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Created For Relationship

God created us in His image. We were made for relationship, fellowship, stewardship and productive fruitfulness. The first relationship which profoundly affects all other relationships begins with our commitment to faith in and fellowship with Father God. It is on this meaningful relationship all others are to be built. We are to love God first and foremost and love our neighbors with the same legitimate concern we have for our own well-being.

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What Energy Crisis?

We will never run out of energy as long as freedom-loving people are led and energized by the God of all creation. Human beings created in the image of God are gifted to be co-creators with our Father. There is no need that cannot be met by those who truly love God and others. Americans do not have an energy crisis; we have a knowledge-of-truth crisis. “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” Knowledge of what? Of liberating truth! We do not face one crisis that people committed to God cannot overcome.

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Living in the Last Days

There is no question we are living in the end times. It is very important however to keep in mind that the disciples of Jesus, the apostles (including Paul), and all New Testament believers were also convinced they were living in the last days. I am deeply concerned about what I see as foolish, fatalistic apathy that is the result of an inappropriate view of our responsibilities prior to the return of Christ.

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The Flickering Light of America

Whatever happened to the “shining city on a hill,” as President Reagan and other leaders once used to describe America? The description, of course, originated with Jesus Christ. Yet our nation, once a shining flame of freedom, is well on its way to becoming a flickering ember of debt, despair, dissension, and defeat. It does not have to continue.

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Bow Down or Be Brought Down

America will either bow on her knees before God or be brought to her knees as a consequence of sin and by a refusal to build on biblical standards and founding principles. If we fail to respond to God’s invitation and receive His forgiveness, grace, and the divine guidance found only in the shelter provided by His presence, we will prove to be humiliated.

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Body Armor for the Culture War

We’ve heard for years that we’re in the middle of a “culture war.” A culture war, unlike a civil war, is not fought with guns and tanks, but with ideas, words, arguments, media, and education. Unlike ordinary political debates, it’s a fight over the fundamental principles on which cultures are based.

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Who Does Jesus Call a Fool?

It is true we can be good, faithful, dedicated, Spirit-filled Christians even while living under the controlling power of men. Paul experienced peace and joy even in prison, but none of us want to spend our lives there. We can be subject to the rule of a Pharoah-type political system (socialism, communism, fascism, or totalitarianism), but we will not live well. Our ability to freely share and bless others by meeting their legitimate needs diminishes greatly.

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Small God, Big Government

It is obvious for all with eyes to observe that when God and spiritual life decreases in importance, government expands its powerful, out-of-control attempt to be in total control and it expands rapidly. The less we hear God’s unadulterated Word, the duller our hearing.

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