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Friday, July 9th 2010

8:23 AM

Thank you or Curse you.

We just got home from campmeeting and boy was it good. The message that left the most impact was the first one we heard by Bro. Jeremy Simpson on Raising a Worthless Generation. It was on raising a generation who will never hear from God. It is a sad, sobering thought. I see it happening. I have gone to church with parents who wouldn't miss a ballgame, made sure their child had great education, but weren't  faithful to God, church, Bible reading or any of the things of God.  I watch parents who I know were raised going to church regularly but they do not pass that on to their children.

Parents, when your child stands before God, will they be thankful for what you taught them or not? Education, family time, gym, sports are all good things BUT they will not save your child's soul and take them to Heaven. They will not give them the strength and character to resist sin. They will not give them the comfort and forgiveness that God can give them. Those things, while wonderful things, will not give them rewards in Heaven.  ONLY what is done for CHRIST will last!

When your child stands before God will they thank you for what you taught them or curse you. Will you rejoice for what you see your child receive or grieve?

Parent if you make sure your child has the best education this world has to offer, you make sure they are well rounded in sports and activities, you spend plenty of family time together, but you don't teach them how to be saved, you don't teach them to love God and be faithful to Him - you have failed your child.

I am not talking about teaching them a form of religion by taking them to church every so often. The basis of the message by Bro Simpson, was the story of Eli and his sons in 1 Samuel 2:12-36. Eli was a priest of God. His boys would have been raised in "church" if you will, but they weren't taught the real fear of the Lord, to obey the Lord, that God means what He says and will hold you accountable. They had a form of religion and that is all. They didn't know, love and obey God. Do your children? Do YOU?

It was a sad end for Eli and his sons. All three died the same day, Eli probably went to paradise, but his sons it is pretty sure went to Hell. I think one of the saddest things will be for a saved parent who knows how to be saved, but never passes it on to their child and then one day will have to watch as that child is cast into a lake of fire for eternity.

Maybe though the reason you haven't taught your children to love, fear, & obey God is that you don't know how yourself. Maybe you have never received the love of God, the free gift of salvation He offers to you. I urge you today, repent ( that is turn from your way) and trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour. He loves you so much. We are all sinners and deserve hell. Jesus took the punishment we deserve on calvary, shed His precious sinless blood to wash away our sin, and died on the cross in our place. The third day He arose in victory over sin, death, the grave, hell, and satan and offers us the free gift of salvation that He bought for us that day. Won't you receive it and then pass on that knowledge to your children.

I urge you parents, love God and live for Him with all your heart, soul, strength and might and lead your children to love and live for Him also.

Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

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Tuesday, May 4th 2010

8:55 AM

God does NOT want to be my co-pilot!

GOD DOES NOT WANT TO BE MY CO-PILOT.

He will never settle for second place. He expects to be put first. He has the plan for my life and He wants to be the pilot of my life. He alone knows what is best for me ( and for you too   )

Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite verses. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."  Doctrinally it is part of some precious promises to Israel, but if God has a plan for His chosen people - I am sure He also has a plan for His child.

When the Lord called His disciples He said "FOLLOW ME".  Way too often we ( and believe I am too often guilty of this myself) go our way and say Lord, come follow me, but sheep don't lead the Shepherd - the Shepherd leads the sheep! John 10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

We may not always understand the way the Lord leads us, but we can trust Him to know best. On the newest McKamey's CD there is a song called "One Step at a Time". Part of the song that I love goes "I don't know where He's taking me; But I know He'll take care of me. " (if you want to hear part of it or download it click here then go to Music Download and you will find the song there.)

That song is true. I don't always understand what the Lord has in mind but thankfully I can trust Him even when I don't understand. 

My prayer for my life is that I will listen and follow the Lord better. His way - not mine.

My prayer for you is that first of all you know the Lord Jesus as your Saviour.

If you are flying your life solo without Him  you are heading for a crash.  Only one Pilot has permission to land in Heaven and that is Jesus. If you are flying without Him, Heaven is restricted airspace for you and you will not be allowed in. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Then I pray you will follow Him. Seek His will for your life and obey. Put HIM first. We weren't put here for our pleasure, to make money or any of the millions of things we get distracted by. Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

We were created to please the Lord. Revelation 4:11 "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." We can only do that by faith - Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

Follow HIM

Obey HIM

Let the Lord Jesus Christ be the Pilot of your life today - He is the Way!

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Monday, April 5th 2010

12:14 PM

Taste and See

Psalms 34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Have you? Have you tasted and seen that the Lord is good?

There are many people who believe the facts that Jesus lived, died and many even believe that He arose from the dead, but they have never made it personal.

