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November 24, 2019

It is a Jewish custom to recite a psalm before saying grace after meals. On the six weekdays, Jews recite Psalm 137: "By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hanged out harps upon the willows...How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land?" On the Sabbath, a different psalm is recited, Psalm 126: "When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing..." These are two contrasting psalms. One describes the grief of the Jews who were carried away into the Babylonian Captivity, and the other

November 17, 2019

"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

November 10, 2019

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 of the dead" (1 Cor. 15:41f). When Daniel and Paul likened the saints to stars, it was in the context of the future resurrection in the age to come. However, even now in this present age, we are supposed to shine like stars in this spiritually dark world. We

November 3, 2019

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 the dry land appeared. On the third day He commanded the earth to bring forth plant life. On the fourth day

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