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Jesus and Rome

“The powers that be are ordained of God” (Romans 13:1, KJV). Rulers are his ministers (13:4, 6). Therefore, anyone who rebels against government rebels against God (13:2). Rebellion is like witchcraft, which is an abomination and will be punished (13:2, 1 Samuel 15:23). The earthly reason is simple. All governments are instruments of social order, which…

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Led by the Spirit (Part 1)

“As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” – Romans 8:14* Paul states three things about the spiritual life in Romans 8. First, only people who live “according to the Spirit” (8:1, 4-5) are “in Christ Jesus” (8:1). Those who don’t “have the Spirit of Christ” don’t belong…

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Israel and Gaza [Revised]

The relationship between Israel and the Gaza Strip has been fraught with tension since 1967. Although Israel’s military no longer occupies Gaza, it still controls its airspace, infrastructure, and the movement of goods and people both in and out of Gaza. Suspecting the Palestinian Muslim terrorist group Hamas of having kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers in the…

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New Arts & Culture Blog

I learned last week that Yahoo! Voices is shutting down on August 1. Scrambling to move my articles, I decided to create another WordPress blog called “Arts & Culture.” It will contain news and reviews on art, books, films, lectures, and music. Some reviews are “Christian,” i.e. they examine something from a Christian perspective regardless…

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True Freedom

The blood of Jesus Purchased our freedom and gives Perfect liberty. I hope you liked my little haiku. So, are we free in the Holy Spirit? If not, we’re slaves to sin, however much economic, intellectual, or physical freedom we claim to possess as Americans. The only keys to spiritual freedom are repentance and faith…