Indeed, Brother John, and the Enlightenment effort to explain away the miraculous, starting with Creation, has been hugely damaging.
Our problem is that as none of us were there, we don't know if the Lord used a natural phenomenon or a miraculous one for the star. I've heard a variety of opinions on the matter over the years. As Creation carries out the Father's will with intricate precision, He could have worked thru a natural phenomenon. Or He could have sent an Angel to lead the Magi. I lean toward the Angel, myself.
Being homeschoolers for years, we welcome the company and look forward to JY joining our ranks.
In a world in which compliance with the "directed norms" of Progressive ideals is rampit thru out the public and secular educational system, homeschooling enables parents to unplug from that world and build a Biblical worldview instead. It may well be that our children are the ones who can think for themselves, reasoning based on Scripture & Biblical principle.
Please pray that we do not lose this freedom.
But JY, don't neglect the excellent curriculum choices in a variety of formats. Too many out there to name.
The man has a point. The issue, that our brother Tim has pointed out, is that all the things that need to be in place for the Lord to return are already in place. How the pandemic and the response play into the Lord's plans are yet to be seen. But JMac is right too in that this seems like a step forward.
Amen, Brother Carl. Up this way, the full-coirt press is on by MSM to encourage the public to accept the vaccine as safe & effective. Just watch all the health care workers, they say. They'll be fine. But we hear rumblings that the health care workers are afraid of it as well.
Hmmm. At some point the weight of evidence will start to push the balance away from Biden.
If this can happen in the presidential election, what about other candidates?
True, statistically significant, or just minor foibles, these kinds of tests and other evidence being released builds doubt in the veracity of the American election system. Remarkable that the MSM continues to announce that all of President Trump's claims are baseless. What happens when they aren't so baseless anymore?
Truth and his sister Wisdom and other close relation Justice are important to keep close and to uphold. Killing Truth in the name of forwarding anyone's agenda chases both Wisdom and especially Justice away. Wisdom still calls...does anyone answer?
"Even in the contemporary era of megachurches, Hillsong stands apart. Founded in Australia under a different name in the 1980s, its great innovation was to offer urban Christians a religious environment that did not clash with the rest of their lives.
At a time when many Americans have abandoned regular churchgoing, Hillsong attracts thousands of young churchgoers through soaring music and upbeat preaching. If anything, it is cooler than everyday life..."
Bunyan's description of Mr. Byways who only followed Christianity in her silver slippers comes immediately to mind.
Jesus calls us to examine our lives and jettison that which does not honor Him. The Holy Spirit works in us to accomplish the beginning of this work of sanctification. Somehow, those concepts don't get reflected in the NYT article. Having heard from reliable sources with first hand knowledge, Hillsong is about entertainment and nothing more. The NYT article reflected more of what that looks like in contemporary culture trend-setting terms. That may be the NYT's concept of modern Christianity, in fact.
In the end, the Bible calls us to avoid the paths of Mr. Byways and stick to the ancient paths. It's never too early to return to them, but there will be a point in which it will b
We know some who call Christmas a "Celebration of the Incarnation." That's the whole point. But the Lord we worship and serve is not a baby in a manger anymore. He is ascended and glorified. Indeed, He is the King of Kings! Alleliua!
These voices are why 97% of Christians didn't vote for Mr. Biden. Both concepts violate the consciences of many of us and also violate the First Admendment of the Constitution. In effect, it is McCarthyism in reverse. The communists are trying to root out the Christians.
Absolutely, Brother Frank! Bizarre question from a total stranger. Perhaps she was looking for comfort in the company of others running in the same riot?
In my case, I was derided right out of the blue having not said anything, hadn't even made eye contact. The young woman was just so upset & was trying to describe why. I didn't have the presence of mind to have something that could have pointed her toward Jesus, and I regret that I didn't and still don't. To this day, the encounter puzzles me. My wife thinks the woman was insane.
O Lord, thank You that You have such mercy for Your fallen creatures that You put on our skin, lived out lives, and then died on our behalf. We are all really just tares and wolves, O Lord, tearing at one another in disagreement as if we could know You better than our brother or sister. Nay, Lord, but You know us. And in spite of who we are and our deep indwelling sinfulness, You love us anyway and always have. Please, O Lord, have mercy on us and relieve us of our sins so wr may not burden each other with them anymore. In Jesus' name, Amen.
I beg to differ on your first post, Jim. Most of the protesters I saw on local TV news were young white college students and, boy, were they angry! And they were primarily angry over speech.
A couple of years ago, my family and I happened to be driving thru a college town in our region. I had to get out to get gas at a gas station. I was filling up our car, minding my own business, when a young woman a couple of rows over, whom me and my amily had never met or even seen before, started yelling at me and expressing her dislike for me. I figured she was mental, told her to stop her behavior or I'd call the police, quickly finished our transaction, and got us out of there. Afterward, I've guessed that she was so full of "tolerance" for white men thanks to her CRT classes that she had to express herself.
I dont know how many Bibles we have in our house...lots. Some are from family long past and newly departed. Some my wife & I aquired over the years.
Just one of them would eat us a prison sentence in many nations. Giving out a tract or a copy of John's Gospel does the same.
Many of us here in the West take our wealth in the things of God for granted.
It is time to take inventory and give thanks to the Lord. Because the Cultural Revolution 2.0 occurring in China is manifesting itself here in the West. When will our Bibles and tracts become legally defined as "hate speech?" How long until we are prosecuted for obeying God?
At the root is an anthropoly theory called "Critical Race Theory," which is at the center of all these so-called systematic racial injustice, the LGBT+ rights campaign, and the general "social justice" turmoil.
There has been a push for increasing amounts of social justice educational programming in schools for quite a while.
CRT has become the latest way that secularized educated people see the world. It says that all of us are guilty of forwarding injustice unless we actively and consciously work to support the latest elitist- and crowd-sourced definitions of who is downtrodden and against who is supposedly at fault.
Homeschooling is a great option. But higher education even in historic Christian colleges becomes problematic. Even reasonable seminaries have fallen to this theory.
Take unto you the whole armour of God...that ye may be able to stand in the evil day.