Jesus tells us He is the bread of life  - John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

You might have a nice loaf of bread in your kitchen, but unless you actually eat the bread it will not do you any good. You can know it is there, you can look at it, you can believe it would feed you and fill that emptiness in your stomach and still starve to death. That physical bread will do you no good until you actually reach out, take it and eat it.

Spiritually it is the same. You might believe that Jesus was the Son of God, God in the flesh. You might believe that He lived a sinless life, believe that He was nailed to the cross, died, was buried and the third day bodily got up from the grave - alive, BUT until you reach out and accept that He did it all for YOU - it won't do you any good.

We are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and cannot do anything to save ourselves. Our sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2). Our sin has a penalty - death - eternal separation from God. (Romans 6:23a -"For the wages of sin is death" & that death is not just physical death but eternal spiritual death and separation from God in the torments of the lake of fire - Revelation 20:14-15, "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.")

The good news is there is a way to get rid of our sin and be reconciled to God.  Reconcile means to make peace between us. That way is through Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the Second Person of the Godhead - He is God in the flesh. He came to this earth and took a body like ours so that He could take our punishment so we would not have to. Jesus died on the cross in our place- He suffered our death for us. He went through the pain, agony, torment,  thirst, and even the separation from God the Father that we should and would have had to suffer for eternity. He did all that on the cross for us. His blood was shed to wash away our sin.  On the  3rd day, Jesus got up from the grave in victory - Victory over sin, death, the grave, Hell and satan. His victory is ours if we will believe Him and trust Him as our Saviour.

Good works will not save us, they will not remove our sin - Neither will belonging to a church, taking communion, being baptized or any other religious work remove our sin, reconcile us to God and save us for eternity.  ONLY JESUS CHRIST can do that. His blood will cleanse all our sin (1 John 1:7) He lives forever and will intercede for us if we trust Him as our Saviour.

To be saved you must believe God and admit that you are a sinner and cannot save yourself. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for YOU, and arose again from the dead and is alive and willing to save you. Reach out to Him in faith and believe Him - He will save you if you will let Him. You cannot do it yourself.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Won't you take of the Bread of Life? Bread in your kitchen will fill the emptiness in your stomach, but only the Bread of Life (Jesus Christ) can fill the emptiness in your heart. Won't you taste and see that the Lord is good?

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Wednesday, January 20th 2010

10:10 AM

Irrevocable

Boy, I got a blessing this morning - from an unlikely place. I was watching People's Court. They had a case on where a woman had given this other person a car and then she wanted to turn around and make the other person pay for the car. The judge ruled she couldn't do that, because it was a gift. The guy summing up the case at the end said the legal term was -

IRREVOCABLE (which means Impossible to retract or revoke; not able to be revoked, changed, or undone; unalterable)

He summed it all up by saying A GIFT IS A GIFT FOREVER!

I say

AMEN!

You see they are dealing with tangible property, but I am thinking of what God has said -

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


Romans 6: 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

The Lord Jesus Christ, God's Son, God in the flesh, came lived a sinless life, died on the cross in our place, taking our punishment, shed His blood to purchase our salvation, was buried for 3 days and the third day arose bodily from the grave in victory over sin, death, hell, and the grave. He offers eternal life to each of us as free gift. He bought it with His blood.  Our sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2), but Jesus Christ, through the blood He shed, His death and resurrection, will forgive our sin, wash it away with His blood and reconcile us to God if we will let Him.

He offers us eternal life as a free gift He has already bought and paid for. We can't pay for this gift with our good works, church membership or anything else, we can only admit we are lost, helpless, hell deserving sinners unable to save ourselves and come to God in faith, trusting Jesus  to be our Saviour.

Will you receive this free gift He wants to give you? Will you repent (turn from your sin and your way) and trust Jesus alone as your salvation, as your Saviour and Lord? If you will, the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ will be yours forever. A gift is a gift forever - especially when it is guaranteed by the Son of God!

1John 5:11-13 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

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Monday, January 18th 2010

3:34 PM

Thank you for the award.


I was very happy when I just checked my email and found I had won

This is the second time and I really appreciate it. I hope new folks and old friends will visit and read some of the articles and comment. Let me know what you are thinking.
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Thursday, January 7th 2010

9:00 PM

New

Do you ever wish you could be as fresh, clean, and new as a newly fallen snow? There is good news - YOU CAN!

All of us have sinned and that leaves us feeling guilty, dirty, and separated from God. ( For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God Romans 3:23 & Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.)

