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Church, Inc.

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‘… and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.’  ~ I Thessalonians 4:11, 12

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Uh-oh!  The Diebold electronic voting machines have inadvertently released the results of the 2008 presidential election—months ahead of schedule! 

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ATTENTION, BRIAN FRANKLIN!!:A 9-year-old girl has been banned from playing tennis by her local club because she grunts too loudly.’ 

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President Bush in his campaign for the troop surge in Iraq: ‘If we increase our support at this crucial moment, and help the Iraqis break the current cycle of violence, we can hasten the day our troops begin coming home.’ 

 We’re still waiting.   

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There is no doubt in our minds that no fewer than 14 shots were fired in the pantry on that evening and that Sirhan did not in fact kill Senator Kennedy,” said Robert Joling, a forensic scientist who has been involved with the Kennedy case for nearly 40 years. He and Van Praag have published a book on the killing this week entitled An Open and Shut Case.’    

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‘Modern “liberals” who advocate the view that government should provide us with the necessities or alleged necessities of life rarely appreciate that this assistance rests on a system of mass robbery and enslavement that is highly inimical to their professed belief in liberty. In fact, the advocates of such policies present them in quite the opposite light, as enhancing our liberty.’ 

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Iraq is Yugoslavia before the storm. It is a caldron of weapons, lawlessness, hate and criminality that is destined to implode. And the current U.S. policy, born of desperation and defeat, means that when Iraq goes up, the U.S. military will have to scurry like rats for cover.’    

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‘Americans, writes Muller, “find ethnonationalism discomfiting both intellectually and morally.  Social scientists go to great lengths to demonstrate that this is a product not of nature but of culture. … 

“But none of this will make ethnonationalism go away.”’ 

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‘At Abu Ghraib, the trial found, there was institutionalized contempt at every level. The prison guards understood that “this is the way to behave here.”’ 

   

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Sure, it’s a violation of the first two Commandments—but more importantly, how do they even know what He looks like? 

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 ‘Joseph Farah’s recent article “Repeal the Johnson Amendment” is right on the money. The Johnson Amendment is wrong and should be abolished. However, one thing Mr. Farah fails to address is the fact that churches bring these restrictions on themselves voluntarily. There is no law that says a church must seek or obtain 501(c)3 status to avoid a tax liability. In fact, by becoming 501(c)3 they subject themselves to such IRS regulation. When a church decides to operate as a “business” instead of a church, why should we be surprised that they are subject to public policy restrictions just like any other corporation?‘The church is a living organism; it is not an organization or corporation. A properly formed and functioning church is tax-free instead of tax-exempt. Tax-exemption means that there is an obligation to pay the tax but that obligation is set aside by legislation. Of course, that means that the exemption is subject to the rules of the entity granting the exemption and can be removed at any time. However, tax-free means that the church is not subject to the tax because there is no obligation for the tax in the first place. No obligation equals no liability. This is the lawful and historic character of a properly functioning church. The churches were duped and are still being duped into accepting 501(c)3 corporation status.‘Churches need to stop functioning as businesses and return to their roots of operating as the Body of Christ, not The Body of Christ, Inc.’

~ Wayne Mitchell   

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Relax–You’re Two Tents

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‘Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.’  ~ Proverbs 16:31

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I have posted and commented a few times regarding the obligation we have been given to provide an inheritance for our children and to do our best to provide for their well-being after we are gone.

There is a flip-side to that coin, as well. In addition to looking ahead, we are called to look back, as it were, to those who first cared for us. It is an all too prevalent view in society to-day that our responsibilities to our parents end the day we depart from under the roof they have provided. However, according to Jesus, the opposite is true; it is incumbent upon us to see to our parents’ needs as they grey:

 

And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”‘ (that is, given to God)—then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”’ ~ Mark 7:9-13

 

The question, then, is how best to provide for our aged parents. I would think that, at the very least, we should lay aside treasure for their care as we would an inheritance for our children. The debate, however, is usually to be found regarding whether it is best to oversee their care personally or to subsidise it professionally. I tend to prefer the former after having seen loved ones in nursing homes—though I am not condemning the practise. There are many fine facilities with talented and caring professionals who provide wonderful care for our aged. Yet, when I recently visited Ashlee’s grandmother in an old folks home, I was seized by the conviction that I do not want to spend the balance of my old age in such a place. I pray that my children will take the burden upon themselves (and it most certainly can be burden, no matter how willing we may be to carry it) to care for me—and I pray all the more that God will grant me the ability and the desire to do the same for my and Ashlee’s folks should that become necessary.

