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October 28, 2018

"Queers wear red on Thursdays." At least that was what students said at my high school in 1964. We didn't know where that rumor came from, or even if it was true, but we weren't taking any chances. Every Thursday we made sure to not wear any garment with red in it. Even white socks with red stripes along the tops were avoided on Thursdays. We didn't want to do anything that might raise even a remote suspicion that we might be one of "them," because we were disgusted by the thought of the things that "those people" did. Even if we didn't know the word "abomination," we knew that homosexuality was an abomination. We didn't even need the Bible to tell us that. In the 1960s we knew intuitively that homosexual behavior was an abomination. Fast forward to the 1970s. I was in college, sitting in the art building at Illinois

October 21, 2018

I don't know about you, but I want to be a star. Not a rock star, not a movie star, not a football star, but a star like the ones mentioned by the Prophet Daniel: "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever" (Dan. 12:3). The Apostle Paul elaborated on this concept of the stardom of the saints when he wrote, "One star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection

October 14, 2018

There was a time in history when the Creator was so grieved by the great wickedness of man, and by the continually evil thoughts of man, that He regretted ever making man. Therefore the Creator decided to exterminate man. After sustaining His creation for around one and a half millennia, the Creator decided to destroy His creation. It had started out as a very good creation. In the beginning, the universe was a blank canvas, waiting for the Master Artist to dip His divine brush into the paint on His palette. The Creator’s Spirit moved upon the face of the waters, and He loaded His brush with paint. He spoke light into existence the first day, and separated the light from the darkness. On the second day He gathered the waters together and

October 7, 2018

“And I [God] will put enmity between thee [the serpent] and the woman, and [Click and drag to move] ​​ between thy seed and her seed: it [or ‘he’] shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15). “When Yeshua therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:30). Genesis 3:15 is generally regarded as the first Messianic prophecy, the first direct statement to predict a Messiah, a Redeemer who would someday come and undo the damage that the serpent did in Paradise. Genesis 3:15 is just one single verse, but it reveals quite a few details about the coming Messiah. First, it tells us that the Messiah will be an individual, not a group of people, because the singular, not the plural form, is used.

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