Through the Lord Jesus Christ our sin can be cleansed away, removed, and we can be reconciled to God. You see Jesus is God in the flesh. He never sinned. He died on the cross in our place, taking the punishment for our sins, not for His, because He had no sin. His blood was shed that our sin could be washed away.  (Isaiah 1:18 - Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. & 1 John 1:7 - But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.)

The choice is yours. You can try to earn a place in Heaven by your good works, church membership etc, but you will fail or you can believe God, repent of your sin, and trust the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour. He died on the cross for our sin, was buried and He arose the 3rd day alive in victory over sin, death, hell, and the grave. He is the ONLY living Saviour. Won't you trust Jesus today?

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

If you are tired of your life as it is, come to Jesus today and let Him give you a new beginning.

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Friday, December 18th 2009

6:19 PM

What are you celebrating?

Some people think they don't have much to celebrate this year because money is tight and presents are few, but I'm not celebrating presents, are you?

Some celebrate Santa Claus, Frosty and a Winter Wonderland, and although those are fun stories and songs, that is not what I celebrate either.

Some celebrate holidays, time off with friends and family. Some celebrate supposedly holy days filled with religious tradition and ceremonies, concentrating on the virgin Mary and a baby still in the cradle. Although I am always glad to have holidays and spend them with friends and family and although I appreciate that Mary was a blessed woman who is a good example to us in her obedience to the will of God, I am not celebrating holidays or Mary.

I will tell you why I celebrate at this time of year and in fact all year long. I rejoice that God loves me and sent His Son, Jesus Christ to be my Saviour.

I celebrate at this time of year in memory of His birth. I know most in likely Jesus was not born December 25th, but He was born! I know that for a fact.

I celebrate because Jesus isn't still a babe in a manger. He was born without sin and then He grew up and lived His whole life without sin.

I celebrate because then after living a sinless life, He took my sin on Himself, and took my punishment for that sin and He died. He died on the cross shedding His blood that my sin could be washed away and I could be reconciled to God through Him,. I celebrate because Jesus took my sin and gives me His righteousness.

I celebrate because Jesus didn't stay dead. On the 3rd day He arose bodily from the grave in victory over sin, death, hell, and the grave and that victory is mine in Christ Jesus! I have a living Saviour who loves me, who gave Himself for me, and who saved me when I believed and trusted Him.

I celebrate because the first coming of Jesus is past and He accomplished what He came to do. I celebrate because His second coming is closer today than yesterday and could happen any minute. I celebrate because soon I will see my Saviour, my best friend, my Lord, face to face and be with Him throughout eternity.

I celebrate because He didn't just do this for me, but for you also. You can know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour if you will believe and trust Him. Then you will have cause to really celebrate, not just at Christmas, the the whole year through too.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

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Sunday, November 22nd 2009

11:06 PM

Thankful?

How often are you thankful to God? Once a year? Once a week on Sunday? Once in a while when you think of it? Or never?

We truly live in an unthankful generation. Too many people believe they are entitled to privileges rather than realizing they must earn them. Because of that, they do not realize God does not have to give us the blessings He bestows on us each day. In fact, too many people if you asked them, "if they were thankful to God", they would ask you "what for?".

2 Timothy 3:1-5, well describes this generation -"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."

I truly believe we are in the last days.  You have to admit it is a pretty good description of the people living today.

One reason I believe people have come to point of living as described in those verses is that way too many people do not even know God as their Creator, must less as their Saviour.

Psalms 100:3-5 says, "Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."

Notice it is after a person realizes it is due to God they have life, they are to be thankful to HIM. Without Him you would not have physical life. He created you in your mother's womb (Psalms 139) and without Him you will never have eternal life.

God loves us, you and me. He made us and He knows we are sinners. He knows that sin separates us from Him (Isaiah 59:2), for He is holy and no sin will be allowed in His presence. Because He loves us and wants us to be with Him forever, He gave us one way to get rid of our sin and be reconciled to HIM.  God the Father, sent His Son, Jesus Christ, God the Son, to come in flesh and blood to take our punishment for us (John 3:16). Jesus willingly suffered our punishment for us - He died in our place and shed His blood that our sins could be cleansed away (John 10 & 1 John 1:7). He took our sin and when we come to Him in faith believing that, He clothes us in HIS righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21). Only HIS righteousness will get us into Heaven.  On the third day, He arose and is willing to save all who will turn from their sin, pride, self-righteousness, and come to Him for salvation (Hebrews 7:25).  Will you trust Him today?  Then you will truly have reason to be thankful!

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Friday, October 30th 2009

9:05 PM

Keep Standing for What is Right!

Proverbs 29:2  When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

Our Country is not and should not be rejoicing right now - the righteous are definately not in authority.

