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The editor’s remarks in the June 7 Saturday Column about “partisan politics” and “the darker side of elective politics” are true regardless of one’s political affiliation. The same could be said for other “professions” where something to be gained is at stake.
Well, Kansas provided the opportunity for about 7,600 abortions for women from four states in 2012; 1,200 at the newly opened clinic in Wichita. There were no statistics in the March 28 Journal-World article on why the abortions were given, but I believe they were matters of convenience.
Jesus addresses tragedies similar to those in Boston, Texas and Bangladesh in Luke 13:1-5. The issue with the people seemed to be whether those who survived were less sinners than those who perished. Jesus’ response looked beyond this: “Unless you repent you will likewise perish.” Seems pretty harsh given the circumstances, yet that is exactly what he meant and means today.
The question posed in the Faith Forum last Saturday was: “Was Satan a real person?” He is best described in Revelations 12 as a heavenly being who is cast out of heaven to earth with his angels. He accused the brethren day and night; just like he did with Job. I John 3:8 says, “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” James warns the proud (James 4:7), “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
Anything for the team, Florida State University alumni, the state of Florida? Is that how it works?
Here are some samples from the Bible of those who will or will not be occupants of heaven. They are given clearly and concisely in two different ways.
Recent concerns in Kansas government have centered around protecting Christian rights versus denying gay rights. Actually, speaking as a Christian, we don’t have rights per se since we are committed to the Lordship of Christ. However, we are blessed to have rights bestowed on us by our Constitution; albeit, they are slowly being lost to other groups who don’t share the same truth.
Cal Thomas’ Nov. 15 column relating the Penn State situation with our nation’s is right on target.
If any of us are ignorant about God’s ways, then we can choose to accept His truth and can begin living an abundant life by faith in Jesus Christ.
In this time of idolatry, perverted sex, premeditated murder, greed, character assassination, killing of the unborn, political hatred, fiscal irresponsibility, etc. (see II Timothy 3:1-5 for an expanded list); Ephesians. 5:15-16 says, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” How do we walk wisely? We do it by following God’s righteous standards and trusting Him even in the worst of situations.
“Repent” is such a simple word but seems to be losing its meaning in our more sophisticated and fast-paced world.
“Repealer keeps anti-gay law on books” read the Jan. 20 front page Journal-World headline.
The tragedy at Newtown is very painful, but I can’t imagine how a parent or others close to the victims must feel. I don’t like the word “victim,” but it does have implications beyond the immediate circumstances of Newtown.
To the editor: It was about 18 years ago when the Lord decided that it was time to begin dealing with my anger problem and He did this using my grandson, who was really good at tormenting his sister.
Mayor Aron Cromwell said, “This is not about morality. It is about discrimination” in reference to the recent City Commission approval of an ordinance on transgender discrimination. Of course, no one should be singled out for special disfavor.
To the editor:
The April 15 article about physician assisted suicide sounds attractive except for Christians who believe that the Lord gives and the Lord takes away (Job 1:21). I do not believe that suicide is an unforgivable sin but one where Christians (and non-Christians) are deceived by Satan. Christians, who take their own lives, fail during their time of desperation to remember God’s truth that all things (even the trial they are going through) work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28). Even in the darkest times, we can still cry out to God and He will deliver us and we will glorify Him (Psalm 50:15).
The following passage by Jude in Jude 1:3-4 (ESV) is addressed to Christians: “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.
Leonard Pitts, in his March 17 J-W article, concludes that “Gay is not a choice, gay is not a sin, gay is not a shame. Gay simply is.” These statements are not true. In fact, they are only Leonard’s opinion.
The Associated Press article in the Nov. 18 Journal-World about marriage is not surprising. What is surprising is that many Christians are probably in that 40 percent who say that marriage is not relevant. This is also true about those who have divorced, had abortions and are in bondage to gambling, drugs, alcohol or other “slave masters.” It saddens me that we call ourselves Christians yet we do not honor the One whose name we claim to follow: Jesus Christ.