For “Scripture Sunday”:
“Olympic competitors have a connection to our daily spiritual exercise.”
Transcript at: http://www.ucg.org/beyond-today-daily/christian-living/olympic-exercise July 27, 2012
“Is there a purpose in marriage more than just being together?”
Transcript: http://www.ucg.org/beyond-today-daily/christian-living/marriage-mission July 30, 2012
The True Foundation of Marriage
”Should marriage be debated in the political realm or the Biblical? The answer makes all the difference”. “Is Marriage Obsolete?”
Free Bible Study aid: "Marriage & Family: The Missing Dimension"
”The joy of a happy marriage blessed with loving, respectful children is a dream of most men and women. Traditionally, marriage has been an exclusive bond between a man and a woman. Yet in recent years this pattern has been changing.” http://www.ucg.org/booklet/marriage-and-family-missing-dimension
Chick-fil-A and Gay Marriage
Transcript at: http://www.ucg.org/beyond-today-daily/christian-living/chick-fil-and-gay-marriage Wednesday, August 1, 2012
”Is marriage only a political issue? What does God's Word -- the Bible -- say about marriage and what is God's vision for marriage?”
Transcript: http://www.ucg.org/beyond-today-daily/christian-living/gay-marriage May 10, 2012
Bible FAQ: “What does the Bible say about same-sex marriages?”
Bible FAQ: “What does the Bible teach about homosexuality?”
Sin, Sinners & Chicken
“How does the Bible address the controversy over Chick-fil-A?”
God hates the sin, not the sinners.
August 3, 2012
Homosexuality - Jesus never said?
“Is it true that Jesus never condemned homosexuality?”
“What does the Bible say about homosexuality?
Sexual immorality is not a new problem. The Word of God gives the ultimate perspective.” May 23, 2012
Whose Opinion Really Counts?
Tomorrow’s World makes plain the Bible’s answers to the most important questions:
“Same-sex marriage” is increasingly in the news these days. It seems that practically everyone is being asked to express their opinions. But how do they form those opinions? From what the majority say? From what politicians or activists tell them? Or from God’s inspired word—the Bible?
Today, most Americans, Canadians and Britons are so biblically illiterate that they can be persuaded to believe almost anything about what the Bible says—or does not say—or whether the Bible is even a reliable source for values.
Increasingly, our modern society is coming to resemble the ancient city of Sodom. What was the “majority opinion” in that debauched city? Read it for yourself in Genesis 19. When God’s servant, Lot, entertained two angels—who made themselves appear as men—his home was soon surrounded by “the men of Sodom, both old and young, all the people from every corner” (v. 4). The crowd insisted that Lot bring his male guests outside so they could rape them (v. 5)! They were obviously the “majority” in this particular city, but did that make their actions “right”? No!
Some liberal ministers try to explain away God’s word, insisting “the Bible isn’t clear” about the morality of homosexual unions. Others, however, agree with Billy Graham’s son Franklin, who said that Barack Obama “has shaken his fist at God” by supporting same-sex marriage! Whose opinion counts?
The whole problem goes back to people’s abysmal ignorance of the Bible—and their unwillingness to repent and to do what God clearly says in His inspired word!
Jesus Christ stated plainly: “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:4–6).
Christ clearly stated that marriage is predicated on the fact that God made them “male and female,” and that it is God—not mankind and its laws—who joins a man and woman together as “one flesh” in marriage.
God inspired the Apostle Paul to write: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9–10).
He also inspired Paul to warn against the foolish philosophers of his day: “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Romans 1:26–28).” Complete article at: http://www.tomorrowsworld.org/magazines/2012/jul-aug/whose-opinion-really-counts
This morning on WGN: The Lost Tribes of Israel: Why They Matter.
“Today's Jewish State of Israel does not comprise all the "Israel of God." Discover the amazing truth. The amazing story of the rise to greatness of the United States and Britain begins 4,000 years ago with the biblical patriarch Abraham. God's promises would bring an astounding future for his descendants.”
On This Day:
First transatlantic telegraph cable completed, Aug 5, 1858:
“After several unsuccessful attempts, the first telegraph line across the Atlantic Ocean is completed, a feat accomplished largely through the efforts of American merchant Cyrus West Field.
