Change the World!

1706677    I have a feeling that most people’s prayers are smaller than they should be.  Yes, we should pray for those we love, but how many people pray beyond that?
The world is filled with troubles,  people attacking innocent police officers, different races of people being prejudice against each other, terrorist, rumors of war, Christians getting killed for simply being Christian. A president that is far from perfect, but not half as bad as the media portrays, the list goes on and on. Do you pray for those people?

The Bible says that we are to pray for all of those in authority. Yes, there are some leaders that are hard to pray for, but when 1 Timothy 2:1-4  was written, the leadership of those who murdered Christ was still fresh in their memories.  If the Bible writers prayed for those who were responsible for the murder of Christ, we certainly can pray for those leaders like Obama, and Trump.  An answered prayer for a world leader could change the world!

Pray for our enemies,  Matthew 5:43-48
Again this is not something that is easy to do.  I know some people that I would rather slap, then pray for, but there was a time that I deserved a pretty harsh slap myself. God had mercy on me and made me a better person.  Wouldn’t the world be much better off if the people you hate most, turned to God and repented of their evil ways?  But don’t stop at just your personal enemies, the church has enemies too.  There are those who are crafty about bringing the Church down right here in America, those who pervert the Bible to make it say things that it doesn’t. Those who hate America, and hate freedom. While these may be a bit too numerous to pray for all at once, you should pick one or two groups, to pray for specifically.

The list of people and groups that need prayer is overwhelming, but it becomes easier when you realize that you don’t have to pray for them all at once.  One possible way to do it is to use whatever your favorite social media is for inspiration. If you read a news story that saddens you pray, if you read a story about someone who was brave, pray that someone who needs an extra dose of bravery to do the right thing gets that help from God.  If your newsfeed doesn’t have much of that kind of inspiration, please subscribe to a group that will inspire you to pray, like the news,  there are also advocacy groups of all kinds, some are bound to pull at your heart strings.

1 Thessalonians 5:14-18  (KJV)

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

16 Rejoice evermore.

17 Pray without ceasing.

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

 

 

The Gospel According to Columbo | Stand to Reason

What if Lieutenant Columbo was a Christian? Instead of solving a crime, his task would be to present the Gospel. What would he say? How would he say it?At Stand to Reason, we’ve always been intrigued by Columbo’s inquisitive style and believe it’s a powerful way to engage people. Here’s what I believe he’d say if he were to present the Gospel. He’d ask three questions. Do you believe people who commit moral crimes ought to be punished? Have you ever committed a moral crime? Would you like to be pardoned? Let’s look at the reasoning behind each question.1.  Do you believe people who commit moral crimes ought to be punished?

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Let’s tear some statues down! | See, there’s this thing called biology…

     

First let me say, tearing down statues is stupid and boring. I much prefer roasting sacred cows. I like to see those grill marks and watch the sauce caramelize.However, while we wait for those grill marks, there are a couple of statues we should probably put on our list. Under the bridge here there is this huge cement troll. That guy has inspired an entire movement, minions who do nothing but troll the internet, hoping to sow chaos and destruction everywhere they go. Personally, I’d like to see their leader torn down and demolished with a sledge hammer.

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How to ERASE Logical Fallacies – Reflections

An essential skill to develop—particularly if you intend to discuss the truth of your faith with others—is how to understand, evaluate, and present a logical argument. Though it might seem complex and rather intimidating, an argument in logic is really a very simple thing. To have an argument you must make a claim (called the conclusion, or the central point of the argument) and provide support (called premises, or evidence, facts, and reasons) for believing the claim to be true or correct. To have a good argument (logically sound or cogent), your premises must be (1) true, (2) pertinent to your central claim, and (3) sufficient to justify the conclusion.

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8 False Assumptions about Christianity – Discover

1. Science has disproven Christianity.Historically, Christianity has often led the way in scientific advancement. Many leading scientists today believe in a cosmology that is much more open to intelligent design and creation than most pundits assume. Science has not found evidence precluding the belief in God, miracles, or the resurrection of Jesus. Such fields are outside the competence of science and its methodology.

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5 ‘Fake News’ Stories People Believe About Early Christianity

“Fake news” isn’t a new phenomenon, though. There’s quite a bit of fake news out there regarding the person of Jesus, the origins of the church, and the development of the Bible. Even though such “news” has no factual basis, it’s believed by an uncomfortably large number of people.

Read about it here: 5 ‘Fake News’ Stories People Believe About Early Christianity

Study: children of same-sex couples do less well than those of married couples | WINTERY KNIGHT

There is a new and significant piece of evidence in the social science debate about gay parenting and the unique contributions that mothers and fathers make to their children’s flourishing. A study published last week in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household—analyzing data from a very large, population-based sample—reveals that the children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school as the children of married, opposite-sex couples. And gender matters, too: girls are more apt to struggle than boys, with daughters of gay parents displaying dramatically low graduation rates.

Source: Study: children of same-sex couples do less well than those of married couples | WINTERY KNIGHT