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Happy Independence Day

Well, I made it through the fourth without a Christian antipatriotism rant. Perhaps later this week I’ll write something up. I did have something nearly ready to post, but it was too bitter for my tastes. Blind patriotism really bothers me, and I cannot find the reasoning behind pledging allegiance to anything but the Lord. The lack of logic is apparently not enough to keep the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States out of churches, though.

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“War of the Worlds” Reviewed

Yesterday, I went to watch Tom Cruise’s War of the Worlds. I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting in terms of quality. One reviewer said that the movie was disappointing and that he couldn’t come to care for the main characters because in a time of crisis such as was being depicted, why should we as the viewers care about one man and his children when entire cities were being destroyed? Another reviewer said that the movie was a “must see” and was greatly entertaining.

I’m going to have to agree with the second reviewer.

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Religion

Spain Legalizes Gay Marriage

Hot on the heels of Canada’s decision to legalize same-sex unions, new legislature in Spain grants Spanish homosexuals complete equality with heterosexual couples.

Thrice in Romans 1 God declares that He has given up the homosexual: “unto vile affections” (v. 26), “over to a reprobate mind” (v. 28), and “to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts” (v. 24). It is imminently apparent — perhaps more so than with the majority of sins — that God is diametrically opposed to homosexuality.

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The Vault

Logo Launches

“I’ll be right back, Honey; I’m going to go check on dinner,” the child’s mom says to her as she stands to leave the room.

“Do you mind if I turn on a cartoon instead of the news, Mommy? It’s booorrring,” the child asks, reaching for the controller.

“Go right ahead, Dear.”

The child begins pressing the “Chan Up” button in hopes of finding something a bit more entertaining than the evening news and for what seemed to her the millionth rerun of it.

A few moments pass, however, and the mother returns to find her child staring curiously at a sight unknown to her: men kissing other men like Mommy kisses Daddy.

The mother’s jaw drops in horror at what her child has innocently stumbled upon, enough exposure to sin to perhaps even plant the seed for that particular sin within the child.

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Internet Filter

Definitely giving some thought to, when I have a family, investing in AFO web filtering.

I generally have a personal policy against using filters as for my own tastes they can be overzealous at times. A language-matching filter, for instance, may block a legitimate Christian discussion on sexuality of a nature no more graphic than the Song of Solomon.

However, I’ll be content with the override password, assuming it has one, and I will be much more at ease knowing that my future children will be protected from all manner of Internet dangers.

If anyone has any experiences with this particular filter or if you can recommend any others, please share!

Note: I’ve since fallen in love with OpenDNS!

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Religion

KJV-Only Schools, from David Cloud

The following schools have been found to be in accordance with KJV-only theology according to fundamental Baptist missionary David Cloud (only included below are the schools with active websites and that I could verify still exist):

While I am not strictly KJV-only, I have dear friends who are and know that many sincere Christians stand solely upon it. That is their choice, and I hope this list helps point them in the direction they (or their children) may want to go.

Let me also add these, though they are much smaller and by no means as “official” as some of the above schools are:

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Sometimes I Just Feel Dense

After over a year of having my room laid out in the same manner (ignoring the addition of a bookshelf last Christmas), I decided to rearrange, clean up, and better organize my room for two reasons: the addition of a computer (my sis’ old one, which I plan to use as a Linux web server for testing code and such) and to fix some of the clutter with my entertainment center.

Over this past year or so, I’ve had my system set up so that I had to constantly switch the video input to my television from the DVD player to the stereo receiver (for gaming) and back again. 

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Longing for the Good Ol’ Days of Educational Television

I miss being able to tune into the Discovery Channel or TLC and actually finding an interesting program that is going to teach me something…

I couldn’t care less about home redecorating, seeing how pack rats are forced to get rid of their clutter, watching a car get a makeover, and so on ad nauseum.

Does anyone else miss the week-long series on Egypt or UFOs or even sharks?

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Religion

Prodigal

I really don’t study enough. After over four years of being involved in the things of God, I just now learned that “prodigal” (as in the Parable of the Prodigal Son [Luke 15:11–32]) does not mean “lost” as I have so often assumed. It in fact means “extravagant,” making the common title of the parable mean “the story of the son who led an extravagant life.” “Prodigal” also carries the meaning of “wasteful luxury,” and it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to go into a lengthy rant on America from that definition.

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Religion

My Testimony

On April 27, 1983, I was born to my parents. I entered into this world with a body that was born in sin. Though I was newly alive, I was as good as dead. Well, that is until August 11, 2001, when by the grace of God I was born again! Whether you believe, doubt, or scoff, I pray that as you read my story you will be both inspired and uplifted.

I first went to church when I was in either the second or third grade. The church was Calvary Baptist Church in Connersville, IN, and although I never became a baptized member, I did make a profession of faith at one of their vacation Bible school services. If I remember correctly, my “salvation” was pretty much “1-2-3 repeat after me,” and I never truly had a faithful and penitent heart. Of course, as a naïve child I claimed to be saved whenever the topic of religion would come up and did so for many years until I was eighteen.