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Does the Bible Justify White Supremacy and Slavery?

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  Some people argue that the Bible justifies slavery and white supremacy, but there is an interesting artifact in the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC that argues otherwise. It is a severely redacted document referred to as "The Slave Bible." I have visited the museum and seen this "Bible" on display. It is hardly a Bible. It is a manifestation of the manipulations of human depravity. "The Slave Bible" in all of it's redactions defies the Spirit of Christ to fulfill the law, our regard for Scripture as "inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16), and the warning of Christ to neither add to or take away "from the words of the book of this prophecy (Rev. 22:18-19). The whole of Scripture does not justify the supremacy of any human over another, nor does it justify the capture of humans and forcing upon them slavery. Those who use the Bible to justify slavery do so in the same way that a heretic would use the Bible to proclaim himself Christ or to form a

Top 10 Money Tips from Proverbs

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  What is your financial management plan? Do you have one? Here are the top 10 money tips from the Bible's Book of Proverbs. Apply these financial principles so that you can endure hardship, build savings, and grow in generosity. Make a decision for every dollar (Proverbs 21:5) Money decisions are marriage decisions (Proverbs 31:10-31) Get rich slow (Pro 13:11). Enter loans cautiously . Eliminate loans quickly (Pro 6:1-5, 22:7, 28:8). Take care of what you have (Pro. 27:23-27). Save up-front rather than left-over (Pro 10:4-5, 21:10). Give is gain (Pro. 3:9-10). Start with 10/10/80 , but don’t stop (Pro. 10:22-23). Live in balance (30:7-9). Talk is cheap (14:23).

Financial Mistakes Become Spiritual Mistakes (Luke 14:25-33)

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In this Money Matters series, we are exploring 4 principles the Bible teaches about money. For a better financial future work heartily, spend wisely, save consistently, and give generously. This week we are going to explore that second principle, spend wisely. Money management is an area of life where you cannot afford to fail. Money mistakes are costly mistakes.   These are the top 3 money mistakes we make according to Investopedia. Frivolous spending. Little things become big things. It all adds up. You wonder where your money went, but everyday you spend $5.00 on a frappacino at Starbucks. Lunch was $10.00. You stopped on the way home from work to get a snack at the gas station that cost you $5.00. It’s a little here and a little there, but you do that 5 days a week and you’ve burned $100 of your paycheck. Over the span of a month, $400. Could you use an extra $400 a month? Sure you could. Never ending payments. Subscriptions have become a common way of frivolous spending. Money W

Your First 60 Seconds in Eternity (Video)

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  What if we could not just see how we might be remembered, but what if we could actually get a glimpse of what our life will be like beyond the grave? What would you do differently? What decisions might you make?   Jesus gave his audience a sobering experience. He gave them a glimpse beyond the grave.   In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus reveals what a person experiences after death. It’s like looking at your life 60 seconds after you die. What happens next? And the story involves two different men who experience different fates. Their lives could not have been more different. One man was rich, the other inhumanely poor. Two men who are nothing alike suddenly have one thing in common. They die.   We all die. No matter how much or how little you have, we die. But it’s what happens next that no one suspects. One realizes what has been eternally gained while one tragically realizes what is eternally lost. Which is which?   And the story begs the question, which one are you? Like these men, 60 second

Our Pharaonic Response to Pandemic

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Then the Lord said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning and present yourself before Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, “Let my people go, that they may serve me. For this time I will send all my plagues on you yourself, and on your servants and your people, so that you may know that there is none like me in all the earth. For by now I could have put out my hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, and you would have been cut off from the earth. But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth. You are still exalting yourself against my people and will not let them go. Exodus 9:13-17 The plague sequence in Exodus sets before us a collision between the sovereignty of God and the stubbornness of people. There are frogs, flies, darkness, and hail, but there is also the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart. Both God and Pharaoh are active in the process. One about as often as the othe

Stop Being Relevant

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  Then Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron and said, "Go, sacrifice to your God within the land." But Moses said, "It would not be right to do so, for the offerings we shall sacrifice to the Lord our God are an abomination to the Egyptians. If we sacrifice offerings abominable to the Egyptians before their eyes, will they not stone us? We must go three days' journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the Lord our God as he tells us." So Pharaoh said, "I will let you go to sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only you must not go very far away. Plead for me." Exodus 8:25-28 In the 1990's we began to use the word "relevant" to quantify emerging expressions of the Christian faith that connected with culture. You were relevant if you could hold to the central teachings of Christ but yet show the world a sanctified way of doing what you do. It's Christianity with better lights and more bass. It's pastors who use edgy films as

Conspiracy Theories and the Church

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Conspiracy theories have become common in our culture. Sadly, they have captivated and been circulated by people in the church. A recent article published by Lifeway reported that 49% of US Protestant pastors say they frequently hear members of their congregation repeating conspiracy theories. Pastors of churches with more than 250 in attendance are most likely to agree, 61%. I 100% agree. On January 6, as I watched the live coverage of the storming of Capitol Hill as the events began to unfold, I also had my social media accounts pulled up. I was curious about how people might respond. I began to see 3 versions of the story start to circulate from people I currently serve or have served as pastor. It wasn't really happening.  It was Antifa dressed up like Trump supporters. It was staged. People who attended the Trump rally were on a tour of the Capitol when they were attacked by capitol police. The riot was the response they were hoping to incite.   All three of those ideas are ro