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Saved Before the Beginning – Ephesians 1:4

Being saved is a common theme in the New Testament.  “What must I do to be saved?” is followed by “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”  Scripture talks about salvation in past, present and future tenses.  We talk today about being saved, and about our salvation experience.  And at times the question is raised about whether or not one could lose their salvation.  And I admit to having been on both sides of this debate over the years. But recently I have come to have an entirely different perspective on salvation, when it occurs, and …

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Foreknown, Predestined, Called, Justified & Glorified – Romans 8:28-30

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30 NIV This is a very interesting passage that has long intrigued me.  And the first verse of it is one that I have oftentimes heard quoted by …

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The US Constitution and the President

In case you have not noticed, it is time to elect a new President for the US.  It is hard to imagine that this is news to anyone since the campaigning has been going on almost since the last election.  But I wonder how many of us really know what the job of the President of the US is?  From listening to campaign promises and the debates, it would be easy to get the impression that they are some kind of demigod, able single-handedly to accomplish great feats such as: reducing taxes while also reducing the national debt; putting everyone …

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Why Do Politicians Lie?

Is there anyone who really believes everything their favorite candidate for national office says during their election campaign?  Granted, there are some politicians who are honest and tell it like it is.  But they seem to be the exception rather than the rule, unfortunately.  But why do they do it?  And why do we let them get away with it? Could it be that we want them to lie?  After a great amount of thought (nearly an hour), extensive research (read another blog), and consultation (talked with my wife), I have come to the conclusion that most of us want to believe …

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How Much Government Is Enough?

Why do we need government, and what role should it play in our lives? Your answer to that will likely determine how you feel about your government, the U.S. for me, and your response to those who are seeking a place within government, from the President down to the local dog catcher.