God. But in reality, that's not what I want to promote with other people. I'd rather spend more of my time clarifying what the word of God IS. I found this very interesting (to me) article about the word of God... Read more

05/26/2010 - 07:06 Purpose Blog entry

What is our purpose here on earth? Why did God put us here? What does he want us to do? Answers to these, and similar questions will help determine what careers we choose.

One verse that is quoted over and over again by many Christians is:

Matthew 28:19-20 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of... Read more

05/30/2010 - 16:28 What is Sin? Blog entry

 

I've wondered for a long time about the seeming contradiction between 1John 3:9 and 5:18 "He.... does not sin" .... and the modern day Christian teaching that "we are just sinners saved by grace."

05/30/2010 - 20:36 God's Plan Blog entry


In Christianity I've heard MUCH about "The Fall" (when Adam and Eve sinned" and thereby FELL away from God's plan and FELL OUT of God's grace. (Supposedly) Adam, Eve, and the serpent "messed up" God's perfect plan. God created the perfect environment in the Garden of Eden that Adam and Eve "were supposed" to... Read more

05/31/2010 - 00:06 Name-calling reaches a new low in social degradation Biblio

The sin of name-calling has no affiliation with any political party — both Republicans and Democrats commit it, as well as the newly formed parties. But when did we start to approve calling people degrading names in public discourse?

The answer might be when those “public leaders and standard bearers” do it in front of us and TV cameras at the same time... Read more

05/31/2010 - 00:42 Name Calling Blog entry


I've noticed that many leaders of all types call people names. It is especially sad when religious people call others that they disagree with various name. In the ancient times the Jews called Jesus names.... They used the terms Blasphemy ... Child of the devil ...

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06/01/2010 - 10:52 Parenting Blog entry

So many parents are struggle nowadays with raising their children. Children are a real test of the parent's beliefs. If the parents' belief system is off center, then the children will go way off track.

As adults it is so easy get into our own mindset and not have to change anything about ourselves. But, once we have... Read more

06/01/2010 - 11:01 Attacks of Satan Blog entry


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Many times an "attack of Satan" is nothing more that the consequences of our own poor choices or inappropriate behavior.

How many times have seen good Christian people make a decision and then pray to God to "make it... Read more

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