‘But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for(A) members of his household, he has(B) denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.’  ~ I Timothy 5:8

 

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Here’s an interesting account for those lamenting the ‘inevitable’ nomination of John ‘100 Years in Iraq’ McCain:

 

One of the most interesting American political stories involves the nomination of Abraham Lincoln to be the Republican party’s candidate for President of the United States in 1860. This was the Republican party’s second presidential convention, and the man everyone expected to receive the nomination was the powerful and well-known William H. Seward of New York.

‘Abraham Lincoln, although having recently been introduced to eastern audiences through a series of political speeches in New England, and prior to that having gained some fame due to his participation in “the Great Debates” with Stephen A. Douglas, was not considered a serious contender for the appointment. How he and his political team brought him from “dark horse” contender to the victor is the subject of the following article.’

 

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We don’t intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals of our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all.’ ~ Ronald Reagan, 1964

 

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A significant number of folks have inquired as to why I grew my beard.  My retort has often been to point out that, physiology being what it is, the question that really ought to be asked is why they shave theirs.

The short answer is that a few years ago I continued to be overcome by a feeling that God had given men the gift of growing a beard for a reason and, over the course of several months, I felt compelled to give in to the inward call and let my beard grow.  I now can’t imagine myself with out it!

How womanly it is for one who is a man to comb himself and shave himself with a razor, for the sake of fine effect, and to arrange his hair at the mirror, shave his cheeks, pluck hairs out of them, and smooth them!…For God wished women to be smooth and to rejoice in their locks alone growing spontaneously, as a horse in his mane. But He adorned man like the lions, with a beard, and endowed him as an attribute of manhood, with a hairy chest–a sign of strength and rule.’  ~ St. Clement of Alexandria, 2.275

 

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The U.S. Constitution poses no serious threat to our form of government.’ ~ Joe Sobran

 

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Keep in mind how we are lectured incessantly that the ‘Islamo-fascists’ (whatever that means) ‘hate us for our freedoms’ :

MR. [TIM] RUSSERT [‘MEET THE PRESS’]: ‘Why does [Osama bin Laden] hate us so much?’

VICE PRES. CHENEY: ‘It must have something to do with his background, his own upbringing. He’s the son of a prominent Saudi family, successful business group with significant wealth. He went and served in Afghanistan with the mujahedeen during the war against the Russians, and he has, for whatever reason, developed this intense hatred of everything that relates to the United States. And his objective, obviously, is to try to influence our behavior to force us to withdraw from that part of the world, and clearly he’s not going to be successful.’ [Emphasis mine.]  ~ September 16th, 2001

 

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DALLAS — After more than 40 years under lock and key, a large collection of documents and items related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was released by the Dallas County district attorney on Monday.’

 

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The Government of the United States recently voiced support for the Kosovar declaration of independence from Serbia. Pardon me if I’m a bit confused but I thought the U. S. did not support secession—and 600,000 dead soldiers proved it. What’s with the change of heart?

 

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 A recent study found that a significant number of restaurant lemons tested contained fecal bacteria!

 

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One of the most intriguing mysteries about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, that darkest of American labyrinths, is why his brother Robert F. Kennedy apparently did nothing to investigate the crime.’

 

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The question is: How can one promote legislation that “provides help for the poor” without at the same time violating his pledge to promote legislation that offers “hope for the oppressed”? The only way for government to give money or services to the poor is first to take the necessary funds from other citizens, i.e., to steal from them, which surely qualifies as oppression. Furthermore, if Campolo purposes to “promote legislation that turns biblical imperatives into social policy,” how can he support laws that blatantly violate Exodus 20:15 (“You shall not steal”)?’

 

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 ‘Two senior Church of England Bishops have called on people to give up carbon rather than chocolate for Lent.’

 

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