The telegraph was first developed by Samuel F. B. Morse, an artist-turned-inventor who conceived of the idea of the electric telegraph in 1832. Several European inventors had proposed such a device, but Morse worked independently and by the mid 1830s had built a working telegraph instrument. In the late 1830s, he perfected Morse Code, a set of signals that could represent language in telegraph messages. In May 1844, Morse inaugurated the world's first commercial telegraph line with the message "What hath God wrought," sent from the U.S. Capitol to a railroad station in Baltimore. Within a decade, more than 20,000 miles of telegraph cable crisscrossed the country. The rapid communication it made possible greatly aided American expansion, making railroad travel safer as it provided a boost to business conducted across the great distances of a growing United States.
In 1854, Cyrus West Field conceived the idea of the telegraph cable and secured a charter to lay a well-insulated line across the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. Obtaining the aid of British and American naval ships, he made four unsuccessful attempts, beginning in 1857. In July 1858, four British and American vessels--the Agamemnon, the Valorous, the Niagara, and the Gorgon--met in mid-ocean for the fifth attempt. On July 29, the Niagara and the Gorgon, with their load of cable, departed for Trinity Bay, Newfoundland, while the Agamemnon and the Valorous embarked for Valentia, Ireland. By August 5, the cable had been successfully laid, stretching nearly 2,000 miles across the Atlantic at a depth often of more than two miles. On August 16, President James Buchanan and Queen Victoria exchanged formal introductory and complimentary messages. Unfortunately, the cable proved weak and the current insufficient and by the beginning of September had ceased functioning.
Field later raised new funds and made new arrangements. In 1866, the British ship Great Eastern succeeded in laying the first permanent telegraph line across the Atlantic Ocean. Cyrus West Field was the object of much praise on both sides of the Atlantic for his persistence in accomplishing what many thought to be an impossible undertaking. He later promoted other oceanic cables, including telegraph lines that stretched from Hawaii to Asia and Australia.”
Lincoln imposes first federal income tax, Aug 5, 1861:
“On this day in 1861, Lincoln imposes the first federal income tax by signing the Revenue Act. Strapped for cash with which to pursue the Civil War, Lincoln and Congress agreed to impose a 3 percent tax on annual incomes over $800.
As early as March 1861, Lincoln had begun to take stock of the federal government's ability to wage war against the South. He sent letters to cabinet members Edward Bates, Gideon Welles and Salmon Chase requesting their opinions as to whether or not the president had the constitutional authority to "collect [such] duties." According to documents housed and interpreted by the Library of Congress, Lincoln was particularly concerned about maintaining federal authority over collecting revenue from ports along the southeastern seaboard, which he worried, might fall under the control of the Confederacy.
The Revenue Act's language was broadly written to define income as gain "derived from any kind of property, or from any professional trade, employment, or vocation carried on in the United States or elsewhere or from any source whatever." According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the comparable minimum taxable income in 2003, after adjustments for inflation, would have been approximately $16,000.
Congress repealed Lincoln's tax law in 1871, but in 1909 passed the 16th Amendment, which set in place the federal income-tax system used today. Congress ratified the 16th Amendment in 1913.”
The puppies let me drink my first cup of coffee in peace, but then the little one started squawking for his breakfast. So I fed all the animals while my daughter Wendy and I had our usual long Saturday morning phone call. In fact, we talked a little too long, as Misty and I were 10 minutes late going for her walk-about and to pick up Jay for church.
After I had dropped Misty off here, we hurried down the wiggle-waggle country roads to the morning service at the Conroe Church of God, at Cut-N-Shoot, and arrived in time. We hadn’t been to that congregation for a while, as we have been going to the afternoon services in Willis, and it was good to see familiar faces. The songs of praise with an accompanying band, were all sung with great gusto. As we were singing I was wondering if Dizzy-Dick, http://dizzydick.blogspot.com/ might have heard the singing, as he lives on acreage behind the church! The sermon was “Getting To Know God”.
This was the Sabbath that they have a monthly pot-luck before some members go to the Conroe Rest Home for their monthly ministry of music, mercy and encouragement. I was surprised when Jay wanted to stay for the pot-luck, so we enjoyed that yesterday.