I was sad to see the news headline - "Obama signs hate crimes act" (click if you want to read article). I was pretty sure he would, after all he is a supporter of the gay agenda.

But know that whatever laws, courts, and government officials may say, the Bible still says it is  SIN!

It is NOT hate speech to stand by what the Bible says.  We are not called on to act in violence, but in love to reach out to those who are trapped in sin, whether it is sexual sins, drugs, alcohol, pride, false religion - whatever the sin and situation, our job as Christians is not to react in violence, but to speak the truth in love - that they need to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. God can deliver from any sin or false religion and He will forgive because of what Jesus has done for us. 

God will take care of the judgment. No one lives in sin and gets away with it.

Thankfully though as I said, God loves each of us and is willing to forgive and save those who will turn from their sin and come to Him through the Lord Jesus Christ, offering nothing else for their salvation, but the finished work of Christ. He suffered all our punishment on the cross. He shed His precious blood to wash away our sin (1 John 1:7) On the 3rd day He arose in victory. He loves us and wants to save (that is deliver us from the condemnation we so richly deserve).

If you have never trusted the Lord Jesus as your Saviour, why not today?

If you have - stand for the truth of His Word. Sin is sin. With love stand for what is right and reach out with the good news that Jesus will save and deliver!

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Thursday, October 1st 2009

6:59 PM

News Commentary

There have been several news articles lately that I thought I would take a few minutes to comment on. I will post the link to the article and then my thoughts. Please feel free to add your comments and thoughts.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1211950/Premature-baby-left-die-doctors-mother-gives-birth-just-days-22-week-care-limit.html  This article is about a premature baby in Great Britian that was left to die because it fell 2 days short of the set medical guidelines of babies to try to save. The mother deliever at 21 weeks and 5 days instead of 22 weeks. The little one was strong enough to live 2 hours on its own then died. The mother begged them to save him but they refused. In this article the mother tells of reading where here in the US a baby born at 21 weeks was saved and lived. Are these the kind of wonderful changes Obama and his healthcare will bring to us with socialized medicine.  I think we can do without it people!

http://news.aol.com/article/coroner-says-doctors-had-to-let-kerrie/697884  Here we read of another medical case in England (land of socialized medicine remember) where doctors felt they had to let a 26 yr old suicide victim die, because she made her wishes clear to refuse treatment. Here she would have been committed and given help and maybe seen there was hope for the future. I personally do NOT see any advantage to socialized medicine which is all Obamacare is, well socialized and communist leaning. If you doubt me read the healthcare plan. Much of of it sounds like choices (yeah, right) given under communist Russia!

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,558820,00.html This story concerns student's first admendment rights. It amazes me that people do not get what the constitution actually says about religion. This was entirely of student origin and they have a right to freedom of expression, including religious expression. The person who complained doesn't even have a kid involved according to an interview the cheerleaders gave that I heard. The constitution restricts government from est. a religion (ex a state religion like Spain and the Catholic church or England and the Church of England, but it never says that religion is to be kept separate from all parts of government. Read it for yourself.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/24/elementary-school-students-reportedly-taught-songs-praising-president-obama/?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a16:g2:r1:c0.202709:b27956166 0 A teacher in NJ teaches elememtary school children to sing Obama's praise. It is shameful! Some of the words and tunes were from religious songs and that is just blasphemy. I can see why many are comparing Obama to Hitler and the anti-Christ!

http://www.livescience.com/culture/090924-childhood-spanking.html#comments It amazes me the nonsense people will believe about spanking. Thankfully most of the comments on this article show many still believe in spanking and some even for the right reason - that God said to. What I was appalled at in the comments though is how few seem to know how a spanking should be given. A spanking isn't abuse, or beating. It should not leave permanent damage, but it is okay if it leaves a read mark or small (I repeat small bruise) If you doubt we are to spank a child check out these Scripture references - Pr 20:30  The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
 Pr 22:15  Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
 Pr 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
 Pr 23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

God never intended for a child to be abused but they must be disciplined! One should never spank a child when one is really angry, cool down first.  First talk with the child explain why they are getting a spanking, then administer the spanking, then talk with the child again and spend some time loving the child soon afterwards. Pray together about it. You don't just spank and leave them. Spanking is just one tool of training a child, a big part of it is communication with the child and it should all be done with LOVE - LOTS OF LOVE!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091001/ap_on_sc/us_sci_before_lucy_7  Personally I just think these people who buy into this nonsense show how foolish they are. Read these verse - they fit very accordingly! Romans 1:16 ¶ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
 19 ¶ Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (KJV)

So what are your thoughts on some of these stories?

 

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