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The Chink In Death's Armor

Get a load of this lead sentence from Reuters.

Fri Dec 2, 11:22 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) — Women who go through menopause in their early 40s may have a slightly higher risk of death later in life compared with their peers, a large U.S. study suggests.

Imagine it, a slightly higher risk of death later in life. Apparently, some women have a slightly lower risk of death later in life. Death must not be as inevitable as we all thought. Hmmm. Who pays for these studies, anyway?

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Losing Our Gospel "Buts"

Have you heard the big gospel BUT? It goes something like this: “Yes, yes … of course we’re saved by grace, BUT …”

The big BUT always manages to bring up the rear in any discussion about grace. We can give unlimited lip service to “saved by grace,” it seems, but when the chips are down, we’d have a whole lot more “faith” in our salvation if we had a decent-sized pile of good works to point to.

Most of us are ready to get a little agitated on that point any time we hear somebody pushing the grace envelope a little “too far.”

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One Pilgrim's Progress: Bible Prophecy: What's It All About?

Nothing sells like prophecy. It’s true. A church or ministry can have goofy theology, an oddball leader and ridiculously strict rules and regulations, but if they have a few world maps, a pair of scissors and a stack of newspapers, along with an even half articulate preacher, it seems, people will send them money by the bucket-loads.

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Just a Nobody?

So you think you’re “just a nobody”?

It doesn’t matter to God what you think about yourself. It’s what he thinks that counts, and he thinks you’re his special operations agent.

Take the kid on the shore of the Sea of Galilee I’m going to introduce you to.

In Jesus’ day, kids were on the low end of the totem pole. As low as women were in that culture, children were even lower. But when the time came for someone to step forward with the seeds of one of Jesus’ greatest miracles, our Savior called on a “mere” kid, a “nobody.”

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Let God Be God

May I ask you a couple of personal questions?

You don’t have to respond out loud; silent answers will do. The answers are for you, not for me.

Here’s the first question: Has your child ever gotten a bit rebellious, uncooperative or disrespectful?

And here’s the second: Did you punish him or her? Remember, just a silent answer. No need to raise your hand.

Now let me ask you this: How long did the punishment last? More to the point, Did you decree that the punishment would last forever?

The very idea of it sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

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The Tree

The evergreen tree symbolizes the faithfulness of God,
remaining forever the same,
even during the darkness and cold of winter.

The lights or candles on the tree symbolize our Savior Jesus Christ,
whose life was the Light of all people,
the Light that shines in the darkness
and which enlightens everyone.

Some people put red bows on the tree,
symbolizing the shed blood of our Savior,
by which our sins are forgiven.

Ornaments symbolize fruit,
which in turn symbolizes the gracious gifts and provision
of God for his people.

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Does It All Depend?

A few years ago, the Princeton Religion Research Center publication Emerging Trends reported that 56 percent of Americans, “with most describing themselves as Christians, say that when they think about their death, they worry ‘a great deal’ or ‘somewhat’ that they will ‘not be forgiven by God.’”

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One Pilgrim's Progress: Loaded Bibles and Made-up Minds

All of us bring our biases, prejudices and preconceived ideas to the Bible, like it or not.

Not long ago, I was listening to a smartly dressed Christian lady seeking recruits in a Sunday School class for a new Bible study program she had helped launch.

"We don’t push any agenda," she explained. That sounded good, I thought. It would be nice to study the Bible with people who have nothing to prove, no agenda to push. I kept listening.

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One Pilgrim's Progress: "If You Really Had Repented..."

If you had really repented, you wouldn’t have done it again" is a refrain many tormented souls have heard from well-meaning preachers. We are told that repentance is to "turn around and go the other way," and it is explained in the context of turning away from sin and turning toward a life of obedience to God’s law.

Christians set out with the best of intentions to change their ways. Some ways change, but other ways stick like super-glue. Even the ways that seem to have changed have a nasty way of cropping up again.

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