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Four acknowledgements that I feel each Christian should make regarding racism:
1. I acknowledge that my forefathers (not to be confused with Founding Fathers)set up a system of slavery in America that promoted racism and is still affecting me and the church today;
2. While terms like “reparations” and “white entitlement” were coined by man and not God, I acknowledge that there is a nugget of truth in them and that I am willing to put significant effort and resources into recommendations of CHRISTIAN churches and organizations most affected by racism;
3. I acknowledge that the following statement should be the basis for my actions: Every person should have the right to discover, develop, and use the giftings they were born with, and to realize that they came from the God of the Bible;
4. I acknowledge that Christians should be at the vanguard of addressing racism and social injustice in America, and that God is giving me an opportunity and responsibility to be in that vanguard, as He directs.

A true Christian's life was not shaken by the results of the recent elections. If it was, shame on them for having their eyes on the world rather than God.

Preach truth to someone and they may be set free for a time. Teach them to hear truth directly from God and they will be set free for a lifetime.
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me."
"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Don't get upset over anything or anyone. Instead, pray for God's truth to illumine and set free.

I don't see how God can continue to bless America. His blessings are tied to how close a nation resembles Christianity. The Old Testament example of this was Israel, whose blessings were tied to how well they obeyed God's commands. I fear America more and more will reap what it has been spiritually sowing. America is drifting from its Christian roots. Individuals close to God will continue to be blessed, but I have doubts about our nation.

It's clear to me that God's blessings come by obedience to His word, the Bible, rather than fasting for a month.
"But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams."
And usually God's blessings are not supernaturally dropping money in our lap but in the daily wisdom He gives as we live by the Bible.

I am seeing articles about how we can create reality by our minds. This reminds me of Descartes’ “I think, therefore I am.” But to be able to think, he would already have had to be a being who could think. He should have said: I am, therefore I think. But that would have been an acknowledgement of the existence of God. “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?” Psalm 2:1

It seems to me that social equality is only achieved when there is an equal sharing of power between the various segments of a society. Unfortunately, history has shown that existing power structures are resistant to change. When faced with change, feeling threatened is the “normal” response due to man’s fallen state. Personally, I believe true Christians are the only ones capable of sharing power voluntarily. Only those who have been redeemed from their fallen state can overcome it.

I think I'm seeing signs that the non-Christian studios want to be seen as more tolerant of Christians. I think I I know why, but I don't want to say since I'm not able to prove it. Most notably I'm seeing Christian Christmas songs on non-Christian TV networks, although they changed some of the words and even added some new verses that sounded Christian but were not. We must know the Bible and have spiritual discernment.

Sin is not like having a cold. It's like having cancer. It will eat away at the life of an individual, and, collectively, a nation if left unchecked. The cure is not being nice or loving or caring. The only cure is the blood of Jesus.

'Tis the beginning of the ascendancy of the unholy alliance between humanism and the false church.

I am starting to understand how people live without God. They have created a world that operates by their definition of truth, reality, matter, energy, thought and the like. Often they throw out science because its definitions contradict theirs. Ask them a simple question like “How did you come into existence?” and you will get the most convoluted answers imaginable. And no two of them will agree.

“I AM” is one of the more unusual names by which God referred to Himself:
God said to Moses, “I AM who I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14
Personally, I believe God was defining for us what reality is. In this age of quantum physics and people defining for themselves what reality is, God says He is the I AM. He is reality.

The False Church: Sincerely serving the God that resembles you.
The True Church: Sincerely serving the God that you are trying to resemble.
“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

I believe most of the miracles God works in my life are behind-the-scenes. I hope, in Heaven, God shows all of them to me. And I will fall to my knees before Him.

You cannot put your faith in America anymore. Only Jesus.

True Christians base all their beliefs on the Bible, not on furthering a worldly agenda. It's ok to agree with the "other side" as long as they know why you agree ("because it's in the Bible"). That's the way to build common ground, which our country desperately needs. But to agree without publicly giving the Bible as your motive is close to sin, in my book. "Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels."

Science can alter but not create matter. Metaphysics can neither alter nor create matter with the mind. Matter is the great constant down through the ages that points to God. Interestingly, matter is the first thing God addresses in the Bible: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

Addendum to previous post: He who can create matter gets to define what reality is.

Buddhists and atheists have something in common. They both claim to have deep knowledge and understanding of life yet neither can explain how the physical world came into existence. If only they could create matter in the lab or with their mind then their life would be perfect and those pesky Christians would stop bothering them.

Joel Osteen is in serious danger of Jesus telling him "I never knew you."

Just a suggestion but I think when talking to an unchurched person, in addition to saying "saved" or "born again" we should say "reconnected to God." We speak church language without realizing it.

I feel we Christians need to be bolder in our daily life about who we are. A true Christian can sense God's presence and hear Him speak words in our reborn spirit. We should openly confess it to others. Then tell them that's what Jesus accomplished for us on the cross. We've tried to blend in too much. Many religions and philosophies preach good works but none say you can have that kind of personal relationship with God. The Holy Spirit will empower your words.

You may have heard the question posed whether God can create a rock even He couldn't lift. Sounds logical to us, but not to an omnipotent God. The only limits God has are the ones He imposes upon Himself. So He could limit Himself to not be able to lift it, then (yawn) limit Himself to be able to lift it regardless of size. With God it's not either/or but both/and. I love God, who has all the answers. Thank you Jesus for giving us access to our Father God through the cross.

The church must get back to basics: relationships with other Christians that are deeper than surface level, and from those relationships the flowing of the Spirit, including the gifts of the Spirit. Those are two prominent features of the early church. Find a small group that encourages real sharing, encourages the moving of the Spirit, and meets more than once a month. Or start one.

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