Reflections on Life

I already wrote a post about Christians marrying unbelievers. I’ve been asked, however, to provide further evidence from the Bible and from the writings of biblical scholars, since I seem to state that it’s always ok for believers to court and marry unbelievers. In a sense, this is understandable; Christians have been hammered for so long with the idea of not “being unequally yoked” that, in their mind, the idea of wanting to marry an “unbeliever” is automatically a sin worthy of the discipline outlined in Matthew 18:15-17. When a fellow Christian comes along and says, “marrying an unbeliever is not automatically a sin; the Bible leaves it to our spiritual wisdom, when counseling such a believer, to discern the best course of action,” he [&hellip

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Why Do People Die?

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My brother-in-law’s grandmother passed away last week. Another funeral, less than a year after my father passed away. When I was young, I never thought about death. I took people for granted. I remember one summer day, when I was nineteen, looking around at the people at the beach, taking them in as is. As if old people were born old, and young people were born young. I knew death was out there, of course, but it was a distant, impersonal idea. Would never happen to me or my family, right? Then you get older, and all the loved ones you took for granted start dropping like flies, from grandparents, to parents and uncles. And at the funeral you sit there, listening to their adult children reminisce [&hellip

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The doctrine, held by most Christians today, that God burns the wicked in hell forever bothers many (and rightly so, I would say). Usually Christians reply to such concerns by saying that people have an incomplete understanding of three things: the nature of God, the nature of man, and the nature of sin. As fallen human beings, the nature of God and of His holiness is a difficult concept for us to grasp. We tend or want to see God as a kind, merciful Being whose love for us overrides all His other attributes. No Christian would deny that God is loving, kind, and merciful (1 John 4:8, 1 Cor. 13), but He is also a holy and righteous God and judge. He is so holy [&hellip

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It seems that Apple is not releasing security updates for versions of its OS previous to OS X Mavericks. If this is confirmed by Apple, it means that all users that do not upgrade will be running an operating system with many disclosed, but unpatched vulnerabilities. This opens them to attacks. Not good. I had planned on waiting a month or so before updating my production Macs to Mavericks, but I don’t want to run the risk of running an unpatched OS, so my office Mac Mini and my home iMac will be joining my MacBook Pro into the Mavericks club. So, upgrade it is. But how? Should I simply download Mavericks from the App Store and install it? I read the upgrade is silky smooth, [&hellip

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The other day my wife found a book with lots of ideas for a father-daughter date. Here are our favorite ten. WRITE A STORY Start with location, characters, plot ideas, then take turns writing the story, one paragraph at a time. This will get your creative juices flowing. BUILD AN INDOOR FORT Grab blankets, pillows, chairs or stools, and build a fort with your daughter. Then lie down and read her favorite story or watch a movie together. This is best for rainy days. GO TO THE PARK Take your daughter for a picnic at the park. Or just for a walk or a few minutes on the swing and the slide. FLY A KITE We purchased an inexpensive kite, and my daughters had a [&hellip

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