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Misuse of the Christian Label

Card games have been preached against for their association with gambling, and pool tables for their association with alcohol. Bowling can be preached against for both. Starting in Middle-Age Europe as a game called ninepins, it made its way to America and became a gambling attraction, so much so that some states banned bowling with…

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Legalism

Pentecostals are unfairly accused of legalism for things including, but not limited to, different hair length on men and women, abstaining from makeup and jewelry, and not wearing clothes that reveal a lot of skin. These issues are covered in my previous posts called Humility vs. Pride and Hair Length, and also my essay about…

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Humility vs. Pride

Out of many disciples (students/followers), Jesus chose twelve “whom also He named apostles” (Luke 6:13). Evidently they let this privilege go to their heads, because “there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be the greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by Him, and…

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Easter Sunday

Many people assume the winter season is when Earth is the farthest from the sun, and that summer is when it’s at its closest. Actually, Earth is roughly the same distance from the sun year-round. Earth’s tilted axis, which gives more sunlight to different regions at different times, is what causes seasons. It’s summer in…

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Music

Just one look at the cover of Metallica’s album Kill’em All should be enough for any reasonable person to know a true Christian wouldn’t listen to their music. I’m a former fan who no longer listens to their music for moral reasons. Many others quit listening to Metallica when they released their album Load, because…

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Justice in This Life and the Next

My 13-year stay in prison gave me a lot of time to think about the bad decisions I had made. I remember only bits and pieces from my last night of freedom that preceded prison, and the two people I was with were dead soon after. I’ll never know exactly what happened when I was…

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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Pastors and other elders are under-shepherds for a congregation of Christians, though they themselves are under a Shepherd: the LORD. They too are sheep, some of which are actually wolves in disguise. “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their…

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A Dark Secret

Before revealing a dark secret of mine to anyone and everyone who reads my blog, I want to say there aren’t words to express how grateful I am to be alive. Many things could have killed me, though two events in particular stand out in my mind. One night I got stabbed in the chest…

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Abusive Pastors

To help it grow, I recently joined another church of the same denomination that’s currently having services in the pastor’s home. I still wanted to attend events from my former church when it didn’t conflict with anything from my new church, but unfortunately my former pastor is mad about me leaving and gave me the…

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Seek What Will Last

Based on the scientific law that energy and matter can be converted from one form to the other, I used to mistakenly believe plants turned sunlight into the matter that vegetation is made of. The truth is no less impressive. The only use plants have for the sun is using its energy to grow matter…

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